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The Window (Hebrews 2:3)

Hebrews 2:3

How Shall We Escape (Hebrews 2:3)

Although muted by the blind’s wooden slats, enough natural light filters in through my bedroom window to sustain my vision as I read and reflect upon Hebrews 2:3.

“[H]ow shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?”

Salvation.

What does that really mean?

What’s so great about salvation?

To be painfully honest, I empathize with the person who asks, “What’s so great about salvation?”

From the vantage point of the here and now, salvation is a pretty abstract concept. Understandably, then, it is hard to imagine salvation to be of greater worth than say…

Hearing a knock at the door. Hesitating. Expecting to see the sheriff and foreclosure crew hired to throw your family’s belongings onto the front lawn. Instead, you’re greeted by a messenger dispatched to announce that your mortgage has been paid in full.

Or:

Returning to the hospital room. Grieving. Preparing to comfort your precious four-year-old child suffering from a painful and fatal illness. Instead, you’re greeted by the doctor who announces that your child has been completely and inexplicably healed.

Now those two scenarios describe a “great salvation”!

Salvation in the life to come is all good and well, but how does it relate to the clamor of challenges I face today?

I live in this life.

When salvation becomes precious

The sky is overcast. I pause to gaze outside at the morning stillness. Birdsong and a delicate breeze reach me through the open window…as the analogy gradually comes into focus.

Salvation is like this window. A source of light and fresh air. Vaguely appreciated. But not startling. Not precious. Merely present. Until…

…the house catches fire and I’m trapped in my bedroom and this window is my only way of escape.

Now, suddenly, this window is everything to me. It is life.

Salvation.

In reality, abstract though it may seem, my house is smoldering. Once it bursts into flames, I will instantly recognize the magnitude of this gift I’ve been offered.

And I will stagger at the thought that I could’ve neglected such a great salvation—JESUS—and chosen a windowless room.

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Don’t Eat That Frog — Part 3

Habits overcome habits.

Habits Overcome Habits

Attention Required

As creatures of habit, we move through our days without even thinking about many of our actions. But, if we’re seeking to maximize our productivity, we need to turn off autopilot and start paying attention.

Although we don’t want to become self-absorbed, we do need to become self-aware.  Continue reading Don’t Eat That Frog — Part 3

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Walking with the Waodani — Part 4 — Life Lessons

Russell and Gary in Quito

(This is part 4 — life lessons — in our Walking with the Waodani series. Click here to start the series at the beginning.)

WHAT ABOUT SOCIALIZATION?

We hear it so often that it’s become cliché. But I suppose, if you don’t homeschool, there’s no way to know how many “social” opportunities are available to homeschoolers. Continue reading Walking with the Waodani — Part 4 — Life Lessons

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Walking with the Waodani – Part 3 – Poison Fishing

Russell's Salinas fish

(This is part 3 — poison fishing — in our Homeschooler Adventure Walking with the Waodani series. Click here to start the series at the beginning.)

FIRST CAME SPEAR FISHING

In our previous Homeschooler Adventurer post, Russell Winter told the story of spear fishing in the Amazon River. The post also mentioned how, during his seven-week adventure in Ecuador, a new friend had taken him spear fishing on the Salinas coast. See the lovely fish he caught there? Continue reading Walking with the Waodani – Part 3 – Poison Fishing

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IT’S OKAY IF YOUR DREAM IS TO BE A GOOD WIFE AND MOTHER

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Raising children is a noble profession. In many ways, our future depends upon it. Somewhere along the way, our culture has lost sight of just how important motherhood and fatherhood really are.

Charles Spurgeon said it well:

You are as much serving God in looking after your own children, and training them up in God’s fear, and minding the house, and making your household a church for God, as you would be if you had been called to lead an army to battle for the Lord of hosts.

Continue reading IT’S OKAY IF YOUR DREAM IS TO BE A GOOD WIFE AND MOTHER