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How to Hug a Vampire-Loving the People who Suck the Life Out of Us: Commitments
October 20, 2019

How to Hug a Vampire-Loving the People who Suck the Life Out of Us: Commitments

We continue with our series, How to Hug a Vampire-Loving the People who Suck the Life Out of Us. So far, we have learned that God wants us to love others (Clarity), but we cannot take God’s place (Confession)! We need to follow God’s boundaries in our lives. This week’s sermon is Commitments. Managing our commitments is one of the great struggles in life. All of us have to learn how to juggle various things and it can be exhausting! Does God even care about all the things we have to do? Trying to love others amid all the other things, just seems to drive us down rather than give us hope. This week, we turn to Hebrews 13:8-16. Some of these Christians were on the verge of giving up. They were enduring persecution and wondering where would they find help. This passage shares with them the path to find a fountain of strength, even in great adversity. The secret is found in choosing the right commitments in our lives! As you read Hebrews 13:8-16, realize that God is able to fill our hearts, even when all hope seems lost! Hebrews 13:8-16: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so. 10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat. 11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. 15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise-- the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. (NIV)

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