Many of you may not have known this but I (Blaire) have been doing a distance reading course through the University of the Nations (YWAM Montana Campus) for the last 6 months. Since January I have read over 8,000 pages from commentaries, dictionaries, church history books and many other works from top Christian theologians. As I finish the last book of my reading course, the Complete Works of Francis Schaeffer; A Christian Worldview 5th volume, I am taken aback by how much I didn’t know. I have had resources around me all my life that I took for granted. This reading course opened my eyes to how important it is to learn about the history of my Christian faith. It was important for me to learn about the people who sacrificed so much for our faith and to know how Christianity has influenced the world around us. Today I see so many well educated people criticizing the legitimacy of our faith saying we are naive for believing in a Savior. What I have found is that the truth of the bible can really be pressed. My faith was heightened through my short investigated because the scriptures can take it. I encourage anyone that has questions about Christianity to ask those questions and take time to research for themselves. Ultimately I believe that God offers us all the opportunity to doubt our doubts about Him and have faith.
To be completely honest, many times during this Reading Course I have felt tired of reading. I felt tired after a long day at work or tired of waking up early to put more information in my brain. But now that I have finished I have never felt so passionate about what reading challenging books can do. Instead of scrolling through Instagram or Facebook pointlessly, which I am definitely guilty of, I can learn something worth while. I am so glad God called me to this school. It has matured me in ways I didn’t even know I needed to be matured in and it has humbled me with how much I didn’t know about my own faith. It has really grown my relationship with God and further rooted my faith in Him.
Our Favorite Quotes Right Now…
“A wise man once said nothing at all.” – Proverbs 17:28 & Drake Drizzy Rodgers
“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.”― Charles H. Spurgeon