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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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Meet Thales — the Father of Western Philosophy

STUNNED BY DARKNESS

Our adventure opens upon a battlefield. The year is 585 BC. Lydian soldiers clash with Medes. Blood flows; men die.

After six grueling years of engagement, weary families wonder whether the fighting will ever end. An ominous rumor ripples across the field. The philosopher Thales had made a frightening prediction. Suddenly, the sky grows dark. Continue reading Meet Thales — the Father of Western Philosophy

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Before Mere Christianity — C.S. Lewis Vintage Broadcast Talks

Imagine you live in a flat in London, and it’s 1941.

It’s night. As you hear the now familiar drone of propellers, you brace yourself. Within minutes, bombs drop from the skies and explosions erupt. You feel helpless, hopeless, and an overwhelming sense of impending doom.

When at last it’s quiet , you fumble your way to the radio, your hand shaking as you turn the dial. A calm, reassuring voice fills the room, delivering the first of what will be a series of radio broadcast talks. This one is titled: “Right and Wrong: A clue to the meaning of the universe.” Continue reading Before Mere Christianity — C.S. Lewis Vintage Broadcast Talks

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A Simple and Painless Scripture Memory Resource — Philippians in 28 Weeks

Philippians in 28 Weeks Story

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LOVE HIM WITH ALL YOUR MIND?

That’s a question I often ask as I homeschool our two teenaged sons.

When I think about how the Bible is banned in many countries…and about how countless believers have sacrificed their freedom and even their lives to spread the message of God’s love and salvation…another question naturally arises:

Are we exercising our freedom responsibly?

OUR STORY

Continue reading A Simple and Painless Scripture Memory Resource — Philippians in 28 Weeks

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Why study philosophy?

Philosophy impacts us in unexpected ways…

Most of us underestimate the relevance of philosophy. But whether we realize it or not, philosophers’ ideas have a profound impact on our daily lives.

In fact, philosophers are the world’s idea men—and their ideas are the real movers and shakers of history.

Today, there is a form of philosophy that has effectively undercut freedom and dignity within our culture. And that philosophy creeps into our lives under our radar, without us even detecting it. Continue reading Why study philosophy?