Brad Bell http://bradjbell.com Walking With a Limp Mon, 05 Jun 2017 17:58:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 64156554 Navigating Conflict http://bradjbell.com/2017/06/navigating-conflict/ http://bradjbell.com/2017/06/navigating-conflict/#respond Mon, 05 Jun 2017 17:58:16 +0000 http://bradjbell.com/?p=645 You will fight when you get married. I hate to disappoint you, but it’s inevitable. It may not happen on your wedding day, but when conflict happens – not if, but when – it can either be really healthy or really miserable, depending on whether you’ve learned how to handle it. Sinning in Anger Have […]

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The Spiritual Wilderness http://bradjbell.com/2017/03/the-spiritual-wilderness/ http://bradjbell.com/2017/03/the-spiritual-wilderness/#respond Sun, 05 Mar 2017 15:46:22 +0000 http://bradjbell.com/?p=610 What do you do when you don’t feel like God is there? To be honest with you, there are times where I don’t feel super fired up, spiritually. I love Jesus, I’ve embraced the gospel, but I’m just having a hard time. I think it’s easy for many people to compartmentalize. If you’re having a […]

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Keeping Him in Our Sights http://bradjbell.com/2016/11/keeping-him-in-our-sights/ http://bradjbell.com/2016/11/keeping-him-in-our-sights/#respond Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:15:59 +0000 http://bradjbell.com/?p=643 In Isaiah 6, Isaiah sees a vision of the Lord seated on His throne with the train of His robe filling the temple, and he has an interesting reaction. In the presence of holiness, Isaiah recognizes the lack of holiness in himself. He falls on his face in confession, in worship and in an acknowledgment […]

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My Challenge to Our Church Staff http://bradjbell.com/2016/03/challenge-church-staff/ http://bradjbell.com/2016/03/challenge-church-staff/#respond Sat, 12 Mar 2016 22:57:29 +0000 http://bradjbell.com/?p=637 One of the concerns I have as a pastor and leader is that conversations can very quickly move toward borderline inappropriate. One minute you’re talking and having fun, and the next thing you know, the conversation turns and it’s no longer edifying to the Lord. It starts as a little off-color joke here or a […]

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High Places and Action Figures http://bradjbell.com/2016/03/high-places-action-figures/ http://bradjbell.com/2016/03/high-places-action-figures/#respond Tue, 01 Mar 2016 22:30:40 +0000 http://bradjbell.com/?p=632 Psalm 78 is a look back at Old Testament history. There’s so much in this chapter about clear obedience and clear disobedience. Yet through these verses you continue to see the presence of small compromises in the form of high places. These high places are sneaky little things. They don’t seem like much at first, […]

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Being a Parent http://bradjbell.com/2016/02/being-a-parent/ http://bradjbell.com/2016/02/being-a-parent/#respond Wed, 24 Feb 2016 22:20:37 +0000 http://bradjbell.com/?p=627 If you have children, you have a high-intensity, high-risk, high-reward discipleship environment right at home with the little ones God has entrusted to you.[1] As a parent, you have live-in disciples who are going to become just like you – whether you like it or not. Sometimes I watch my kids when they start misbehaving […]

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Watch Over Your Heart: A Closer Look at Proverbs 4 http://bradjbell.com/2016/02/watch-heart-closer-look-proverbs-4/ http://bradjbell.com/2016/02/watch-heart-closer-look-proverbs-4/#respond Tue, 16 Feb 2016 22:10:56 +0000 http://bradjbell.com/?p=622 What does it mean to watch over your heart? Proverbs 4:23 tells the reader to do just that: Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. – Proverbs 4:23 (NASB) The heart is the root of emotion. It is the seat of desires. It is the place where […]

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Living With Intentionality http://bradjbell.com/2016/01/living-with-intentionality/ http://bradjbell.com/2016/01/living-with-intentionality/#respond Sun, 31 Jan 2016 23:53:47 +0000 http://bradjbell.com/?p=575 Recently I had the privilege of doing my friend Harold Penner’s memorial service. H.P. was a church planter, a pastor at heart, a businessman, and he was a founding advisor of The Well. We built a relationship when I was a college pastor, and I started talking about this church I really felt like I […]

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Born to Die http://bradjbell.com/2015/12/born-to-die/ http://bradjbell.com/2015/12/born-to-die/#respond Thu, 17 Dec 2015 21:51:01 +0000 http://bradjbell.com/?p=617 As you read through the pages of the New Testament it becomes very clear very quickly that Jesus was indeed born to die. The cross was not an oops. He didn’t just get sold out by the priests of His day. He was not ambushed by the Romans. His entire time on earth was about […]

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Reaching the Next Generation http://bradjbell.com/2015/10/reaching-the-next-generation/ http://bradjbell.com/2015/10/reaching-the-next-generation/#respond Thu, 22 Oct 2015 15:52:20 +0000 http://bradjbell.com/?p=559 Hezekiah is a fascinating example of a guy who’s not willing to enter into the mess of the younger generation in hopes of developing, training or discipling them. Because of his pride of showing off all of his treasuries and his kingdom and his storehouse, he is told that his sons will be taken captive. […]

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