#940 November 1, 1992 a.m.
(trarnscribed from tape)-
We're studying Hebrews; we've been studying Hebrews; we will study Hebrews for
a while. So I hope you have your Bibles open to Hebrews, chapter number 12,
beginning with verse 18, and going through verse 29 - Hebrews 12: 18-29. If you
didn't bring your Bible with you, I hope you'll look in the pew. I think it will be
necessary today, especially as we follow the scripture. It's disguised as a hymnal in
your pew, but you'll recognize it as a Bible. And let's bow for prayer together.
Lord, we thank you for the refreshing rains of this day. We thank you for this
Sunday, this first day of a brand new week. A day in which we celebrate life;
we celebrate resurrection. And we are here in this hour to worship Thee, not
only in spirit, but give our worship genuineness and validity as we worship in
truth. You speak, 0 Lord, let me get out of the way so that Thy Word and Thy
truth might be heard, it might be received, it might be understood. And Father,
may we put it into practice right where we live. For this is our prayer through
Jesus Christ our living Lord. Amen.
Hebrews chapter 1 2, by way of review, reminds us that we are running a race. And
the race is the race of life. Have you noticed? Is anybody alive? If you're alive you're
in the race. It's a race called life. And from the word 'race' in Hebrews 12, we get
our word 'agony.' That's the root of the word. Therefore, it tells us that we're not
in a hundred yard dash. We are not in a hundred meter run. This isn't a sprint. It is
a race of agony, and therefore, we would guess it is a marathon. It's life! And in this
marathon race, you don't have to be a super athlete. You're not running this race and
I'm not running this race to win anything. We're not there to finish first. I'm not
trying to outrun you, and you aren't trying to outrun me. We're just in this race
together called life, and you don't hav ...
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