Courage is not the absence of fear, its just the willingness to ‘do it anyway’. My courage comes from God’s call on my life. If I am in line with His Word, to the best of my ability, He will guide my path. However, I must be willing to say what Queen Esther said in Esther 4:14–16, ESV. “If I perish, I perish”. God will take care of that too.
Because the failure is built into success. You are not a failure if you fail, you are only a failure if you give up and don’t learn from the wisdom that failure teaches. God uses your failures to make you stronger, wiser and mature.
No an atheist is one who has claimed that ‘there is no god’. He/she has decided on that. An agnostic is one who may believe in a supernatural being who may be God, but doesn’t know enough to make a decision. A believer who doesn’t pray is ignoring God and will have to deal with the consequences. There are many believers who don’t go to church but who still maintain contact with other believers (like home groups or Messianic synagogues). There is no mention of a ‘church’ in the Bible anywhere. The idea of ‘church’ came hundreds of years after the last NT book was written. The word ‘ekklesia’ just means a gathering. In Greek it could even be a secular gathering. However, the Jewish disciples used that word to indicate a kehilah or assembly of Messianic believers (both Jew and Gentile in the same group).
Cheryl Durham, Ph.D.
Cheryl is the Executive Director at Living Truth. She is also currently Dean of Students and Professor of New Testament Culture and History at Master's International University of Divinity. She holds a Bachelor and Master's Degree in Biblical Counseling, a Doctor of Biblical Studies in Worldview and a Ph.D. in New Testament History and Culture.