Guest Post – Fully Trusting in God

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I have always admired my friends who could skateboard and pull off tricks like ollies, kickflips, and manuals. Unfortunately two things prohibited me from skateboarding: a mother who wouldn’t buy me a skateboard for fear that I would come home with a broken bone sticking out of my arm, and my own fear of getting hurt. When I would ask my friends tips on skating, the first thing they said was that I couldn’t be afraid of falling down and getting hurt. Letting go of fear and trusting in a helmet, knee pads, elbow pad, and wrist guards for protection is key to skateboarding, but very hard to do.

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Guest Post – Habit or Habitable?

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Churches on the brink have an interesting decision to make. They can sit on the precipice of irrelevance, close their eyes and pretending things will get better if they do what they have always done, choosing to believe that eventually what used to work will work again. They can choose to quit, just walk away from the community and the calling that started it all, or they can make a decision to change, to take a long hard look at who they were, who they are, and who they want to become. This third one is what the church we pastor has chosen. There is a constant struggle at our church to move forward; some still think the way it was is how it will be again if we do things like we used to, others don’t mind if some things change, but others just can’t be touched. It’s a catch 22 at times, but it’s also a wake up call for all church leaders.

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Guest Post – A Re-Pitching

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Ever find yourself in a place either geographically, emotionally, or spiritually that just doesn’t seem right? No matter how or where you turn it just isn’t good. If you were to really be honest, could it be that you are there due to your poor choices?

I’ve been there. I found myself floundering about, trying ever so hard to just get some kind of foothold, but it is as if I am climbing a wet mossy rock pile, slipping and never getting to the top. The only view I see is that of a cliff off to my right, and to the left the threat of falling is eminent.

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Guest Post – 8 Steps to Better Bible Study

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Who among us doesn’t want to study their Bible better? I know I do! As I’m a seminary student, over the years there have been a few handy things I have learned to do when I want to get deeper into a particular section of Scripture. The following are certain steps that I take that allow me to see more deeply into what is being said besides the mere words written on the page.

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Guest Post – A Claim of Faith

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Faith is only as good as its object. The man in the jungle bows before an idol of stone and trusts it to help him, but he receives no help. No matter how much faith a person may generate, if it is not directed at the right object, it will accomplish nothing. “I believe” may be the testimony of many sincere people, but the big question is, “In whom do you believe? What do you believe?” We are not saved by faith in faith; we are saved by faith in Christ as revealed in His Word. – Bible Exposition Commentary (BE Series) – New Testament – The Bible Exposition Commentary – New Testament, Volume 2.

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Guest Post – Read God’s Word as You Study with the Info Window

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We have all been there. You are reading a fascinating book or article with several biblical references. You are torn between looking up each verse and just trusting the author. A few years ago I fell under conviction that if I did not look up the text I was lifting the opinions of men above the Word of God. (That may not be a real problem but I was raised legalistically, so I find random sins all over the place where there really are not any.)

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