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Faith
PSALM 57:10
For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
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PSALM 57:10
T he Weekly ANCHOR PSALM 57:10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
Faith For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; Faith your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
An illustration of faith





“No turning back!” I I admit, even after triple checking the ropes, I still could know ain't so”. That is not how the Bible uses the word.
nervously yelled through not force myself over the edge. My survival instinct Biblical faith takes known experience and then applies it
gritted teeth. I lunged made a compelling argument. Yet, I was persuaded. to the unknown. Moses spoke with a voice from a
forward, and moved past the It is like that with God. I've studied the evidence; I've burning bush, and then obeyed (Exodus 3). He didn't just
point of no return. You heard hundreds of stories of faith and miracles; I know go to Egypt and demand that the slaves be released. His
know that point: the moment what God is calling me to. But if that doesn't translate faith was in the God who spoke from the fire.
immediately following the into action, I must not truly believe, and “faith without I had designed a very tall swing. The main rope crossed
last chance to turn around. It works is dead” (James 2:26). a narrow valley, and the second rope was attached to me –
was not the smartest thing 3) Faith is not wishing. as I stood above a sixty foot frozen waterfall.
I've ever done, but it is a Faith is not the same as wishing. Remember the song 5) Christian faith is not blind faith.
great illustration on faith. “When you wish upon a star . . . anything your heart God has left evidence for us to check out. Many of the
I want to clear up some desires will come to you.” Biblical faith is not like that at Bible's claims can be examined and tested. We have
misconceptions about faith. all. Faith is not wishing something to be true, then countless stories of others that have lived by faith. But in
Pastor But first, we need a working believing hard enough to make it happen. the end, after checking and triple checking, and
Aaron Kauffman definition. Here's mine: When I was about to jump, I did not just wish upon a inspecting the evidence and testimony, it is our turn.
Faith is the belief that star, my trust was in something much more concrete. I The first thirty feet was a free fall. I inhaled deeper
something is true. In the had inspected every inch of the rope. Each knot was than ever as every muscle tensed. My vision blurred with
Christian context, it is the assurance that what God said is tested, each carabiner was backed up. the dizzying acceleration. The rope went tight, very
true. 4) Faith is not the opposite of reason tight, and held my weight. Since then, amusement rides
In the original language of the New Testament (Greek), Mark Twain once said “Faith is believing what you have lost their lustre.
the word for faith (pistis) is the noun form of the verb
believe (pisteo). It is the same concept; one is a noun, and
the other is an action. And both words come from the
verb persuade (peitho). It's pretty simple. If I have faith,
I am persuaded that something is true. In my case, I was
convinced that a crazy adrenaline rush was worth the risk,
so I put my faith in . . .
1) Faith requires an object.
This is just plain logic. It is impossible to “just have
faith”. Faith in what?
In the Christian context, faith is the belief that what God
says is true. Some clever readers will point to the
definition in Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of
things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” In
the context, the whole chapter is filled with examples of
people who believed God and obeyed. And in each case,
they did not live to see the promises fulfilled. Faith is
believing what you cannot yet see.
When I took that step, I had to trust the rope was as
strong as the manufacturer guaranteed, that my harness
was strong, and that all my knots were right. I had
worked out the stunt over six months, triple checked Photo by Deanna Mitchener
everything, and knew it was okay. But still, I had to take
the step. Kate's Kitchen held its first free meal of the New Year on January 15. Each month volunteers come together
2) Faith always leads to action. to cook and volunteer their time to provide a nice home cooked meal everyone is welcomed to join in each
The Apostle James famously said “Show me your faith month. Rev. Ann Salmon with the St. Catherine's Anglican Church said, "We have some wonderful
without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds” volunteers that come out to help support this meal each month. People in the community have different
(James 2:18). If you really believe something to be true, needs, it can be just a way to get out into the community and meet people." In the winter months Kate's
it will affect your actions. Kitchen offers one free lunch a month, during the summer months they host two a month.

