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Joy Williams: Rooted in Grace (December 29, 2002)

Judy Rachels: Christmas gifts (December 22, 2002)

Ralph Carmichael: New music for a timeless message (December 15, 2002)

Roger and Greg Flessing: Media, ministry and society's ungodly messages (December 8, 2002)

Rick Salvato: Meeting medical and spiritual needs around the world (November 24, 2002)

Asa Hutchinson: Drug Enforcement's top officer (November 17, 2002)

Bill Bright: 'Not I, but Christ' (November 10, 2002)

Ray Berryhill: Living by faith (October 20, 2002)

Owen C. Carr: Reading through the Bible 92 times (October 13, 2002)

Curtis Harlow: Combating campus drinking (September 29, 2002)

Wes Bartel: Making Sunday count (September 22, 2002)

M. Wayne Benson: The Holy Spirit knocks (September 15, 2002)

Dr. Richard Dobbins: Understanding Suffering (September 8, 2002)

K.R. Mele: Halloween evangelism (August 25, 2002)

Roland Blount: God makes a way for blind missionary (August 18, 2002)

Cal Thomas: Finding a mission field (August 11, 2002)

Lisa Ryan: For such a time as this (July 28, 2002)

Dallas Holm: Faith and prayer in life’s toughest times (July 21, 2002)

Paul Drost: Intentional church planting (July 14, 2002)

James M. Inhofe: Serving Christ in the Senate (June 30, 2002)

Karen Kingsbury: The Write stuff (June 23, 2002)

Michael W. Smith: Worship is how you live each day (June 16, 2002)

Wayne Stayskal: On the drawing board (June 9, 2002)

Fory VandenEinde: Anyone can minister (May 26, 2002)

Thomas E. Trask: Pentecost Sunday (May 19, 2002)

Stormie Omartian: Recovering from an abusive childhood (May 12, 2002)

Luis Carrera: Beyond the Shame (April 28, 2002)

Tom Greene: The church of today (April 21, 2002)

Philip Bongiorno: Wisdom for a younger generation (April 14, 2002)

Deborah M. Gill: Christian education and discipleship (March 24, 2002)

Norma Champion: Becoming involved in politics (February 24, 2002)

Steve Pike: A candid discussion about Mormonism (February 10, 2002)

Raymond Berry: More to life than football (January 27, 2002)

Sanctity of Human Life roundtable: Doctors speak out (January 20, 2002)

Chaplain Charles Marvin: Ministering in the military (January 13, 2002)


2001 Conversations

 

Living by faith

(October 20, 2002)

Ray Berryhill pastors the thriving congregation of Evangel Assembly of God in Chicago. He recently spoke with Editor in Chief Hal Donaldson about the impact of faith on his life and ministry.

PE: How has faith sustained you?

BERRYHILL: Over the past 30 years I have found God to be true to His Word, to be who He said He would be, to do what He said He would do. His faithfulness has been my foundation for everything I’ve wanted and everything I need.

As just one example, in 1974 during the recession, I was told to accept a demotion at the corporation where I worked. With a wife and one young child, I couldn’t afford to take a demotion. I told my boss what I believed God could do. He said if I didn’t accept the lower position I wouldn’t have a job. I told the Lord, "I spoke out for You. Now You need to move in my behalf." That same day another supervisor in the corporation offered me a new position with an increase in pay. The man who told me I wouldn’t have a job was fired shortly thereafter.

In October of 1992, our church took out a loan for $30,000 that I believed God would help us pay back before Christmas. I started a 6 a.m. prayer meeting (which is still going on today). A week before Christmas I received a phone call. One of our members had passed away and left some money to the church. Two days before Christmas we received $30,000. The same member’s will left us additional monies. In all, through praying and seeking God, we received $158,000. That miracle started a revival we’re still living on.

PE: Why does God require us to live by faith?

BERRYHILL: Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith is complete, absolute, uncompromising trust in God and His Word. God requires us to live by faith because faith is the only thing that is going to cause us to act on His Word. Faith in God’s Word and faith in God’s power causes God to respond to us in unimaginable ways. But we have to be walking, talking and communing with Him all the time.

PE: Does unanswered prayer mean that we lack faith?

BERRYHILL: Not necessarily. Our motives could be wrong. James talks about praying and asking for the wrong things. It could be wrong timing. In Habakkuk 2 and 3 it says the vision is yet for an appointed time; wait for it and it will surely come to pass. God may want to do something greater to reveal His glory in our lives. When Lazarus was sick, Jesus didn’t go right away. He went later on to do something for His glory.

PE: Is it possible to misdirect faith?

BERRYHILL: God has to be the object of our faith. It can’t be faith in our faith. It can’t be faith in what somebody else said. God’s Word has to be the object, His covenant has to be the object, and His commandments have to be the object. Genuine faith comes by hearing the Word and then acting on the Word that we hear.

PE: Any other principles of faith?

BERRYHILL: Many times we look at situations and we look at our inabilities and we come to a place of hopelessness. That is not God’s will. I’m learning how to get the pressure off of me and put the pressure on God. He can handle it; I can’t. It’s about His will, His purpose, His people, His timing.

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