Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Jesus Our High Priest-Heb.2.17

An incredible truth, idea, concept and facts about our great High Priest, Jesus.
Heb. 2:17 For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.
Heb. 3:1 Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.
Heb. 4:14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.
Heb. 5:1 Every high priest is selected from among men and is appointed to represent them in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.
Heb. 5:5 So Christ also did not take upon himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.”
Heb. 5:10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.
Heb. 6:20 where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
Heb. 7:26 Such a high priest meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.
Heb. 8:1 The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven,
Heb. 8:3 Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer.
Heb. 9:7 But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.
Heb. 9:11 When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation.
Heb. 9:25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own.
Heb. 13:11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp.

Basking in these matters related to God and men,

Monday, May 14, 2007

More on Safe or Unsafe?

This past week I had the pleasure of hearing a talk on “Healthy Relationships”. For me it was a very important talk because it gave some practical insights on how to build connection and intimacy in relationships.
The speaker pointed out that CONNECTION comes from OPEN HEARTS and open hearts come from SAFETY or a SAFE ENVIRONMENT.
This was very insightful to me because we put a lot of attention on connection and community but not enough attention on how to build it.

I was challenged to ask Debbie two questions:
1. Do you feel safe with me?
2. Do I create a safe environment for you?

These two questions led to some very healthy and hard conversations. What was particularly helpful was the list of what makes a person or environment safe or unsafe.

What makes one UNSAFE?
1. Having angry outbursts
2. Threats…of divorce, leaving or violence
3. Ignoring issues
4. Avoiding issues…not addressing them now or later
5. Using sarcastic humor
6. Judging another’s feelings…”You shouldn’t feel that way”
7. Criticizing
8. Nagging
9. Fixing or solving rather than listening
10. Emotionally shutting down or the silent treatment
11. Forcing or demanding conversation
12. Looking for negative traits
13. Using information against them later
14. Trying to be right or win
15. Losing control of emotions
16. What else would you add to this list?

What makes one SAFE?
1. Showing care for them
2. Honoring their personality differences
3. Communicating how valuable they are
4. Showing patience
5. Asking about their feelings
6. Expressing curiosity
7. Seeking to understand
8. Focusing on positive traits
9. Empathizing willingly
10. Giving undivided attention
11. Acting genuinely
12. Sharing feelings
13. Giving affirmation

As I have thought about this concept, I believe it is SOOOOOO fundamental to deep, open, honest, safe friendships and intimacy. Hope it encourages and challenges you as it has Debbie and me.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Safe or Unsafe?

Today I had the pleasure of speaking at North Point on being a "Safe Person".
SAFE leads to OPEN which leads to CONNECTION or INTIMACY.
Click on the title and go to 5/13/07 if you would like to hear more.
Are you SAFE?
Are you creating a SAFE ENVIRONMENT?