Posts by Mike Mazzalongo

A Time for Everything

In this lesson, we talk about Ecclesiastes 3:1 where Solomon describes there is a time for everything. When we realize there is a time for everything it will add so much to our lives. There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven— 2 A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. 3 A time to kill and a time…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – Greater than the Jewish Religion, Part 1

In this lesson, the author will review Jesus’ work as High Priest, not only His credentials to server in this role. In the previous chapter we finished the section in the letter to the Hebrews that explained Jesus’ superiority as high priest over Aaron. Aaron and descendants as high priests – appointed by the Law, temporary and serviced by sinful men. Jesus as high priest – appointed by God, eternal in nature (Melchizedek type), serviced by a perfectly righteous divine…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – Greater than Aaron, Part 3

In this final section on Melchizedek, the writer explains the relationship between Aaron, Melchizedek and Jesus. In the last three chapters of the book of Hebrews the author has demonstrated how Jesus, as High Priest, was superior to the Aaronic line of high priests in Judaism. The idea was that formerly, under the Mosaic system, the hope of the Jewish people was based on the fact that their priests could go before God and intervene on their behalf (give thanks,…

4 rules for a Happy Life

I believe that the most sincere thing we can desire for someone else is their happiness. We believe, and rightly so, that whether rich or poor, healthy or sick – happiness is the most important commodity that we possess. I’d like to share with you four basic rules that will contribute to your lifetime happiness if you put them into practice on a regular basis. 1. Live the “Spiritual” Life Keep your priorities in order understanding that living according to…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – Greater than Aaron, Part 2

In this lesson, Mike examines the passages that demonstrate that Christianity’s priesthood is superior to the Aaronic priesthood. The author of the book of Hebrews is comparing Jesus to various aspects of the Jewish religion in order to encourage his readers not to abandon their new faith in Christ for their old faith of Judaism. The notion that the Jewish religion is superior because it boasts of the ancient priesthood of Aaron is dealt with by showing that, in Christ,…

Will He find you faithful

When speaking of His eventual return to judge the world and transport the church to heaven, Jesus had only one question expressed in Luke 8:8, “…when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” When applied in personal terms this question becomes, “When Jesus returns, will He find you faithful?” The Bible teaches us that the return of Christ and the end of the world will come suddenly and without any warning (Luke 12:40; Rev. 3:3).…

What to do while you wait for Jesus

“I have sworn by Myself, The word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness And will not turn back, That to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance.” – Isaiah 45:23 (NASB) In this passage God is speaking through Isaiah and He mocks the utter uselessness of idols while declaring His glory and His power. He also warns His people of that day, the Jews, that this ignorance and this idolatry will one day come to an…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – Greater than Aaron, Part 1

This lesson examines what the writer of Hebrews says about the 4th element of the Jewish religion, the priesthood, and especially the High Priest. In his argument encouraging Jewish Christians to remain faithful to Christ, the author of the book of Hebrews divides his letter into two sections: He shows that the glory of Christ is greater than the glory of the Jewish religion and all of its parts. In the last several chapters we have covered three of these…

Carrying the Cross of Jesus Christ

“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” – Luke 14:27 The cross has always been a powerful reminder of the suffering of Christ and a symbol of true discipleship for those who would follow Jesus. It is also a reference point for the things that Christians must suffer in order to continue faithfully serving the Lord. But “carrying our cross” refers not only to the trials and hardships we experience as believers,…

3 choices Christians need to make

I have often said to my eldest son as we discussed serious issues that life is a series of choices. Where you will live? Who will be your friends, marry? How you will react to what happens to you? What you will do with your time, talent and energy? When you look back at your life you can usually see the line it took by plotting out the choices you made along the way. Christian life is like this as…