The Faith Traveler

June 11, 2018

Hebrews 11

 

By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and set out for a place that he was going to receive as an inheritance. He went out, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he stayed as a foreigner in the land of promise, living in tents as did Isaac and Jacob, coheirs of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

 

 

 

  1. Faith Leads to obedience

 

 

 

 

  1. Faith causes us to be foreigners in a land.

 

 

 

  1. The promise of home!

 

 

John 1:14 14 The Word became flesh and dwelt[h] among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son[i] from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

  • John 1:14 is a summary of the entire Gospel of John…this is the story of Jesus.

 

  • 1 Chronicles 29: 15 For we are aliens and temporary residents in your presence as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.

 

  • 1 Peter 1

 

  • 13 Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be sober-minded and set your hopecompletely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. 15 But as the one who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.[d]17 If you appeal to the Father who judges impartially according to each one’s work, you are to conduct yourselves in reverence during your time living as strangers. 18 For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was revealed in these last timesfor you. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

 

 

John 14:3 

If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to myself, so that where I am you may be also.

 

 

2 Corinthians 5: So we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. In fact, we are confident, and we would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. Therefore, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

 

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Noah

June 4, 2018

By Faith Noah

June 3 2018

Hebrews 11:7

 

Hebrews 11

By faith Noah, after he was warned about what was not yet seen and motivated by godly fear, built an ark to deliver his family. By faith he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

 

 

 

 

  1. Faith in the unseen

 

 

 

  1. Did something about it!

 

 

 

  1. An Heir by Faith

 

 

 

Ephesians 2

For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.

 

 

 

Romans 8

14 For all those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons.15 You did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear. Instead, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba,[g]Father!” 16 The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, 17 and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—if indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

 

John 1

12 But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be[e] children of God, to those who believe in his name,13 who were born, not of natural descent,[f] or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man,[g] but of God.

 

 

Ephesians

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.

 

 

2 Timothy 2

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power,[a] love, and sound judgment.

So don’t be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, or of me his prisoner. Instead, share in suffering for the gospel, relying on the powerof God. He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began. 10 This has now been made evident through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel

 

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Walking with God

May 29, 2018

Hebrews 11:5

Enoch Walked

May 27 2018

 

 

 

 

Hebrews 11

By faith Enoch was taken away, and so he did not experience death. He was not to be found because God took him away.[e] For before he was taken away, he was approved as one who pleased God. Now without faith it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws near to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

 

 

 

 

Genesis 5

 

21 Enoch was 65 years old when he fathered Methuselah. 22 And after he fathered Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and fathered other sons and daughters. 23 So Enoch’s life lasted 365 years. 24 Enoch walked with God; then he was not there because God took him.

 

 

Galatians 5:

16 I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

 

Galatians 5

19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious:[e] sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, …………

 

 

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things.[g] 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

 

 

 

Luke 9:62

62 But Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

 

 

 

 

Ephesians 2:19-20

19 So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building, being put together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you are also being built together for God’s dwelling in the Spirit.

 

 

 

 

By faith Enoch was taken away, and so he did not experience death. He was not to be found because God took him away.[e] For before he was taken away, he was approved as one who pleased God. 

 

 

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Abel the accepted Sacrifice

May 23, 2018

May 20, 2018

Hebrews 11:4, 13-16

 

 

 

Hebrews

11 Now faith is the reality[a] of what is hoped for, the proof[b] of what is not seen. For by it our ancestors won God’s approval.

By faith we understand that the universe was[c] created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

 

 

 

 

Hebrews 11:4

By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was approved as a righteous man, because God approved his gifts, and even though he is dead, he still speaks through his faith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

….Gen 4

 In the course of time Cain presented some of the land’s produce as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also presented an offering—some of the firstborn of his flock and their fat portions. The Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but he did not have regard for Cain and his offering. Cain was furious, and he looked despondent.[b]

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you furious? And why do you look despondent?[c] If you do what is right, won’t you be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”

Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”[d] And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”

“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s guardian?”

