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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

Doubt-Faith-Doubt
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 22 November 2019

This is how I feel about speaking wisely ABOUT ABOUT DOUBT IN THE CHURCH 

DR. DOUGLAS GROOTHUIS!
BY DR. DOUGLAS GROOTHUIS
· NOVEMBER 18, 2019 
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Doubt is best worked through individually with trusted friends. If leaders confess doubts on major Christian doctrines, their congregations may lose confidence in their leadership, equate doubt with unbelief, or be thrown into an unnecessary crisis of faith themselves. 
Christian author Joshua Harris recently announced that he was no longer a Christian. It seems that the Bible’s views on sexual morality were a major stumbling block for him, although there were probably other concerns. Songwriter Marty Sampson similarly released statements saying he was questioning Christianity but had been reading apologetics to try to keep the faith.  Thirteen-year-old Steve Jobs was troubled by the suffering of children produced by the 1968 famine in Biafra, Africa. After he asked his pastor whether God knew about this ahead of time, he replied, “Steve, I know you don’t understand, but yes, God knew about this.” The pastor offered no apologetic—no reason to believe in God despite evil (1 Peter 3:15)—to this young, brilliant and inquiring soul. Jobs’ biographer Walter Isaacson writes, “Jobs announced that he didn’t want to have anything to do with worshiping such a God, and he never went back to church.
These examples should challenge us to consider the place of doubt in the life of the Christian and what pastors can do to address their doubts. Unhappily, many in the church don’t know where to turn when doubts arise. This must change. Jude tells us “to have mercy on those who doubt” (Jude 22). In this essay, I won’t so much respond to doubts concerning the existence and goodness of God, or of the need for faith in Jesus for salvation, as I will outline a strategy for addressing doubt with love and integrity.
Shepherding the Flock Through Doubt   
Leaders in the church are shepherds of the flock. A good shepherd knows the health and strength of the sheep and attends to them properly. He doesn’t ask a weak sheep to pretend to be strong, nor does he punish a sheep who is lame. Those suffering from illnesses or the death of a loved one are prone to confess their needs and receive help in the church through pastoral visits and support groups. But those suffering from doubts are often ashamed and keep them to themselves, fearing being judged or even ostracized by fellow Christians. These fears may be warranted since Christians sometimes shoot their own wounded. So, the first thing a church can do to help doubters is to create a safe place for questioning the Christian faith. How might this be done? 
Pastors and other teachers should address what the Bible teaches about faith and doubt.  Reading Os Guinness’s book God in the Dark is highly recommended. I offer a few truths to keep in mind. 
The Bible calls us to have faith in Christ’s atoning work for our salvation. We are redeemed by God’s grace through faith in Jesus (Ephesians 2:8). Faith lays hold of the truth that God reveals to us in the Bible. Yet, faith is not the opposite of knowledge, nor does it require a blind leap in the dark. 
Paul calls us to “live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). The contrast he draws is not between faith and reason, but faith and sight. Many of our beliefs are justified without being based on visual evidence. We may believe a book of history on the basis of testimony, for example. I believe you have thoughts, but I do not see your thoughts. In fact, God is invisible in His essence, so He cannot be directly seen at all. Thus, when Paul tells us to walk by faith, he means a reasonable conviction that runs deeper than what everyday sensory evidence can provide. But, Paul never foreswears reasons for faith. After all, it was Paul who gave such convincing evidence that Christ rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). 
To doubt God or His promises is not virtuous, as James writes.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.  That person is double-minded and unstable in all they do (James 1:5-7).
Yet if one is doubting, steps can be taken to remove or alleviate doubt. Before addressing doubt, a distinction should be made between unbelief and doubt. An unbeliever in Christianity doesn’t suffer from doubts. He simply doesn’t believe. But a doubting Christian is not an unbeliever. He does believe but is having difficulty maintaining this belief for some reason. One in this situation can take comfort from the man who said to Jesus, “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24). Jesus did not rebuke this man but granted his request that his son be delivered from a demon. Jesus encouraged the faith of the apostles when they confessed their need for more faith. He did not scold them.
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you” (Luke 17:5-6).


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Acts 6: 7 to 15
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 15 November 2019

Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith. Thank the Lord the Church is going to increase as the Church body keeps connected to the vine; Jesus. The Church increases when all realize the need to spread the seed, Jesus saves. Lord help us to see a multiplying of our Church in the day we are living in so people have hope and faith that God is in control. When the Lord walked among us His ministry was limited to the area but know His Holy Spirit is given to all to bring good news, it is Jesus who saves from the lust of sins addictions. Lord help us as a Church to be obedient to the faith that comes as we trust and obey Your word oh, Lord. It is not our way, but Gods  way, truth and life.

