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Series: “Champions of Faith”
An insightful look at the heroes of the eleventh chapter of Hebrews. “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) Shot on location in Israel and inspired by the “Faith Hall of Fame,” this series explores not only the characters, but teaches unique aspects of their testimony to give us insight into and instruction about the development of faith. Modern-day believers, both Jewish and Gentile, are interviewed and give witness to a faith that builds the foundation for not only lives that overcome in spite of adversity, but overcoming lives.
Episode: “Worship — Abel”
The program begins with Zola’s overview of Hebrews 11, studying faith as reflected in the characters of this great chapter. The first character in our champions of Faith series is Abel. We study his worship and “right” sacrifice to the Lord. Believers from a Messianic congregation in Israel discuss how worship has influenced their walk of faith.

Caption transcript for Champions of Faith: “Worship — Abel” (1/11)

  • 119:45
  • 120:02 HEBREWS 11 HONORS THE CHAMPIONS
  • 120:04 OF FAITH WHO WANDERED IN DESERTS
  • 120:06 AND IN MOUNTAINS AND CAVES OF THE EARTH.
  • 120:09 BECAUSE OF THIS CLOUD OF WITNESSES,
  • 120:11 WE CAN RUN WITH PATIENCE THE RACE THAT IS SET BEFORE US.
  • 120:14 ♪♪
  • 120:44
  • 120:47 SHALOM, HELLO AGAIN, WELCOME TO OUR NEW SERIES.
  • 120:49 IT IS ON FAITH.
  • 120:52 AND YOU KNOW, I'VE HEARD IT SAID
  • 120:54 WHY ISN'T THERE A CHAPTER IN THE BIBLE ON FAITH?
  • 120:55 THERE REALLY IS.
  • 120:58 HEBREWS 11 IS WHAT WE ARE GOING TO COVER IN THIS SERIES AND THAT'S ABOUT FAITH.
  • 121:01 THE ESSENCE OF FAITH AND THE USES OF FAITH AND THE EXAMPLES OF FAITH.
  • 121:05 FAITH IS THE SURENESS,
  • 121:09 THE HOPE OF THINGS THAT WE DON'T SEE OR TO PUT IT IN SCRIPTURAL WORDS,
  • 121:15
  • 121:29 AND THE OLD TESTAMENT PERSONALITIES BY MEANS OF THIS
  • 121:31 FAITH SERVED GOD WELL.
  • 121:34 AND THEN THE CHAPTER GOES ON AND IT ILLUSTRATES HOW
  • 121:39 THE OLD TESTAMENT PERSONALITIES DID THIS.
  • 121:42 YOU KNOW, IT SAYS BY FAITH THE UNIVERSE WAS FORMED BY GOD
  • 121:45 SO THAT THINGS THAT ARE SEEN
  • 121:47 ARE MADE OF THINGS THAT ARE NOT VISIBLE.
  • 121:50
  • 122:03 WHEN I WAS IN CAMPUS CRUSADE,
  • 122:04 THE TEACHER STRESSED HOW WE HAVE DISCOVERED ONLY RECENTLY
  • 122:08 THE MOLECULAR AND ATOMIC THEORY AND FOUND OUT LITERALLY
  • 122:12 THE THINGS WE SEE ARE MADE UP OF THINGS WE CAN'T SEE.
  • 122:16 I DON'T THINK WITH OUR BEST ELECTRON MICROSCOPES WE HAVE
  • 122:19 EVER REALLY SEEN AN ATOM,
  • 122:21 WE HAVE SEEN HOW ATOMS ACT AND HOW THEY PERFORM.
  • 122:24 BUT THE THINGS WE SEE IN LIFE, A BUILDING, A CHAIR OR PERSON
  • 122:29 ARE MADE OF THESE THINGS WE ARE NOT VISIBLE AND WE CAN NEVER SEE.
  • 122:33 IT IS AN INTERESTING REFERENCE FROM AN ANCIENT SOURCE.
  • 122:36 WELL, THE CHAPTER GOES ON FROM THERE COMMENDING CERTAIN PERSONALITIES.
  • 122:42 IT GOES TO ABEL.
  • 122:45 BY FAITH HE OFFERED UNTO GOD A BETTER SACRIFICE.
  • 122:48 HE WAS COMMENDED FOR HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS BECAUSE HE
  • 122:51 GAVE THE BLOOD, HE SACRIFICED A LAMB.
  • 122:55 AND THE CHAPTER POINTS OUT THAT ABEL'S BLOOD STILL SPEAKS TO US BY FAITH.
  • 122:59 BY FAITH, ENOCH WAS TAKEN UP.
  • 123:02 HE DIDN'T DIE.
  • 123:03 IT SAYS HE HAD NO DEATH.
  • 123:05 HE'S ONE WHO PLEASED GOD AND WAS TAKEN UP IN TRANSLATION.
