The heroes of faith (a basket of deplorables)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not
For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of
God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Faith is believing without evidence
what you hope to be true, but haven't seen. 
By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by
which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his
gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
By faith, Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain,
which proved that he was righteous. 
By faith Enoch was
translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had
translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that
he pleased God.
By faith, Enoch didn't die - God translated him. 
But without faith it is
impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he
is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
You can't please God without faith. 
And you can't come to God unless you believe in him first. 
By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with
fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned
the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
By faith, Noah made an ark
after God warned him about unseen things.
He saved his family, while God condemned the world. 
By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he
should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not
knowing whither he went.
By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country,
dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same
By faith, Abraham left not knowing where he was going.
For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker
He looked for a city made by God.
Through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed, and
was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him
faithful who had promised.
By faith, Sarah conceived 
when she was too old to conceive.
12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead,
so many as
the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand
which is by the sea shore
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off,
and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were
strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came
out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God
is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
Giving Abraham, who was as good as dead,
as many offspring as the stars in the sky
and the sand on the seashore. 
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered
up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up
his only begotten son,
Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from
whence also he received him in a figure.
By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and
worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the
children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents,
because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the
By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of
Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy
the pleasures of sin for a season;
Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in
Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
By faith, Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac,
his only begotten son. 
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing
him who is invisible.
By faith, Moses didn't fear the king. 
Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he
that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
By faith, Moses kept the passover and sprinkled blood,
so he wouldn't be killed with firstborn Egyptians. 
By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the
Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
By faith, they passed through the Red Sea while the Egyptians were drowned. 
By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about
By faith, the walls of Jericho fell down. 
By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had
received the spies with peace.
By faith, the harlot Rahab wasn't killed with the other nonbelievers. 
And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of
Gideon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthah; of
David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained
promises, stopped the mouths of lions.
Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of
weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the
armies of the aliens.
What more can I say?
I don't have time to tell you about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets.
Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured,
not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of
bonds and imprisonment:
They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with
the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute,
(Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in
mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not
God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should
not be made perfect.
Others were tortured so they'd get a better resurrection. 
- Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (v.1)
Should we believe in unseen things?
- Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by
which he obtained witness that he was righteous. (v.4)
Has there ever been a righteous person?
- Enoch was translated that he should not see death. (v.5)
Has anyone ever ascended into heaven?
Must everyone die?
Did Enoch die?
- Without faith it is impossible to please him. (v.6a)
If you're not a Christian, it's impossible to please God.
Should we believe in unseen things?
- He that cometh to God must believe that he is. (v.6b)
Can God be found through reason alone?
- By faith Noah ... condemned
the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. (v.7)
DWB: The Flood of Noah:
All flesh died that moved upon the earth
- Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed. (v.11)
Did Sarah have faith that she would conceive?
- Therefore sprang ... so many as the stars ... and as the sand ... innumerable. (v.12)
OK, so maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration.
- Abraham ... offered up Isaac ... his only begotten son. (v.17)
And that was a good thing? How messed up is that?
How many sons did Abraham have?
- Not fearing the wrath of the king (v.27)
Did Moses fear the king?
- He that destroyed the firstborn (v.28)
The Israelites kept the passover and sprinkled blood on doorposts so that God wouldn't kill their firstborn children
(like he did the Egyptians in Exodus 12:29)
DWB: The Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt
- By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land. (v.29)
DWB: God drowned the Egyptian army
- By faith the walls of Jericho fell down. (v.30)
DWB: The Jericho Massacre
- By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not. (v.31)
Was Rahab saved by faith or works?
- Time would fail me to tell of Gideon, and of
Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthah; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets. (v.32)
The heroes of faith: Gideon,
Samson, Jephthah, David, and Samuel. It would be hard to find a more monstrous group than these guys.
- Others were tortured ... that they might obtain a better resurrection. (v.35)
What you must do to get saved