Telling Your Story: A Faith that Embraces Uncertainty

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Just back from my trip in Guam, I'm privileged to share this guest post by Jeremy Statton. He is an orthopedic surgeon and a writer. He blogs about Living Better Stories. You can follow him on Twitter or download a free copy of his eBook Grace Is. On my first trip to San Francisco I tested my faith to see if my prayers could move mountains. But instead of land, I was trying to move fog.I had always dreamed of seeing the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge is one of the greatest architectural … [Read more...]

Easter Sermon Audio: Everything Changes When Jesus Speaks

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Celebrate Resurrection Day with a listen to my recent sermon based on John 20, exploring the first few interactions people had with Jesus following his triumphant rising from the dead.Everyone Jesus encounters is confused, fearful, and or doubting. Maybe you can relate. Not surprisingly, everything changes when Jesus speaks.Listen. Learn. Believe. He is risen!  … [Read more...]

Learn How to Pass the Faith Test

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Most of us cringe somewhere deep within when we hear the word -- test.School taught us that tests are events to be feared. Red pens. Snickers from our classmates. Numbers not up to expectations. For far too many of us, tests are pre-cursers to failure. And that's a shame, because the only way for our faith to grow is for it to pass the test. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let s … [Read more...]

When All You Can Do Is Trust

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A recent airplane flight reminded me that there are times in life when all you can do is trust. They happen much more than we might think, these life moments that require faith from us.My reminder came with a brief airplane ride, one of those where it takes you longer to drive to the airport than it does to fly to your destination. Because the flight was short, the plane was small. Kind of like a can turned sideways with jet engines attached. And a few vinyl seats tossed in to fool you into … [Read more...]

5 Steps to More Intentional Living by Faith

I've never heard anyone say they accidentally became a more faithful follower of Jesus Christ.I've heard many say they wish they could be. I've heard the sound of disillusionment in their voices, as if they've resigned themselves to not being among the chosen ones wise enough to decipher the secret code to more intentional living by faith.But living by faith simply means that you act, speak, and think based on what you believe to be true -- not on what you feel to be true. The Bible … [Read more...]

The Secret to Living by Faith

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It can be tough to figure out the secret to living by faith when we're busy being angry at Him. Trust me. I've had a little experience on that point.Yesterday's post [You Don't Need All the Answers to Stop Being Angry at God] began to explore this dilemma with a look at the Israelites predicament in Exodus 14. Like them, we struggle to discover the secret to living by faith when we're freaking out about God dumping us in the wilderness. Or so we think.During times of testing, we can di … [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...]

How to Stop Being Afraid

For my Patheos friends, this post kicks off a series over the next few weeks as we unpack the following steps from Psalm 46 in more detail to discover God's wisdom on how to stop being afraid.  Enjoy! Smack dab in the middle between real life and real faith is -- real fear.  Fear of failure. Fear that we'll look foolish. Fear that everyone will laugh when we do. Fear that __________ -- fill in the blank with your own fear. There's no shortage of them.I believe that for those who have trusted in … [Read more...]


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