Tag Archives: Faith

Hall of Fame: Abraham

Hebrews 11:8-10,17-19 Abraham, the great founder of God’s people, is famous for his courageous and sacrificial faith. Yet in essence, all he did was take God at His word, made a definitive break with his former life, and put himself … Continue reading

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Hall of Fame: Noah

Hebrews 11:7 God gave Noah warning of impending judgement, so that he could take action. Noah could not prevent or avoid the Flood; but by obeying God’s instructions he could survive it. That obedience must have cost him a great … Continue reading

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Hall of Fame: Enoch

Hebrews 11:5,6 We know even less about Enoch than about Abel. Compared with his contemporaries, his life was short; but his witness was powerful. “Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” (Genesis … Continue reading

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Hall of Fame: Abel

Hebrews 11:4 The Biblical account of Abel’s life (Genesis 4:1-8) is tantalisingly brief, and it’s unclear why his offering should have been acceptable to God while his brother Cain’s was not (it wasn’t because it was a blood sacrifice; these … Continue reading

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Hall of Fame: Prelude

Hebrews 11:1-3 What is faith? The writer of the letter to the Hebrews has been imploring his readers to keep their faith alive and not give up. Faith is all-important, because “the righteous person will live by his faith.” (Habakkuk … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Eyes on the prize

Five wise virgins (Numbers 27:1-11) In an intensely patriarchal society such as ancient Israel, daughters do not normally inherit any share of the family estate. But a certain Israelite (Zelophehad) has died at some point during the nation’s wanderings without … Continue reading

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The normal Christian life (part 2)

Mark 8:27-9:29 (read part 1 here) So should the normal Christian life be a never-ending victory parade? It looks as though it ought to be, but I’ve found three reasons in this section of Mark’s gospel why it isn’t. Mark … Continue reading

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