I grew up in a very strict environment. No TV, no jewelry, no competitive sports. Women wear dresses at all times and don’t cut their hair. It was the only way I knew to follow for a long time.
No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. - Genesis 17:5
The Christian life of obedience is not about following strict rules.
The abundant life Jesus offers you is a journey of faith. It won't happen by accident. Daily surrender is required, but it's not about letting go and letting God. It's about running to Jesus, holding on to him, and saying "Yes" to what he asks you to do. It's admitting that you can't do it without him — that you need the Holy Spirit to empower you.
Praying is simply having a conversation with God. It's asking Him for your needs, yes, but it's also a time when you can praise Him for who He is and learn to hear His voice.
We know it can be hard to remember and articulate all the things you've learned about sharing the Gospel. So, as you teach others, we're here to do the heavy lifting.
Have you ever had someone tell you that your Christian faith is a crutch? Well, the best response we've heard to that is: "Absolutely." Our faith helps us see that we are all broken people who really need to borrow strength from a Savior, to lean on a deep and abiding faith. We are always growing, always depending on the grace of God.
Connecting with like-minded people who genuinely care about one another is a gift we take for granted all too often. But it's not always rosy; sometimes, friendship gets messy.