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Friday, July 19, 2024 at 6:01 PM

Faith and Life -- a new column from local faith leaders

How can we keep our faith through trials?
  • Source: Reverend Dawn Blundell, Epworth UMC
Faith and Life -- a new column from local faith leaders

Author: Stan Latttin

Once per week or so, Fallon’s faith leaders offer their thoughts on faith and life. Any church or faith community of any kind is welcome and encouraged to participate. We have room for just a few in each column, and so we will publish in a rotation. If you have ideas for topics we should write about, or if you are a faith leader and would like to participate, please call Pastor Dawn Blundell at Epworth UMC, 775-423-4714. If you’d like to talk more about anything you read here, or if you would like prayer or a listening ear, we hope you will reach out to one of us. If you don’t already have a church home, you are invited to join us for worship, too! You’ll find contact information and worship times below.


Benjamin Shawcroft, Fallon Nevada South Stake High Council -- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, www.churchofjesuschrist.org

Everyone is ready for 2020 to be left behind and forgotten. It seems the whole world is in commotion. For those of us and many more throughout the world who believe in the promised return of Jesus Christ, we know there are likely worse years ahead. It is inevitable that tribulations will only increase as the world inches closer to the Messiah’s return. But hope is not lost. In preparation for these events the Lord admonished us to “watch” and “be ready,” to be a “faithful and wise servant”. Doing these things will not cause our hearts to fail but will be a source of hope for a glorious future.


Pastor Brennen Behimer, Parkside Bible Fellowship -- www.parksidebible.com, 775-423-3855  -- On-site worship services Sunday mornings at 10:15am

Jesus faced the greatest trial ever when he was crucified to bear God’s wrath for the sins of his people. As he approached that trial, he thought of his disciples and how, once he was gone, they would be left alone with their loss and disappointment. He warned them of what was to come, saying, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” In this world we face real hardship, but when we look to Jesus Christ and trust him who is greater than any possible hardship, we find our peace in him who has already overcome the worst the world has to offer.


Rev Dawn Blundell, Epworth UMC -- www.epworthfallon.org, 775-423-4714 -- In-person worship Sunday mornings at 9:00am, sermon at 9:30am on Facebook Live and KVLV Radio AM980

“Trials” sounds like such a churchy word, all lofty and meaningful. It even sort of makes it sound like something God does to us on purpose, to “test” us. But I don’t believe God does that. I believe really hard, terribly painful things can happen in this imperfect life, and God is the one who keeps us strong, leads us through it, and heals our broken hearts. We can keep our faith by remembering that God will not allow even the deepest pain to destroy us. We can pray (a LOT), cry out to God in anger and sadness as much as we need to. And in the meantime, we can look around at the million good things that God continues to give, and know that new life is already beginning. 





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