Easter Devotional (22 of 25) by Christopher Harbin

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NOTE: This sermon is part 43 and 44 of a 50 part devotional series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.

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Forty-Third Day (43 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Hebrews 11:1-2, 6

‘‘Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see. It was faith that made our ancestors pleasing to God. … But without faith no one can please God. We must believe that God is real and that he rewards everyone who searches for him.’’ Hebrews 11:1-2, 6

In the Greek New testament, the word faith is often a verb. It is not something concrete to obtain or hold; it is something to do. It is perhaps better translated as trust. Trust makes us sure and confident. It gives us the proof we need when logic offers no proof to be seen. It is trust which allows us to live in a manner is pleasing to God - trust that God exists and rewards those who seek God.


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Forty-Fourth Day (44 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Amos 9:7-8

‘‘Israel, I am Yahweh God, and the Ethiopians are no less important to me than you are. I brought you out of Egypt, but I also brought the Philistines from Crete and the Arameans from Kir. My eyes have seen what a sinful nation you are, and I’ll wipe you out. But I will leave a few of Jacob’s descendants. I, Yahweh, have spoken!’’ Amos 9:7-8

These were hard words for any Israelite to hear. They were, after all, the chosen people, the descendants of Abraham, the children of the promise. Yahweh had hand-picked them from among the nations to be a special people under the care of the Almighty. While the other nations were under the care and handling of lesser gods, the people of Israel was special, set apart, uniquely cared for by Yahweh. Israel was no great nation among others in the Ancient Near East. They were not especially wealthy, powerful, or sought after for trade and special skills. All they really had going for them was their special relationship with Yahweh.
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