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|Meaning of faith troubles many|
Preachers are always telling us to live it out. Writers are constantly publishing books on how to increase it. Religious motivators hold seminars on how to effectively share it. Those of us in the pew know we're supposed to have it. There are some who believe that God can't work without it. "You gotta have faith!"
Matthew 8:23-27 tells about a storm that almost destroyed a boat and those in it. As we continue to read, we see that it is Jesus who calms the storm; not faith. As a matter of fact, when it's all said and done, Jesus asked those in the boat why they had no faith! The truth is that many of us struggle with the meaning of faith. How do we get it? How do we keep it? How much is enough?
The Bible offers many great stories about faith. One being Peter's famous walk on the water. As the story goes, Peter sees Jesus walking on the water and wants to join him. Peter gets out of the boat and begins walking towards Jesus. What faith!
For the full report, see Page 5A of this week's Citizen.
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Jo Ann Cooper is a United Methodist pastor of the LA Conference.