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Trips Are Like Alternate Universes

November 25th, 2016


My wife and I were driving to our house after dropping everyone off for this LA Missions Trip last week, and it struck me… we’re home. This is weird. This is back to, like, normal.

Every morning of our LA Missions Trip, we opened with devotions. And then we took testimonies. And then we ministered. And we played. And we gave more testimonies. And we gave of ourselves. And we lived in this weird little non-normal alternate universe for 5 days.

Then when we returned, it was like… oh… I drive this road every day. I see that building every day. I see those people every day.

When we were in LA, everything was about ministry and outreach and spiritual things. Then real life strikes back. And the real struggle begins.

Making your spiritual life real means that you live it day by day. It’s Monday morning spirituality. It’s Friday afternoon spirituality.

It’s shutting off Netflix and opening your Bible. It’s REALLY talking to your guy friend about his salvation instead of just being burdened about him when you’re in church and the preaching’s convicting your soul. It’s like… talking to him!

Everyday spirituality is holy living (asking the questions from last Thursday’s sermon: “Am I MORE holy after the Knott’s trip? Did I obey God yesterday? Am I pure? Am I right with God? Am I trying to be like God wants me to be?”)

Trips are like alternate little worlds we go to. But you have to return from those trips and make real-life choices.

I’m glad you’re in church tonight. That’s a great start! Keep doing right. I love you all. For those who went on the LA Trip… thank you for making it one of the TOP FIVE trips I’ve ever taken. Seriously!

-Bro. Ryan




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