Pastor Bud's Blog

Stretching and Challenging Our Faith

I'm really excited about a new series beginning Sunday that I've been planning and praying about for a while.  The title is: "Stretching and Challenging Our Faith."  We are called to live by faith -- and we try to do it -- but more commonly we live by sight.  In other words, we may claim that we have faith, but when the money runs low we don't trust that God has our backs, will bless our strong efforts, and will provide.  Instead of living fully by faith, we worry.  Or we claim faith, but then there's a bad diagnosis.  The diagnosis becomes all we can see and we worry.  Or we claim faith, but then there's a struggle in a relationship and we demand our own way instead of pausing by faith to make sure God is glorified in how we handle the tension.  We worry that we're losing a spouse or a friend or even a business relationship, and once again faith gives way to worry.  We claim we have faith... but then we fall short as we realize that we often actually live by sight.  In this sermon series, God is challenging you and me. God is calling us to a deeper faith than we have ever had before.

It's so easy to live by the status quo every day.  It's so easy to be reactive and simply follow our instinctive responses to events.  But it requires courageous faith to face all the unknowns of life and to do it in a way that honors God and that reflects the character of Jesus Christ.  So often we miss the power and strength that comes from a courageous and bold faith that glorifies God.  "Without faith," the author of the book of Hebrews writes, "it's impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him."  Clearly our consistent faith in God is important!  

Here's hoping you can join us for this sermon series... because I truly believe our lives would be transformed if we really applied faith in God to our daily life and living!

You are loved,
Pastor Bud

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