Faith: The Challenge To Believe

A “Doubting Thomas” is a skeptic. He’s someone who refuses to believe unless he can see it. Touch it. And experience it.

It is forever the nickname of the apostle, Thomas, who was not present when Jesus first appeared to the other disciples following His resurrection.

“We have seen the Lord,” they exclaimed to Thomas. Continue reading

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Faith: The Challenge To Obey

Today is the fourth day of our VBS at Wellandport. The week’s focus is on faith. And today’s lesson is about obedience. The character for our consideration is the prophet, Jonah.

Jonah is an unusual prophet. Like the other prophets, the book begins by saying, ”Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah…” However, he is not called to preach to Israel, but to go to the Assyrian city of Nineveh. While other prophets proclaimed judgments against foreign nations, only Jonah is called to preach directly to another nation. Continue reading

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A Passage to Ponder: 2Chronicles 20:5-12

“Let your life reflect the faith you have in God,” wrote American journalist Germany Kent. “Fear nothing and pray about everything. Be strong, trust God’s word, and trust the process.”

Faith and trust go together. Both by definition and application. You can’t have one without the other. Continue reading

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Faith: The Challenge To Know

Today in our VBS at Wellandport as we pursue the theme “Facing Life With Faith,” we are discussing how knowledge and faith are connected.

The Bible says, “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom. 10:17). As we read and study God’s Word, we increase in knowledge, but that knowledge grows our faith. Of course, our knowledge of God and His revealed will is more than just an accumulation of facts. It is faith-driven.  Heart-felt. And relationally focused.  Thus, Paul was able to affirm, “I know in whom I have believed.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Faith

This week at the Wellandport church of Christ in Ontario, Canada, I will be participating in their summer VBS teaching the adult class. Our theme revolves around faith. As I’m looking over today’s lesson, “The Challenge To See,” I’m reminded of this story.

One night a family’s house caught fire and they were forced to run outside. However, the fire blocked their path to the upstairs bedroom where their son was sleeping. The father yelled for the son to open his bedroom window. Continue reading

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Bible Lands Tour #9–Why We Visited

As you read these words we are arriving on a trans-Atlantic flight from Tel-Aviv back to New York City.

It’s been an incredible 12 days. Renewing old friendships. Making new friends. Visiting sites that we’ve read about all of our lives. But now seeing those places and events come alive in a unique way. Someone once said it’s like reading the Bible in color instead of black and white. Continue reading

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Bible Lands Tour #8–Victory in the Valley of Elah

Yesterday we traded the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem for the serene and scenic lowlands and valleys.

We saw wheat, barley, and hay fields. Grape vineyards. Shepherds leading their sheep. Camels in the fields. And much of the territory in which the Philistines lived in Bible times. Including the valley in which they returned the ark of the covenant (1 Sam. 6). Continue reading

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