Make me understand the way of Your precepts.
– Psalm 119:27

Have you ever found yourself in a mess and wondered why things had gone so wrong? Most of us have. We can remember times when we tried to put an item together quickly instead of reading the instructions. Suddenly we discovered that the pieces didn’t quite fit correctly or that something seemed to be missing.

One man was determined to do the minor maintenance on his small car. Every few thousand miles, he drained the oil and then refilled it. When the car needed a tune up, he did it. But he noticed that every time he put the car back together, a couple of bolts or nuts were left over. The automobile always seemed to run fine, so he didn’t worry about it. In fact, his leftover bolts became the source of much fun and laughter among his friends.

This continued until the day he was driving down the road and heard a loud knocking noise. Frantically he pulled into the next auto repair shop he saw, only to have the mechanic tell him, “Your engine is about to fall out of your car!”

Everything you need for a successful life, marriage, and family can be found in God’s Word, but you must take time to read His instructions. Leftover bolts and overlooked items—such as an unfaithful heart, bouts of anger, impatience, or a careless attitude—can lead to serious results. Everything could fall apart.

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Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.

Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.

Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.

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