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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 12, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Religious focus Herald-Zeitung Friday, July 12,1985 5A Tests, struggles of life strengthen faith in God By REV ROBERT F. KEITH St. John's Episcopal Church Faith. An interesting word, faith. Lots of folks talk about it. Some people claim to have it. Some people w^h they had it. Some people say you and I should have it. We speak of “blind faith," and a “leap of faith" — accepting something beyond our ability to reason. We have faith in ourselves, faith in others, faith in machines, and religious faith. We ask, "What’s it all mean? What’s required’’ And does it make a difference, anyway?” The author of Hebrews defines faith this way: "Now. faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” The assurance of things hoped for? That’s a strange mixture of words. Being "sure,” of something and at the same time "hoping" for it seems impossible. The words seem im-compatable. And, how can we be convinced of things we have not seen? That’s the nature of — that’s part of the paradox of faith. Again in Hebrews, the author directs us to the lives and experiences of our ancestors, who like us, hoped and were convinced of things yet unseen. How Abraham went forth to find the land of promise. Because God had faith in Abraham, so Abraham displayed his faith in God. And so it was with Issac and Jacob who followed. And there was Sarah, trusting God’s promise of a child, while clinging to her hope. In due time she conceived and there were descendants bom; " many as the stars in the heavens...”; just as God had said. Assurance, conviction, hope — faithful hope. Faithful hope that is based on the promises of God; those fulfilled in the past, and those awaiting fulfillment in the future. They say, "You gotta have faith! Okay, right! But you can’t buy it, and you can’t earn it! You see, it is the nature of God to be steadfast, firm, trusting, and loyal to us. And these qualities, this trust and loyality, become ours as a free gift from God. To accept this gift, is to receive the gift of faith, a gift given in the hope that we will be trusting and loyal to God. Then, the relationship between God and us, the believer, is complete. There is faith. Faith is both a gift, and task. While freely bestowed and revealed to us by God, it is also a task, because it calls forth from us risk and struggle, decision and obedience. We risk, for if we struggle with hope, it is evitable we will encounter doubt! That’s a test of one’s faith, a challenge to our assurance, and yet a chance to decide about our belief — our faith! And that’s okay, because struggle we must! It is a struggle that we have inherited from those believers before Worship at the church of your choice Local_ Astarnb** O* DIOS SDaniSD A***rr,DW o* God ?55 W CoHinnefce St Sunday achoo! 5 30 pm    evengekstic service 6 30 pm Saturday 6 30 p rn Bib*# Baptist Church 1236 Efvanberg Av# Sunday SC boor IO a rn worship Pam and 7 p rn Wednesday sarv«# 7 30 p rn Carvery Baptist Church 66b Highway 81 W Sunday school 10 a m worship 11am and 6 p rn Wednesday service 7pm Church of Christ 1666 Highway 01 W Bib* Cressey 'or I 9 a rn worship IO a rn evening worship and children s Bible hour 6pm Wednesday classes 7pm Nursery available Church of Jesus Christ ol Caner Day Saints .386 W Sen Antonio St Pi •'sfi'o.g meeting 9 am later tot eh 9 am young women 9 a rn primary 