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A Prayer Request for Lily

2015-08-04 14.43.00

Friends,

 

Lana and I would like to ask you to join us in prayer for a specific need we’ve encountered with Lily Bird.

 

Since Lily was very little, we wondered whether some of her inability to speak and interact had to do with a problem hearing. We had everything tested several years ago and confirmed that she had only slight hearing loss – which everyone agreed would not be enough to impact speech development. We moved on to other areas of focus related to her health, and haven’t been back to address her hearing since 2009. When a child has Autism-type behavior, it often makes you wonder what she can really hear and what she just fails to acknowledge.

 

A couple of months ago, Lana pointed out that Lily seemed to startle when Lana walked into a room with her – even though she had been talking to her before entering. That led us to schedule a sedated ABR – a hearing test in which doctors put her under anesthesia and test her brain’s receptivity to sound prompts. That took place about a month ago, and kick-started our latest adventure.

 

After the exam, the doctors led us into a conference room – which we’ve learned by now usually means we’re going to get some heavy news. Sure enough, the test revealed that Lily had lost a significant amount her hearing. She has mild-to-moderately-severe hearing loss in her right ear, and profound hearing loss in her left ear – meaning that she hears virtually nothing out of that one. They recommended that she receive hearing aids as soon as possible, and then follow up with another hearing test in six months to see whether the condition is getting worse or has stabilized (and in case you’re wondering, they have no idea what caused it). After that test in six months, she’ll meet with a doctor who specializes in cochlear implants to see whether she is a candidate.

We anticipated hearing about some measure of hearing loss because of the observed behavior, but the magnitude of her loss was a big blow. We haven’t shared it with many people up to now because we needed some time to collect our own thoughts and pray about what comes next.

 

Once you have all of the information about something like this, it’s easy to look backward and see evidence that she could not hear: Many of you know how much she likes to watch the Backyardigans on her IPad. For some time, she has been holding the IPad up to her right ear rather than watching it so she can listen to the music. Looking back, she’s only held things to that ear for a while now. As you can imagine, such revelations make us feel awful that we didn’t investigate sooner, but we’ve remembered two things: we did ask our doctors about it and ran tests on these things, and wouldn’t have imagined that the hearing loss would grow worse for no apparent reason. Second, all of Lily’s challenges tend to combine with such an overwhelming set of needs that it’s easier than you would imagine to miss the clues for one specific problem.

 

On the other hand, we see this as an opportunity for tremendous breakthroughs in her development. Who knows how much of her speech development – or ability to learn – has been hindered by being unable to hear?

 

Lily will receive hearing aids this afternoon (October 8). The doctors have made it clear that they will have a profound impact on her life right away. They have also shared, however, that the hearing aids can only offer amplification; they cannot offer clarity. That means, depending on the damage, it’s possible that she only hears a louder version of muffled sounds.

 

So as she receives the devices today, would you join us in praying for two things?

 

  1. That she would have CLARITY as she begins to hear again.
  2. That she would not lose any more of the hearing that she has right now.

 

God has brought Lily through some tremendous challenges in her young life, and we have no doubt that He can bring her through this one. We’re praying that this new obstacle could actually be the key that opens the door to a new world for the Bird. Thank you for joining us in prayer!

 

PS: If you join us for the “Arbor Fun Walk” on October 24, we can celebrate Lily’s “new ears” together as we raise funds for The Arbor School – a wonderful organization serving children with all sorts of disabilities in West Houston. You can register here for “team Lily”: http://www.arborfunwalk.org/event_info.php

 

When God Calls…

2014 is a year of transition for the Rush Household. Today, I announced to my congregation that I sensed God calling me to another church. Bannockburn Baptist Church, the wonderful congregation I’ve had the privilege of pastoring for the past decade, has been as good to me and my family as any pastor could hope for. They have cheered us on, laughed with us, cried with us, celebrated our victories, and encouraged us during our weakest moments. 

