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Worship in the Word

(Isaiah 28:9 NASB) "To whom would He teach knowledge,

And to whom would He interpret the message? Those just

weaned from milk? Those just taken from the breast?

(Isaiah 28:10 NASB) "For He says, 'Order on order, order on

order, Line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there.'"

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Worship in the Word

(Isaiah 40:28 NASB) Do you not know? Have you not heard? The

Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does

not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.

(Isaiah 40:29 NASB) He gives strength to the weary, And to him who

lacks might He increases power.

(Isaiah 40:30 NASB) Though youths grow weary and tired, And

vigorous young men stumble badly,

(Isaiah 40:31 NASB) Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new

strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and

not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

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Worship in the Word

(Hebrews 4:12 NASB) For the word of God is living and active and sharper

than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and

spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and

intentions of the heart.

(Hebrews 4:13 NASB) And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but

all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to

do.

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Holy, Holy, Holy

Hymn # 1 all verses

(Revelation 4:8 NASB) And the four living creatures, each one of them

having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night

they do not cease to say, "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE

ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME."

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By Faith…

Another answered prayer:

"That really was the worst night of my life.

All I knew was my one day old son was flying on a helicopter with strangers

-- going to a strange place -- and upon arrival having his chest opened up for

heart surgery -- all alone without me or his father or any familiar voice

nearby. A day! Not even quite 24 hours since his birth.

I spent that drive to Gainesville preparing myself for the idea that I might

not see him again.

But God had other plans.

Later Alex Tang (N/PFN) told me David's flight broke their speed record at

185 knotts -- 5 knotts faster than anything pilot Steve Pierce had seen in 25

years of flying the same route.

"That ride was so smooth," said RT Jason Hanson, "hardly any turbulence at

all. It's why I was able to have him stabilized by the time we arrived." 6


By Faith…

David made it to Shands in 45 minutes, a trip that took 1:15 on the

way up to Tallahassee. Pierce said the reason for such speed was not

due to his flying, but because a tailwind came up behind the

helicopter. It was a clear night unencumbered by crosswinds of any

sort -- just that strong steady tailwind pushing them straight toward

their destination. As if someone were blowing them along.

Josh and I expected our little one to already be in emergency surgery

by the time we made Gainsville (following that helicopter as fast as

the law allowed ;).

But since he was stable, surgery was postponed -- for a whole week it

turned out -- giving the cardiology team time to gather accurate

information and plan exactly the right procedure to restore David's

heart. Dr. Saidi's advocacy gave David extra time for his heart to

grow just a bit more. Dr. Bleiweis re-aligned the atrial wall in 75

minutes.

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By Faith…

And David had that week to hear our voices -- me, Josh, Wendy,

Debbie, Furman, -- even Alex and Jason -- who were not strangers

any more.

And I had time to hold my baby all night before he went to have his

little chest opened up.

We are so thankful to Alex and Jason and Steve for the skill and clear

thinking they displayed in the midst of crisis. The whole Shands

Cair (life flight) team took care of our son as if he were their own.

And your prayers were heard and answered. Thank you to each of

you for your part in saving this little boy.

And remembering to thank the One who answers before we call.

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By Faith…

(Deuteronomy 33:26 NASB) "There is none like the God

of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to your help, And

through the skies in His majesty.

(Deuteronomy 33:27 NASB) "The eternal God is a

dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting

arms;…

by Rebecca Boyle Cummings

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Blind faith…?

There is no such thing as blind faith, all faith has an object

which can be seen by the individual. Blind faith is a

meaningless phrase that people have dug up. Faith is never

blind, it is always looking at an object. The object it sees and

trusts in may be good or may be bad but it is there. It is an

object. So faith is a non meritorious system of perception in

contrast to rationalism and empiricism which are meritorious

systems of perception. it is the non meritorious system that

counts — faith; when the object is Christ, when the object is

Bible doctrine, the Mind of Christ.

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Blind faith…?

Our human lives, our very existence is

surrounded by “objects of faith”.

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The Object of Christian Faith:

Ἰησοῦς Χριστός

Iēsous

Thayer Definition:

Jesus = “Jehovah is salvation”

1) Jesus, the Son of God, the Saviour of mankind, God incarnate

2) Jesus Barabbas was the captive robber whom the Jews begged Pilate to

release instead of Christ

3) Joshua was the famous captain of the Israelites, Moses’ successor

(Act_7:45, Heb_4:8)

4) Jesus, son of Eliezer, one of the ancestors of Christ (Luk_3:29)

5) Jesus, surnamed Justus, a Jewish Christian, an associate with Paul in

the preaching of the gospel (Col_4:11)

Part of Speech: noun proper masculine

A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: of Hebrew origin H3091

Citing in TDNT: 3:284, 360 12


The Object of Christian Faith:

Ἰησοῦς Χριστός

G5547

Χριστός Christos

Thayer Definition:

Christ = “anointed”

1) Christ was the Messiah, the Son of God

2) anointed

Part of Speech: adjective

A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from G5548

Citing in TDNT: 9:493, 1322

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A

Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker

Rationalism

Empiricism

Mysticism

Faith

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What is meant by…

…faith is a non-meritorious system of perception?

