The Nature of Faith

H E B R E W S. CHAPTER 11 ________________________________________ The apostle having, in the close of the foregoing chapter, recommended the grace of faith and a life of faith as the best preservative against apostasy, he now enlarges upon the nature and fruits of this excellent grace. I. The nature of it, and the honour it reflects upon all who live in the exercise of it, ver. 1-3. II. The great examples we have in the Old Testament of Continue Reading

Research Reveals Sharp Decline in Faith in Britain

From Christian Post New research from the National Center for Social Research paints a bleak picture of declining faith in Britain. The survey of more than 4,000 people across Britain found that the number of people describing themselves as Christian has dropped in the last 25 years from 66 percent to 50 percent. The national center said the drop was due largely to the steady decline in numbers belonging to the Church of England, with only Continue Reading

Therefore let us draw near with a true heart

Hebrews 10:21-22 And having an high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith. I can understand why the Holy Ghost is so careful to tell us again and again that Christ is now, “seated at the right hand of God.” It means that He is in the place of power unquestionably. But it means more than that; it means that He is in the reception-room of everlasting mercy; in the audience chamber of Continue Reading

…The highest good of ourselves and others

James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. Prayer must never be made an excuse for idleness and sloth. Its design is to rouse to effort, by the hope of a divine blessing. Not until we are shut up to a difficulty which we can in no way touch, may we rely upon prayer alone. In the matter of personal sanctification, the exhortation is to watch and pray. A significant implication is found in Continue Reading

Survey Reveals Where Small, Large Church Attendees Diverge in Faith

From Christian Post People who attend larger churches are more likely than attendees of smaller ones to believe the Bible is totally accurate in all the principles it teaches, a new survey reveals. Three out of four attendees of churches with 1,000 or more adults hold that belief compared to three out of five attendees of churches with an average attendance of 100 or less, The Barna Group reported. The new survey, based on interviews with Continue Reading

Faith Mixes with Football for the Big Game

From Christian Post Arizona running back Tim Hightower had just finished a thoughtful explanation of his religious beliefs when one of the media types who found their way into the Super Bowl stadium Tuesday decided he needed more proof. "Can you pray right now?" he asked. "I can pray that whatever is going on in your life right now that you find God," Hightower said. Hightower handled the question with the same ease he handled would-be Continue Reading

Proverbs 28:25; He that is conceited of himself and looks with a contempt upon all about him, he stirs up strife; None live so easily, so pleasantly, as those who live by faith

Proverbs 28:25 25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat. Note, 1. Those make themselves lean, and continually unquiet, that are haughty and quarrelsome, for they are opposed to those that shall be made fat: He that is of a proud heart, that is conceited of himself and looks with a contempt upon all about him, that cannot bear either competition or contradiction, he Continue Reading

Patience and Faith of Saints

Revelation 13:10 Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. There are those who cry “How long?” who find it hard to exercise patience any more. But it is significant that right at the start of this book which deals with judgment, John should describe himself as “your brother and partaker with you in the tribulation and kingdom and patience which are Jesus”. This book of Revelation brings us to the point where God at length sets Continue Reading

God gives Grace – We build Character

2 Peter 1:5-8 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Reputation is what men say we are: Continue Reading

The Nature of Faith

Hebrews 11:1-3 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. Here we have, I. A definition or description of the grace of faith in two parts. 1. It is the substance of things hoped for. Faith and hope go Continue Reading