Senior Pastor Video Update in the Time of COVID-19 (May 27, 2020)

Here is my latest video update for Eastbrook Church as we navigate the time of COVID-19. I will continue to re-post these weekly video updates here at my blog for those who have not seen it or who are not part of our church but could use the encouragement. You can watch it here or at the Eastbrook Church Vimeo channel.

In this update I highlight one theme of Hebrews related to hearing the word of God, both in Scripture and in Jesus. I focus that in by mentioning a verse from Psalm 119:

Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105)

If we want direction in the midst of confusion, there is no better source than turning to God’s Word. If we want light in the midst of darkness, there is no better source than the Scriptures.

If this theme captures your interest, you may also enjoy reading a few other posts on my blog:

A Prayer inspired by Hebrews 4:1-13

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Throughout our new series “The Final Word: Knowing Christ through Hebrews,” I am writing prayers related to the text on which we are preaching each week. This prayer is drawn from Hebrews 4:1-13. The complete list of prayers inspired by Hebrews is included at the bottom of this post. You could also view a message, “Finding Rest in God,” by Amanda Kilponen from this passage here.

Lord, our current time is a time of weariness;
of endless reports of trauma, change, and death.
Worn out by such words, we confess that we need
a good word of great joy for all people this day.

Today, Lord, we turn to You to find true rest.
We admit that many places we look for rest
do not really provide what they promise to offer.
And so, Lord, we look to You for sabbath and peace.

Lord, we thank You that You are true to Your promises
and that the promise of rest is still open to us today.
We draw near in full humility before our need
but also in full confidence of Your provision.

Today, Lord, strengthen us to diligently obey You
that, walking in Your will and your way,
we might truly enter into the rest You provide
both for now and unto eternity.

All this we pray in Your name, Triune God—
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—
You who are truly at work and simultaneously at rest,
to whom be all honor and glory, now and forever.
Amen.


Prayers from Hebrews:

A Prayer inspired by Hebrews 3:7-19

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Throughout our new series “The Final Word: Knowing Christ through Hebrews,” I am writing prayers related to the text on which we are preaching each week. This prayer is drawn from Hebrews 3:7-19. The complete list of prayers inspired by Hebrews is included at the bottom of this post. You could also view my message, “Soft Hearted,” from this passage here.

Today, our Father, we hear You speaking,
just as You did to those who went before us in the faith,
inviting them to an Exodus of freedom
and the Promised Land of life with You.

Today, Lord Jesus, we hear You speaking,
as the final word of God bringing life.
In our noisy world that distracts us at every turn,
help us to heed and obey Your invitation.

Today, Holy Spirit, we hear You speaking,
through the words of Holy Scripture
and in the quietness of our hearts.
Strengthen us to respond with willing hearts.

We admit, O God, that You are faithful
but we are often more like Your people of times past
hot and cold, on again-off again, in our pursuit of You.
Forgive us, renew us, and set us on the path again.

All this we pray in Your name, Triune God—
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—
forever speaking and forever searching
to whom be all honor and glory, now and forever.
Amen.


Prayers from Hebrews:

The Final Word: Knowing Christ through Hebrews

This coming weekend at Eastbrook Church we began a new preaching series entitled “The Final Word: Knowing Christ through Hebrews.” Over the course of the next several months we will steadily walk through the entire book of Hebrews, drawing our attention to Jesus Christ and learning about the life of faith. The title of the series is drawn from the first verses of the book:

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. (Hebrews 1:1-4)

The epistle known as Hebrews is one of the most unique books in the New Testament. Structured more like an extended sermon than a letter, Hebrews brings us into rich understanding of who Jesus is and what He has done in light of the Hebrew covenants and sacrificial system. As we walk through this book we want to know Christ more as our understanding grows and our faith is enriched that we might “run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (12:1).

Join us for this series each weekend at “Eastbrook at Home” and consider joining a virtual discussion of the sermon each Sunday at 11 AM.