Why the Most Broken and Hurt People Need to be at Church {Why Bother With Church?}

Sometimes our real lives, our attitudes and our behaviors are messy. But instead of hiding our messes and pretending they don’t exist, we need to bring them out into the light and deal with them head on. The bravery it takes to unmask the mess is something my friend Julie possesses. Today she is here sharing why we need to bother with church. She courageously handles this subject and gently reminds us how we, the hands and feet of Jesus, need to love and accept broken people. I’m sure you will be moved by her words. Only by […]

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Nothing Knocks the Church Down Faster Than Division {Why Bother With Church}

Hey Friends, today I’ve asked Kelly to help answer the question why bother with church? She has graciously decided to share a personal story of conflict and forgiveness within her local church. I’m sure many of us can relate to this type of situations. I’m also sure many of us can use and give the forgiveness Kelly encourages here. Only by grace, Kelli Imagine two preschoolers stacking up some blocks and making a tall tower. Then one of them decides he doesn’t want to build together, and with one swift hit he smacks it and down […]

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When You Don’t Have a Church Home {Why Bother With Church}

Meet Alyssa. You may remember her from a few years back when she shared her testimony here on my blog. I have asked her back again to share how she managed to stay connected to the Church in a season when she didn’t have a “church home”. Alyssa’s story certainly helps answer our question: why bother with church? I’m sure you will appreciate her honesty and glean from her life lesson. Only by grace, Kelli I grew up in the church, and I never once questioned the benefits of attending. In my mind, it was simply somethings Christians were […]

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Chasing Perfect {Why Bother With Church?}

Hey folks, will you please join me in welcoming Meg to the blog today? Though I haven’t known Meg for long I have fallen in love with her passion for Christ and His Church. I have been inspire more than once by her ability to see the many facets of the Church; which is why I have asked her to helps us answer the question why bother with church? Today she shares the journey Jesus took her on to fall in love with His people. Once your done reading, please be sure to let her know how her story has […]

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5 Ways The Holy Spirit Empowers

  This month, over at Do Not Depart, we are attempting to answer this question: Who is the Holy Spirit? Today I published a short and simple little post about five of the ways the Holy Spirit empowers believers. Here’s an excerpt: “Repent, let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38) These were the words Peter boldly proclaimed as He finished his first Holy Spirit powered sermon. Repent. Be baptized. Receive the Holy Spirit. All this […]

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The Battle for Connection {Why Bother With Church?}

Today I am excited to welcome Whitney. Whitney and I have know of each other for years, but only recently, through our shared passion for writing and blogging, have we started to connect as friends. I absolutely love to read her work. She shares from her heart in a way that makes you feel like you are reading a letter from a dear friend. Today she helps us tackle our current topic: why bother with church? I am sure you will appreciate her thoughts. “Forget it. Let’s just stay home.” Read that aloud. Did you hear that? […]

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3 Resources To Help You Read the Book of Mark {Quietly Through Thursday}

If you’ve been reading Quietly Through your Bible then you know our little community began the Gospel according to Mark today. Here are a few resources to help you read the Book of Mark. (Not sure what Quietly Through is? Check it out here.) Caught by Jesus is a 6-week Bible study in the Gospel of Mark. Six weeks is much longer than the time the Quietly Through reading plan takes to get through Mark. However, you could simply read the Bible study commentary that goes along with the Quietly Through passages and skip the […]

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Is Our Definition of Church Too Narrow? {Why Bother With Church}

Why bother with church? Why bother with church? It’s a tough question, right? One many of us secretly ask, but rarely voice openly. And it’s time to bring these thoughts out into the light and shine some truth on to them. Last week, when we first decided to brave the topic, we settled on this fact: Jesus loves the Church. So much so that He gave His life for her. And if Jesus loves and bothers with His Church, we probably should too. Is our definition of church too narrow? But here’s another tough question […]

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Doesn’t life beg the question: why bother with church?

Doesn’t life itself beg the question why bother with church? I need to tell you something. Something that has been weighing pretty heavy on my heart lately. I’d rather not admit it, but I know I’ve got to. I know I’ve got to get some junk out into the light. Are you ready? I don’t care for church right now. There I said it. I know my attitude is wrong, but the first step in fixing a problem is admitting one exists. Right? If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us […]

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Quietly Through Thursday :: That Our Eyes May Be Opened

This post was written while ready Quietly Through the Bible. Join the community.   Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him. And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!” Then the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!” So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want […]

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