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Life’s Complicated?

Life is ComplicatedSometimes we make life too complicated. A few examples come to mind:
  1. The IRS tax code – I am not sure it is even possible anymore to file your taxes without help.
  2. The NCAA guidelines – this past year one athlete who was given $1,000 was suspended for 3 games and another who was given $20 was suspended for 10 games.
  3. The Bible – 66 books, 1,189 chapters, 31,102 verses and 783,137 words – with all of that information how are we supposed to know what to do?

The last few weeks I have talked about the 3 prerequisites of being a disciple and the 3 pillars of being a disciple. This week I’m starting a new section: the products of being a disciple.

What do I mean by products of being a disciple? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2013 in God's Love

 

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The Lone Ranger?

The Lone Ranger

The last few weeks I have written about the prerequisites and pillars of being a disciple – Salvation, Surrender, the (Holy) Spirit, Supplication (Prayer), and Scripture. This week is the last pillar – Small groups (community).

There has been a story floating around in church circles for quite some time– not sure if it is real or just legend. The story goes something like this: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2013 in Community

 

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Got Him?

Got HimWith Derrick and Christie recently getting engaged all things wedding are on my mind and on my radar. I recently listened to an interview with Mike Grayson and his fiancée, Molly. Mike is the lead singer for the Christian band Mike’s Chair. Molly was telling the story of how Mike proposed last fall. After Molly finished her story she paused and said: “All I kept thinking was: I get him.” Molly was saying she was so thrilled to spend the rest of her life with Mike.

What came to my mind after hearing Molly’s story was this: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2013 in Holy Spirit

 

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Mind Games?

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P90X…Insanity…Crossfit…are all the rage. The main principle behind these workout programs is a theory called “muscle confusion.” The concept is that varying your workouts frequently dissuades the body from adapting to the workout regime and therefore growing and getting stronger quicker. Basically it is tricking your body into improving.

When it comes to improving/growing/transforming the mind however, confusion is not a good idea. Actually the mind works completely the opposite. “The more you focus on something — whether that’s math or auto racing or football or God — the more that becomes your reality, Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in God's Word

 

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A Change of Heart?

discipleshipRecently I wrote that many of us want the Savior part of Christ but not always the Lordship part. In other words, we want to benefits of spending eternity in Heaven but not the Lord-of-my-life on earth part: http://wp.me/p1QSbw-8n. In addition, placing Christ as Lord of our lives is deciding to become a Disciple and requires complete surrender: http://wp.me/p1QSbw-91

So if we decide we want to surrender and we want to be a Disciple – what does that look like? What do we do? Over the next three weeks I will address the “what do we do part” and then the “what does it look like part.”

I recently read about a survey conducted of church planting organizations. The purpose of the survey was to help determine what type of people makes the best church planters. They surveyed the top 100 church plant leaders worldwide. The top 100 had planted at least 20 churches in the last year and one planted 500 churches.

There was only common element among the group. They were from various countries, ethnic backgrounds, personality types, ages, men and women, different education levels, etc.

The only common element was……….. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Prayer

 

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SHES’ Hope

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Of all of the stories and photos the last 48 hours the one that stands out to me was an interview a news channel conducted with Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott. You will recall Rachel was the first murder victim in the Columbine High School shootings.

In the interview Mr. Scott was asked how long it took before life started to feel normal: “After about 2-3 years. But I think about Rachel every day and miss her every day. But even though I have not forgotten Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2012 in God's Forgiveness

 

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Surrender?

surrender

Last week I wrote about how many of us want the Savior part of Christ but not always the Lordship part. In other words, we want to benefits of spending eternity in Heaven but not the Lord-of-my-life on earth part: http://wp.me/p1QSbw-8n

And I left with you with the following questions: How do we get the Lord part as well as the Savior part? How do we know if God is Lord of our lives? Or to say it another way how do we become a Disciple? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2012 in God's Commands

 

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