LeTourneau became convinced that the Lord wanted godly businessmen just as much as he wanted godly pastors and he felt that a factory could be truly dedicated to the Lord. Over the years the Foundation has given multiplied millions of dollars to Christian work around the world. At one point he and his wife decided to give 9 of the remaining 10 per cent in cash back to God.
They lived on one per cent and did just fine. He sees it only as a means to produce the machine his mind has conceived or as a means to bring men to God….
Although he has made and spent millions, he is remarkably detached from money as such; he is only concerned about what it can accomplish. As I write these words, we are only a few days away from the conclusion of our Miracle in May campaign.
Is there a millionaire out there bankrolling this whole campaign? The answer is no. That was the beginning of the Miracle in May.
Let me say it plainly. The miracle is not the money. The miracle is ordinary people sharing their resources freely, gladly, and yes, liberally. If we relied on mega-gifts from the big bucks crowd, we would go out of business tomorrow.
No, this church is built on the faithful giving of men and women of average means who write average-sized checks week after week so the work of God can go forward. We thank God for the rich and the not-so-rich and for everyone in between. And we thank God for those with the gift of giving who take great joy in finding ways to invest in the kingdom of God.
We could hardly go on without you. We are also looking at a second gift this morning, a gift that somehow seems to go hand in hand with the gift of giving. The point is made clearer when you think of the different kinds of faith in the New Testament.
There is saving faith. Ephesians That is the faith which all believers exercise when they trust Christ as Savior. There is walking by faith. II Corinthians That is the faith which sustains us in our day-by-day Christian life.
There is the fruit of faith. Galatians That is the quality of faithfulness which the Holy Spirit produces as we rely on him. There is the faith that pleases God. Hebrews That is the faith we need to face the trials and difficulties of life. All of these things are a genuine kind of faith which every believer can manifest. But there is a special gift of faith given to certain believers. In our definition, we stress two elements: 1. Faith for impossible situations and 2.
Faith for discerning the will of God. You often see this gift in two specific areas. First, the people with this gift are usually strong in intercessory prayer. They know how to get through to God. When they pray—though it may not be with big words or fancy phrases—you know God has heard them. Second, the people with this gift are often great starters. That is, they have the vision necessary to get a ministry going.
When everyone else sees only the problems, they see the possibilities. When everyone else has given up, they are still going strong. Nearly every ministry has been started by men of faith.
All of them are great men, mighty men, men with the gift of faith. His classmates predicted that he would someday become a United States Senator. Instead he went to Guatemala as a missionary to the Cakchiqel Indians. When he got there he found there were no Bibles in the native language of that tribe. Then and there he laid aside his Spanish Bible and determined to learn Cakchiqel and translate the Bible into the language of the people.
And a burden was born, a burden which became a vision—a vision of translating the Bible into every language of the world. When he shared the vision with his superiors, they said it was impos-sible.
The job was too big. The task too hard. No one even knew how many languages there were. It would take decades even if it could be done. So Cam Townsend decided to start by himself. He went back to the Cakchiqel Indians and began the work of translation. From that small beginning came the greatest translation organization in history—the Wycliffe Bible Trans-lators. When Uncle Cam died a few years ago, the New Testament had been translated into languages and missionaries were working in other languages.
Many times we read the prayer promises of the Bible and they seem overwhelming. That whole notion sounds preposterous. Think of it this way. What is The First Song For Carolyn James Called Moving Mountains key word in that statement by Jesus? The hard part is saying it. I mean, we can all The First Song For Carolyn James Called Moving Mountains it. But to say it out loud—that really puts our faith to the test. Sure, we all have doubts.
Nothing in life is certain. So how does faith work? God responds to those who partly believe, partly doubt, but take their heart in their hands and act on the belief part. Many years ago, in the early days of Dallas Theological Seminary, the seminary faced a severe financial crisis. Debts had mounted to the point that the creditors had fixed a certain day as the deadline. If the bills were not paid by noon on that day, they would foreclose and the seminary would cease to exist.
That morning Dr. One of the men in attendance was Dr. When Dr. Please sell a couple and send us the money. As they were praying, a tall Texan in boots and open collar came in to the business office at the seminary. He told the secretary a strange story. I was going to use the money to make a deal, but when the deal fell through, I felt like the Lord wanted me to give the money to the seminary. The secretary, knowing the urgency of the hour, knocked on Dr. Then he saw that the check was for the exact amount the seminary owed.
He in turn took it from Dr. In the twentieth century, we are surprised that that kind of thing happens anymore. Our whole emphasis is on self-reliance. Even in the church we turn to the arm of flesh for our finances, our buildings and our programs. All right, then, how about one that happened this week? Most of you know that Dr.
