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Pacifiers and Foundations

For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. Hebrews 11:10 Like many of you, we used pacifiers to calm our children when they were infants. When they were distressed, the pacifier brought instant relief. Through repeated use, they learned to require the pacifier to calm down…
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Chasing Her

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 When I first met my wife, I simply knew that she was the one. So, I pursued her. I thought about her all the…
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What is Faith?

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen . . . By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. Hebrews 11:1,7 In treatment eight years ago for my own drug addiction, I…
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Hero of the Story

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. Hebrews 10:39 As my wife and I were watching an action movie last night, I contemplated the hero. Though few others were on his side, he did what he thought was right, no…
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Why Go to Jail?

But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on those in prison . . . Hebrews 10:32-33 Recently, a buddy and I were allowed back into…
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Two-Faced Parents

It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:31 Even as a young child, I was aware that my parents could assume two very different postures towards me, depending on the situation. They were loving and supportive, which I liked. When I disobeyed, sneaking off to the neighbors…
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Living In Fear

For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Hebrews 10:26-27 Thirty years ago, I attended a conservative Christian college where the students were required to…
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The Tortilla Chip of Pain

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25 While heading to a family reunion a few weeks ago, I stopped…
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I’ll Get to It Tomorrow

It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment . . . Hebrews 9:27 Thirtyish years ago, some summer friends taught me to play three chords on the guitar. I always wanted to learn more, so perhaps five years ago, my wife bought me a guitar for my birthday. I strummed…
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It’s Hard to Out-Exercise Your Fork

. . . The blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, will purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Hebrews 9:14 I’ve often thought that if I simply exercised more, I could eat whatever I want and avoid weight gain. I don’t want to…
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