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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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Schaftlein Report: 2,700-page Infrastructure Bill to be Introduced

Guest John Eidsmoe joins Mark to talk about the Democrats’ massive “infrastructure” bill and other news of the day.

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Guest: John Eidsmoe – Colonel Mississippi National Guard & Constitutional Lawyer Topics: 1) What we know about the bill so far. $550B in New Spending and “Gender Identity”? 2) Supreme Court Case – John filed an amicus brief in support of Mississippi abortion law. Will the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade decision? 3) John analyzes recent Supreme Court decisions including the 5-4 vote to uphold the Eviction ban but ending the ban on 7-31-21 without Congressional approved extensions 4) The “Equality Act” currently before congress defining Gender Identity. Believe it or not, this is also in the infrastructure bill 5) The “We the People Act” – This is the Democratic fraud bill attempting to federalize election law, voter access, campaign finance along with limiting federal courts from adjudicating religious and sexual practices 6) Texas Gov. Abbott signs bill into law allocating $1B to build wall and border security. $250M down payment VP Harris plan to help Central American countries investing $4B over 4 years meets resistance from Mexico and Guatemala 7) Vaccine mandates appear to be widespread and growing 8) Crime Wave in Deep Blue cities – By 3-1 margin, more people killed by guns than Covid in Washington, DC Chicago – 460 shot in July and 2,471 killed or injured YTD Portland having hard time hiring police as crime spikes

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Andrew Cuomo Pushes Businesses to Discriminate Against Unvaccinated

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With the delta variant now raging across many parts of the United States, some local officials are taking drastic measures in order to push past a wall of vaccine hesitancy that has been plaguing the nation, (no pun intended). For some, this simply means spending more money on advocacy campaigns and outreach, while, for others, the quest to get more shots in arms is taking a more militant approach. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Monday asked private businesses, including bars and restaurants, to “go to vaccine-only admission,” thereby barring patrons who are unvaccinated and insisting that the proposed policy is in their “best business interest.” “Everybody has to get vaccinated,” Cuomo said during Monday’s press conference, emphasizing the importance of “outreach, outreach, outreach.” “Deploy community groups. Deploy people who have credibility in the community, religious leaders. Educate people who still think that this is made up and it’s a problem and nobody really tested this and incentivize the vaccinations,” he said, touting President Biden’s $100 per vaccine pitch. Then came the scary part… “Private businesses, I am asking them and suggesting to them go to vaccine-only admission. Go to vaccine-only admission. We did this,” he said. “Radio City Music Hall months ago reopened vaccine-only, sold out all the shows. Sports arenas, they went up to about 90 percent vaccine-only.” The possibility of private businesses discriminating against the unvaccinated has been a growing concern among freedom experts from the moment that these inoculations became available, and it seems as though the worry is far from over.

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