Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
If you are unwilling to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve.
But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua 24:15 NLT
It seems less than desirable to some people to…Continue
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What is discipleship?
Not all church growth is healthy growth. Unhealthy growth attracts people from other churches by catering more to them and expecting less of them. Healthy, exponential growth involves sending those who’ve experienced genuine life change out into the community to demonstrate and share the love of Jesus Christ with those hopeless and hurting. The growth potential from discipleship is about leverage and empowerment, fueled by the Holy Spirit. There is so much latent…Continue
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All the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel came true.
Joshua 21:45 NLT
I promise you My Presence. You can always count on My constant companionship. I accompany you every heartbeat—every hour, every day, your lifetime on earth, every phase of your journey, eternally. In sunshine and…Continue
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In addition to the internal impediments to discipleship we discussed last week, there are cultural norms making it difficult for churches in America to build disciples. Even if pastors were fully committed to implementing personalized, intensive discipleship programs, they would encounter three significant attitudinal roadblocks pervading the…Continue
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Jesus Calming the Storm by Rembrandt
The Perfect Storm Shelter
By Pastor Johnny R. Almond
Now tell the Israelites to designate the cities of…Continue
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Jesus selected an odd cast of characters to be His disciples. If you were asked to pick a team of 12 people to change the course of history, I’m guessing you wouldn’t head straight to the local marina or IRS office looking for candidates. Yet that’s exactly what Jesus did. In fact, the Old Testament, New Testament and the annals of church history are riddled with stories of “ordinary people doing extraordinary things”. God gets all the glory when those least capable achieve the seemingly…Continue
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Part 1 – Internal Factors
As we showed last week, discipleship expands the Kingdom, changes your community and grows your church. So why do only 1% of church leaders surveyed believe American churches are discipling well. Why wouldn’t more pastors emphasize discipleship and implement a discipleship track that goes well beyond sermons and small groups…Continue
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Killing Time—Injuring Eternity
By Pastor Johnny R. Almond
Joshua addressed the People of Israel: “How long are you going to sit around on your hands,
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I grew up in the era of Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown, and I’m convinced he was the best football player of all time. Yet I never had a Jim Brown jersey. In fact, except for the players who were actually on the team, I don’t remember people wearing NFL jerseys back then.
From Boston to Houston this weekend, thousands of people will be wearing Tom Brady jerseys. Last year our hometown Carolina Panthers were in the Super Bowl, so Cam Newton jerseys were a big thing. Sadly, Cam…Continue
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