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Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 03:16 PM - Extra Christy
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Faith Comes Before Prayer

Our friend Andy is proposing at Disneyland. You might be wondering, "Did it work?" "What was her answer?".

I wonder about what led up to the proposal: the relationship, the trust building, the listening, the shared experiences.

A valued friend and attender at the church I serve, declined to join the church recently. She did say that being with us has reduced her doubts about God. Our relationship (courtship?) continues without a "Yes! I'll join you!"

What if the answer our friend Andy received was, "No, but being with you has reduced my doubts about love"?

Would he just hear the "No"?

What kind of world would it be if Christians focused on living and loving so that others would "reduce their doubts about God" instead of striving to convert others to join them?

I hope I reduce some doubts today, about love and about God.

Leave No Doubt

We are putting no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see-we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything. - 2 Corinthians 6:3-10

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