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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Down Home columnist: Each day is a battle, but Easter, faith give me hope

  • He had to die to make His point. Knowing we are creatures of disbelief, He came back to life so there would be no doubt His words are true.
    Two thousand years is a long time to hold onto a faith in someone you didn't get to see firsthand.
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  • He had to die to make His point. Knowing we are creatures of disbelief, He came back to life so there would be no doubt His words are true.
    Two thousand years is a long time to hold onto a faith in someone you didn't get to see firsthand.
    Who wouldn't believe these words were true, said by a man they thought was dead and buried, only to find out he's come back to life and is out and about visiting with people a couple of days later? I bet those who questioned the credibility of this man felt pretty stupid when he showed back up, looking good as new.
    I wonder how many of us are going to feel like a heel at some point in our lives for not giving credit where credit's due. For questioning and doubting. For putting faith on the backburner until we are in crisis mode and reach out for help.
    For getting caught up in the chaos of the non-believers and walking down the wrong path.
    When the call is made for all those who are doubting sinners, I'll be the first one in line. Although a doubting sinner sounds awful, I'm pretty sure it's going to be a long line and most of you will be there with me.
    This isn't breaking news for the Man upstairs. He knows we do things we shouldn't do and that it's hard to believe in someone you can't see or hear. Yeah, I'll be in that line, hoping His words are true about asking for forgiveness for all my wrongdoings.
    Just because He promised to erase our sins doesn't give us a hall pass to live our lives without giving any thought to the words He gave us to live by. He said it would be hard to follow Him and knew there would be many who would want us to ignore his teachings.
    It seems we are in constant battle with the world today to replace God with someone or something else. I just hope it's not a losing battle.
    They have successfully taken prayer out of school, the Pledge of Allegiance is no longer a staple in the classrooms and now the words "in God we trust" are being challenged on our currency.
    Will the day come when it will be against the law to pray in public?
    The Bible says "now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."
    Jesus had to come back to life to make believers out of the doubters. Since we aren't standing in front of an empty tomb, does this mean we can't be certain of what we believe in? Or that we shouldn't tell others Easter isn't just about hiding eggs and wearing our new outfits?
    Page 2 of 2 - Do we have enough armor on to stand up for what we believe in?
    I can't say I'll never doubt Him again, because I know I will. It's an internal battle, but I'll continue to fight the fight and at the end of each day I'm certain I need to ask for forgiveness.
    Thank goodness there is such a day as Easter, otherwise I'd be lost and would never know which line to stand in.
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