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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 15:43:18 -0500
Forthright Magazine
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Straight to the Cross


COLUMN: Hands-on Faith

Mission Impossible?
by Barry Newton

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is
to fan the flame in the hearts of God's people so
that their faith and service to God burns
brightly. Although the target group of Christians
are not themselves eye-witnesses of Christ, they
have heard from those who are. Although by this
time you might expect them to have grown into
profound teachers of the message, they have not.
In fact, it appears that the grist of living in an
oppressive sinful world where the promises of
Christ are not immediately seen, coupled with a
certain forgetfulness, have been eroding away at
their faith, so now they are in danger of drifting
away because they are weary. Unfortunately, the
failure of some to gather for worship, revealing
abandonment of the faith, has already begun
encroaching upon some.

Mission Impossible? Hardly! Whether then or for
today's congregation, the message of Hebrews
focuses upon those unshakeable girders capable of
rekindling the passion of those whose hearts have
not yet been hardened. Clearly perceiving the
present bound together with an anticipation of the
prize yet ahead can ignite the church of the
firstborn in worshiping an awesome God and living
by faith. Those reliable girders for life upon
which the author of Hebrews would have us mediate
involve Jesus' nature and what he has achieved for
us. Embracing the truth about Jesus leads to
devoted living.
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1/ Hebrews 2:3
2/ Hebrews 5:11-12
3/ Hebrews 2:1,8; 3:12,14; 10:32-35; 12:3-4,12
4/ Hebrews 10:25

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