This Hebrews passage reminds us that Christ has offered himself as the ultimate sacrifice. His death and resurrection are a once and for all "done deal." All that is required of us is to trust that he has done it for us completely and perfectly. Verse 26b says, "But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself." I am reminded of all the many theories of the atonement that we were taught in seminary. However, I always remember that Jesus died for me and this is how I am made "at-one-ment" with God. Thanks be to God! -- Bolton
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
Ron Love Mark Ellingsen Bob Ove Bonnie Bates Bill Thomas Frank Ramirez
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.