Faith of a Mustard Seed

Faith of a Mustard Seed by Paul Karanick
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Paul Karanick and his wife, Christina, experienced what it means to have the faith of a mustard seed. The term is used by Christ to explain the power that one can have if we just have a little faith. Paul looks back on his life and ministry to reveal how God strengthens our faith and forms us into an effective part of the body of Christ. 

Recalling the steps of how God led him, his family and ministry, Paul highlights how God equips the ones He calls by:

  • Calling all people to have faith
  • Confirming that God is calling 
  • Walking through fear 
  • Building a stronger faith
  • Infecting others with faith 

Paul uses his own life as an example of the faith process. These illustrations will prepare believers for the typical steps involved in building a stronger faith relationship with Christ.

Paul openly admits that he was not qualified to take on the task that God had placed upon him, but God would soon reveal to Paul that no one is truly qualified without the power of Christ. God reshaped Paul and led him into a ministry that continuously depended upon faith.

A true visionary and gifted in faith, he began to trust less in his own abilities and more upon God’s abilities. Knowing that without faith it is impossible to please God, Paul teaches of using faith to get as close to God as you can. Paul’s unshakeable faith became contagious within his ministry as life’s worries and fears were lessened due to the faith that God provides.

Paul Karanick is an ordained Pastor, co-founder of Xclaimed Ministries and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biblical Studies from Indiana Wesleyan University. However, he will be the first to point out that he learned his greatest Biblical teachings from his mom and dad. He was born a preacher's kid and learned through their faith, to have faith in Christ. Remarkably, Paul did not want to preach.

He remembers praying as a teenager, "God, I will do anything that you want me to do, but please don't call me to preach." Years later, not only was Paul called to preach, but he co-founded Xclaimed Ministries with his wife, Christina. Paul claims that in his later years he prayed, "God, I love this! Why didn't you call me to preach sooner?"

Paul's gift of faith is extraordinary and he lives his life by the Scripture "Walk by faith; not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7). He enjoys teaching others to walk by faith as well, revealing a closer walk with Christ. Through this same type of faith, Xclaimed Ministries has been able to outreach and provide for needs within the community in a very unique way.

The ministry has successfully provided toys, bicycles, food, Bibles, housing assistance, medical assistance, dental assistance and many other resources to the homeless, low income families and children as part of their ongoing outreach.

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