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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Heroes

Hebrews 13: 1-7

1 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
 4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
   “Never will I leave you;
   never will I forsake you.”[a]
 6 So we say with confidence,
   “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
   What can mere mortals do to me?”[b]
 7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Within these verses we find admonitions to help one another in this cruel and heartless world, to show hospitality, to remember those in prison, and to honor our spiritual leaders.

Of course, the passage contains much more, but for our purposes today we will focus on the concept of spiritual mentors, those who were role models of love and compassion, those who went out of their way to show hospitality to all, even to those who were 'strangers' or in prison.

Such persons blazed a trail that we would do well to emulate. This is part of living out our faith.

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