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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The Leper and Jesus

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I want to look at one of many of the radical acts Jesus performed during His time here on earth.

It is not radical because it was a miracle. It is not radical because He healed someone.

It is radical because He touched someone.

Not just anyone. Jesus touched an untouchable.

Jesus touched a leper.

For this one, it is all about context.

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Hershey’s Subtle, But Bold, Statement

As the Easter season came and went, there were many changes to the area in which I live, specifically with businesses and the messages that are displayed on their signs. For many of the businesses in my area, Christianity is a common theme.

Many of the owners subscribe to some sort of Christian worldview and proclaim Christ on their LCD boards or the simple block letter boards.

On many of their signs, one would see phrases like “He is Risen!” or “Because He lives” or similar phrases.

It is heartening for me to see this, because in my usual hometown, it is not common for local businesses to make such proclamations on their publicly viewed signs. Usually it is something subtle, like a cross on their wall or a verse or set of verses around their establishment.

However, as Spring and the Easter season approached my area, the town of Hershey, PA made a bold statement with their billboards and even the small flags that hang from their street lights along Main Street in Hershey.

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Scripture Memory Challenge

Memorizing Scripture is a fantastic feat.

We have all done it at some point in our lives.

Whether at Sunday School, Bible classes, study sessions or our own personal devotions, we have all made attempts at memorizing Scripture.

There are memory verse songs, games, activities and techniques to help someone memorize Scripture.

And they are all great resources.

No two people learn the same way, so the more resources out there, the better.

However, there is one flaw with the way we have all learned to memorize Scripture:

Perfect recitation.

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Back With a Passion

Thanks to the many options available through WordPress, I am able to keep the lights on, so to speak, for another year!

God truly is good in leading me to such an affordable platform and WordPress has been a huge blessing for me during this transition.

Some things will change, for example the font that the site has been using, as well as some changes to posts and categories.

It is my hope, with the blessing of God and His help, that this site continues its uphill climb and we are able to keep things running and move on to something bigger.

Please continue to be in prayer for this ministry as it grows and pray for us, that we may be faithful stewards of God’s gifts and His Gospel and that God may grant us boldness to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ whenever opportunities arise.

God bless and keep the faith.

Possible Radio Silence

I realize that it has been quite some time since I last posted anything. Things have been all over the place with a new job, my first child on the way and other issues that have kept me from properly sitting down and writing.

That being said, there is a strong possibility that I may go into an even longer writing drought. Finances are not where they need to be to keep the site up and running for another year, unless I am able to get a cheaper subscription until things get back on track.

I do strongly encourage all of my readers to keep tabs on our Facebook page where I will be doing everything in my power to post regular verses for encouragement and inspiration as well as short, random thoughts designed to keep everyone closer to God.

Please pray for us as we transition into a new year and as God reveals more of His master plan for our lives.

God bless and keep the faith.

The Need of This Hour

The world is in turmoil.

War has been raging in the Middle East under the guise of religious fervor and devotion.

Decades, even centuries, old organizations are falling apart.

Social norms and expectations have been flipped on their heads.

Unqualified leaders are in office and even more unqualified leaders have been nominated for positions for which they have no experience.

To make matters worse, people, including Christians (particularly Christians), are expecting the government and people in power (you know, the ones that are unqualified for their positions) to help fix the problems.

And that is not what needs to be done.

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Spiritual Slavery: Part 1

“Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, Everyone practicing sin is a slave of sin'”. – John 8:34; The Interlinear Bible

This statement from Jesus comes in the middle of a discussion between Jesus and some Jews who had recently believed in Jesus as a Messiah. He tells them, quite effectively, that if they continue in Jesus’ teaching, they will know the truth and the truth will set them free (8:31-32). The Jews are incredulous at this claim, stating that they have never been enslaved to anyone (v. 33).

Then comes the punch from Jesus: they are sinners, they practice sin; therefore, they are a slave to sin.

This concept never stuck with me.

Since hearing about and receiving Christ, I understood that I was a sinner saved by grace. I knew the concept of being set free, but I never fully grasped what it meant to “be set free”.

To my mind, the only freedom I experienced was freedom from eternal damnation and separation from God.

Not until very recently did I realize the reality of being a slave to sin and what that really looks like.

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Why Can’t We Understand the Bible?

Let’s face it.  The Bible is a confusing book.

It may be the Word of God, but that does not make it any easier to understand.

There are so many different commands and stories that make no sense to us. We do not understand why the people behaved the way they behaved, why the cultures are so conflicting and why God commanded certain things.

One would expect that the Word of God, the book that contains all knowable truth about God and His dealings with humanity would be an easy book to understand.

But it is not easy to understand.

Why is it this way?

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“…and I will give you rest.”

“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.'” – Matthew 11:28

For those of us who struggle day in and day out to get things done, this is a wonderful call.

For those of us who scrape just to get by, working two jobs in order to pay the bills and make sure we have food, this is a wonderful call.

For those of us who live paycheck to paycheck, this is a wonderful call.

It is the call to the weary to come to Jesus and He will give us rest.

But what does this mean? And what did it mean for His original audience?

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