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I admit it, I’m a coffee snob. The older I get the more I prioritize my ability to start my day with my preferential morning cup. This is the result of something I call the “Starbucks curse”. I first started to drink coffee while working at my family’s restaurant. It was a standard corporate brew that often sat on the hot plate for hours. It took a bunch of sugar to get that swill down, but that’s what everybody drank. Then along came Starbucks and a whole new world of flavors and options opened up and soon my palate adjusted and the corporate stuff wasn’t good enough anymore. You see where this is going, right? The first time I grabbed a cup from Arsaga’s, Starbucks became unacceptable unless there was no other option. Then came Onyx. With each experience, what I formerly thought of as “the best” changed… but it doesn’t necessarily stay that way. I’ve also found that if the best isn’t available, I can quickly become accustomed to something other, something less. I can forget just how good the Onyx is if all I drink is Starbucks. I even imagine if there was nothing else, I could slip all the way back. Except, here’s the deal. We have Onyx available to us all the time. We don’t even have to pay extra. We just have to pay attention. 

Let’s dig in this week and see what we can find,

Grace and peace y’all,

John Ray and the teaching team

Big Idea

Jesus really is the best choice, so we can choose, confess, and follow without fear of missing out.

Take Away

The temptation of sin is that it offers a “better way” for us to be happy, fulfilled, get what we want and need, AND get it at less cost. It’s constantly working to undermine our Jesus following by offering seemingly better alternatives.


Hebrews 3:1-19 (NET)

How does this fit with Belong, Become, Believe?

At Grace we extend the offer for others to belong because, well, that’s the offer Jesus gives to us. Seems wrong not to pass it on. This practice helps us become more and more like the one we follow and is formed and informs what we confess to believe. 


What’s Next?

Shannon Barrowcliff leads us through Hebrews 4!

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