I’ve always admired pastors who stayed in one place their entire ministries, and had every intention of being one of those leaders. However, I’ve been reminded that I have a calling from God – not a career. And that means I must follow His lead. 

I’m excited about the future, as the Rush family moves to Katy, TX – just west of Houston – to connect with another wonderful group of people and share Jesus’ message of grace and hope with the world. But I cannot put into words the gratitude I have for ten years of sharing life with such an incredible, loving group of people. I’m also excited for the future of Bannockburn. God has raised up an amazing staff and an entire church of servant leaders who are passionate followers of Jesus Christ. I have the firm conviction that the same Good God who is calling me away is Good and Faithful to bring someone amazing to be the next shepherd of this miracle church. 

Yesterday was a sad one, because I began the month of goodbyes with friends I love. But today is already better…

Because God is faithful. 

and His plans are better than mine. 

and the very best place for any of us to be is in the center of His will.

and in just a little while, because of Jesus, we can be together again anyway for a reunion that lasts eternity. 

 

What Bothers Me Most About the Scout Debate

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In the past forty-eight hours, my email inbox has been flooded with alarming warnings about the historic implications of the decision by Boy Scouts of America leaders to admit young men who openly claim to be homosexual. To be fair, I share the concern of many Americans that the sweeping change in public opinion is bringing forth swift and at times irrational decisions in this area. Still, I think the seemingly sudden shift in sentiment for all things related to gay rights has revealed a flaw in much of Christian thinking:

We shouldn’t be against gay rights because we are against homosexuals. We should question gay rights because we don’t believe homosexual tendencies or lifestyle define any person. Period.

When it comes to the Boy Scouts, just because a young man believes himself to “be gay” doesn’t mean parents, Scout leaders, or others should believe him to be so. He may have some tendency to be attracted to young men, or something in his past that drew him away from the heterosexual norm (and by norm – for the sake of this blog – I mean the lifestyle that over 98% of the population claims, according to a recent study.) According to Scripture, God’s plan for everyone is either to enjoy a single life or to marry someone of the opposite gender. So why do so many in the Church seem to be identifying people solely on this particular preference – as if we agree that they were born this way? Instead, why wouldn’t we treat homosexual tendencies as one variable of a person’s choices rather than his or her core identity? When we exclude someone from a congregation, or family, or Scout troop, because they claim to be “gay,” aren’t we acknowledging the lie that they are who they are and cannot change?

With all of the publicity over the gay agenda in the past six months, I think a lot of people are missing the point: in at least a half century of attempting to do so, no one has offered any substantive evidence that anyone is born a homosexual. No one.

In fact, one recent headline grabber related to gay rights unintentionally makes my point about the myth of the homosexual identity. It came from the announcement of NBA player Jason Collins that he was gay. Ironically, he might have been more honest to say he had chosen the homosexual lifestyle, since he actually had been engaged to a woman as recently as four years ago. Of course, he instead argued that it was his heterosexual behavior that was the choice, and his homosexual behavior was his true identity. But lost in the story was what I would deem the most important part: that Jason Collins has a straight twin brother. If homosexuality was a genetic part of one’s nature, after all, wouldn’t one’s genetic twin have the exact same nature? This is exactly why homosexuality twin studies have been a consistent “best kept secret” among the homosexual population: they consistently disprove a genetic factor. (See Schacter, Daniel L., Gilbert, Daniel T., and Wegner, Daniel M. (2009) “Psychology”. Worth Publishers: 435.)

I believe that much of the current debate is the result of decades of mistakes in the American Church. Instead of facing the issue of homosexuality with healthy conversation and an honest look at the factors that may have led people into this lifestyle, many reacted with anger, rejection, and cruel jokes. It’s as though we – and not them – really believed that participation in such activity completely defined who they were, and left them beyond redemption.

I also fear we will make the same mistake again with Boy Scouts. Our church hosts a troop, and has for many years. If a young man wanted to participate who was struggling with his sexual identity, I hope our leaders would welcome him with open arms – and refuse to accept that this is the only aspect of the young man’s identity. I’m not talking about coercive reparative therapy happening during Scout meetings. I’m talking about sharing the love of Christ with a young man. And I have tremendous confidence in the powerful influence of Godly male mentors.

