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Topic: Fame (05/10/12)
TITLE: In Mercy and Grace
By darlene thompson
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Hebrews recorded Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain. Enoch didn't die because he pleased God. Noah performed an act of faith when he built the ark. Abraham went out not knowing where he was going. He looked for a city whose architect and builder was God. His descendants became more innumerable than the stars of heaven. Abraham offered up Isaac as a sacrifice. He believed that God would raise Isaac from the dead.
By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau. In death Jacob blessed the sons of Joseph. Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He endured ill treatment rather than enjoyed the pleasures of sin. Moses passed through the Red Sea as though it were dry land.
In seven days, Joshua brought down the walls of Jericho with trumpets. Rehab, the harlot, welcomed spies in peace.
Others included in God's hall of fame were Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets. By faith, they conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises and shut the mouth of lions. They quenched the power of fire and escaped the sword. From weakness, they were made strong. They became mighty in war and put armies to flight. Women received back their dead. Some were tortured and received a better resurrection.
God's hall of fame included suffering, mocking and scourging, chains of imprisonment, stoning, sawn in two, and death by the sword. They were clothed in sheep and goat skins, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated, and counted not worthy. They became wanders in deserts, mountains, caves and on the ground. God's hall of fame is not the same as the world's hall of fame. His is not filled with money, trinkets, and praises. God's hall of fame requires complete faith and trust in Him. His reward is not a tarnished trophy on a shelf. His fame lasts forever. Christians receive their fame by His mercy and grace.
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