The author [of Hebrews] has just said: “let us pay worship to God”; he says now: “Let brotherly love remain” (13,1). Where is the relation? In reality, this very abrupt transition is certainly intended, not only to mark the literary division between the two paragraphs, but also to suggest a profound doctrine about the true way of understanding the worship to be paid to God. Do you want to pay God a worship acceptable to him? Love your brothers! Suggested here by the succession of the two themes, this unexpected connection is expressed very explicitly a little later: “Beneficence and solidarity, do not forget them, for those are the sacrifices that God accepts” (13,16). —A. Vanhoy, A Different Priest: The Epistle to the Hebrews, 403-404.

There’s more of the same to be read in the paragraph and book. Excellent material.

Just finished delivering the back cover of Jon Gary Williams’s book, on how to study the Bible, in Portuguese to the printer. That’s done. This run will be relatively small, for the seminar on how to study and apply the Bible, for Saturday of next week. It still needs some revision, but I wanted to have this to put in people’s hands at the event, since it’s what I’ll be using for part of the day. So we’ll do a second edition down the road a bit.

Houses here have water tanks in the attic. We contracted to have ours cleaned Sat. The scare is that the water is now unfit to drink or use on the body, since our tank is disintegrating. Our contract guy is going to pull water in directly from the street on Tues. Which means no showers until then, just buckets and pans of water from the one outside tap that comes directly from the street.

The context of Luke 12.7 is persecution while fulfilling our mission.

Jesus said we were “worth more” than many sparrows, Luke 12:7. The root meaning of “worth more” is “to differ,” Romans 12:6a; I Corinthians 12:4-6; 15:41. By implication, Jesus declared that humans surpass birds in value, Matthew 6:26.

Ed M. reminds us today that God cares and sees.

What reasons do you have today to rejoice, even in the midst of pain and suffering, as you do God’s will and work?

Here are some first images of the outside of my home office in the back yard. We closed in the back porch, removed the door from a bedroom on to the porch, and will use the bedroom and porch area for the home office. Still work to do, but it’s getting there.