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Friday, July 19, 2024 at 5:10 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. 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.
  • Source: Reverend Dawn Blundell, Epworth UMC
Faith and Life -- a column from local faith leaders

Author: Stan Latttin

HOW DO WE INCREASE OUR FAITH IN GOD?

 

Don Wayment, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

For more info, please call 775-742-9040 or visit www.churchofjesuschrist.org

I’m sure many of us have asked this question, especially when we read scriptures such as “without faith it is impossible to please [God]” (Hebrews 11:6). Paul says: “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Faith comes by scripture study and hearing the words of prophets and apostles. We can also increase faith by prayer, obedience to the commandments, fasting, and service. What is faith? Faith is to hope for things which are not seen, but which are true (Hebrews 11:11). It must be centered on Jesus Christ to produce salvation. It is a principle of action and power. True faith motivates us to physical and mental action. Without faith, it is impossible to be saved.

 

Dawn Blundell, Epworth United Methodist Church

Senior Pastor

In-Person worship Sunday mornings at 9:00am, sermon live at 9:30am on Facebook Live and KVLV AM980. For more info, please call 775-423-4714 or visit www.epworthfallon.org 

Whether we are part of a church or not, and even if we don’t really consider ourselves religious at all, many of us wonder how to find solid footing in life. How to find more peace and calm, how to handle tough stuff without losing our minds, how to be a better person, what to believe in. So how do we increase our faith, or find it in the first place? First we pray, as often as possible, even if we aren’t convinced anyone is listening. Just talk to God, saying what hurts and what’s frustrating and what’s good, asking for help for ourselves and others, saying thank you (this is important) for every good thing we can think of. That’s the beginning. Then, pay attention: you’ll start to feel very different, and you’ll notice God everywhere.

 


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