Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
To reimagine is not to change what we believe but how we think.
If we are unable to differentiate between our beliefs (theology, doctrines) and thoughts (ideas, applications, systems, best practices), then we will ultimately be unable to defend our values and discern the foundations of social change and political preferences.
To reimagine, is to rethink, review and revise, prompted by a Holy Spirit revealed…
Added by Phil Miglioratti on September 11, 2019 at 12:28pm — No Comments
Larry (not his real name) lived across the street during high school. We played on the golf team together, but Larry was a much better golfer. After I trusted Christ, I share the good news with Larry. He called me soon afterward and said, “Mark, I placed my faith in Christ and am so excited. Can I see you?”
I couldn’t wait to see Larry. I lived off campus. Larry knocked on my door, and we talked awhile. “Let’s go to a park and share our faith,” Larry said. “Sounds like a great idea,”…Continue
Added by Mark A. Pomeroy on September 10, 2019 at 10:38pm — No Comments
It’s humbling to discover you’re not indispensable. This unpleasant experience happened to me a few months ago when I had to go on medical leave from work.
The whole thing was unimaginable. Within days I went from having a full-time job I loved to no longer even having a workable scan key to get me into the building.
Most humbling of all was having to encounter the painful Myth of Indispensability. Put simply, this myth says people can’t survive without us. We’re irreplaceable…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on September 2, 2019 at 7:17pm — No Comments
As most of my closest friends already know, doctors have recently diagnosed me with cancer. Unbelievable. I certainly never thought it would happen to me.
Although this is supposedly a highly “treatable” form of cancer, that’s not particularly comforting. In the old days, cancer was virtually a death sentence, which has caused me to reflect on some insightful words from the apostle Paul:
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters,…Continue
If you want to be my follower you must love me more than
your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters –
yes, more than your own life. Otherwise, you…Continue
What if the best way to view prayerfully sitting before the Lord is to see it as one-on-one discipleship with Him - or as I like to call it; "The One-on-one…Continue
Added by Amy Jo on July 27, 2019 at 8:09pm — No Comments
A seven-year study of the causes of death among teens in America observed that the top three causes of death were accidents, homicide, and suicide.* Almost half of those tragedies—about 68,000 deaths—were accidents, and most of those accidents—about 46,000—were by motor vehicle.
Sit back for a…Continue
Added by Skip Garmo on July 19, 2019 at 3:58am — No Comments
Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer and did not withdraw his unfailing love from me.
Psalm 66:20 NLT
I have not rejected your prayer—I have responded to you.
When you confess your…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on July 2, 2019 at 2:56pm — No Comments
Joe and Mary enter the church and talk to long-term friends. They get a cup of coffee and ask how Sarah how she’s enjoying their new house. Joe and Mary sit down in their familiar seats by the center aisle so they can leave quickly. They sing some songs, hear a message, and then go home.
A church culture has dominated a mission culture in many of our churches. Too many "Christians" are busy playing church instead of seeking the heart of Jesus. As a result, the church is declining in…Continue
Added by Mark A. Pomeroy on June 16, 2019 at 7:38pm — No Comments
Father’s Day is a special time for families—but that doesn’t mean it’s always an easy time. Like any holiday, Father’s Day can either be pleasant or painful, magical or mayhem. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on the heritage you’re leaving as a parent or grandparent, but that can be a cause for either celebration or concern.
Picture the family line of a good friend of mine. If the whole gang could somehow be brought together for a family reunion, I can only imagine the…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on June 16, 2019 at 4:52am — No Comments
Reading through the Old Testament book of Judges recently, a sentence jumped off the page and jabbed at my heart: After them another generation rose up who did not know the…Continue
Added by Skip Garmo on June 11, 2019 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Recently I woke up thinking about an intriguing phrase in Paul’s statement to the Colossians:
27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on May 31, 2019 at 9:09am — No Comments
If, as the Beatles say, all you need is love and if, as the scripture says, God is love, is it possible to have authentic, transforming, forgiving empowering, love without a relationship with God?
If you say you believe in God, you cannot not have love as your motivation and message in everything you say and do.…Continue
Added by Phil Miglioratti on May 25, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments
Sermons do a lot of things, but sermons don’t make disciples.
Here’s the dilemma: the church’s mission is to “go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:18-20). If sermons don’t make disciples, then how does the church fulfill its mission? If sermons don’t directly fulfill the church’s mission, then why is so much emphasis placed on the weekend worship service and the sermon?
I’m a preacher. I have nothing against preaching. I take exception, however, in…Continue
You know these things—now do them! That is the path of blessing.
John 13:17 NLT
Reverence My path of authority—know and understand that I am Lord.
Added by Johnny R. Almond on May 13, 2019 at 11:22am — No Comments
As we celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, I find myself thinking about what it takes for someone to be beautiful even in their old age. I’ve concluded there’s no better example than Sarah, the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac.
In addition to being beautiful in her later years, Sarah also was fruitful and honoring – rare qualities indeed, especially in today’s world. Let’s look at how this was possible:
BEAUTIFUL: If a woman…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on May 11, 2019 at 4:01pm — No Comments
Did Jesus ever make a prediction that turned out to be false? It certainly seemed so when He said upon hearing that His friend Lazarus was sick, “This sickness will not end in death” (John 11:4 NIV).
If you know the story of Lazarus, you remember that his sickness did indeed result in death. In fact, by the time Jesus arrived on the scene, his friend had already been in the tomb for four days.
Not only was Lazarus dead, but the situation had already become stinky.…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on May 4, 2019 at 12:16pm — No Comments
Then Hezekiah encouraged them with this address:
“Be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid of the king of Assyria or his mighty army.
There is a power far greater on our side! He has a great army, but they are just…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on April 29, 2019 at 3:27pm — No Comments
Over the past 18 months I have had the distinct privilege of helping to direct a national outreach initiative called Saturate USA. The ministry of Christ for All Peoples, due to the benevolence of some major investors, was able to supply Gospel resources to thousands of local churches to bring the message of Jesus to homes and apartments in their communities.
It was a divinely inspired move of God that resulted in millions of Jesus DVDs, Gospel tracts and participating church…Continue
By Allen White
Small groups are no longer making disciples at the rate they once were. For many churches, the purpose of groups is to assimilate new people and keep them connected so they won’t leave. Everyone needs to go where everybody knows their name, and they’re always glad you came… But, if the purpose of small groups ends with assimilation, host homes, and the church-wide campaign, then how are disciples being made? Host homes and campaigns are great to get groups going, but…Continue