By Doug Pagitt, Pastor
When God set out to create a thing of beauty did He in fact fail? Maybe you’re not all that wonderfully made after all. In fact, wonder if you’re a pretty big disappointment so deeply flawed that God, like a bully on a school bus says you, “Suck Royal”! If this is your understanding of God, then take time to read this entire article adapted from Doug Pagitt’s book A Christianity Worth Believing. Then share the message of rugged beauty with others.
(Approximate reading time: 13:30)
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By Matt Evans, Executive Editor, Shout! Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine
Among the sea of treadmills, stair-steppers, and stationary pedal bikes, I search the bank of TV screens for some inspiration. What can I do outside this sweaty gym? It’s time to make your summer travel plans. This year make it a true fitness adventure. I’ve compiled 5 great destinations that will have you wanting to get outdoors and get fit.
By Andy Travis, personal trainer

If all of life’s problems were rolled into one big heavy atlas stone we’d realize the weight is too great to keep holding. It should be easy to let go especially when you feel the strain of resistance. Trainer Andy Travis held the weight for too long. He wants you to know it’s time for change – before your burdens crush you. How? Just drop it now. Here is help for you to make the tough choices between staying the same and pursuing change.

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Today’s Bold And Influential Heavy Lifter – by Rob Killen
Some kids kick, box and fight in protest when going to church with mom and dad. David Dise just went – and then he quit. But God didn’t quit on him. Today, David manages the ROC Fight Club in Richmond, Virginia helping youth and adults learn how to punch and kick people in the name of Christ --- and a whole lot more.
By Paul Batz
My friends have been asking me, “So how are you doing with that resolution?” The answer, 5 months later, is that I’ve learned that ‘stewardship’ is contagious. God gave me inspiration through golfer Steve Blexrud. Fitness mentors are all around. Find your inspiration today and turn your resolve into stewardship.
By Erik DeLaRosa
There are more than just a few "Southwest Grills" in the Southwest. Houston, Texas has some of the best and not surprisingly some of the biggest obesity statistics in the nation. When Houston native Erik DeLaRosa decided to get in-shape he soon found that his passion became a second career leading others in health and fitness. His Latino background gives him a keen awareness of some of the challenges facing the Hispanic community. He shares how to lead by example in exercise, diet, faith and service. That example starts with the family.
Hiking, biking and fishing are Alaskan adventures you’ll enjoy in this, one of 5 fitness adventures featured in our 2012 Summer Vacation Planning Guide. Explore all 5. Then, get outdoors and take your faith and fitness to new levels.
By Brad Bloom
Are you wondering what we mean by ”Legal? And Lovin’ It!”? Discover the meaning here and learn how this theme helps you make a better connection between your active fit lifestyle and the Christian faith. This special series includes perspectives from 4 guest contributors. READ ALL 5 PAGES IN THIS SERIES. Discover how to make your faith and fitness, ferocious and fun all in one.
By Rob Killen and Brad Bloom
Fix your eyes on one beautiful body. No, we’re not talking about an actor, model or athlete from the People’s Choice Awards. We’re talking about the “body of Christ” --- Christians. Today, Christians know that worship is much more than singing praise songs. It is a total physical experience. Discover why church’s are developing fitness ministries and opening fitness facilities and why you should do it too. Get a free church fitness consultation.
Learning to Stand-up paddleboard in Malibu is one of 5 fitness adventures featured in our 2012 Summer Vacation Planning Guide. Explore all 5. Then, get outdoors and take your faith and fitness to new levels.

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