When the next Scout debate comes along – the one over allowing Scout Leaders who participate in the homosexual lifestyle – I will be far more interested in the outcome. This is not because I hate anybody, or I am falling into the trap of core identity based on choice. It is because, apart from all of the PR efforts thrust upon us to the contrary, there is evidence that this could be a risk to children.

In the meantime, I challenge you to join me in looking beyond the labels and see the people all around us who are longing to hear about the love of Christ – regardless of the choices they have made or are making.

How to Celebrate Your New Baby Without Infant Baptism

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As a pastor, I come across parents all the time who came from a Catholic or Mainline denominational background, and face a genuine dilemma. They have the desire to commemorate the spiritual significance of their children’s birth, and often face the perceived pressure to baptize their baby. But as they have grown in their understanding of Scripture, they have become convinced that baptism is something reserved for those who are ready to express the faith they have personally placed in Jesus.

The inclination to celebrate the moment is both natural and wonderful – and there are certainly ways to celebrate a meaningful milestone without compromising your convictions. Consider these three recommendations:

1. First and foremost, stand firm on your desire to postpone baptism for later. You may receive outside pressure from family members and grandparents – or internal pressure from guilt – about forsaking longstanding tradition. But choosing to follow the truth of the Scripture will allow your child to experience the joy of baptism once he makes his own decision for Christ – and can mark that moment with the picture of being buried with Christ. In fact, many of those who feel so strongly about infant baptism are really speaking from a desire to ensure that the child is raised to worship Jesus. So when you explain your motives and reasoning to even the most traditional, many will understand and appreciate the path you are choosing.

2. Look for an opportunity to dedicate your child to the Lord in a worship service. Lots of churches celebrate a time of “Child and Family Dedication” at certain times of the year. This often entails an introduction to the congregation, and a prayer over your child by the pastor. At Bannockburn, we take this a step further by preceding the presentation with a four-week “Legacy Class.” During this time together, each parent establishes a set of core values and goals for raising the child in a strategic, intentional, and spiritual way – creating the best opportunity for success. We use the Raising Wallbreakers curriculum I published this year and developed specifically for this group of parents several years ago. You can pick up a copy for yourself – or your church leader – at FaithBreakthroughs.com.

3. Use a symbol to commemorate the moment. Consider purchasing a special Bible to share with your child when she gets old enough to understand – reminding her that you set aside a special time to dedicate your parenting to Jesus. Let her know that you have made a commitment before God and other people to raise her in a way that gives her the greatest opportunity to be fulfilled – not to mention pointing her to a relationship with Jesus Christ.

4. Celebrate the decision with others! Throughout the Bible, celebrations, feasts, and ceremonies were used to mark special occasions. When you have made the choice to honor God with intentional parenting, this is a significant step that should be shared. At the very least, you want to invite all of your close friends and family on the day you celebrate Child and Family Dedication at your church. Beyond that, throw a party, have a dinner, or at least come together afterwards for conversation and prayer.

Baptism is a once-in-a-lifetime expression of the salvation Jesus offers when an individual trusts Him for forgiveness and new life. As much as you want to commemorate your new family, don’t confuse the meaning of this God-given picture by baptizing your baby. There are wonderful ways to make the same impact and commitment to your high calling as a mom or dad that will be just as meaningful, and will prepare your child for the privilege of enjoying all that baptism was meant to be in the days ahead.

Olympics and My Life

It’s strange how as you get older, the Olympic games appear to be time capsules that create vivid pictures of places you were not-very-long-ago.  This must be how it feels to people who were born on leap years – who celebrate their 10th birthdays at forty.  When there are so few, it makes the years seem very condensed.  You’re reminded that life is flying past you. So without further introduction, here is my life’s Olympic journal.

