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A Tested Faith

They say that a faith that has not been tested is a faith without any proof. I suppose there is some truth to that. If you were to take a diamond ring to a jeweler and asked them if it was a real diamond ring. They would conduct a few different tests on the rock in order to ensure that it is a real diamond. If you were to take a pearl necklace to that same jeweler and asked them if it was a real pearl necklace they would do a few things to it in order to check if it was the real deal. These items are valuable if they are genuine. If they are not genuine they are not worth much. And so it is with our faith. Our faith must go through the fire once in a while in order to see what substa

The True You

I heard a story about a pastor who went out visiting his church members on a Saturday afternoon. At one house, it was obvious that someone was home, but nobody came to the door even though the preacher knocked several times. Finally, the minister took out his church business card and wrote out "Revelation 3:20" on the back of it and stuck it in the door: The verse says, "Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with me." The next day at church, surprisingly, the pastor’s card turned up in the offering plate. Below the preacher’s message was written the following quote from Genesis 3:10: "I heard you

Our Tutor

Years ago as a six grade elementary student I had the opportunity to go to six grade camp. It was a whole lot of fun and we were gone for the whole weekend. During our weekend our camp counselor decided to take us on a hike. It seemed like a good idea and supposedly our counselor knew his way around the various trails. During our hike he decided to take us on a little trail that he thought was a better way. An hour into the hike he seemed to have a lost look on his face. His better way turned into a lost way. It was kind of a scary thing being stranded on the side of a mountain in the dark. Eventually we had to be rescued in the middle of the night by some of the camp workers. God’s

Know Him

Have you ever contemplated what your life is all about? Why are you here? Why do you exist? What has God created you for? Many people think their life is all about themselves. It may be all about their career. It might be all about their health. I might even be all about how much pleasure that they can experience in this earthly life. The bible tells us that God has placed eternity in our hearts. You and I were not only created to know God, but we were created to tell other people about Jesus. Paul writing to the Philippians said, "that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the r

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