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The mission of Comfort Café is to offer people facing difficult life challenges hope. We believe that Jesus Christ has the power to heal, restore, and redeem broken lives and use them for His glory.

In 2012, Comfort Cafe will focus on meeting these needs by featuring a foundational, life-changing study on the character of God titled Going Deeper.

When life challenges us we often begin to question our beliefs. So this is a great time to examine the truth of who God is. What myths about God have we bought into? What nuances about Him have we never noticed before? How do we get to really know this God who rules the universe and also promises that He cares for us?

Each month this year you will find an article on the front page highlighting a wonderful facet or truth about God. Corresponding study questions will be published simultaneously (study guides can be accessed either through the link at the bottom of the front page or in the side bar menu). Ruth’s blog and the Laugh With Me column will continue to be updated each month as well.

Also, please continue to utilize the many archived articles and practical resources offered. May you experience God’s comfort, restoration, and redemption as you browse through this site.

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MaryDSC_3703_2Ruth Wood is the current editor; Mary Yerkes founded the site in 2005. Read their stories.

Statement of Faith

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The Bible
We believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the divinely inspired and only authoritative Word of God; supreme and final in its authority in matters of faith and practice.

God

We believe in the triune God of the Bible, the God who created the world, who made man in His own image, who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son for man’s redemption.

Christ
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, that He is co-eternal and coequal with God the Father. We believe the biblical account of His virgin birth, sinless life, words, works, vicarious death, bodily resurrection, ascension, and promise of His personal return. Christ came into the world to provide salvation through faith in Him as Savior and Lord, and to restore men to fellowship with God.

The Holy Spirit
We believe that God the Holy Spirit, as revealed in the Bible, is a person co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father and God the Son. The Holy Spirit brings an awareness of guilt, brings about the new birth, and indwells the believer so that he may lead a godly life. The Holy Spirit strengthens faith, brings comfort and peace in time of sorrow and distress, enlightens our hearts and minds to understand and apply the truth in Christ and the Bible, and empowers us to serve God more effectively.

Repentance
We believe that men become children of God by true repentance, turning from sin, and turning to Christ as Savior. True repentance results in a changed life. The believer now seeks to live his life according to the will of God.

Faith
We believe that men who have received God’s forgiveness for sin through Christ’s atoning death and triumphant resurrection possess saving faith. The faith is awakened and strengthened by the hearing of the Word of God. Believers strive to express this saving faith through the total commitment of their lives to Christ as Savior and Lord.

The Christian Life
We believe the Christian life is lived by trust in Christ and fellowship with Him, for He is “the way, the truth, and the life.” The Christian life manifests itself in service to God and fellow men of all races and stations in life. It is also expressed as a graciousness in our relationships with others. It is summed up in the two great commandments: to love God with all our hearts, souls, strength, and minds; and to love our neighbors as ourselves.

The Church
We believe that the Church, described in the Scriptures as Christ’s body, is composed of all people who have accepted Christ in faith and have committed their lives to Him. In any local community the Church consists of all such people, regardless of the Christian group with which they are affiliated. The Church, spiritually conceived, is a living organism which expresses itself through dedicated Christians in all groups of believers, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The Kingdom of God
The Kingdom of God is the rule of God, which has as its final goal the overcoming of every force which resists God’s will. The Kingdom of God now manifests itself in daily life through Christ’s rule in the lives of individual believers, those who have accepted and responded to the claims of God’s Kingdom through Christ. The Church, while not identical with the Kingdom of God, is a present manifestation of it. The Kingdom of God will be consummated when Christ comes again.

Eternal Life
We believe eternal life begins here in this world, when one comes into a transforming, saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. It means also life after death for all ages to come. Eternal life further means a certain kind of life, a quality of life which God imparts to those who become Children of God. Those who have rejected Christ as Savior and Lord are eternally separated from Christ, and thus are excluded from the everlasting bliss reserved for those who have accepted the love and forgiveness of God revealed in Christ.