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There's a lot going on with us here at Freedom Life Grace Church. We can't fit everything into a service or Bible Study so we have made this blog available to you as a resource, inspiration, and amusement. 

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Will Rucker • Sin
Scriptures: Genesis 2:15-17
Was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil actually two separate trees? Did it have two types of fruit? Genesis 2:16-17 records, "And the Lord God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die." From this passage the answer to my first question is apparently there is only one tree. It also doesn't record multiple fruits on the one tree. It's not like these modern trees that grow all types of different fruits from one plant.
Will Rucker • Christmas
When I see Christmas I see Jesus. I believe Christmas would be His most favorite time of the year. He would have adored the beautiful decorations, gift giving, all of the wonderful music, and families spending time together. Having a good time, and all of the other Christmas sentiments are all expressions of who Jesus is.
Will Rucker • Holy Spirit
One day I was sitting in a worship service, minding my own business, when the Spirit of God just grabbed a hold of me. He gave me this book right there in that service.
Will Rucker • Outreach
Scriptures: Hebrews 8:1-13
One of the most self-serving misconceptions that religion has promoted is the notion that "God needs ME to reach others for Him." Central to almost every religion I have studied is the idea that God wants His followers to convert others to that brand of faith. We can all agree that Pepsi and Coke are basically the same thing, just different flavors, but when it comes to religion, my flavor is the only truth.
Understand that there is a difference between sharing God with others out of a personal desire for them to experience the good things you enjoy and being forced to make people know your God.
General
What if I told you there's a church in Vegas that would accept you just as you are, no strings attached? That would show you (from the Bible) that God isn't ever mad at you and that He is actually very pleased with you? A church that would help you reach your full potential no matter how long it takes? Good News! Grace Church is here!
Faith
Scriptures: James 1:27
There's a lot of talk these days about finding Christianity without religion. It seems that religion has become the latest scapegoat for the ills of the world today - and not undeservingly. After all, the recent terror attacks on Paris, France, were carried out be to cries of "Allahu Akbar" meaning "God is [the] Greatest."
Religion has certainly played its role in many of the challenges that I faced in life. Because of what I heard in church I struggled for many years with self-acceptance, fear, and relationships. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing some of the most frequent misconceptions I hear from people I when I say, "I lost my religion."
Will Rucker • Bible
I would like this blog to leave you with more questions than answers. Bibliolatry - Bible worship - is rampant throughout the modern church, and that needs to be addressed. Rather than write a blog about how wrong it is, I'd rather simply spark a conversation. I've been known to take a bull in a china shop approach to topics like this in the past, but I've learned that it often does more harm than good.
Will Rucker • Marriage
A pastor from within my former denomination tagged me in a post. My assumption is that he genuinely wanted answers to these questions from someone who was "cut from the same cloth," so to speak. I also believe these answers will be helpful for those of you who also question how and/or if Christians can wave rainbow flags.
Will Rucker • General
Scriptures: Matthew 9:13
We ultimately want to be good. Our image of God is the one who is the blueprint of goodness. Whatever He is, we strive to become. God doesn't make mistakes, so in order to please Him, in order to be accepted by Him we can't make mistakes either. How silly of us to think that way. What an impossible standard we have created for ourselves. No wonder religion makes us crazy.
Will Rucker • General
One of my greatest frustrations with Christianity is its belief that Jesus is only found in it - that Jesus is somehow limited to revealing Himself only to those of a particular brand of faith. The truth of the matter is God is not a Christian and neither is Jesus. One of the most polarizing words in the world is Jesus, with Christian being a close second. Whether you are a Mormon, Catholic, or Protestant, Jesus is a big deal to your faith. I really find it interesting that Jesus is also a big deal in the Jewish faith, and Islam, too. So what is the problem?  

The problem with believing Jesus is a Christian, or more broadly, to follow Jesus one must call him or herself a Christian, is that it simply isn't true.

Will Rucker, Lead Pastor | JaJuan Jackson, Co-Pastor
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