Prayer: Lord, your sacrifice was once and brought forgiveness for all. Thank you for the best gift. Amen
Reading: Hebrews 10: 5-10 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Last Christmas I came up with the idea of giving everyone in my family - my mom, brothers, their spouses and the kids - the same gift. You see, we never got around to coordinating a gift exchange and picking out individual gifts for everyone became overwhelming. So, last year everyone got slippers. I shopped once for all.
We read in our text today, It is by God's will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (Hebrews 10: 10) Instead of many sacrifices, Christ made only one, himself, giving free and complete forgiveness for all.
Once for all. The best gift ever.
-- Ruth Gates
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