“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God”

Hebrews 11:3

The following was written by a man who loved, and defended, our King James Bible.  I had adapted it for emphasis.  It is worth reading through, a couple of times!

Hebrews 11 is well-known as “Faith’s Hall of Fame.”  It is a chapter filled with great examples of faith, primarily from the great book of faith – Genesis.

Now, from memory, who are the first people praised for their faith in Hebrews?

Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah..?  No actually.  It’s NOT them…

“for a pattern to them”

1 Timothy 1.16

It’s much easier to make something if we have a pattern!  Or a recipe!  These things help us if we’re trying to make something, or cook something.  That’s what Paul is saying God did with his life.  God made his life a pattern for others to follow.

“Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.” 1 Timothy 1:16

“She hath done what she could…”

Mark 14:8

We all know the story of Marilla Ingalls, don’t we?

Don’t we?  No, me neither.  But like so many other people who lived and died “by faith”, not many will know their name, but they were faithful to share the gospel!  Enjoy this story below.

“be ready always to give an answer… of the hope that is in you”

1 Peter 3:15

Are we ready for the New Year?

Are we ready to tell someone how to get to heaven?

Can we share the gospel?  Can we tell someone the good news, in a simple and straight forward way, like the thief on the cross?  He understood it so well!

“we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me... And Jesus said unto him… To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:41-43

“What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?”

Psalm 116.12-13

What can I do for the LORD?

What can I DO for the LORD, because He has been so good to me?!

This is the question in the verse above.

When we see all that God has done for us, when we focus on Him and His work in our lives and count our many blessings – we should also find ourselves asking, “What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?”

What could I ever do for God?  What could I give to the Lord to show my gratitude?

“The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.”

Proverbs 11:5

So, “righteousness” has to do with being “in Christ” as a born again Christian, and then trying to do the right thing.  The word “perfect” has to do with being mature, complete, not holding back trying to live for God.  The word “direct” means, “to be straight or even; to be (to make) right, pleasant, prosperous:”

The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way:

“…the fear of the LORD is his treasure.”

Isaiah 33.6

How can “fear” be a “treasure”?

Since the time of Christ, Christians have valued what the Bible says.  We choose to follow the Lord, and to fear God.

It’s a choice that we value and protect!  George Bancroft, a 19th century historian, wrote: “Freedom of conscience, unlimited freedom of mind, were from the first, the trophies of Baptists.”

We are better people when we fear God personally and uphold these biblical values!

“I pray thee, let me go over,”

Deuteronomy 3:25

Success, achievement and reaching our full potential…  none of these things are new.  They can create a powerful drive in us to accomplish great things!  And when they are put with prayer… like in the verse above, what can keep us from reaching our goals?


God can.  God can keep us from “reaching our full potential”.


We don’t always need to know the reason, but here God did give a reason to Moses for why he wouldn’t be allowed to be “successful”.

“Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil”

Exodus 23:2

Whenever the Bible says something, it will also give us an explanation and an example (or many examples).

The children of Israel had just been delivered from the bondage of Egypt.  And in the verse above God is telling them not to follow a large group of people who are going to do the wrong thing.  So, consider the words “multitude” and “evil”.

“I am doing a great work…”

Nehemiah 6.3

These words of Nehemiah sound rather arrogant.

They are not.

Nehemiah had a job to do.  There were troublesome, wicked, ungodly people trying to stop him.  They were trying to intimidate him.  Distract him.  Bully him.

“I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work,

so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease,

whilst I leave it, and come down to you?”

Nehemiah is simply asking a question: “why should the work cease..?”