Sunday February 20, 2022

Sunday – February 20th – Hebrews 8:12-13     -----      
8:12) For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." 
13) In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:

     Happy Sunday and happy worship day to you! If you are able to join SunRise either in-building today or anytime online for worship this week we are continuing the “In This Together” teaching series. This week our focus will be on Paul’s powerful comments on the truth of resurrection from 1 Corinthians 15. Outside of Romans 8, this is one of my favorite chapters of scripture to read, digest, investigate, and share. Our inspirational thought today could easily be one that I own as a rudder for my faith journey. The reality of this statement is in my tendency to miss seeing my faults because I am too busy focusing on other people’s faults. Didn’t Jesus teach that we must remove the log from our eye before we can help remove the speck for a neighbor’s eye? Spending time looking in the mirror might be time well spent for my Sunday afternoon.
   Our pick verses today close out chapter 8 in the book of Hebrews. For over half of this chapter our author has introduced to the original readers, and to us, that the work of Jesus instituted a new covenant that has the power to change our heart. Through the mercy and unconditional love of God, the sins of those who become fully committed follower of Jesus are forgiven. These sins will never be charged to a person’s account again. There are gone from our resume and have no bearing on our relationship with God. However, we are cautioned here and throughout the New Testament that forgiveness of sin is not permission for us to willfully sin so God’s grace can step-in and save us time after time. God’s grace is not a blanket forgiveness for us to live a continued life of sinful actions. As followers of Jesus, we are to have the Holy Spirit help us recognize temptations and avoid giving in to them. As the theme of this section indicates our lives, our actions, and our intentions are transformed by God through a changed heart.

  Pastor Jim
Monday – February 21st – Hebrews 9:1

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Location 9764). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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