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Pure Faith - Delancy Walker

Pure Faith - Delancy Walker

This summer I was on my way to work when I saw what looked like a baby on the side of the street. I immediately pulled over and ran to what I saw, when I looked down I realized it was just a piece of trash. In that moment I knew God was speaking to me, I had never thought about a baby being anywhere but in loving arms.

The reality is that there have been many cases of children being abandoned, sometimes even worse, they have been left to be abused. Whenever I think of a baby I think of Bo (the son of our student pastor), he is surrounded by loads of love and people who want to make him smile. When I thought about this I realized we as Christians have the power to share that love we have received from God. All around us are the problems of the world and people being weighed down by sin, abused by the wavering winds of this world. We have access to the greatest love there is, a love that can heal abandonment, a love that can heal abuse, a love that can heal brokenness. We have the blessing and the duty of sharing this, it is the purpose of our faith.

James 1:27

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to care for the widows and orphans in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world”

This week I have been challenged to share this love, through serving, sharing the Gospel and listening to others. This should be our challenge everyday, as our pastors have been teaching us. Live boldly, live faithfully because that is what will save lives. Let us spur one another on to have a pure faith like James talks about: let’s take care of the widows, orphans and those who are lost. Let us rise up to be the generation of loving believers that change the world. Our actions matter, so let us show others what being a Christian really means.

        Delancy Walker --- Independence High School

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Participating in the Relay - Jake Heenehan

Participating in the Relay - Jake Heenehan