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Friday, July 19, 2024 at 5:04 PM

Faith and Life -- a column from local faith leaders

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. If you have ideas for topics we should write about, or if you or your pastor or faith leader would like to participate, please call Pastor Dawn Blundell at Epworth UMC, 775-423-4714.
  • Source: Reverend Dawn Blundell, Epworth UMC
Faith and Life -- a column from local faith leaders

Author: Courtesy of Stan Lattin

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.

This month, we are focusing on hope and where we find it. We would love your feedback! Where do you find hope? What does your own faith or religious tradition tell you about where to look for it?

What is our greatest hope for the next generation, and how are we laying the groundwork for that?


Adam Bayer, Fallon Naval Air Station

Command Chaplain

The NAS Fallon chapel holds a Sunday night Dinner & Discussion with Sailors who live on base at 6:00 pm. For more info, please call 775-426-9189

*The views or opinions expressed herein are solely his, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, or the United States government.

Generation Z’s confidence that faith translates to action encourages me as a Christian. If we believe that Jesus died for us and came back to life, granting us forgiveness, then our lives and actions should demonstrate that belief. Previous generations, including my own, concluded that we need to explain how someone who professes faith in Jesus but offers no tangible evidence of change, is forgiven. While that may be true, it should not need to be discussed, because it should never happen. The Bible states we are forgiven by faith, not works, but it also states our faith leads to works. Gen Z seems to inherently understand and accept that premise. And I believe that tendency will contribute to more lives that reflect God’s glory.


Stephen Duarte, Parkside Bible Fellowship

Director of Student Ministries

Sunday School at 9:00 am, worship services Sunday mornings at 10:15 am and 6:00 pm

For more info, please call 775-423-3855 or visit www.parksidebible.com

My greatest hope for the newest generation is that Jesus promises, “… I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Mat 16:18). Christ is building his church from generation to generation and nothing can stop the work of Almighty God. Furthermore, I have an assured hope in the potent power of the good news of salvation accomplished for all those who put their faith in Christ alone (Rom 1:16). There is no hope in anything other than Jesus and his finished work. With this in mind, the proclamation of “Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor 2:2) is not only the foundation to be laid for the next generation; it is the entire structure.


Nathan Wadsworth, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
4th Ward Elders Quorum President
For more info, please call 775-742-9040 or visit

Our greatest hope for the new generation is that they will live in peace and happiness and that they will be strong enough to endure any trials of the future. We can accomplish this by teaching, from early childhood, a love and respect for God and a desire to follow him and keep his commandments. The Savior set an example for peace and happiness. He taught us to love one another. Loving, forgiving, serving, and accepting others, are some of the things that will bring peace and happiness. We must also teach that we love freedom, our country, and uphold the constitution to maintain those freedoms, that all may enjoy the pursuit of happiness. A modern-day prophet has asked the whole world to spend more time being grateful and giving thanks for their blessings. Teaching and exemplifying these simple moral values will bring the peace and happiness that all desire.


Dawn Blundell, Epworth United Methodist Church

Senior Pastor

Worship Sunday mornings online at 9:30am on Facebook Live and KVLV AM980

For more info, please call 775-423-4714 or visit www.epworthfallon.org

I read recently that large portions of my kids’ generation and the newest one have rejected Christianity because they found that “their parents did church well, but they didn’t do life well.” Ouch. In other words, even when kids grew up in church they found that the adults in their lives spent a lot of time on religion, but it didn’t help them be better people. So my greatest hope for the next generation is that they do better than we did. That they become able to see beyond their parents’ failures – and the public failures and bigotries of far too many celebrity Christians – to see the truth of Jesus Christ. That they rediscover the revolutionary love of God for them and for the world. That they not only believe in Jesus but also follow him with boldness and integrity. And that they be filled with God-fueled courage to heal the world.


Chad Biar, St John’s Lutheran Church

Senior Pastor

In-person worship at 10:00 am; parking lot drive-in service on 90.9FM

For more info, please call 775-423-4146, or visit www.rtgfallon.com

My greatest hope for the newest generation is that they will see the folly of the “Post-Christian experiment” that we’ve been enduring through most of my lifetime. That they would recognize the necessity of faith and the transcendent values necessary to make life worth living. That they would leave normal nihilism in the wayside along with Moral Therapeutic Deism to have an actual understanding of who God is and what He wills for us. As for laying the groundwork for that, my faith discipline carries on as it always has: teaching a confessional understanding of the Scriptures guided by tradition and scholarship, answering the questions we can, remaining curious about the ones we can’t, and always looking to the Word of God as the norm of our faith.