Doubt and Faith

The Greek word for “faith” (pisteuo, pistis) also means believe, trust, and obey. Sometimes we think of faith as an acknowledgement of a historical fact (like the Resurrection) but it has more to do with how you live your life trusting in that fact. What difference does your belief make in your life? What difference did it make in the lives of the Apostles?

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Good Friday

This is the amazing grace that we sing about: that Jesus, the only one ever without the stain of sin, offered himself as a sacrifice for all, that we might be saved and reconciled to God. Today we thank him for this amazing grace. And we accept, once again the gift that he gives us.

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Struggling Against Temptation

Sometimes being a Christian can be a hard thing. The struggle against temptation is real, and it can feel like a heavy burden. How can we prevail in the face of temptation? We can follow the example of Jesus who was “tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin.”

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The Reset Button

If you know anything about computers, you will know that they break. Often the fix is simply to push the reset button. Our lives are similar in that they quickly become corrupted by sin. Thankfully we have a God who is loving and merciful. When we come to him in repentance, he pushes the reset button and restores us.

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Humbly Glorify the Lord

Shortly after receiving the news that she would be the bearer of the Son of God, the Virgin Mary goes to visit her relative Elizabeth. Elizabeth, who had long been unable to have a child and was now pregnant, could easily have been jealous of Mary. Mary could have slipped into pride over the role she was to play. These are now, however, the paths that they choose. Instead they are each content and joyful, humbly glorifying the Lord.

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Canoeing the Mountains

When Lewis and Clark set out on their expedition, they traveled in canoes, looking for a water route for commerce as they explored the newly acquired territory from the Louisiana purchase. Everything about their expedition changed when they reached the Rocky Mountains! In our own day, the Church has been coasting along, doing business as usual, but the culture has changed around us. The new cultural climate is a very different context for our mission, and we may need to change some of our methods, just like Lewis and Clark changed their methods when their canoes were no longer useful. There are some things, however, which will never change. The Gospel and the Word of God remain a firm foundation, and we can trust that God will always be with us as we navigate this new, unfamiliar terrain.

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Put the Car in Drive

Your car probably has a lever that you pull to change from park to drive or reverse. If you want to get to a particular destination, you have to move that lever into the “drive” position, otherwise you will just remain where you are. In the Letter to the Hebrews, the author is encouraging a group of believers to grow up in their faith, moving beyond where they are to where God is calling them to be. As Christians, we must never remain stagnant, rather we should always be moving towards the Lord and his plans for us. To do so, we can’t remain in park, we need to put the car in drive.

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