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Luke 17:5-10

Choose to Believe

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Luke 17:5-10
Choose to Believe

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Object suggested: Mustard seed – optional. (Often available in grocery stores with pickling spices.)

Let’s talk about faith. You have faith when you believe in something you can’t see or cannot prove. You have faith when you believe in something no matter what might happen or what anyone tells you. Faith is something you feel inside.

Let’s talk about believing in things you cannot see.

Can you think of things you can’t see, but believe to be true? Wind is the first thing that comes to mind. We can’t see the wind, but we believe it is there because we can see what happens when it moves through the leaves of trees and we can feel it blow through our hair and touch our faces.

How about germs? We can’t see them, unless we look under a microscope, but when we get a cold and our noses feel stuffy, we know that some sort of germ is responsible

During the darkness of night we can’t see the sun, but we have faith that the sun will come up every morning and light our world.

Can you think of other examples of things you can’t see, but that you believe exist and are true?

In the Bible Jesus talks about our faith in God. We can’t see God or prove that he exists, but the Bible tells us that God is love and we can see and feel God’s love all around us each day in the beauty of nature and the kindness of others.

Jesus tells us that faith in God is very powerful. He says that we only need faith the size of a mustard seed to have great, even surprising, things happen. (Show seed or describe its size.)

We can choose to believe. Faith is a gift from God. We can ask God to increase our faith, even if it is small, and make it strong.


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Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan