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Last Sunday my pastor taught about faith and the difference between saving faith and the spiritual gift of faith. He shared the story, familiar to many, of George Muller and his supernatural faith in trusting God to provide every need for his orphanage in Bristol, England, in the 1800’s. I was reminded of another story of great faith and a favorite Christian biography – Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Deibler Rose.
As the events of WWII unfolded across the world, Darlene was taken captive in March 1942 by the Japanese while serving as a missionary in New Guinea. She spent 4 years in a prison camp. Evidence Not Seen is her story. As Russell, her husband of only 5 years, was taken to a separate camp, he quickly and quietly said to her, “Remember one thing, dear: God said that He would never leave us nor forsake us.” (p. 45)
Darlene had many opportunities to doubt that simple statement of truth from God’s Word. But she ultimately came to trust it with her whole being. In times of darkest doubt, the Friend who never fails proved Himself faithful. At a time when she was sure He had forsaken her, she says, “Deep in my heart He whispered, ‘I’m here. Even when you don’t see Me, I’m here. Never for a moment are you out of my sight.” (p. 46)
Evidence Not Seen – another book that has impacted my life greatly. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Read what I call “The Banana Story” on pp. 148-150 and you will say with Darlene: “With God nothing is impossible!” (Luke 1:37)
On Tuesday, March 24, Precept Camden will begin a new 8- week Precept Upon Precept study – Romans Part 3: The Sovereignty of God and the Free Will of Man. “God doesn’t go back on His promises. He can always be trusted. Romans 9 — 11 is an extended discussion of the subject of God’s sovereignty — election, predestination, and responsibility — focusing on His choice of Israel and His faithfulness to His covenant.” (Precept Ministries International)
If you’d like to join us for this in-depth study in person, then go here to sign up. If you’d like to join the study online, then go here to order a book, complete Lesson One, and then go here to listen to the Class Discussion. (Class Discussions are added each Tuesday sometime after Noon EST.) For more information on how to do an online class with us, read this post. If you’d like to give it a try before committing to an 8-week study, then go here to download a free copy of Romans Part 3-Lesson One. (*Note: The whole document is 64 pages long because it includes the entire book of Romans. If you’d like to save a few trees, just print out pages 1-22 and use your own Bible.)
*To join this study, it is not necessary to have done Romans Parts 1 and 2.
Here’s a handy little bookmark you can order from Precept Ministries. (I laminated mine to make it last longer.) It has some general key words found throughout the Old and New Testaments with a suggested marking symbol for each. Some common key words found from Genesis to Revelation are kept at your fingertips with this bookmark. If you want more ideas for marking key word symbols, go here. You can click on each picture to download and print.
The important thing to remember with marking key words is to not let the use of the tool overshadow the purpose of the tool. The purpose of marking key words is to get you to slow down as you read Scripture and to really pay attention to what you are reading. After marking, you can then easily compile a list of what you learn about each key word.
Having a pretty picture is not the goal. The real goal is to hear God speak to you through His Word, to know Him better, and to live a life serving Him. Because He is worthy!