Birthdays and Anniversaries:
1-10 Tommy and Regena Reames
1-12 Lidia Oviedo
Kennedi Reames, her doctor has determined that a nodule on her thyroid is cancerous. Surgery planned.
Marilyn Jones maintenance chemo has been a little tough but doing well with physical rehab.
Darlyne Stewart, Karl’s sister, small cancer spots on liver, therapy ongoing.
Paul Tyler, recovering from a fall with wrist injury and head wound. Back trouble.
Shirley Weeks, Steve’s mom, is not well.
Sharon Best, Steven’s mom, small setback. Had an ulcer and needed blood, but doing ok.
Sarah, Chris Girvin’s sister, on hospice care
The Mendoza family has been fighting covid this week.
Eleuterio & Lidia Oviedo have not been well.
Steve Weeks, sleep apnea, got the mouthpiece, struggling with it.
Sharon Gerstman, regular member of our radio group, hip surgery in Jan.
Gary Nelson, has not been feeling well.
Robert and Sue Waller, Robert has a severe toe infection, Sue is very ill.
David Shaffer, being treated for leukemia, bone marrow transplant.
Darla Nitti, Wendi’s mom, stage 4 kidney disease.
Leta, has a recurring cancer, prayer request from her granddaughter via our website.
If you have more prayer requests, just message or text Steve and we will update!
Jesus’ disciples were on the right track when they asked the Master, “Lord, increase our faith” (Luke 17:5). It was not, however, Jesus’ responsibility to produce faith in the disciples.
According to the Bible, “faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). Other translations render the last phrase of this statement, “the evidence of things not seen.” The apostle Paul wrote,
“Consequently faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the preached word of Christ,” (Romans 10:17).
The disciples’ request, though commendable, was mistaken. It was not Jesus’ responsibility to increase their faith. It was theirs.
The primary characteristic of faith is obedience. It is not enough to believe in Jesus. One must obey him. The disciples’ lack of faith was evidenced by their failure to obey the Lord. The majority of the religious world has similarly refused to understand the necessity of obedience as the qualification of faith.
People often want God to give them faith in some “better felt than told” way. It isn’t God’s responsibility to “instill” faith in anyone. God has given us the Lord Jesus, and he has given us the Bible.
Building faith is each individual’s responsibility by obeying God’s commands.
It’s up to each of us. Do you want faith? Then do what the apostle Paul wrote in Romans 10:17: hear the word of Jesus in the New Testament and obey it.
John Henson, link to original article