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From July 22, 2016

A Reflection
  by Pastor Cliff

Dear Friend:

The writer of Hebrews describes faith as something which assures us of things we expect and convinces us of things we cannot see (Hebrews 11:1). Our faith leads us, as it led Abraham and Sarah, to set out with God, not knowing where the journey will take us.

Randy Hammer has a habit of collecting beautiful scenic calendars. One of his favorite calendar pictures is of a massive limestone rock gorge in Jasper National Park in Canada. At the bottom of the deep, narrow gorge is a beautiful blue river. The curious thing is that a fallen tree or log high above the river serves as a primitive bridge between the two sides of the limestone gorge. Now, it would take a lot of faith to venture out on that log bridge to cross from one side of the gorge to the other. But doing so would enable one to see the beautiful river gorge from a whole new perspective. That is sort of the way with religious faith. Faith beckons us as individual Christians and as a Church to venture out, take a few risks, give up the comfort of certainty for a while, so that we may experience new heights of spirituality and see God and life from a different perspective. Faith leads us to think outside our intellectual boxes.

Friends, letís not forget that faith development is ongoing. Faith is a joyous pilgrimage. Faith is a journey.


Cliff Houston
Interim Pastor, FBCR

PS / I cannot describe how wonderful it has felt to be able to share these notes with you on Fridays. I will miss sharing my heart this way with you all, and I promise to always remain grateful for this privilege. As I leave, remember: The journey with God is just as important as the destination. C

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