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Guest Blogger: Joe Williams – Joe is a buddy from my church who has a skater ministry. I liked this most recent blog of his and wanted to pass it on!

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Confession

OK, I admit it. I teared up when Heath Ledger’s parents accepted his Oscar. Sue me…… =)

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Is it just me but is anyone else tired of everyone nailing this guy to the wall?

I am not a big Olympics fan. A matter of fact, if it was on, it meant my wife had the remote. However, I have to say I, like everyone else in the USA got behind this young guy and his dedication to get as far as he did breaking the record. Actually, the only thing I found annoying in it all was the guy who previously held the record whining that the Olympics did not pay his was to be there in case Phelps pulled it off. I guess he wanted one last photo shoot.

So Phelps broke the record, did his country proud, and brought home the golds. Everyone wanted on his band wagon and were flashing the green right and left! What did Phelps do, he took the green and was in every other commercial on every network.  After years of dedication, overnight success, and media attention galore, what is a young man to do?

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Is February 14th a tough day for you? It is for many so you’re not alone to feel this way. “To Write Love on Her Arms” is a great group of people who are hosting an on-line event for those who are not big fans of Valentine’s Day and you are invited! This is their second year for this event and many great conversations and stories came out of last year. Give it a chance!

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Many people are not involved in a Christian community for a multitude of reasons (including lack of belief, tired of hypocritical Christians, have been hurt by a church or a pastor, and so on). This is no different in our little city of Marion, Ohio than it is any place else. I wish I had some kind of magic answer to share with people to show the difference a real Christian community can make in your life but I don’t. I had to find it myself while working through my own issues with my church experiences. I understand the frustration, pain, and challenges many people in this boat feel. However, when I saw the life of the Jesus Christ of the Scriptures, I was convinced there was something more than what I had experienced in my church past. Once I found it, it was worth going through all the beauty and challenges of a real community committed to being real with one another. It is out there. It may be hard to find sometimes but it is out there and worth finding.

In my case, I found it in The Shepherd’s Fellowship, a church several of us started about 5 years ago. Maybe it can be a community for you as well (if not, touch base with us and we’ll help you find another home in the area).  I do know it can be tough to try something new so I thought I’d let you know about some upcoming events and some things we are celebrating that may be of interest to you. In the same way, if you have a question or want to talk some, feel free to contact me by going to our church website and go through the staff page.

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