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1 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.

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1 Sarah Mangum = ""
2 Sarah R = "Genesis 1."
3 Sarah R = "Genesis 4."
4 Sarah R = "Genesis 5:21-24 ¨21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah.22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters.23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years.24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.¨"
5 Randy O = "Believing in God is not enough. You must also believe that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.Why? Many people believe in God and fearfully avoid Him. They see God as someone ready to deal out punishment at His earliest opportunity. They flea from a relationship with Him in fear.When God led the Israelites out of Egypt He met with them at Mt Horeb and spoke with them from the mountain in a voice that all could hear.  What was their response... Exodus 20:23-25 23And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, (for the mountain did burn with fire,) that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders; 24And ye said, Behold, the LORD our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth. 25Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more, then we shall dieThe Israelites reacted in fear and told Moses to talk with God for them because they were afraid of Him and feared they would die.And what was God's testimony of the children in the wilderness?Dueteronomy 32:20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.He said they are people in whom there is NO FAITH.Clearly they believed in God, they heard His voice from the mountain and the fire and acknowledged the it was God.  But they reacted in fear, not faith.  They believed God would destroy them, not reward them.  That is the difference and that is what this scripture is teaching us.Those who come to God must...First, believe that He is.and Second, believe that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him,"
6 Cary W = "This is true faith in action: the confidence that as we wait upon the Lord, seek His face and His counsel, we shall be rewarded with His presence."
7 Cary W = "We are too have faith in God in all the daily matters of life, but real faith is when the Spirit says go here or go build this, that even though we don't know why He is asking, we obey, knowing His Voice and trusting God as the strength in which we trust."
8 Sarah R = "The story of Noah is found in Genesis 5:32 through chapter 9."
9 Sarah R = "The story of Abraham, formally Abram, being called by God is found in Genesis 12."
10 Sarah R = ""Genesis 12:1-4 describes a similar 'moving experience' - a God-fearing family obeys the voice of God, pulls up stakes in Ur, and heads for a new home more than a thousand miles away. But Hebrews 11:8 explains why this was no ordinary move. 'Abraham... obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.' The command of God was clear, but the destination was not. That's faith - the kind that pleases God (Hebrews 11:6) and the kind God wants you to exercise today in similar situations. Abram (later called Abraham) found that you don't always need to know where you're going, provided you know whom you're following."- Daily Walk Bible NIV, Genesis 12 note"
11 Sarah R = "The promise of an offspring we see in Genesis 19. Sara´s son, Isaac, is born in Genesis 21."
12 Sarah R = "See Genesis 22 for the whole story."
13 Sarah R = "See Genesis 27."
14 Sarah R = "See Genesis 48."
15 Sarah R = "See Genesis 50."
16 Sarah R = "The story of Moses can be found in the book of Exodus."
17 Sarah R = "This story is found in Joshua 6."
18 Sarah R = "Rahab´s story of saving the spies in found in Joshua 2. Rahab is mentioned in the geneology of Jesus found in Matthew 1."
19 Sarah R = "The story of Gideon is found in Judges 6-8."
20 Sarah R = "Barak, a Hebrew warrior, is mentioned along with Deborah, a judge over Israel, in Judges 4."
21 Sarah R = "The infamous story of Samson is found in Judges 16."
22 Sarah R = "Jephthah´s story is found in Judges 11."
23 Sarah R = "David, the second King of the Israelites, is called, despite his many faults, ¨a man after God´s own heart¨. His story can be found in 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles, and 1 Kings. Jesus came from the line of David."
24 Sarah R = "Samuel was a major Old Testament prophet who appointed the first two kings of Israel: Saul and David. His story is found in the books named after him, 1 & 2 Samuel."
25 Cary W = "True faith in Christ moves mountains and opens ways for us that make the angels stand in awe.  The power of God is released in the small seed of faith we are able to stand in when presented with great challenge or opportunity."
26 Sarah R = "The writer of Hebrews refers to the fact that these ´heroes of the faith´ did not see the fulfillment of God´s promises to send a Messiah. These promises were fulfilled years later when Jesus came."