Archive for November 2015

Hebrews 11:32-40

The life of faith can empower the Christian life!  According to our reading today, it can enable us to do two things.  It can quicken us to experience great victories, and it can enable us to survive great suffering.  It is easy to focus on the first one and sort of ignore the second.  As…

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Hebrews 11:23-31

“He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt” (v.26).  Moses threw away being the king’s son so that he could find his identity with God and His people.  That’s an amazing act of faith!  As a man of faith, Moses wanted God more than he wanted the “fleeting pleasures of…

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Hebrews 11:17-22

Do you expect great things to happen in your future? Do you look forward to what God is doing in your life, or are you anxious and fearful that only difficulty in trouble await you?  Our passage today reminds us that the person living in faith in God is filled with an undying optimism in…

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Hebrews 11:13-16

This is an incredible passage that shows just how future-focused faith is!  People believed God for a great life.  And most of them did not get it in this life.  And they were ok with that because they were really putting their hope on the future life that goes beyond the few years we have…

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Hebrews 11:8-12

One of the results of living in a faith relationship with God is that this world takes on a different meaning for us.  Abraham was willing to live in tents, in a foreign land, because he was not looking for all his desires to be fulfilled in this world, but in the world to come,…

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Hebrews 11:4-7

In his discussion of what faith in the Christian life is all about, the writer throws us three examples of how faith works, and what it does.  Let’s take a look at these three and see what they can tell us. Able had faith in God, and this moved him to offer the kind of…

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Hebrews 11:1-3

The book of Hebrews opens with a definition, a definition of faith.  Furthermore, the writer explains to us why faith is important. Then, thirdly, he gives us a basic illustration of faith at work in a person. So let’s look at these three things. What is faith?  The writer explains it by comparing it to…

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Hebrews 10:32-39

Dwelling on the past is not always good nor is it something to be done overly much. But sometimes looking back at a past event, especially an event that was a very positive and very heroic, is helpful for the Christian as we live life today. The writer of the book of Hebrews calls upon…

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Hebrews 10:26-31

The word of God is given to us for our comfort and encouragement, but it also serves to shake us up when that is our greatest need.  Our reading today is a shaker!  The writer has been telling us that we have Jesus, who is the perfect one, given to us to deliver us from…

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Hebrews 10:19-25

Where does high-powered theology lead us?  Do the things we believe actually make a difference in our lives.  Notice what we get to do, get to enjoy and are called to do because Jesus has made a new and better way for us to be saved. We are clean!  People who are plagued by guilt,…

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