Dare to Stand Alone

Dare to Stand Alone

Daniel 6

Call to Worship: Psalm 46:1-3, 7, 10-11 (NIV)

     God is our refuge and strength,
              an ever-present help in trouble.
     Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
              and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
     though its waters roar and foam
              and the mountains quake with their surging.

     The Lord Almighty is with us;
              the God of Jacob is our fortress.

     He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
              I will be exalted among the nations,
              I will be exalted in the earth.”

11      The Lord Almighty is with us;
              the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:1-2, 32-12:3 (NIV)

11Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.

32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.

39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

12 1Therefore, 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, 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. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

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