40 Days of Faith

He's Up!

He's Up!
By Pastor Tom

Jesus said to [Martha], "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11.25, 26)

He's up! He's alive! Friday, He was dead and Sunday, He was alive. The fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the one truth that sets the Christian faith apart from all other religions of the world. Every other religion on earth entombs and often enshrines the remains of its dead founders. We can't.

Having the Faith for What's Next

Having the Faith for What's Next
By Pastor Colin

In the Navy, my ship would often go on extended deployments out to sea – sometimes for several months at a time. And since we didn't have access to phones, calls with my wife were scarce. Weeks would often pass before we could hear the simple sound of each other's voices. And each time, it was incredibly difficult to say goodbye – to speak those last few words. So I wonder if it was that difficult for me, what does a soldier in Iraq say on the phone to loved ones when they know that call could be their last?

The Faith of Abraham

The Faith of Abraham
by Pastor Bob

"Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him..." Romans 4:18

This is an incredibly inspiring and yet challenging verse! Abraham's example of faith is so amazing! The phrase "against all hope, Abraham in hope believed," speaks of the kind of faith that defies hopelessness. Abraham was keenly aware of his doubtful situation.

Jesus... Is That You?

Jesus... Is That You?
by Imee Dalton

"Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water." (Matthew 14.27)

Early in my relationship with God, when I was still getting acquainted with Him, I remember always being surprised when He showed up unexpectedly in my everyday life. However, I'm sure my surprise did not even begin to match the disciples' when they saw Jesus physically walking towards them in the darkness, in the middle of a huge storm. I'm pretty sure He about scared the sandals off them as He neared the boat.

The Power of Our Covenant Relationship

The Power of Our Covenant Relationship
By Joanne Weisenstein

"When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. Then the Lord said, 'Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?'" (Genesis 18:16-17) In the preceding verses, Abraham receives three visitors; one is the Lord.

The Lord was planning to destroy the city of Sodom for its wickedness.

The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line
By Barb Albert

One thing I really love is the bottom line. For instance, in a long meeting, I find myself itching to hear the bottom line – the reason for getting together. When talking to a salesman for an appliance or vehicle, I want to hear what the price needs to be, apart from all the extras and options. Bottom line.

I love the Bible, and find new things every day when I read it, and there are times when what I read serves as a kind of bottom line to my faith. Micah 6:8 is just such a verse: "He has showed you, O man, what is good.

Saving Your Neighbor's Axe

Saving Your Neighbor's Axe
by Tom Pauquette

The company of the prophets said to Elisha, "Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to live."

And he said, "Go."

Then one of them said, "Won't you please come with your servants?"

"I will," Elisha replied. And he went with them.

They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water.

Worry Says Alot About the Quality of Our Faith

Worry Says Alot About the Quality of Our Faith
By Pastor Bob

The disciples went and woke him saying, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!" Jesus, who was sleeping, woke up and said to them, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" (Matthew 8:25, 26).

There is a direct relationship between worry and the quality of our own faith. Matthew records an incident here between Jesus and his disciples on the Sea of Galilee.

Faithfulness of God

Faithfulness of God
by Kathy Ivers

It's been two years since I had the privilege of leading my dad to Christ (what a glorious day!). I still get goose bumps when I talk about it.

The events leading up to my dad accepting Christ were so clearly orchestrated by God. During a Saturday evening gathering, Pastor Tom asked for those to come forward who had the faith to believe for the salvation of someone that you thought almost seemed impossible to reach. When I went forward in faith, such peace came over me.

Faith: the Cure for Worry

Faith: the Cure for Worry
By Pastor Colin

After traveling abroad, I have no doubt that we live in one of the greatest countries in the world. And yet, our economy is faltering. Our national debt is skyrocketing – along with the cost of everything from college to a gallon of milk. And don't even try to sell your house or get a job in this economy. Even in such a great nation, life still provides us countless reasons to worry. But Jesus cautioned us against worrying about anything. Yes, anything.

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