a. Holman defines FAITH: Trusting commitment of one person to another, particularly of a person to God. Faith is the central concept of Christianity. One may be called a Christian only if one has faith.
i. Holman adds: Our English word “faith” comes from the Latin fides, as developed through the
Contributed by Steven Dow on Apr 1, 2004
A faith without works is dead. It is as W.T. Purkiser said, “A religion of externals is a
ghost, spirit without body. But a subjective faith without
Contributed by Steve Malone on Apr 2, 2004
Have you ever noticed in life that a good start isn’t always enough. Now there is nothing wrong with a good start mind you, but it is often not enough to get us to the finish line or the winners circle.
And if you don’t believe me, ask the Atlanta Braves who won the first 2 games of this years
Contributed by Evie Megginson on May 31, 2004
Rodney “Gypsy” Smith trusted Christ in November, 1876. Reaffirmed his decision a few days later in a Methodist chapel. An old man asked if he had trusted Jesus and nothing else. The lad replied, “I cannot trust myself, for I am nothing. I cannot trust what I have, for I
Contributed by Donnie Martin on Jun 19, 2004
I don't believe that just because someone believes something, that that makes it so. But there is something to be said for having a positive attitude; especially when God has made a promise.
As much as 77% of everything we think is negative and counterproductive and works against us. People
Contributed by Jeff Simms on Jul 4, 2004
Dr.W.A.Criswell talks about the kind of faith we have by comparing it to an operation. If you’ve ever had surgery, you go in and the anesthetic is administered usually by a mask. They tell you to count to 3 and you’ll be out. They put the mask over your face and you think to yourself that the
Contributed by Bruce Ball on Jul 5, 2004
One morning at a local elementary school, all the teachers were called into the teacher’s lounge for an unscheduled meeting. This meant they all had to leave their classrooms unsupervised. Mrs. Miles had the most unruly class in school, and being worried about them, she turned on the intercom
Contributed by Bruce Ball on Jul 5, 2004
There is an old definition of faith that has helped me in my times of troubles.
F = Forsaking
Contributed by Evie Megginson on Jul 16, 2004
We are told that in the prairies of South America there grows a flower that always inclines in the same direction. The traveler may lose his way while crossing one of those prairies, and he may have neither compass nor chart by which to steer his course; but, turning to this lovely flower, he will
Contributed by Troy Borst on Aug 5, 2004
INTRODUCTION... The Clock that had a Nervous Breakdown, C. Swindoll
This new clock was ticking away on the shelf two ticks to the second as any good, self-respecting clock should tick when it began to think about how many times it was going to have to tick. “Two ticks to the second means 120
Contributed by Evie Megginson on Aug 13, 2004
Bernie May of Wycliffe Bible Translators wrote, "As an airplane pilot, from the first time I sat in the beginner’s seat beside my instructor I was taught to ’trust’ my instruments. ’Your instincts will fool you,’ my instructor rightly told me. ’You must learn that even though you may feel you are
Contributed by John Ingham on Aug 19, 2004
Illustration: The Bay of Fundy at the head of the St. Lawrence River is 110 miles long and 32 miles wide when it empties into the bay. It is a spectacle to see the currents of the mighty St.Lawrence rushing to meet the tides of the Atlantic Ocean. You would think there could never be anything that
Contributed by Brad Froese on Aug 30, 2004
We went to Disneyland a few weeks ago and stood in line together for the 3-D movie, “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience.” I promised my son there was nothing in there that could hurt him when we walked in to sit down, because he was afraid of the dark and unfamiliar theater.
When we sat down, I
Contributed by Donnie Martin on Aug 31, 2004
“Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith
Contributed by Stephen Wright on Sep 12, 2004
A boy and his father were out walking on a cold day, and the way was slippery. The little fellow’s hands were deep down in the pockets of a brand new coat. His father said to him: " You had better let me take your hand," but he could not persuade the boy to take his hands from the pockets of his
Contributed by W F on Sep 21, 2004
The dictionary defines ‘accident’ as “an unforseen event or one without apparent cause.” Any Christian who understands the sovereignty of God will immediately determine from this definition that there is no such thing as an accident.
It’s like the cowboy who goes to buy some life insurance. The
Contributed by Tim Richards on Sep 23, 2004
A few years ago I received an excellent e-mail that illustrates the very point the passage makes here. You can’t be right with God aside from accepting what Christ has done for you. In the story a man dies and goes to heaven. St. Peter meets him at he Pearly Gates and says, "Here’s how it works.
Contributed by Greg Buchner on Sep 26, 2004
We know that we’re supposed to show our faith…to trust in God…but we also know that it requires risk to do so. And to risk is dangerous. But to take a step of faith is to risk, and to risk for the sake of Christ, is being Christian. John Wesley once said,
“Christian faith is then not only an
One day John Wesley was walking with a troubled man who expressed his doubt as to the goodness of God. He said, "I do not know what I shall do with all this worry and trouble." At the same moment Wesley saw a cow looking over a stone wall. "Do you know," asked Wesley, "why that cow is looking over
The young son of some atheists went to his parents one day, and said, "Do you think God