Finding God's Winning Spirit

God's Winning Spirit

Balance

October 7, 2013 | Greg Smith | Sports
I often recall what my high school baseball coach used to tell us during infield practice. He would hit us ground balls, then yell, “Make the ball play you, don’t play the ball.” What he meant by this advice was, as infielders, we should never try to guess where the ball was going to bounce and then try to get there. He wanted us to get in front of the ball, get set, and take what came. He told us that if we attempted to guess where the ball was going to bounce, we would be on our heels and often out of position. One approach was based on doubt and uncertainty while the other was based on confidence and faith. The point here is that if we do not have a firm foundation and our lives are not based on the fundamentals of our faith, then we are constantly off balance.
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Applied Theology

September 20, 2013 | Greg Smith | Theology
Applied theology to me is not an academic body of material, an examination of data or even the translation of fact to practice. It is not about cognitive or intellectual pursuit - it is about living spiritually. It is not about knowing but rather about doing. It is not the study of why we do what we do (that would be religious psychology) – it is about becoming who we can be. It is not just about knowledge - it is about faith. It is not about what we can prove - it is about what we believe.
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Accountability - Foundation to Our Faith

September 12, 2013 | Greg Smith | Christianity
God gave us “free choice” so we could have a relationship with him. Our ability to have a relationship with God is what separates us from all other creatures, and what separates Christianity from all other religions. Our ability to have a relationship with our creator is a privilege and with privilege comes responsibility and with responsibility comes accountability.
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The Power in Being Justified

September 2, 2013 | Greg Smith | Freedom
Many Christians struggle with the doctrine of Justification. Some just do not know the definition which basically is: God’s saying to us that the demands of His law have been fulfilled in the righteousness of His Son. If I were to guess, I would think most Christians struggle with the concept of justification because they are uncomfortable with grace. The fact is, that many times it is hard to fathom that God has freely forgiven us. Once again the trouble starts when we try to understand God through our own human experiences instead of believing what He has told us. Let me give you an example of how this plays out.
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