Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
High school has got to be the most stressful period in a student’s life. In high school, there are so many things you have to worry about. You worry about being popular, getting good grades, wearing the right clothes and hanging out with the right group among other things. However, college is different and they are a number of things you shouldn’t lose sleep over when you get to college. Here are a number of things college students never worry…Continue
Added by Robert Roberts on June 14, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
“. . . I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” (Philippians 4:11b ESV).
If you just joined our journey of discovery into what matters most to God, we are taking a reflective walk through 1 Corinthians 13:4. The third quality that people see in followers who reflect Christlike love is the absence of…Continue
Added by Skip Garmo on June 1, 2018 at 2:06pm — No Comments
“What’s the difference?” It’s the question of a learner, a thinker, a person who’s comparing two not-quite-the-same concepts.
When I taught English in Asia I realized that motivated students have lots of these questions. I remember being asked, “What’s the difference between ‘affect’ and ‘effect’? Or between ‘than’ and ‘then’? Or ‘farther’ and ‘further’?” Most of the time I knew, but occasionally the question itself caused me, the teacher, to realize that I didn’t understand clearly.…Continue
Added by Justin Gravitt on May 31, 2018 at 3:04pm — No Comments
Oral Disciple Making: A Return to First Principles
By Jerry Wiles
When it comes to following and obeying Jesus, it sometimes takes time to clarify exactly what that means. With 2,000 years of history and church traditions, there is a very real need to rethink, re-evaluate and…Continue
Added by Jerry Wiles on May 1, 2018 at 3:32pm — No Comments
Co-Signing a Lie!
Have you Co-signed a lie?
Because of the Synoptic Gospel of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, this message will be given from the account of Matthew. We all know and understand that Matthew was the tax collector of that day. Matthew was familiar with Jewish history, customs, ideas, and Classes of people. He was well trained in the Torah writings.
Added by Dr. Terence L Redd on April 4, 2018 at 10:31pm — No Comments
Have you ever run out of gas? Of course, the smarter thing is to periodically check your gas gauge to see when it’s time to replenish your supply.
But many years ago, I had a car with a defective gas gauge. It was pretty scary to never know how much gas was in my tank.
Lately I’ve been think about why the Law of Replenishment is a vital lesson of the Christian life, keeping us from running out of gas spiritually. This principle is especially crucial for leaders, caregivers, and…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on April 2, 2018 at 2:47pm — No Comments
After Billy Graham died at age 99, many people wondered who could ever replace him. In some ways, the answer might be no one – for Graham was a unique minister of the gospel and ambassador for Christ. Like Queen Esther, he was anointed to speak to kings, presidents, prime ministers, and the entire culture “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).
But there’s another answer that might surprise you. When looking for Billy Graham’s replacement, you need look no further…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on March 9, 2018 at 10:29am — No Comments
Throughout Billy Graham’s life, people tried to give him career advice. “You would make a great congressman or senator!” some would say. “Have you ever thought about running for office?” Others even predicted he would have a good chance of being elected President, if they could just convince him to run.
Once a major motion picture studio offered him a million dollars to sign a movie deal. “Your good looks, booming voice, and natural charisma could make you star!” they told…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on March 4, 2018 at 2:43pm — No Comments
Part 1 in this series about what matters most to God in a disciple began: “The most fulfilling journey in life is the path of a person who has an intimate relationship with God, and who faithfully follows Him.” Does this seem to you a reasonable description of a true…Continue
Added by Skip Garmo on March 1, 2018 at 12:38pm — No Comments
Countless books and blogs could be written about the many admirable qualities of Billy Graham. But to me, one of his most remarkable examples was the loyalty and teamwork of his evangelistic team.
As someone who has spent man decades with Christian churches and ministries, I assure you that this quality is extremely rare. Yet, while most Christian organizations are marked by a constant turnover of personnel, Billy Graham stood out in his ability to assemble a team that…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on February 21, 2018 at 8:28pm — No Comments
An important attribute for having a happy and successful life is the ability to make smooth transitions. Why? Because transitions are one of the most inescapable features of life.
Instead of remaining a baby, we transition to childhood. After childhood, we encounter numerous changes as we shift into our teen years. After that, we’re invited to mature into an adult…a senior citizen…and, after we die, a citizen of eternity.
There are many other transitions along the way, and…Continue
The most fulfilling journey in life is the path of a person who has an intimate relationship with God, and who faithfully follows Him. Is it the easiest path to walk? No. Is it the inside track to popularity? No. But is it the inside track to joy? Yes, for eternal reasons.
Step one, for any person who yearns to experience this journey (i.e., a “disciple”), starts at the…Continue
Added by Skip Garmo on February 1, 2018 at 3:30am — No Comments
My friend who read my prior book, Houston, we have a problem, concluded, “You recognize that PROBLEMS are just OPPORTUNITIES in DISGUISE.” The apostle Paul was vulnerable enough to share his own problems with us in Romans 7:15-20 (MSG) What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do…Continue
Added by john hoelzel on January 8, 2018 at 9:47pm — No Comments
I’ve never spent much time thinking about Biblical numerology. But this year is different.
As we enter into 2018, I find myself thinking about the number “8” – God’s number of resurrection and new beginnings.
If you want a detailed explanation, I suggest a Google search. But here are a few simple observations:
Added by Jim Buchan on January 3, 2018 at 9:09am — No Comments
Like King David in the Psalms, many of my journal entries in recent years could have been titled, “Why am I so depressed…so dissatisfied with life?” This was especially true most years in November and December, when I faced holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.
So it came as a surprise when I noticed this month that I’m happier than I’ve been in years – even decades. How could this be, when most things in my life are exactly the same as they’ve been for the past…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on December 27, 2017 at 5:08am — No Comments
We don’t know the exact time frame of the journey made by “wise men from the East” in search of young King Jesus (Matthew 2:1-12). It may have been several months or even a few years after Jesus’ birth when they arrived at Herod’s palace and asked, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?” (v. 1).
But while some of the details of their journey may be unclear, there’s much we can learn from the wonderful example set by the…Continue
You, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village in Judah.
Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.
Added by Johnny R. Almond on December 19, 2017 at 4:27pm — No Comments
Sometimes preachers have thoughts during their sermons that did not occur to them during the preparation time. It happened to me several years ago on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.…Continue
Added by Dan R. Crawford on November 18, 2017 at 7:32am — No Comments
I noted in last week’s post that Christianity experienced a seismic paradigm shift when Martin Luther and other reformers essentially zero-based the church’s traditional doctrine of salvation and rebuilt it using only God’s Word—“Sola Scriptura.”
Then I stepped back from the details and considered applying that same strategy to discipling ourselves and others. I asked you, “If we zero-base our understanding of what it means to disciple ourselves and others, and then…Continue
Added by Skip Garmo on November 1, 2017 at 3:10pm — No Comments
How special it is for us to be alive 500 years after the Protestant Reformation began in Wittenberg! This is an excellent time to thank God for what He did during those years to revolutionize peoples’ understanding of His Word, transform their hearts, and move them from uncertainty and fear through the church to confidence and freedom through Christ.
The core outcome of the Reformation was the revolution in scriptural understanding and worship by parishioners through direct…Continue
Added by Skip Garmo on October 23, 2017 at 3:28pm — No Comments