Amazing Faith

Craig Abbott

READ : Romans 4:18-21 Faith is a tricky thing to define. It’s sometimes used to describe a religious denomination, as “he is of the Christian faith.” It’s also used interchangeably with the words belief, hope, and trust as both noun and verb. In the story of Abraham we learn that faith is more than that. It is a strong confidence “being fully persuaded that God has the power to do what he promises.” Abraham knew he couldn’t have a child …

A Matter of Perspective

Craig Abbott

READ : Daniel 6:25-28 During an international mission trip to Trinidad, we experienced unseasonable rain for several days. Flooding closed roads and shut down the municipal water supply. There were 30 of us living in a small house with no water. Our situation was looking grim. We started to wonder if we’d be able to get to the airport at the end of our stay. But the Lord used the situation to move us to visit schools and groups that …

Spiritual Integrity Speaks Volumes

Craig Abbott

READ : Daniel 6:18-20 One of the issues we address each year with our high school students revolves around image. We ask the kids if they act the same during the week at school as they do on Sundays at church. Do the friends that they hang out with know that they are Christians by what they say and do, or is their Christianity simply a phony mask that they wear one day a week? As a teen I had …

Prayer is the Best Option

Craig Abbott

READ : Daniel 6:13-17 During a youth-group backpacking trip in Colorado, one of the patrols got trapped in a heavy rainstorm. Their gear was soaking wet, they were cold, and nightfall was approaching when they came upon a cabin with a large covered porch. They spent the night in what little shelter it provided. The next morning, they were awakened by park rangers who pointed out a “No Trespassing” sign on the other side of the cabin. One of the …