No Leap of Faith

Pretty good description of faith.

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Image result for image of fog shrouded bridgeThere’s a place we hike to that has a rope bridge to cross a wild Alaska river. The first time we hiked there, it was shrouded in fog and we had to make a choice. Trust that the bridge was connected on the other side, even though we could not see it or wait for the fog to clear.

Brad cast me a beserker grin and said “hey, this feels a lot like faith.”

Faith is not a leap into the dark as the modern philosophers would have us believe. It’s a step onto a fog-shrouded bridge.

We are not given definitive proof that God exists, that Jesus is God, that if we trust Him He will save us. We’re given hints — small bits of evidence that we can either follow to the bridge or ignore.

The leap of faith comes to us from Soren Kierkegaard. Modernism had promised…

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God is in Control (2)

One of the most common sayings is this one: “life is unfair.” That is tantamount to saying God is unjust. That is also wrong.

God does not give us the life we want. God gives us the life we need. We need to learn the wisdom of setting aside our own purposes. We need to learn the wisdom of fulfilling His purposes.

Consider this explanation of a passage from Ecclesiastes.

The Life Project

Ecclesiastes 3:9-15

Mankind lives in the sorry state of rebellion against God. Yes, I’m afraid that is the reality of life under the sun, but that doesn’t mean that God has lost His grip, for He has ordered things in a certain way under the sun; there are seasons that men cannot change, seasons for everything. Within all of this chaos, confusion, rebellion and order, God still has a purpose. Of course, His purpose is significantly clearer in the New Testament than in the Old, but there was Purpose in play even then. In the OT, every person who sprang forth from the seed of Abraham had a choice to make; they could either confine themselves to God’s will (purpose) for them, or they could live in rebellion under the sun. In our day, this choice extends to every single human being.

The Teacher makes this case here in Ecclesiastes…

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Happy birthday, Ennio

This is good music that’s funny too.

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It’s the birthday of Italian conductor and composer Ennio Morricone, born in Rome in 1928. Although Morricone has composed many concert works, he is best known for the hundreds of scores he composed for movies and television. Here is an unconventional performance of one of his great movie themes.

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Good bye friend

Yesterday we celebrated. Tomorrow we celebrate Veterans Day. I suspect most veterans are happy with the election results. I suspect they see it as a slap on the back when we elect a leader who respects and values our military and police forces.

So what has that to do with the post below? Nothing. I just figured veterans would enjoy this dreadfully sad story too. 😉

The Lions Den

Lisa and Abigail were friends for 32 years. Seems they knew each others thoughts, kind of like the closeness of David and Jonathan. Lisa came from a large family: 6 sisters and three brothers. Abigail was an orphan who had trouble speaking. She made silly noises that only Lisa appreciated.

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When Lisa was cold, Abigail offered warmth. When Abigail was not up to par, Lisa offered kind words. Some said they were friends that stuck closer than a brother.

Over the years, Lisa would get annoyed with Abigail, and threatened to end their friendship. Abigail was the resolute one, whose mood remained constant in the face of the occasional curse.  Hard to say how Abigail retained her composure year after year of ups and downs, with fits and starts of love and hate.

They traveled together many years and countless miles. Wedding, funerals, graduations, recitals, job relocations, they were the…

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