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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 • 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 • Personal Growth
Scriptures: John 8:36
Gateway doctrines appear harmless at first. Yet, quite honestly, once you try a gateway doctrine you're never satisfied. You always want another hit, something stronger, and something more radical. Gateway doctrines start out small like a mustard seed, but once they take root, they turn into a large bush. If you are careful, if no one pulls you back into the fold, that bush undergoes a wild transformation and becomes a tree large enough to provide both rest and shade.
Will Rucker • Fear
What's happening to the Bible?
Gospel Artist Erica Campbell shared a picture with a caption stating "The #NIV has taken scriptures out of the bible on mobile devices and computer apps. 45 COMPLETE verses removed from the bible. #readitforyourself #dontbedecieved #readtheHolyBible" .
In summary, the picture states the NIV has removed 54,575 word including Jehovah, Calvary, Holy Ghost, and omnipotent. It prefaces this statement with Zondervan is now OWNED by Harper Collins, who also publishes the Satanic Bible and The Joy of Gay Sex.
Will Rucker • Faith
Scriptures: 1 John 4:16-19
Life starts and stops, and is sustained or suspended with and by what you believe. How you experience life is formed by what you believe. Fear-based religion is not from God. I would go as far as to say fear-based religion is devoid of God.
So, the questions remain: What do you believe? How do those beliefs add to or subtract from the quality of your life?
Will Rucker • Finance
Recently, a Facebook friend posted an old clip from prominent megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar preaching about money. Even though the short clip was more than a decade old, it got a lot of responses– passionate reactions. I shared my thoughts on the clip and answered a few questions posed within the thread but quickly realized that this subject if far too complex for the short replies I was able to provide within the thread typing on my cell phone at red lights.
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, Lead Pastor | JaJuan Jackson, Co-Pastor
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