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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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Victory
Scriptures: Romans 12:2
KEY POINTS:

1. Never allow a bad experience, a failure, a shortcoming, or a mishap to stop you from trying again. Just because it doesn't work the first time doesn't mean it won't work the next time.
2. There is always a blessing to be found in a bad experience, in any experience really.
3. In order to upgrade (transform), you've got to think differently.
Will Rucker • Church Development
I believe with my whole heart that this church - Freedom Life Grace Church - is going to lead the movement for a new day in Las Vegas. You know they call this city "Lost Wages." I kind of like that one. The Bible lets us know "the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23) Imagine if Vegas became know all around the world for lost wages. Imagine if when people walk the strip, instead of seeing the stripped ladies, they see us - handing them a card that says, "Jesus stripped your sin." Or "The wages of sin got lost in Las Vegas."

Imagine if when people came to our city, the experienced the life and love of God. Imagine if our church was "the newest attraction in Vegas."
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, Lead Pastor | JaJuan Jackson, Co-Pastor
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