  • 123:09 A TYPE, AN ILLUSTRATION OF THE CHURCH WHICH
  • 123:12 SHALL BE DIRECTLY TRANSLATED TO GOD.
  • 123:15 PERHAPS, ENOCH IS ONE OF THE TWO WITNESSES THAT WE READ
  • 123:18 ABOUT IN REVELATION 11
  • 123:20 WHO EVIDENTLY STILL HAVE A MISSION TO DO IN THE END TIMES.
  • 123:23 ONE MAY BE ENOCH AND ONE ELIJAH
  • 123:25 BECAUSE THOSE TWO DID NOT DIE ON EARTH.
  • 123:30 THEY WERE TAKEN UP BY GOD AND YET THE SCRIPTURES SAYS IT IS
  • 123:34 APPOINTED UNTO EACH MAN ONCE TO DIE.
  • 123:37 SO THOSE TWO MEN HAVE NOT DIED YET.
  • 123:40 IT IS ONLY A THEORY.
  • 123:41 THEY MAY BE THE TWO WITNESSES.
  • 123:43 OTHERS SAY THE TWO WITNESSES WILL BE MOSES AND ELIJAH
  • 123:45 BECAUSE THE TWO WITNESSES DO MIRACLES THAT THOSE TWO PERSONALITIES DID.
  • 123:49 I AM NOT INSISTING ON IT,
  • 123:51 BUT IT IS VERY INTERESTING THAT ENOCH LIKE ELIJAH WAS TRANSLATED.
  • 123:56 AND IT SAYS WITHOUT FAITH, IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD.
  • 124:00 HE REWARDS THOSE WHO SEEK HIM.
  • 124:03 AND THEN THE EXAMPLE OF NOAH IS GIVEN.
  • 124:05 I AM NOT COVERING EVERY PERSONALITY GIVEN.
  • 124:07 BUT NOAH IS GIVEN COMMENDATION FOR BUILDING THE ARK.
  • 124:11 MY GOODNESS, WHAT AN EXAMPLE OF FAITH.
  • 124:13 IT HAD NEVER RAINED.
  • 124:15 TALK ABOUT WORKS.
  • 124:16 NOAH IS CONVINCED OF THE LORD'S WARNING OF THE FLOOD
  • 124:20 AND HE BEGINS TO BUILD A BOAT, A SHIP, AN ARK.
  • 124:23 AND PEOPLE ARE SAYING WHAT ARE YOU BUILDING AND EVEN WHEN IT
  • 124:26 IS FINISHED HAVING NO IDEA WHAT IT IS.
  • 124:29 RIDICULING HIM ALL THE WAY AS HE DID THIS WORK BY FAITH.
  • 124:34 AND THEN BY FAITH, ABRAHAM CHANGED COUNTRIES,
  • 124:37 700 MILES OR SO HE CAME
  • 124:41 FROM UR OF THE CHALDEES TO CANAAN.
  • 124:45 AND THERE HE OFFERED ISAAC IN SACRIFICE.
  • 124:49 TALK ABOUT AN ACT OF FAITH.
  • 124:50 HE WAS ABSOLUTELY PREPARED TO KILL HIS SON,
  • 124:55 HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON WITH HIS
  • 124:57 WIFE SARAH WHO GOD HAD PROMISED WOULD CONTINUE THE COVENANT.
  • 125:03 HE HAD TO BELIEVE THAT GOD WOULD RESURRECT ISAAC FROM THE
  • 125:05 DEAD AND STILL HE WAS WILLING TO SACRIFICE HIM BY FAITH.
  • 125:09 AND BY FAITH, ISAAC GAVE THE BLESSING
  • 125:12 TO HIS YOUNGER SON OF THE TWINS.
  • 125:14 HE GAVE IT TO JACOB AND NOT ESAU.
  • 125:16 THAT WAS GOD'S WILL.
  • 125:17 BY FAITH, HE DUG WELLS.
  • 125:19 HE WAS THE WELL DIGGER.
  • 125:21 HE PREPARED THE LAND FOR PEOPLE AFTER HIM.
  • 125:23 HE WAS THE FIRST BORN JEWISH PERSON.
  • 125:26 IMAGINE BEING CONVINCED THAT A COUNTRY BELONGS TO YOUR PEOPLE
  • 125:30 AND YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE.
  • 125:32 YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON OF THE JEWS AND THAT'S YOUR COUNTRY.
  • 125:38 AND YET, I AM STANDING IN A JEWISH COUNTRY IN ISRAEL TODAY.
  • 125:40 ISAAC HAD THE FAITH TO BELIEVE THAT WHEN HE WAS VIRTUALLY ALONE HERE.
  • 125:44 BY FAITH, MOSES SAW GOD.
  • 125:47 IMAGINE, HE'S THE ONLY MAN WHO EVER SAW GOD.