1972: Absolutely no recollection. I was about to turn 2 – living in Canada.  I’m pretty sure we were just thrilled that the snow had melted. One interesting note: Roman-numerically, this was the XX Games.  2012 is the XXX Games – so I have lived an entire X in Olympic history. (Leave all of your locker room jokes at home, people. I’m a pastor.)

1976: Sumter, South Carolina. I remember all the fire hydrants were painted red, white, and blue.  I remember running races against friends, but cannot confirm that it had anything to do with the Olympic games in Montreal.  For some reason, I have vague memories of my dad watching Olympic boxing on TV, and my sister doing lots of somersaults.

1980: We were now living in Austin, Texas. I was nine and far more interested in riding Bikes with friends.  Of course, the US didn’t even go.  Were the Olympic Games still televised in America?  I wouldn’t have known, unless they interrupted an episode of CHiPs.

1984: One of my favorite memories of childhood. The Rush Family journeyed to the Olympics!  In a spur-of-the-moment decision, no less.  We were watching the opening ceremonies in our living room as they played out in LA, and somebody said how much they had always wanted to go.  My father was in the aviation business, and we had a plane at the time.  Out of the blue, he said, “Let’s go!”  No kidding: the next day, we were flying ourselves to California.  With no tickets, no itinerary, and no prearranged lodging.  We had a blast.  We were only able to get tickets to see the Chinese Women play basketball against some Eastern Block country, and the Uruguay Men play Spain.  (Imagine thousands of fans chanting “OOO-ROOOO-GWAY!” for two hours.  You never forget something like that.)

Mostly, we wandered the Olympic grounds and took in the scenery.  We saw the flame.  I’ll never forget walking by a large statue in front of the stadium with an anatomically correct naked woman next to an anatomically correct naked man.  I was thirteen, and remember thinking I was about to get in trouble. Instead, my mom took a picture.

1988: Seoul. This was the first time that I remember being totally captivated by the Games on television (age-wise that would have normally been the ’84 games for me, but I couldn’t watch those on TV.  Not to keep rubbing it in, but, um, we were there in 1984.)   My father and I watched every minute that NBC showed of the basketball team – which turned out to be a very frustrating pastime.  John Thompson was the coach, and he seemed to be either oblivious to the strategic changes he needed to make or he just didn’t care.  It seemed to us he was throwing the games.  In an eerie way, it was like I forged an alliance with my dad as we declared together how much we loathed John Thomson and how much he had ruined American Basketball.  Dad would spend many of the coming months (my senior year) in the hospital with cancer, so these times together became extra-special to me later when I began to realize how much every day together should be treasured.  Dad was also at every one of my Summer League basketball games that were happening at the same time – and there was still a part of me that thought, perhaps, if I kept growing and improving, I could be a part of the 1992 USA Basketball team – the one that would turn everything around.  Oh, the confidence of a 16-year-old. And the beyond-all-reason-or-logic confidence of a father in his son.

1992: Dream Team. Alas, I was uninvited to participate on the Men’s Basketball Team after all.  It turned out to be the first time we sent pros instead of amateurs.  (As if that’s the reason I didn’t swing a try-out.)  A newlywed living in San Marcos, I watched every moment of the Dream Team as if it was a time capsule of every basketball memory in my childhood.  Magic. Bird. MJ. Emotions overflowed as they beat down every nation that had questioned supremacy of the juggernaut that is American Hoops.  It was a beautiful thing.  I think it might have also been the first time Lana wondered what kind of basketball weirdo she had married.  I was that excited.  (Actually, this probably happened when MJ had hit the NBA record six first-half three pointers just two months earlier in the 1992 NBA Finals. During that game, I couldn’t stop jumping up and down.  I kept yelling to her, “Can you believe this?  We’re witnessing history!”  And she just kept staring.)

