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13 Apr 2015

Football?

Submitted by Stephen Winters

Our teenage son really wants to play football. He'd like to (hopefully) play football during the last 2 years of high school so that he might be able to go to college on a football scholarship.

My wife and I have been opposed to the idea. Over the past few weeks I

 

The thought seemed to come to me is can we trust God? Our son seems to be bent in a different way than we would like him to go. He goes out to play football with this friends any chance that he gets.

As I was out riding my bike yesterday afternoon

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6 Mar 2015

24 Hour Men's Retreat

Submitted by Stephen Winters

Earlier in my life, I went through 12 years of counseling (which ended in 2006). During that time I was a part of several groups where we really got real with one another. They were not Bible Studies (I've had my fill of those), but rather they were groups where we shared our deepest pains and failings. We supported and encouraged one another. Ever since I left counseling (and the last group ended) I have desired to find another such group. I have been part of a men's Bible study group that lasted for about 2 years, but that didn't meet the need to be real.

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7 Feb 2015

Praying to help God?

Submitted by Stephen Winters

I was recently at a meeting of Christians who were praying. On of the women there prayed this in her prayer:

"I pray that everything might turn out the way that God wants it to turn out."

I wondered why she said that and if she realized the implications of her prayer. Stop a minute and think about it. Ask yourself what that prayer might mean. Did she think that things wouldn't turn out like God wants unless she prayed that? Did she think that she was helping God by praying that type of prayer?

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28 Dec 2014

Done With "Church as Usual"

Submitted by Stephen Winters

Define "church"

I am 63 years old and I am done with traditional church (Actually, I've been "done" for a number of years, but haven't thought of it in those terms before. (see References below)).I'm tired, long tired, of being preached "at" and taught "at", I want to be interacted "with". Enough of having preachers speaking at me, and enough of having Bible teachers teaching at me. Just enough!!!

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