  • 125:49 HE BEHELD ALMIGHTY GOD AND COVERED HIS FACE WITH A VEIL.
  • 125:53 HE LEAD THE EXODUS BY FAITH.
  • 125:55 40 YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS.
  • 125:58 AND BY FAITH, JOSHUA AND RAHAB BELIEVED IN THE LAND AND IN THE
  • 126:04 PROMISES THAT THE JEWS WOULD OCCUPY THIS CANAAN AND CALL IT ISRAEL.
  • 126:09 AND THE TWO OF THEM -- YOU KNOW, JOSHUA WAS ONE OF THE
  • 126:11 SPIES THAT IN AT KADESH-BARNEA EARLY IN THE EXODUS,
  • 126:16 AND ESTIMATED THAT THE HEBREWS COULD TAKE THE LAND.
  • 126:19 10 SAID, "NO, YOU COULDN'T."
  • 126:23 BUT JOSHUA AND CALEB SAID, "YES, YOU CAN WITH GOD'S HELP."
  • 126:26 AND HE BELIEVED IN THE LAND.
  • 126:28 RAHAB, THE HARLOT OF JERICHO, A GENTILE WOMAN
  • 126:32 AND MEDIOCRE WOMAN, BUT SHE SAID LOOKING THE JEWS IN THE FACE,
  • 126:37 "I KNOW THE LORD HATH GIVEN YOU THE LAND."
  • 126:43 OH, THAT THE GENTILES PEOPLE OF TODAY WOULD OPEN THEIR MOUTHS
  • 126:45 AND SAY, "I KNOW THAT THE LORD HATH GIVEN THE JEWS THE LAND."
  • 126:48 THE NEW TESTAMENT PERSONALITIES AREN'T MENTIONED.
  • 126:50 THIS BOOK IS HEBREWS WRITTEN IN THE NEW TESTAMENT TO THE JEWS
  • 126:53 WHO ARE READING THE OLD TESTAMENT,
  • 126:55 SO IT COVERS OLD TESTAMENT PERSONALITIES.
  • 126:57 BUT WE COULD AS WELL GO ON WITH PAUL'S SUFFERING FOR THE FAITH.
  • 127:01 MY GOODNESS, HE SPENT MANY A NIGHT IN JAIL AND HE WAS WHIPPED,
  • 127:04 RUN FROM PLACE TO PLACE AND SUFFERED A GREAT DEAL FOR THE FAITH.
  • 127:08 AND STEPHEN, THE FIRST MARTYR,
  • 127:11 STONED TO DEATH AND YET TESTIFYING AS HE DIED TO THE FAITH.
  • 127:15 THESE PEOPLE MADE THEIR FAITH REALLY COUNT FOR SOMETHING AND IT COUNTED WITH GOD.
  • 127:20
  • 127:24 AND ABEL GATHERED STONES FROM THE EARTH TO BUILD AN ALTAR TO JEHOVAH.
  • 127:33 HE BROUGHT KINDLING AND LIT THE SACRIFICIAL FIRE.
  • 127:43 AS HE TENDED HIS FLOCK, HE THOUGHT OF WHAT HE COULD
  • 127:46 OFFER UNTO THE MOST HIGH GOD THAT WOULD BE WORTHY.
  • 127:50 WHAT SHOULD IT BE?
  • 127:52 THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE HAD FORMED THE WORLD AND EVERYTHING IN IT.
  • 128:01 EVERYTHING IN THE HEAVENS AND ON THE EARTH CAME FROM GOD.
  • 128:06 ABEL'S BROTHER CAIN WOULD OFFER THE FRUIT OF THE GROUND.
  • 128:09 BUT ABEL GAVE HIS MOST PRECIOUS POSSESSION,
  • 128:13 THE BEST THAT HE HAD.
  • 128:19 THE HERDSMAN SEARCHED HIS FLOCK AND CHOSE ONE SPOTLESS LAMB TO GIVE GLORY AND HONOR TO GOD.
  • 128:33 AND THE LORD, WHO WALKED IN THE GARDEN WITH ABEL'S FATHER, ADAM
  • 128:36 LOOKED UPON ABEL'S HEART AND FOUND IT GOOD.
  • 128:44 THE SHEDDING OF BLOOD WOULD BE ACCEPTABLE IN GOD'S SIGHT.
  • 128:49 BY FAITH, HE WAS COMMENDED AS A RIGHTEOUS MAN.
  • 128:53 WHEN GOD SPOKE WELL OF THE SACRIFICIAL OFFERING.
  • 128:56
  • 129:02 WELL, AS ITS FIRST EXAMPLE OF FAITH IN ACTION,
  • 129:05 HEBREWS 11 PRESENTS THE STORY OF ABEL AND WE ALL KNOW THAT STORY.
  • 129:09
  • 129:28 AND THE POINT IS MADE VERY, VERY QUICKLY THAT IT IS
  • 129:31 THE BLOOD THAT GOD WANTS FOR REMISSION OF SINS.