1996: Reagan Steals the Show. Our daughter Reagan was born eight days before the Olympic opening ceremonies.  I honestly don’t even remember having the TV on, except for after the bombing in Atlanta.  I do remember being inspired by the USA team’s preparation for basketball gold – so much so that I tried to go to the neighborhood park to “shoot some hoops” about two days after Lana and the baby returned home, and Land still feeling very weak.  And I remember a stern lecture from my baffled mother-in-law about priorities. And a well-deserved one, I might add.  It was a moment of basketball insanity.  Atlanta was a forgettable Olympics for us, but it happened during a time when I was learning to treasure far more important things than sports.  And I didn’t want my mother-in-law to catch me lounging in front of the TV.

2000: Lynchburg, VA. Do you know what I remember most about Sydney? Ryley was 7 years old, Reagan was five, and this was the first time they paid attention to the Olympic games.  We actually sat and watched some events together.  It would be an understatement to say that Ryley liked horses when she was 9.  Ryley was obsessed with horses when she was nine.  Reagan also loved horses, but at times it seemed like she was liking horses under threat of punishment from her big sister.  Earlier that summer Lana’s dad had bought the girls a pony (because it was a totally illogical purchase for 4 and 9 year old girls who have an interest in horses – but that’s what grandparents do.) If you had asked me prior to the 2000 Olympics whether there were horses involved, I would not have had a clue.  This summer?  We watched a lot of equestrian events – quickly followed by “replays” on stick horses in the front yard.

2004: Athens. I was a new pastor in Austin, the girls were 11 and 9, and they were interested in Carly Patterson winning Gold.  Lots of cartwheels in the Rush house. To my horror, USA Basketball lost for the first time with pro players – and with Tim Duncan on the team, no less.   This was a dark day for hoops fans. When asked about his thoughts on Olympic basketball, Tim Duncan famously replied, “FIBA [International Basketball] sucks.”  In my opinion, so did the Athens Olympics.

2008: Bejing. We were living in a beautiful home at the top of a hill overlooking much of South Austin.  I remember laughing histerically that the Chinese leader’s name was “Hu.”  It was instant clean comedy:  Who’s the Leader?  “Hu.” Who? “Hu.” I remember good times with friends and family.  I remember Reagan thinking I had laughed a little too long and loud at President Hu. I remember Ryley going from interested viewer to absolute, unabashed sports fanatic at that Olympics.  I remember how surreal it was to juggle the viewing of the Olympics with viewing cartoons with our two year old – like 1996 all over again.

And here we are in the summer of 2012. On the eve of the Opening Ceremonies, our Reagan turned sixteen.  While we watched the event this evening, Reagan was the one who could point out every band playing in the background.  On the evening of the Closing Ceremonies, we will be delivering Ryley to her first year of college at Liberty University.  Two weeks later, Lily will start Kindergarten.

Time marches on, and I remember the games far differently than I would have anticipated when I really started watching as a child.  Such simple traditions leave memories that bring to mind not so much the spectacles of the venues or the heroes of the games, but the people whom I loved who were next to me when the moments happened.  London marks my eleventh Olympics.  How can that be?  These honored traditions have become to me like bookmarks in a treasured novel. I can’t wait to read the rest – and there’s another bookmark on page 2016.

Today’s Ryan Rush Show: Should Economics Play a Factor in Having Kids?

The US Department of Agriculture estimates that the cost of raising a child tops $250,000 by the time they’re eighteen. We’re also discovering that there is a direct correlation between the downturn in the economy and the birth rates in the US. In other words, we are having fewer babies because we are having fewer dollars. Is this a dangerous trend? Interesting conversation. I’d be curious to hear your take.

One of the couples who weighed in was Ethan and Casey Jones – the parents featured on TLC’s “Quints by Surprise” reality show. They had their quintuplets just as the recession was hitting full swing, and they’ve made the sacrifices necessary to make it. If they can pay for all those diapers, what’s everybody else’s excuse?

A new season premiers tonight on TLC at 9PM Central. They’ve been very open about their faith in Christ – and their producer is my good friend Jonathan Nowzaradan. Check them out!