10 Then he said, “What have you done? Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground! 11 So now you are cursed, alienated from the ground that opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood you have shed.[e] 12 If you work the ground, it will never again give you its yield. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”

 

 

1 John 3

11 For this is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another, 12 unlike Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous.

 

Gen. 4:25 25 Adam was intimate with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, for she said, “God has given[j] me another child[k]in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.”6

 

 

 

Hebrews 11:4

By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was approved as a righteous man, because God approved his gifts, and even though he is dead, he still speaks through his faith

 

 

2 Timothy 3   For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, demeaning, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good,traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people.

 

 

 

Isaiah 29:13

13 The Lord said:

These people approach me with their speeches
to honor me with lip-service[h]
yet their hearts are far from me,
and human rules direct their worship of me.

 

 

Jude

 

11 Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, have plunged into Balaam’s errorfor profit, and have perished in Korah’s rebellion.

 

 

James 1:15

14 But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desire. 15 Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.

 

Hebrews 11:13

13 These all died in faith, although they had not received the things that were promised. But they saw them from a distance, greeted them, and confessed that they were foreigners and temporary residents on the earth. 14 Now those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they were thinking about where they came from, they would have had an opportunity to return. 16 But they now desire a better place—a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

 

 

John 14

14 “Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe[a] in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to myself, so that where I am you may be also. You know the way to where I am going.”[b]

“Lord,” Thomas said, “we don’t know where you’re going. How can we know the way?”

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will also know[c] my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

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Mothers Day 2018

May 15, 2018
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Gather and Serve

April 30, 2018

April 29

A Christ Follower:

Gathers and Serves

Acts 2:1 - 2 When the day of Pentecost had arrived, they were all together in one place

1 Corinthians 15

20 But as it is, Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man,the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. 22 For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.

23 But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; afterward, at his coming, those who belong to Christ

Hebrews 10:23-25

 

23 Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, since he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, 25 not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.

Vs. 23…

Vs. 24…

Vs. 25….

Romans 12:

3 For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one. 4 Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, 5 in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another. 6 According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: If prophecy, use it according to the proportion of one’s[b]faith; 7 if service, use it in service; if teaching, in teaching; 8 if exhorting,in exhortation; giving, with generosity; leading, with diligence; showing mercy, with cheerfulness…….

9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. 10 Love one another deeply as brothers and sisters. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lack diligence in zeal; be fervent in the Spirit;[c]serve the Lord.

3 little things I picked up out of this…

 

  1. Availability = the best ability
  1. Discipleship  
  1. Love without hypocrisy
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A Christ Follower: Participates in Relational Discipleship

April 22, 2018

A Christ Follower:

Participates in Relational Discipleship

Matthew 10:38-39 ,  Mark 8:34-38

Disciple = Follower

Luke 9:23

23 Then he said to them all, “If anyone wants to follow after[d] me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily,[e] and follow me.

A christ follower will…

  1. Deny self

 

Matthew 10:37-39

37 The one who loves a father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; the one who loves a son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever doesn’t take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Anyone who finds his life will lose it, and anyone who loses his life because of me will find it.

2.Discipleship, is NOT a spiritual gift

Mark 8

34 Calling the crowd along with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me and the gospel will save it. 36 For what does it benefit someone to gain the whole world and yet lose his life? 37 What can anyone give in exchange for his life? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

A Christ Follower: Participates in Relational Discipleship

 

  1. We believe the lies of satan
  2. We believe the lies of self
  1. Church leaders -----  
  2. Church leaders -----
  3. Lack of biblical understanding…...

Matthew 28:16-20

16 The eleven disciples traveled to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped,[d] but some doubted. 18 Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of[e] all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember,[f] I am with you always,[g] to the end of the age.”

Ephesians 4:11b - 14

……….To some pastors and teachers, 12 equipping the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into maturity with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness. 14 Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit

Acts 1:8 ---- 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

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Good Friday (4) Speakers

April 1, 2018
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