This is a guest post by TC Avey. You can learn more about TC at the end of the post. She is a gifted writer who inspires many. Enjoy!
I love the name of Dave’s blog, Reflections from the Alley.
I don’t know about you, but most of my maturing occurs in the Alley.
It’s in the Alley where I’m challenged to grow. It’s also where I find purpose for various stages of my life.
In 2008 I entered the darkest and scariest Alley I’d ever known.
I found myself questioning all my beliefs, including my faith in God.
This Alley brought me face-to-face with a dilemma many Christians encounter at some point: Religion verses Relationship with Christ.
I was confronted with questions such as these:
1. Does devote church attendance make one closer to God than someone who never attends church but reads his/her Bible on a regular basis?
2. Why do so many Christians think they are protected from tragedy and therefore completely taken off guard when God doesn’t act how they think He should?
3. Can one really love God if they never read His Word or Pray?
4. If our actions are an indication of our spiritual maturity, why would the lost want to attend a church that is filled with gossip, strife, and judgment? How does any of that reflect the Love we claim lives inside us?
5. Are we turning legalistic in our worship, church attendance, prayer requests, and programs?
6. Would I love God if He continued to strike me with pain or is my love for Him so shallow that I can only call Him “Lord” when He answers my prayers in a timely fashion?
Answers to questions like these aren’t easy to embrace. They take deep probing, honesty, and individual accountability in order to grow in a relationship with Christ and shake off the convenience of religion.
I can’t say I have it all “figured out”. But I do know that I don’t want to go down any Alley without a strong relationship with Christ. Alley’s can be awesome places to grow, but they can cripple us if we trust more in a religion than we do in a Savior.
Currently, the Body of Christ is facing the Alley of Persecution…Even if they aren’t aware of it.
To help Christians deal with these tough questions I’ve written a book, “The Precipice: When Everything We Know Ends”.
Through three fictitious short stories readers are encouraged to reflect upon their relationship with Christ and assess if they trust more in religion than they do the Creator of the World.
Following the stories are Discussion Questions and Modern Events testing the Body of Christ. These will aide readers in identifying what they would do in similar situations, challenge them to dig deeper in their faith, and realize the world as we know it is on the edge of forever changing.
This book is meant to guide readers into a closer relationship with Christ and help them embrace 2 Chronicles 7:14. Christians must be willing to be Humbled, to Pray, Seek God, and Turn from any idols that may take them down the Alley of Religion.
You can purchase my book, “The Precipice: When Everything We Know Ends” on Amazon April 7, 2014.
May God’s grace and strength hold you through the Alleys of your life.
TC Avey is a Christian devoted to God, family and friends. She is passionate about encouraging Christians to live a life dedicated to Christ as well as helping them understand the importance of preserving our national freedoms through knowledge and love. She blogs at Wisdom of a Fool. You can also follow her on Twitter.