She Lives Beyond the Grave

Scott AtteberyChristian Living, Discipleship

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Soon it will be Bryce’s birthday. That means I’m in party-planning mode. I imagine what it would be like if my wife, Jill, was planning his party. (Jill passed away three months after Bryce was born.) I can see her organizational skills going to work –the “invite list” would have been a mile long and everyone would have received a … Read More

The “Aha Moment” of Marriage

Scott AtteberyChristian Living

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Marriage is like a globe. The globe is real. You can touch it, spin it, study it, and learn from it. However, the globe is not the end of the conversation. Do you remember the first time someone explained to you that the globe was just a small symbol of something greater? We call it an “Aha Moment.” The globe … Read More

Free at Last

Scott AtteberyChristian Living

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In 2013, Daniel Larsen was recently declared innocent after 45 years in a Southern California prison. I can’t imagine the mixed emotions –rejoicing for being freed, angry for being imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. Surely the question has gone through Larsen’s head: “Why do bad things happen to good people?” But this is a baseless question according … Read More

Don’t Discount Students

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Today begins the 27th annual SOAR student conference. I attended the first SOAR conference as a seventh grader who was more interested in girls than God’s Word. During one of the sessions, the conference’s founder, Bobby Tucker, shared the story of a girl who had begun a Bible club at her school. For some reason, the idea intrigued me. That … Read More

Government Sponsored Missions

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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!

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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