Read the Bible
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Read the Bible

Written by Erik Gernand

A couple of weeks ago I ran across some research from two separate places that were both studying the same thing. These organizations wanted to identify the catalysts that help spur Christians on to spiritual maturity?

The first organization, LifeWay Publishing Company, followed 2500 people for a year in 2008. Through various assessments they categorized people into one of four levels of commitment to Jesus at the beginning of the year. On one end of the spectrum there [...]

Priorities
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Priorities

Written By Erik Gernand

If you’ll remember, last week we noted that whoever or whatever is setting the priorities in your life, there’s a pretty good case to be made that that is your god. Hopefully for you this is the Lord God and not some other thing or philosophy or focus.

So, let’s say you’ve decided that God should be the one setting your priorities in life. Let’s look at how God begins to order things…

God actually takes that spot on [...]

Praying for Prodigals
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Praying for Prodigals

Written by Aneta Eichler

On May 19, 1994 my life would change forever!  That is the day I received a phone call that I was a mom.  Seems strange huh?  I was unable to conceive and we had made the choice to adopt.  This was my official adoption call.  Four days later we were bringing home our beautiful baby boy!  I was so in love with him.  During the Adoption Ceremony, a very loving, well-meaning Elder challenged me with the fact [...]

Priorities
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Priorities

Written by Erik Gernand

Have you ever made one of those “Priority Lists”?

I’m not talking about the kind where you write the things you have to do on a scale of most to least important. I’m talking about the kind you might have heard a preacher or two talk about…

…the “what in your life has the ‘god’ spot” list.

Maybe you’ve heard it said that whatever thing/person/idea is the most important to you – whatever lands in the top spot on that [...]

God Weighs the Heart
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God Weighs the Heart

Written by Bryan Holmes

I heard some commotion coming down the hallway and a beautiful, but perturbed, voice saying, “I LOVE HIM I LOVE HIM I LOVE HIM I LOVE HIM I LOVE HIM.”

Hilary was folding some of our laundry in the bedroom and by the time I got there she was holding this piece of clothing she had named “Carly” in her arms as if it had just passed away right in front of her. I don’t understand the ladies [...]

It’s Monday
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It’s Monday

Written by Erik Gernand

It’s Monday.

Everybody’s favorite day, right? It’s the beginning of the weekly grind. The furthest point from the next weekend. Just another Manic Monday (cred. The Bangles).

It can be easy on days like this to let our minds go to all the work and the pile of things on the to-do list. It’s maybe easy to get down on Mondays. But I wonder if it might make a difference if today, just today, you put Paul’s words to [...]

The Lord Himself
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The Lord Himself

Written by Bryan Holmes

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8

My job often takes me to a little town that is about an hour east of Murfreesboro called McMinnville. I have loved the people of McMinnville for all the years I have been running appointments as a salesman out there…they have been very good to me. There are many [...]

Listening to Advice
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Listening to Advice

Written by Erik Gernand

When I was in college, one of the more uncomfortable things we did was in speech class.

Peer evaluations.

You probably know the drill. Stand up in front of people and do the thing that most people in the world are terrified to do (public speaking). And while you’re up in front of everyone doing your level-best not to pass out, all your peers are sitting at their desks with paper and pens writing about how terrible you’re doing.

At [...]

The Hardest Thing
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The Hardest Thing

Written by Stephanie Miller

“We can do hard things.” At my adoptive mom’s retreat in February, I registered for a breakout session with this title. Not sure what drew me to it, but I went. A lady with a complicated adoption story talked about her struggle with anxiety, panic attacks, and how that all came to a head during her two adoptions. The most captivating thing I heard her say during that 45 minute session was this, “I learned to do [...]

Like Children
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Like Children

Written by Erik Gernand

Think of the last time you watched a child open a gift.

It’s a wonder to behold at times. There is an excitement, a freedom, a complete lack of self-consciousness. Kids don’t get a gift and feel immediately obligated to work it off or pay the person who gave it back. They’re just genuinely thrilled to receive it with open arms.

Last Christmas, my 3 year old son Boone got a gift he’d been asking for: The Paw Patrol [...]