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Activated August 2013

Faithfulness - August 2013

God always keeps His promises and fulfills His purposes. He remains loyal to us even when we turn away from Him. This issue will help you learn more about God’s faithfulness and how you, with His help, you can become an ideal friend, spouse, or business partner.
 

01-08-2013
Always Faithful
Always Faithful

A while ago, my dad was doing some research into our family’s history and origins, which he then passed on to my siblings and me. He added an image of our surname’s coat of arms, which includes the motto “Fidelissimus semper”—Latin for “always faithful.”

I like the sound of that. I wonder where that motto originated, and whose story inspired it. God’s Word has a lot of good to say about faithfulness, “A faithful man will abound with blessings,”1 to start with.

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01-08-2013
Get Up Into the High Mountain
Get Up Into the High Mountain

Our knowledge of Christ is somewhat like climbing one of the Welsh mountains. When you are at the base, you see but little: the mountain itself appears to be but one-half as high as it really is.

Climb the first rising knoll, and the valley lengthens and widens beneath your feet.

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01-08-2013
The Bermuda Triangle
The Bermuda Triangle

I didn’t appreciate it much when I was younger, but looking back now, I realize the influence my father’s faith in God has had on me. I have fond memories of standing next to his (at the time) towering 6-foot frame, listening to him wholeheartedly singing hymns in church.

My family was from Holland, and my father’s favorite songs were in Dutch. After leaving home and striking out on my own, one particular song would come back to me, especially when I was feeling discouraged or worried. Roughly translated, it goes like this:

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01-08-2013
Beyond Sight
Beyond Sight

Life is full of challenges of many kinds. For some, the most monumental ones present themselves a good ways down the road. In my case, life’s main challenge made itself known shortly after I was born and remains with me to this day. I am blind.

Doctors were never able to determine the exact cause for my blindness, and could do nothing to remedy it, but the impact of this disability was especially painful during childhood. One occasion stands out. I was seven. My family would read to me from the Bible, and I was accustomed to sometimes holding the book in...

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01-08-2013
Faithfulness—The One-Day-at-a-Time Fruit
Faithfulness—The One-Day-at-a-Time Fruit

Faithful people are dependable and true. They’re faithful to God, faithful to the work He has called them to, whatever that may be, and faithful to keep their word and fulfill their obligations to others. All of these things are part of their Christian duty.

Faithful people are that way because they are full of faith. Their faith is what gives them the strength to be responsible. They’re full of God’s Word, which is the source of faith,1 so it comes naturally for them to do what it says. Theirs is a living faith, and it shows.2 Faithful people keep going...

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01-08-2013
Faithfulness
Faithfulness

When prayer is less sweet and easy; when love is less animated and tender; when the presence of God is less evident and less consoling; when even outward duties are fulfilled with less facility and enjoyment; then faithfulness is greater when maintained under these painful circumstances, and that is all that God requires.
François Fénelon (16511715)

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01-08-2013
Faith Fortifiers
Faith Fortifiers

Christians aren’t immune to difficulty—family problems, fears, uncertainty, too much to do, financial pressures, and so much more. Having faith doesn’t keep us from difficulties, but we who know the Lord can avail ourselves of His promises, which can get us through those difficulties.

I want to share a few of the things that help me to keep going when things are rough. These are part of my personal survival list.

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01-08-2013
Lessons from the Medley
Lessons from the Medley

I was chatting over Skype with a friend while watching the 4x100 m medley swimming relay at the Olympics, when something one of the commentators said stumped me. “What’s the ‘fly’leg of the relay?” I typed to my friend.

“The butterfly leg. The four strokes are: Fly, back, breath [sic], free.”

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01-08-2013
Living the Dream
Living the Dream

One of my favorite inspirational stories is of a young African boy who crossed over 3,000 kilometers of hostile jungle territory on foot because he had a vision and determination.

Legson Didimu Kayira was born in the 1940s to a life of total poverty in the Tumbuka tribe, Malawi, but he dreamed of studying in the United States. When he was 16, he decided to make his way on foot to Egypt and find work on a ship sailing to the U.S. He left home with only a small ax, a blanket, a map of Africa, a map of the world,...

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01-08-2013
The Faith Package
The Faith Package

Life’s ups and downs can leave our faith in a precarious position, so how do we increase our faith? The Bible tells us that “faith comes by hearing … the word of God.”1 Let’s unwrap that package, layer by layer.

 

Faith…
What is faith? Joseph Fort Newman says, “Faith is a fire in the heart,” while Hannah Whitall Smith tells us, “Faith is nothing at all tangible. It is simply believing God.”

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01-08-2013
The Gift of Faith
The Gift of Faith

Faith is believing, faith is hoping, faith is trusting. Faith walks on the water to follow Me and refuses to look at the waves.1 Faith refuses to call anything impossible. Faith refuses to quit or to be defeated. Faith refuses to allow its joy and peace to be stolen by circumstances or difficulties.

I give you My gift of faith. With it, you will be able to rise above the waves, above circumstances. You will be able to stand on the solid foundation of My Word, in faith, knowing that I am beneath you, and that with Me beside you and...

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