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Monday, August 3, 2009

Getting back to my faith

I have not blogged in quite a while, in fact I have not even looked at this blog or any other for a few months now. Many things converged at once that caused this, and once I am out of the habit it is easy to keep me away for awhile. Bringing everyone up to speed, I have a new job working with children who are diagnosed with Axis 1 psychological disorders. This can range from autism, to reactive attachment disorder to ADD/HD. I love my new job and it allows me to use my full potential as well as my degree. I also love my new job because the benefits are great, it came with a $9,000.00/yr pay increase, and I have much more time to spend with my wife and my family. This last one is important because I was not seeing Ashley as much as I would have liked, especially at night and on the weekends.

The new job has also allowed for something else in my life, time to get back to my spiritual life. Now, a few of you have just tuned out at those very words, but I assure you that it is not as boring as it sounds. I struggled with my faith for a few years now and I have been looking for a good church for a loooong time.

But isn't one church just as good as any other?

No. It is not. A year ago I left a wonderful church in Virginia in order to come back to Pennsylvania. The church was everything I wanted and everything I needed. A young pastoral team full of fire, passion and love. A church full of young adults and professionals who worked hard, played hard, and prayed hard. Sermons that focused on God, the Bible, and actually taught me something!

Wait, wait, wait Anthony. All churches teach you, right?

Again, No. A lot of churches preach at you, with you yawning in the pews and never taking anything away. How can anyone expect to live a Christian life if your church is not applying that to your Christian life? The church in VA taught me things, made the Bible relevant to my life right now. God became relevant, demystified and the sermons were not given in a lofty way, they were given as if I was sitting around with a group of friends and God was the focus.

I have yet to find that type of Church where I live now. I usually worked until 2am Sunday morning, which left me in no condition to attend Sunday church, or I worked on Sunday, and I have yet to figure out the physics of being in two places at one time. The new job has been a blessing in many ways thus far, and I believe the most important blessing is that it has freed up time for me to actually attend church, and to look for a church that fits.

I will attempt to update this blog regularly, sometimes with long posts, other times with very short posts from my cell phone, but I will update and take you along on my journey. Sometimes I will share things that I have learned through sermons I see online (the church in VA posts them all online and they are awesome), and sometimes I will share things that I read, or hear and experience in churches that I attend.

I do not intend this blog to become a blog that preaches at people, but if you find inspiration continue to read this blog.

As always, this blog will still discuss the topics that I normally discuss, but do not be surprised to find some of God's handy work sprinkled here and there.

With love,
Anthony

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