Hebrews 8

Hebrews 8:1-7 – I love how this is beginning to open up a whole parallel, spiritual reality. Jesus doesn’t fit in the earthly temple and temple system. They are simply a copy of the heavenly ones, where he serves. He is “a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man.” It’s an amazing thought, and I’m sure was more so for his Jewish audience who was immersed in the temple system, surrounded by it from birth, taught it and understood it as the long standing means for God to relate to man. Now to know that it’s time has gone and Jesus is seated in the heavenly temple had to blow my mind.
I once read (somewhere, I which I could remember where) that Jesus’ sitting down at the right hand of the throne (Hebrews 8:1) was a powerful symbol in itself. The earthly priests, when on duty, never sat down as a testament that there work of atonement was complete. When Jesus sat down, he was saying it is done. There will be no more sacrifices, the work is complete.
Hebrews 8:8-13 – When he quotes this passage from Jeremiah, I wonder what it meant to the Jews. Had they heard it for years and never expected it to be fulfilled in their lives? Had they a vision of what it would mean for God to fulfill this passage? How did that fit with what they heard in this letter?

Hebrews 6:13-7:28

Hebrews 6:19 – I love this verse. God’s promise is an anchor for our soul. And where does it anchor us? The inner place, behind the curtain, where God was in the temple. One end is tied to our soul, the other end, with the anchor, is with God. The hope, God’s promise to us, ties us together. How cool is that?
Not only that, but Hebrews 6:20 says it is where Jesus has gone – into God’s office if you will – on our behalf. It’s as if Jesus ties this rope to our very soul, tied the other end to the anchor, and took it too God’s office and left it there so we would never be lost, no matter how bad the storms get.
Hebrews 7:15 – I love the logic of Hebrews, how the writer uses Melchizedek to prove that Jesus is a priest of a different order, not by heritage, but “by the power of an indestructible life.” He was a priest because of who he was, meaning how he lived and what he did, his character. Amazing.
Hebrews 7:25-27 – “he is able to save to the uttermost” To the uttermost. The old priests couldn’t do that. They could “save” from one day to the next, but it did not last. The sacrifices had to be made, and salvation obtained, again and again. But Jesus “did this once for all when he offered up himself.”

10 years

This weekend, the Columbus Church of Christ celebrated its 10th anniversary. Ten years ago, 25-30 would-be-disiples (Inside joke for my ICOC readers) came from Chicago, Detroit and Cincinnati to start this church. My wife and I quit our jobs and packed our stuff and 18 month old Jessica and moved to Columbus. It happened almost that fast.
We had interviewed to be on the mission team earlier in the summer (the trip to Chicago for that was an adventure in itself) and then told at the beginning of August that we weren’t chosen. We were disappointed, but understood. We were living paycheck to paycheck and had a fair amount of debt at the time. Not ideal candidates to drop everything and go on a church planting.
A week or so later we got another call. “Bro, you know how things go in the kingdom! Ha ha ha! We’ve decided that we’d like you to come after all. I know it’s late notice, but if at all possible, we still need you there by the end of August.” (After we arrived, they ‘asked’ us to lead the children’s ministry. Now we knew why we were suddenly wanted.)
So, we gave less than 2 weeks notice to our jobs, wiggled out of our apartment lease, packed our stuff and headed onto the unknown. We had no jobs lined up, no apartment lined up (We stayed in my sister’s basement the first month) and the day we left, we found out Maria was pregnant with Emily. And we had just left our health insurance with our jobs.
Twenty some others did the same thing and 10 years ago we had our first service in the basement of the minster’s home. Amazing things happened those first months and years. Faith stretching, mind expanding, unbelieveable things. For just us personally, we got a nicer townhome that was cheaper and bigger than out apartment in Detroit (with no income to report for the lease. “I’m sure you’ll do fine” the landlord said.), I got a great job that really launched my career (and had health insurance that covered that pre-existing pregnancy) and friendships that will last forever. It was an amazing time, I’ll have to tell some more of those stories some day.
So this weekend we had a celebration of all that God had done in the last 10 years. Four of the five ministers who served here were there on Sunday, missing was AT Arnesson, the first. For a while we were on the 3 month plan. Back in the day when leaders from above would, and did, shuffle ministers around at will, AT stayed for 3 months and Darryl Reed after him for another 3 months. When Tom Caswell passed that mark and entered his 4th, we all rejoiced. I’m not sure the actual breakdown, but I think that Tom, Greg Miller after him and now Doug Geyer each served for about 3 years, give or take.
Darryl was here from Washington DC and took us to the cross and Greg, in from Washington state, preached a great lesson, pointing out that for many of us, 10 years is nothing compared to how far we have to go. We are a relatively young congregation, mostly in their 30’s and 40’s, so most will serve Christ here on Earth for another 30, 40 even 50 years (for the teens – 60, 70 or even 80!). Puts this anniversary, and my 18th spiritual birthday in perspective. He asked if we will have the freedom to choose in heaven? He thought yes, we have freedom to do so here, why not there? If so, why won’t we sin? Because we will be with God and will see Him clearly and there will be no wordly pleasures to tempt us. We cannot excape the world, so we must keep seeking God and to see Him for who He is to make it to the end. Hopefully, his message will be on the web site soon.
We saw a video montage of still pictures and video snippets from over the years. It was funny to see the old pictures & hairstyles (or just hair) and sad so see the faces that are no longer with us, for whatever reason. We saw pictures of a couple of the teens who were baptized this year when they were in kindergarten or 1st grade.
It was very good to see old friends, especially the Millers who now live in the Tacoma WA area and other friends and family from Missouri, Washington DC, Toledo, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Minnesota. If only others from Wisconsin and Kentucky could have joined us, taht would have made the day that much more special.
It was a good day. As I looked at the larger-than-normal crowd from on stage where I was helping with the song service, and I listened to the voices raised in song, I imagined the crowd of angels hovering over the building singing & rejoicing with us. Even without hearing the heavenly song, the singing was incredible that day. It did my heart good and tears threatened to fill my eyes (Being an emotional guy, I’m pretty good at the art of looking for distractions to keep the emotions at bay. Look, there’s a ceiling tile loose. And a light bulb out. Should tell someone about that.)
God has been at work here, in spite of our sin. I can only hope that for the next 10 years, there can be more of the former and less of the latter.

Hot Wheels

I’ve always been a car guy. My first word was “car”. Really. So, of course, I had lots of toy cars. Something like 150 Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars.
I always liked the Matchbox cars better because they were more realistic. After all, who ever saw a car with an engine towering out of the hood, sitting at a 10 degree angle with enormous slicks hangin out of the back. Now, I’m all for a wild hot rod, but come on, let’s get real. Those kind of hot rod toy cars bugged me because they just aren’t possible.
I stand corrected.
Watch this Honda Civic CRX with a big block V8 and learn. Big Daddy Roth would be proud.
Hat tip: Autoblog. Oh, and there’s another video walk around of this thing here.


I just noticed that I passed a couple of blogging milestones this week.
My last QT entry was my 500th post here at salguod.net and Kieth’s confession on my New Banner post was comment #1,500.
Pretty cool, eh?
That also means that my comments per post ratio is 3:1, which is up from about 2:1 in earlier days. I have the Unity Proposal and Kip McKean to thank for that. Anything I post about either of those generates plenty of discussion. Stories about skipping 11 year old boys? Nothing. UP or Kip’s apology? Can read ’em fast enough.

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