My blog, “Encouraging Words” has been the tool I’ve used for the past couple of years. I now intend to upgrade it to remain encouraging, but add a fresh focus.
From this date forward, this blog will be a written supplement for “Everyday Faith Internet Gathering” (or iGathering). The encouragement you read here will be tracking with the topics being discussed on the FREE YouTube video series by the same name.
The online “experience” will be what is know as a Magazine Format. It will include faith building testimonials, Q&A (via email contact), prayer, and a lesson series.
The Premiere Lesson Series: “Confidence with Skeptics.”
There are many forms of skepticism in the world, today. They are normally wrapped in a box called “Atheism or Agnosticism.” The more aggressive “Skeptics” want Christians to believe they are taking over. You may have actually seen billboards like this one:
Freedom of speech is fine. An atheist can advertise anything they want. Although, it’s rather humorous that they criticize Christians for proselytizing (evangelizing) when the sudden surge indicates that they are also, now, becoming “evangelists.”
For me, the concern is that too many Christians are intimidated. Not by thinking that maybe the atheist ideology is actually true. But, that they believe they don’t have any good answers but…”Yeh…well…I believe because I have faith.”
However the Scriptures clearly say, “Be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within you…(I Peter 3:15)…and it adds to do it “with gentleness.” Aggressive responses are usually based on a lack of personal confidence in an answer. It doesn’t have to be that way. The greatest commandment also instructs us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and MIND…”
Here’s the good news: We can have an intelligent response.
Even if you never venture into an actual discussion with a Skeptic, you can develop your own base of confidence that includes your MIND, and that without all of the “Christianese.”
I have personally discovered there are great logical foundations that your faith can be rooted in. And that, without having to learn a ton of mental gymnastics that overcomes their “blabber gab.”
The truth is: The more I have exercised practical mental as well as spiritual truth on thoughts that include creation, evolution, attacks on the bible, etc., the stronger my everyday faith has become.
In the weeks and months ahead, “Everday Faith Internet Gathering” (and Blog) will delve into many spiritual development classes, from how to get more out of the bible to how to increase the clarity of God’s voice within your own heart. If it has to to with practical spiritual life that “re-presents” Jesus, we’ll be covering it.
At the present time, the first class will go on line via YouTube on January 6, 2015. Each new session will be uploaded every two weeks. Blog entries will be much more frequent.
The Advantages of This Kind of Class Gathering:
- Go at your own pace.
- In the convenience of your own home
- On you best availability
- Re-watch sections for better learning.
- It’s FREE 🙂
Each video gathering will be 30 to 45 minutes in length.
If you’d like to be reminded of new Everyday Faith iGathering Videos, please send an email with your name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WILL NOT BE USED FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE THAN “EVERYDAY FAITH INTERNET GATHERING” INFORMATION.
Hope to have you join us!
Pastor Gary Ellis