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Pursuing Community

Pastor Ralph Byma
January 22, 2019

Pursuing Community

I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone ~ Robin Williams
Hebrews was written to the Jews who struggled to understand the new covenant. Yearly sacrifices could not remove the knowledge and guilt of sin.

Even today, people feel burdened with a knowledge of their sin, fear of judgement, exposure and inability to measure up. So we put on exteriors, covering ourselves. Many try to work up an image of what they think people expect us to be.  We long for a community where we can be ourselves, to be free to be who God created us to be and to offer the same grace towards others.

Hebrews 10: 19-25 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

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