Come Forward, Go Forward

The preacher calls out “Stand to your feet!” and for an inexplicable reason, my heart is pounding uncontrollably. I feel anxious, and somehow I know that if I don’t follow his exhortation to stand, this could very well be the last opportunity I have to choose God. A tug-of-war in my mind ensues; excuses and fears pull my heart away from Jesus, but then unexpectedly, instantly, and boldly, in a moment of faith and courage that was not in me before, I stand to my feet. The crowd disappears, my worries dissipate, and now I don’t care what they think; it’s just Jesus and me. Tears flood my eyes as I realize it is my sin that He paid for on the cross at Calvary… and yet He loves me. God isn’t angry with me; He accepts me even with my extreme imperfection. Then the preacher instructs us to come forward. We gather near the stage, and while I know that he encouraged and prayed for us, I really can’t recall what he said. What I do know is that this moment was both the end and the beginning. It was the end of my life, as I had known it and the beginning of my new life in Christ. It was the most imperative day of my life; the day I was transformed by the grace of God.

Easter provides a unique opportunity for the Gospel as we focus in on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Above is glimpse of what coming forward may have looked like. Perhaps you heard the call to “come forward” as the Spirit of God brought conviction of sin upon your heart. While physically getting out of your seat does not determine the validity of your response to this call, it can be discernably measured. James 2:17-18 says it this way: “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead…I will show you my faith by my works.” The proof that you have come forward is conveyed by how you go forward.

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Easter 2012: A Day To Remember

Depending on where you’re at spiritually, Easter service can range from a meaningful experience to a merely mediocre church-oriented observance. For many who attended the Reliance Church service, Easter was the life-altering day they met Jesus and started a relationship with Him.

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Reading the Bible: 4 Key Reasons Why It’s Just Good Sense

 

1. The Bible leads us to fruitfulness. Psalm 1:1-3 (NKJV) says, “Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly. . . . But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” Reading and meditating on the God’s Word continually will not only bless us, but is enables us to be beneficial and useful to the Lord.

 

2. The Bible displays the character of God. How are we to ever learn to recognize the sound of God’s voice if we devote no time to studying it in Scripture? Since the Bible is “God-breathed,” or, inspired directly from God, it is a one hundred percent reliable account of the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament, who are both one in the same. The depictions of both God and his Son in the Bible reveal intimate details of their characters. Want to glean a clearer understanding of who God is? Start reading the Bible! In essence, time spent studying the Word, is time spent studying the character of God.

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High School Knott’s Berry Adventure

If you’re a high school student and don’t yet have any grandiose spring break plans for April 3rd, you’re in luck, because we have an epic adventure lined up for you! How does, a day of no homework, chilling with friends, rollercoasters, and trekking around an amusement park sound?

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A Biblical Approach to Fear

 

Wouldn’t our Christian existence be wonderful without fear? Some even wonder why a God that loves us so much would even allow it to infiltrate our minds. God does not cause fear, but nevertheless, we are living in a fallen world, so fear exists and can work itself into our lives. However, we can resist the vise grip of fear by fixing our minds on the Lord. God has made it clear that He didn’t give us the spirit of fear, as illustrated in 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (NKJV).

 

So where does fear come from then?

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Is Your Tank On Empty?

 

Are you feeling exhausted, burdened, or just burned out?  It can definitely be challenging to keep up with all of our responsibilities and activities.  Our mental and emotional faculties are consumed by our professional and personal lives, and what little energy we have left, we want to pour into our friends and families. This quickly leads to feeling overwhelmed, depleted, and ineffective. Don’t worry; you are not alone!  You can conquer this feeling of emptiness by taking two simple steps

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Know Your Adversary

Why would anyone want to know Satan? It probably seems odd that we, as Christians, would want to know anything about him except that we should stay far away from him! However, as Christians, it is imperative to be aware of our greatest enemy who despises us and the Lord we serve. We ought to be aware of his nature and tactics so we are not surprised when he is at work. God’s Word enables us to learn key information about the Enemy, enabling us to be sensitive to his attacks and prevail!

 

Before you accepted Christ into your life, God and Satan were in a battle for your soul. The moment you surrendered your life to God, and accepted Jesus as your savior, you eradicated Satan’s deadly grip on your life. However, by choosing God’s side, you also signed yourself to be one of Satan’s enemies.

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Your Blood Could Save A Life

Did you know that a pint of blood could save up to three lives? By donating blood, you are helping to contribute to the ready supply of blood that saves countless lives. Many blood recipients would not have survived the medical trauma they endured without the extra life-sustaining blood they received.

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Marriage Conference Audio

In case you missed this past marriage conference, or you simply weren’t able to make it, we wanted to make the audio from those four sessions available for everyone! Feel free to listen, download, and share with friends!

Note: we apologize for the audio quality of the first session, as there was an error in the recording. The rest are bearable, we promise!

CLICK TO LISTEN: Session 1

CLICK TO LISTEN: Session 2

CLICK TO LISTEN: Session 3

CLICK TO LISTEN: Session 4

“I Can’t, Won’t, or Don’t Have To”: Lies That Lure Us Away From Church

Church attendance is a big issue in today’s society. It’s not uncommon to hear the statement, “No, I don’t go to church regularly, but God knows my heart.” Yet Hebrews 10:25 (NLT) tells us “…let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Chances are you’ve heard someone professing, “I’ll get right with God once I’ve had my fun. I’ll eventually get around to it, I’ve got time.” 2 Corinthians 6:2 (NIV) addresses that attitude: “..I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” Church attendance is distinctly biblical, so what’s holding us back?

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