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All the stories in Hebrews 11 are of people who have gone before us, great heroes (and heroines) of the Bible whose lives demonstrate what it means to live out their hope in God and assurance that His promises would prove true. For “faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Heb. 11:1). 

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And even though none of them lived to see God’s ultimate promise fulfilled, the coming of the Messiah, they “were all commended for their faith, … since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect” (Heb. 11:39-40).

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"Together with us.” Wow! The writer of Hebrews is saying that you and I are in this together with the saints of the Old Testament, that only as one Body will we be made perfect, as Christ’s Bride (Eph. 5:27).

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What a great encouragement! And the writer of Hebrews continues: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1).

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Knowing that those who have gone before us are cheering us on gives us courage to run the race God has called us to.

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There are others who have gone before us as well, countless Christians whom we have never met yet who faithfully carry out Christ’s call on their lives so they might join that “cloud of witnesses” surrounding us. Some of them are even living among us, leading what may look like ordinary lives while doing the will of God in seemingly mundane ways in their day-to-day, from wiping a toddler’s runny nose for the umpteenth time to sitting with an elderly stranger on his deathbed.

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Just Between Us (JBU) wants to share some of their stories with you—stories of women very much like you, who are living out their lives for Jesus in the best way they know how. These stories of faith, we hope, will inspire you, encourage you, and cheer you on to live your own story of faith, to “run with endurance” the life Jesus has called you to. We’re all in this together!

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