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Faith and Belief

Back on June 30, 1859, a man by the name of Charles Blondin (1824-1897), really Jean Francois Gravelet, accomplished an amazing feat. He crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope. He crossed on a 3 inch manila rope stretched 1,100 feet across the falls at a height of 160 feet. Not only that but in the ensuing days he also accomplished these amazing feats while crossing the falls: he executed a backwards somersault, crossed while blindfolded, while pushing a wheelbarrow, on stilts, in the dark with Roman candles flaring from the ends of his balancing pole, and one time even stopped half way across and cooked an omelet on a portable stove and lowered it to a boat below him.

Then on September 15, 1860, he accomplished his most amazing feat of all and it went something like this:

Before crossing the rope on that particular day Charles Blondin turned to the crowd and said, “Do you believe I can carry someone across the rope on my back?” The crowd roared its approval, “Yes, we believe you can!”

Then Charles asked for a volunteer, “Who will volunteer?” The crowd was silent. He then pointed out one man standing nearby, “How about you?” The man said, “Hardly, you don’t think I am going to risk my life like that, do you?” and he turned away.

Next Charles pointed out another man, “And what about you?” The man replied, “I believe. In fact, I have no doubt at all.” Charles said, “Will you trust me?” The man replied, “I will!”

The man then proceeded to climb on the back of Charles Blondin and they headed across the falls. The crowd waited breathlessly while they crossed and roared their approval once they completed the crossing. What they didn’t know was that the man who crossed on Blondin’s back was Harry Colcord, his manager. You see Harry Colcord knew how good Charles Blondin was and fully trusted him. His faith was secure, as the object of his faith, Charles Blondin, was trustworthy and had proven himself so over the years.

As we think about faith one thing is for certain, Jesus as the object of our faith is trustworthy. This week share a faith story of how you have seen Jesus come through for you. Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” NIV

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Prayer – Prayer Hand

A simple way to remember the different aspects of prayer is to use the prayer hand. The Prayer Hand lists six different ways we can approach God through prayer. For more detail see the: The Prayer Hand.

Over the years my children have taught me a lot about God and God has used them to expose the selfishness within my heart. One evening, many years ago during our bed time prayers, one of my daughters prayed the most unselfish prayer I have ever heard, “God, I pray that tomorrow You would have a fun day, Amen.” Her prayer left me utterly speechless. What an unselfish prayer! It was solely motivated by concern for God and His welfare. Wow! “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4 NIV

As you think about it, how often do you spend time in praise or thanksgiving as you pray? I know my prayers tend to be more focused upon me and those I care about than upon God. Let us remember to keep God the focus of our prayers and include a liberal amount of praise and thanksgiving in our prayers.

This week I would like you to recall a time you saw God answer prayer or you felt Him speak to you in prayer. What was going on and how did God either answer your prayer or speak to you?

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Prayer – Preparation & Essentials

Why do people pray? What happens when we pray? Is there a right and wrong way to pray? These may be some of the questions you have about prayer.

Why pray? Prayer changes things. It changes us, circumstances, people, etc… When I am faced with a difficulty I pray. Why? Because I believe that God acts when we pray. The God of the universe steps into my world and acts. He changes things.

Is there a right or wrong way to pray? Yes. The Bible lays out several principles regarding prayer, see Prayer Essentials to see a list I have compiled regarding prayer. Matthew 6:6-7 highlights two such principles, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.” NIV

Thus the two principles found in this passage are: 1) we need to select a quiet place and pray privately and 2 ) we should pray specifically and succinctly.

One example of a great prayer warrior was Daniel. Check out his attitude and approach to prayer. Look up Daniel, Chapter 6, and see how this man of God prayed, then leave your thoughts below by clicking on the “comment” link and posting them.

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Sharing Your Faith

People get excited when babies are born. I personally witnessed 5 such births and each one was exciting. The same is true when someone comes to faith in Christ. It is exciting!

In Acts1:8 It says: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” The early disciples were called to be witnesses of Jesus Christ; that He came, lived among us, died for our sins, and arose from the dead. He wants us to become His followers believing that He was God come in the flesh and is now our Savior and Lord. This is what we are to share with others.

This week I would like to hear either your story of coming to faith, or of a recent time you shared your faith with someone else.

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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