  • 129:35 LEVITICUS 17:11, I HAVE GIVEN THE BLOOD FOR REMISSION OF SINS.
  • 129:40 AND RIGHT OFF IN GENESIS WE SEE THE PRINCIPLE.
  • 129:44 GENESIS IS THE BOOK OF FIRSTS, FIRST THINGS.
  • 129:49 AND WE SAW THE FIRST SIN WHEN EVE ATE OF THE FRUIT
  • 129:53 AND SHE GAVE IT TO ADAM AND GOD SAID,
  • 129:55 "ADAM, WHAT HAPPENED HERE?"
  • 129:57 AND HE SAID, "IT WAS THE WOMAN,"
  • 129:58 NOT JUST THAT, BUT IT WAS, "THE WOMAN YOU GAVE ME,"
  • 130:02 TRYING TO SHIFT THE BLAME BACK TO GOD.
  • 130:06 AND THAT WAS MAN VERSUS GOD.
  • 130:08 AND WITH CAIN AND ABEL WE HAVE THE SIN OF MAN VERSUS MAN.
  • 130:12 THEY ARE BROTHERS, OF COURSE, BUT THE FIRST DEATH RESULTS
  • 130:16 FROM THEIR FIRST ACT OF WORSHIP.
  • 130:19 ABEL, IT IS A BIGGER POINT BEING MADE.
  • 130:22 HE WAS IN A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 130:24 HE UNDERSTOOD WHAT GOD WANTED.
  • 130:26 AND GOD HAD CURSED THE GROUND AND YET,
  • 130:30 CAIN GAVE OF THE GROUND AND ABEL'S SACRIFICE HAD THE BLOOD
  • 130:36 AND THIS IS LATER PROVED PERFECT IN THE BIBLE AS A SACRIFICE.
  • 130:40 BUT THE FIRST MURDER RESULTS FROM CAIN'S CHOICE AND GOD'S PREFERENCE.
  • 130:45 AND YOU KNOW, THE PRINCIPLE ALWAYS CONTINUES IN HISTORY.
  • 130:50 "CAIN PEOPLE" ALWAYS KILL "ABEL PEOPLE" SO TO SPEAK.
  • 130:54 THE WORLD IS MADE UP --
  • 130:55 IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT THAT WAY,
  • 130:57 PEOPLE, WHO LIKE CAIN,
  • 130:58 CANNOT BELIEVE IN GOD AND CANNOT DO GOD'S WAY OF THINGS.
  • 131:01 AND OF ABEL PEOPLE WHO DO BELIEVE IN GOD AND HAVE FAITH.
  • 131:06 LOOK AT THE WORLD VERSUS THE CHURCH.
  • 131:08 IN EVERY GENERATION, YOU HAVE WORLDLY PEOPLE VERSUS THE RELIGIOUS PEOPLE.
  • 131:14 LOOK AT IN OUR TIME. ISLAM VERSUS ISRAEL,
  • 131:19 AS THOUGH THE PRESENCE OF RELATIVE HANDFUL OF JEWISH
  • 131:23 PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST IS INTERRUPTING THE PROGRESS
  • 131:26 OF 21 OR 22 ARAB DICTATORSHIPS AND YET,
  • 131:30 THE ANIMOSITY GOES ON AND ON.
  • 131:33 RELIGIOUS-KIND OF ANIMOSITY.
  • 131:36 "CAIN PEOPLE" VERSUS "ABEL PEOPLE."
  • 131:39 AND THE MEDIA VERSUS ISRAEL.
  • 131:41 AND THE SAME BIAS CONTINUES AND CONTINUES.
  • 131:45 AND PREFERENCE OF A DICTATORSHIP OVER A DEMOCRACY
  • 131:50 AND THE PREFERENCE FOR A POLICE STATE
  • 131:52 OVER AN ALLY OF THE UNITED STATES AND SO ON.
  • 131:57 AND THE MEDIA CONTINUING.
  • 131:59 IT IS CAIN VERSUS ABEL ALL OVER AGAIN.
  • 132:02 YOU KNOW, WHEN THE LORD ENCOUNTERED THE SAMARITAN WOMAN
  • 132:06 YOU HAD AN INTERESTING WORLDLY PERSON VERSUS MESSIAH HIMSELF IN
  • 132:11 A DISCUSSION AND THAT IS A MOST INTERESTING DISCUSSION.
  • 132:15 YOU KNOW, THE SAMARITAN WOMAN TRIES TO INVOLVE THE LORD IN THEOLOGICAL TANGLES.
  • 132:20 SHE SAID, "WE HAVE ALWAYS WORSHIPED IN THIS MOUNTAIN
  • 132:22 "WHERE OUR FATHER JACOB WAS."
