Tag Archives: endurance

Looking unto Jesus



As both our example of faith and the object of our faith, Jesus stands as the climax of Hebrews 11 and its list of heroes. Thus let us run the course set before us with endurance. There are hindrances to be set aside. There will be hostility from opposition. But looking unto Jesus, we see Him on the other side of those sacrifices and seated at the right hand of God. Let’s Go!

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Hebrews 12:1-3

Preached Sunday morning, August 16, 2020 by Brad D Harris

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By faith, they persevered.



The writer of Hebrews is giving us an avalanche of examples of commendable faith in the build up to grand finale. We need to see three big lessons from all these examples. One, for all of us, faith is occasionally mixed with failure. Do not let failure define your faith, but trust in God to redeem the failure. Two, faith sometimes brings victory on earth. Other times, faith shows the value of heaven when victory is harder to find. And three, we have greater opportunity to be heroes of faith in the new covenant than these Old Testament examples did.

Hebrews 11:32-40

Preached Sunday morning, August 9, 2020 by Brad D Harris


Generations with God



The focus in previous section was on Abraham and Sarah being on journey of faith in life. This section focuses on their passing the faith to next generation before dying. Death was not what mattered. Being faithful through death is what mattered. Believing in the resurrection is what mattered. And preparing the next generation of faith is what mattered.

Hebrews 11:17-22

Preached Sunday morning, July 19, 2020 by Brad D Harris


Just Live by Faith



The confidence given to us by the superiority of Jesus Christ, in Whom we trust, is to valuable to let doubts and discouragement take its place.  Steadfast faithfulness has its reward and is commended by God with righteousness.  Let us persevere like the other redeemed sinners who have gone before us.

Hebrews 10:35 – 11:2

Preached Sunday morning, June 28, 2020 by Brad D Harris


The Father guides in the desert



Why does God allow the hard times in our lives?  Does He have a purpose for those dry, challenging circumstances we face?  Moses reminds the children of Israel and us that like a good Father, God brings us through the desert wilderness to test us and prepare us for greater victories ahead, if we will learn the lessons of the wilderness.

Deuteronomy 8

Preached Sunday morning, June 21, 2020 by Brad D Harris


Psalm 91 – God our Refuge



The psalmist reminds us in Psalm 91 that we have no refuge like our God.  He is security when disease threatens and danger approaches.  The LORD may allow us to see the danger.  But when we cry out to Him, He is faithful to His promises to provide for His children.  Thank you, Jesus!

Psalm 91

Preached Sunday morning, May 10, 2020 by Brad D Harris


Tying up loose ends



John wrote his gospel account after the other three and added details pertinent to His purpose – “that we might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31).  But then he added an epilogue to tie up some loose ends from his narrative.  And it turns out that Peter is not the only loose end, so are we.

John 21:1-24

Preached Sunday morning, April 19, 2020 by Brad D Harris


Resurrection Hope



We have a reason for confidence and hope.  Christ has risen from the grave, it’s a historical fact.  And facts have consequences.   And when we anchor or life to facts like the resurrection, it changes how we live.  And in the midst of fear and uncertainty around s and maybe within us, the resurrection of Christ gives us a reason for confidence and hope.

1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 11

Preached Sunday morning, March 22, 2020 by Brad D Harris


Steadfast in the Faithful God



Growing in wisdom.  James challenged his readers and us to call out to God for wisdom right after telling them to rejoice in tribulation for the endurance it produces in the believer’s life.  No coincidence.  James had seen in the life of Jesus that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.  And wisdom is to trust God even when the challenges of our life don’t make sense.  And Christ sustains us when we seek to trust Him above trusting our reasoning.

Luke 2:52 and James 1:2-8

Preached Sunday morning, January 12, 2020 by Brad D Harris


Christ is Faithful



Our series in Revelation comes to its conclusion this week.  But we discover that last message is a very sobering reminder that we as individuals as well as churches can get far away from what we were created to be.  Yet even in the midst of correction from the Faithful and True Witness, Christ is Faithful to His wayward saints in love and righteousness.  He invites and even disciplines us back into fellowship with Him.  Jesus is the good news.
This is the last in a seven-part sermon series on church revitalization.

I added a short intro before the audio of the sermon audio begins.   Let me know in the comments what you think.

Revelation 3:14-22

Preached Sunday morning, December 15, 2019 by Brad D Harris