Everyday Disciple

Be One, Make One.

Relational Discipleship and Cultural Context

Have you ever been somewhere severely unlike where you live? I have traveled a lot over the years – across the globe and within the United States. It’s been a gift to be able to travel and experience all sorts of people, languages, cultures, and FOOD. One thing I’ve learned is that everywhere I go, it’s obvious each place has a different culture and language.

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Abiding Fosters Unity

I looked over into the opposing team huddle and I saw the all-star running back shove his teammate to the ground, which resulted in an eruption of hollering and fighting amongst teammates. Even though this event was 30 years ago I remember it like yesterday. I can still recall the sense of victory I had because I knew when the fighting starts, a team has lost.

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Developing a Consistent Prayer Life

Any study of the topic of prayer, will quickly lead someone to these 3 verses in 1 Thessalonians. We know that a vital prayer life is critical for us as disciple makers, so how do you get to that point in your spiritual life where prayer becomes a much more consistent behavior in your life?

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Quiet Enough

Could it really be? Samuel lay in bed waiting, breathing slowly, listening. He knew he had heard his name twice before. Each time he had run to Eli, yet Eli insisted he had not called him. But then, Eli said someone else may be speaking his name, Ywhw, himself. So, Samuel waited.
Quiet enough to listen, still enough to hear. Those are challenging actions in our world. Being honest, I find it challenging. Rarely is my world quiet

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Healthy Rest for the Journey

A disciple-maker once said, “Justin, you must learn to enjoy the journey as much as the destination.” When I first heard those words, I was conflicted. On one hand, I wouldn’t say I liked the statement because I wanted results. I enjoyed the results of all the hard work I did for Jesus. Results that looked good on the surface, but deep down, they were motivated by selfishness and a drive to feed my false identity. I was consuming the lies of being affirmed as a winner instead of being a child of God. Who cares about the journey?

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Come Out of The Tent!

“You!” The shift in tone cracked through the dusty lecture hall, abruptly interrupting the monotonous drone of the lesson. All eyes turned away from their studious notes or distracted doodles to focus on the weathered professor. “Hey, you!” the professor repeated, capturing the attention of every freshman in my Intro to Old Testament class. We all began scanning the room, trying to match Professor Harju’s gaze. And I thought he was looking at me. It made sense. I was the one

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Abiding with Jesus in the Chaos

What is that annoying sound? Why won’t it stop? I look at the clock, it’s 2 am. My phone is ringing and it’s an unknown number. My thoughts are racing, and my heart is pounding. I frantically grab my phone and sit up in bed…hello…hello…silence. Hello? Mom…I am going to kill myself…click. The phone disconnects. My head is spinning, and my mind cannot comprehend what is happening…

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Healthy Abiding

According to any personality test I have ever taken; I always scored in the 98th percentile of extroverts. Even before my relationship with Christ, being around others left me energized and felt life giving.

In my walk with Christ over the years I am learning the value of relationships; especially within the context of disciple making. Some of the most impactful and profound are those that proved to challenge and grow my ability to make disciples. Let me explain and start off with the obvious. My relationship with Christ is paramount. As I abide in Him, He abides in me.

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Dealing With the Distractions When Life Gets in the Way

Of all the adventures my son has taken us on over the years, “The Window Incident” will be one of our staple family testimonies. It’s Monday morning, and I’m working through my to-do list to prepare our home for the week. I step away from my son to locate my wandering one year old and return to find a glaring crack in our living room window, courtesy of a rogue toddler and a Paw Patrol phone. Immediately, I experience frustration, and panic. When will we be able to repair this? How much will this cost?

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Parenting: Getting Back to the Garden

There is a cost to being a parent. I’m not talking about diapers and college funds (kids are expensive). Instead, I am talking about the time, effort, and intentionality that kids require that parents must pay. And every parent has the choice. You can pay now or pay later. The reality is that intentionally, or unwittingly, parents are discipling their kids. I’m not asking if you are discipling, I’m telling you. You are. The real question is, as you disciple your family, whose image are you leading them to become?

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Abiding in Christ – A Healthy Bible Study

Our invitation in John 15 to abide in Jesus and bear much fruit must be foundational in a disciple’s walk. Recent RDN blogs have been rich in guidance on how to abide in Jesus.

One crucial aspect of abiding is having a healthy Bible study. The overall purpose of studying the Bible is to get to know the author more intimately. In that intimacy, we will be more tuned into the voice of the Good Shepherd, Jesus.

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Walking with Jesus Moment by Moment

Tick…Tick…Tick…I sat in the hospital watching the clock. Just hours before that I was standing in front of a trauma doctor while he explained to Amber and I the seriousness of the car accident. Olivia was given almost a zero percent chance to survive and Emma’s status was still unknown. My heart and mind raced to even comprehend what I was hearing but what I did grab hold of was that it would literally be a minute-by-minute process.

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