Papyrus 46 has 104 Scriptures listed in the index this reader chose to keep. It's either two or three generations after Jesus died and is marvelously intact. These three photographs are Hebrews 10 to Hebrews 11 complete and intact - amazing.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment. 24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. 27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. 28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. 29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. 31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.
34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
Head under water
And they tell me to breathe easy for a while
The breathing gets harder, even I know that
Made room for me but it's too soon to see
If I'm happy in your hands
I'm unusually hard to hold on to
Blank stares at blank pages
No easy way to say this
You mean well, but you make this hard on me
Babe, I'll walk the seven seas when I believe that there's a reason to write you a love song today, today
Writers: Frank Hannon, Jeff Keith, Sara Bareilles
So... Hebrews 11 sounds like a lot of difficulty...
Quelle Surprise... What is interesting about Hebrews 11?
There are no blank pages. Love fills this Chapter of Hebrews 11.
Quelle Surprise... . A surprising thing about this far flung list of Hebrews 11 including some out of the way people listed in far corners of the Bible... is
is... David isn't here.
You'd think David would be. God thought so much of all the people He created that He chose David to be known as Jesus' forebearer.
What was so unique about David? David expected God to be Good. To be Merciful. David didn't take life lightly. He didn't report he was a chuckle full of monkey laughs. David could be very serious.
Quelle Surprise. What drew each of these people to Father God. What Attribute did He have they loved?
David was willing to live in a ditch as a mercenary having his wife and children stolen. David had a compassionate heart and drew in the people who were only glad to see David when God's Word was Fulfilled.
David anticipated the Goodness and Power of God in his life along side Difficulties.
David clearly understood the Heart of God.
We were privileged to have a healer come in June from the U.K. to HopePointe - Fr. Mike Endicott from Wales. He told about being a Parish Priest for 20 years and begging and pleading and whining and being mad at God for not hearing his prayers.
One day Father Mike reports that he could see the cross of Jesus had taken our sins. And made us white. Jesus had taken our illnesses and our sickness and our brokenness. Father Mike suddenly felt renewal and hope coming alive! Jesus is Alive! He is Working and His Father is Working with Him!
We aren't talking about two millenniums ago.. we are Speaking with LOVE of God who is willing - TODAY.
There are obstacles to healing. Blockages. Feelings of being unworthy. In charge. Small. Mean ol God. Unbelief. Belief in the status quo.
The Holy Spirit arrives with Wind.
The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.
We need to Trust in the Goodness of God's Will.
Father God, Your Will be done. Today.
Father Francis MacNutt has had a well known healing ministry for sixty years. I'm so privileged to hear him by video in a class led by Sharon Ritze at HopePointe. And Father Francis completely agrees with Fr. Mike Endicott. God wants to take our sins and our sickness and our brokenness.
God agrees with St. Augustine. Be hard on sin and easy on People.
God came to save sinners.
The Nicene Council tried to decide if Jesus was leading us in the story of a woman caught in Adultery. Yes. We know He did. Jesus attitudes are Father God's attitudes. Healing is so exciting. We are Touched By God. We realize again = God Knows we are Here!!!
Empathy. Jesus said quite a few times "He healed them all."
Last week our healing class prayed for a man from New Mexico who had reoccurring mouth cancer. We really did care about the man. It was remote prayer. When the man arrived at M.D. Anderson - no cancer was found.
Father Frances MacNutt says his team has such empathy for sinners. But for the grace of God - goes I. Healing creates empathy. He sees his team is willing to share gifts and praise for His Glory.
Jesus shows us a Father who would run to His Child. Jesus explains God is forgiveness. Jesus didn't castigate the woman at the well - He said go and sin no more.
Father Francis explains how loving God is - God says test the spirits. Father Frances says when he sees healing, the next day people are trying to see if the healing will last. Wobbly like a colt.
Jesus adopts us. Our Father is Gentle and Steadfast
the Lord to prepare his ways
to give knowledge of salvation to his people
in the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
God creates Joy as a Strength.
The Roman Empire saw hope and stood amazed.
The Empire was falling apart with divorce and lack of family and fear of theft killing commerce.
And the people began to have hope and learn to believe.
Tertullian 250 A.D., a Church Father, said that the Miracles of God are far better than gladiator games.
These miracles of God show God is with Us.
We all have to do something to respond to the Mercy of God. Prayer is what God wants most with Thanks.
God is Alive.
God is for us.
The Promise of God in His Word are Fulfilled.
Father GOD thank you - for today. Your mercies renew each day. In Jesus, statistics show we live 7 years longer and the years are filled with hope and expectation of Your Goodness. We say Thank You. And Know You fulfill Your Word to us. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †