Category Archives: Faith

Going for Gold – Tested Faith

Those ominous clouds of trouble we hate even talking about, let alone enduring, have a precious golden lining. When we emerge from the fog and gloom, one thing remains—tried and tested faith. Peter considered that faith so valuable that he compared it to refined gold. . . . now for a little while, if necessary, […]

Bold Faith Breaks Through

A trickle of dust from a crack, that’s what Jesus and the visitors saw first. Lumps of dried mud followed. Sticks and straw accompanied clouds of choking dust and the noise of levering, digging, crumbling and breaking. Then the roof began to cave in. People shielded their heads; women tried to brush the dirt off […]

Faith and Doubt

Do you ever cry, “Wait a minute!” at statements in the Bible? I admit that where Paul says Abraham did not waver in unbelief, my indignation used to rise. However, like so many difficult Bible passages, a deeper lesson about our faith and doubt and God’s grace is waiting to be uncovered. Here is Paul’s […]

Strong Faith

Certain sports, like cycling, have been plagued by doping scandals in recent years. Competitors succumb to the temptation to use steroids or other muscle building cocktails to enhance their performance. You can’t fake faith before a discerning God, though we sometimes dupe our fellow Christians. Strong faith can flourish in the midst of any life-battle […]

Faith in God

Hiking in the mountains, I encountered a sign at a trail junction that had a hand-written addition. Someone had decided the official notice was too vague, so the helpful hiker had scribbled a clarification, “Trail 1002. Stay Uphill.” Since Trail 1002 was my route, I had a choice to make, should I turn slightly downhill, […]

Abraham’s Faith as Righteousness

Have you ever been in significant debt? Each month the statement shows an increased negative sum on your account, often in red and with a sad minus sign preceding it. Attempt to borrow more money using that statement as a reference and the loan officer would refuse to meet with you—financially you are out of […]

The Author and Perfecter of Faith

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith,1 who for the joy set […]

Cloud of Witnesses

I used to run cross-country races at school. The course varied, but my classmates and I often ran six or seven miles in the rain, along muddy English farm tracks, even through snow. Under those conditions, I set out with an extra sports shirt to stay warm, tying it around my waist when I no […]

Faith Heroes

In the last post, we considered Abraham, one of the faith heroes in the Hebrews chapter 11 hall of faith. Each member took action directed toward certain God-given objects of faith. Noah is a member too: By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the […]

Hall of Faith

The sign that greets us as we enter the Hebrews hall of faith provides a definition of faith: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. (Heb. 11:1-2) Wandering through the hall, we get a few details about seventeen hard-hitting […]