ISSL Reflections – June 23 2024 Hebrews 6:9–20 Post 1

I.As we begin our reflections on this passage from Hebrews 6, notice that the writer speaks of“… a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul…” Let’s think about “anchors” this week. II.Hebrews 6:9-20 (NRSVue) Even though we speak in this … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections June 2 2024 Colossians 1:24–2:3 Post 3

VII.Today let’s spend time with these words of Paul and pay attention to what he identifies as his hope for the recipients of his letter. VIII.Colossians 1:24-2:3 (NRSVue) I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections May 19 2024 Romans 5:1–11 Post 3

VII.Do you think we can agree that Paul believes we “are justified,” or at the very least can be “justified”? What do you think about that? How do you feel about that? Do you really think and feel “justified” and … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections February 25 2024 Habakkuk 2:1–5 Post 3

VII.The Prophet receives an “answer” to his complaint. Today let’s first take notice how the “answer” begins. VIII.Habakkuk 2:1-5 (NRSVue) I will stand at my watchpostand station myself on the rampart;I will keep watch to see what he will say … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections January 7 2024 Hebrews 11:1–4a, 7a, 8, 17–18, 20–23, 32, 39–40 Post 2

IV.This passage starts with what we could call a definition of faith. Take some time to look at verse 1 in several translations and notice the differences in the translations. V.Hebrews 11:1–4a, 7a, 8, 17–18, 20–23, 32, 39–40 (NRSVue) Now … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections January 7 2024 Hebrews 11:1–4a, 7a, 8, 17–18, 20–23, 32, 39–40 Post 1

I.On this first day of 2024 we turn our attention for a time to what many call the “Faith Hall of Fame, Hebrews 11.” The writer of Hebrews connects faith, hope and approval. Notice those connections in the names mentioned … Continue reading