by Stephen Whitney

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Faith Alone (2 of 10)
Series: Hebrews 11
Stephen Whitney
Hebrews 11:4-7

On October 25, 1999 Professional golfer Payne Stewart left Florida to fly to Dallas in a Learjet. The plane never turned west, but instead it kept flying northwest. Fourteen minutes into the flight air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane. It kept going higher and higher reaching an altitude of more then 50,000 feet.

Military jets scrambled to reach the plane and one pilot said, ''It's a very helpless feeling to pull up alongside another aircraft and realize the people inside are potentially unconscious or in some other way incapacitated.'' When there was no response, experts quickly diagnosed that the problem was decompression. A sudden loss of pressure during the plane's climb had caused all six people to pass out.

Long before the plane crashed in South Dakota everyone had probably died from lack of oxygen. Even with one of the state of the art planes and the access to the finest navigational systems without oxygen nothing else mattered.

Gray Inrig wrote, ''The life of faith is the only life that pleases God and nothing else matters if faith is missing.'' Able, Enoch and Noah each demonstrated personal faith in God.

Cain and Abel were the first two sons born to Adam and Eve. In Genesis 4:4-5 Able, who was a shepherd, offered a lamb from his flock as a sacrifice while Cain, who was a farmer, offered the crops which he had grown as his sacrifice.

More acceptable (KJB more excellent) - Gk. better or superior. Literally it means more in number, quantity or excellency. Sacrifice - Gk. an offering presented to God (5:1; 7:27; 8:3). Note: this is the only example of a sacrifice in Hebrews 11.

John Calvin wrote, ''Abel's offering, according to the account given, was not greater in the number or quantity, but in quality.'' His sacrifice was more acceptable because it was given by faith; that to be forgiven of your sins an anim ...

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