What Is Faith? [Insert Your Answer Here]

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What is faith?We Christians talk a lot about it, especially as it concerns our salvation. Truth be told, we like to leave it there at the point of conversion, confined in the Salvation Box we've created for it.And yet we're called to walk by it, to live "from faith to faith", and to ensure our faith is evident to all.But it would seem to me to be difficult at best, impossible at worst, to engage something we can't define. I would suggest one reason we Christian don't walk by faith … [Read more...]

How Is Your Relationship with God?

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How is your relationship with God?Have you ever been asked this question? Maybe you've asked the question of others.How should it be answered? Is there a right or wrong way?I recently heard Randy Pope, author of Insourcing: Bringing Discipleship Back to the Local Church (Leadership Network Innovation Series) share an account of how he has often posed the question, "How is your relationship with God?" to men in his discipleship groups. He often gets answers such as, "Well, I've been t … [Read more...]

Ask God Why? When Is It OK?

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Why? For many Christians, it's the question we should never ask. We tend to think we should just shut up and do what God tells us. He is, after all, a consuming fire. We know the whole story of when the earth opened to swallow those who dared to ask too many questions. So we keep our mouths shut, thinking it's never OK to raise our hands and ask God the ultimate question -- why?There's some truth to that thought. God is God, and we are not. His authority is non-negotiable. At a deep and fa … [Read more...]

State of the Union: Why Not a State of Your Faith Address?

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Tonight President Obama will share his take on the State of our Union here in the United States.We pretty much know how it will happen. Everyone will squeeze in to a room far too small to hold them. The President will make his grand entrance so that those who camped out by the aisle that morning can be seen shaking his hand as if they were old friends. Everyone who matters will already have the complete text of his speech long before he gives it. Teleprompters will scroll text, attendees … [Read more...]


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