Welcome to the May edition of Good News, the monthly newsletter of the Fairview Park church of Christ! We hope that you find the articles below helpful, edifying, and true to the Bible. If you find the articles helpful in your Bible study, please forward this e-mail to a friend. May God bless you as you study his word!
We Don’t Pick the Evidence
by Jacob Hudgins
“Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe”(John 20:25).
Faith is challenging because it involves risk. So we always would like more information—to make believing seem not quite so risky. Like Thomas, we are sometimes tempted to hold out on believing until we have more—or better—or more convincing evidence. It is important to say to such a mentality—in ourselves and others—that we don’t pick the evidence.
“But Peter and the other apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than men’”(Acts 5:29).
Peter and the apostles have been dragged (again) before the Jewish council for preaching about Jesus. Now they loudly declare that they will not obey them. It is a seismic shift from a few weeks earlier, when Peter and the others fled at Jesus’ crucifixion. What has changed here? Where does courage like this come from?
“You shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need”(Deut 15:7-8).
Generosity is a hallmark of God’s people, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy! God has freely given us all that we need spiritually and physically and encourages us to join him in being givers. Yet this passage shows us that this process is not natural and will require actively challenging some of our tendencies.
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