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Was wondering if anyone would be interested in participating in a weekly Bible study? I was thinking we could focus on a single chapter a week. Let me know if your interested or if you have any ideas.
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Yes, absouletly. A few of my buddies and I do this over email, and I would love to share in the Word and learn from my patrons here at ABC. Great idea Cory.

Maybe at the beginning of each week a different member could suggest a chapter and throughout the week everyone could post their thoughts? We could have a rotation of for who posts the original chapter each week? Whatever you think works best man, but I would definitely be excited to study God's word with everyone here.
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Count me in, I'm flexible with the details.
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Maybe at the beginning of each week a different member could suggest a chapter and throughout the week everyone could post their thoughts? We could have a rotation of for who posts the original chapter each week? Whatever you think works best man, but I would definitely be excited to study God's word with everyone here.
I was thinking the same thing, good idea.
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Sounds great! I'm in!!!
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I'll go ahead and start it off, if anyone else wants to join in on the discussion feel free.

Hebrews 12

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
God Disciplines His Children
4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”[a]

7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,”[b] so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
Warning and Encouragement
14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. 16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. 17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done.
The Mountain of Fear and the Mountain of Joy
18 You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; 19 to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, 20 because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.”[c] 21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.”[d]

22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

25 See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”[e] 27 The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.

28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”[f]
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1. I read this and I realize it’s possible to live a live commendable to God, just look at these examples from Chapter 11. That is exciting. Just makes it seem more real world to know that there are people, regular ordinary people, who lived a life that the bible says was commendable. (Hebrew 11:39 These were all commended for their faith)

Perseverance – defined as: resolute and unyielding holding on in following a course of action; commonly suggests an activity maintained in spite of difficulties or steadfast and long-continued application

Wow, can't say I've done too many things in life with perseverance. I want to be able to look back in a few years and say that as I grew as a Christian, I grew in my ability to persevere, but seriously, I spend more time and energy in physical trainining (actual training, meal prep, planning out a program, reading fitness articles.....posting on ABC) than I do in becoming a better disciple.

3. This verse really puts it in perspective, the worst I have endured is almost having my marriage fall apart years ago, but that doesn’t compare with what Jesus endured. And everything he endured was unjust, the pains I have endured in life have been justified. So surely, if I begin to undergo some type of persecution for being a Christian, or even just the regular old problems of life, I can endure in light of what my Savior did for me.

4. Most definitely, I haven’t been persecuted at all for being a Christian. I should be thanking God everyday for the privilege to worship him freely and praying for those who face actual persecution in other countries simply for believing in Jesus.

4-6 Wow, that just puts it in perspective. If I sin, I deserve whatever negative consequence I receive, if I am not sinning and I am still in a negative situation, then I can trust that God loves me and knows best how to discipline/teach me.

9. I totally understood why my dad and mom punished me. So why do I sometimes fall into the trap of thinking, "I'm a pretty good Christian, I pray and read my Bible, things should go well for me." No, Jesus clearly says in John 16:33:

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world

So if I know trouble is coming, how about trusting my Heavenly Father who knows best.

It would be great to list examples of Verse 11 in our lives. I will think over this and come up with some from my life.

12 No pretense in this verse, we are "feeble" and "weak". A good reminder that for strength we need to turn to God.

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I didn't want this post to get huge, I am going to continue reading the rest of the chapter and post more thoughts as I read.
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The opening of this chapter really hits close to home, there's so many things in my life that I find hindering me from fully living the Christian life. Here's an analogy you're walking down the street walking straight forward when you get a text message, you look down at your phone, and while you're not paying attention you stumble and fall. That is the Christian life we must stay completely focused on Jesus, the second we look away and focus on something else or ourselves we stumble.

Tim wanted us to share a verse 11 experience mine happened last year. I found myself losing focus, and started to place a lot of focus on the wrong and myself. Found myself getting a little too proud, I remember working out at the gym one day thinking I need to humble myself before God humbles me. At that time the only injury I could think that would be worthy of humbling me was hurting my shoulder, 3-4 days later it happened. It sucks that it happened, but it was completely self inflicted, but at the same time God has blessed me incredibly with my recovery. That's something that I can't take an ounce of credit for, He gave me the strength to endure rehab, and put the right doctor and PT in my life.

I'll add more tomorrow this is a loaded chapter that I could write all day on.
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My verse 11 experience.

I spent years addicted to pornography (starting at about age 8). I continued to use pornography even after I gave my life to Christ in September of 2002. My marriage almost fell apart and while that situation was complex and there were other factors, the bottom line was, I was living in sin. By living in the sin of pornography, I devalued my wife and I was not the husband I needed to be. I paid the price by losing my wife's trust and affection for a very long time. I had to earn that back over the years.

It was not pleasant, but I am better off for it. If I would not have went through that period of pain and discipline, who knows where I would be. I am not perfect now, but I can say that I can be home alone with no temptation to go onto internet pornography sites. That level of righteousness and peace was only attained through God's loving discipline for me.
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At church today my Pastor brought up a great story that can be related to this chapter. During the 2004 Olympics Matthew Emmons an American sharpshooter was one shot away from the gold, all he had to do was hit the target anywhere. Matthew got a bulls-eye, but on the wrong target which not only cost him the gold, but the silver and bronze as well.

I'm one shot away from the gold, but far too often I find myself shooting at the wrong target whatever that may be. I'm a kid with ADD when it comes to my spiritual walk, really struggling with focusing on what's really important in this life.
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