The Great Cloud of Witnesses

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” – Hebrews 12:1 Who is the great cloud of witnesses? This question makes many of us pause for a moment. In Hebrews Chapter 12, the author states, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses…” I used to think the great cloud of witnesses was like those picturesque medieval paintings, with the supernatural host of Heaven and angels flying around. It is that in part, but when you are with other believers, you are also among the great cloud of witnesses.  I was able to grasp the concept of the great cloud of witness as my friend and mentor, Pastor Juan Carlos Ortiz shared, by thanking me for

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Find Compassion in Community

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:24,25 As we continue to grapple with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, I think it’s more important than ever to become an active part of a church community. Thankfully, most congregations have adapted to the precautions demanded by this strange time in history, and many have online fellowship groups for those who don’t feel safe attending in person. Unfortunately, 2020 was a year of social isolation, and though it’s important to be prudent and cautious, it’s never good to be alone. In this age of technology, we’re blessed with numerous ways to connect with people, and while in-person interaction is always best, finding connection online

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