Hebrews 10:25 as a Precept and a Lawful Expedient (Revised)

"Not forsaking our assembly, as some are accustomed: but comforting one anther, and so much the more as you see the day approaching. For if we sin willfully after having the knowledge of the truth, there is now left no sacrifice for sins: but a certain dreadful expectation of judgment, and the rage of a fire which shall consume the adversaries" (Hebrews 10:25-27 Douay Rheims).

by Mark Mountjoy

Introductory Remarks

All over the West Christian churches are facing an existential crisis. Unlike the churches in the global south (who are growing by leaps and bounds) churches in Europe and North America are faced with epidemic disinterest and small turnouts. But this is not true of every kind of church, but specifically churches who have not kept a pulse on the felt needs of modern mankind. In general, people have definite reasons why they would not attend church: some do not believe the church is relevant; some do not believe in God; some think Christians are too narrow-minded and dogmatic. But some Christians do not go to church nor attempt to start and sustain a ministry because they do not believe assembling is relevant after the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D.70.

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God Cares for You

by Mark E. Mountjoy

Scripture text: "Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due season. Cast all your care upon him; for he careth for you" (1 Peter 5:6-7).

Introduction

Many peoplel have heard the comforting words, "God cares for you." Yet today (as has been true throughout history), the course of the majority of millions of lives has been one of adversity, loss and pain and struggle. Natural disasters, personal misfortunes, loss of a loved one, loss of work, earthquakes, famines, terrorism and false flag events, addiction, debt, disappointment, thoughts of suicide—there seems to be no rhyme or reason for the hazards we must in this life face—often unexpectedly.

So then, how can anyone put credence in the words "God cares for you"? Surely, if God cares so much where is he at, and why do things in this world and in our lives seem so overwhelming and so hopeless?

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