Leaving Laodicea
420 - Faith Always Has a Cost

420 - Faith Always Has a Cost

October 30, 2017

Faith is not free.  In fact, faith costs everyone associated with it something.  No, I'm not talking about saving faith or salvation.  But even then, salvation has a cost.  It costs Christ His life and the Father His only Son.  And it costs each of us who embrace saving faith the one thing we hold most dear.  Us.  Salvation costs each of us who we are.

But the faith we are talking about is the Hebrews 11 kind of faith.  It's the faith defined as the "substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb. 11:1).  It's the faith that made the notable men of the Scripture, notable. And it's the faith that helps us answer the why questions in life.

The Why Questions

Why does God allow bad things to happen to people who love Him?
Why does God allow innocent babies to die?
Why does God allow drug addiction and abortion and rape and child abuse and starvation and disease?
Why, oh why, oh why?

Get the point?  But having the faith to trust God's answer to these questions will cost you something.  Why?  Because it costs Abraham and Noah and Jacob and Moses and many, many others what it will cost you to know the truth.  Are you willing to understand the cost of faith?  Do you want to know the answer to the most troubling questions in the Christian life?  If so, then keep listening.

The following is a study on the cost of faith.

222 - Have You Forgotten?

222 - Have You Forgotten?

December 8, 2013

Question: But what have I forgotten?
Answer: The encouragement, when facing trials and tribulation, that you are a son of God.
Question: What is the encouragement?
Answer: Proverbs 3:11-12 which reads:

My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.

Question: Really? I am to be encouraged with a verse that speaks about chastening, rebukes and scourging? Really?
Answer: Absolutely.

The following is a study of Hebrews 12:4-11.

221 - The Illegitimate Son of God

221 - The Illegitimate Son of God

November 24, 2013

Psalm 69 gives us a chilling insight into the life of Jesus as a young boy being raised in the home of Mary and Joseph. After all, we know He had 4 brothers and at least two sisters. What must His life been like during His teenage years.

From Psalm 69:

I have become a stranger to my brothers, and an alien to my mother’s children. Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up, and the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.

Want to know more about the suffering that Jesus endured before His introduction by John the Baptist? Then keep listening.

219 - Those Who Finish Well

219 - Those Who Finish Well

November 11, 2013
When we look at the list of faith giants in Hebrews 11, we find only one verse each for Isaac, Jacob and Joseph.  In fact, when we see these three, what is listed about their life is not how they lived, but how they died.

For example:

By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.  By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.

Did you ever wonder why the Lord chose these events in their lives to show their faith?  Is there something more here that meets the eye?  Keep listening.

The following is a study of Hebrews 11:20-22.
217 - Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen to the People He Loves?

217 - Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen to the People He Loves?

September 13, 2013
Twice in Paul's writings (Rom. 1:17, Gal. 3:11) he quotes from Habakkuk 2:4, "Now the just shall live by faith."  But in Hebrews 10:37-38 we get a fuller picture of the Habakkuk passage.  There it reads:

"For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him."

When you look at the reasons why the Hebrews passage is expanded, you will be amazed at the precision of our God?

Interested?  Want to know more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study of Hebrews 10:37-38.
216 - Come and Experience Life Behind the Veil

216 - Come and Experience Life Behind the Veil

August 31, 2013
Some of the most compelling passages in the book of Hebrews are found in chapter 10.  In these words the Lord tells us how we are to "draw near" to Him and how we are to "come boldly" and "enter the Holy of Holies" with Him by a "new and living way."  

Consider the following:

Let us draw near with a (1) true heart in (2) full assurance of faith, (3) having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and (4) our bodies washed with pure water.

What could be more amazing than this?

Want to know more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study of Hebrews 10:19-25.
206 - A Most Troubling Passage

206 - A Most Troubling Passage

May 6, 2013
The following from Hebrews 6 is probably one of the most hotly debated passages in the New Testament.  And I simply can't figure out why? 

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,  if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

You know, there is more here than meets the eye.  Much more.

Listen to find out what all the fuss is about.

The following is a study of Hebrews 6:4-6.
197 - Finding Paradise Lost

197 - Finding Paradise Lost

January 30, 2013
The Scriptures tells us more about ourselves and our relationship with the Lord than we often choose to believe.  After all, Hebrews 2:7-8 states:

"You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands.  You have put all things in subjection under his feet." For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him.

But what does this have to do with you and me?  How can this passage help me survive the encroaching darkness that threatens to engulf me and my family?

For the answer, keep listening.

The following is a study on Hebrews 2:5-9.