Stephen Accused of Blasphemy

And Stephen, full of [b]faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. Steven here is described as a man full of faith and power doing great wonders. When the Spirit of God is operating in a person life, something good is about to happen for the Lord Spirit is manifested or seen. Our faith is important but when it is on fire it is something else, for God reveals His enabling of dunams; Dynamite. Dynamite is of no value if it does not get a charge of electricity and it is the Spirit of God that gives a shot that is needed today, to stay connected to the vine; Jesus. Stephen was certainly a minister before he was selected here as he was doing great wonders by His faith and power given to Him by Gods unfailing love. When God is moving in an area, it seems like Satan does not like it, so will do anything to disrupt the Church. Today we are seeing the Churches being burned, people shooting at ministers and we have to be concerned with safety from intruders. The Church is having a hard time expanding in many area and Governmental powers many times thinks the Church blocks traffic or become a distraction by music being played, or it ruins our neighborhoods. Now this week we heard the Church should not be a tax-deductible governing body for not supporting gay rights. The Church is being forced to act just like the world. Thank the Lord we are a part of this world, but do not do what the world is doing. The Church still has a commission given by God to maintain without compromise. We are seeing the very elect, become deceived as the Bible speak of, in these last days and should allow us to make sure we are full of the Holy Spirit to be able to become more and more like the Lord, and not allow bitterness to creep in and destroy by killing others.   Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia), disputing with Stephen. There is always those who do not understand who they are and do not want to become better but bitter with what is going on. The (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia This could have been what Paul belonged to before his conversion as he was persecuting Christians. It is strange we see the same thing going on today with people getting upset with the Christians to day for what everyone to become better not bitter. Now we see the Libertines are foreigners in slaved by birth, yet think they were free to do whatever they wanted to. They felt they had as much freedom as any Jewish person, so want to pounce on Stephen and engage other to do the same in committing him to death. Here Stephen was a scholar like Paul before his confession of Faith and Stephen could have been one that received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost or shortly afterward. He was a deacon a sharp young man taught by Gamaliel, He was zealous to argue with them and convince them to become a follower of Christ. 

 

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Acts 6: 3 to 7
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Thursday, 07 November 2019

Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. Thank the Lord for Church Boards that are serving and surveying the area in which they are located, that all the needs are addressed. Here the Twelve Disciple now organize the Church by calling all together to hear the story of what is going on, this is seeking counsel from one another that all will be safe, under the leadership of the Church. They saw the greatest need as preaching the Gospel, for it is the good news that brings people to the Church, that the church might have the greatest degree of accountability. It was Jesus Himself that walked into the Temple and found them selling and exchanging money and over throwing the tables. Lord help us to see the value of the temple of God, that you and I are a-part of, so our image is not forsaken, but accepted as needed! The Disciples where given a message to be preached for that time. They did not have to study, for remember the Church was beginning from Peter the Rock. Who just stumbled and fell and asked for forgiveness, as he wept bitterly over what he had done, in rejecting the Lord at the Trial of Jesus. It is not the money that preachers are called to, it is the story that God loves you and created you to love Him, so you can be fulfilled in what you’re doing to honor and praise Him. Lord help us to not entangle ourselves in the affairs of this life and it’s outward look2 Timothy 2:4 New King James Version (NKJV)
No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” Here they are all together in one accord and are concern with what is happening in the business of the Church that God is setting up. So here they are full of the Holy Spirit seeking 7 men of a good report. Lord help us to review and pray and keep our accounts in order, so we know where we are at any given moment. The Billy Graham was the first organization to open their books to the Public, to erase all doubt where the money was spent and today Samaritans Purse does more than many Government’s to minister to emergency areas in our world. Lord help us when choosing people, to serve on our boards, to look for men that have the opinion of the Lord in seeing the Church grow in all areas. People of honesty, free from scandal, who see others as neighbors, men of integrity and full of faithfulness, will proven and tested for truthfulness and will spoken of, virtuous and praise worthy. Then full of the Holy Spirit, in order to see imagination times vividness as reality that is truth. Honest men of courage, for they are in charge of the affairs of the Church, hating covetousness, but needing more of the presence of the Lord, so wisdom is present with the ability to be discreet and judicious to be able show justice to all. 1 Corinthians 12:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit.

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