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Diminishing Doubt (Opinion)

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How do you deal with the hard questions of life? Where can you go when your faith is being swallowed up by piercing questions about God without being shamed for having them? If you have ever struggled with doubt, you are not alone.

Take a journey with Best Selling Author Dominic Done, as he dives into the subject of faith and doubt, and uncovers surprising insights about it in his new book, When Faith Fails. This book will take you to the pit of doubt and help you remove the stones of hurt, inadequacy, and fear. Through gritty engagement with life’s hardest questions, faith can be reclaimed, and intimacy with God is reborn.

Writer and pastor Dominic Done studied Theology at the University of Oxford. Using story, literature, history, and humor, he challenges you to forget the old approach to doubt, in which doubt is often suppressed or denied; and encourages you to wrestle through them with honesty and authenticity.

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According to a recent study, 2/3 of Americans who identify as Christian say they experience doubt. This can be the byproduct of our secular age in which doubts have become mainstream, unresolved, lingering questions about God, the Bible, or a tragic life-experience. Dominic writes,

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Growing up, I struggled with doubt because of the brokenness I saw in my family. It was hard to reconcile belief in a good, loving God with what I had seen and experienced. Other things confused me too: prayer, Christians who appeared so angry when they believed in a God of love, lack of unity in the church, other religions, the silence of God, forgiveness, and so on. But mostly, I struggled to understand why a good God would allow so much pain in the world. And I’m not just talking about the obvious things like cancer and war but the wounds that touch us all: alcoholism, failed marriages, crippling anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addictions, unemployment, hopelessness, self-harm, abuse…

Dominic argues that although doubt is incredibly disruptive, it also has redemptive power. Doubt can push you into a deeper, more vulnerable faith. It teaches you how to trust. It motivates you to explore the cracks in your worldview to see what needs to be abandoned or reconstructed.

This can begin by investing a season reexamining the structure of your faith. No distractions, just you, committing yourself to acquiring knowledge while studying the topics that cause you to doubt. Write down the things that have cultivated doubt in you. Revisit situations that have created uncertainty and learn what you can do to make those parts whole again. Seek a safe place to grapple with your doubts.

Whether it be an online, faith-based community, a physical community, or a church, find your people. They’re closer than you think. According to Dominic, “Church at its best is unvarnished vulnerability, without masks and pretense. It’s being honest with the real and wounded you and then allowing yourself to be adorned with grace. It’s the liberating choice to let people see you at your worst, so they can see God at his best.”

Eric Mitchell (USMC-Ret) is the CEO of LifeFlip Media, nationally recognized PR professional and a GOP analyst.

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White House Admits to Shielding Biden from Reporters

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For weeks on end now, there have been concerns about just how forthcoming President Joe Biden has been with the press. This is a politician who has long been known more for his unfortunate gaffes than his policies, and in this new world of instant media and constant coverage, Biden’s marble-mouth can be a bit of a liability. But just how far is the White House willing to go to shield the Commander in Chief from the public?  Apparently pretty far. White House press secretary Jen Psaki admitted in a CNN podcast published Thursday that President Joe Biden taking impromptu questions from reporters “is not something we recommend.” Psaki made the admission while being interviewed by CNN Senior Political Commentator David Axelrod on his podcast “The Axe Files,” and claimed that she, at times, even tells Biden to not take questions from reporters. The two began discussing the subject when Axelrod asked Psaki about a particular instance when Biden inadvertently ran into CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins at the White House, who proceeded to ask the president if a minimum wage increase to $15 would be included in the coronavirus relief package that was signed into law in March. Axelrod stated that Biden gave the honest answer that he didn’t think the increase would be included in the bill, but him telling that to the reporter must have given Psaki a lot of heartburn and made her ask herself why Biden would be allowed to roll around in the hallways doing impromptu interviews. He then asked Psaki how she managed that. Psaki laughed off the incident, and explained that it happened after she had already left work and Biden was heading back to his residence. She then claimed that Biden takes questions “nearly every day that he’s out in front of…

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FBI Asks for Public Help in Identifying ‘Worst of the Worst’ in Capitol Insurrection

This, after more than 440 arrests already.

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The sheer scope of the evidence gathered during the storming of the Capitol on January 6th, 2021 is nigh unfathomable. Video cameras in the building, worn by police officers, and carried by those who attacked the sacred building are all being scoured by the FBI and the federal law enforcement agencies, as the FBI and others churn out unbelievable amounts of manpower to get to the bottom of that fateful day. Now, after more than 440 arrests thus dar, the FBI is asking for the public to help identify what they believe are the “worst of the worst”:   Insurrectionists who attacked Capitol Police and forced their way into the Congressional chambers. The FBI has posted 353 images on its website, seeking public help in identifying people at the Capitol on Jan. 6, with a priority of finding those who attacked police officers. Clockwise from upper left, individuals #123, #134, #300A and #106 are being sought by the FBI in connection with the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.FBI Image 123 shows a person suspected of trying to rip the face mask from Hodges. Images 106 and 134 involve attacks on two D.C. police officers who were dragged down Capitol steps. One of them was struck with a pole. And image 300 shows a person who appeared to throw a two-by-four piece of wood through a Capitol window. The FBI has still been unable to identify or capture a man seen on surveillance leaving two potentially deadly pipe bombs near the Capitol on January 6th either.

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