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A. B. Simpson... Faith


A. B. Simpson

I just have a few minutes before I have to leave on a short trip, but I wanted to share with you some thoughts on faith by A. B. Simpson. True faith does not come naturally for anybody; it is a gift of God. It is sometimes called saving faith. The disciples asked for INCREASED faith, and Jesus told them about a KIND of faith that was like a grain of mustard seed. At one point, He told them (when it is well translated) "Have the faith of God!" (Mark 11:22).

Paul said, "Not I, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God (again, when it is well-translated, Galatians 2:20). I place a lot of emphasis in Christ living in us, so that through us, He shows His love (Jn.17:26), His joy (Jn.15:11), His peace (Jn.14:27) and, as we now see, His faith. "He that has the Son has life" - His life, which is eternal. "Christ in you, the hope of glory." Here's what Simpson said...

Faith is an actual, spiritual force. It is, no doubt, one of the attributes of God Himself. We find it exemplified in Jesus in all His miracles. He explains to His disciples that it was the very power by which He withered the fig tree, and the power by which they could overcome and dissolve the mightiest obstacles in their way. There is no doubt that while the soul is exercising through the power of God the faith that commands what God commands, that a mighty force is operating at that very moment upon the obstacle, a force as real as the currents of electricity or the power of dynamite. God has really put into our hands one of His own implements of omnipotence and permitted us to use it in the name of Jesus according to His will and for the establishment of His Kingdom.

Forming a Home for the Glory of God, part II


The Love of God in the Home

Raquel: “I always remember how my parents took that time for us.”

“They were very faithful and disciplined in the way they brought us up.  We didn’t get into a whole lot of trouble, because we knew there would be consequences for disobeying the rules.”

Ruthie, Anna, Shelley and Dan
Dan: You guys are getting older and I thought I’d better write and let you know how thankful I am for the both of you. I love you a lot.”

“One time after a meeting, I remember you and Dad coming to each of us kid’s beds and praying for us, going from bed to bed – in the middle of the night. Thanks for praying for us and for continuing to pray for us.”

“When I was in 5th grade, Dad asked me what things I really liked in school and was interested in. Science was what I was interested in at that time. You let me know that you would help me pursue those interests.”

Mike in Barcelona, Dan in Slovakia


Mike speaking in Sunday meeting
"Our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases." Psalms 115:3   "Who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, 'Why did you make me like this,' will it?"  Romans 9:20 (From the texts that Mike expounded)

We are presently in Peñíscola on the east coast of Spain for a convention of international workers with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. The special speaker is Sunder Krishnan from Toronto, Canada and our youngest son, Mike, has been asked to lead the praise times. A five-person team came with him from Minnesota and on the week-end previous to the convention they split into two parts... a couple went to Malaga to participate with a mission that opposes sex trafficking. The others went to Barcelona to observe a work to reach out to Muslims.

At first, they were all together in Madrid to spend a couple days with the CMA workers there. Margaret and I drove down to Madrid on May 8 to find Mike and ride with him to Barcelona. In Peñíscola, the team will be working with the children of the workers, and one of the young ladies will be playing violin.