AuthorBobbyOliveri

To Reap Abundantly, Embrace the Mess

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“Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of an ox.” — Proverbs 14:4 Everybody loves a clean house or desk or workshop. After several hours of tidying and organizing my living room, kitchen, and kids’ playroom, there’s a sense of relaxation, a sigh of easiness, and proud moment of success. Then, life happens. Meals made, toy boxes emptied (dumped!)...

Fulfilling the Great Commission by Obeying the Law of Christ

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“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” — Galatians 6:2 As creatures, we were fashioned with an intrinsic drive to work and to cultivate that which is placed before us for our own prosperity. Every human inherits this inward drive. In the book of Genesis, this was expressed in the form of a command of God to Adam to be “fruitful and multiply” and to “fill the earth...

Hope for the Already-Weary

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…Hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. – Romans 5:5 The beginning of the year is a perfect time to form new habits. A fresh start and an optimistic outlook are great motivating factors for developing healthy disciplines like eating healthy, starting a Bible reading plan, or spending more time each...

5 Tips for How to Read the Bible Everyday in 2020

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It’s the beginning of a new year, and like most well-intentioned Christians, you’ve probably set out to read the Bible at least once this year. But also like most well-intentioned Christians, you’ve probably struggled to form the habit of daily reading that would last beyond the first few weeks of January. You are certainly not alone in this regard. Life comes at you fast after the holiday break...

My 2019 Reading List

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Every New Year, in addition to setting new goals and habits, I recommit to many of the same resolutions I made in previous years. Some are character-related, like talking less. Others are more relatable, like health and nutrition. Of course, one of my favorite things to do is read, so naturally there is always some commitment to read more, or read more regularly, or read something outside of my...

A (Brief) Case for Church Membership

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In an age where the consumer mindset is often catered to, even (or especially) in the church, the idea of commitment can be a very scary thing. But this need not be the case. In fact, the practice of meaningful church membership is a necessary and essential aspect of a healthy church.