9am Sunday SChOd 10 am sacrament IO60 a rn Cross Lutheran Church V stoui Synod South Hickory and Cross Streets Sunday achoo1 and ado* Bbe 9 am worsh-p IO 16 a m Eastside Baptist Church 983 Ho. St Sunday achoo 9 46 a rn end worship I 1 a m t|#mpk> Vive Baptist Church Ge< * Ha Swia Cera and Guenther Streets Sunday school 9 JO p rn worship IO 46 a m church baning 6pm prayer -eenng Wednesday 7 p rn a* 496 c4>#fty Earth Untied Church of Christ 970 Loop 137 Church school 9 16 a rn worship IO JC fellowship Bite Church Sotms and Morningside Sunday achoo 9 46 a - wor*n,p Item and 6pm feat Assembly of God 1 68 ' « g'<*«* 8 ’ W Sunday achoo 9 46 am worsn.p 10 46 am and 7pm Wednesday *••»<# 7pm Feat Baptist Church 733 Cross St Sunday school 9 30 a rn worship 10 46 a rn and 7 p rn Wednesday dinner 5 30 p rn Bible study and prayer service 6 15pm Feat Church of Chnet Sciential 137 I Mill St Sunday service IO 30 a m Sunday school 10 30 am Wednesday service 7 30 pm Child care available Feat Church of Na/arena ’466 interstate 35 East Sunday school 9 46 a rn worship 10 50 a rn and 6pm Fest Presbyterian Church 272 S Krueger Sunday school 9 45 a rn fellowship 10 30 a rn worship 11am and 7pm First Protestant United Church of Christ Segum and Coll Streets Worship 8 and IO 30 a m church school 9 a rn Feat United Methodist Church 672 A Sa' Antonio St Church school 9 30 im worship 8 30 and 10 50 am youth activities 6 pm 625 451 3 Freedom Fellowship Church 33C na » berry Christian growth c ass 8 30 a rn teaching 10 am. worship I' a rn Wednesday m#«ting 7pm Green Valley Apostolic Tabernacle u P C 104 Melody Lane Sunday school IO am e»agamist*: serves 7 pm Bibi# Study 7 30 p rn Thursday Harmony Baptist Church 1472 H.gnway 46 S Sunday school 9 46 a m worship 11 a rn and 7pm Bbl* study 6pm Wednesday prayer ’"eet'ng 7 JC p rn Mon Family Catholic Church 246 S Hidalgo Saturday Mass 5pm Sunday Mass 8am Spanish 10am and 5prn -Engl-Sh- Iglesia Bathe1 Pentecost** 38N Grape St Saturday Sunday and Wednesday 7 30 p rn Sunday school IO and 11 30 am worship 11 30 a m and noon Monday prayer meeting 7 30 p rn Lakeside Baptist Mission FM 725 Sunday school 9 46 a rn worship 11 a rn and 7pm Wednesday Bibi* study and prayer meeting 7 pm    t- Live Oak Baptist 335 Washington Sunday school 9 45 a m worship Ham Living Word Church 1264 Highway 81 E Sunday worship 10 am end 7 pm Wed nesdav service 7pm Mission Pentecost* Church 129 School Si ServK es Tuesday Thursday Saturday and Sunday 7 30 p m New Braunfels Christian Church loop 337 Sunday school 9 30 a rn worship 1030 im and 6pm |umo* church 10 30 a rn New Braunfels Foursquare Gospel Church on# fourth rn.* bom interstate 35 on FM 306 Sunday school IO arn worship ll am Wednesday worship 7pm New Braunfels Presbyterian Church 373 Howard Church school 9 30 a rn worship 9 45 and 11 a m Nursery provided New Braunfels Seventh Day Adventist Church 2990 W Sen Antonio St Sabbath school IO 30 a m Saturday worship 9 15 a rn Saturday North*!#* Church of Chuet 5’ I E North St Sunday B bl# c asses 9 JO a rn worship IO 30 a m ar>d 6 o m Wednesday B ba casse* 7 30 P f** Oakwood Baptist Church Canyon M>dda Sc hoc Boa study 9 30 a m worship 10 45 a rn and 7pm Wednesday prayer ta-, ca 7 P m Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church 138 W Austin Masses 5 30 p m Saturday and 8 and 11 a rn Sunday First Mexican Baptist 2080 W San Antonio St Sunday school 9 45 am worship 10 50 a m and 6pm Wednesday prayer service 7 p rn