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We needed a New Covenant

Posted by: David Carroll

Listen to the mp3 audio: Hebews 8, December 19, 2004

What's wrong with the Old Covenant that we need a new one? Did God make a mistake that he needed a New Covenant to replace the Old one? Perhaps it was just outdated and needed some modernizing? A covenant is a pact between two parties both of which must keep their part. Guess who failed to keep their part. I'll give you a hint, it wasn't God. Turns out the Israelites were not even capable of keeping their part of the bargain. They did not have what it took (Deut 29:4). What they needed was a willing heart and spiritual eyes to see the truth. That is what the New Covenant is all about (Jer 31:31), it is one which gives us a new heart and the Holy Spirit as an indwelling helper.

Notable Links

Posted by: David Carroll

What is Jesus doing right now?

Posted by: David Carroll

Listen to the PodCast: Hebrews 7, December 12, 2004

Hebrews 7:25 says that Jesus ever lives to intercede for us. What picture does this bring to mind for you? Is it that of a lawyer pacing the courtroom, arguing your case before the judge? That can't be right because the Bible says that Jesus is "seated" in heaven. This is a picture of completion, the work is finished. No lawyer sits while pleading his case. I don't think Jesus is interceding with words before the Father. I think Jesus himself is the intercession. It is his wounds and scars that serve as a witness of the work he has finished on the cross. When we get to heaven, there will always be that reminder of what he has paid for, our sin debt. Listen to the podcast to find out how Jesus role as our High Priest fulfills everything the Jewish priesthood foreshadowed.

New Photos

Posted by: David Carroll

Friends: I bought a new Nikon D70 camera so I'm back into the photography thing for a while. I hope it is good therapy for my back problems to get out a little bit. See some new photos here and here.

Once Saved, Always Saved?

Posted by: David Carroll

Listen to the PodCast: Hebrews 6, December 5, 2004

Whether a person can be lost again after becoming a Christian is a question good men have argued about for centuries. Frankly, a strong case can be made quite competently from scripture itself to support either side of the arguement. But Hebrews 6:4-6 give both the Calvinists and Arminians some discomfort. Is that what the author intended? Perhaps, because many from both camps can take the grace of God a bit too casually. Regardless of anyone's view of this classic question of Christianity, it is a healthy admonition to not fall away from the faith. However, there are some other views that seem to make better sense of this chapter. Listen to find out what those views are.

Who is this guy?

Posted by: David Carroll

Listen: Hebrews 5, November 28, 2004

There is a mysterious character who shows up in Genesis 14 called Melchizedek, King of Salem, who blesses Abram, serves bread and wine, and is called a priest of the Most High God. His name means king of righteousness and his title means King of Peace. The priesthood was not established until hundreds of years later by Moses. In this chapter of Hebrews, Jesus is called our Great High Priest after the order of Melchizedek. Later in this same chapter we find out that Jesus had to learn obedience. Interesting topics... listen to find out more.