Recruiting Network: The Church’s Role in God’s Mission

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This is the third post in a series on “seekers.” Previous posts have established that Sinners do not seek God naturally (Romans 3:10-11) God seeks and saves sinners (Luke 19:10) The Holy Spirit draws sinners to seek Him (John 3:8) But that does not mean that sinners are automatically converted without being evangelized. That leads to the question this post will discuss:   What is … Read More

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 First Gospel Message

Scott AtteberyChristian Living

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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

Batting Practice and Spiritual Growth

Scott AtteberyChristian Living, Discipleship

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Bryce took a batting lesson last week. I listened carefully so that I could work with him in the days following. The coach was very clear in his instruction and patient in his approach. I knew that one lesson wouldn’t suddenly turn my seven-year-old into a major league slugger. Everyone knows that even the most talented athlete has to practice … Read More

Victory in Discipline

Scott AtteberyChristian Living

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My son, Bryce, is seven. Up to this point, he hasn’t warranted any severe discipline from me. Most of the time, just giving him a look or a serious word of caution has been sufficient. But, I imagine the day is coming when a more stringent measure of discipline will be necessary. And it will be painful. Painful? Yes, painful … Read More

We Love Gay People

Scott AtteberyChristian Living, Church, Culture9 Comments

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Several years ago, I published this article in a denominational paper. Needless to say, it received mixed reviews -some positive, some negative. Nonetheless, I think the issue is just as important as it was then -and certainly more relevant. I look forward to hearing your feedback.   Let’s put this in perspective. Fact: Homosexuality is a sin against God. Fact: … Read More

Why Gay Bashing Betrays Christ

Scott AtteberyChristian Living, Culture7 Comments

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I have quite a few friends who are gay. Often, as I scroll through social media, I will stop to read something one of them has posted. I cringe when they re-post and comment on a Christian article condemning homosexuality. My frustration is not over declaring homosexuality is a sin. That is a biblical statement upon which the church must not … Read More

Did Jesus Battle Depression?

Scott AtteberyChristian Living3 Comments

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Did Jesus battle depression? Seems like a strange question at first, but consider Isaiah’s prophesy of the coming Messiah: “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3). That certainly sounds like someone dealing with the symptoms of depression. So why do we immediately push back at the thought that Jesus might … Read More

Practice Public Prayer

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Growing up in Church, I remember questioning the need for public prayer. After all, didn’t Jesus tell us to go into our closets to pray? And what about His critique of the Pharisees who loved to stand and pray loudly for show? It turns out, however, that Jesus is not against public prayers –He’s simply against arrogant prayers. Jesus is … Read More

It’s OK to Hide

Scott AtteberyChristian Living7 Comments

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My son can’t figure out how I can find always find him so quickly when we play hide and seek. One day it will occur to him that talking trash while he’s hiding isn’t such a good idea. Interestingly, the concept of hiding has been around at least as far back as Genesis chapter 3. Sin entered the human race … Read More