Living By Faith

Living By Faith

​God intends for His people to live by faith. What does it mean to live by faith? Are you living by faith today? Let’s find out.

The word “faith” is used 253 times in the King James Bible. The Bible’s emphasis on faith is undeniable. We are saved by faith in Jesus Christ. We are to live by faith in God and His Word.

Romans 1:17 

“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”

Some mock the faith of believers. How many times has a Christian been attacked for being “dumb enough” to believe? How many new believers have been questioned by family and friends? The intelligencia crowd ridicules a life of faith saying things like, “I won’t believe it unless I see it.”

I don’t apologize for believing in God. In fact, I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist!

Did you know that everyone lives by faith of a sort?  

“Faith is an affectionate practical confidence in the testimony of God.”~ J. Hawes Click To Tweet

We make faith-based decisions all day every day. Before you sit in a chair, you decide if it can hold your weight. Before you eat at a restaurant, you decide if it is safe. When you drive down the road, you trust the other person to stay on their side of the yellow line.  

Someone will say, “Not true! I live by science and statistics.” By their own admission, they have faith in science and statistics. Did they gather the information themselves? No. Did they correlate the information? No. Did they see the results with their own eyes? No. Did they double-check to confirm the findings? No. The list could go on. Do you see how faith is involved in the simplest decisions we make every day?

In this way, the atheist and agnostic live by faith along with the religious person. Why? We are creatures of faith. God made every human to live by faith. The only question is, “What are you putting your faith in?”

What is faith? Let’s look at the definition of faith to make sure we are on the same page and learn how to live by faith.

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3 Benefits of Christ’s Empty Tomb

3 Benefits of Christ’s Empty Tomb

The Empty Tomb of Jesus Christ changed the course of human history and the fate of human souls.  Here are three benefits to remember this week.

Most empty things are not good:

  • cupboards
  • refrigerators
  • wells
  • stomachs
  • wallets
  • bank accounts
  • houses
  • heads
  • hearts

In contrast, an empty grave is a good thing.  Some of you may own a grave plot, but you are not in it yet.  That’s a good thing!

Eternal salvation comes with earthly benefits.  There is no greater life than the Christian life. Click To Tweet

Jesus died.  He should be in the grave, but He is not.  He stayed three nights in a borrowed tomb and rose again.  His grave is empty!

Jesus is the only Religious leader who is not in the grave.

  • Muhammed, the founder of Islam, is buried in a mosque in Medina.
  • Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was cremated in Kushinagar.
  • Mahavira, the founder of Janism, was cremated in Pawapuri.
  • Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, is buried in the Smith Family Cemetery in Nauvoo, IL.
  • Charles Taze Russel, the founder of Jehovah’s Witnesses, is buried in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Hindu leaders have died and are turned to ash.
  • Toaist leaders have been long buried and turned to dust.  

The grave of Jesus Christ is empty!  The God for the empty tomb!

Jesus took something that is empty and made it the path to fullness.

God’s economy works differently than man’s economy.

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Church Website Mistakes (that lose potential visitors)

Church Website Mistakes (that lose potential visitors)

If you are making these mistakes on your church website, you are losing people who may have attended your church. Fix these church website mistakes today and get more visitors to your services.

I spent an hour looking over different church websites this week as I was doing some research for our Save New England Church Planting Ministry.

I was a little shocked and discouraged as I browsed the sites looking for information. I saw some excellent websites, some bad websites, and some downright terrible websites. I was reminded of the importance of our electronic testimony.

Keep in mind that these were good churches from around the country. They preach the truth and take the right stand. It would be a shame for prospective visitors to miss out on God’s blessings because they never come to church based on what they see online.

97% of consumers search for local organizations online. This includes your church. Click To Tweet

I realize that the power and grace of God can overcome our shortcomings. I’m so thankful for that! Yet, why would we leave such an imminently fixable issue to chance?

People need Jesus! The stakes couldn’t be higher!

Don’t underestimate the importance of your church website.

People look online before they act. Consider these statistics:

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The Armor of God (and how to use it)

The Armor of God (and how to use it)

We are in a spiritual war. The battle lines are drawn. Sides have been chosen. The forces of good and evil collide in a furious battle for the souls of men. Are you prepared? Learn how to put on the whole armor of God.

Soldiers going into battle wear specific and important gear. Armor and weapons are directly related to life expectancy in battle.

God has given us special armor to wear as we battle for Him.

The Battle

Every day, there is a spiritual war raging around us. God’s people are not spectators watching the battle from a safe distance.

We are on the front lines. We are in the danger zone. Click To Tweet

Bullets are whizzing by our heads. Traps are laid for our destruction. The enemy advances upon our position. One wrong move and we can become a casualty of this spiritual war.

This may not make sense to you as you read it. You are reading this in relative comfort. You don’t hear gunshots or see the enemy so you feel safe.

You are not…

This warfare takes place on a spiritual plane that can only be seen with eyes of faith. The evidence of carnage surrounds us, yet is often explained away.

You can be successful in this war, but you must do these two things:

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Free Downloadable Bible Reading Chart

Free Downloadable Bible Reading Chart

Use this simple downloadable chart to track your Bible reading.

Daily Bible reading is an essential activity for every Christian. Your progress should be tracked and recorded. There are many ways to accomplish this, but for most people, a simple chart is enough.

This resource is a chart instead of a schedule. A Bible reading schedule will tell you what chapters to read on specific days. I have used many of them over the years.

In contrast, this Bible Reading Chart simply gives you the chapters of the Bible with no schedule or reading recommendations. You can read on your own schedule and mark off the chapters you have read.

It is designed for 8.5″ x 11″ paper. It can be folded in half to fit inside your Bible.

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10 Rules For Respect in Relationships

10 Rules For Respect in Relationships

In a world where people have forgotten how to treat one another, this list will save you a lot of grief.  Check it out.

 

Matthew 18:15-17  “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.  [16]  But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.  [17]  And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.”

Matthew 5:23-24  “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;  [24]  Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”

We live in a day where accusation and innuendo have tremendous power.  No longer are you innocent until proven guilty.  It seems that most people today believe you are guilty until proven innocent.  That sentiment plays strongly into satan’s role as the “accuser of the brethren.”

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