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Do I Really Have Faith?

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This is a bit of a hard article for me to write because it deals with questioning our faith.  I really want to be careful in giving guidance, and don’t want to give a wrong impression. It’s the 800-pound gorilla in the room; do we really want to ask the hard question: do we really believe? Do we really want to know more and understand our belief, or should we blindly believe?

You’ve heard those folks who say “I have never doubted”. Does that leave you questioning yourself and asking the question: is my doubt sin?

God’s Word doesn’t say that it’s wrong for you to have questions about faith; however, it’s what you do with those questions of doubt that counts.  The bible gives us wisdom for testing our faith in James 1.  James 1 tells us that we will be tested many times along our walk, but we are to find joy in this.  James goes on to tell us that testing of our faith will give us perseverance and leave us mature lacking nothing.  It is my belief that questioning our faith is a natural part of our walk with Christ, it leads to growth in spiritual maturity and brings light to truth.

If we can’t question our faith, how are we to determine truth?  I have my doubts from time to time, but I’m here to tell you that God has shed his wisdom on me time and time again, strengthening my faith.  Having doubt from time to time does not get easier, it gets harder and it’s important to know how to handle these times.

What can you do?

  1. Embrace your questions, and consider it joy.  Do not feel guilty about having doubts; Satan will use this guilt against you.
  2. Research the doubts you have by reading the scriptures, asking a trusted friend, and/or find a book on the subject.  God gave you a brain for these types of situations, use it.
  3. Pray, wisdom will be given to you.

As you work through your questions of doubt, remember the reward at the end, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. “ – James 1:12

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September 11th, 2012 at 6:00 am

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September 7th, 2012 at 6:00 am

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Video: Evolution vs. Creation

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Our pastor a couple of weekends ago presented on the age old argument of evolution vs. creation.  Brian presents a pragmatic argument based on biblical scriptures.  Watch this video, I think you’ll be surprised on what the bible has to say on this topic.

Video From: Christ’s Church of The Valley (My home church) 12 Aug 2012

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September 4th, 2012 at 6:00 am

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Friday Humor

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August 31st, 2012 at 6:00 am

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Video: Forgiveness

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John Maxwell, a world re-nowned leadership expert, this week posted a minute long video on forgiveness.

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August 30th, 2012 at 6:00 am

Always Forgive Your Enemies – Nothing Annoys Them So Much

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“Always forgive your enemies – Nothing annoys them so much” – Oscar Wilde

Forgiving is a very hard thing for me to do.  It’s an unfortunate personality trait that I have.  So living out Matthew 5:39 has always been a bit of a challenge for me; “but I say to you, do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

That’s correct, someone makes me mad, does me wrong, I am supposed to forgive them and literally turn my head so they can do the same thing to the other side.  This way of thinking is totally counter-culture to our American way of life of an-eye-for-an-eye mentality.

So there has to be a limit to the number of times we forgive right?  In the Parable of The Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:21) Peter asks Jesus how many times he should forgive someone who has sinned against him.  Jesus’ reply to Peter’s straw man argument of seven times is seventy-seven times!  In other words forgive, forgive some more, and while you’re at it always be forgiving.  God forgives us for our sins, and as the parable goes, we are to show that forgiveness to others.

So what are we to do?

  • Forgive those who have done you wrong.
  • Deal with the issue, and clear the air.  Don’t let anger fester.
  • Leave it with God.  All justice is with Him.
  • A little therapy doesn’t hurt either.

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August 28th, 2012 at 6:00 am

Video: Judging Yourself and Others

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August 14th, 2012 at 11:57 pm

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August 11th, 2012 at 12:01 am

Man’s Search For Meaning

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By Viktor E. Frankl

Man’s Search for Meaning

Viktor Frankl was a world renowned phycologist and holocaust survivor.  He witnessed first hand the professional and personal evil’s that man is capable of.  Through it all however, Frankl managed to survive and test his theories in the death camps of Nazi Germany.  Frankl, the father of Logotherapy, asks the question “what is the meaning of life?”  His hypothesis is that that the meaning of life is not some abstract idea, but a very personal and ever changing meaning for us all.

You can view this book’s Amazon detail page here.

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August 9th, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Humor for the day

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August 8th, 2012 at 11:43 pm

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