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November 2010 Blog Posts (44)

Spiritual Parenting Is Simple Discipleship

“... but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children” (1 Thessalonians 2:7).

I have three children. After nearly a quarter century raising kids, I have concluded that raising children is a lot like Jesus' process of making disciples – unconditional love and… Continue

Added by Doug Morrell on November 19, 2010 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

An Unlikely Warrior - Part 1

I love the stories of the Old Testament! Some people think they don’t apply to them because they happened so long ago. But God has treasures for us throughout every page of His book and they are just as relevant today as they were back then. Last week when I read about Gideon in the book of Judges, Chapter 6, I saw so many truths that I couldn’t wait to blog about it for the next couple of weeks as well!…


Added by Lisa Vanderbilt on November 19, 2010 at 7:22am — 3 Comments

I call upon the nations.

It has been a great experience following the two networks invented by NAvPress.First I joined the Pray Network and now I am also a member of the Discipleship Network. As a norwegian it is sometimes difficult to express ones thoughts in a correct manner. English is so far from Norwegian. But I enjoy reading the blogs and find many things of value in the postings. I pray for the Discipleship Network and the Pray Network that they will go world wide and make an influencs on many beleivers.

I… Continue

Added by Terje Leigre on November 16, 2010 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Soul-shaping small groups

Earlier this month, the Small Groups Network has spent time discussing the priniciples and approaches taken from Kim Engelmann's book - Shaping small groups"">Soul-shaping Small Groups.

The book and our forum discussions have made me reflect… Continue

Added by Dennis Funk on November 16, 2010 at 3:12pm — No Comments


"Church" (Ekklesia; Iglesia) needs a revelation to be grasped. Ekklesia is not the Catholic, the Protestant, the Evangelical, the Pentecostal Church,
or in fact, any identifiable institution. It is a group of people from
every nation, tribe, and tongue, who are born again through faith in
Yeshua (Jesus) and led by the Spirit of God. Asher Intrater

Added by David Adeola on November 16, 2010 at 9:16am — 2 Comments

Oxygen Masks

Once, when I was flying from one small country to another, I had an experience with an airliner’s oxygen mask. Something in the plane was amiss, my head started to feel as if it would explode, and an oxygen mask was lowered from somewhere above me. I put it on and was able to breathe until we were back on the ground, even though my head was still under extreme pressure. But, in spite of the pressure and anxiety, it was comforting to know that I had a clear line to…


Added by Kathy Beagles on November 13, 2010 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

"Follow Me" - Ok, I will ... now what?

A thought or three and some questions have come to mind for me after a messaging conversation I had with a mentor of mine concerning discipleship. I will do my utmost to keep this as simple as possible, mostly because I have a tendacy to make something simple, complicated, or more convoluted than neccessary.

"Follow Me", is a phrase Jesus uses to herald our hearts and minds to become His disciples.

Our initial step…


Added by Jeremy Hatch on November 10, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

800 Members and Still Growing

On Monday, I wrote about spending much of my weekend welcoming the 450 new members who have joined the network since Thursday night of last week. Members keep joining. We have now reached a membership of 800 . . . way beyond anything we could have anticipated so quickly.

Based on what I've seen and what I've individually heard from members, here are a couple of observations:

(1) God is at work through this network. To paraphrase Rick Warren,…

Added by Margie Williamson on November 10, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Don't Even THINK About It

I once heard a powerful sermon on doing the impossible. The preacher posed the question “Does God require too much?” Of course, he gave us the solution to the seeming impossibility of meeting the expectations (doing greater works than Christ, being perfect, making disciples, etc.). They were:

1. Be in the circle of God’s will.



Added by Kathy Beagles on November 8, 2010 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Discipling Your Children

My children(2 boys & a girl-ages 15,13 & 11) & I read from a devotional book each morning. I used to get feedback which would create some great discussions but for the last few months nothing. Maybe I should try a new devotional book, any ideas? It seems it has almost become a chore to do our devotionals and some days I am afraid I am pushing them away rather than strengthening their relationship with the Lord.

This is especially true with my 15 yr.old. I worry knowing he…


Added by Rod Bigford on November 8, 2010 at 10:36am — 10 Comments

Solitude First

I've been blogging a short series about our inner life, discipleship, community, and ministry, inspired by an article by Henri Nouwen years ago in the Spring 1995 issue of Leadership. Find the most recent blog…


Added by Michael Mack on November 7, 2010 at 9:42pm — 5 Comments

Nothin' but net!

What a shot! It was the end of the first half. Time was running out but we had the ball at our end of the court. Kyrsten doesn’t usually spend much time that far out from the basket but there she was just outside the three-point line when the ball came to her with about 4 seconds left on the clock. Almost effortlessly she let it go. It was her very first three-pointer ever and it was nothin’ but net!

It’s been a long journey from when she was little and just learning the basics. How… Continue

Added by Rick Alvey on November 7, 2010 at 8:03pm — 2 Comments

How did these guys get elected?

Today's reading: JOHN 18:28-40; JOHN 19:1-16

The first Tuesday in November is election day in the United States. November 2nd was what is called a mid-term election. That means that all House Representatives are up for election and 1/3 of the Senate. The president is in the middle of his term, it will be two more years until Obama has to run again.

If you have seen any news about the results of… Continue

Added by Tim Plona on November 7, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

So You Want to be Like Christ (Spiritual Disciplines) by Charles Swindoll

I read this book and it really helped me understand some of the disciplines that are foundational for spiritual growth. I created a table which compares and contrast the disciplines versus what the world is offering. I have also added some quotes from the book and other sources. I hope this will help us all grow in Christ.…


Added by Scott Williams on November 6, 2010 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Would like recommendations for info on Spiritual Disciplines.

Though I've been in religious community since birth, I've not been intentionally, methodically discipled. In the last few years I've grown in my conscious need and appreciation for this training. I've read Gary Thomas, who encourages study of the "classics", and most of Dallas Willard's books and media.

Added by Don Loops on November 6, 2010 at 12:39pm — 5 Comments


Disciplship has for decades has been very difficult for church bodies to embrace. It is very popular to talk about because it is incorrectly associated to Evengelism and church growth. I am not saying that it won't effect those area of a local church, but that's not the point. In fact true "disciplesip" will scare some away as Jesus said "are you too going to leave" (paraphrase) while his true disciples will respond and say Lord where shall we go for only you have the words of…


Added by Toby Lewis on November 5, 2010 at 3:39pm — 2 Comments


Would love to see folks introduce themselves.

Me? ok, well - I a missionary in the Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador, the creator and administrator of…

Added by Miguel Labrador on November 5, 2010 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Glad to see it!

I am glad to see a Discipleship Network and also glad to see that is is run by NavPress. Any network of people who are focused on Discipleship are bound to produce ideas and actions for Kingdom growth. For the past year, we have been having discussions, posting articles, and sharing our struggles and successes in Making Disciples on facebook.

I know that many of you will not liklely have a facebook account and so this community serves well. But, is you do have a facebook…

Added by Miguel Labrador on November 5, 2010 at 11:50am — No Comments

Our Identity

I recently posted the following to our staff wiki (we are a rescue mission) because I believe recognizing our identity is the foundation of discipleship and our growth in Christlikeness.…


Added by David Bugher on November 5, 2010 at 8:09am — 1 Comment

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