Walls and The Blessing

I spent yesterday in Colorado Springs in an extraordinary meeting.  20 leaders gathered in the conference room at Focus on the Family to discuss “The Blessing Challenge”: an exciting collaborative effort with the goal of giving 1,000,000 children the gift of a blessing.  If you’re not familiar with the concept of The Blessing, it dates back to the very beginning of time. In Genesis 1:28, right after God made Man, the Scripture says, “He blessed them.”  To offer a verbal blessing, an give affirmative touch, and to ascribe value to a life is something that can have a profound impact on the success or failure of a child’s ability to live a life of fulfillment and purpose.

More recently, Dr. John Trent wrote a bestselling book called The Blessing in 1993 along with Dr. Gary Smalley. The book lays out clear instructions for giving – and receiving – a biblical Blessing.  In a revised edition to be released this spring by Thomas Nelson, the book will also serve as the centerpiece of this national movement for sharing the importance of giving The Blessing.

The really exciting part?  There is an unprecedented spirit of cooperation among competing publishers to make this happen.  Thomas Nelson, Lifeway, Tyndale House, and Focus on the Family were all represented in the room – all committed to making this a major push in the days ahead.  And Dr. Trent, the guy in the center of the vision, stood up in the midst of the meeting and said, “As I’ve looked back through the years at The Blessing, the one area we didn’t cover enough is what do do if you missed the blessing.  I believe that is where Ryan Rush’s new book Walls takes a significant role in this project.”

As outlined in my new book to be released in February (AKA, NEXT WEEK!), walls are unhealthy mindsets that keep us from living the life God intended.  Of course, these walls are invisible.  But, as THe Blessing reminds us, these walls can also be inherited.   That’s where the Faith Breakthrough becomes so important.  With the biblical components of a Breakthrough anyone who has missed the power of a parental blessing can still walk in the blessing of God!

Earlier this week, I gathered for a prayer meeting with over 150 pastors from around Central Texas.  I was asked to lead a prayer time surrounding the families of these leaders.  We began by outlining the eight primary walls that people face, and then prayed specifically for the primary walls they were facing.  Then, for the first time, I shared how the power of The Blessing can work for- or against – the Walls they were facing at home.  After some very moving testimonies from guys who had never received such affirmation from their fathers, we gathered about twenty of the pastors who were present in the center of the room… and blessed them.

The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that you cannot experience a Breakthrough without some measure of The Blessing.  And you cannot fulfill the call of The Blessing without first overcoming the Walls that are separating you from this powerful, ancient principle.  I’d encourage you to go out and pick up The Blessing and Walls – not just because I am shamelessly encouraging you to buy my book, but because I want you to read the chapter on “A Promise Shared” in Walls, and the chapter on “When a Child Misses the Blessing” in The Blessing.  It’s amazing how these principles go hand in hand.

I’m honored to play a part in the exciting Blessing movement to come!  But you don’t have to wait on the movement – make a point to bless those whom you influence this week.

Praying for a “Miracle Well” in Guatemala

In the poorest back-country of Guatemala sits a village of 2500 people who are desperate for life’s most simple commodity: clean water.  The dirty river water that is brought in weekly is all they have, but it causing the 1000 children in the village unnecessary disease, and even premature death.

But thanks to the generosity of many around Central Texas this week, the children of Pueblo Modelo have hope for clean water.  The power, deep water well, and structure necessary for this project is $65,000.  That means your gift of $65 can provide one child clean water for the rest of his life, and literally transform a village for generations to come in the name of Jesus!  In the past two days, the folks at KLGO radio have been gracious enough to offer their airtime for us to raise awareness of this need.  And as of this evening, we have raised over $12,000 toward this well.  That leads into this weekend, where a number of churches around Austin will partner together by collecting offerings on behalf of these children.  I’m praying for a miracle, and I long to see the faces of these wonderful people as they enjoy a plentiful stream of clear water.  Would you pray with me?

If you feel led to give to this “miracle well”, you can do so online by clicking here.

The Troubling Times in Israel… is Ezekiel 38 Happening Before Our Eyes?

