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by Monty Watson on August 6th, 2012

A national survey recently revealed several reasons why Christians tend to be stalled in their faith. Can you guess the top two reasons? As you think about it, let me explain what it means to be stalled.

This summer, we’ve been looking at Phrases That Shape the Soul, at those life-defining phrases by some of the most famous characters in the Bible. Like David, who said, “Oh Lord, there is none like You.” And Joshua, who said, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  And Paul, who said, “For me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” These phrases inspire me to want to live just as passionately as they did. I hope you’ve felt the same way this summer.

But, if we’re honest, sometimes we feel stalled in our faith. Sometimes, we just don’t have much passion. Sometimes, we don’t feel anything and we can even feel bored by the familiarity of it all. Obviously, this is not a good place to be.

So, to help us jump start our spiritual lives, for the next two weeks I’m going to deal with this issue of being stalled in our faith. Have you guessed the top two reasons yet?

One, is a lack of discipline to spend time in the Word of God. Failing to spend time in the Word is like trying to run a car on empty. So on August 12 the message title will be “Stalled? Maybe You’re Just Out of Gas.” And by that, I’m talking about our need to pour God’s Word into our lives.

Two, is a lack of priority and excessive busyness. Too many Christians are just too busy to make spiritual growth a priority. We’re busy with a lot of good things, but not making room for the best thing. So on August 19 the message title will be “Stalled? Maybe It’s A Drained Battery.” The point being, that like draining the battery on a car, busyness can drain our spiritual batteries and leaving us feeling stalled.

I’m praying that God will help all of us jump start our spiritual lives so that we truly live the passionate, abundant life He intended for us to live.

See you on Sunday,


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