RYAN’S RAMBLINGS

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Confession Leads to Renewal

Opening Day in baseball. There is nothing like it. A day when every team starts fresh. A day when every fan can feel like their team has a legitimate chance to win the World Series. It is a day of new beginnings. A day when hope is restored.


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This Is Love

Spring is almost officially here (although we have had more than springlike temperatures lately) which means we can begin to see the “new life” around us. As spring arrives, we see the “rebirth” of plants that have laid dormant during the winter months. Flowers begin to bloom. We can hear the sounds of birds outside our windows. Spring brings a sense of starting over after the dreary winter.

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Refocusing on God’s Word

When taking any kind of trip, it is always best to know where you should be going. If you are going on a road trip, it would be best to map out the best route to take. When you go on a hike, it is important to have a map or compass to ensure you do not get lost. In order to arrive at the destination, you need to make sure you know where you are going.

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Preparing for the Future

We all prepare for the future in various ways. When we are young, we prepare for the future by deciding what we want to do with our lives. We decide what kind of job we want to be doing. This leads us to prepare by selecting the proper training needed – trade school, college, etc. We then pursue those things that will help us achieve those plans.

Some prepare for their future by


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Rebuilding Through Community

Have you ever built something? I like to “fiddle” around building things. I think this “hobby” grew from my love of LEGOs growing up. I like to build something and feel satisfied after the work is done. But I’ve found as an adult that when I’ve built things that I run into difficulties along the way. We have called these endeavors “Smith Projects.” It never fails that when I start a project, that I usually have to make at least 5 trips to Home Depot or Lowes


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God Protects His People

Growing up, I can remember the Nike ad campaign “Just Do It.” While the shoe company still uses that slogan, I can remember it everywhere as a child. While they sought to encourage consumers to buy their products so they could achieve their athletic dreams, this same mentality should hold true for followers of Christ. We should be living


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Refocusing on Holiness

Have you ever been appalled by what is happening in the world today? I know that I have a hard time turning on the news because I find that I quickly becoming upset by the atrocities that happen in today’s culture. I get frustrated by all of news of arguing, violence, and immorality


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God Sends Help

Did you know that passion is contagious? Robert Fried writes in his book The Passionate Learner, “More than knowledge of subject matter. More than variety of teaching techniques. More than being well organized or friendly or funny or fair. Passion. Passionate people


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Rebuilding God’s House

What were some of your “New Year’s Resolutions”? Did you want to lose weight this year? Did you want to eat healthier? Did you want to read your Bible more? Now that January is almost over, most of us, if we made resolutions, have probably fallen very short


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Rebuilding Struggles

Have you ever started something with great intentions and then struggled to keep it going? I know that many times I have started different projects but struggle to complete them. Sometimes the reason is that I get tired. Other times I lose focus. Most of the time, however,


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