Reorganised Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint* Laure1 Plata meeting room 300 Laurel Lane Church school 9 45 a rn worship 11 a m Second Baptist Church 243 Memweather Sunday school 9 45 a rn . worship ll a rn and 7pm church Mining 6pm Wednesday service 7 30 p rn St Joseph ■ Anglican Church American Eptscopai Church 185 E Jahn St Worship service 9 a rn 1928 prayer book St Johns Episcopal Church 312 S Guenther Sam Holy Eucharist Rite I 9 45 am church school for all ages 1000 am Fellowship w th Continent* Breakfast 10 30 an- Family Worship w rh Eunn^f St St Paul Lutheran Church Cross and Santa Cara Streets Worship serves 8 am broadcast on KNBT Rad.® FM 92 and IO 30 a rn Sunday school 9 15 a m St* Pater and Paul Catholic Church 386 N Casten Saturday Mass 7pm Sunday Massas 8 3l IO and ll ’5 am Ne aweing Mas* through Friday Spelt of Lrf# Fellowship 419 Enchantment tan# of FM 725 near I pp Lane Sunday worship Sunday SC ll OOI nursery IO am evening aerv<e 7pm Wednesday 8>bie study 7 30 p m nit Garden* *n<j J07 E Z'PP Pastor Tom S***n Tree of Life Fellowship I 25 Hignway Bt W Sunday services 9 45 am and 7 pm Wednesday service 7pm Area Brechan United Method*! Church FM 2252 Sunday achoo 9 30 a rn church •*'>«* 10 4$ a rn Bulverde Baptist Church PO Box 43 Surdav achoo 9 30 a m WO!snip IO 46 a rn and 7pm Christen training 0pm Wad 'leeds» serves 7pm Bulverde United Methodist Church Hignwav 28' No'tn and C>bok> Cr*#s Sunday achoo 9 30a m church service 1046 a m Canyon i*ka Untied Methodist Church F intato”* Drive Canyon .are Mobil Mom# Estates Sunday school 9 16 am worship 10 30 a m Chap*) in th# Cove interdenominational Cypr#** Coy* Club HOU*# Worship 9 a m Church of Christ FM 3159 and FM 2673 Bib* ce** 0 am Sunday worship ti am and 6pm Wednesday serve# 7pm Church rn th# Vskay iHinH>io'"'riiOn|i Daac Aer#* Canyon C ry Church school S am worship 10 I 5 a rn Bib* study 7 p rn Church in the Wildwood >ss*mb>y of God FM 267J Th# Oak* Sunday school IO am worship IO SO a rn and 6 30 p rn Cranes Mill Baptist Church IM 2673 ai Stamvi* Sunday Bib* study 9 30 am worth* 1046 am 6 30 pm Wednesday Bib* study and prayer 7 30 p rn Nursery provided Fnadan a United Church of Christ Geronimo Church school 9am worship serve# IO 15 a m First Bapt*t Church Horseshoe ►*"• Estate* Sunday school 9 30 a rn., worship IO 40 • rn and 6pm Nursery provided Cc Sundae Gathsamen# Baptist Church Start/* • 'Ty Cent#1 Sunday SChod IO 00 • m worship 11 OO • m 7 OO P m Wednesday worship 7pm Rock HBI Gospel Faith Cantar 502 interstate 35 south or New Braula* b#hmd th# rest ar*# Sunday school IO a m worship 6 and 11 a rn and 7 30 p m Tuesday B.* co*ga 7 30 p rn Thursday »d*» meeting 9 30 a rn and young mineral* 7 JO p rn Bt Andrew Lutheran Church ALO FM 2673 cast of Siam* ma worship 10 15 a m communion tuft Sunday St Franc* By th# Uke Ep*cop#l Church 14 mil#* wast of intaistat# 36 on FM 306 Serve** IO «m Sunday noon Wednesday Rev Katharine G Bigg* veer St John t Mason Church Our Lady or Perpetual Help m,*»ion Hunter Sunday Mass 9 30am Bt Paul Lutheran Church Highway 1863 ar Highway 281 Sunday school 9 a m worship 10 16a m It Paul Unit## Church of Chr*t South Mem and FM TI Cibolo Church school end worship et 10 a rn Bt Thomas Chapel (Roman Cathole I. Canyon Dam nj*,ca Sunday Mast 9 30 and 1116am pre Sunday Mass Saturday 5 and 7 p rn Triumphant Lutheran Church Bat Cav* Road at Schoanthai Road Worship 9 a m Sunday school for #n agas ' 0 15 a m Shop 1072 W. Son Antonio 625-4115 Mi l. SM Almain 625-7717 COMAL BOWL Open Bowling Special Every Friday Noon 6 p m 48’ per game 1053 Hwy 81 W. 625-6263 SA ANTONIO SAVINGS! 