The Chronicles of The Best They Ever Had

Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. -Acts 2:43-47

Sunday, February 20, 2005


   Matthew 9: 20-22
Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”
Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment.

Matthew 9: 27-29
As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”

   When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

   “Yes, Lord,” they replied.

   Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”; and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” 31But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.

Luke 19: 15-19
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him–and he was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Today at church the pastor was talking about extreme faith, and abraham but i didnt personally it was the best scripture for the question but rather examples of people seeking Jesus, rather than the skeptical abraham

Faith is incredible, and of course everyone talks about having child like faith because children don't have any doubts and skepticism they believe what there parents tell them is truth, the believe more profoundly than the people who tell them sometimes.
but further we to obtain a deeper faith we need to be challanged and every so often theses doubts creep into my mind. What if im doing it wrong and its a feeling of absolute terror sometimes, but then i have moments of absolute clarity where i realize that there is no other way for this world to have come to being with out God, how could billions of cells randomly create something so complex as the human brain, and i see the depth of the faith of people around me and realize that this is a stage being broken so that i can be rebuilt better stronger, when a foundation is created first you digg into the ground for the rock and the building will stand God has to do that to people to, if there was never a doubt than i merely operate on what im told rather than fostering a relationship with God
Praise God for being God
further i was thinking the other day about how youth leaders try to make God look "cool" when they're chasing the wrong objective God is INCREDIBLE but kids and youth need to be told why, but sometimes it seems that pastors don't think kids can handle the depth of God when if its not shared you create a 1950's tv God you pats you on the back and dust off your knees and give you a dime for ice cream, but God wants us to talk with him and communicate and do his will not the other way around and sometimes it seems no one says that

Jordan C


At 2/20/2005 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree--I think that a lot of church leaders, not just youth pastors, gloss over the truth. It is good to teach people to love God and to lean on God in times of trouble, but oftentimes, they leave out the simple fact that you have to LIVE for God and DO God's will in order to show how much you really love Him. Too many times I have heard people say that they "felt really close to God when going through this tough time" in there lives. People are fair-weather lovers of God sometimes. We just can't be afraid to teach through our own lives and words that faith isn't about how God will help in a time of trouble. Faith is putting all hope and trust where God will lead you and what God will do in your life.


At 2/20/2005 9:16 PM, Blogger JtotheSstaff said...

What people dont realize, and what the kind of pastors you're talking about leave out, is that following Christ is very hard. A lot of people i talk to say that christianity is "just a crutch" for people being weak, when really it is about hardship (people who gloss it over, like you said, are those who make it look like its "a crutch"). BUT, about it being about hardship, one of our pastors looked at this scripture this morning--in Judges 3:1-2 says "These are the nations the LORD left to test all those Israelites who had not experienced any of the wars in Canaan (he did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience)." God wants us to be seasoned by battle for him. Life is a big war with two sides, and we're fighting on God's side daily. Not just turning to him when we're down, like ya'll said.


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