STORIES

WE BELIEVE THAT GOD HAS GIVEN EACH AND EVERY PERSON A VOICE AND A UNIQUE STORY.  SO EVERY WEEK WE WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THAT FOR YOU.  THIS IS YOUR STORIES FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE.

THIS IS THE STORY OF WHERE THE MOUNTAIN WAY ALL BEGAN. I HAVE WORKED AT A SNOWBOARD SHOP HERE IN JOHNSTOWN SINCE I WAS 16 YEARS OLD, SO OVER HALF OF MY LIFE, WHICH IS CRAZY TO THINK.  FROM BEING THERE I HAVE BUILT SOME INCREDIBLE FRIENDSHIPS AND CONSIDER MY COWORKERS FAMILY.  FROM WORKING THERE A FEW OF THE STAFF HEAD TO STRATTON VERMONT EVERY FEBRUARY FOR ON SNOW DEMOS, (FANCY WAY OF SAYING WE GET TO GO TRY OUT ALL THE NEXT YEAR'S GEAR).  ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO NOW WHILE RIDING THERE WITH TODD WE CAME AROUND THIS TURN, AND THE SLOPE MADE A SUDDEN SHARP DROP.  IT ALSO OPENED UP THE ENTIRE HORIZON SHOWING MOUNTAIN UPON MOUNTAIN AND MILES OF SCENERY.  WE BOTH STOPPED LOOKING OUT OVER A BREATHTAKING VIEW, AND OUT OF NOWHERE TODD STATED, "JOSH, THIS IS WHERE I SEE GOD."  MAKES YOU THINK ABOUT THE PASSAGES IN SCRIPTURE WHERE IT TALKS ABOUT JESUS GOING TO THE MOUNTAINS.  IS THAT WHERE HE FELT CLOSEST TO THE FATHER?  

FOR SOME NATURE IS TOTALLY WHERE THEY FIND THERE PEACE WITH GOD.  IN NO WAY ARE WE SAYING THAT THA MOUNTAINS SHOULD REPLACE YOUR CHURCH, BECAUSE WE BELIVE THAT GOD HAS DESIGNED US FOR COMMUNITY.  BUT WHAT IF WE LEARNED TO CONNECT THE TWO.  MAYBE JUST TAKE SOME FRIENDS WITH YOU  TO THE MOUNTAINS, AND ALLOW IT TO SPARK CONVERSATIONS ABOUT YOUR SAVIOR.  OR IF YOU ARE LIKE US AND LIFE JUST SEEMS BUSY AT TIMES, BE LIKE JESUS AND RETREAT TO THE MOUNTAINS BY YOURSELF FOR SOME TIME IN PRAYER. 

-JOSH KNIPPLE

IF YOU WANT TO BE A GUEST WRITER OR HAVE A SHORY TO SHARE, SEND IT TO KNIPS@SFCUSA.ORG

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