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On Faith

I love the Hebrews 11 passage, often called the “Hall of Faith” or the “Heroes of the Faith”

I’ve been reading through all of these wonderful acts of Faith the Patriarchs committed in their lifetime.

Such as Noah building an ark without even knowing what rain was, Abraham leaving his country without knowing his final destination, Sarah waiting for a child, Enoch walking with God and not having to face death, as well as the many many many unnamed Christians who suffered for their Faith.

I finished chapter 11 today and decided to keep reading into chapter 12.

And I am so glad I did.

The writer of Hebrews (PauL?) spends the whole of chapter 11 building up to chapter 12.

12:1 & 2-Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

We have seen all these wonderful examples of a life lead by faith. But Christ is our ultimate example. He is the reason we live by faith, because He died for us.

The writer encourages us by three significant verbs in these verses

  • Lay aside: Get rid of the sin and don’t be weighed down by things that don’t matter
  • Run: Get out there and do something! After you’ve spent the time preparing, move
  • Looking: Keeping your focus always on Christ, do not let your eyes stray to the distractions around you, focus 
Just what I needed to see/hear today!
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Google It

Have you ever just Googled something to see how many results can be found?

Greece About 677,000,000 results

Urban Outfitters About 25,000,000 results

Coffee About 1,030,000,000 results (coffee wins EVERY time!)

 

We live in an age that has so much information that we are able to access. It’s awesome! But does it ever seem to get overwhelming? What can you trust?

I think that’s the biggest issue I have with a lot of the online sources. You can’t trust them.

In nursing school we are taught to know our sources, to make sure they are medically reliable and current. We have to have complete trust in the source because it can ultimately save a life. I read my textbooks knowing that hundreds of people have collaborated and decided that this is the best way of taking care of the patient. When I research something online I know Mayo Clinic & CDC will have reliable and up-to-date information, I also know that MSNBC, while it contains entertaining articles, would not be something I would implement into my daily practice.

With all this information in the world it is so important to filter. Read, read, read! But compare, contrast the information provided, find the common themes, use sources that are reliable, and don’t build your life around ONE article!

I also compare this to Christianity. We have so much available to us. We have wonderful books written by godly men, and some ungodly men. So yes, read!! But do not build your life around one (sinful) man! Know your sources. Compare the words spoken and written by men to the ultimate source of truth, The Bible.

I think in my attempt to gain knowledge about the Bible, I can easily skip over…actually reading the Bible!

~Use the resources that have been provided, always be learning~ But don’t forget to study the ultimate source!

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