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I have no idea why I let my friends talk me into going to the States for a shopping trip. I hate shopping trips. But, they were my friends and I was about 19 with time to kill. After we crossed the boarder we stopped referring to the map because we got caught up in actually being in the States for the first time on our own. I didn’t realize how quickly a small thing like drifting off course could become so virulent until I stopped for gas and found myself in the middle of a shoot out. As bullets were flying and gunshots were coming from multiple directions I immediately understood – drifting can be deadly. That’s precisely why we need to give the Gospel Priority.
As my dad and I were fishing, sitting in his homemade canoe, we allowed the gentle breeze and the current to carry us along. We may have started in a good location, but because we weren’t paying attention we ended up drifting toward the shore and beaching ourselves. On that day, the fish were completely safe as our lures (I’m convinced of this) sat resting on the sandy bottom. Drifting may be good when you want to relax, but when something needs to be accomplished it’s completely unhelpful. In other contexts, drifting can even result in some seriously negative outcomes. In this episode we’re going to find out why Hebrews 2:1-4 strongly warns not to drift.
I have heard somewhere that we are the most marketed to generation ever. I don’t have a source for that, but it makes sense to me. Not only are we being asked to buy products, but we’re also being asked to buy into brands of spirituality. Considering that there is only one God, there are far too many spiritual options available making it very challenging for someone to discern which is the best option.
I have heard that our generation is the most advertised to generation that has ever existed. Advertisement doesn’t only take the form of products and services, it also includes spirituality. There are many spiritual options to pursue these days, and it seems as though people are making up something new almost daily. How is one to determine which option is best? In today’s episode we focus on Hebrews 1:5-14, and discover Why Following Jesus Is Your Best Option.
Thirty teens ran through a dark church filled with haze from fog machines, strobe lights, and laser beams flashing everywhere. Hillside Community Church was completely transformed into a Laser Tag facility for one great event to begin a new season for the youth group. This youth group, in all honesty, is the best behaved group of youth I have ever led (I’ve led a bunch over the years). I have a feeling that being a father of four in my forties is the reason. I’m bigger than I used to be (and, I don’t mean my girth). I’m superior, and they know it. Before you start thinking my head is bloated, let me tell you why I used the word “superior.”
In this awesome episode we’re beginning a new series through Hebrews! Based on your feedback (thanks for connecting!) the format is changing just a little. Rather than providing a commentary like I did through Romans, the series through Hebrews will be based on my sermon series at Hillside Community Church. So, lets jump into this new season beginning with Hebrews 1:1-4, “Why Jesus’ Way Is Best.”
I’m so excited to tell you what’s ahead this season on the Christianity 101 podcast! I’ve taken to heart some of your feedback. You’ve told me that you listen while commuting, you have the podcast playing in the background while working, and you play it in the background on YouTube while at home (but you’re not actually watching it), and you’ve asked for an option that doesn’t require a lot of bandwidth. Some of you have also told me that you’d prefer a sermon style podcast over a commentary style. I think I’ve heard you, so lets talk about the new season…
I knew something was wrong the minute I walked around the corner of the church building and looked into the empty parking lot. I was very rarely the first person to arrive on a Sunday morning as an intern. While walking through the empty church, turning lights on as I went, I began to mildly freak out for about 30 minutes considering the possibility that I had missed the rapture. The feeling of being left behind stuck with me for the remainder of the day. I was so entirely relieved when my boss, the senior pastor, walked in. Giving me a puzzled look he asked, “Did you forget to change your clock?” There’s nothing like an experience like that to get you thinking about Jesus’ Second Coming. I didn’t miss out on the Second Coming that day, I don’t want to miss out on the actual day, and I don’t want you to, either, so lets prepare for the Second Coming.