Mark 8:34 happens to be one of my favorite Bible verses. This verse popped up at me before I was even a Christian while working on my adventure blog ‘The Adventurist”. A few years ago I wrote an article about a man who decided to take this verse literally. He built a large wooden cross and decided to carry it around the world. He would walk with this life-sized cross and preach to those that would listen. I am not sure that this was completely what was in mind when this verse was written, but God has still used this man to spread his word through the use of a single verse from the Bible.
This past week I put up an update on Facebook that simply said:
What does this mean?? “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Mark 8:34
This has lead to an in-depth study and discussion on this very intriguing verse. We were all in agreement that “he must deny himself” means that we have to walk away from our own selfishness in order to follow Christ. What does it mean to “take up his cross”?
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It was absolutely fantastic to see the Chilean mine workers being rescued this past week. Thirty-three of them had spent a total of 70 days trapped inside the Chilean coal mine 2,000 feet below the surface. Many people were asking how they all survived in those conditions for so long. One thing that quickly became evident during this past week’s rescue was how much faith, hope, and love played a role in their survival. These men were physically rescued by an army of individuals working 24 hours a day. Spiritually, they were rescued by One.
The CNN Belief blog, a blog reporting on faith roles happening in today’s news, has posted a great article about the absolute faith these miner’s shared. The trapped Chilean coal miners would hold two prayer services a day. They also had access to audio versions of the JESUS film and The New Testament. The T-shirts the rescued Chilean coal miner’s came out wearing featured emblems for The Jesus Film Project, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ International. The shirts featured a front logo stating “Gracias Senor” or “Thank-You, Lord” and on the back was printed Psalms 95:4. The shirts were a gift from Campus Crusade for Christ, Chile.
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What is Faith? That was the question that I threw out to my Facebook friends this week. I had a few interesting answers. Two were for an 80’s pop hit from George Michael–that is what they thought it was. One was wondering why I was asking for her daughter..that was her name. and two more came close and got my attention:
#1 Faith is a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny.
#2 A happy connection to the ALMIGHTY!!!
How would you describe “Faith”, and what other things besides religion do we have Faith in?
For the first time in my life I am finally starting to understand myself and my faith. I am noticing that many of my prayers are getting answered, I am understanding the Bible, and I am feeling renewed and energized–like I have made some huge discovery. I have always heard people talk about faith, the Bible, God, listening to God’s words–yet, I had no clue what this all meant. I now know that those who talk, were not bluffing. It is a joy to be in God’s grace and guided by God’s will. He can and will provide, he can and will protect, and he can and will open up unlimited possibilities if we are willing to follow through. I am coming at all of this new stuff, this new found faith (that I thought I had before), with an open mind and heart. God is leading me to people that share my spirit and allowing me to open up and reveal myself and who I am. I am blessed to have a supportive family. They all seem to like our church and all of us are starting to get to know a few people. This past year has been a wonderful, wonderful time in my life!