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Root of bitterness = trouble

Posted by: David Carroll

Listen to the mp3 podcast: Hebrews 12:11-27, March 20, 2005

Don’t mistake God’s Loving discipline in pain and suffering for cruel punishment. Otherwise you may become bitter. Suffering has meaning, purpose. It is for discipline that you endure; it hurts temporarily. Esau is an example of a bitter person and what a sad story that was. But even Jesus suffered and benefited from it:

Hebrews 5:8 (NKJV)

Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

This chapter ends with a discusion about a massive earthquake that is to come. We find out that everything we see here on this earth is just props that are not good things to hold onto in a shaking. But there is something that cannot be shaken and it will remain. It should be obvious as to what that is.

Running a race is not fun, finishing is

Posted by: David Carroll

Listen to the podcast: Hebrews 12:1-11, March 13, 2005

Are you coasting through life? You need to be running. The point of this book of Hebrews is to endure, persevere, run, fight, don't drift, don't neglect. I used to run for exercise (wish I still could!). But I did not do it because it felt good while I was running. I did it because it felt so good when I finished. This chapter tells us to lay aside the weights which hold us back. Too many times we ask "Is it a sin to do this or that?" That's not the right question. Ask "Does it help me to run the race." Listen to find out why there is pain and suffering in this world and where it comes from and why.

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