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“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

Hebrews 4:12 is one of those verses we have memorized but we have done so out of context. The Word of God is living, it is active, it is sharper than any two-edged sword, it does pierce our souls and knows our motives. And those of us who have walked with Jesus for many years have experienced its power in various ways. As you have often heard me say, “context is everything.” And if we read Hebrews 4:12 in context, we quickly learn that the pastor to the Hebrews is explaining something he had previously written. What is the pastor referring to by writing “For the word of God?” Most people use Hebrews 4:12 to describe the word of God and that is a completely appropriate application. But it is important that we see the intent of the writer, the pastor, and get an accurate interpretation. There-fore, context is everything because if we fail to interpret “for the word of God” in context of the pas-tors argument we miss his main reason for inserting this description at this point in the sermon. In chapters 3-4 the pastor has been stressing that it is critical that the Hebrew readers enter God’s “rest” (today). His emphasis is on entering God’s rest through faith. Because there were obviously some people who were in danger of falling short of entering God’s rest and returning to Judaism. It is in this background that the pastor warns the Hebrews that “the word of God,” (the pastor quoted Psalm 95) is alive and can discern the heart to see if their belief is real or not.

Pastor Bert

Preparation for sunday January 23rd

Sermon Series: Hebrews “Faithfulness to the End”

Title:  Rest Assured Part 2

Passage:  Hebrews 4:1-13

Reflection  for Sunday: Read Hebrews 4:1-13. This passage is set in the con-text of rest and obedience, of believing and then trusting in Jesus and then obeying His commandments.

question  for Sunday:  What have you done to walk in faith and trust in God? How has the Bible been powerful, authoritative, and active in your life? How can it be more so?

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Sunday january 23rd

worship forcus

Leader: Ed

“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. “

1 Corinthians 16:13-14

  • Grace on top of Grace

    Link to YouTube for this week's song 1 of worship

  • God you reign

    Link to YouTube for this week's song 2 of worship

  •                                                     Your Great Name

    Link to YouTube for this week's song 3 of worship

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january 23rd, 2022

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,”     1 Timothy 2:1


Call to Worship:  “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2


Pray for our church: Father God, we thank You and praise You today for the miracle of Your Son's conception and for the reality of His birth. Thank you for fulfilling Your promise to rescue us from sin and death and thank You for giving us the assurance that because You came to us in the form of a human, we who believe in Jesus can know with absolute certainty that we will spend eternity with You. We thank You, Lord, for the many reasons we have been given a merry Christmas.


Pray for those in local, state, and national offices.


Pray for our partners in Spain:

We praise God for the many opportunities that Thanksgiving afforded to share table and table talk about the history and meaning of the holiday. As we had asked you to pray, the Lord gave us grace to share Christ with our friends. The good seed was sown! Father, of all good gifts, we have sown good seed in all kinds of soil this last week, but we do not control where it falls. By your Holy Spirit prepare the ground to receive our testimony and example of gratitude, and make it grow up to fruit that lasts. 

Pray for the Europe/Middle East Regional Team leaders gathering in Germany this weekend, December 9-12. If CoVid permits, this will be the first in person RLT in two years and the first one with our Regional Directors, Ed and Julie Mangham. Diaspora team leaders Jachin Wettstone and Isaac Fox will attend, Lord willing. Father, in your providence, permit that the field and team leaders from Europe and the Middle East can meet to pray, fellowship, and believe for all that you desire in your mission to the peoples of this region.


Panta ta Ethne (Matthew 28:19 “all nations”): Tubu in Libya


Persecuted Church:  Jordan