Category: Ryan

6 Things to Understand About Patiently “Bearing With Others”

By now, I am sure that you have read from the other blogs about how hard it is to patiently bear with others, including God. However, the concept that I’d like to convey is that patiently bearing with one another has a foundation in Christ and not self-will. It is important to understand that there more »

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Kindness Compels Me…Us

I remember as a child reading a book called “The Giving Tree.” A simple book about a boy and a tree which personified kindness.  The tree showed its love for the boy by sacrificial kindness. At each phase of the boy’s life, the tree gave him something that he asked for. Whatever the tree gave more »

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He Entrusted Me With This…

Almost six years ago, I met a man who would change my life forever. I wasn’t necessarily looking for him but merely happened upon him. Our humble exchange of words led to a wonderful friendship. He is an older man who had spent his life searching, seeking God in His Word, and his wisdom proved more »

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What I Think of When I Think of Christmas.

A dark night. White flakes falling down s  l  o  w l  y The air is brisk and the stars are dancing elegantly. Peace is often what comes to mind when I think of Christmas. It is a time when the chaos would slow down. The rush of the holidays diminishes and I can enter more »

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Why NOT to Face Your Fears…

Matthew 14:26-32 ESV 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command more »

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Worship-The Door

In the first blog of this series on worship, Ashlee introduced you to the fact that worship is really about where you find your worth or in who you find your worth. In the second post, Sarah Beth looked at the tabernacle and how it was built. She also helps us see that because of more »

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I Will Be Comforted

I stood there mourning. I couldn’t stop. My sin had been revealed and I was ashamed of allowing its poison to seep through the very chambers of my heart. Sin took me farther than I ever wanted to go and took more than I ever wanted it to take. Sin was the result of an more »

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Part 3: Rulers of the Heart: 2 Options

If your childhood was anything like mine, you probably loved Saturday mornings for the cartoons. No matter which cartoon was your favorite, it seems like every time a character had to solve some sort of moral dilemma we witness two familiar characters appear on the scene. Do you remember? From thin air, a little angel more »

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Part 2: Affects and Heart of Laziness

My car came to a grinding stop in front of the house. “I need to get those brakes fixed”, I thought to myself. I pushed the car door open, grabbed my back pack, and took my time to get to the front door. The sun was bright and warm compared to the damp classrooms I more »

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Prayer for the Transform Staff

So the summer schedule is coming fast and the interns arrive a week from today! Once they are here, it will be a spring to the month of August as we race through summer training and camps! Needless to say…we are ecstatic! However, what we do desire is prayer as we move into this time! more »

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Part. 1: You have 2 Options, Laziness or…

  Sometimes I just don’t want to do what I am supposed to do. In high school, I had the hardest time paying attention. The slightest movement outside the window would grab my attention and my mind was gone. The desk became my ball and chain and the classroom was a prison. All I wanted more »

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Ryan’s Life Transformed

                                         This morning as I drove into work, I was hit afresh with fond memories of Boot Camp. It’s hard to forget about the life-changing moments and friendships Boot Camp helps create. I can still remember more »

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Why Should Students Study the Bible: It’s More Than An Experience…

  It seems everyone wants to know God but no one wants to take the time to know God. Most people I have talked to feel that what it means to know God is having an “experience”. I’ve heard things like:  “I went to this conference and man I have never felt closer to God more »

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What Is Love?- Love Being About Me, Shopping, and the Skeptics

I just got married and I had a “reality-of-love” wake up call. The idea of love that I had birthed and nurtured in my mind for so many years had been torn apart and rebuilt the very first week of marriage! Please don’t get me wrong, it’s a wonderful tragedy because I discovered something…I am more »

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Thankful in an Election Year

  This year is an election year. Many of you have already gone to vote and many are probably heading that way this week. Do you feel the tension of an election year? I know that I do. I get so frustrated and bothered. It seems like most people I know have said, “Well, I more »

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Suffer for the Gospel Part 2

  “Remember Jesus  Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel, for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal but the word of God is not imprisoned” 2 Timothy 2: 8-9 In my first post on 2 Timothy, we took a look at the presentation of the gospel more »

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Suffer for the Gospel!

  “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me His prisoner; but join with me in the suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose more »

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Identity Crisis: Shame, Hope, and the Gospel

Last week, I talked about some of my struggles that I had in life. I was insecure and my insecurity was masked by an identity founded on popularity. I wanted others to think highly of me according to the world’s standards. Well, I am reminded that the “sand foundation” of popularity is quickly washed away more »

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Identity Crisis: My Struggle with Acceptance, Sin, and Who I Am

  Friday, Courtney Cumbest was honest with us about insecurities. As I read her blog, it made me want to share with you all some things the Lord has shown me about my own insecurities. I was extremely insecure growing up. In middle school and early high school, I was 4’10, chubby, zit-faced, wore braces, more »

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Studying the Bible Can Be Dangerous

  I am a huge advocate for Bible study. I believe it is the one thing that will consistently change and transform your life the more one studies it. I don’t mean just read a few verses here and there or read it as a pastor teaches. No, I mean take it and tear it more »

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Be Diligent and Be Approved By God

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”- 2 Timothy 2:15 The Bible is simple yet complex. It is the bread that gives life and it’s the double edge sword that can cut to the quick. It is the more »

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Disciple, Discipline, and Being Disciplined.

In high school, I was involved with a group of guys that met on Monday evenings. We were a group of about eight or so that were disciples of a more mature man in the faith. We were a close knit group and we encouraged each other to be disciplined in the ways of the more »

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The Shepherd’s Staff

I have been sitting in my chair praying, listening to the song “House of God, Forever” by Page, and wondering what I was going to write about the topic of surrender. There are many angles and stories I could give in my own life but there is a line in this song that states, “Your more »

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The Death of a Son

I was reading an article in the news recently about a father who had killed his two sons and then took his own life. I couldn’t help but feel disgusted, disturbed, and saddened by the selfishness of this man. Even though I’m not a dad, I can’t fathom the idea of taking the life of more »

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Thankful Giving

I recently have been reading through Ephesians and there is a section in that passage that talks about how husbands should love their wives. Paul states that husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church. It was then that I started pondering, “How did Christ love the church?” What were the lengths more »

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Temptation is Ultimately Not About You

School is around the corner, and there will be so many temptations that come along with the new schoolyear. That’s why I believe it’s important to know something about temptation: it’s not about you, it’s about God! You might be saying, “What are you talking about?” Let me explain before you write me off. I’ve been more »

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