Terry Strandt, who is our minister of music, also serves on the faculty of Moody Bible Institute. In just a few days they are leaving for a 22 day tour of Alaska, the Yukon and British Columbia. Well, one of the young men was having trouble getting the money he needed for his plane ticket home. It was a special situation because Matt is in the National Guard and has to leave the tour three days early in order to come back for his National Guard summer duty.
To make matters more complicated, he had to buy the ticket by Friday morning because he was leaving on the bus to Alaska Friday afternoon. So Matt told a friend about his need and together they prayed about it. Plotting to take revenge, Ibn Killis quoted the verse where the Lord Jesus said in Mt "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to the mountain, Move from here to there, The First Song For Carolyn James Called Moving Mountains, and it will move, nothing will be impossible for you" and demanded him to prove that his religion is right by means of this.
The Caliph saw in this an opportunity to remove the mountain that was spoiling his view. At the same time, if the Christians proved unable to perform this miracle, than it would be proof that the religion of the Christians was wrong and he would be finished with them, or so goes the Legend. And so, after three days of prayers and fasts by the people throughout the land of Egypt, Simon was chosen to move the Mokattam Mountain.
It is said that a great earthquake swept over the mountain. Each time the people stood up to worship, the mountain was thrust up and the sun would be seen from under it. When the people sat down, the mountain thrust down.
This was repeated three times. Afterwards, the Caliph was racked with fear and embraced the Pope warmly and this was a new beginning for a good friendship between them. However, St. Simon went missing and was never found.
It is believed that his skeleton was discovered in in Babylon in the St. Mary's church the Hanging Church. This brings us to one of the modern attractions of the mountain, the Monastery of St.
Simon Simeon the Tanner. Its not really an old monastery, as Egyptian monasteries go, established and dedicated to St. Simon some one thousand years after his death. Sign up to join this community. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Are there any documented instances of anyone moving a mountain in faith? Asked 9 years, 1 month ago. Active 5 years, 10 months ago. Viewed 12k times.
Flimzy If you take a metaphorical view of Jesus' words, then many things could be considered "moving mountains" by faith--including building a business, overcoming racial prejudice, etc. I assume, however, you're asking if a literal mountain has ever been moved by faith?
Flimzy, indeed, a literal mountain. If enough people had ozone the size of a mustard seed they would quickly destroy the world. Perhaps it is difficult to quantify faith. This is almost a duplicate of this question. See this answer for a good answer to this question. Ulla: and who decides what was meant for the disciples, and what was meant for us too?
A conundrum. Erhard Dec 23 '11 at Active Oldest Votes. Joel Coehoorn 5, 15 15 silver badges 29 29 bronze badges. Bob Black Bob Black 3, 16 16 silver badges 25 25 bronze badges.
What is this, UrbanLegends. TRiG haha made me laugh. You have a point though. In retrospect, maybe my answer should have included the Marco Polo reference only. Granted, it's not a NY Times article, but it is "documentation", which is what was requested. I like the story; it points out the fact that "moving a mountain" through faith doesn't necessarily mean magic-like mountain moving; rather, having faith in God to carry out his will through ordinary means. TRiG: I accepted it because of the first paragraph.
Most likely the latter. Tossing mountains around just because you can isn't a miracle; it's a magic trick. Actual miracles are about doing something useful that helps people. I always thought mountains were a metaphor for something awful in your life that you have to get through. I could be wrong though. When compared to moving a mountain, most things we go through in life can seem trivial. I believe it can be taken literally, too. Mostly I jest, but I find it ironic The First Song For Carolyn James Called Moving Mountains your answer starts with "I doubt.
Caleb Robert Haraway Robert Haraway 2, 13 13 silver badges 19 19 bronze badges. Caleb Forgive my brash impertinence. Did the caliph convert? To name just a few: Peter walked on water for a few moments before doubts entered in Matthew Peter raised Tabitha from the dead. Acts The man who was lame was healed when Peter said, "Silver and gold have I none Acts Peter heals the paralytic Aeneas. Acts Paul cures the lame man of Lystra. Acts Paul casts out a demon from a girl.
Acts Paul heals Publius' father of dysentery. Acts The Old Testament also has many miraculous things that God did on behalf of his people. Narnian Narnian In the Book of Ether, chapter 12 verse 30 it says For the brother of Jared said unto the mountain Zerin, Remove—and it was removed. Can you add a reference? I've never heard of the book of Ether. It is in the Book of Mormon: en. More than 1, years of that miracle Coptic Christian of Egypt fast 43 days being 40 for lent and 3 days in memory of the great doings of the Lord The First Song For Carolyn James Called Moving Mountains the Mokkatam Hill There is now a Church for Saint Simon carved in the mountain which I have visited more than once and live close to.
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