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Baptism Story!

One of the greatest opportunities to tangibly see the mission of Rock Bridge Community Church being lived out is through baptism. When people are connected to life in Christ, baptism is the next step! Jesus both modeled and commanded baptism as a symbol to tell the world that we are now living for Him. Here at Rock Bridge we love celebrating stories of people connecting to life in Christ. I want to share one of those stories from our recent baptism where well over 100 people took the next step...

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Fathers Day 2017

I love fathers day! It’s more exciting to me than my birthday. Fathers day normally is just another day. Not a big deal like mothers day is. And that's cool, but I LOVE THIS DAY! Did you know years ago when cell phones weren’t a thing Fathers day was the number one day for collect calls. Also, traditionally Fathers day is a very low attended Sunday at churches across the country... Total opposite of mothers day! That's saying something fellas.  Fathers Day should be a day of celebrating...

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A Father’s Call to Fight

By Craig Groeschel Learning to Fight the Enemy as a Man of God Each year when summer rolls around, my wife and kids honor me on Father’s Day. For me, Father’s Day is not only a day to reflect on the greatest blessings God’s given me — my family — but also a day to reflect on God, the ultimate Father. The Bible says that God is a God of mercy and grace. And Exodus 15:3 tells us “The Lord is a warrior; Yahweh is His name.” So if we’re created in God’s image, then it’s safe to say that being a...

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6 Tips on Raising a Large Family

by Jennifer Swartvagher I have eight children. Probably not enough kids to warrant a television special, but just enough to cause strangers in the grocery store to start counting the little heads trailing behind me. When I leave the house with all eight in tow, I brace myself for the onslaught of questions regarding my children’s paternity and whether or not I own a television. We never specifically set out to be raising a large family, but there was always a nagging feeling that there was...

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#6

"Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. Psalm 139:13-17 Well, Groves kid number 6 is on the way! As Kym and I were praying tonight, just thanking God...

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Don't Let the Enemy Steal Your Focus from Christ this Easter

By Debbie McDaniel It's no surprise that the enemy has plotted such great destruction through the evils of terrorism during this very week. Because it's Holy Week. And you can be assured, he's well aware of that. The most significant celebration of the year for believers all around the world, the time for remembering Christ’s journey to the cross, the celebration of his Resurrection, and the gift of new life. The enemy knows. And he hates it. Since the beginning of time, he's worked and...

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Who’s Getting the Glory?

By: Crisman Koechig Recently, I read a quote that stopped me dead in my tracks. The quote said this: Too often we ask God to glorify His name with ours. After reading it, I went back and read it again, and again. I could not stop thinking about that quote.  Then I read Psalm 115:1 which says, “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name goes ALL the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness.” Then I began thinking of all the times in my life where I was guilty of asking God to glorify...

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Pastors Can Make the Worst Friends

by Joshua Reich   Most pastors are nice people, they just don’t make good friends. That may seem harsh to say, but as a pastor, I think it is true. Hear me out. Pastoral ministry is an all encompassing job. It is highly relational, emotional, mental and spiritual. It can be draining physically and overwhelming. It isn’t harder than other jobs, it is just different. Because you can get a call at any moment with something that needs attention, many pastors burnout and struggle to have...

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Helping the homeless this winter

"Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than this." Mark 12:31 This is my buddy Darrell. He has been homeless for years. I met him a few years ago and we struck up a friendship. I've come to learn that this is not where he thought his life would end up.  Today, as we shared a Wendy's meal sitting on a bench outside of Bass Pro in East Ridge he talked of his childhood and growing up in the Highland Park area. He talked about his mom and dad and all the fun times they...

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When You Want to Quit Student Ministry (Leneita Fix)

One of the most frustrating conversations I have with friends is the “You should quit ministry” conversation. Sure, there are days when I want to quit, more than I care to admit. You know those days. They are filled with church politics, angry parents, mess-ups, complacent students, bad youth nights, and heartache. These are the moments in which tragedy occurs or the moments when a student we have discipled for six years decides following the Lord is just too hard. They are the moments you...

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Where is God when Tragedy Strikes?

I came across this blog post a few weeks ago at newspring.cc it's very fitting I feel for the present.  When tragedy, sickness, hardship or death strike it is to easy wonder, where is God? Perhaps you have asked that question when faced with a heartbreaking loss. How could God let this happen to me? The truth: God is always in control, and He loves you (John 16:27). This remains true despite what the circumstances may be. The Bible does not make circumstantial promises; God’s word is always...

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Parents-Your Teenager needs the Student Ministry!

Blog post from: Greg Stier (a fellow parent of a teenager and Founder of Dare 2 Share) Dear Parents of Teenagers, Thanks for all you do to invest in the life of your teenager(s). You probably feel like an uber driver (ready to pick them up/drop them off when they call), coach (helping them perfect their sport), tutor (working with them on homework), guidance counsellor (preparing them for the future) and, sometimes, a jockey (pushing them to cross the finish line...without a whip of...

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I Love Student Ministry!

I’ll begin with this: Change is a good thing! Don't believe me? Well, let me explain… It has already been four years since I stepped out of the world of full time student ministry into the role of being a Campus Pastor for Rock Bridge.  I have loved nothing more than pastoring such a great community of people in the great city of Ringgold! This weekend at Rock Bridge Ringgold was simply amazing! We baptized 6 people and had four max capacity services!  So don’t worry, that’s not where the...

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Pastors… You've been called out!

Blog by Pastor Rick Warren: As pastors, we tend to like to focus on “spiritual” things. But God is the Creator of our physical bodies, and it’s in our physical bodies that we live our spiritual lives out before others. Pastors have a tendency to let our physical health go unchecked, and we have plenty of excuses such as our busy schedules, our calendar being heavy with meal-centered meetings, and our need to be behind a desk a lot to feed people spiritually. For every excuse we can come up...

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Fruit of Self-Control

This past week we wrapped up a 9 week sermon series at Rock Bridge Community Church called "9 On The Vine" We have been taking a look at the 9 fruit of the spirit that is produced within those who are connected to the Vine.  This last message in the series was on the Fruit of "Self Control" It's was a great message that really spoke to me and is applicable to not only where I'm at in my journey to get healthy but to every aspect of my life. Question: • What is something in your life that is...

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The "Sinners Prayer" is it Biblical?

I grew up in a church culture that many got saved twice a year every year for 14 years. I can't tell you how many times I've heard things such as "If you are 99% sure you are 100% lost" and "If you leave here tonight and have a car wreck would your soul burn forever?" I understood at a young age that some were just trying to scare the hell out of the hearers. My youth group growing up. I loved it. Honestly I did. Some of the most amazing people who are doing incredible things in life now were...

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My motivation and addiction (part #1)

Motivation: I am eating better, losing weight, and getting my energy, and ultimately my life back! What was my wake up call you might ask? When it hit me that my weight was causing me to miss out on fully living life with my family, that gave me that push to really change the way I’ve been living. That is the motivation to get healthy I so desperately needed. I've never wanted to be "that dad" who stands (or sits) on the sidelines and yells directions at his kids. I want to SHOW them and...

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Physical Health is a Spiritual Matter. (Week 1 update)

Week one! It really wasn't that bad after Tuesday. The first few days I had a constant headache from the lack of sugar. But, Wednesday on it's not been bad at all! It has been totally worth it so far, I feel healthier already. Already down 12.9 pounds! Few things I've been thinking about as I start this journey that I want to encourage you who are joining me to get healthy as well as those who are just following along.   #1 Don’t depriving yourself of Food. Losing weight is not about removing...

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