  • 132:26 AND YOU SAY -- YOU JEWS SAY --
  • 132:29 IN EFFECT, SHE'S SAYING TO JESUS, THAT WE SHOULD WORSHIP IN JERUSALEM.
  • 132:32 AND HE ANSWERS HER IN A MOST POWERFUL WAY.
  • 132:35
  • 132:58 THAT'S AN INTERESTING STATEMENT.
  • 132:59 AND IT'S A ANOTHER WHOLE PROGRAM IN THAT ONE.
  • 133:03 WHEN GOD CHOOSES DISCIPLES OR PROPHETS OR APOSTLES HE CHOOSES
  • 133:07 JEWS AND IN THE TRIBULATION PERIOD TO COME HE WILL CHOOSE
  • 133:10 144,000 JEWISH PEOPLE TO TESTIFY.
  • 133:14 AND SO IT GOES THROUGH HISTORY.
  • 133:16 YOU KNOW, JESUS GAVE HER A PERFECT WITNESS IN JOHN 4:10.
  • 133:21
  • 133:39 THAT IS THE CHRISTIAN IDEAL IN ONE VERSE.
  • 133:42 FIRST, YOU NEED TO KNOW THE GIFT OF GOD.
  • 133:46 YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT SALVATION IS.
  • 133:48 AND WHO IT IS THAT SAYS, GIVE ME TO DRINK.
  • 133:51 IN OTHER WORDS, YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHAT PERSON TO GO TO FOR YOUR SALVATION.
  • 133:56 IN THIS CASE, OF COURSE, THE MESSIAH.
  • 133:58 AND THEN THOU WOULDST ASK OF HIM.
  • 134:01 WE MUST ASK INDIVIDUALLY FOR THIS SALVATION.
  • 134:03 NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO BE BAPTIZED AS A BABY OR ATTEND A CHURCH
  • 134:07 THAT SAYS IT IS THE CORRECT ONE.
  • 134:09 WE MUST ASK OF OUR SALVATION OF JESUS CHRIST AND HE WOULD HAVE GIVEN THEE LIVING WATER.
  • 134:15 IT IS FREE.
  • 134:16 IT'S SIMPLY GIVEN WHEN ASKED FOR IT.
  • 134:20 AND THAT'S WHAT JESUS TOLD THE SAMARITAN WOMAN ON THAT OCCASION.
  • 134:24 LIKE ABEL, BY FAITH, WE CHOOSE THE RIGHT SACRIFICE WHEN WE CHOOSE JESUS.
  • 134:30 THE ANSWER TO THE AGE-OLD QUESTION,
  • 134:32 WHAT ABOUT THE HEATHEN AND WHAT ABOUT THE JEW AND THE MUSLIM AND THE GOOD MAN?
  • 134:38 HE NEEDS THE RIGHT SACRIFICE.
  • 134:40 NOT TO BE SUBSERVIENT TO A PRIESTHOOD
  • 134:44 OR SUBSERVIENT TO A CONFERENCE OF CHURCHES,
  • 134:46 AND NOT SUBSERVIENT TO DOING WORKS
  • 134:48 AND NOT SUBSERVIENT TO KEEPING LAWS
  • 134:51 AND NOT SUBSERVIENT TO THE LAND OF ISRAEL
  • 134:54 OR SUBSERVIENT TO FALSE PROPHETS OR FALSE CHRISTS WHICH ARE SIGNS OF THESE END TIMES.
  • 134:59 BUT TO COME TO JESUS CHRIST BY FAITH.
  • 135:02
  • 135:20 WALK DOWN THE MOUNT OF OLIVES.
  • 135:23 SAIL ACROSS THE SEA OF GALILEE.
  • 135:28 RIDE TO THE SUMMIT OF MASADA.
  • 135:31 FLOAT IN THE DEAD SEA.
  • 135:35 FIND THE TREASURES OF PETRA.
  • 135:39 TOUR THE HOLY LAND WITH ZOLA LEVITT.
  • 135:44
  • 135:51 YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU SEE ISRAEL ON THE NEWS,
  • 135:52 THEY USUALLY REPRESENT IT WITH DUSTY STREETS AND SMALL VILLAGES AND SO ON.
  • 135:57 BUT THE ISRAEL IN OUR TOUR SPOTS AND THE ISRAEL IN THE EARLIER PART OF THE PROGRAM,
  • 136:01 THAT'S ISRAEL, TOO.
  • 136:03 WE ARE GOING NOW TO TESTIMONIALS FROM ISRAEL AND FROM AMERICA.
  • 136:08 A JEW AND A GENTILE.
  • 136:09 THE FAITH OF ABEL IS THE SAME TODAY.
  • 136:12 PEOPLE RELATE TO GOD IN THE SAME WAYS AND WE CAN SHOW THAT WITH MODERN TESTIMONIES.
  • 136:18 AND NOW BACK TO ISRAEL.
