November 30, 2015 

Have you ever been asked to justify the reason for your faith? How hard is it for you to explain the ‘why’ of your beliefs? Do you even try to explain? Do you remember back when the Jesus People were trying to spread the gospel message? It was about the same time as hippies, free love, and the Vietnam war. It was also a time when another group was spreading the ‘God is dead’ message. Throughout the generations the enemy has tried to spread that same lie and today seems to be a repeat of history. Clearly delineated in the news are riotous acts of violence challenging Judeo-Christian beliefs in the one God of the universe. On the other side is a rise in popularity of the pope, religious fervor, and ecumenicalism – the idea of reuniting all Christian churches under papal authority in an effort to reduce friction between various denominations. It is similar to the Jesus People versus the ‘God is dead’ believers, although the catalyst for each is different. So where should we stand? As Christians, we are already far removed from those pushing atheism or secular humanism, but do we all need to become the same religion? If so, how can that be achieved when there are so many diverse beliefs among Christians on doctrinal questions. Is believing a specific doctrine the same as having faith? Can we defend our faith without becoming like clones or robots, marching in step together to one tune? Just rhetorical questions as food for thought…

In scripture, we read about how Job heard his ‘friends’ trying to convince him that there was no God, when he was suffering at the hand of satan, but his answer was, “I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.” (Job 19:25-26 KJV). Job’s faith never wavered. We need to have that same confidence as we witness to others. Years ago, when my husband and I were in the Air Force and talking about where we wanted to be stationed, there was a running joke question: “Why not Minot?” Minot, North Dakota was a missile base out in the middle of Northern North Dakota, cold and isolated in the winter, hot and isolated in the summer! Very little was required of those stationed there; the primary purpose was guarding the misleading silos and being ready in case they were required in a time of war. Because jobs there were sit and wait situations, the expected and humorous answer to the question was a simple, “Because!” Sometimes, when it comes to answering questions about our faith, we have to be equally short in our responses. “Faith is what makes real the things we hope for. It is proof of what we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1 ERV). Faith is knowing that wind exists even though you can’t see it…you feel the effects of it’s blowing! Faith is understanding that, just because we cannot touch love, it still grows in our heart! What faith is NOT is just a feeling, as some critics think. I know, with every ounce of my being, that God is real and that He has made provisions for my eternal life through Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection! But to explain that faith to someone who doesn’t even accept the Bible as the true word of God is nearly impossible! Just as impossible, however, is for someone to convince me that the universe was created by spontaneous combustion, a Big Bang! They would first have to explain where the chemicals, atoms, subatomic particles, or whatever collided, came from?   
My <3 song this morning is about that conviction in my heart that God, my Redeemer, lives and will return to this earth. “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:” (Job 19:25 KJV).   

“I know that my Redeemer liveth,

And on the earth again shall stand;

I know eternal life He giveth,

That grace and power are in His hand.


I know, I know, that Jesus liveth,

And on the earth again shall stand;

I know, I know, that life He giveth,

That grace and power are in His hand.

I know His promise never faileth,

The Word He speaks, it cannot die;

Though cruel death my flesh assaileth,

Yet I shall see Him by and by.

I know my mansion He prepareth,

That where He is there I may be;

O wondrous thought, for me He careth,

And He at last will come for me.”

“Honor Christ and let him be the Lord of your life. Always be ready to give an answer when someone asks you about your hope.” (1 Peter 3:15 CEV). Have a blessed day!



My first two books, available in hard cover, paperback, or ebook formats,  are the first two books in my group of four called “Journeys of Faith”. Take a look on my books page for “Through the Waters” and “Across the Wilderness”.   Now that I’ve retired, I am hoping to get “Out of the Valley”  to the publisher within the next month or 6 weeks. 

Also, I will be publishing several ebooks, separate from the Journeys of Faith group,  including a compilation of  my daughter’s poems call “Heart of a Dove”, the name which she chose, and two other books related to the grieving process: 1) a personal tribute to my daughter called, “Only in My Dreams”, and 2) an overview of the various ways we grieve other losses in our lives, named “White Crosses Line the Highways of Our Lives”.  As they are released through Kindle Direct Publishing, links will be placed on this website.

I am also launching a non-profit organization to try to reach the many in need around the world.   Watch for more on JBWWO.org once it is launched; I will appreciate any donations, not just of money, but supplies and time, to help in this project!

Take time to search for somebody in need in your own community, as well.   Donate time feeding the homeless. Find new, innovative ways to reach out in your community.   Most of all, don’t forget the commission in James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

Feel free to use the emails on this website to contact me regarding scheduling a book-signing and/or talk to a reading group, church group or just a gathering of friends. I am always open to new experiences and meeting new people. 

 <>< Jeanne F. Brooks ><>

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