Worship and a Troubled Conscience

Let us draw near with a true heart – Hebrews 10:22 What does it mean to draw near to God with a true heart?  After spending a couple of chapters explaining how the old covenant was unable to actually take away sin, and how Christ has offered Himself as the one true sacrifice for sin, the […]

Four Ways Incense Typifies Prayer

May my prayer be set before you like incense. – Psalm 141:2 All throughout the Old Testament we see incense playing an important role in the way God prescribed that the people should worship Him.  In fact, even in the Holy place there was an altar of incence.  Now the ceremonies of the old covenant […]

Death and the High Priest

The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he [Jesus] holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever.   – Hebrews 7:23-24 There is a depth to these verses that is often missed.  The basic truth is clear, in the Old Testament, though there was only […]

The Tyranny of Sin

I saw the effects of it today in an old friend who is being ravished by a disease that has attacked his mental capacities to the point he has lost the ability to speak. I saw it in another friend who is fighting with the grief of losing their spouse to illness. It reared its […]

Times of Refreshing

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out,” that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. Acts 3:19 Our God is so gracious that even after we have rebelled against him, he not only wipes out our sins, but he also goes on to give us times of […]