  • 136:19
  • 136:23 THIS IS ONE OF THE MESSIANIC CONGREGATIONS THAT ASSEMBLES
  • 136:28 EVERY SATURDAY FOR PRAISE AND WORSHIP.
  • 136:31 THEY MEET HERE IN ISRAEL SOME 6,000 YEARS AFTER ABEL
  • 136:34 FIRST WORSHIPPED THE SAME GOD OF ISRAEL.
  • 136:38 ♪♪
  • 136:45 WORSHIP IS VITAL TO THESE BELIEVERS,
  • 136:47 AS IT HELPS TO SUSTAIN THEIR FAITH FROM ONE DIFFICULT WEEK TO THE NEXT.
  • 136:50 ♪♪
  • 136:59 I THINK WORSHIPING GOD, ESPECIALLY BEFORE WE START SERVICE IS IMPORTANT.
  • 137:03 FOR ME TO BE ABLE TO REALLY LEAVE EVERYTHING ELSE BEHIND ME
  • 137:09 AND JUST GET TO A PLACE WHERE I -- IT IS JUST ME WITH GOD.
  • 137:14 ADI GREENMAN SHE WAS BORN IN ISRAEL AND A MEMBER OF THE FELLOWSHIP.
  • 137:18 SHE TELLS HOW SHE CAME TO FAITH IN YESHUA, JESUS.
  • 137:21 MY SISTER BECAME A BELIEVER ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO
  • 137:24 AND WHEN SHE CAME BACK TO ISRAEL, SHE TOLD US ABOUT IT.
  • 137:30 AND I WAS ABOUT 8-YEARS-OLD THEN AND IT WAS VERY HARD FOR ME TO
  • 137:34 UNDERSTAND WHAT SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT.
  • 137:37 BUT, I ALWAYS KNEW THAT GOD EXIST,
  • 137:41 AND I REMEMBER MYSELF PRAYING AND ASKING GOD TO SHOW ME THE TRUTH.
  • 137:45 AND IF SHE WAS WRONG, TO GIVE ME THE TOOLS TO SHOW HER SHE'S WRONG.
  • 137:50 AND IF SHE'S RIGHT, SHOW ME THE WAY I NEED TO GO.
  • 137:54 AND IT TOOK ME A FEW YEARS AND I GOT TO A POINT
  • 137:58 WHERE I KNEW IT WAS TRUE, BUT I DIDN'T WANT TO AGREE WITH IT.
  • 138:02 I DIDN'T WANT TO GIVE UP THINGS IN MY LIFE.
  • 138:05 WHEN I WAS IN THE ARMY, I HAD DIFFICULT TIMES.
  • 138:13 I KIND OF FACED UP TO WHAT I AM
  • 138:17 AND WHO I AM AND THE WAY I LIVE MY LIFE
  • 138:19 AND I FIGURED OUT THAT THERE WAS NO BETTER TIME OR PLACE
  • 138:23 IN MY LIFE FOR ME TO COME AND TO GIVE MY LIFE TO GOD IN ALL.
  • 138:31 JUST EVERYTHING.
  • 138:32 AND I JUST DID IT.
  • 138:35 I SAID, "THAT'S IT."
  • 138:37 I DON'T WANT TO LIVE ACCORDING TO THE WORLD, BUT ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 138:40 AND SO IT WAS NOT A CANCER BECAUSE OF SOMETHING,
  • 138:45 AN ABUSE OF SOME KIND.
  • 138:47 DEBBIE MASON IS A GENTILE BELIEVER.
  • 138:49 HER FAITH IN GOD DURING A BOUT OF CANCER WAS A MATTER OF LIFE OR DEATH.
  • 138:53 TO HAVE A THIRD OF MY TONGUE REMOVED,
  • 138:55 ALL OF MY LYMPH NODES REMOVED AND SIX MONTHS LATER,
  • 138:58 THE CANCER RE-OCCURRED AND I HAD TWO-THIRDS OF MY JAW REMOVED
  • 139:04 AND THEN, 30 RADIATION TREATMENTS.
  • 139:08 AND FOR BEING SO YOUNG,
  • 139:13 THEY HAD TO BE VERY RADICAL ABOUT THE SURGERY.
  • 139:18 AND SO I LOST A GOOD BIT PART OF MY FACE AND HOW FAITH PLAYED A PART IN THAT,
  • 139:25 THAT IS PROBABLY THE MOST DEVASTATING THING THAT CAN HAPPEN TO A PERSON,
  • 139:31 TO HAVE A SMALL CHILD AND TO BE YOUNG AND TO BE DIAGNOSED WITH
  • 139:34 CANCER AND SO THAT RELATIONSHIP AND THAT WORSHIP
  • 139:38 THAT I'VE ALWAYS BEEN INVOLVED IN WAS MY ROCK TO STAND ON AND
  • 139:48 I KNEW THAT IT WAS AN ATTACK OF THE ENEMY.
