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Where we’ll talk about things the Bible talks about and maybe seek to apply them deep into our lives.

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January 12, 2017 • Biblical Thinking

Sharing Your Faith: Where to start?

It’s a rare thing to ask someone in church if they would like to be better able to talk about their faith, and then hear them say, “No, I don’t.” The majority of church goers would at least humor the question asker and say that they would actually be really relieved if they knew a bit more on the subject. I think most of you really do want to know how to share your faith, it just comes down to the fact that you don’t reel prepared. Therefore, this resource is for you!

Where to Start?

The question often arises, “but where do I start?” A lot of churches are able to offer classes on such matters but are poorly attended. Many smaller churches aren’t even resourced enough to be able to offer them. Real Life is at that size where we would love to offer classes about such things, but it would be a big thing to ask one of our already volunteers to head one up. Not to mention it’s hard to get 10 people to all be able to commit to a single time during the week. Soon enough, but it’s tough!

I’m an avid googler and internet crawler, whatever that means, and I’ve come across an old gem that may just help. It’s a book that Billy Graham and his team produced back in the 1980’s. Old, sure. Useful, probably. Continue Reading

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I Don’t Read: The Excuse that Wont Die

How many times have we felt shamed by our insufficiencies about our reading ability? Many of us know full well how bad we are at reading. We know our own struggles with wading through thousands of words, just trying to find the intended meaning of a certain book. We’re left dizzy after not only seeing sentences that are hard enough, but when we have a hundred pages more to go.

Do our struggles with reading in general apply with our reading of the Bible? Is there a difference between reading Dickens and reading Paul? Hate me if you want, but I don’t think Continue Reading

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January 4, 2017 • Biblical Thinking

Christian Community; Sanctified Conversation

Christian Community Exists Where Sanctified Conversation Exists

This morning I was reading a seemingly meaningless article about a Men’s community group that meets weekly in a town called Beverly. This article gave the unique picture of a group of men actually getting together and talking about bigger things in life than football. Although, I’m sure football makes its appearances.

The group welcomes diversity, and at this time represents Lutherans, Methodists and former Roman Catholics. Therefore the conversation is never dull or limited, always lively, including personal observations about life’s experiences. Sometimes these are expressed in spirited (no holds barred) “male bantering.”

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October 22, 2016 • Biblical Thinking

Needn’t be Wealthy

You needn’t be wealthy
to give plenty

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October 20, 2016 • Biblical Thinking

Smug Christian. No Christian.

Who did Jesus die for? We are quick to answer, “He died for us; for me.” Very true. But why did He die for you?

Christ Died for the Ungodly

Romans 5:6
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

It’s a much-known fact that this stub of rock that we live on is a messed up place. How many poverty stricken people did I pass today? What’s the name of the latest medical scare or epidemic? Who are the people of the world who threaten what is good and wholesome? When is the last time someone grabbed for water and it was brown?

It’s fast and easy for us to think about what is wrong in the world but we are, however, much slower to see what’s wrong in us.

Jesus died for you because he saw the little ball of sin and hopelessness that we all are, and thought it best for His glory, that you should know His name. We were saved not merely from a hell we barely understand but from a life of sin and fruitlessness. The stuff of humanity is awesome and carefully crafted, but it is also now corrupt and tainted.

When the Ungodly Turn to God

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October 13, 2016 • Biblical Thinking

Bible’s Shadow

Be oh so worried when the Books about the Bible are more interesting than those books in the Bible.

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October 3, 2016 • Biblical Thinking

Not a Job for Professionals

God has been very faithful to me through his Word, and I have been continually refreshed and challenged this last couple months.

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11)

When we have Scripture planted firmly in our hearts, God will often use that to deal with us. And deal with me he has. And the few words I have and the conversation that I hope to have through this article has been birthed out of my study from last week.

Discipleship does Disciple-Making

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