FaithWritten by Stanley T. Crawford
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Faith By Stanley T. Crawford
In Hebrews 11:1-12 an explanation of faith takes place. In this passage, we start with a definition of faith, “Now faith is substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)”. The remaining verses proceed to describe situations where faith was exercised, and results of exercised faith. When we think about definition of faith, we should realize that faith demands belief in something before it occurs.
Faith is necessary in order to believe in creation of all things by God, as stated in Genesis 1:1 (Hebrews 11:3). Scientist, philosophers, and common person constantly try to rationalize creation of universe; however, in end for Christian, faith is necessary to believe Biblical account of creation.
Several people of Bible had exercised their faith in God. Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and Sarah are specifically sited; these are just a few people. The faith that these individuals exhibited is required of all of us who have chosen to accept Christ and please God (Hebrews 11:6). If we take Noah for example, God spoke to him and asked him to build Ark. Noah acted on God’s request. (Genesis 6:13-22).
URGENT CALL FOR 03-03-03 TO BE WORLDWIDE DAY Written by Angelique Watkins
I, Angelique am reminded from The Acts of The Apostles Third Chapter, that Peter and John, went up, together, into temple, at hour of prayer, asking look on us, in name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
Now I am sharing from what I received from World Prayer Mailing List:
Dear World Prayer Team Member,
The World Prayer Center is calling all Christians worldwide to a Worldwide Day of Prayer on Monday, March 3, 2003.
Ted Haggard, President of The World Prayer Team, says his office has been flooded with messages from people all over world saying that God is impressing upon them to prepare to pray on 03-03-03. "These believers do not know one another, nor are they connected to one another. They do not know that others are saying same thing. Clearly, Holy Spirit is speaking to His church, and He is calling His people to pray," says Haggard.
"As these reports began to come in, we sensed in our hearts that God wants us to promote a huge outpouring of prayer on this special date. Many believe there is significance to this date because of its numerical sequence (03-03-03) which reminds many Christians of Trinity. Moreover, Holy Spirit has highlighted Jeremiah 33:3 (again, three 3's) as our call to action, 'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know,'" says Haggard.
The magnitude of this date is not lost on non-Christian world as well. The Global Consciousness movement (New Age) has for years been planning a worldwide "Largest ever experiment into global consciousness" to take place on 03-03-03. Their effort is slated to begin at 3:33am (Figi local time), on 3rd day of 3rd month of 3rd millennium. It has gained widespread notoriety in New Age circles.
Should this not be enough to cause Christians to pray, significance of 03-03-03 becomes even more pressing as America could launch a war with Iraq at about that very hour, against a leader, Saddam Hussein, who has only recently embraced Islam as a way of gaining support from Islamic world. Such was not case with first Gulf War. According to Islamic calendar, March 3, 2003 is eve of Islamic New Year (Islamic year 1424 begins March 4, 2003). It is also last day of Hajj, annual pilgrimage to Mecca, when pilgrims are encouraged to make a sacrifice (The Festival of Sacrifice or Eid al-Adha). The key verse in Qu' Ran about this festival to take place this year on March 3, 2003 is, "Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life or my death, are all of Allah." This date therefore holds great significance to Islamic world.