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What is Reclaim the Faith?

Recently, I have been asked the question, “What is Reclaim the Faith?”.

This is a valid question.

And I could write out the mission statement or the list of doctrinal beliefs and even just direct the person to the site to give them a good look at what it is that Reclaim the Faith is attempting to accomplish.

But lately, for me, that hasn’t been sufficient.

Those may be sufficient responses, but I feel like it needs a little bit more.

So, here goes my attempt at giving the answer a bit of a spin.

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Changes Coming!

Hey everybody! Just as a heads up, there will be some changes coming to the site, and some posts will be removed!

I am going to redirect a lot of the content here, which means that some of the content you enjoy that has been created here will no longer be available.

Stay tuned for more content!

Keep the faith!

Are We Missing Something?

Are we missing something? This is something I find myself wondering this every one in a while when I get myself deep into spiritual thought.

When it comes to Christianity, specifically American Christianity, are we missing something?

I have read multiple accounts over the years about major spiritual successes and revivals and miracles from all over the world. The weird thing is that you find these accounts coming from third world countries and places outside of America.

From the Middle East to Inda, from China to South Korea, the Church is exploding in spiritual power.

And so, one has to wonder: are we missing something? Is there something we are not doing here in the American Church that they are doing in other parts of the world?

Or are we doing something that they aren’t doing that is actually preventing us from accessing the Divine power of God?

I have been dealing with this question for some time and I am working on something that in my opinion will change the face of Christianity and restore the power of the Church.

I want to find that missing link. I want to help bring power back into the Church.

I don’t know what that is going to look like. But I want to be a part of it.

Should Atheists Be Altruistic?

Recently, I had the pleasure of enjoying a local, annual festival near where I live. There are a lot of vendors there, local organizations, political booths, my favorite Pai Lum school was there. I got to spend it with my family and people that I love. And I had some awesome Turkish coffee.

Mixed in with all of this was a local atheist organization who is very dedicated to atheism. They were selling your typical bumper stickers that read things like “My Karma Ran Over Your Dogma” and “Hell Doesn’t Scare Me” and “I believe in life before death”.

You know, the typical atheist response to religion of any form.

(BTW, atheism is a religion, but we’ll get into that another time.)

Seeing this booth forced me to ask the question (sadly, not to them):

Should atheists be altruistic?

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The Mystery of the Log

“Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” – Matthew 7:5; NLT

Ah, the log. That unforgiving piece of wood that sticks out of your eye.

That sucker hurts, doesn’t it?

That log blocks your vision. That log keeps you from helping.

That log is the most inconvenient thing in your life.

And we have all missed the mystery of it.

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The Struggle to Love

As I turn from my sins and turn closer to God, I see just how evil I truly am. I slowly see the darkness of my own heart and how much I suck at what once seemed simple.

Like love.

I don’t mean the love I show for God or even my wife and daughter.

It is my love for my fellow man and those I spend my time with.

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Running til You Can’t Run Anymore

So, believe it or not, I have been running. Running as far and as fast as I can.

No, I haven’t been running physically. That hurts my shins. A lot.

The kind of running I have been doing has been spiritual. And let me tell you something:

It hurts more than physical running does.

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Some Post-Easter Thoughts

It is typical among members of the Church, the American Church specifically, to slide back into their old habits immediately after Sunday.

It is this dark, slippery slope that we all kind of joke about but never fully acknowledge.

It is a path that, if we don’t keep an eye out, will destroy us.

And the death-toll is already rising.

The sad part is, it happens no matter what the previous Sunday featured.

Easter is no exception.

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He Is Risen!

Indeed, in the midst of all of this turmoil with our world, the economy, the nation and the fears of all the talk of war and other dangers, there is a Savior.

There is One, Who, by the power of God, conquered death and has ended the enemy’s reign here on earth.

While he has limited power, it is nothing compared to the power that the Christ, the Son of the Living God, exhibits.

Place your faith in Him, for He can save you from the wrath of God, because He has faced that wrath for you.

He is risen! This means so much more than just eternal salvation.

Trust Him.

He is risen!

A Hard Pill to Swallow

This is not an easy post for me to write. As a matter of fact, even as I write this, the pill that needs to be swallowed is still lodged in my throat. I honestly have to force myself to swallow this pill, and human nature is what makes this difficult.

Okay, enough beating around the bush with this.

I’ve been struggling with being…self-righteous.

Let me put it this way…I have a problem with coming to terms with the fact that every person is a sinner in the eyes of God.

In other words, I am just as bad as the next guy. No one, no matter their status in this world, no matter gender or their own view of self-importance, is better than anyone else.

Some of us just cover up our faults and problems better than others.

And some of us are better at denying our faults and problems than others.

But one thing that I need to remember, that we all need to remember, is that we are all sinners in the eyes of God. None of us is better than the next.

Without the grace of God, we would all be in more terrible places in our lives than we are in right now.

So, let us all swallow this pill. And live our lives with glory to God and God alone.