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The Fragility of Faith (Part I of II)

A Catholic nun was on a much-desired mission assignment to the Apache Indians. She was so excited that she drove past the last gas station without noticing that her gas gauge was on “Empty.” She ran out of gas about a mile down the road and had to walk back to the station. The attendant told her he would like to help, but he had no proper container to hold the “Can’t you find anything at all?” the nun asked. Sympathetic to her situation, the attendant agreed to search through an old shed in the back for a possible container. He was doubtful, but the grateful nun told the attendant that the bedpan he’d found would work just fine and back to her car she went with her gasoline in the bedpan. A truck driver pulled alongside the car as the nun was emptying the bedpan’s contents into the gas tank. He rolled down his window and yelled, “Sister, I sure wish I had your faith!” There is no greater mystery than this concept we call faith. From seemingly no where, a spiritual seed is planted in the heart, where it sprouts and flourishes into a powerful passion for God and His Gospel. A good example of this is Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship, and an eloquent and forceful defender of the faith in the public arena. Most folks over fifty-five remember Mr. Colson as President Nixon’s hatchet man who famously declared, “I will walk over my grandmother’s body for the President.” After spending some time in federal prison for perjury in the Watergate affair, Colson was released, but he was a different man, a man born anew on the inside because of this thing called faith. Faith changed the heart of Chuck Colson which changed everything Colson said and did. And there are countless faith stories similar to Chuck Colson’s that happen all over this world on a daily basis. All because of faith in Christ. Unfortunately and sadly, we all know of those where faith found no entry, no acceptance into their hearts and to this day these faithless people spiritually drift through life, “dawdling toward death.” But more disappointing than unbelievers ...

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