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Personal Habits Inventory

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Let me answer some objections you might have right now.

“Trevor, I’ve tried this…and it doesn’t work.

I’ve tried to read my Bible. I’ve tried to pray. It's just not

First, one of the reasons we fail at establishing disciplines…is
because we don’t do the first part of 21. We don’t put away stuff
before we put on new stuff.

We just add to our lives. Instead of replacing watching
television…we try to do it all. But the word DECIDE…to make a
choice….means to CUT OFF. It means you STOP doing something
and start doing something NEW. David Foster Wallace called it
active CHOOSING.

Second, a reason we often fail in disciplines is that we try to do them alone. We say, “I’m gonna start working out,” but we don’t work out WITH anyone…so we fail, because as John Ortberg says, “Habits eat willpower for breakfast.”

In other words, when you first start a habit, you are doing it out of
willpower. But your old habits don’t need willpower. They are just
running automatically in the background. And Habits almost always win over willpower. Especially, to start a habit, we need to do them together. We need others to help us.

Third, some of you keep trying to change the world when all you
really need to do is take a small step of faith. If you aren’t praying
or reading Scripture...don’t start by promising yourself that you’ll
read 30 minutes 7 days a week.

Old Habits will eat that for breakfast.

It’s better to succeed at reading one verse for 45 seconds 5 days a week…or listening to an audio version of the Bible on you’re way to work. You aren’t doing something less. You are developing a habit of IMPLANTING THE WORD.

Let's start with an honest look in the mirror.

This week on our website and in all our community groups, we’re
going to give you a “Personal Habits Inventory.”

The purpose is that you take an honest look at the water you’re
swimming in. What is forming the way you think and act.

And listen, the point is not so that you feel terrible about your
choices. That won’t get you anywhere.

This is sort of the “before” picture you take right before you start
working out. So you can see what you need to work on…and what
Superfluity of Naughtiness you need to put away.

And, honestly, so in a year or so, you can see what progress you may have made.

Download the PDF here.

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Community VBS FAQs

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This year’s Community VBS is similar... and different.

How so?

Here are some things for you to know as parents, participants, and volunteers:

New Location


We’re meeting at Holloway High School.

This is very close to both Bradley Academy and Patterson Park Community Center.

What’s the theme?

Our theme this year is “Building God’s Kingdom.” The theme will take us through God’s standards for how to live, how our sin undermines this, and how God extends his grace to us in Jesus Christ to be part of his Kingdom.
Lessons will be age-appropriate, interactive, and fun and will incorporate music, games, and other activities.

So What is Mess Fest?

On Friday, June 7, kids/teens will be able to engage in a series of field-day-style, messy games.
Prepare to get wet, messy, and have a lot of fun! (Pack a change of clothes and some towels)

How can I sign up to attend?

Please visit the Community VBS page. Scroll down and select the option to attend as either an adult or child/teen. Once you sign up, you will receive reminders and updates as the date draws closer. We want everyone to attend!

Who can attend?

Children who are potty trained and as young as three years old may attend. We will have classes for children, teenagers, and adults.

Can I still volunteer?

Absolutely! You can sign up to serve in many areas. We still need folks for serving food, as teaching assistants, and registration to name a few.
Please sign up soon so you can receive info and attend some of our all-volunteer meeting on May 30th and walkthrough on June 3.

The Schedule

  • Tuesday, June 4 @ Holloway, doors open at 5:45 PM. Dismissal begins at 8:00 PM.
  • Wednesday, June 5 @ Holloway, doors open at 5:45 PM. Dismissal begins at 8:00 PM.
  • Thursday, June 6 @ Holloway, doors open at 5:45 PM. Dismissal begins at 8:00 PM. 
  • Friday, June 7 @ Patterson Park pavilion/field, Family Celebration & Mess Fest

Will there be food?

Yep! We will have meals each night, Tuesday through Friday.

What churches are sponsoring Community VBS?

We are part of 10 churches in and around downtown Murfreesboro. For a full list of churches see the Community VBS landing page here. We are very thankful and blessed our partnership together.
Ultimately, our goal is to share the love of Jesus and invite people in our community to follow him. We pray that lives are changed and we see people follow through in getting plugged into the life of our local churches. Thank you for helping us make this happen through your service and participation!
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