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FAITH AND DOUBTS (PART 3)

Facing doubt is not a sin in and of itself. As long as you resolve the doubt, you have not sinned; however, if you give in to the doubt then you have sinned. So, whether or not doubt leads to sin has everything to do with how you handle it. This begs the question: how do you handle doubt in such a way so that you overcome it? To answer this question I encourage you to read about Jesus’ interaction…
Faith Mustard Seed

FAITH AND DOUBTS (PART 2)

At times, faith is difficult because it requires the unseen to be greater than the seen, and since faith can be difficult, the opportunity for doubt arises. This begs the question: is it a sin to doubt? In an effort to answer this question, let us explore what the Bible has to say about doubt, and we begin by acknowledging that the presence of doubt is not uncommon during the faith development process. Since faith must be tested (James 1:2-4;…
Faith Mustard Seed

FAITH AND DOUBTS (PART 1)

The Bible defines faith as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). In other words, faith is deciding that what is unseen is greater than what is seen, but subscribing to such a mentality is easier said than done. More often than not, we sympathize with the father in Mark 9:17-24 who asked if Jesus could heal his demon possessed son. Jesus answered, “All things are possible for one who believes,” to which…
Faith and Works

FAITH AND WORKS

Do you realize how often we give and receive contrasting pieces of wisdom? Several popular proverbs in our culture are diametrically opposed to one another.   Some people say that “birds of a feather flock together,” but others claim that “opposites attract.” One saying contends that similarities bring people together while the other contends that differences bring people together. It has been said that “actions speak louder than words,” but it has also been said that “the pen is mightier…

MORE THAN WORDS

According to research conducted at the University of Arizona and published in the July 6, 2007 issue of Science magazine, the average person, regardless of gender, speaks approximately 16,000 words per day.[1] That results in 5.8 million words spoken annually and more than 400 billion words spoken over an average lifetime. Needless to say, that is a lot of words, and the number does not even include the words we write, type, text, or post! With so many words being…

BE THE ONE, NOT THE NINE

Although the Thanksgiving holiday traces its roots back to the 17th century and was first observed nationally under the presidency of George Washington, it did not become an annual holiday until 1863 by proclamation of Abraham Lincoln. In Lincoln’s address regarding the Thanksgiving holiday, he noted that all blessings “are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.” His statement is reminiscent of Habakkuk 3:2 in…

FASHIONED FOR FAITH

  On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched a small spacecraft called Sputnik 1, which became the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. Sputnik 1 was a small satellite by modern standards. It was approximately the size of a beach ball, but weighed 183.9 pounds. Additionally, Sputnik 1 was a basic satellite by modern standards. Its only function was to transmit radio signals. Sputnik 1’s mission was brief by modern standards. It transmitted radio signals for only 21 days until its batteries ran out on…

Are We Wrong About Being Wrong?

In Matthew 23, Jesus had some unusually harsh words for a group of very religious people who had gotten a lot of things “wrong.” He acknowledged that they had gone to the trouble to “tithe mint and dill and cumin,” but He also accused them of having “neglected the weightier matters of the law” (vs. 23).   In other words, He seems to be saying to them, “You have taken the time to make sure that you give one-tenth of your spice rack; but in…

PURSUE A PAUL

Research has revealed that one of the most critical elements to preventing new converts from leaving the church is friendship. According to one study, “Each new person should be able to identify at least seven friends in the church within the first six months.”[1] In other words, developing faith based friendships is critical to faith development.   Maybe that is why relationships played such a vital part in Paul’s ministry. Paul was a man who thrived on relationships. Rarely do you…