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Hebrews 11:36-38 – Faith in Suffering

Heb 11:36-38   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 sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated—of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

Many chapters of the Bible have a basic title:  1 Cor 13 – LOVE — Rev 22 HEAVEN –Hebrews 11—HALL OF FAITH.  We are all too familiar with the faith of Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Joseph and Moses but only recently have I stopped to ponder the significance of these verses at the end of the chapter.

Verses 33-34 tell of all the amazing things God did through men of great faith: conquering kingdoms, stopping the mouths of lions, quenching fire, and escaping the sword. Then in stark contrast verses 35-38 describe men who endured great suffering.

It is popular today in some religious circles to hear that if a Christian has enough faith they will be happy, healthy, and wealthy. So were these “others” who were so destitute they only had sheep skins to wear not men of great faith like David and Gideon? It seems very clear that by faith some men escaped the sword while others still keeping great faith were killed by the sword.

(Philippians 1:29) says, “…for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him, but also suffer for his sake” and John16:33 tells us we will have trouble in this world. As a person who suffers from daily chronic pain, passages like this bring great hope. God in his sovereignty, not we and our amount of faith or good deeds, plans out the course of our life; and for some it will involve great suffering. We are only commanded to “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12) as we see demonstrated by these men “of whom the world was not worthy”. These men showed the world by their faith in suffering that Jesus is worth everything, even their lives.

Will you walk by faith trusting God’s goodness, no matter what road He has planned for you today? Read 2 Corinthians 10-12 to be challenged and encouraged by the life of Paul who endured great suffering by faith.

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Am I the only one asking this question or are you asking it also — where did the summer go?  School starts next week – pools close in 2 weeks — I feel the train has left the station and I got left behind…..though several recreational events might have slipped away – from a church and biblical point of view we crossed every dotted every “I” and crossed every “T”…………….Robert Keeton really loved the saying on our church sign last week — GOD ANSWERS KNEE MAIL.  While at church he took a picture of it and posted it on his Facebook page…..Good…Free….advertisement for Discovery….Thanks Robert……………..At our Monday night D-Group we have a new member join us for which we Praise the Lord.   As the fall program kicks off – I am hoping a dozen or more of YOU who have never been part of a group will make it a priority!!!!!!!…………..There was a respectable response at our First Friday Prayer Gathering last Friday night.   We even had folk who attended for the first time… PTL.    Sept 4, will be our next event……………Last Friday, Bro. Kevin spread 3 truck loads of mulch on our flower beds —-we are blessed to have members who allow the Spirit of the Living God to use them when He calls them and to serve in the area of their giftedness…………..Following this “One Note Somba” – Karen arrived at Church on Sunday and saw a problem with Japanize Beatles and immediately got out her sprayer out and took care of business….Thanks Karen and Kevin…………….Gregg (our son – who is spending his vacation with us) drove to Ferguson yesterday.   He walked through the poor neighborhoods as well as the well-to-do neighborhoods praying as he went for racial reconciliation.   He has a heart for this – because the week after the shooting in South Carolina – he was there walking and praying beside the church were 9 Christians were killed at a bible study.  So proud to see how God has and is using Him to advance the Kingdom……………Kay Baker spent last weekend in Branson.  One of her grandsons wanted to bless her by getting out of town for a while and enjoying some great music and shows…………….As you look around at your respective service and note some who have had a “string” of absences – you will:  pray for them — text/email them – letting them know they are loved – they are missed – and we want to encourage their soon return to fellowship – worship – and spiritual growth…………….This weekend we will conclude our current sermon series – Being Christian as we examine the MISSION of the church.  I’m sure if we ask 3 people what the Mission of the church is – we will receive 3 different variations on a single theme.  Please read Acts 1:1-11 in preparation for our study time…………….Hope everyone is planning on being with us this weekend to worship the Risen King…..why not invite a friend to attend with you?

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            Most are aware that the Drage family will be calling Columbia home in a couple weeks.  There is a chance they might be here earlier – details need to be worked out.  They will be living in the Sunrise Estates subdivision – which is a couple miles east of town.

            We are so happy for them as this move will cut down on tons of windshield time – children will begin new schools – Oakland Jr and Battle High School…..Doug will be spending some time at the church building – and Jackie will also be looking for different employment.

            Pray for them as they pack up — have yard sales – put things on Craig’s List – and sell their Moberly Home…..

            If you feel you could assist in any way – you might want to get in contact with them this weekend.  The church has given them a gift to help with the move.   The Tabitha Group gave them a gift-card to help purchase some of the girls school supplies. 

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    Kirsten attended our Monday Night D-Group – so we have committed to have each one each Monday write a short note to her.  She has been in Chicago Navel Boot Camp a couple weeks — she a note from home would be better than a shot of B-12….

            Her address is:

Yoder, Kirsten, P

Ship 11  Div 317

3505 Sailor Drive

Great Lakes, IL

60088-3505

Pray-Together

·      The Fleenor’s daughter Traci delivered her baby this week.  Good news – baby and mommy are doing well. 

·      Please keep the Drage family in your prayers as they make this move

·      Our public school teachers:  Anita Hummel, and Jimmy Steelman

·      Lift up one of our school children – asking God to:  protect them, use them as a witness, help them in their academics

·      Military members:  Patrick Fleenor (Marines – San Diego) Kirsten Yoder (Navy – Chicago)

·      AMERICA…my oh my – what has happened to the America I knew as a child?  Please lift up leaders.  Prov 14:34  righteous exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. 

Psa. 33:12 blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD. 

·      Lift up those who have LOST their first love – (Jesus) Rev 2:4

·      David Croft has a job interview in Texas…

1Corinthians16-13-14-NIV

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