But If Not: Walking in Faith Regardless of the Outcome.

Throughout Scripture we see stories of God’s redemption in impossible circumstances. We see it as Daniel walks out of the lions den unharmed, as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego walk out of the fiery furnace unburned, as Moses walks out of the Red Sea on dry land, and as David walks out of battle with Goliath.

The miracle is that they walked out.

Yet the faith story is that they walked in.

Miraculous redemption was not promised as they walked into these situations. As they walked in, they simply faced certain death. Period. There was no guarantee, no promise, and no certainty that they would ever walk back out again.

Yet it was their faith that compelled them to stand against the undefeatable. It was faith that compelled them to walk into fires and lions dens, because without faith these situations could have easily been avoided.

These Bible heroes could have simply complied, set aside their beliefs and momentarily justified bowing to statues, praying to kings, finding routes out of Egypt that didn’t involve armies and seas, and could have waited for someone else to fight giants. It would have been easy, safe, and justifiable. Their friends would have understood.

Yet they chose to walk and live in the faith of, “but if not”.

God is able to save us from fires and lions, and we pray that He chooses to do so.

But if not, we must still walk in.

But if not, he still recieves the glory.

But if not, we praise him regardless.

To avoid walking in is to deny that He can, and so in faith we walk in to the danger, ready to accept that He may not.

I often find myself begging God to save me from horrible situations. They are not always life and death, and they are not always the fire, the giant, the lion, or the sea. Yet they often feel that way, and always bring pain, fear, and uncertainty. When these situations arise, I want to do all I can to avoid going in.

I pray with all my might, “please God don’t make me go in there!” Yet His reply is so often this, “I fight your battles. I shut the mouths of lions, I calm storms with a word, and I move the mountains. I may perform a miracle. I may not. But your job is to trust. Now walk in.”

And so as we live out our faith, we must be willing to embrace that the God who is capable of performing mighty miracles and parting seas may simply choose not to. And we have to be okay with that.

Because when the choice comes to stand firm and face whatever may come, or justify bowing down to it in fear, there really is no choice.

We are walking in.

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Help Us Bring Hope to Honduras!

acts18My son Isaiah has an unusual nickname – ‘SlowDown’.  We call him that because of how we often have to remind him to slow down and take a break.  The kid is a ball of energy who lives his life 100 miles an hour, and that energy is most often used to serve and encourage others.

 

 

I see it when he is on the ball field, building up his teammates whether he is starting or on the bench….

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I see it at home when he puts in extra time helping me mow the lawn or do chores…

I see it when he is being silly and rolling down a hill for no obvious reason other than the fact that the hill is there and he has energy to burn!
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I see his energy, love for life and love for people in pretty much everything he does.  He simply has a heart to serve and a heart for people.

So when he asked to go on this trip to Honduras, I wasn’t the least bit surprised.  The work they are doing there is right up his alley. And believe me, he is doing all he can to raise the money to go, including designing his own t-shirt!

It would be such a blessing to this young man, and to all those he will be serving if you would consider buying one (or more) of these shirts and supporting his mission.

Scroll down to see a video that he made with his sister (who is also a missions pro) talking about what he is doing and why he wants to go (unmute at bottom of video). 

Please also click on the image below to find out more about Isaiah’s story and Hope4Honduras.  

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CLICK HERE to help Send Isaiah to Honduras!  

Ways you can give:

Give directly to Real Hope Community Church

Buy a t-shirt designed by Isaiah!

I truly hope you will consider pouring into the life of this young man, and pouring hope into the people of Honduras!

Thank you as always!

The Best Model for Unity and Diversity Is…Christianity!

E Pluribus Unum.

In Latin, it means,”from many, one”, and you have likely seen it on the back of a dollar bill. But talking about unity in Latin and actually achieving it in English are clearly two different things.

In an age where We The People are increasingly dividing ourselves and creating enemies of one another, Christianity serves as a powerful model of how very different people can became truly united…

Read the rest of the story at Crosswalk.com to find out how these diverse people became more unified than even they could have ever imagined!

Why Is Life Getting Worse When I’m Doing it Better? (See: Moses)

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Have you ever felt like no matter what you do, life just keeps getting worse?  Even when you are doing everything the right way, things seem to be getting worse.  We see a similar pattern in the life of Moses..

In Exodus 3 we read how God reveals Himself to Moses at the burning bush. He gives Moses a set of instructions, and Moses sets out for Egypt, doing everything exactly to the letter as God instructed him to do it.

But even though Moses has the details, personally delivered and confirmed from God, Moses fails. Moses does everything perfectly and NONE OF IT WORKS. Pharaoh does not let the people go, but instead makes their lives worse.

This is the ‘Moses’ pattern of faith: Things are bad… Moses trusts God… Things get worse. 

Please click here to read the rest at Crosswalk.com!

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journeyAlso, be sure to get a copy of my latest book, A Journey to Bethlehem: Inspiring Thoughts for Christmas and Hope for the New Year.  Available in paperback and kindle.

Faster, Higher, Stronger: The Winter Olympics Are Here!

Cross-Country Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 12(originally published at The Christian Post)

If you are a sports junkie like I am, this is one of the greatest times of the year.

For the next month my family will all be fully immersed in the quadrennial ritual known as the Winter Olympics. I absolutely love it, and it is a firm rule in my house that if the TV is on, we are watching Olympic events of some kind. It is one of the few times of the year that the kids are actually expected to watch too much TV, and are not allowed to go to bed before 11:00. I have anxiously looked forward to every Olympic year since I was a kid, and I know many of us have that same story. But what is it about the Olympics that draws us in? Continue reading

A Miracle of Snow: How God is at Work When We Don’t See It

20171208_070248.jpg“As we find ourselves in difficult or even impossible situations, let us recall the fact that the God who loves us and cares for us will give us what we need, when we need it, in His timing. If He promises to care for us, He may well carry out that provision in the most unusual of places in the most miraculous of ways…..”

I am excited to join Her View From Home as a contributor, and I hope you will click the link below and read the whole article on their website!  It is a story of  faith when faith is hard to find…

Please Click HERE to read the rest of the piece!

Our Manipulated Society and the Two Minutes Hate

“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” – II Timothy 1:7 

If you believe all you see on social media or cable news, you may be under the impression that the world is on the verge of implosion.  That we have finally tipped the balance where climate change, politics and the Illuminati will finally destroy society once and for all as we spiral into anarchy and oblivion of our own making.
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