  • 139:50 IT WAS NOT SOMETHING THAT GOD PUT ON ME.
  • 139:53 AND IT WAS A TEST OF MY FAITH.
  • 139:57 YOU KNOW, A LOT OF TIMES WE WANT TO HAVE GREAT FAITH BUT WE DON'T
  • 140:01 WANT TO GET THERE WITHOUT BEING TESTED.
  • 140:04 DEBBIE'S HUSBAND BOB, FOUND HIS FAITH WAS TESTED AS WELL.
  • 140:07 I DON'T KNOW IF SHE REMEMBERS IT,
  • 140:09 SHE WAS IN INTENSIVE CARE RECOVERY AND IN AND OUT OF CONSCIOUSNESS.
  • 140:14 AND SHE WROTE ON THE PAD, "I AM OKAY, GOD IS MINISTERING TO ME.
  • 140:18 "PRAY THAT MY PHYSICAL BODY CAN HANDLE THE WEAR AND TEAR ON THE BODY."
  • 140:24 WE JUST CONTINUED TO PRAY AND FAST AND SEEK GOD.
  • 140:27 AND WE ABSOLUTELY REFUSED TO ACCEPT ANY THOUGHTS OF HER DYING.
  • 140:35 AND WHEN THE DOCTORS TOLD ME AFTER THE CANCER CAME BACK THE
  • 140:38 SECOND TIME, THEY SAID, "BOB, WE CANNOT SAVE HER LIFE."
  • 140:41 I REALLY GOT TO KNOW GOD.
  • 140:44 YOU KNOW, FAITH IS KNOWING GOD.
  • 140:46 AND EVERY TIME THAT THE ISRAELITES SAID JEHOVAH ROCK
  • 140:51 OR JEHOVAH SHALOM IT WAS BECAUSE THEY KNEW GOD IN SOME NEW ASPECT.
  • 140:57 AND I GOT TO KNOW GOD AS THE GOD WHO IS THERE
  • 141:02 AND ALWAYS WITH US AND HE'S THE HEALER.
  • 141:06 AND WORD OF GOD IS WHAT BRINGS FAITH TO US.
  • 141:08 FAITH COMES BY HEARING.
  • 141:10 AND SO I SATURATED MYSELF WITH SCRIPTURES OF PROMISE.
  • 141:14 AND I KEPT A JOURNAL OF ALL OF THE COMMENTS THAT GOD GAVE ME
  • 141:19 AND THROUGH THAT, MY FAITH LEVEL WAS ALWAYS HIGH.
  • 141:23 DESPITE THE DOCTOR'S PROGNOSIS,
  • 141:25 DEBBIE'S BODY IS NOW TOTALLY FREE OF CANCER.
  • 141:28 AND SHE ATTRIBUTES THIS TO HER FAITH IN GOD.
  • 141:31
  • 141:32 ♪♪
  • 141:34 ♪ IF I COULD ASK WHAT I'VE DONE, WOULD YOU TELL ME? ♪
  • 141:47 ♪ LORD, I CRY. ♪
  • 141:52 ♪ WHERE ARE YOU? ♪
  • 141:54 ♪ LORD, HELP ME. ♪
  • 141:56 ♪ GIVE ME AN ANSWER. ♪
  • 142:04 ♪ FORSAKEN, AND BROKEN, I'M SO AFRAID. ♪
  • 142:07 ♪ DAY AND NIGHT, I CRY TO YOU, ♪
  • 142:11 ♪ MY VERY DEEPEST NEED, LET ME HEAR YOUR VOICE. ♪
  • 142:22 ♪♪
  • 142:55 ♪ LORD, IF I SIN, YOU'LL FORGIVE MY OFFENSES. ♪
  • 143:11 ♪ LORD, DON'T FORGET. ♪
  • 143:18 ♪ OR FORSAKE ME, YOUR SERVANT. ♪
  • 143:27 ♪ O, MY GOD. ♪
  • 143:31 ♪♪
  • 143:40 ♪ ACQUAINTED WITH SORROW, A MAN WHO KNOWS GRIEF. ♪
  • 143:53 ♪ FAMILIAR WITH SUFFERING, A MAN LIKE ME. ♪
  • 143:55 ♪ SURELY HE WILL COME TO ME, MEET MY DEEPEST NEEDS. ♪
  • 144:03 ♪ GOD HAS ANSWERED ME. ♪
  • 144:11 ♪ GOD HAS ANSWERED ME. ♪♪
  • 144:18
  • 144:32 WELL, PROPER WORSHIP IS OUR SUBJECT IN THIS PROGRAM TONIGHT.
  • 144:36 AND ABEL IS ONE WHO GOT IT RIGHT.
  • 144:38 HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TO HAVE A CHOICE AND HE BROUGHT THE RIGHT SACRIFICE.
