Archive of: Articles of Faith



November Issue 2 2012

Dwelling of the Holy Spirit through Generations

I remember as a child my mother teaching me a bedtime prayer, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.” My mother saw ending the day with prayer as the most vital part of raising the children in our home. Now that I have children of my own, I am trying to decide what aspects of my faith besides prayer have made the most significant difference in my life. Understanding the meaning of the Holy Spirit and how it dwells within us strengthens my faith. Explaining the experience of the presence of the Lord still has been the most difficult aspect of the Trinity to explain to the younger generation.

November Issue 1 2012

Obligation to Examine

The follower of any belief system has an obligation to examine whether what they suppose to be true, actually is true. Theologian and educator John Locke (1632 – 1704) once said that, “He that examines, and upon a fair examination embraces an error for a truth, has done his duty more than he who embraces the profession of the truth without having examined whether it be true or no.” Locke’s statement is based on the logical assumption that if someone really has given a fair examination to any supposition they will discover the truth (or at least come closer to it) and embrace it, replacing that which was erroneous or what might be called only half true.

October Issue 4 2012

Critical information ignored via bounded awareness

Bounded awareness causes people to ignore critical information when making decisions or arriving at conclusions. Bounded awareness is caused by many factors, but four seem to be predominant when it comes to matters of faith and reason.

October Issue 3 2012

Oh Come Let Us Adore Him

Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. — Colossians 4:1-6 (KJV)

October Issue 2 2012

Nehemiah’s Mission

And the rulers knew not whither I went, or what I did; neither had I as yet told it to the Jews, nor to the priests, nor to the nobles, nor to the rulers, nor to the rest that did the work. Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach. Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work. 19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king? Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem. — Nehemiah 2:16-20

An Amazing Venture October Issue 1 2012

An Amazing Venture

The world has changed much in the decades since Soviet dominion in Eastern Europe. In this area of the world, one can trace through generations the legacies of atheism, oppression, communism, and hopelessness. The church, which over the centuries was the center of life, is now tiny, making up less than one third of one percent in a country of 10.5 million. Most Czechs have no religious affiliation.

October Issue 1 2012

Nehemiah’s Prayer

The words of Nehemiah son of Hakaliah: In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa, Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem. They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.” When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. Amen — Nehemiah 1:1-4 (NIV)

September Issue 4 2012

Eagle River people — on a mission!

Eagle River is full of energetic people on a mission to ‘love their neighbor’! As followers of Jesus Christ, they take seriously Jesus’ teaching to all of us when He said: “For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me ... and assuredly I say to you, inasmuch as you did this to the least of my brethren you did this to Me.” (Matthew 25)

September Issue 3 2012

Stand Therefore

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. — 1 Corinthians 15:58

September Issue 3 2012

A prayer of thanks

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