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Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
A great deal of what passes for Evangelism in America is in fact Revival. The author of Hebrews would not think much of this. Here, the author expresses the conviction that rehearsing the ABC’s of Christianity with those who have fallen away is useless. They have deliberately betrayed Jesus and rejected the truth and cannot be brought to repentance. It is better accent the positive, to encourage those who remain loyal to emulate the saints, those who through faith and patience inherit the promises of God.
Elected Pope in 236 when he was still a layman, Fabian began the custom of venerating martyrs at their shrines in the catacombs. He established a committee of scholars to write the lives of the saints, so their deeds would not be forgotten. He himself was martyred in the persecution begun by Emperor Decius, setting a courageous example for the faithful.
MOVING FORWARD: What small thing will you do with great love today?
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