  • 144:42 YOU KNOW, THE LORD DISCUSSED PROPER WORSHIP WITH A WOMAN OF SAMARIA AND HE SAYS,
  • 144:48
  • 145:22 WELL, FIRST OFF, JESUS DID CLAIM TO BE THE MESSIAH.
  • 145:24 LATELY JEWISH RECONVERSION CENTERS,
  • 145:28 RABBIS THAT TEACH JEWS HOW TO CONFRONT THE MISSIONARIES AND SO ON
  • 145:31 HAVE BEEN SAYING THAT JESUS NEVER CLAIMED TO THE MESSIAH.
  • 145:34 THESE WORDS WERE PUT IN HIS WORDS BY THE GENTILES.
  • 145:38 BUT OF COURSE, HE DID.
  • 145:40 "I THAT SPEAK UNTO THEE AM HE."
  • 145:44 AND FURTHERMORE, THE SAMARITAN WOMAN WAS SOMEONE HE CHOSE TO REVEAL HIMSELF TO.
  • 145:49 AND LOOK WHO THIS WAS.
  • 145:51 SHE WAS A RATHER MEDIOCRE WOMAN.
  • 145:53 SHE HAD, THE CHAPTER REVEALS,
  • 145:55 FIVE PREVIOUS HUSBANDS AND LIVING WITH A MAN WHO WAS NOT HER HUSBAND.
  • 145:59 SHE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN THE CHOICE OF TODAY'S CHURCH, MAN,
  • 146:03 AND PERHAPS GO OUT AND WITNESS TO.
  • 146:07 AND SHE SHOULD BE, THE SON OF MAN CAME TO SEEK AND SAVE THAT WHICH WAS LOST.
  • 146:12 "IT IS THE SICK THAT NEEDS A PHYSICIAN,"
  • 146:15 I AM QUOTING THE LORD.
  • 146:17 HE ACTUALLY WENT THROUGH SAMARIA ON THIS OCCASION.
  • 146:19 THAT WAS NOT HIS USUAL CHOICE.
  • 146:21 AND NOT THE JEWISH ROUTE TO GALILEE.
  • 146:22 THE SAMARITANS WERE DIFFERENT PEOPLE ALMOST LIKE THE
  • 146:27 PALESTINIANS OF TODAY WHO OCCUPY THE WEST BANK AND TOUR BUSES
  • 146:32 AND JEWISH PEOPLE RATHER PREFER TO DRIVE AROUND THROUGH THE
  • 146:36 JORDAN RIVER VALLEY OR THROUGH THE ROAD BY THE SEA ON THE WEST
  • 146:42 SIDE DOWN NEAR TEL AVIV TO GO TO GALILEE TO JERUSALEM BUT THEY
  • 146:47 RARELY GO OVER THE MOUNTAINS THROUGH SAMARIA AND THEY DIDN'T BACK THEN EITHER.
  • 146:52 BUT THE LORD ON THIS OCCASION --
  • 146:53 IT IS AN IMPLICATION THAT HE WENT THERE TO MEET HER
  • 146:56 AND THE PEOPLE OF HER TOWN WERE SAVED AND THAT WAS A REMARKABLE
  • 147:00 BENEVOLENCE ON THE PART OF THE LORD WHO SAID,
  • 147:02 "GO NOT INTO ANY CITY OF THE SAMARITANS OR GENTILES,
  • 147:05 "ENTER YE NOT FOR I AM SENT ONLY UNTO THE LOST SHEEP OF ISRAEL."
  • 147:11 NEXT WEEK WE WILL TAKE UP THE SUBJECT OF ENOCH,
  • 147:13 ANOTHER EARLY BELIEVER WHO GOT IT RIGHT.
  • 147:16 IT IS A FASCINATING STORY.
  • 147:18 OUR OFFER TONIGHT IS
  • 147:20 SIMPLY OUR NEWSLETTER.
  • 147:21 THE LEVITT LETTER.
  • 147:22 IT IS VERY INFORMATIVE.
  • 147:23 I WRITE SOME OF IT MYSELF.
  • 147:25 WE PRINT ARTICLES THAT ARE RELEVANT TO ISRAEL AND PROPHECY
  • 147:29 AND THINGS WHICH COME UP WHICH MAY INVOLVE THE END OF THE WORLD.
  • 147:34 THERE IS NO MORE IMPORTANT SUBJECT THAN THAT.
  • 147:35 THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS.
  • 147:37 JUST SEND YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS AND ASK FOR THE LEVITT LETTER.
  • 147:39 AND SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM.
  • 147:42 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.
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Episodes in this series

  1. Worship — Abel
  2. Relationship — Enoch
  3. Work — Noah
  4. Acceptance — Abraham & Sarah
  5. Blessing — Isaac
  6. Endurance — Moses
  7. Belief — Joshua & Rahab
  8. Courage — Gideon & David
  9. Suffering — Paul
  10. Martyrdom — Stephen
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