The title of my message this Sunday is “All Eyes on Israel.” What is taking place right now in the Middle East has all appearances of a precursor to the events of Ezekiel 38 – a massive coalition that invades Israel, only to be defeated soundly by the Hebrew nation.

Joel Rosenberg has a remarkable blog about this today that demonstrates just how incredible the parallels really are – especially the unlikely involvment of Turkey.

What does this mean for us?  From a concern point of view, we should pray for Israel and its leaders, as well as our own.  If Israel is faced with war against everyone else, we want to be on the side of Israel.  As one listener to the Ryan Rush Show pointed out yesterday, this is certainly worth a call to your Senators and Congressmen.  Contact information to reach them is found here.

From a prophetic point of view, there is always reason for anticipation and excitement when prophecies are being fulfilled before our eyes.  We don’t wish harm to anyone, but we are reminded that God’s promises are true.  If He keeps His promises in the midst of Middle East conflict, He most certainly keep His promises to you!

In the meantime, we trust, pray, and share the Good News…

Radio Show on Wednesday, March 10

We had an interesting conversation today about what people should wear to church.  But it wasn’t what you think – we weren’t rehashing ties versus no ties, or sandles versus dress shoes.  We are speaking about modesty in the church.  Here’s an interesting video clip: http://www.wvec.com/news/local/INSIDE-A-NAKED-CHURCH-85062392.html about a nudist church in Virginia.

Great comments from our listeners!  The bottom line – this is not about legalism, but honoring God and not becoming a distraction to others.

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The spiritual barriers people face are countless, but they can be categorized into Eight Primary Walls. These walls correlate with the 8 primary breakthroughs that everyone needs.
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I have witnessed things that make me wonder if God is in control.
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I find myself drawn to things I know are bad for me.
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I believe the Bible has answers for today's circumstances.
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I believe in an all-powerful, all-knowing God.
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I am willing to serve others for nothing in return.
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I observe things that make me wonder if I should believe the Bible.
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I believe God wants what is best for me.
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When looking back on my life, I tend to focus on all of the things I did wrong.
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I am intentionally seeking to grow in my relationships with others.
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I am so busy that I find myself ignoring the most important things in my life.
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I believe truth is the same for everyone.
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I have to guard against judging people when I learn they are dealing with tough circumstances.
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I worry about the problems that the future holds.
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I believe God is willing and able to answer my prayers.
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I look forward to good things in my future.
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I try to avoid temptations that would bring me harm.
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I feel I can turn to God for direction.
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The possibility of gaining a good friend is worth the risk.
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I tend to expect the worst to happen.
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I am grateful for the things I have been given.
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My faith practices are more about routine than relationship.
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When bad things happen, I wonder if God can make things better.
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I have been wronged in the past in a way I cannot get over.
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It humbles me to think I can know God.
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I am willing to sacrifice immediate gratification for something better down the road.
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I think that God will meet all my needs.
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When I am facing a difficult situation, I feel like I can solve problems on my own.
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I feel compelled to make the world around me better.
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I feel strong relationships are hard, but worth it.
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I feel there is a disconnect between who I really am and how I act in front of other people.
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I don't believe anyone can ever know what is absolutely true.
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I spend too much of my energy pursuing material things.
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I believe God loves me in spite of who I am.
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People who have hurt me in the past cause me to avoid some relationships today.
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When bad things happen, I feel like I am getting what I deserve.
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People would describe me as a giving person.
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I worry that God is angry with me.
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I am amazed at God's power.
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I question why God allowed certain things to happen in my life.
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I think God cares about the details of my life.
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I have a hard time trusting people.
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I know a lot of people, but don't feel very close to many people.
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I am confident God has forgiven me for my past.
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It troubles me that God has not answered my prayers.
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I find myself more focused on the things I don't have but wish I did.
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I believe God is loving and kind.
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I have too many of my own problems to deal with the problems of others.
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I feel with God's help, I can face any situation.
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