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Got a High Priest? 
(A Look at Hebrews 4:14-16) Part 4 Conclusion

My friends and I have been reading through the book of Hebrews. This week we’re reading Hebrews 4 together. I describe our Bible-reading covenant here and recommend that you consider doing the same with a few of your friends!

As we conclude our discussion of the Lord Jesus as our great High Priest, we read the following in Hebrews 4 —

In our three posts we’ve seen that: (1) Jesus is our “great” high priest — and we need to focus on Him! (2) That He has ascended into heaven (v. 14) and is at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us! (3) That His role as our high priest should motivate us to “hold firmly to the faith we profess” (v. 14). (4) That we must notice what we don’t have! We don’t have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses!

(5) We also saw that our great high priest has been tempted in every way like we are — yet without sin (v. 15)! Our sixth observation was that (6) We have every reason to approach God’s throne of grace with confidence (v. 16)!

As we conclude this brief study today, I want to remind us of (7) what we receive when we approach God’s throne of grace. We receive not judgment or condemnation, but MERCY and GRACE.  And those two gifts are given to “help us in our time of need.”

Today’s Challenge: What a simple word — HELP! It’s just four letters’ long, but boldly proclaims our utter need for God in our lives! What NEED do you have that causes you to simply cry out to the Lord . . . “HELP!”? Don’t hesitate to do just that. And tell another believer of your situation.

 

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2021 in Hebrews 4

 

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“Taste the Feeling!” (Time for a Great Commercial)

As you watched this commercial, did you think about . . . The New Heavens and the New Earth? I did. Creation presently groans in its fallen condition. And one day, He will make all things new. Will there be Coke in the New Heavens and New Earth? Of course! (Have a good day!)

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2019 in commercials

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 57)

Psalm 57

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 5.19.28 AMOf David. A miktam. When he had fled from Saul into the cave.

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
    for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
    until the disaster has passed.

I cry out to God Most High,
    to God, who vindicates me.
He sends from heaven and saves me,
    rebuking those who hotly pursue me—
    God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.

I am in the midst of lions;
    I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts—
men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
    whose tongues are sharp swords.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
    let your glory be over all the earth.

They spread a net for my feet—
    I was bowed down in distress.
They dug a pit in my path—
    but they have fallen into it themselves.

My heart, O God, is steadfast,
    my heart is steadfast;
    I will sing and make music.
Awake, my soul!
    Awake, harp and lyre!
    I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
    I will sing of you among the peoples.
10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
    your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
    let your glory be over all the earth.

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2016 in dependence

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 46)

Psalm 46

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth. A song.

God is our refuge and strength,Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 6.15.13 AM
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2016 in help

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 28)

Psalm 28

Of David.Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 5.46.11 AM

To you, Lord, I call;
    you are my Rock,
    do not turn a deaf ear to me.
For if you remain silent,
    I will be like those who go down to the pit.
Hear my cry for mercy
    as I call to you for help,
as I lift up my hands
    toward your Most Holy Place.

Do not drag me away with the wicked,
    with those who do evil,
who speak cordially with their neighbors
    but harbor malice in their hearts.
Repay them for their deeds
    and for their evil work;
repay them for what their hands have done
    and bring back on them what they deserve.

Because they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord
    and what his hands have done,
he will tear them down
    and never build them up again.

Praise be to the Lord,
    for he has heard my cry for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
    my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
    and with my song I praise him.

The Lord is the strength of his people,
    a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
Save your people and bless your inheritance;
    be their shepherd and carry them forever.

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2016 in Psalm 28

 

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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 124)

Psalm 124

A song of ascents. Of David.Screen Shot 2015-05-30 at 11.06.05 AM

If the Lord had not been on our side
    let Israel say—
if the Lord had not been on our side
    when people attacked us,
they would have swallowed us alive
    when their anger flared against us;
the flood would have engulfed us,
    the torrent would have swept over us,
the raging waters
    would have swept us away.

Praise be to the Lord,
    who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
We have escaped like a bird
    from the fowler’s snare;
the snare has been broken,
    and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.Screen Shot 2015-05-30 at 11.08.21 AM

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 121)

Psalm 121

A song of ascents.Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 6.40.15 AM

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 6.44.12 AM

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 70)

Psalm 70

For the director of music. Of David. A petition.Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 6.10.17 AM

Hasten, O God, to save me;
    come quickly, Lord, to help me.

May those who want to take my life
    be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
    be turned back in disgrace.
May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
    turn back because of their shame.
But may all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
    “The Lord is great!”

But as for me, I am poor and needy;
    come quickly to me, O God.
You are my help and my deliverer;
    Lord, do not delay.Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 6.12.09 AM

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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