Faith

In the Face of Faith

At the beginning of his second letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul wrote, “As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy” (2 Tim. 1:4 ESV). We’re not told what caused Timothy’s tears. Was he sorrowful about being parted from his friend and mentor Paul? Was he …

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For Jesus’ Sake

This week I’ve been listening to the audio book of The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected, by Nik Ripken, about the stories of believers in other countries who are regularly persecuted for their faith. One person in particular urged, “Don’t give up in freedom what we have not given up under …

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2 Corinthians 5:6-10 // We Live by Faith, Pleasing God

We often struggle with understanding God’s will. It can be hard to know what He would have us do sometimes. But often, He doesn’t open the full future to us – He just shows us the next step for our life. The Christians in Corinth struggled with faith too. They struggled with sin, worldly influences, …

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2 Corinthians 4:16-18 // Focusing on Eternity During COVID-19

Our passage of Scripture today is really relevant to what’s taking place in the world right now with the outbreak of COVID-19. It is a reminder for us to have an attitude not based on fear, but built on faith. The predominant vibe of the world today is one of fear. It’s a fear of …

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Where’s Your Hope?

“But you shall cling to the Lord your God just as you have done to this day” (Joshua 23:8 ESV). In this age of uncertainty and anxiety due to the coronavirus, what you are clinging to? News coverage? Cleaning supplies? Family members? Or to the Lord your God, the maker of heaven and earth? He’s …

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Degrees of Faith

Reading through Matthew chapters 8-9 this week I was struck by the varying degrees of faith expressed by the people who encountered Jesus. The leper says, “Lord, if You will, You can make me clean” (8:2 ESV). The centurions request is “only say the word, and my servant will be healed” (8;8). The disciples are …

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