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In the United States many people say they are Christians. According to Pastor Rick Warren more than 70% of people make that claim. And yet, many of these same folks live according to their own set of rules, not by trusting in God's Word. What they say about their faith and how they live their lives just do not line up! Real faith is more than just the words we say.

For instance, I could say that I am the best pickleball player in the world, but that would not make it true. In fact, if you watch me play pickleball, then you would definitely know it wasn't true. Just because we say we have faith, doesn't make it true. In James 2:14 we read, "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?" The Bible is clear that we are saved by faith in Jesus and nothing else. But our actions and attitudes should be evidence of our faith. There is a difference in real and fake faith. During the past pandemic and upheaval our hearts should have gone to our faith and not our fears. We need to take a look at our actions when times get tough and see if our actions back up what we say we believe.

- Rusty

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