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It's October 1; Good Morning Union

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses…”         Hebrews 12:1

It's September 30, Good Morning Union

“Since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus… Let us:” Hebrews 10:19-25

Ok, here’s a sermon outline already made by the author of Hebrews, for my budding young preachers. But you better hurry up or I’ll use it! I think I’ll call it “A Homily on Lettuce!” A sermon ideally should have no more than three main points but if God makes an exception in His word then I’ll go with the 5 I found!

It's September 29; Good Morning Union

“Cleansed… to serve.”            Hebrews 9:14

Hebrews talks a lot about the old and the new covenant, a debate on the definition of each that will probably go on until Jesus comes. But my method of studying God’s word, especially when I am doing it devotionally, is to not get hung up on that which is not clear but to stop and reflect (meditate if you will) on that which IS clear. My axiom to live by—“If it’s important to God, it’s clear in his word.”

It's September 26; Good Morning Union

“But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”  Hebrews 5:14

It's September 25; Good Morning Union

“I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will  have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.”      Philemon 6

It's September 24; Good Morning Union

“The grace of God brings…”         Titus 2:11

I reread the book of Titus again after sending GMU yesterday morning (it’s just a little book!) and I found another ah-ha moment that I just had to share this morning before moving on. The “grace of God” does three things according to Paul in this part of his letter to Titus:

1.       It brings salvation

2.       It teaches me to say no to

It's September 23; Good Morning Union

“When the kindness and love of God appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we have done, but because of His mercy.”    Titus 3:4

What a good reminder this morning as I was reading the book of Titus, another of Paul’s mentees who ended up pastoring the people on the island of Crete. What a powerful message for a preacher to preach; what an even more powerful message of God’s children to live!

It's September 22; Good Morning Union

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”        

2 Timothy 4:7-8

The end of Paul’s writing! This is how he summed up his life. I want this to by my summary as well. The goal was the “crown of righteousness,” which was attained by:

It's September 19; Good Morning Union

“I know Whom I have believed…”            2 Timothy 1:12

Still one of my favorite verses in the Bible. This was Paul’s last letter and he wrote it to his young friend Timothy who had been mentored to take over after Paul’s work was done. I like his confidence, not in himself but in his God, and I like what that has come to mean for me. The whole verse says, “I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him.”

It's September 18; Good Morning Union

“You, man and woman of God, flee from the nonsense of this world…” 1 Timothy 6:11

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