"...declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord."
Verse of the Month
"Courage is fear that has said its prayers," was the unabashed declaration of Captain Guy Gruters on ABC News on May 28. He was one of many American prisoners released from the torture and danger of the "Hanoi Hilton" during the aftermath of the Vietnam War.
President Nixon had arranged their release in 1973 after Captain Gruters had put in 1900 days of high stress uncertainty. The Nixon Library in Southern California held a reenactment of the special dinner given to the ex-POWS back in 1973 as part of this year's Memorial Day tribute.
Captain Gruters told Diane Sawyer he had to launch three months of intense prayer to learn how to forgive his brutal captors. Some prisoners wrote prayers and hymns on toilet paper, including one hymn they sang at the 1970s dinner, as this clip shows. Faith thrives in the unlikeliest places as even ABC acknowledged.
The good news is that God is much more dedicated to developing saving faith in us then we are ourselves.
Sometimes a case history, a field study can make things real, for faith can be a tricky subject. Sometimes Jesus said “according to your faith” and other times he raised dead people who had no faith at all.
So as a case study let me present…Gideon from the biblical Book of Judges.
Cinco de Mayo
The Tabins, church planters from the Philippines, at our recent Cinco de Mayo bash. Click here for more pictures.
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