You hear the announcement every week on Sunday: “Bible study will be meeting at 1:30.” Your friends all file into the different classrooms for their classes, but you decide to leave instead. Maybe you’ll go the mall, get some coffee, or drink some bubble tea. But later at 3, all your friends are talking about what just went down in their classes. Or maybe some time during the week, one of your friends says, “Hey, remember what we talked about in Bible study last Sunday?” And you start to ask yourself, “O wow, should I join a Bible study?” Here are three reasons why the answer is YES!Read More
Here’s something you may or may not know about me. I try to avoid using the word, ‘awesome.’ It’s not that I don’t use it, because I certainly do, but the way I used it changed when my art history professor laid it out for me one day in class.Read More
I’m sure that all of us have struggled with some type of addiction or are dealing with one currently and the majority of the time we don’t know how to deal with it. I for one tend to have no idea how to handle addiction the right way and sometimes I end up covering that addiction with another one. Whether the addiction happens to be with shopping, video games, drugs, school, or partying, God offers help in His word.Read More
Ravi Zacharias talks about how we fear for the future. As people in a time where fears and struggles seem to be commonplace, we attempt to find a place of rest in order to cope with whatever harsh reality we might face.Read More
Lent starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday.
Here some reasons why Lent matters.
• Lent is a reminder of our need to repent. It means that we have to recognize that we are sinners and we have to lay down our sins to God. (Check out Shann’s blog on Repentance here.)
• Lent is a way to remind ourselves that we need to put God first by giving up things that we devote our attention to such as sweets, video games, TV shows, etc. This helps put our human desires back on hold and it let God meet our needs.Read More
Has anyone ever thought about the purpose of fasting? Maybe you viewed it as a requirement because of obligated to join in with your friends because they're fasting and you're not? Or maybe because you're living in guilt and remorse, so in order to feel good about yourself, you say, “Yeah, I fasted for Easter this year. What about you?”
To be honest, fasting has never been a significant part of my faith. It was something that was good to do but not necessary. Something that I’ve heard that we SHOULD do as christians, but never really gave too much thoughts about. However, I came across this podcast by pastor Piper recently. It gave me a new approach on why fasting holds such a noteworthy value to us and how we should go about it the right way.Read More
You’ve decided to read the Bible in a year, and you’ve just finished Genesis. The Creation was cool and all, but now you’re ready for some major Jesus stories. You’re plowing through Exodus, and it’s not that bad because Moses is busy leading the Israelites out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. Sometimes it gets frustrating because the Israelites are so dumb, and Moses needs to bail them out every time, but it's cool. Then you hit the Ten Commandments, and you’re like, “oh man, here I go again, back to Sunday School class from when I was 5,” and you start to zone out for a little bit. But then you emerge from the mires of Exodus, rejuvenated and ready for more. And then you hit…… LEVITICUS. What? No. It’s over. I’m done. I’ll read the Bible in a year. Next year.Read More
I’m sure anyone who comes to our church regularly see Mich, Andrey, Shann, Sharon, and Shinae cluster up together in formation at the corner of the Attic during service, sitting right next to the sound board; and then aimlessly mind their own business after service at the end of one of the long tables, only to leave altogether later for a trip to Starbucks. And if you're following at least one of them on Snapchat or Instagram, you’ve probably seen them exclusively hang out with each other— eating delicious food, watching a movie, putting on face masks, painting pottery, taking trips outside of Augusta, Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, and more Starbucks.Read More
Hey guys, let's take a step back from the early Christmas decorations and the looming Black Friday sales and instead get you thinking in the season of Thankfulness. There are plenty of things to be thankful for in your life, some things that you don't think about right away. Here are some things our staff is thankful for:Read More
I’ve got a great community that I enjoy hanging out with. I don’t have any financial worries. I have the means for good health… and maybe a little bit of indulgence in between (I think I’ve had steak like every week since school started haha). I’m set on a path that will lead me to my dream career. I’ve got a supportive family that will listen to all of my complaints and struggles.Read More
I would like to buy $3.00 worth of God. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I want ecstasy, not transformation. I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the eternal life in a paper sack, please. I would like to buy $3.00 worth of God.
-Wilbur ReesRead More
Before our departure to Peru, we had to state what we hoped to get out from our trip to Peru. Of course, everyone had said they wanted a deeper relationship with God and see what he was able to do through our missionaries. I was not exempt from these desires.Read More
That was a cool mission trip! Now, what? After going to a few short-term mission trips, I can’t say that I am an expert at keeping the “mission-minded daily living” thing going. However, I know what I SHOULD do in order to keep the passion for Jesus I had during the mission trip still alive in my heart even when I get back to my comfortable house.Read More
As I got on the plane ride to head over to my very first overseas mission trip to Peru, all sorts of emotions swept over me. I was dazed, panicky, ecstatic, nervous, joyful, uneasy...but within all of those emotions, most of all, I was afraid.Read More
This mission trip was my second overseas mission trip. I wasn't intending on going but I received the opportunity so I went for it. I only had about a week to prepare myself for this trip. I wasn't sure if my preparation was sufficient and I wasn't sure what to expect, but I prayed that God would help me out.Read More
It is 16 minutes past my deadline. Change that to 17 minutes. I’m just going to be honest with all of you: I had 4 ½ days to write this blog and I didn’t start it till 16-17 minutes past the deadline. As you can see, I have a problem with procrastination. Okay but lets be real, how many of us don’t?Read More
Christianity is a well-known religion in today’s society, but there are some facts that no one knows. When I mean “no one”, I mean the general population of course, but “no one” knows these facts they are not useful for anything.
But useless knowledge is better than no knowledge, right?Read More
More than ever, books, blogs and articles are being written shedding light on the disparity between the wealth of Americans and the West versus the majority of the world. Statistics like, “If you have 2 or more of something…then you are __ % richer than everyone else” abound. It’s easy to feel guilty about the state of the world or on the flip side hardened against it. So what does everyone do when the offering basket is passed to you in a 1000 seat sanctuary with a professional praise band and state of the art sound system playing softly while the preacher shares his vision on reaching the world? Or you watch a teary, fly ridden, African boy with a distended stomach from malnourishment on your Samsung 52” flat screen tv? Or you hear about another earthquake or tsunami hitting a part of the world you’ve never thought about before on your new Samsung Edge smartphone? What does everyone do? They give a little.Read More