Discipline and Love (Hebrews 12:5-8)

“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” (Hebrews 12:6, AV) When I was growing up, my dad was not really a church going kind of person. However, I believe that he knew one biblical concept pretty well. “Spare the rod and spoil the child.” The writer of ProverbsContinue reading “Discipline and Love (Hebrews 12:5-8)”

The Supreme Witness (Hebrews 12:2-4)

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2, AV) For many of us, our first reaction to injustices committed against us is retaliation.Continue reading “The Supreme Witness (Hebrews 12:2-4)”

The Endurance Race (Hebrews 12:1-2) Part 2

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for theContinue reading “The Endurance Race (Hebrews 12:1-2) Part 2”

The Endurance Race (Hebrews 12:1-2) Part 1

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for theContinue reading “The Endurance Race (Hebrews 12:1-2) Part 1”

Something Better (Hebrews 11:39-40)

“And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” (Hebrews 11:39–40, AV) Some people are short-term focused and others are long-term focused. Some time back, Chris and I renovated our kitchen. We workedContinue reading “Something Better (Hebrews 11:39-40)”

Faith Endures (Hebrews 11:35-38)

that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) theyContinue reading “Faith Endures (Hebrews 11:35-38)”

Faith Accomplishes (Hebrews 11:32-34)

“And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped theContinue reading “Faith Accomplishes (Hebrews 11:32-34)”

Ignoble to Noble (Hebrews 11:31)

“By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.” (Hebrews 11:31, AV) It was a Sunday afternoon. I was with a couple Christian men conducting ministry in the state prison. We were to preach the gospel and trust the Lord to do a miraculousContinue reading “Ignoble to Noble (Hebrews 11:31)”

Faith is the Victory (Hebrews 11:29-31)

“By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.” (Hebrews 11:29–30, AV) John H. Yates wrote a great hymn titled, “Faith is the Victory.” The first stanza goes asContinue reading “Faith is the Victory (Hebrews 11:29-31)”

Lifesaving Stations (Hebrews 11:28)

“Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.” (Hebrews 11:28, AV) I currently live on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Here we have a beautiful, but sometimes treacherous coastline. When the winds kick up from the right direction, the surf can becomeContinue reading “Lifesaving Stations (Hebrews 11:28)”