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Doubt Doesn't Have to Undermine Faith

April 10, 1999

Excerpts from sermons to be delivered around Orange County on Sunday:

DOUBTING THOMAS: "It is hard to imagine any person [who has] the remotest concern for the Christian cause missing the celebration of Easter. Yet the Bible gives a precedent for this in the case of Thomas, one of the closest followers of Jesus, who failed to be present when the disciples gathered on Easter evening. While history calls Thomas 'the doubter,' . . . he stands as eternal proof that a questioning, probing, even doubting mind can find answers."

--Pastor Ray Farness, speaking at a 9:15 a.m. service at Newport Harbor Lutheran Church, 798 Dover Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 548-3631.

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GOOD NEWS: "The gospel doesn't say, 'You gotta believe this or that.' The gospel says, 'Friends, I have some good news. We don't have to live this way anymore!' The life of the church becomes a dance of freedom, a sign to the world: 'You don't have to live this way anymore!' "

--Rev. Stephen J. Mather, speaking at a 10:30 a.m. service at First Presbyterian Church of Anaheim, 310 W. Broadway. (714) 535-2176.

The Message highlights excerpts from sermons to be delivered in Orange County houses of worship in the coming week. Submissions should be delivered by noon each Thursday to O.C. religion editor Jack Robinson.

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