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January 12, 2012

Faith and reason

Hebrew 11:17-19 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

I was reading this passage recently and the last sentence really stuck out to me.  God told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, but God had promised that Abraham's offspring would come from Isaac.  So Abraham carried it all the way out.  He reasoned that God could raise Isaac from the dead. 

I love how Abraham just reasoned it out.  God asked Abraham to do the most difficult thing ever.  EVER.  And when Abraham didn't understand, he knew that God could raise a life from the dead, and so he obeyed.

I have seen this happen in our church.  God gives my husband a vision, a crazy bold idea.  An idea that practically is impossible for our team to pull off.  And even if we do pull it off, we are not in control of the turn out or response of the people.  Whether we are dropping eggs out of the sky, giving boat loads of money away, renting our an arena for Easter, or asking people to spontaneously be baptized. But we do all that we can do, then we trust God to do his part, the response of the people.

Audacious faith means you go for it, you obey, and you trust God with the final outcome.


CODE ORANGE REVIVAL Update: Tonight we are honored to have Pastor Jentezen Franklin.  You can join us at our campuses in Blakeney and Matthews or online at 7pm.


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Hey Holly! I recently started following your blog and I had a question for you. My husband and I are church planters in New England. We started our church just about 3 years ago and by Gods grace many people have gotten saved and it is growing. I say all that to say because I have found that as New Day has grown, my daughter Ally has started kindergarten and we recently bought a home I have found that our sphere of influence has widened.(which is a good thing) BUT with limited time I am finding that I am crippled with all the options of who to invest my time into. Do you have thoughts on this?

Holly thank you so much for this timely word! I'm so grateful for the encouragement it brings on a personal level and also for what it brings to the church as a whole! Like Pastor Craig said last night we have to "obey irrationally" and that requires AUDACIOUS faith! Thank you! I can't wait to tune in online tonight from IL to watch Jentezen Franklin!!!

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