Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of … More God does not always work miracles and acts of providence for our deliverance from suffering
September 20 Hebrews 11:17-31 (ESV) 17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, 18 of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 19 He considered that God was able even to raise him from … More September 20 Hebrews 11:17-31
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. 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 11:1-3 John … More By faith we understand and by grace we see
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. —Hebrews 11:6 ESV Here’s a sermon excerpt from John Piper: Let’s put them into our own words. God is pleased by us when two things about … More Piper: He is Real and He is a Rewarder
September 19 Hebrews 11:1-16 (ESV) By Faith 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out … More September 19 Hebrews 11:1-16
For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. John Piper, in a sermon, “The Present Power of a Future Possession” So Hebrews 10:34 is saying that the key to the indomitable joy … More Piper: The KEY to Joy
September 18 Hebrews 10:19-39 (ESV) The Full Assurance of Faith 19 Therefore, brothers,  since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house … More September 18 Hebrews 10:19-39
For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. —Hebrews 10:14 We come to yet another passage of Scripture where we see the work of Christ in our lives as “already/not yet” He HAS perfected those who are being perfected…. He HAS sanctified those who are being sanctified… … More Christ has perfected once and for all those who are being perfected.
September 17 Hebrews 10:1-18 (ESV) Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All 10:1 For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. 2 Otherwise, would they not … More September 17 Hebrews 10:1-18
Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence … More Why does the heavenly holy place need to be cleansed?