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Do I trust him?

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I’m really enjoying our current series on “Lessons in Faith”. Walking in absolute trust with Jesus is not a simple thing. There are so many aspects of faith and so many ways to grow in trusting Him.

        In Luke 8 Jesus shows us that our faith should be grateful, growing, purposeful, calm, restoring, and fearless. Through incidents, parables, and direct teaching Jesus demonstrates so many aspects of trusting Him in so many areas of life.

You’ve probably heard me say many times that the same Greek word is translated in our Bibles as “faith”, “belief”, and “trust”. Try this: whenever you see “faith” or “belief” substitute the word, “trust”. It really comes alive that faith means to completely trust Him. More important than believing in Him is to simply believe Him!

Sometimes I am astounded that so many Christians find it so easy to live in a state of anxiety or worry. Sometimes I catch myself saying “I am afraid that …” I catch myself and ask: should I as a child of the King really be afraid that things won’t turn out the right way? Don’t I trust Him?

Jesus asks, “Where is your faith?” (Luke 8:25) Looking forward to growing in faith together with you. See you in church on Sunday!

 

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Resting at the Summit

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I had a tradition when attending Liberty University to take one weekend each semester to climb up to the “Bald Spot” - a cleared overlook on the backside of campus which allowed you to see the entire city of Lynchburg. It was breathtaking to see the rolling hills in the background which overtook the noise of the cars going in and out of the shops below.

        I needed this time to get alone. Not just to take in the beautiful landscape or to avoid studying for an exam. It was important to refocus on the right priorities. Did I place people, things, or even goals that were competing with the space that Christ deserved within my life? Was I giving Him my praise and lifting up His name? I needed this time of regular refreshing in my life as I proclaimed, like the Psalmist, “You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you.” (Psalm 128: 28).

I would invite you to take some time within the next month to get alone with God. Open up His Word and ask Him to simply allow you to see Him more clearly. As well, I want you to go ahead and mark Sunday, September 8th in your calendar for Refresh Sunday. This will be a time when we as a Church will come together and focus on how we may Worship Him in Spirit and Truth, be committed to Small Group Ministry, and invested in the various ministries here at New Covenant.

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