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26 March 2021

"If you compare the list of Old Testament people who were saved by faith in Hebrews 11 with the list of those who were saved by works in James 2 you will find that all those in James 2 are also found in Hebrews 11.
All the examples of salvation by faith in Hebrews 11 are examples where that faith was shown in action.
The conclusion:
Faith isn't something you think, or even something you feel. Faith is something you do."
- John Thorpe
Ecclesia-Discuss (1998)
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27 March 2021

Galatians 6:9 - "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."
"It looks as though not to be weary is not to faint. We must understand what weariness is. It is not tiredness. Tiredness is a blessed thing which comes from working and which makes us rest so that we are restored and ready to work again. But weariness is different - it is not a blessing but a curse. It is losing heart. It is a feeling that things are not worth doing. It means beginning each task with a sigh instead of a smile. It is being dispirited, without motivation. It is losing hope.
The Alternative is Prayer -
Luke 18:1 - "And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;"
Jesus says that if disciples desire to avoid fainting they must pray. He does not seem to admit of any middle position. It is one thing or the other. If men pray they will not faint and if they do faint it will be because they have ceased to pray."
- Dennis Gillett
The Genius of Discipleship
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28 March 2021
"Time must be spent on the devoted way in which to read and contemplate the Bible every day; on how to pray; on the true value and meaning of the Breaking of Bread; on the real meaning of fellowship in our brotherhood and with the Father and His Son; on our family relationships; on our living companionship in Christian marriage; on holiness as distinct from sterile separateness; and, on what it means to live in faith and hope. And each member of Christ must be a living and willing witness to the faith he holds."
- Harry Tennant
A Living Faith
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29 March 2021

"We are used to thinking of Hebrews 11 as the chapter of "faith", but the key word in this chapter is not "faith" but the word "by". The evidence for this is that Hebrews 11 is a chapter of works and not of beliefs. It shows us what God’s servants did by faith. By faith Abraham left Ur, sojourned in the land of promise, and offered up Isaac. By faith Sarah conceived Isaac. Theirs was a living faith, a faith by which they lived their lives. The apostle James describes it as showing faith by works (James 2:18). A profession of beliefs without a consistent way of life will only serve to condemn us as hypocrites. Without the works which Abraham performed, in particular the offering up of Isaac, there was no evidence that his belief was anything more than an intellectual conception. A living faith inevitably works out into actions: "Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect" (James 2:22)."
- Stephen Palmer
Great and Precious Promises (1993)
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