Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
Phil Miglioratti recently stirred my reflective juices by asking for my perspective on how discipleship, prayer, and evangelism are related.
It's a worthy question, especially for people who are so involved in any particular aspect of ministry that it becomes their primary, almost exclusive, frame of reference. Step by subtle step, all other forms of…Continue
Added by Skip Garmo on January 30, 2012 at 5:25pm — No Comments
“When I seek the Lord my God, I will find Him if I seek Him with all my heart and with all my soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29 Does this sound like God is hiding?
Do you think God hides from us and then we have to go about seeking Him? I don’t think that God hides from us. I believe God is in plain sight and is always ready and willing to engage us on the deepest level. What blocks our view of God then?
The latter part of the verse gives us a clue. “…if I seek Him with all my heart and…Continue
Added by Brian Fletcher on January 28, 2012 at 9:16am — No Comments
"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." (Michelangelo)
Not many of us will are claim to be leaders. Behind the name tags, the title on the name cards, or the qualifications that surround our names, is an ordinary person who is dependent on God. I was reflecting today on the state of leadership in the Church. One of my elders recently wrote me,…Continue
Fight for Joy
I love that phrase. It is not original with me, it comes from my friend John Piper. But I love it because it characterizes every day for me. Each day I get up and face a day that has tremendous challenges. Challenges to fight for a strong and healthy marriage, challenges to fight to raise godly kids, challenges to fight temptation and lust, challenges to fight disappointment, challenges to fight suffering, challenges to lead people to a greater understanding of God’s…Continue
Added by Brian Fletcher on January 27, 2012 at 12:35pm — No Comments
This blog is first published at Yapdates here.
I am constantly intrigued by a weirdness in churches. Many people I have met are quick to tell me about the importance of discipleship. Pastors say it. Leaders trumpet it. Church members mention it from time to time. Unfortunately, more often than not,…Continue
Added by Conrade Yap on January 24, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Greetings in Christ!
It is good news i bear:someone is praing somewhere for someone to enter Inn to God's Kingdom come!
Be sure you are 'someone'..
I pray Blessings for sll lambs and sheep as well.
May The LORD Bless His shepherds.
Added by Rev.T.Sharon Lamoureux-Rose on January 20, 2012 at 11:32am — No Comments
While reading 2 Chronicles, chapters 6-15 today, one particular verse jumped out at me. It was 2 Chronicles 7:1 "When Solomon finished praying, fire descended from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple."
I read that and paused for just a moment picturing what happened in my mind. I remember thinking..."WOW!" I mean, wouldn't you have wanted to see that! Here you are praying...and then suddenly the fire descends from…
Added by Dave Peterson on January 19, 2012 at 12:09pm — No Comments
Two notable “missional” authours have just written new books – and both are worth reading but for different reasons. Michael Frost and Hugh Halter.
I’ve had the opportunity to hear Michael Frost in person. He is a dynamic personality that inspires you to be bold for the Gospel. I still recall some of the amazing stories that helped me understand why God is calling us to His mission. His newest is…Continue
Added by Dennis Funk on January 19, 2012 at 11:39am — No Comments
“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!…Continue
Added by Federico Aguelo on January 16, 2012 at 5:21am — No Comments
I thought I would share the journey I have been on the past few months. I have been serving as Discipleship deacon for almost a year, but have not realized what it meant until the past few months. I was really trying to figure out what I should be doing. Was it just about coming up with new adult Sunday School classes, or keeping an eye on our adult life groups, maybe helping organize men's or women's events? I came across this site, and that started me on quite the journey.
Added by Jeff Christiansen on January 12, 2012 at 9:34pm — No Comments
IS TO COME ALONG SIDE THE CHURCH AND ITS LEADERS IN HELPING PEOPLE WHO ARE WELLING TO CHANGE BY ADDRESSING DEEP NEEDS IN THEIR PERSONAL LIVES. WE BELIEVE THAT THROUGH BIBLICAL AND CHRIST CENTERED TEACHING ALL PEOPLE REGARDLESS OF THEIR PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES CAN FIND SPIRITUAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALING.
THIS APPROACH IS TO BUILD CHARACTER THAT WILL ENABLE THEM TO BECOME RESPONSIBLE MEMBERS IN THEIR FAMILIES ,CHURCH AND COMMUNITY.
Added by Wasswa Moses on January 12, 2012 at 8:34am — No Comments
Added by Larissa Cisz on January 11, 2012 at 1:52pm — No Comments
Some time ago, I decided to stop making new year's resolutions. I had been faithfully making resolutions, and watched as year after year, I failed to follow through with much of them. I then would make the same ones the next year, and on, and on, with no success.
I prayerfully.decided instead, to begin to set realistic goals for myself, and then create a journal of my activities as per these goals. At year's…Continue
Added by Pastor Jean Davy on January 11, 2012 at 12:43am — No Comments
While I love to read, once I’ve finished a book, I usually don’t want to read it again. Except for one book–God’s Holy and Living Word. This morning in Genesis 19, I discovered something new about Abraham’s brother Lot. When commanded to flee Sodom (an openly wicked city), he was told to take his family and run to the mountains.
“After they brought them out of the city, one of the men said, ‘Run for your lives! Don’t look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Run to the mountains, or…Continue
Added by Joyce Long on January 9, 2012 at 8:52am — No Comments
We are funny creatures. We are pathetic creatures.
Once again I heard this week of another person who smoked while on oxygen. Is that insane or what? But before we get too self-righteous, we need to stare into the mirror. Are there issues or habits in our own lives that actually hurt, if not destroy, us? How many people take medication for high blood pressure and so forth, yet still love their Grandma Utz's or Double Whoppers? How many people tell you they…
Added by John Melhorn on January 3, 2012 at 1:04pm — No Comments
Call me old-fashioned but I still make New Year’s Resolutions. Do I keep them? Not always! Yet I’m old enough to know if expectations and goals aren’t set, they’re not reached. So here’s my list for this year:
Added by Joyce Long on January 3, 2012 at 8:18am — No Comments
I've given up on New Year's Resolutions . . . eat better, exercise more, lose weight, study more, be nicer . . . All resolutions do for me is make me feel like a failure. A former student of my posted on FaceBook last night that the gym was packed with people who didn't know what they were doing on the weight machines. Another friend responded, "Don't worry. They'll all be gone in a week."
There's something about the New Year that makes us take a new look at our life and think…Continue
Act I: Why kill a movement when you can kill the idea…Continue
Added by Miguel Labrador on January 1, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments