Stages of Faith

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬ 

 

My personal path; darkness to light, unknown to known; a journey shaped by exploration and life experience; a beautiful mix of pain, astounding joy and everything in between. 

 

I once needed someone to give me the words you’ll find in these podcasts. My hope; they might save the kind of life I almost lost. 

 

These are the stages of faith I went through, in the basic order I went through them (written versions to follow soon). They do not have to be listened to in order. 

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Disbelief (E1)

 

I left the whole thing behind and spent a couple of decades promoting what I thought was truth; that God, to me, wasn’t real.

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Signs and Data (E2)

 

I’m a doubting Thomas, about just about everything. I need signs and data. In part it’s because I have a hard time trusting people, and also, it’s because I’m a scientist. 

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Exploration of Religion and the Reality of Christ (E3)

 

I’ve spent time in many different churches, practiced Yoga, studied Hinduism, spent a year in Methodist services, and Grace and Jewel and I lived on the grounds of a Buddhist center while joining their practices for almost an entire year. As I've said, I've seen a lot. 

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Studying the Bible (E4)

 

I read it again, and as I do this, Paul’s words start to come alive.

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Knowing the Opposition (E5)

 

Never just look at things from straight on. Always look around the back, the sides, above, below and all sorts of angles. 

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Ebb and Flow (E6)

 

It’s going to happen. There will be times when faith is tested no matter who you are. 

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Opposing Ourselves (E7)

 

We have the ability to oppose ourselves and break our own faith; to cause our own damage and then be blinded by our own consequences. 

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Working With the System (E8)

 

Even if my destiny was eternal fire, I still want to learn to do the right thing. 

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Strength Training (E9)

 

It means not only practicing Biblical faith, but also accepting those hard moments that God puts in my path, even when I don’t want to accept them.

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Battle Training (E10)

 

An enemy with thousands of years of training. If I don’t make it through God’s spiritual boot camp, I won’t make it through anything. 

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Trusting the Bible (E11)

 

Trust, in something that was written thousands of years ago. A surprising outcome. An uplifting experience.

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The Long Haul (E12)

 

It’s about the realistic challenges in holding on to God and to forever. It’s also about truckers and pineapple-pizza-people. 

About Me
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I'm the largest human you see to the left. In spite of my faults, my biggest life goal is to follow Christ, and to pass on how it can be done. The constant work it takes to run this presence, "Getting to God", it's my thank you for the Grace and resources given to me by my hero, my spiritual father.    Read More

 

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