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To Jump or Not to Jump?
Theme of the Week: The Call to Courageous Faith
Sunday, August 31, 2014

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Who Said It … Owen Strachan

Owen Strachan is executive director of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood ( and assistant professor of Christian Theology and Church History at Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of Risky Gospel—the book from which this week's readings are adapted. He and his wife, Bethany, are members of Kenwood Baptist Church in Louisville. They have two children.

What he Said … To Jump or Not to Jump?

Many years ago a 16-year-old boy crouched in front of several friends and total strangers, trying to seize the courage necessary to jump off a rock into the waiting water below. It did not happen.

I could not do it.

I'm not sure that true manhood necessarily overlaps with such feats. But there was a parable in that moment that has repeatedly come to mind since that day. The takeaway was this: There are going to be moments in life, perhaps many, when it is not your circumstances that paralyze you. It is not physical or mental inability. No, what will stop you dead in your tracks is simpler.

It will be a lack of boldness. It will be a failure to see the power of God, and to risk everything in this world to gain him.

Key Study Passage: 2 Timothy 1:1-14

Adapted from Risky Gospel by Owen Strachan (Thomas Nelson, 2013; All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Lord, forgive me for times I've been ashamed of my faith or fearful about taking a stand for you. Fill me with your Spirit so that I will boldly follow you wherever you may lead.

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Curt Schleicher

August 31, 2014  9:54am

Moments have come and gone to stand up 'with boldness' and take a stand, alone in a crowd for Christ. i will always believe in Christ personally. But i lack the appropriate words to use. Maybe that's it--- the proper language at the right time. This can't keep going on like this. The next instance i discover myself tongue tied for words to express myself i will pray for God's assistance.

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Daniel Mielke

August 31, 2014  7:56am

In your opening statement you imply that we are not percuted for our faith here in this country. While it is not to the level in other countries, we are percuted in this country at ever increasing levels. The Consitution and Bill of rights have been interpeted to mean freedom from religion. Highschool football players that are Suspended for thanking GOD after a favorable play. Speakers that are not allowed to even mention God at graduation speeches. Companys that prohibit religious expression in the work place. Juriers that are told that the will be held in contempt if they do not remove crosses from their clothing. It gets more and more every year.

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