Contributed on Aug 13, 2018
Even before the Flood, God’s people related to Him on the basis of faith. The writer extracts some important Christian beliefs from their examples.
Faith Lessons from the Big Guns A Midrash Extravaganza (Hebrews 11:4-7) 1. This is a wonderful time to live when it comes to new technologies and inventions. Elon Musk, who oversees Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company is sort of a cross between Thomas Edison and Cornelius ...read more
Contributed on Jul 31, 2018
God-pleasers are always men and women of faith. Faith is an individual choice, but also a legacy passed down by example, and it is most evident during hardship.
An Overview of Faith The Progressive Story of Trusting God’s Word from Creation All the Way to You! (Hebrews 11:1-12:24) 1. A man was walking in the mountains just enjoying the scenery when he stepped too close to the edge of the mountain and started to fall. In desperation he reached out and ...read more
Contributed on Aug 20, 2018
In many ways, Abraham is a prototype of you, the follower of Jesus Christ.
Abraham, the Christian’s Precursor Hebrews 11:8-19 1. One Greek man and a Turkish man were friends. Both went to a famous Chocolate store in Greece. When everyone in the shop was busy, the Turk stole 3 chocolates from the store. After coming out the Turk said, “Haw! I stole three chocolates ...read more
Contributed on Aug 27, 2018
Like fibers in a rope that make the rope strong, faith has its fibers, too. Each fiber is a part of the whole.
The Fiber of Faith (Hebrews 11:20-22) 1. A Greek and a Turk get into a car accident and it's a bad one. Both cars are totally demolished, but, amazingly, neither of them are hurt. After they crawl out of their cars, the Greek sees the guy is wearing a T-shirt with Turkish written on it and says, ...read more
Contributed on Sep 4, 2018
God’s kingdom advances by faith and recedes by unbelief. The kind of faith that proves itself best is a patient faith.
A Patient Faith (Hebrews 11:23-31) 1. Some people hold faith in contempt or treat it lightly. Some churches also cheapen the faith, treating it as a business. 2. Two old Jewish men are strolling down the street one day when they pass by a church in a very affluent neighborhood. They see a big ...read more
Contributed on Sep 10, 2018
Faith is focused on God’s Kingdom work and doesn’t mean you get it all now, but it does mean you are rewarded in eternity — and sometimes faith is rewarded in this life!
Faith: Sometimes Now, Sometimes Later (Hebrews 11:32-40) 1. Faith, hope, and love are the big three Christian virtues. Hebrews 11 has been focusing on faith, and that focus will continue some as we get in chapter 12. 2. Faith, however, needs to be Biblically defined and should be distinguished ...read more
Contributed on Sep 17, 2018
The road to deeper faith comes through contemplating the Word, the discipline God sends our way or allows, and faithful perseverance. This deeper faith helps us resist the "slippery slope."
Solid Faith: Best Way to Avoid the Slippery Slope (Hebrews 12:1-17) 1. A mother asked her son, “What did you learn about or do in school today?” Son replied, “We studied explosives and even made some.” “Really?” the mom responded. “And what will you do at school tomorrow?” The boy answered, “What ...read more
Contributed on Sep 24, 2018
The closing argument: your choice is between returning to the dread and trepidation of Mount Sinai or the confidence and glory of the heavenly Mount Zion. Which will you choose?
Dread and Trepidation or Security and Glory? (Hebrews 12:18-29) 1. A lady went to a psychiatrist complaining of a terrible phobia. “Every time I lay down on my bed I get this terrible fear that there is something underneath. “Wow” responded the psychiatrist “I’ve never heard of such a phobia, but ...read more
Contributed on Oct 1, 2018
The Christian life is grounded on sound theology, but it certainly doesn’t end there; ethical behavior is a crucial pillar of the Christian life.
Ethical Faithfulness Despite… (Hebrews 13:1-6) 1. A defendant in a lawsuit involving large sums of money was talking to his lawyer. “If Fred Smith wins the case and I lose this case, I’ll be ruined.” “It’s in the judge’s hands now,” said the lawyer. “Would it help if I sent the judge a box of ...read more
Contributed on Oct 8, 2018
As he concludes his letter, the writer to the Hebrews reminds us to give special care to three relationships in our spiritual lives.
Last Raps (Hebrews 13:7-23) 1. A game warden catches an unlicensed fisherman in the act. "You're going to pay a big fine for all those fish in your bucket" But, officer, I didn't catch these -- they are my pet fish and I just bring them here to swim. When they're done they jump back into the ...read more