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SEVEN LEVELS OF FAITH

The Coronavirus pandemic that’s spreading around the world is likely to challenge one’s faith in God. People of faith may even ask, “Why is God allowing this invisible enemy to infect us—to kill people?

Unfortunately, that is the wrong question. It is in times like this that our faith in God should grow even stronger because I believe God sends messages or “prompts” to us via people (family, friends, and strangers), gestures, things, nature, miracles, events, and tragedies. We accept and understand Him based on the level of faith we have, which can range from unquestioning faith (believing without seeing) to nonexistent faith (there is no God) per the following seven levels:

  1. Those who are not aware of God or His messages
  2. Those who say God doesn’t exist, making it impossible for “nothing” to send messages
  3. Those who can neither prove nor disprove God’s existence or His messages
  4. Those who follow a different god than that of Christians for reasons known only to them
  5. Those who think they are too busy and lack the time to listen to God’s messages
  6. Those who hear God’s messages and simply choose to ignore them for whatever reason
  7. Those who understand God’s messages and serve as modern-day disciples through their actions, deeds, and words (written and verbal)

God doesn’t force anyone to believe in, listen to, or follow Him. When a person hears about the God Christians follow, they have the right to choose whether they want to believe in Him and His messages. Christians who follow God’s teachings don’t seek to harm those who deny or choose not to believe, nor do they force their beliefs on others. They accept God’s grace as a gift given to all who choose to believe in Him; they don’t need proof of His existence in order to believe—they have true faith and want to spread God’s word to those in level 1.

Okay, so what’s the point here? It’s simple—each person is in one of the levels listed above. You may even have additional levels to add, which is fine. No matter how many levels of faith we list, no one is “stuck” in any level. We all have the ability to change.

Which level best describes your current situation?

Regardless of which level currently describes your situation, I encourage (do not demand) you to try learning something about those who live in level 7. It may change your life.

What do you have to lose?

John 20:29 (NIV) Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Blessings to all and may your faith grow stronger each new day.

Tom Tatum – Author 2020

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FAITH IS NOT AN ILLUSION

Let’s take a look at the concept called Faith.

You cannot see Faith, but you can find it.

You cannot touch Faith, but you can feel it.

You cannot hear Faith, but you can understand it.

You cannot taste Faith, but you become full with it.

You cannot smell Faith, but you know if you breathe it.

The concept we call Faith can seem strange at times. It defies our five senses and renders the mind incapable of reconciling something that appears, on the surface, to be intangible. Yet, Faith is the cornerstone of our relationship and belief in God.

Faith is not an illusion—it is real as stated in the following Bible verses:

1 Peter 1:8-9 | NIV |

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Hebrews 11:6 | NIV |

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

James 1:3 | NIV |

Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

May your Faith in God grow stronger each day!

Tom Tatum – Author – 2018

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A SEASON TO REMEMBER

There comes a time in life when you realize you are witnessing something special—something that exceeds all expectations thought possible—something unbelievable. A time in life when all you can say is “WOW! This is incredible!”

That time came my way this year as I watched a group of young men playing high school football for a small AAA school in South Carolina—Pinewood Preparatory School—a school that teaches students from prekindergarten through high school to excel in college and life.

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When a team’s motto is BELIEVE, you should know to expect the unbelievable. That’s how life works, and it is special when it happens.

So, what happened? Well, a football program that was winless a few years ago beat the odds and played for the 2015 South Carolina State Championship. That’s right—the State Championship! It didn’t happen because the players walked around with a “lucky buckeye” in their pockets. It happened because these players and coaches had a dream to rise from the ashes of the past and become winners.

They worked hard for many hours, days, weeks, and months pursuing their dream because they BELIEVED! Each individual BELIEVED in self, each other, and most importantly, the TEAM. A group of individuals came together as one and beat the odds by winning, and winning again.

Each victory brought more fans onboard and the “Friday Night Lights” stands began to fill with students, teachers, friends, parents, grandparents, and relatives. BELIEVE became the battle cry of all who shared in the joy for the efforts of a group of young men—young men who were dedicated to a cause and a dream. The atmosphere of the crowd was electrifying and served to embolden these young men to do more—to push harder and harder—to make their dream become reality.

Success breeds success and the whole community began reaching out in support of the little team that could. Newspapers published articles reporting the success of the team, players and coaches. It was a magical time in the lives of young men who were grinding it out on the field week after week. They strived to get better each week, and their efforts to do so were rewarded.

The spectacular 11- 1 season closed with the state championship game played on Saturday, November 21, 2015. Although the team came up just a tad short that night, they finished with a very respectable record of 11 – 2, and second place overall in the state. It was truly a remarkable accomplishment!

The players, coaches, and fans have every reason to hold their heads high. The TEAM that BELIEVED made it to the grandest stage of all—the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP! Congratulations to all of you on a job well done! Be proud of your accomplishment! I can assure you the community and the entire Pinewood Prep family is very proud of you!

As the grandparent of two players on the team, I wish to express my sincere thanks to every player and coach for your efforts this year. I BELIEVE in each of you—yesterday, today, and tomorrow! The memories you created will last a lifetime, and for that, I am truly grateful. I wish each of you nothing but the best going forward.

Always BELIEVE in yourself, the TEAM, and pursue your dreams with passion! With hard work, dedication, and perseverance, anything is possible!

BELIEVE and make next year even better…

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Tom Tatum – Author of Faith-based Novels

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WHERE IS HEAVEN?

Out of the mouths of children…WhereIsHeaven2

What do you think? Is Billy correct?

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PURSUING A DREAM

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There are two books on my Amazon author page (link below) that will warm your heart, motivate, and inspire you—no matter your age.

Be blessed as you pursue your dream…

Tom Tatum – Author – 2015

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