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Four Witnesses

Suppose someone came to you and told you that your son or daughter was responsible for a hit and run accident. How would you respond?   For the sake of my illustration, let us also suppose that your son or daughter has not told you about the accident and that you do not know the person reporting this news to you.   I think that if I were the parent receiving this information from an unknown and unofficial source, I would certainly want to talk to my son about it and seek corroboration from other sources.   Now, what if my son denied being involved in the supposed hit and run accident, but the person who first reported this incident to me was able to take me to three other eyewitnesses who each saw my son commit the hit and run at a major intersection in town? Suppose further that each of these four witnesses were standing on a different corner of the intersection where the hit and run supposedly took place.   Barring some fanciful explanation for this occurrence, I think I would have t
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Faith & Its Effects

Author and Presbyterian pastor Eugene Peterson has written,   What is hazardous in my life is my work as a Christian. Every day I put faith on the line. I have never seen God. In a world where nearly everything can be weighed, explained, quantified, subjected to psychological analysis and scientific control I persist in making the center of my life a God whom no eye hath seen, nor ear heard, whose will no one can probe. That’s a risk. [1]   In 1 John 5:1-5 we learn more about the risk of faith, its nature and its effects. Listen for God’s word to you…   Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.  This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.  In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,  for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.   Who is it tha

Blessed Assurance

After the economic downturn that began in 2008, Daniel Gilbert, a psychology professor at Harvard, stated that the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index showed “that Americans are smiling less and worrying more than they were a year ago, that happiness is down and sadness is up, that we are getting less sleep and smoking more cigarettes, that depression is on the rise.” He stated that the real problem was not financial—not having enough money, but something else: uncertainty. People did not know what was going to happen. Would they have a job next week? What is ahead in the future? Professor Gilbert pointed to a Dutch experiment where some subjects were told they would be intensely shocked twenty times. The researchers told a second group that they would receive three strong shocks and seventeen mild ones, but they would not know when the intense shocks would come. The result was that subjects in the second group sweat more and experienced faster heart rates. Uncertainty caused their disc