Faith

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What is faith? It’s not mysterious. God tells us, very specifically, what it is. In the Bible, it is written: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Read it again. Ponder it a little bit longer than you might normally consider something. Would you like to discuss it? In this chapter of the Bible, there is a recounting of the most faithful men – and women! – of God, in all of human history; and, in verse 6, we discover something extra about God’s own statement to us about faith: “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) !!!

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Are you seeking God? Do you believe you have already secured an everlasting relationship with the one true God of the Universe? Is this following verse true of you? “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10).

Yes, I am a Christian. No, I do not regard Christianity as a religion, per se. Religion is also defined in the Bible, of those who help widows and orphans (James 1:19-20) – and while my wife & I have done that, it’s only due to an overflow of our love for God, and our desre to serve Him fully that we ever did. Such things weren’t a first consideration, but instead more of defined, “direction” God placed upon our hearts that we then pursued out of obedience to Him..

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A person’s testimony about how they came to have faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord & Savior is probably best if it is:

Clear, Concise & Compelling.

But, “the whole truth and nothing but the truth” is more my style. So, what could I do but provide both a concise account of the events of how I came to faith and also make available the long-version?

What’s your story?

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Words of Encouragement (Highlights of My Story)

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I grew up in a family environment that had a strong focus on attending church service or Sunday school every week.

I grew up as a good person in the eyes of most, in a church-going family, but it was not enough: It provided a secular hope of a better life now… but it was shallow, hollow, empty, unfulfilling, misleading… Thank God that He had a better plan for my life than I knew to expect!

Perhaps you grew up with a parent(s) that never saw the value of bringing you to church.

Don’t let a public school education deprive you of a relationship with God that you were always intended to enjoy!

When I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior while attending college at C.S.U.N. (California State University, Northridge), the Bible made sense to me for the very first time – a completely new experience!

But before that happened, when I was still in high school, I came to this conclusion: If I have a 3.9 GPA, I’m not stupid.  I thought to myself: “If I’m not stupid, then I should have been able to make sense out of Christian Science teachings by now.” But, of all the questions I had asked for over 12 years, if I had only received a satisfactory answer, say, 1 out of every 10 questions asked, then that’s not a very good average! A great baseball player does better than that, only successful about 30% of the time! Therefore, I came to a simple conclusion: There must be something wrong with Christian Science. The more I chose to read the Bible without interpreting it by Mary Baker Eddy’s “Key to The Scriptures,” the subtitle of her religious cult’s authoritative book, “Science & Health,” the more I was able to discover that the Bible does a very good job of explaining itself! Yes, a faith-relationship with God will deepen that understanding; but, it is possible to read the Bible without “help” from other sources.

The Bible is an incredible book!  If you don’t think so, I challenge you to find its fallacies.

God had His eyes on me even in moments when I thought my life was over. My 1st encounter with God that was vivid, and I do mean strangely but strikingly clear, occurred unexpectedly:  Hiking in Yosemite, I found myself in a perilous spot, seemingly no way out; but God showed me the way – and by faith, I did what I felt led to do, reaching for a hand-hold off a fissure above a 4000 foot drop with the slightest mistake and was somehow pulled up to safety on a ledge above me that was seemingly unreachable.  As I sat there, doubting that I could do it, I saw my life flash before my eyes.  I was in terror.  And I cried out: God, if you get me out of this jam, I’ll do whatever You ask me to do.”  Of course, I attempted to forget I made such a promise to Him, to God.  But God didn’t forget; and he stayed after me – constantly.  He kept sending Christian people into my life, over and over again.  I couldn’t stand it.  But I finally caved: “What, God? What do you want from me?”

I loved running; but, a couple years after that backpack trip, I could no longer run without slowing down in total pain… A student invited me to attend a Protestant church service after challenging my Christian Science “beliefs.”  Simply put, she asked: “If Christian Science teaches that sin, sickness and death are unreal, then how do you explain your pain?”  Of course, I didn’t really “believe” that stuff anymore; I’m not sure I ever did.  How could I?  It didn’t make any sense. My customary response over those many years of Sunday School was to question what it taught, feeling there was something not right about the belief system.

Yes, God works in mysterious ways.  Believe it.  Small world?  Just trust in God, and the way He chooses to do things:

through relationship, by coincidence, with irony.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow! May you find His grace to be sufficient for you. It’s 2008, and I am recalling events above that occurred 25 years ago! God’s done some amazing things in my life since that time. I have battled “Valley Fever” since 1984, and if that’s what it took for my mother to come to faith in God then so be it. I’m living on “borrowed time.” I didn’t expect to see my 30th birthday in 1990. I willingly live today with the difficulties I have had to endure from Valley Fever if that’s what it took for my mother to understand that “sin, sickness and death” are real, not unreal like Christian Science teaches. Christian Science teaches “Jesus was not the Christ” (Miscellaneous Writings, p.84, line 12), and that puts Mrs. Eddy and her religion in jeopardy because of the warning in 1 John 2:22 that those who do are of the antichrist. My younger sister, who never listened to my advice growing up, came to Christ a year after I did – at one point saying, “If all you are asking me to do is read the Bible for myself, then I will; just stop talking to me about it.” So, I stopped talking with her about it. I reasoned, “God will do a better job of saving her than I could ever do.” And eventually she came to newness of life because of the love of the people she met when she began to attend a local Friday Night, College Department, Bible Study. God reveals Himself to each of us in a different way, and usually through the storm in our life we are battling with at the time.

Is God trying to get your attention? God is real. God is true. God is the author of truth! And you can trust Him. You’ll be glad you did.

If I can be an encouragement to you, let me know. Good luck to you in your journey, as you seek an everlasting relationship with God. May God’s grace be with you, Ron Runsvold.

  1. Wendy
    29 February 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Very cool to read your story!! Amazing to see how God intertwined all thos details to make you who you are & to draw you to Himself! God is so good! And perfect! And loving! Etc, etc. thanks for taking the time to write this!

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