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Faith is to go forward even when we don’t know what might happen in the next moment.

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Substantial Faith

January 4, 2015 — 2 Comments

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Faith. For many, it’s nothing more than subscribing to Christian doctrine.

Man was created.
Man sinned.
Man was separated from God.
Jesus lived.
Jesus died.
Jesus resurrected.
If you believe that, you’re saved.
Now trust God in everything.

Extremely simplified, yes, but at the core, that’s the definition of faith for most Christians.

It’s not a bad definition by any means. Faith does begin with those truths — understanding our sinful nature, God’s justice and mercy, His plan for redemption, and our choice to either accept Him and His plan, or reject Him.

It’s faith — but only the first step.

Real faith goes far beyond ascribing to the tenants of Christian belief.

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New Year. New Word.

December 30, 2014 — 4 Comments

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For the last few years, I have participated in the #OneWord phenomena – choosing one word for the up coming year rather than a list of new year’s resolutions I probably wouldn’t keep anyway.

Every year, I choose a word I feel embodies what God wants to do in my life in that year – and then orient my entire life around it.

In 2011, the word was courage.
In 2012, the word was favor.
In 2013, the word was promise.
In 2014, the word was foundation.

This year, it’s a word I honestly never thought would grace that list.

Faith.
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Agents of Change

December 28, 2014 — 4 Comments

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The Church is in the midst of a major shift.

Over half to over three quarters of the millennial generation (those born between 1980 and 2004) are looking for a different style of church — one that is quieter, more reflective, less trendy, and more focused on community than the style of church that is successful right now.

Change is coming.

And with that shift, two types of agents of change — those individuals who see the shift coming and are wrestling with what the Church will look like after — have risen up.
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Merry Christmas

December 25, 2014 — Leave a comment

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May you and your family experience anew the hope, love, joy, and peace that first came over 2,000 years ago when God did the unthinkable — when He stepped down and was born in a manger.

I appreciate every comment, every share, and every time you chose to read the words I write here.

Merry Christmas!