Perception by faith is always non-meritorious. It depends on

the authority, veracity, and ability of someone else. Faith

depends upon the validity of its object for its own merit.

Faith means to trust, rely on, have confidence in, believe, accept

something to be true. In order to operate faith relies first on

understanding, the comprehension of the mentality of Faith the

soul, then volition, to accept what is understood as true.

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Simple Faith Illustration;

MIND OF CHRIST

Ministry of the Holy Spirit

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Faith: Etymology

Greek.: The noun pistis.

Used as an attribute, pistis means to trust or rely on something,

Tit 2:10; 2 Thes 1:4.

Titus 2:10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith that they may

adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect.

2Thessalonians. 1:4 therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you

among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the

midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure.

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Faith: Etymology

In the active sense, pistis means faith, confidence, trust, faith as

a recognition of and acceptance of Bible doctrine. In the active

sense, faith is used in three ways.

Saving faith, Ephesians 2:8; 1 John 5:4-5.

The three stages of the faith-rest drill, Romans 3:20;

Hebrews 4:3.

The assimilation of Bible doctrine into the thinking

of your soul.

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Faith: Etymology

The passive meaning of pistis is what is believed, the content of

faith, Bible doctrine. Gal 1:23; 2 Pet 1:5; 1 Tim 1:19, 4:1,6; Heb

11.

Gal. 1:23 but only, they kept hearing, "He who once persecuted

us is now preaching the faith which he once tried to destroy."

The noun pistos, used as an adjective in the passive sense

means being trustworthy, worthy of trust, faithful,

dependable, and inspiring trust. In the active sense, it means

trusting or believing.

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Faith: Etymology

The verb pisteuo means to believe, to trust something to

someone, to use someone as an object of faith, Gal 2:16.

Gal. 2:16 nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by

the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we

have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith

in Christ, and not by the works of the Law; since by the works

of the Law shall no flesh be justified.

It only takes a little more than no faith at all to be saved, Acts

16:31.

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Faith: Etymology

The Object of Faith at salvation is the person and work of Jesus

Christ:

1Cor. 15:3,4 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also

received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day

according to the Scriptures,

Faith for the spiritual life, the Faith-rest drill, is directed toward the

promises of Scripture and the principles of Bible doctrine. This

doctrine comprises our faith, to have doctrine without application ,

"faith without works" (James 2:24- 26) WE CANNOT benefit from

our new position in Christ.

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The Meaning of Faith (not the definition)

Faith is a mental activity triggered by volition. As such,

faith cannot be emotion because emotion cannot respond to

a command.

Faith is always directed toward an object which can be

expressed in a proposition. A proposition is the expression

of a thought which can be verified or falsified. Therefore

faith is not a function of emotion but of reason. You believe

with your mind only. There is no such thing as believing

with your heart defined as emotion or feelings.

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The Meaning of Faith (not the definition)

Therefore you do not believe directly in a person, or come to

salvation through a relationship with Jesus, but first believe

the propositions in Scripture that inform you about Jesus and

His saving work on the cross. This means faith is rational not

irrational. Though what is believed may be irrational, faith

itself is not.

Therefore, faith is an activity of the mentality of the soul

which is directed toward first and foremost a proposition

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The Meaning of Faith (not the definition)

Please note the following:

The Scripture is the object of faith for the immature believer,

1 Jn 1:9; 1 Cor 11:31; Ps 35, 32:5, 38:18; Prov 28:13.

For the mature believer, doctrine is the object of faith, and

the integrity of God is the basis for understanding the

forgiveness of our sins through confession of sin and the

filling ministry of God the Holy Spirit who illuminates our

minds to the truth and teaches them to us.

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The Meaning of Faith (not the definition)

Faith has no merit in itself--all the merit lies in the object of

faith. Example: it doesn't matter how much faith I have (or how

sincere I am) that I have $1,000 in my checking account if I

have only $1 I'm in trouble.

Faith as an intellectual activity excludes emotion,

irrationalism, and mysticism. These are therefore destructive to

salvation and the spiritual life. The spiritual life is based on

reason, on the right use of the mentality of the soul which is

the essential aspect of man as the image of God.

It is what was once called “selling wolf tickets”.

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The Meaning of Faith (not the definition)

Faith is rational and logical in conformity with the ultimate

Person of the Universe, the Logos of God.

All the faith in the world secures nothing but condemnation

from the integrity of God. We are born with faith. We first

learn vocabulary by faith. Faith in itself is nothing, however. . .

The smallest amount of faith in Christ, faith like a mustard

seed, secures eternal salvation. It only takes a little more faith

than no faith at all. It is the object of faith that counts, not the

worthiness of the one with faith.

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The Meaning of Faith (not the definition)

(Matthew 17:20 NASB) And He *said to them, "Because of the

littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith

the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain,

'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will

be impossible to you.

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Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Hymn # 413 all verses

(Isaiah 58:11 NASB) "And the LORD will continually guide you, And

satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones;

And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose

waters do not fail.

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