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Fighting for intimacy in your relationships.

With social media so accessible, it’s easy to follow authors, speakers, pastors and others who have inspiring thoughts. A couple times a week I’ll read through them, but a few months ago I read something that stopped me in my tracks. Gary Thomas, the author of “Sacred Marriage,” wrote, “Married couples: the small patterns of…

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Shine Your Light

By Greg Grimstad You wake up on Sunday morning and pull out of your garage on your way to church. There’s a quiet hush over your neighborhood as you venture to the main street—not a soul in sight. It seems like everyone is still in bed or on the couch, pajama clad, reading the Sunday…

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Where your treasure is, there is your heart.

By Ray Zaffke It was so much fun growing up in the small northern Minnesota community of Longville. We had limitless lakes, rivers, and woods to explore, and the people in this resort community were fun and hard working. My first job was not really a normal work environment; you see, I was the owner…

RYB: Acts 23:1-35

Paul was brought before the high council because he had offended others. Paul was at the top of a blacklist for many Jews, and these Jews refused to let up until there was bloodshed . . . his blood shed. Even still, Paul stood strong and shared his story in front of the high priest, the high council, the officers and commander, as well as the governor. Even in the face of death, nothing could stop Paul from telling the truth to anyone who would listen! What obstacles do you face when sharing your faith? A judgmental friend, an impatient…

RYB: Acts 22:1-30

Paul had a story to tell. He once was so violently opposed to Christ followers that he threatened them, threw them in jail, persecuted them, and even had them killed. But on his way to lock up even more Christians in Damascus, Paul was stopped in his tracks. He was actually confronted by the voice of Jesus. And ever since that miraculous moment, Paul swung over to the other side, committed his life to Christ, and was set on teaching others about the Gospel everywhere he went. In the same way, you also have a story to tell. Where were…

RYB: Acts 21:1-40

Paul was never afraid when it came to sharing the message of Jesus. He knew it was the only thing worth telling, and even if that meant death, he was prepared and ready to do whatever it took to reach others for Christ. Who in your life has yet to know who Jesus is? How have you been bold in sharing about your faith? In what ways have you shied away from speaking the truth? Today, let’s follow the example of Paul and do whatever it takes to share the message of Jesus. Let’s push away fear, awkwardness, or procrastination,…

RYB: Acts 20:1-38

Paul never shrank from telling the Jews and Gentiles alike the one true message: the necessity of turning from sin and turning to God through faith in Jesus. But do we all carry this same conviction as strongly as Paul? Or have we let other things like money, sports, and a crowded schedule get in the way? When we decide to put our insecurities and idols aside and begin telling others about Jesus, we join the mission of a God who is powerful, personal, and life-changing. Like Paul, we can expect that some people may laugh in our faces. Others…