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Faith shines brightly this morning

Some have faith in this old world surviving all we can throw at it. Others have faith in humanity being able to dig us out of these messes we get into as humans.

Christians have faith that Jesus has risen, conquered death, and will return to earth for the final judgment, when all faithful, dead and alive, will receive new spiritual bodies and will be granted eternal life, and the wicked will perish in hell.

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Who is crazier in their faith – humanists or Christians?

In an increasingly secular society, Christian faith is an increasingly rare quality. Christians are only 6 in 10 Americans, and half of those Christians are in name only.

In 2011, 75 percent of Americans said they were Christians, but in 2021, that number had shrunk to just 63 percent. In 2011, 18 percent of Americans were not affiliated with any religion, and now nearly 30 percent of Americans are in that category, according to the Pew Research Center.

If you have a Christian in your life, hang onto them for dear life, for you are blessed — at least that person has a role model of what a good human is supposed to be like and has a playbook for what our destiny is.

Gathering together as Christians to worship and reinforce the faith has never been more important, because this is the very faith is being overwhelmed by a secularism that has Christianity in its targets.

John 14:1-3: “Let not your heart be troubled…In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

That passage could very well refer to getting our of your chair going to church this Easter morning: Today, some of us will show up at a church’s doorstep on our occasional pilgrimage to have someone explain to us the miracle of life after death and help us rekindle our faith, which is under assault all the other days of the year. While I don’t want to offend any reader, it’s Satan who is the leader of that assault.

The walls of the sanctuary help us build that faith back up to fight the battle. If you go, and I hope you do, there will be dozens of God-loving people inside those doors waiting for you — servants who have kept worship services alive week after week, and day after day, for many years.

If you have doubts, you’ll be in good company on Easter Sunday. Christians inside those doors are also no strangers to doubt and times of trouble. They’re no strangers to sin or lapses in faith, even as they keep witness week after week, honoring God’s authority as they worship Him and wonder at the mysteries of his domain. So take a chance. You won’t be alone in your doubts, in your worries, and it’s a great day to unload the burdens you carry.

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Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. Suzanne thank you ma’am for your integrity and love of faith and truth you deliver for the citizens ma’am. Must read happy Easter to you what an awesome site for ALL. We are all needed here and now. Integrity citizens.

  2. Indeed! Much that passes for “Christianity” must bring tears to the eyes of Christ! No doubt this article alone will arouse more than loving responses. Happy Easter to you and yours, Suzanne.

  3. Funny how all the non-Christian, secularists, and disbelievers will PRAY like hell for survival when their life is put on the line. It’s instinctual. What does that tell you about GOD?

      • The greatest heartbreak i ponder for anyone is they not meeting a christian whom will consistently personally daily prays for them. When you don’t pray for yourself, someone is praying on your behalf moving the. Spirit to intercessingly move through your life. Thisis what suzy means by ifyou know a christian hold on to them. This is how addicts, dealers, whores, liars, the runaways have come to be found by christ because of the faithful prayers of a christian with calloused knees to prove how long they prayed for them.

        • People like Lucinda are lost souls and so full of negativity. How can you have a happy life when you bleed unhappiness?

          • Who says I’m unhappy or lost? Not me.

            I don’t think prayer works. I’m merely asking for evidence that it does.

  4. Thank you for the message and I hope you find great comfort this Easter season and you continued to be blessed with wisdom beyond the norm as your future continues to unfold.

  5. Happy Easter, Suzanne, and thank you for all your hard work producing the articles for this site, and for your incredible research that goes into them.
    We would know so little of what is happening in Alaska if it wasn’t for you, but had only the Communist propaganda that passes itself off as “media” to read.

  6. Suzanne, thank you so much, this piece really touched me, what a wonderful Easter message, inspiring.

  7. Thank you, Suzanne. I’ve never felt that you “pushed” anything on anyone, but we need more people like you who also are unafraid to state their own beliefs.

    And like the book says, “I don’t have enough faith to be an Atheist.” Science simply has too many wonderfully created things to not have a Creator. My chromosomes and DNA “randomly” lined up? Dump out a bag of M&M’s several times and let me know how often just those SIX colors “randomly” fall into perfectly sorted piles. I’ll wait.

  8. Suzanne,
    Must Read Alaska is the highlight of my AK news intake and I appreciate all of your reporting.
    Thank You!

  9. Thank you Suzanne, you have touched the button of faith. A reminder never to give up🙏🙏🙏

  10. No matter how alone you feel -in a church of all places- just remember you have a church family already in heaven, and they are excitedly waiting to meet you! You go to a church building -and the best one at teaching the entire non politically correct bible- cause God wants us together, we can be stronger together united following His Word, and God wants you there, in a church that follows His Word that doesn’t make jesus into a religion, and serve out where the ministry you are called to share the good news of knowing His love for us through His Son’s ultimate sacrifice. You know! Hating others is impossible when you know how much the Father loves every single person born and unborn. You can still feel anger, frustration, disappointment in some people, some leaders, but you can’t hate them and you can’t wish death on them when you know how much the. Father loves them, and how patient God is to them, because the Father loves you and has endured you through your worst of seasons.

  11. Lovers of God hate what is bad. Avoid the spiritually weak because bad associates spoil useful habits.

  12. Our country is messed up due to POPULATION being untrained or educatable, prefer to believe lies, dislike God because they do not want interference with hedonism, don’t know their country’s history, are self-pitying and they are disrespected by their public servants. A Marxist’s dream come true.

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