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Walking By Faith

2 Corinthians 5:7

For we live by faith, not by sight. NIV11

RayMcDWhen I was a younger pastor – many moons ago – I would listen on Sunday mornings to a preacher early before our worship service. His name was Frederick K.C. Price – pastor and founder of Ever Increasing Faith Ministries. Fred Price was a powerful speaker who stuck with the Word of God. He always had a good word for me. He still might be a dynamic speaker at 85 – I haven’t heard him lately.

Fred’s key verse was today’s verse – in the King James Version – 2 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV 1900) – (For we walk by faith, not by sight:). Too many people today – and in every age I imagine – need to be shown something to believe in.

I believe I am a better learner when I could see something rather than merely being told something (they call that a visual learner I believe). We have a whole state – Missouri I think – that has as their state motto – the Show Me State. Some people are better audio learners – hearing it helps more than showing it. Continue reading

February 22, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Yearning to Be in the Light

John 3:21

But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been carried out in God.

profileWalk the walk as well as we talk the talk.  This was a familiar saying when we were kids in the 60’s.  Hypocrisy wasn’t looked upon very fondly for sure.  We didn’t want our parents or anyone in authority to tell us what to do if they weren’t willing to do it as well – to walk the walk they were telling us to walk.

To give an example – several of my friends growing up had parents who told their children to not do drugs but were themselves using Valium or alcohol in extreme to relax.  These parents were seen as hypocrites by their children.  They were using their drug of choice but were telling their children they couldn’t do drugs.

Hypocrisy won’t come into the light because the light will reveal it – but if we are walking – as we should – we can walk in the light – in the presence of Jesus – and not fear what it will reveal.  Now remember – none of us are perfect – but if we are striving to walk with Jesus – we will not fear what the light might reveal in us – because we want to be holy – more like the Master! Continue reading

March 21, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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