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Back to the Guitar: My 6-String History and Journey Back to Playing, Part 1

November 12, 2017 at 9:00 pm by Scott Roberts

back-to-the-guitar-my-6-string-journey-back-to-playing-part-1An enormous part of who am I, or at the very least, who I wanted to be at one point, is a guitar player.

I had been severely bitten by the guitar bug somewhere around the tender age of twelve, right at the height of Van Halen’s massive popularity, before vocalist David Lee Roth left the group in 1985.

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How Much Should We Revere God’s Word, and Should Bible Pages Be Marked Up?

November 01, 2017 at 10:51 am by Scott Roberts

should-bible-pages-be-marked-upWhen I was a teenager, I was taught by my mom to revere the Bible. It was good that she instilled in me a healthy respect for Holy Scripture, as it is, of course, the inspired Word of God; here is 2 Timothy 3:16-17, which I often quote: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” [emphasis mine] In doing so, my mother perhaps took this reverence thing a little too far. She stressed to me to never place other over books physically on top of any Bible. For example, if I were carrying a pile of books or resting them on a table, and a Bible was one of them, then God’s Word needed to always on top and out in front. To do otherwise was to show great disrespect…

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Book Review – Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons

October 09, 2017 at 8:30 pm by Scott Roberts

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Let’s face a sobering fact: We as followers of Jesus now dwell in a post-Christian world. In Western society, we are no longer the majority, therefore when it comes to related sociological constructs such as marriage, sex, politics, and morality in general, Christians – especially those of us in America – are losing the influence we once had in decades past.

So how are we as believers supposed to interact in society that’s exponentially growing and promoting things that are the antithesis of Christian thought and Christian values? That is a blazingly wonderful concept definitely is begging for more coverage in books and sermons.

David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons try to tackle this matter in their book “Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme.” Do they succeed at giving this crucial topic it deserves? Read on to find out…

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Don’t Believe in Yourself…Seriously!

September 13, 2017 at 10:23 pm by Scott Roberts

dont-believe-in-yourself-self-loveQuite possibly the single greatest problem that has ever plagued mankind is the sin of pride. The iniquity of taking our focus off of God and applying it to ourselves in the guise of self-love and self-reliance is something that goes literally back to the Garden of Eden.

Adam and Eve were deceived by Satan’s lie that by doubting God and going our own way, Eve could “be like God’ (Genesis 3:5). As a result of this very act…

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How to Memorize the Bible

July 26, 2017 at 7:05 pm by Scott Roberts

 ways how to memorize bible versesAll Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

If you are in any way a follower of Jesus Christ, digging into Scripture is an absolute must for essential Christian living, and…

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Book Review – Wounded in the Church by Chris Hayward and Ray Beeson

July 25, 2017 at 3:13 pm by Scott Roberts

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We’ve all heard sorrowful tales of how certain Christian leaders and congregation members practice hypocrisy, psychological manipulation, shaming, criticism and rejection towards newer church goers.

This feeling of hurt, dejection and betrayal of the most often heard reasons why people leave the church and shun organized religion.

Wounded in the Church: Hope Beyond the Pain,” by Chris Hayward and Ray Beeson, was written to address these issues.

The book is rooted in Biblical truth and the Gospel, and…

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How to Fight Writers Block

June 26, 2017 at 8:00 pm by Scott Roberts

Everyone gets it, and it’s totally unavoidable: the painful and dreaded Writer’s Block. It doesn’t matter if you blog about your kids, write about local business and politics, or talk about your favorite heavy metal bands, or even pen New York Times bestsellers; at one time or another you’ll run smack into a creativity brick wall with ostensibly no way around it.

Not to worry, though, here are some tricks that will help you blast through that barrier and allow yourself to finish your article, blog post or latest…

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The Yellow Light – Are We As Christians Too Much Like This World?

June 16, 2017 at 12:30 pm by Scott Roberts

yellow-light-are-we-as-christians-too-much-like-the-world road rage“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2

Although the practice of email forwarding is waning because of the proliferation of sharing on social media instead, I still get a decent number various messages, jokes, sayings and pics fulling up my inbox. Oh, I do have to quickly mention that the overall volume of these emails that I receive has gone down by approximately 37%…

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Darth Vader in Church?

June 07, 2017 at 10:12 am by Scott Roberts

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Some churches are adding movie and TV quotes, references and even showing video snippets from these assorted media in order to draw in the “seekers.”

Not too long ago, there was something that made me raise my eyebrows. I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and came upon a sponsored post advertising a grand opening for a new church here in Missouri. Instead of a typical marketing thrust featuring concepts and ideas surrounding Christ, the cross, God’s love, or being family-friendly, this church had placed, of all things, a cartoon picture of a Star Wars Stormtrooper helmet with the church’s logo! I kid you not. They were presenting this to be many people’s first impression of their church. Accompanying this Facebook post was a video from the church’s pastor promoting a “win this helmet” contest, and a chance to meet and have your picture taken with people dressed up in Stormtrooper and Darth Vader outfits if you attended the church that coming weekend!

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One of the Best Things You’ll Read All Week: Wrestling with God

May 30, 2017 at 2:50 pm by Scott Roberts

Jacob Wrestling with GodI typically wouldn’t put up a direct “repost” of other blog articles, but here is something that I found today that is extremely powerful.

Dena Johnson penned a great piece for iBelieve.com titled, “How Wrestling with God Will Change You Forever.” People, this Biblical message will open your eyes and transform you like few things have!

It’s based on the wrestling match that Jacob had in Genesis 32. Instead of…

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