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August 11, 2019

Genesis 15:1-6           Psalms 33:12-22         Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16  Luke 12:32-40

 

    A Catholic priest, a Baptist preacher and a rabbi go fishing at a lake.  The preacher has to go to the bathroom, so he walks across the water, does his business and walks back.  Then the rabbi has to go, so he walks across the water, does his business and walks back.  The Catholic priest has to go, but when he gets out of the boat he falls into the water.  He swims back, gets back into the boat and says, “God, let me walk across the water.”  He tries again and falls into the water, swims back, tries again and falls again.  The Baptist preacher leans over to the rabbi and asks, “Do you think we should tell him where the stumps are?”

     Do we live in an age of faith?  Religious historians write that fervor of religious beliefs often appears in cycles.  The Middle Ages is referred to as the Age of Faith.  During this period, intense belief was common.  The Reformation has been called the Age of Revelation, where religious people renewed their emphasis on the importance of scripture.  The seventeenth century began the Age of Reason, with Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, and others arguing for the power of the mind in critiquing religion.     

     The twentieth century was known as an Age of Experience, as charismatic faiths exploded and modern Americans looked to experience religion.  It has been said that the twenty-first century may well be label the Age of Faith.   Few considerations in living a life i