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Brad graduated from Evangel University in Springfield, MO with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and a minor in Music. He holds his ministerial credentials with the Assemblies of God. Brad believes the church can be a place to not only encounter or experience God, but to experience true life change and a growing faith. He also has a passion to see the Arts used to make an impact on a person's heart and life, and at the same time enable them to worship God. 

Brad and his wife, Christan, have been married since 2005 and have three children. When he is not serving in ministry, Brad loves playing together as a family and drinking a great cup of coffee.

A Reason to Smile

PerceptionThere is no denying our perception of the world affects the way in which we live. Whether it is the prediction of a looming New England winter storm, which of course means a trip to the grocery store to buy milk, eggs, and bread! Or the potential of a job change at work affecting our productivity. Even the possibility of a relationship clash can lead to avoidance or aggression.

These are simple examples; however, the underlying truth points to the way God has wired us. While humans are stuck living one minute to the next, we have the ability to know time is moving forward and the current moment has an impact on the future. When we make decisions in the present moment, we understand there are consequences. You might be one to make quick decisions or prefer to take your time to deliberate; regardless, we are faced with countless decisions in life. The more science studies the brain, the more we realize humans are bad, if not, incapable of predicting the future. Yet, this doesn’t change the fact we know our decisions have a profound influence on our future.

When we look at our relationship with God in light of this limit to human reasoning, it reveals a potential source of our difficulty in accepting God’s direction in our “What If?” moments. We approach our interaction with the Divine as though we have to know the potential outcome ahead of time. This reduces our relationship to God to a transactional relationship focused on a one-for-one way of praying. Instead of embracing God as our good and loving Heavenly Father, we view God as though we have to make a case for our existence. Author Mark Batterson explains it this way:

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