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A Better Will

I’m sure, if you are like me, you have wondered if someone, somewhere, sometime, might ever leave you some large inheritance in their will. Maybe you don’t have any wealthy people in your immediate family, but perhaps there is some long-lost cousin somewhere, or some friend who knows you from afar and wants to bless you. Do you ever imagine what that would be like—to open the mail one day and find that someone has left you a million dollars? In the passage from the book of Hebrews that we are going to read today we are going to learn about Jesus’ last will and testament. And it is a better will than any other will ever written because in it we are guaranteed much more than a million dollars. Let’s see what great promises are offered to us in Jesus’ will. Listen for the word of God to you from Hebrews 9:15-28… For this reason he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, because a death has occurred that redeems them from…
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