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Yep, regarding empty promises, i dont think anyone likes to be left dangling. that goes for not being a flake too. As Christians especially, we should keep our promises and let our yes be yes and are no be no. Its so discouraging when, especially believers, constantly back out of things...cant really be counted on. then there are ppl true to their word and never say yes unless they mean it and follow through! God bless those ppl!! (ie, my dad!!! <3)

Those men of faith are unbelievable. I mean, being sawed in half, being eaten by lions? Could I go through that? I live in the US and the worst persecution I suffer is maybe being mocked or excluded from things, big deal, that's nothing!!! I mean, there are people in other countries today, like Sudan...believers being tortured and put to death for their devotion to Christ everyday! Those are the ppl too good for this world! There's a great book, Foxe's Book of Martyrs if anyone wants to see what real persecution looks like. But of course, Christ is our ultimate example!

Hebs 10:10-11 is great, talking about God's discipline. I need it!

I too love Ps. v.4 "When darkness overtakes the godly, light will come bursting in." thats such a beautiful and comforting word!

and i love Prov too. "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." There are certainly people in my life that have fulfilled this role for me! Of course my Pastors, but some other very special people. I think its wonderful when believers can sit and share with each other and sharpen one another. We need that! Its not good to try to go at this alone...we need others. Its not just 'me and God', though I think a lot of us have felt this before. Others have insights and wisdom that we can really learn from. Let's all strive to encourage one another, build each other in the faith, and sharpen each other.

Ezekiel continues to lay out God’s sovereignty over the earthly kingdoms. They rise and fall within His realm of providence. With how chaotic this country and this world has become, it is comforting to know He is still in control for His purposes.

Hebrews also punctuates the hall of Faith with several instruction for its audience: throw away so sins that hinder, run with perseverance, fix our eyes on Jesus as our ultimate example. He went on to go in depth about God’s discipline of His children to affirm to the believers that it is an act of a loving father who wants the best for us. Perhaps he knows the road of faith is paved by many trials and tribulations and we are prone to fall and face disciplines from the Lord; but it is up to us to have the right attitude when being disciplined so that we would not lose heart and fail to continue on the race. It is a timely reminder indeed.

We cannot become closer to God if we do not listen to his criticisms. We should not get discouraged because of this either.

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?

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