The Ten: Great acts of faith

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Abraham

Losing a child is a parent’s worse nightmare but that’s exactly what Abraham was faced with when God asked him to sacrifice his son, Isaac. (Read Genesis 22)

Queen Esther

Approaching King Xerxes uninvited guaranteed death, but Esther’s faith gave her the courage to come before him, saving the lives of every Jew in Persia. (Read Esther 3-5)

David faces Goliath

In this favourite tale of faith, the young shepherd David faced off against the Philistine giant Goliath—and won. Armed with only a sling and five small stones, David had something much more powerful: his faith that God could do the impossible. (Read 1 Samuel 17)

Noah builds the ark

Noah spent years building an ark. At times when it seemed pointless, his faith kept him obedient to what God had instructed him to do. He and his family were the only ones saved from the flood. (Read Genesis 6)

Elijah on Mount Carmel

One of the biggest showdowns in the Old Testament, Elijah was up against the prophets of Baal. On Elijah’s side—his faith. Elijah rebuilt the Lord’s altar, drenched it in water and prayed for fire to burst from heaven. His faith proved to an entire nation whose God was the one true God. (Read 1 Kings 18)

Moses and the Red Sea crossing

After years of slavery, Moses was finally able to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. But they were trapped between a giant body of water and an angry Pharaoh. Moses’ faith never faltered. The sea parted and the Israelites made it across safely. (Read Exodus 14)

Mary is visited by the angel Gabriel

If a virgin becoming pregnant isn’t impossible enough, Mary was told she was carrying the Saviour of the world. Overwhelming? Yep! But she embraced God’s plan, saying, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” (Read Luke 1)

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

These three faithful amigos refused to bow to King Nebuchadnezzar’s golden statue— and were thrown into a blazing hot fire. But, while those who threw them into the furnace were burned and killed, the trio remained unscathed. (Read Daniel 3)

The bleeding woman

Not a lot is known about this woman, except that she had incredible faith. After bleeding uncontrollably for 12 years, she wholeheartedly believed that if she could just touch Jesus, she would be healed. And she was. (Read Matthew 9)

Stephen’s stoning

Stephen’s faith was so great that he refused to give up preaching the gospel, even when sentenced to death. In fact, while rocks were being hurled at him, he continued to preach until the skies opened and he saw a glimpse of heaven. (Read Acts 7)

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