Government Sponsored Missions

Scott AtteberyChristian Living

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The world of politics is not for the faint of heart. Politicians (and their staffs) are constantly trying to gain the upper hand in situations. It is an ongoing battle –much of which takes place in the media. Many times political opponents will try to smear each others reputations with lies, leaks, and slander. Praise God for the Christian politicians … Read More

Get out of the Huddle!

Scott AtteberyChristian Living

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I remember my first year of playing football. I loved competing and playing with my friends. In seventh grade, the coaches did not have sophisticated headsets and hand signals to relay the offensive plays to the quarterback. Instead, our coach would substitute a wide-receiver into every play. Before the receiver would run on the field, the coach would give him … Read More

Where is Your Church’s Allegiance?

Scott AtteberyChristian Living, Church

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In his book, Mere Discipleship, author Lee Camp recounts the Rwandan civil war from the mid 1990’s. At the time, Camp was located in Kenya as a missionary. In the book, he explains how Rwanda had been considered a textbook case of successful Christian Missions. Churches were being planted and were multiplying rapidly. Then came the civil war between the Hutu … Read More

Candlelight Services and Babel

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I remember attending a candlelight worship service as a child. Everyone was given a candle as they entered the sanctuary. As the service began, the lights were dimmed and the pastor stood at the front of the congregation holding a lighted candle. After reading a Scripture about Jesus being the light of the world, He walked to the first row … Read More

The First Gospel Message

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It didn’t take long for sin to enter the world. Genesis chapter 3 records the event as Satan tempts Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit. After the first couple eats the fruit and falls into sin, they immediately go into hiding. Imagine that, hiding from the God who created them and all the places in which they attempted to … Read More

Eight Ways to Improve Your Church “Care Plan”

Scott AtteberyChristian Living, Church

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Loss is hard. Although everyone handles grief differently, I’m convinced that nobody handles it easily. One of the ways that Christ comforts His children is through His body –the church. Romans 12:15 reminds us to “weep with those who weep.” After all, that’s what Jesus did. When His friend Lazarus died, He wept with Mary and Martha over their loss (John 11:35). … Read More

Just Stop!

Scott AtteberyChristian Living

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“Just Stop!” Maybe you’ve heard this phrase (or a variation of it) uttered from the mouth of a parent. Perhaps it has tread across your own lips. Its funny how words like these can take on different meanings based upon the context in which they are spoken and the tone with which they are exclaimed. For instance, “Just stop,” could … Read More

World Famous

Scott AtteberyChristian Living

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Suppose two concerts were taking place in your area on the same night. One concert features a local band while the other concert features a world-famous band. Which one do you think will have the largest crowd? Most likely, the world-famous band will attract the most people. Why? Because we assume that the band with more fame is better. Fame … Read More

Tackling in the Blink of an Eye

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Seventh grade football: I played tailback and linebacker. On defense, the number one rule my coach stressed was, “Don’t close your eyes when you tackle.” Good advice. A week or two before the season started, we had a scrimmage. All the parents came out to watch. Even the local paper was there. During the game, as I was making a tackle, the … Read More

Five Items For a New Pastor’s To-Do List

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Have you ever noticed how ideas seem to flow when you don’t need them? Throughout the year, you might have a dozen great ideas for a weekend getaway; but when a weekend is finally available for a trip, you can’t think of anything to do. Or maybe you’ve had a million “when I get around to it” moments only to … Read More