Archive | Spring 2015

Memoirs of the Feast

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October 9, 2014, began another enriching and spiritually uplifting Feast of Tabernacles! It was my pleasure and privilege, as always, to attend the feast in beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. There was no doubt to me, as always, that the Spirit of God was in that place among the brethren. The Infuse services for the youth were just as inspired […]

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Of Swords and Faith

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Sword that is not a Sword. Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, formerly Ama-noMurakumo-no-Tsurugi. Andúril, Flame of the West, the Sword Reforged. The Sword of Omens. All of these are swords of legend. You may have heard of some; some are a bit more esoteric. We learn about them from mythology, books, and movies. What many don’t realize is that […]

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Preparing for Baptism

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In the fall of 2011, I attended the Feast of Tabernacles for the first time in several years. I was just planning to visit with my parents, see some friends, and enjoy the fun activities. I had certainly not planned on my whole life changing, but that is what happened. Almost from the first day, […]

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A Mustard Seed of Faith

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The early church fathers were avid students of the Bible. They drew many lessons from it, which they shared with other Christians, both in their own times and for us today. The present article considers various passages from one of them, Origen, found in various places in his writings, on having faith. Origen was the most […]

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Optimist

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  My heart is as solid as a rock, Melted lava when I think back. The sprout of spring with flowing tears, Accumulated sadness for years. A silhouette cast off in the dark, A shining star in my thoughts. A beacon of hope showing the way, Endless possibilities and triumph when I pray. A growing […]

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Faith In a Loving Father

Recently, I was telling a friend how I felt about God and how much I trusted Him. She could not understand why, so I began reflecting on why I knew God would be there when I needed Him. It all began, I told her, when I was a teenager and, because things were difficult at home, I […]

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A Living Faith

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In the book of James, we read, “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not […]

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What is Faith?

Scripture says we are saved by “grace” (correctly, by God’s favor; grace is an obfuscated and obsolete English word for God’s truth). “By favor are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). God calls people out, and favoring them with His Holy Spirit teaches them about keeping the commandments. […]

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