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I Believe is Just the Beginning
By Joyce Meyer l The Church Guide
Is Your Faith Worth the Leap?
By Gene Markland l The Church Guide
By Eric Metaxas l Break Point
Before his death on July 4, 1826, Thomas
Jefferson left explicit instructions on what the
epitaph on his tombstone should read: “Here was
buried Thomas Jefferson, Author of the
Declaration of American Independence, of the
Statute of Virginia for religious freedom, & Father
of the University of Virginia.”
Yet within a few years after his death, his
beloved University of Virginia was in deep trouble,
and what would wind up saving it would have
been a shock to its founder.
As Carlos Santos and Rex Bowman tell us
in their book, “Rot, Riot and Rebellion: Mr.
Jefferson’s Struggle to Save the University That
Changed America,” Jefferson’s vision for UVA was
that of an “academical village” and a “forward-
looking community with no religious affiliation.” It
was to be a place where “Virginia’s best minds
could go to study with the world’s best scholars.”
How Evangelical Christianity
Saved the University of Virginia
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How Should the Church
Respond in Perilous Times?
By Mat Staver l Charisma News
The times in which we live are
unprecedented in the history of America. Every
generation thinks the cultural decline is worse than
in prior times. These times are clearly
unprecedented—at least in American history. But
the threats we face today are not unprecedented
in Judeo-Christian history, a point I will address
Let me give just two examples. For the first
time in world history, the citizens of a country are
being forced to participate in genocide. No
government has ever forced its citizens to
participate in genocide until now. Yet, that is what
is happening in America with the ObamaCare law,
which forces employers to provide and/or pay for
abortion-inducing drugs or devices. And many
individuals are now being required to make a
monthly payment separate from their insurance
premiums to fund abortion.
Followers of Jesus Christ are a wonderful people of faith.
Faith sustains us in difficult times. Our faith gives us hope, joy,
and a reason to live. As we study the Word of God we find many
blessed promises, which enrich our lives. With God’s promises
also come guidelines for living.
The Bible says, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and
a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105 NLT).
In today’s culture, many people have the opinion that we
should live by our own standards, oblivious to the Word of God.
Some want the blessings of the promises of God, without
subjecting themselves to obedience to God. However, to truly be
happy and fulfilled, we must examine ourselves in the light of
God’s Word and live by it.
The stress and tensions of life becomes more unbearable
when lived in selfish disobedience to the Word of faith. Yet simple
submission and obedience to God’s Word relieves the stress that
disobedience, and today’s culture, imposes.
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Being a Real Man:
Lessons from My Dad
by Joel L.A. Peterson
“Let us pray.” My dad’s bass voice rumbled
as he bowed his head.
I was a sixteen year-old who had been
adopted at age six – a fact about me that would
play a crucial role this day. Our house was Mom’s
pride and joy. Anyone who walked into Ellen
Linquist’s home knew exactly what holiday season
it was—all the major and minor holidays and
everyone’s birthday. I think Dad loved our home
all the more for the “Ellen Lindquist-ness” of it.
Dad was an accountant and it appealed to
him — order, seasons, rules. But this day Mom’s
rules – and Dad’s words – would change me
After grace, I reached over to the box of
Raisin Bran when his mother fixed her bright blue
eyes on me.
“Noah, isn’t that the same shirt that you
wore yesterday?” I drew my hand back from the
“You need to go back upstairs and change
your shirt, young man.”
“That I may publish with
the voice of thanksgiving,
and tell of all thy
wonderous works.” Psalm 26:7
A FRIEND OF
Faith in God is an amazing gift. It starts the moment your
heart says: I believe Jesus is God’s Son and that He came to
rescue me. That alone is an incredible truth. But I wonder how
many Christians decide that’s where their faith ends, when the
truth is, there’s so much more to believe for in this life!
One of the reasons I think this happens is because many
Christians feel they don’t measure up to what they think they
should be. They get stuck focusing on their weaknesses and
mistakes, rather than focusing on who God is and what He’s
doing in and around them.
John 3:17 (AMP) tells us, “God did not send
the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject,
to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but
that the world might find salvation and be made
safe and sound through Him.”
Jesus is not only your Savior; He’s your
advocate. And He wants you to start believing God
for much more than a trip to heaven.
Faith Is the Answer to Every Problem
The Bible says the just shall
live by faith (Hebrews 10:38). ..
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Why Restricting Religious Freedom
Endangers All Freedoms
By Eric Metaxas l BreakPoint
Religious freedom is the source of all of our freedoms.
In a fantastic address at Cedarville University in Ohio, John
Stonestreet quoted the French philosopher Luc Ferry, an atheist,
who acknowledged the West’s debt to Christianity.
Ferry wrote that “Christianity was to introduce the notion
that humanity was fundamentally identical, that men were equal
in dignity—an unprecedented idea at the time, and one to which
our world owes its entire democratic inheritance.”
Do you find that it is easier to walk by faith
in every area except for your finances? Money can
be the most difficult thing to surrender to God. We
all have preconceived ideas of how God’s
provision will be brought about for our lives.
People who have grown up in government housing
may unconsciously believe that their
provision comes from the government.
Working-class people generally
believe that their provision comes
from their paycheck. Business owners
and investors often have the
mind-set that their provision
comes from their investments,
their customers, or their
In reality, our provision
comes from the Lord. Your current
income source is just a means
through which your provision is