Posts Tagged ‘faith’

“Fake it ’til you make it.” We’ve all heard those words. It’s great advice when you are in front of people, trying to make a good impression or learning a new skill.

When it comes to faith, faking it doesn’t help–it hurts.

Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” You can see why people might fake faith; it is impossible to please God without it. So, just like kids trying to earn a treat, we try to be what we think God expects. When we fall on our face, the tendency is to hide it under the proverbial rug instead of openly admitting our lack.

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In the 2012 London Olympics, US gymnast Gabrielle Douglas stole hearts and flew high as the All-Around Gold Medal winner, as well as acting as a critical member of the US gold-medal-winning women gymnastics team. In this personal autobiography, Gabrielle tells her story of faith, perseverance, and determination, demonstrating you can reach your dreams if you let yourself soar.

Jonathan Slye wanted to be a rock star. The wide-eyed 17-year-old spent part of last summer at a Christian rock camp learning how to be a lead singer. But by November he had another thought: he should throw an epic rock show in his hometown.

How hard could it be?

In just a few months, Slye – the son of a pastor – managed to land some of the biggest names in Christian hip-hop, rock and heavy metal to play at his Spring Jam Fest this Saturday in nearby Centreville, Virginia.

He did it through sheer will and a little faith – and at a fraction of the cost of a professional concert.

It helped that no one told him teenagers don’t throw major rock shows.

“I was just so fired up for Christ coming home from that camp I said, ‘All right God, what’s my purpose?” Slye said.

The theme verse for the camp was from Romans 8:28 in the New Testament: “For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

When he got home, he said, he read and prayed over that verse every night for two months. Finally, around Halloween, clarity came: He would start a radio station for Christian rock, but not until after college.

Still, something was nagging at the high school sophomore.

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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day’s biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers’ lives. It’s edited by CNN’s Dan Gilgoff and Eric Marrapodi, with daily contributions from CNN’s worldwide newsgathering team and frequent posts from religion scholar and author Stephen Prothero.

Teen girls around the nation can participate in a high-energy, inspirational 2-day weekend tour with some of the top Christian music artists, authors, and performers.

The Revolve Tour will kick off Friday in Dallas and feature such artists as Britt Nicole, Group 1 Crew, Courtney Clark Cleveland, Hawk Nelson, and newcomer, Jamie Grace. The tour will also feature speaker and author Jenna Lucado Bishop, daughter of bestselling author Max Lucado.

It is estimated that about 6,000 girls will attend the event at each of the 10 cities. This year, the main theme of the tour will be about dreams although issues about relationships, guys, friends, faith, and choices will also be addressed.

In a video message aimed at Revolve girls, speaker and author Jenna Lucado Bishop – who said she has a “deep” calling to give hope to teen girls – encouraged her young viewers to pray to God on a regular basis and talk to God about mundane things in their lives in order to build a relationship with Him.

Also speaking on the tour is author and speaker Chad Eastham, one of the few male participants in the Revolve Tour. Eastham will give expert advice on guys and relationships. Males attending the Revolve events are usually volunteers or chaperones, such as dads, uncles, and youth pastors.

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ChristianPost.com is the nation’s most comprehensive Christian news website and was launched in July 2000 with the vision of delivering up-to-date news, information, and commentaries relevant to Christians across denominational lines.

Superstar Common took time out to speak with BV Buzz about faith and his success.

“I think that’s the foundation for me. That’s how I am able to exist in the industry,” he said.

“You have to bring who you are and what you are and your spirituality and the things that you believe in have to exceed and go beyond anything that you do,” he continued. “Any work that you do and accolades that you get, you have to know that God is more important and family and love that you have for others. I just put that first and wake up in the morning like this is who I am. That allows me to function more in the music industry and the Hollywood world.”

The rapper gone actor is getting ready to head back to his hometown, Chicago and will be stopping by his childhood church, Trinity United Church.

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