CHURCH DIRECTORY for Edson & Area



EDSON EDSON-PEERS CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH CARROT CREEK, NITON JUNCTION & PEERS
4633-7th Ave., Edson - Ph: 723-5242
BETHEL PENTECOSTAL FAMILY WORSHIP CENTRE Pastor Ken Douma CARROT CREEK CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Pastor George Stone - Ph: 795-2132
6350 - 13th Ave., Edson. Phone 723-3007 Worship: 10:30 a.m. Edson - Nursery provided Church in Peers, Alberta
(Office Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm) Sunday School: K through Grade 6 during a.m. service; Adult Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Worship Service: 10:30 a.m.
Pastors John & Roberta Greiner - Larry & Myrline Tollefson Non-denominational - Everybody Welcome!
Sunday services: 10:30 am Morning worship, EDSON SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
6:00 pm Evening Praise. 1133-55 St. Edson - Ph: 723-5490. COMMUNITY COWBOY CHURCH
Awana Kid’s club Wed. 6:15 to 8:15 pm. Ages 3 to 12 years. Youth: Fridays, Gr. 6 Saturday Morning Service at 11:00 a.m. Sabbath School at 9:30 a.m. Niton Junction Hall
to 12 at 7:00 pm. Various mid week small group studies available. Tuesdays, 7 p.m. 780-712-3502
EDSON UNITED CHURCH
Sunday Worship & Sunday School: 10:30 a.m.
EDSON ALLIANCE CHURCH Regular Office Hours: Thursday 1 to 5 pm and Friday 9 am to 4 pm GREEN GROVE UNITED CHURCH
5525-2nd Ave., Edson Ph: 723-5776 Pastor Bryan Walter 1214 Edson Drive, Edson, AB Phone: 723-3418 Niton Junction - Ph: 795-2568 Sunday Services
10 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Worship Service Website: www.edsonunitedchurch.com

Wednesday: 7 p.m. Prayer Meeting; Thursday: 6:30 p.m. AWANA Boys and Girls
Club; Ladies Ministry 2nd and last Tuesdays of the month. GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
Please call for Youth Events. 4407 7 Ave., Edson, Ph. 780-723-4366 EVANSBURG/ENTWISTLE/WILDWOOD
ST. CATHERINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH
EDSON BAPTIST CHURCH Corner of 7th Ave and 50 St., Edson, Ph. 780-723-3157 ADVENT LUTHERAN CHURCH - EVANSBURG
4719 - 9th Ave., Ph: 723-3982 Pastor Hovig Bajanian Rev. Ann Salmon Pastor: Daniel Deyell
Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Monthly Worship Schedule - all services at 10:00 am Office Phone: 780-727-3594; Cell phone 780-991-2913
Youth Group: Fridays 7 p.m. First Sunday - St. Catherine’s Sunday Worship Service and Sunday School at 11 a.m.
AWANA Kids Club Tuesdays 6:30-8 pm, Grades K-9. Second Sunday - St. Catherine’s Weekly Bible Studies
Various Mid-week small group studies available Third Sunday - Grace Lutheran ENTWISTLE COMMUNITY CHURCH
Visit our website for addition info edsonbaptist.com Fourth Sunday - Grace Lutheran
Fifth Sunday - Phone to inquire about which church Pastor - Larry Nutbrown
Call to inquire about Sunday School, Bible Study and Youth activities. Office: 780-727-2829 or 780-727-2002
EDSON BREAD OF LIFE CHURCH WITH A MISSION ALL ARE WELCOME! Sunday School: 9:45 a.m.
5325 4th Avenue, Edson, Alberta. Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 a.m.
Worship service Sunday at 11 a.m. with lunch following NEW HOPE FAMILY FELLOWSHIP AWANA (Sept. - April): Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Sr. Pastor P. Gayle McKenzie-Findlay Ph: 780-723-7510 463 72 St., Edson (formerly Glenwood Hall), Telephone: 780-723-5704. Numerous Bible Studies and Outreaches.
Bread of Life Ministerial Association Pastors Leonard and Lexie Nash
Sup. Rev Jim Findlay: Ph 780-712-7878 or 780-725-3743 Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. EVANSBURG BAPTIST CHURCH
We’re planning to see you and we want to begin a beautiful time in the Word … Pastor: Jeremiah Pierson Office 780-727-2245
EDSON MENNONITE CHURCH together … with you. Come see us! Sunday Bible Study for all ages at 9:45 a.m.
6212 - 13th Ave., Edson Telephone: 723-4922 (office)/712-7676. For church rental call 723-5704 Sunday Worship @ 11 a.m.
Pastor Aaron Kauffman “Where everybody’s somebody and Jesus Is Lord”
Office Hours - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday. SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH
Sunday Worship Service at 9:45 am. Sunday School at 11:00 a.m. 4803 - 6th Avenue, Edson Telephone: 723-3661. ST. ELIZABETH CATHOLIC CHURCH, EVANSBURG
For additional information regarding Youth and Family events or other activities Pastor Father Joselito E. Cantal Liturgy: 7 pm Saturday
contact Pastor Aaron. Mass: Saturday: 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 10:00 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Gary Lee
Call office for weekday Mass times.
WILDWOOD CHAPEL
4820 4 Avenue, Wildwood, Alberta
Phone 780-325-3999
Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m.
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