I have been chasing after and not capturing the joy Jesus claims He can give us in our lives. Some have told me, and I think it is part of it, that I feel I don't deserve joy. What I keep being brought back to is that surrender is what brings joy, peace, and contentment.
That is hard, because being in control of your own life is hammered into us from a young age. Never surrender. Never give up. If it is to be, it is up to me. I don't know about you, but a lot of the things… Continue
Added by Mary Elizabeth Whitlow on November 22, 2010 at 5:06pm —
Years ago, our family was headed out of town on vacation after some really difficult days at the church. My husband asked that we not discuss anything about the church while we were gone. I snapped, "Well, if we don't talk about the church, there's nothing left for us to talk about." He responded by creating a two-page, single-spaced list for me of discussible topics. The list reminded me of how deep our relationship ran throughout our lives.
A friend of mine has put forth… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on November 22, 2010 at 11:08am —
When was the last time you were asked to do something at church? How did you respond? Your response to being asked makes less of a statement about your commitment to the church than many leaders would want you to think. If you ask me to fulfill a task in which I have been spiritually gifted to do, you will not have to beg me to do it. The worst enemy to this desire is the distraction of other opportunities.
I love to teach. When I was saved at age 19, I did not receive a grand… Continue
Added by Jeremy Amick on November 21, 2010 at 3:48pm —
Henry David Thoreau wrote, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout… Continue
Added by Doug Morrell on November 21, 2010 at 9:45am —
Let me introduce myself (since I just joined this network). My name is Jeremy Amick and I am an Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Outreach. My job is to mobilize the people of God to do the work of the Kingdom. I have a deep passion to equip believers for the task of ministry. I am absolutely convinced that the every aspect of Christian growth (salvation through glorification) is a work of the Holy Spirit. Lastly, by way of introduction, I am completing a doctor in ministry research project… Continue
Added by Jeremy Amick on November 20, 2010 at 11:16pm —
I'm preparing to teach Bible study tomorrow on verses from Genesis 12 and 13. One thing sticks out to me tonight . . . when God called Abram, He didn't give him any details. He only told Abram to go "to the land I will show you" (Gen. 12:1). There are times in my life when a couple of words or a phrase jumps out at me. This is one of those.
I've talked to a lot of people lately, some through this network, who have lost their jobs and are struggling to know what to do next.… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on November 20, 2010 at 10:12pm —
We know that Jesus was the greatest disciple maker who has ever lived, but how did He begin?
Though Jesus had many who followed, He chose only twelve ordinary men with a mixture of backgrounds and personalities to be His disciples. Jesus’ entire ministry depended upon these men who would go on to start the Christian Church. He began His discipleship ministry in prayer:
“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to… Continue
Added by Doug Morrell on November 20, 2010 at 12:00pm —
“I tell you, even if he won’t get up because the man is his friend, yet because of the man’s hutzpahhe will get up and give him as much as he needs.” (Luke 11:8)
What is hutzpah? It is a Hebrew word meaning shameless persistence. In the Greek, it is “aneideia” meaning impudence. It is a picture of… Continue
Added by Federico Aguelo on November 20, 2010 at 11:40am —
Ever hear a song or jingle and just not be able to get it out of your head? Not too long ago, I attended the Fall Leadership Conference at Jack Hayford's Church on the Way. The worship leader led us in a worship song called, ONE WORD FROM GOD.
One word from God can make everything new again...everythings better with one word from God...so speak Lord and I will listen, show me your word...guide me today.
That song has blessed me SO much. I have it… Continue
Added by Jerry Linnins on November 19, 2010 at 10:00pm —
I used to envy the thief on the cross. He accepted Jesus and was immediately told he would be in the kingdom of God. He didn't have to figure out this Christian walk, this path of discipleship.
Growing up I didn't understand the concepts of righteousness by faith or the power of grace. Having been a "good little kid," I also found my moment of conversion a bit hard to pinpoint. But with a good bit of guilt, repentance, prayer, devotional reading, and more guilt, I plodded on--a battle… Continue
Added by Kathy Beagles on November 19, 2010 at 4:34pm —
A.W. Tozer wrote:
"The facts are that God is not silent, has never been silent. It is the nature of God to speak. The second Person of the Holy Trinity is called the Word." (The Best of AW Tozer)
Do you believe that? I do. Do I always live out that belief? No... do you?
So, if God is speaking to us - if it… Continue
Added by Paul Dawson on November 19, 2010 at 1:12pm —
Do we live with the commitment and confidence that we will never be ashamed of Jesus Christ? Do we have the freedom and the courage to bring glory to Christ in all that we do? Will our life honor Him no matter what, whether we live or die? These are the questions of ultimate satisfaction.
A Christian’s life is to be consumed with Christ. If we are living, we are… Continue
Added by Dave Shepardson on November 19, 2010 at 12:46pm —
“... 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 —
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!… Continue
Added by Lisa Vanderbilt on November 19, 2010 at 7:22am —
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.
Added by Terje Leigre on November 16, 2010 at 3:27pm —
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 —
"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 —
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… Continue
Added by Kathy Beagles on November 13, 2010 at 11:00pm —
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… Continue
Added by Jeremy Hatch on November 10, 2010 at 5:00pm —
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,… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on November 10, 2010 at 8:00am —