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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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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My Story

My Story “If I told you my story, you would hear Hope that wouldn’t let go. And if I told you my story, you would hear Love that never gave up. And If I told you my story, you would hear Life, but it wasn’t mine. If I should speak, then let it be of the grace that is greater than all my sin. Of when justice was served and where mercy wins. Of the kindness of Jesus that draws me in. Oh to tell you my story is to tell of Him. This is […]

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Aware and Unaware

  I can’t recall when I first knew there was a God and that He had a Son. I really can’t recall a point in which I didn’t know. He just was. As long as I’ve known life, I have known He was there, but despite that awareness, I was very much unaware of my own personal need for Him. In my twelve-year-old, freckled faced awkwardness another awareness came. It wasn’t an awareness of His existence, but an awareness of a struggle. It was strong and I can still feel the battle that was going […]

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God brought me to the end of ME!

My name is Audrey Williams. I am a 56 year old pastor’s wife of 36 years, a mother of 4 grown children and we have 12 grand children ranging from ages 16 to 9 weeks. We live in South East Texas where my husband has been the pastor of Pioneer Baptist Church for going on 14 years.  I started a little business making picture frames and signs just because I enjoy doing it! I was born to parents who were both unbelievers and grew up in South Carolina where we attended a Methodist church. After […]

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Was I Really a Christian? Or Just on a Hamster Wheel?

Have you ever heard the saying, “Rules without relationship equals rebellion”? It’s often applied to a parent-child relationship, but it was the essence of my early Christian life. My God was “my God” because He was my parents’ God; It was by default. My view of God was all about the God who would send me to hell if I didn’t do right. If I hadn’t arrived on earth with the family I was born into, my childhood and teenage years would have been a different story. I wanted to do what I wanted, but […]

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Jesus Wanted My Worst

My name is Rory Holbrook and this is a bit about me and how my life has been deeply impacted by Jesus. I began playing violin at the age of nine in a public school program and made it into college earning a music scholarship, primarily self taught. I played for all the wrong reasons and eventually quit, maybe playing a couple times a year casually.  This is important because God had given me this amazing gift of music that I threw away, I killed it, buried it far away and worked to forget it.  He had other […]

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