Author: HBC Administrator

 

11-20-17 Newsletter

Hebrews 12:1-2

These verses are some of my favorite in all of the Bible. The images brought forth of that great cloud of witnesses reminds me of the crowd of fans at a sporting event. This time of year is a great time for sports. I can remember playing basketball with my brother and friends against other church league teams on cool fall and winter evenings. There would be a crowd waiting inside the gym, a very modest crowd, and they couldn’t wait to see their friends play to the cheers of those in attendance. I’ve been on the field of a football game with 107,000 fans screaming to the point of deafening effectiveness. As great as those feelings and sounds are, they will pale in comparison to the crowd of witnesses waiting in glory and cheering on the cause of Christ of which we get to be a part.

Since there is such a great crowd of witnesses who have come before us and cheer on our race now, I encourage you as Paul does to put aside the things that would hinder you. I promise they are not worth the price of what they cost. You are a beloved child of God whose sin was paid for by Jesus who took on shame for us. I encourage you to pray in thanksgiving this week for the chance to serve our Savior and to share it with those you dine with today.

In Christ, Bro. Les

Newsletter – 11-20-17

11-13-17 Newsletter

Hebrews 10

I have often wondered how miserable it would be to live without some of today’s modern conveniences. Air conditioning, cars capable of long travel, and various advances in medicine are all more recent advances that have changed much about how we live.

In the Old Testament, God’s people lived without a sufficient form of payment for their sin. Hebrews 10 addresses the issue of sacrifice. Before Christ came, all the sacrificial offerings of man fell far short of God’s standard for righteousness. The do and don’t rules of living condemned those who tried to live by them. God wanted obedience from His people and was not pleased with the result of His request. He therefore sent Jesus to pay what man could not. Reflect today on how sad our lives would be if we did not have a modern gift in Jesus that changed the world forever.

In Christ, Bro. Les

Newsletter – 11-13-17

11-6-17 Newsletter

Hebrews 7

Today my heart is sad and broken over the events at First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs, Texas. The gunman who walked into that community of believers, not unlike our very own mind you, expressed the very worst of a life without Christ in it. Our world is bound to the broken fleshly system of morality that plagues the hearts of wicked men and women. That heart of flesh lives in each person who has refused a relationship with Jesus. While we look at a man like David Patrick Kelley and see a monster, allow me to remind everyone that this capacity for wickedness lives in all apart from Christ.

Since Jesus did come, however, things changed forever. Jesus came from the order of Melchizedek, which means that He did not come from the priestly line of Levi and existed for the purpose of living as high priest for us forever. His reign and power has no end just as Melchizedek did not have a beginning and an end. Today, as we dwell on the sorrow that surrounds this tragedy, let us remember that Jesus is greater than all sorrow. Jesus is greater than the wickedness of man that drives broken hearts to commit such acts of terrible villainy. Jesus is our redeemer forever and this message alone can change the world.

In Christ,  Bro. Les

Newsletter – 11-6-17

10-30-17 Newsletter

Galatians

. . . One of my favorite books to study in the New Testament is Galatians. For the next few weeks, I am going to be doing an in-depth study of the book that I would like to share with you all in small portions . . . I would love for you to try to read the entire book of Galatians in one sitting. One of the key themes in the text is the battle that Paul fights against an adherence to the old law that no longer binds the people of God. Our culture fights tooth and nail oftentimes to preserve some church traditions that are not helpful when compared to how it bars outsiders from feeling comfortable to come and worship with us . . . try not to get bogged down in the details, but glean instead the major ideas. Let it work its way through your mind and Spirit as an exacting knife that divides the sinful heart from the Spirit.

In Christ, Bro. Les

Newsletter – 10-30-17