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What and In Who Do You Choose to Believe

    What and In Who Do You Choose to Believe?   “And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.”  Genesis 15:6 (ESV) Life can be daunting, circumstances and the enemy can work against us and rob us of our joy and peace. However, we hold the power through the cross of Jesus Christ to allow the robbery or not. If you live in an area where even moderate crime exists do you not lock your doors to prevent robbery, or use an alarm system?  How much more should you protect your heart from anything …

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Does God Believe in You

Has anyone ever asked you, “do you believe in God?” If you answered yes, and followed through with it, you’re a Christian. But, have you ever asked yourself, “does God believe in me?” And, what does that really mean, anyway? God created humanity and every living thing on earth. Those of us who believe this know that we serve an amazing, omnipotent God. He’s everywhere, all the time. He existed before time itself and yet, we rarely ask ourselves, “does God believe in me?” Does He believe me when i say I love Him and want my life to change? …

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Believe and Live

  But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:31 The reason John wrote his gospel is the same reason many of us talk to our children and grandchildren about Jesus: we want them to have eternal life! On Easter Sunday morning this year, we watched as a little girl in our church was baptized. The children’s pastor commented that when he asked her about coming to know Jesus she responded, “My family talks to me about Jesus all …

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Abraham Believed God

  Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:6     The word, credited, carries the meaning of assigning value or putting something into someone else’s account. Where NIV uses credited (as noted above), other versions translate this Hebrew word: Counted(KJV) Reckoned(NASB) My husband, the college professor, has often been asked by his students, “Will you give me credit for this answer?” or “Can I get partial credit?” In the old days, country doctors (and probably city doctors, too!) accepted milk or eggs in credit for services rendered. We use the phrase, “I’ll give you credit for trying…” It all carries …

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Jesus The Way, The Truth and The Life

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6   This verse may be familiar to many of us. The phrase, “…the way and the truth and the life” may easily roll off our tongues, because we have heard it quoted many times. We may have committed it to memory if we grew up in Sunday School or Awana. We may be struck by the combination of these three descriptors: way, truth, life. These are an interesting combination. As we focus on the words individually, it prompts us to …

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Courage in the Crisis

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1: 9 (ESV) “One man of you puts to flight a thousand, since it is the Lord your God who fights for you, just as He promised you.” Joshua 23: 10 (ESV) “And now I am about to go the way of all the earth, and you know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed you. All have come to pass for you; …

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Why Play Make Believe?

Perhaps playing make believe sounds a little more innocent than the word hypocrisy. But it is surprising how many people are guilty of this sin. We find the words hypocrisy and hypocrite only a few times in the Bible, but those professing to adhere to and practice beliefs, standards, or principles contrary to his or her true behavior or character was repulsive to Jesus, and Pharisees were a prime example. In Psalm 26: 4 David wrote, ” I do not sit with deceitful men, nor do I consort with hypocrites.” He was not a perfect man, but he found it repulsive to associate with those who were …

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There’ll be No Hypocrisy in Heaven!

It will be wonderful to live in heaven where no one will need to try and impress each other. And whether we admit it or not, deep within each life is the desire to be loved and accepted. I believe the most devout and famous preacher long to be accepted by his congregation. Pastors are human, and they want to be loved and accepted. In the largest churches, if attendance dwindled down consistently, pastors would be looking for other churches to pastor. I’m not suggesting the message be watered  down, but he wants to present the gospel in an appealing manner …

Many Believed

We, here at My Journey of Faith Ministries, are so excited to be with you as summer comes to an end and fall quickly approaches. This time of year always gives me a sense of excitement, a sense of fresh starts and possibility. I have many favorite stories in God’s Word, but those who know me know that one of my personal favorites takes place in John 4:1-42.  In this chapter we see Jesus leave Judea, and travel in His usual radical way…taking the path avoided by all Jews, the path through Samaria.  On this path, He stops at a …

Faith in Believing

I can’t fathom how an atheist makes it through one day, much less a life time. It’s also difficult to understand how someone that believes in God but hasn’t made Jesus Lord of their life can make it through a day. I know Jesus and I struggle, but only because the devil is fighting against me. I always win with Jesus. After Jesus was crucified, He appeared to His disciples when they were meeting behind locked doors. They were filled with joy. Jesus showed them the holes in His hands and the wound in His side. One of Jesus’ disciples, …

Be The One

Standing in the crowd of third graders, I was shorter than anyone but I was fast. Two of my classmates had been chosen to be team captains and now they were choosing their friends, the athletes and the popular kids. I desperately hoped they chose me. I wanted to be the one. Mark 9:23, “All things are possible to the one who believes.” HCSB I still want to be the one. I want to be the one who believes. I want to be the one God uses, the one He chooses. God apparently doesn’t choose based on ability, looks or …

Focus on Who Your God Is

A 6-Day Look at a Desperate Dilemma From 2 Chronicles 20 Overview passage:  2 Chronicles 20:1-30 Today’s study:  2 Chronicles 20:5-12 “Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the Lord in the front of the new courtyard and said, ‘O Lord, God of our fathers, are You not the God who is in heaven?  You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations.  Power and might are in Your hand and no one can withstand You.  O our God, did You not drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people …