Month: September 2019

Two Men ~ Two Plans ~ Two Ends

By faith Enoch was taken away so he did not experience death, and he was not to be found because God took him away.  For prior to his removal he was approved, since he had pleased God.  Hebrews 11:5 This chapter begins by telling the … Continue reading Two Men ~ Two Plans ~ Two Ends

Abel’s Personal Story

It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by … Continue reading Abel’s Personal Story

What Is Your Bent?

By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.  Hebrews 11:3 Some people are emotionally driven, others are intellectually driven.  In their extremes, neither prefers the … Continue reading What Is Your Bent?

Who Showed Us How To Do It?

For by it [faith in what is unseen], the people of old received their commendation. Hebrews 11:2 How would you like to be remembered as a person of great faith?  Yet, I believe we idealize what that looks like and never picture our biblical heroes … Continue reading Who Showed Us How To Do It?

Stepping Back Into Hebrews

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  Hebrews 11:1 A little over three months ago, I felt like I should take a break from Hebrews.  I was facing the 11th chapter – the hallmark chapter on faith.  … Continue reading Stepping Back Into Hebrews

Mourning and Comforters

Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 None of us is lacking for reasons to mourn. If we see the world the way it truly is, through the lens of the Gospel, it is enough to cause deep sadness. We … Continue reading Mourning and Comforters

A Takeover But Not Of The Hostile Kind

[Samuel said to Saul] The Spirit of the LORD will come upon you and you will prophesy with them and will be transformed into another man. And let it be when these signs come upon you that you do as occasion serves you, for God … Continue reading A Takeover But Not Of The Hostile Kind

Which Teacher Do You Prefer?

I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life.  Psalm 119:93 Which of two teachers would you prefer to learn from?  Let's say that the topic to be taught is THE COMFORTING WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. The first teacher … Continue reading Which Teacher Do You Prefer?

Praying For What I’ve Stopped Praying For

But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”  Genesis 15:2 Abandoning prayer about anything is a mistake but abandoning prayer for what I’m most in need of is … Continue reading Praying For What I’ve Stopped Praying For