Unbroken Faith


Anyone who read the book or watched the film Unbroken marveled at the faith and perseverance of Olympic athlete and prisoner of war Louie Zamperini in the face of unimaginable adversity. In the end, Louie fulfilled his promise to devote his life to God and forgive his wartime captors.

Peter BurgoThis earthly walk is full of pitfalls and obstacles meant to derail our faith and discourage our service to its Author and Perfecter. Whether ill-intentioned or well-meaning, people often dissuade us from our God-directed destinies, while our spiritual adversary uses every arrow in his quiver to shoot down our efforts to delight our Father. It can be a soul-numbing battle.

Jesus experienced all of these things. On one side were the Pharisees accusing Him of blasphemy and calling for His death; on the other were His trusted friends, urging Him to avoid putting Himself in needless danger. And always hovering in the shadows was the evil one, making every effort to tempt, accuse, and deceive Jesus into aborting His holy mission. But for the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2).

In this issue you will read about several who weathered opposition and doubt to remain unbroken in their commitment to God’s purposes. Brent Seales stayed true to the path God carved for him as a scientist, even when uncertain about how it would serve the Savior he loves. Despite decades of mostly well-meaning “advice,” Kelvin Walker never defied God’s instruction to lead without restriction to race and become a dynamic voice for intentional multiethnic service to Jesus. Since his teen years, Shawn Harrison was persecuted—mostly by Christians—because of his sexual orientation. Amidst the shame and condemnation, he met an accepting Christian friend and surrendered his life to his Savior. Shawn found his true sexual identity as he drew closer to Jesus and now helps others find theirs. Though they risked a potential loss of life-sustaining income, a family in Poipet, Cambodia, honored God’s desire to set aside a day of worship and rest by closing their business on Sundays. Enduring a death-defying injury and years of grueling rehabilitation, Rachel Bailey refused to waver from her life-long commitment to serve her Master.

With all the conflicting voices offering free advice these days, it’s easy to lose our way and miss God’s best. To stay on course in the midst of opposition and doubt, we must heed only the voices of those who have walked many rugged miles with their Savior and train ourselves—in the quietness of our souls—to hear His Spirit’s still, small voice above the din of the devil and the cacophony of popular opinion.

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Peter Burgo, Editor-in-Chief

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