The Anatomy of a Disciple

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Mar 5 The Spiritual Wilderness

Posted by Brad Bell

What do you do when you don’t feel like God is there? To be honest with you, there are times where I don’t feel super fired up, spiritually. I love Jesus, I’ve embraced the gospel, but I’m just having a hard time. I think it’s easy for many people to compartmentalize. If you’re having a bad day… More

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Nov 22 2016 Keeping Him in Our Sights

Posted by Brad Bell

In Isaiah 6, Isaiah sees a vision of the Lord seated on His throne with the train of His robe filling the temple, and he has an interesting reaction. In the presence of holiness, Isaiah recognizes the lack of holiness in himself. He falls on his face in confession, in worship and in an… More

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Nov 4 2016 RickNotes on The Anatomy of a Disciple

Posted by Dr. Rick Taylor

I have been asked by countless people, “How would you summarize The Anatomy of a Disciple?” Here is how I might describe it to someone: Most Christians hear bits and pieces about the Christian life from sermons, books, blog posts, Facebook chatter and the like, but few could ever describe the… More

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Oct 11 2016 The Time of Your Life

Posted by Dr. Rick Taylor

We often don’t understand and appreciate the time of life we’re in, or we make choices that make our time of life harder than it needs to be. It’s true that we are all individuals who can’t be pigeonholed into a set grid, but there are also some generalized times of life for people. Even though it… More

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Aug 12 2016 What We Can All Learn From Michael Phelps and Ray Lewis

Posted by The Anatomy of a Disciple

By now we’ve all seen the touching story of Michael Phelps struggles and recovery. While the story is incredibly inspiring it also contains a lesson for all of us. Michael Phelps credits the outreach of his friend, football player Ray Lewis, for his recovery. In Phelps time of need, Ray reached… More

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Jul 13 2016 Being a Friend When Someone Has Experienced a Loss

Posted by Dr. Rick Taylor

When Judy and I lost our 5 ½-year-old son Kyle, we were shocked and numb for several weeks. During that time, and through many conversations with others in the last 37 years, we have learned some of the best – and worst – practices for being a friend to someone who has experienced loss. Loss… More

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Apr 14 2016 The Necessity of Hope

Posted by Dr. Rick Taylor

Do you ever feel like your life is a rat race where you’re getting further and further behind and out of control, and you don’t see any way of getting beyond the daily grind? Most of us live lives that are filled with activities, work and play. We can get into a rut of one full day after another… More

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Apr 7 2016 Who Am I Going to Vote for to Be President?

Posted by Dr. Rick Taylor

When considering all of human history, having the opportunity to vote is a rare privilege. Many of the world’s population today, and most of it historically, had no say in who would be their national leader. To vote at all is a special gift God has allowed us to take part in. Understanding that… More

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Mar 12 2016 My Challenge to Our Church Staff

Posted by Brad Bell

One of the concerns I have as a pastor and leader is that conversations can very quickly move toward borderline inappropriate. One minute you’re talking and having fun, and the next thing you know, the conversation turns and it’s no longer edifying to the Lord. It starts as a little off-color joke… More

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