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Melchizedek? Jesus is Better!

Continuing our study of Hebrews. We spent three sessions in Chapter six and God’s Word really came to light in our hearts and minds concerning some very difficult passages of Scripture. We move on to Hebrews 7 to discuss what the writer earlier said He had much to say concerning the priesthood of Melchizedek, but the group in which he wrote were dull of hearing or sluggish. The overall message of this Epistle continues to grow, with more and more evidence that Jesus is Better than the Old Covenant, or anything else this World may offer you in place of Jesus Christ. A High Priest by which we draw near to God the Father.

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Hebrews 1:1-3 – Jesus is better than everything and everybody.

Hebrews 1:4 – 2:18 – Jesus is better than Angels.

Hebrews 3 – Jesus is better than Moses.

Hebrews 4 – Jesus is better than Joshua.

Hebrews 5:1-10 – Jesus is better Aaronn.

Hebrews 7:1-25 – Jesus is better than Melchizedek.

Why is Jesus better than all of the above? Because He brought perfection! He brings a better hope, by which we may now draw near to God. Jesus saves us to the uttermost, because He always lives to make intercession for us. Therefore, we can come boldly and draw near to God, having access to God the Father through faith in our High Priest Jesus Christ.

AMEN!

 

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2016 Senior Honor Banquet

We are vey excited to be celebrating our 10th year of honoring the graduating Seniors of TeensEDGE and their Parents. The Senior Honor Banquet has become one of the highlights throughout the year, mainly to see who will be chosen that year’s Golden Chuck Award Winner. This award is given to the most outstanding teen dedicated in their service and walk to the Lord Jesus. What a blessing to see each one of the past winners and graduating seniors continuing in that same walk and service to Jesus as they enter their young adult lives. We have no greater joy than to hear that the youth of TeensEDGE have grown, matured and are walking in the Truth.
 


 

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2016. May you continue to walk upright and humbly before your God.

Stay tuned to see who will be this year’s winner of the Golden Chucks.

Be Blessed.
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Remembering Jesus

It has been three weeks since Easter Sunday… has the buzz and hype of Resurrection Sunday grown faint in your life? Have you drifted back into a life void of Jesus’ resurrection life and power? The Apostle Paul writes to the church that whatever he had gained in life he counted loss for Christ. He goes on to say that he counts ALL things as rubbish that he main gain Christ and be found in Him. The resurrection of Jesus has made a way for a right standing with God, not of our own doing by keeping rules, but through Jesus Christ. This righteousness is by God through faith in the resurrected Lord and Savior. Paul’s exhortation in his letter is that there would be a continual pressing toward Jesus, that the believer would know and experience the resurrection power and sufferings of Christ everyday day, not just on Easter Sunday.

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We encourage you to take a moment today during your next meal and break “bread” and receive the “cup” in remembrance of Jesus. Simply spend a few minutes reflecting on His sacrifice for you and what had been accomplished by His death, burial and resurrection. As you go from the table, commit yourself to daily press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Scripture References:
Philippians 3:7-21
1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Be Blessed!
Eternally Dedicated God Equipped

Pierced For Our Iniquities

Nothing in life even comes close to the excitement that is generated in the spirit of a believer when hearing words of truth concerning or Lord and Savior. We pray this video will encourage you to gracefully share the greatest story ever to be told. The story of Jesus Christ and the promise of salvation for a life surrendered and lived through Him.

 

 

May you come to know and experience Him and the power of His resurrection. – Philippians 3:10

Happy Easter!

Eternally Dedicated God Equipped.

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Good Friday Preview

Good Friday described 700 years before.

The Prophet Isaiah describes how Jesus Christ would die and would rise again. As you read the below portion of Scripture keep this in mind, the day described (Good Friday) was a necessary for you and me. Jesus’ fulfillment of this prophecy means that our sins can be forgiven, and we can be declared righteous before God.

Good Friday

 

Who has believed our report?

And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,

And as a root out of dry ground.

He has no form or comeliness;

And when we see Him,

There is no beauty that we should desire Him.

He is despised and rejected by men,

A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.

And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;

He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

Surely He has borne our griefs

And carried our sorrows;

Yet we esteemed Him stricken,

Smitten by God, and afflicted.

But He was wounded for our transgressions,

He was bruised for our iniquities;

The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,

And by His stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;

We have turned, every one, to his own way;

And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,

Yet He opened not His mouth;

He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,

And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,

So He opened not His mouth.

He was taken from prison and from judgment,

And who will declare His generation?

For He was cut off from the land of the living;

For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.

And they made His grave with the wicked—

But with the rich at His death,

Because He had done no violence,

Nor was any deceit in His mouth.

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;

He has put Him to grief.

When You make His soul an offering for sin,

He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,

And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.

He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.