501 Land* 625-8051 ZOELLER FUNERAL HOME 615 Lnndn    625-2349 load/ /Wfr i<*> 943 N. Walnut 625-3477 1297 Common St. 629-4505 COLONIAL MANOR NURSING HOME 821 Hwy 81 W 625-7526 us, both ancient and recent. And the struggle that we will pass on to those believers yet to come. In the test of one’s faith, it is faith that is strengthened, and honed, and given new depth. It is from this we are given the courage to say, "I believe.” The central content of our faith is the incarnation, cross resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The life of christian faith finds its meaning in these happenings. Christ was obedient. We who are believers are called to similar obedience. And so it follows then that obedience, like hope, assurance, conviction, risk and struggle become a constituent of faith, conforming us to Christ’s own obedience. There is yet another portion of the paradox. For this very obedience means freedom! It is freedom from the tyranny of things idolized; from the frustration of meaninglessness. The strangness of this paradox is that if a person asserts their own freedom, and their own autonomy, it is lost through self-idoltary and self-grandizment! But the person living in obedience and understanding their dependence toward God, is set free from the very things that enslave and distort us. For in obedience and Anears of Cini/it/y Antiques 6 Gifts 186 E. Garden 629-0186 service to God, we discover perfect freedom! The freedom of faith, directs us out of fear. That’s why St. Luke writes, "Fear not, little flock!” And as Luke urges us to be watchful, that we "must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour...,” we can do so without torment. For it is yet another promise to be fulfilled, a promise like those before that the faithful were sure of, convinced of, hoped for. Because we have placed our treasure and our heart in the keeping of Jesus Christ, fear is transformed. There is much to be said about faith. It s more than an intellectual matter. It s practical as well. It’s meant for daily living. The gift of faith gives us the power to sustain our lives and maintain a relationship with God and Christ — and so it does matter. We are called to be a people like Noah and like Sarah; obedient, faithful, hopeful and free. Like Abraham, we are only sojourners — pilgrims. We pass this way, "living in tents," risking, hoping, struggling, and knowing that this earth is not our permanent home. For we, "...desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one," the writer of Hebrews reminds us and that “ God is not ashamed to be called our God, for he has prepared for us a city." And St. Luke declares. "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom! FIRST FEDERAL SAVINGS & LOAN 199 Main Plaza 625-8001 863 135 W 629-2128 BLUEBONNET I '    \    MOTOR    CO 315 N. Seguin 625 8011 SUMMIT CENTER 2405 135 Weal 629-5677 HAPPY DAYS MF MVF CtUTtt © 115 N’. I nion 629-1141 bienne Hardware TA* Oldtit Ston In Tou r 246 VV. San Antonio 625-3318 BECKER MOTOR CO., INC Dada* TF* Plymouth I HRW ta 547 S. Seguin 625-3463 Guadalupe Cl* Realty m Company’ 1150 Hyw. 46 8    629-0985 •24 W. San Antonio 625-0491 FASHION CROSSROADS dHWf FASHION ll ANO VAI Ut MHT Ladies Apparel Downtown New Braunfels 625-2823 State Farm Insurance Companies ii ___ 625-60*1 Dick KoagIe, Agent 122 N. 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