The Difference Faith Makes

By the time you are reading this article I will have had the privilege of uniting two very good friends of mine in marriage. It’s a wedding I thought would take place several years ago, but I am grateful to be part of it this weekend.

The new husband, Tim, is truly a man after God’s own heart. From the moment he became a follower of Jesus Christ he has sought to learn and know more on a daily basis. His incredible FAITH has seen him through incredibly difficult times, including a battle against a cancerous tumor in his brain. Financial struggles, family issues, and personal challenges have faced Tim in the years since he met Jesus in the shallow end of my swimming pool. Each one was hard, but FAITH in Christ, even as a new believer, held Tim up and carried him through.

The new bride, Mary, has also had her share of struggles through the years. A single mom,  she was left to raise two young boys on her own. Again, it was FAITH, not just knowledge or belief but dependence and trust, that carried her through, and she has been a remarkable mom and faithful follower of Christ.

Hebrews chapter 11 talks about FAITH so much that I have subtitled this section of Scripture “FAITH-BOOK.” Over and over again the phrase “by faith” is repeated. As the author unpacks the stories of some of the patriarchs of Judaism we see the critical role that FAITH played I their journey. The fact is that we need FAITH in our lives. This is so much more than just knowing about God. FAITH that will carry us through is true dependence and trust.

Face tomorrow and the next day BY FAITH.


About bigdbentley

MEET DAVE "BIG D" BENTLEY - A MAN OF MANY HATS I wear a lot of hats in the course of my life. I wear the "husband hat" with my wife, Andie, whom I have been married to for 26 years. I wear the "daddy hat" with my children, Danielle and David, and their spouses, Micah and Tracie. I am privileged to don my "Papa hat" with my two gorgeous grand-daughters, Amaria and Jaydan, and my energetic grandson, Jethro. I wear the "pastor hat" with my church congregation in Wallingford, Vermont. I have served churches in West Virginia, Alabama, Florida and Vermont. In December of last year my wife and I accepted the call to serve in Wallingford, Vermont. In addition to this variety of caps, I am a student, attending Liberty University to receive a Masters in Teaching in Elementary Education as well as secondary Language Arts. My hobbies tend to revolve around my family, so they include, camping, traveling, playing board games, and spending time with them. In addition I enjoy reading, rainy days, listening to and playing worship songs, and cooking.

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