By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace. And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets– who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.
Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented– of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.
Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. [NRSV]
Ree Drummond, Pioneer Woman
She makes Paul’s coking look line a weigh watcher commercial.
Her journey of coping with the transition from city life to life on a ranch in the middle of nowhere is a testimony of living by faith.
Not to mention she gives tips on how to beat the Baptist to the grocery store after church On Sundays.
The text today gives example from the legacy of the Old Testament of how the people of God act and life , by faith
It also gives example of how the eerily church lived by faith to cover new territory.
I’ve been praying about the half of our neighbors who on any given Sunday don’t find church a place they plan to be.
How can we life by faith and reach these folks.
11:40 since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect...
God has provided something wonderful that we all know, trust and believe. But else have nearly 10,000 neighbors who can see it, don’t believe it and don’t live by yr enjoy we have.
The church is u set persecution. Look at those in Egypt this week that we dragged from their home and violently killed in the streets because of what the believed by faith.
In our own country our faith is being watered down and policed by political correctness while we watch.
How many if our neighbors is it alright for us to
1 hope they will find Christ intent own?
2 hope our witness is good on the day they are willing to look and listen?
3 go about their business without our concern or involvement?
We celebrate later today the life and faith of Charlie Sims who has loved his family church and country we til each the end and rust that God says, well done good and faithful servant.
But what of those who on the sofa, still in bed, on the mower and on the the lake. Not on cation or re popping from illness but those who do Not know the faith we cherish l that is our hope and security.
So what ?
Great faith is our response and not out job.
As we start another year of school the Pre-k students do they begin a journey of completion or start a journey of discovery that equips them to be good decision markers,
those who devalue learning or just turn in assignment and bubble in correct scores?
The text us about being perfected. Not by our work rather trusting the one who has pioneers the way and run the race flew us
We are the great our of witness called to follow into the parted sea, to march around the city walls, to welcome with hospitality and to
Stand firm with Jesus in the face of all persecution
We don’t know the perfection until we are whole.
As long as there are those who don’t know what we trust in Christ Jesus. We are all just dosing kind deeds, it’s tome to stand with Jesus until they come home to him.
Pray for the way we will become a more perfect union, in Christ
Study how we will pioneer through hearts and minds that are closed
Get ready for the new day Christ promises when we stand firm with him.