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Firsthand Experience | Day 3

Firsthand Stillness Today’s scripture to meditate on: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” -Psalm 46:10 The following is an excerpt from Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own by Ryan and Josh Shook. Think about it. When […]

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Firsthand Experience | Day 2

Secondhand Knowledge vs. Firsthand Experience There’s a big difference between secondhand knowledge and firsthand experience. Ever since I was a little girl, I have always been fascinated by the Grand Canyon. I read books about the Grand Canyon. I learned about the power of the Colorado River as it tears through the rock and continues […]

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Firsthand Experience | Day 1

Relationship over Religion Today we begin a powerful and life changing adventure: The Firsthand Experience. I encourage you to connect everyday to the blog for the next 30 days with the purpose of experiencing God firsthand. The reason we read the Bible is not to increase our knowledge but rather to grow closer to Jesus […]

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Embracing the Moment

If I’m going to tap into the power of community, I have to embrace every moment. The miracle is always in the moment. The miracle always comes from embracing the here and the now. We vastly overestimate the power of yesterday, and we live in our regrets. We vastly overestimate the power of tomorrow, and […]

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Holy Interruptions

So, I have to redefine greatness, and I need to be sensitive to, what I call, holy interruptions. When I start forgetting that real fulfillment comes through connection and relationship, God always gives me that holy interruption. And I define them as God’s greater purpose disguised as an annoying interruption to my man-made plan. I […]

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Be All There

Wherever you are, be all there. Over the last few years, I’m really learning more and more to practice the art of being all there. And that’s why God said in Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” When we live our life speeding down the freeway of success going 100 miles […]

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Firsthand | A Faith That Frees

  Excerpt from Ryan & Josh Shook’s new book, Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own. Visit FirsthandBook.com.         Imagine what it would be like to come alive and experience the freedom of firsthand faith. This might surprise you, but we think that one of the most important payoffs of […]

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Firsthand | A Faith That Is Real

    Excerpt from Ryan & Josh Shook’s new book, Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own. Visit FirsthandBook.com.         After years of going to church, following the rules, and trying to replicate the faith of our parents, we had to admit that something was fading fast in our […]

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Awkward Love

I have to risk being awkward. True love does just that. Meeting someone’s needs in love doesn’t come naturally. I have to step out and be awkward in order to meet their needs. Jesus did this. In John 1:44 it says, “The word become flesh and lived here among us.” It must have been so […]

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