Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


June 11, 2009

Halls of Fame color our landscape: baseball, football, college alums, there's a hall of fame, I believe, for ice cream dippers at Baskin-Robbins.

These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

- Hebrews 11:39,40 TNIV

Hebrews 11 is the Hall of Fame of Faith. At least twenty-one times the phrase "by faith" occurs in its words, each one citing how a person lived by faith. Yet note the sobering truth. Faith was not the triumph over circumstances; faith is focusing on the only true center of life. "By faith" was not so much faith in hard times going away, but faith was overcoming whatever life throws at us.

The Faith Hall of Fame looks to Christ above all and in all. Where are we looking today?

Dale Patterson