By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,

For He shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,

And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,

Because He poured out His soul unto death,

And He was numbered with the transgressors,

And He bore the sin of many,

And made intercession for the transgressors.

– Isaiah 53:1-12

Palm Sunday – Hosanna!

palmsundayJust over 2000 years ago Jesus of Nazareth rode into Jerusalem on a colt. There were crowds of people who followed Him in anticipation that Jesus was going to save them from their enemy and bring salvation (Zechariah 9:9-10). The Bible records it as a celebration. When the people heard that Jesus was coming they laid down their garments, and some broke off palm branches and laid those down along His way (Mark 11:8-10). As Jesus passed by, the crowds cheered “Hosanna”. This was a familiar tradition for the people of Israel to do for a king, see 2 Kings 9:13. John describes in his gospel that people took palm branches and went out to meet Jesus, and cried “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord! The King of Israel!” It is obvious that those that followed and gathered as Jesus rode into Jerusalem recognized Him as the King of Israel.

What we see here as the multitudes gathered along the way of what is known as Jesus’ triumphal entry or Palm Sunday, is the declaration of Psalm 118. David’s prophecy concerning the Messiah, “this is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). What day? The day God has made for man’s deliverance. The day set forth for the Messiah to come and give His life a ransom for the salvation of all people. “Save now, I pray, O Lord; O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity (Psalms 118:25). “Save now” is the Hebrew for the Greek translation of Hosanna. “Save now in the highest”, a cry for the messiah to save. In light of this we would encourage you to read Psalm 118 with the Lord Jesus in mind.

What happened in one week’s time to turn the crowd and even Jesus’ closest followers against him? Yes, we understand that he had to suffer the cross and He laid His life down willingly (John 10:18). But, consider this, one day he is celebrated as King and they are declaring him as Messiah, then several days later they are shouting crucify Him. Was it that Jesus did not look like what they wanted Him to look like? Did He not fit their idea of a saving and conquering king? Was it political pressure from Rome? Was it an influence by the religious leaders of the day? Let us guard our own hearts against such things that would cause us to shout hosanna one day and crucify Him the next. I pray that the Church would arise to a new cry of Hosanna. One that would have a continued witness of Jesus Christ day after day and year after year. A true testimony to the lost. That we would be followers of Christ, who would not shout Hosanna once a year or even every Sunday and then deny Him the rest of the week with our actions which speak crucify Him, away with Jesus and His rule and reign in my life. Let us hold fast to John the Baptist’s confession “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” And of our confession of Jesus as Lord, and all the more as we see the day of His glorious return (Hebrew 10:23-25).

Have a Blessed Holy Week.

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Jesus, a Better Valentine

Jesus is Better! A Study of the book of Hebrews continues.

Hebrew 3:1-6 starts with a reminder to consider Jesus Christ, Who is the Apostle and High Priest of our confession of faith. He is compared to Moses who was also faithful to his calling. Numbers 12:6 says that he, Moses, was faithful in God’s house and that God spoke to him face to face. Here in Hebrews 3:1-6 we see that this Apostle and High Priest, Jesus, has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses. Why? Because he who builds the house has more honor than the house. Moses was a faithful servant in the house to later testify of what was to come. Jesus however, was not only faithful over the house, He also built the house. This house, is a dwelling place for God the Father, it is made up of those who have put their faith and who’s boast is in the Lord Jesus Christ, our Apostle and High Priest.

As a child did you ever exchange and received Valentine cards or gifts in school? There was always that one card or gift that you knew meant a little more than the others. The card that you knew that special someone put a little more into it. Whether the actual message in the card said a little more, or the card came with a special gift. Well, the Gift of God’s Son sent to the world meant a lot more than all the other prophets or angels God used to testify of His plan for salvation. Jesus is that special Valentine that God sent to begin construction on His house (Ephesians 2:19-22).

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Setting aside any trivial debate about Valentine’s Day, and finding agreement in the simple definition for “Valentine” (a person singled out as one’s sweetheart) we see Jesus is a Better Valentine than any other. God the Father singled out Jesus, and sent Him to be received by us. In doing so we become His and He becomes ours.

Listen to the heart of Jesus as He prayed to God about you and me. “Father, I want those you gave me to be with me, right where I am, so they can see my glory, the splendor you gave me, having loved me long before there ever was a world. Righteous Father, the world has never known you, but I have known you, and these disciples know that you sent me on this mission. I have made your very being known to them–– Who you are and what you do –– And continue to make it known, So that your love for me might be in them exactly as I am in them”. – John 17:24-26

What a prayer, what a gift. Jesus has been singled out and sent by God for us to receive Him as our Sweetheart. Jesus is saying to you and me today… ME MINE! If you have never received Jesus Christ into your life, we invite you to do so. Make this Valentine’s Day one to never forget. Please follow this link and listen to and or read the information and pray the prayer at the end to begin this new life in Christ.

 

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