faith, hope, inspiration, love, prayer, work

Inspired by Hope

“We continually thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 1:3) 1. Work produced by faith. What does that look like? How many of us work …

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Childlike Faith

Life always brings challenges. And that is a good thing. Right? Hopefully, challenges will turn our face upward to the One who can help us. In earlier years, I had no problem going to God right away when I had a problem. I spent little time worrying about the future and who would pay for college tuition or which job we should …

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faith, gifts, Paul, Timothy

Stir it Up!!

“I have been reminded of your sincere faith… for this reason I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” 2 Tim. 1:6 Paul was writing a second letter to Timothy. It was a letter of encouragement. Timothy was struggling with his faith, probably questioning everything he had …

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faith, heaven, Jesus

The Tug of War

Faith is a hard thing. I have experienced faith that could move mountains, but the mountains did not move. I’ve experienced faith that’s resigned to lesser than what I’ve seen and read in the Bible. And I’ve experienced no faith at all. Faith that my prayers would not help. Faith that the person for whom I was petitioning the Father, …

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