Everyday Disciple

Be One, Make One.

BE BOLD!

In Matthew 4, Jesus starts his ministry by approaching two fishermen, Simon (Peter) and Andrew. In words that would meet them exactly where they were, Jesus gives them a command, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (v. 19). Jesus made himself so clear, but unfortunately most of the modern church and Christians have decided to omit this command from what is expected of us as followers of Christ.

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Go With The Goers

I sent him a text message that read, “Jesus is proud of you for stepping up like you did last week.” My friend X (yes, that’s his name) texted me back, “I said that out loud and it made me start to cry. I’ve never thought about Jesus actually being proud of me. Thank you man.” It was an incredible text message reaffirming my belief that we, as disciple-makers, must be intentional by “going with the goers.”

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Intentional to REMEMBER

We can’t lead if we don’t know where we are going. We also can’t lead if we forget from where we have come.
Intentionality is key in discipleship. Once we begin to understand who we are in Christ (identity), we then begin to grow in understanding that God not only changes WHO we are, but also HOW we are and WHAT we do (purpose). Our new identity as His People gives us new purpose to live His mission!

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Kitchen Table Disciple Making

21 years ago, my wife and I experienced the loss of a child. It was brutal. We had been married for only around 4 years and neither of us had ever navigated significant loss, let alone something of this magnitude. I questioned God. I questioned myself. I questioned my faith. I felt that all I had were questions, and no answers. I knew I needed to reach out for help, but I did not know how.

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Is it ‘well with your soul,’ Intentional Christ Follower?

Unusual, intentional invitation accepted. Three days of silence at a retreat center nestled in the woods of north Texas. I’d know no one attending. There would be no agenda other than to meet in stillness and quiet with King Jesus with my Bible and journal. My soul was craving this like an ice-cold drink of water on a hot, humid day. I needed intentional alone time with the King I love and serve.

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Love as I Say, Love as I Do

Before I ever sat behind the wheel, I had observed several rules for driving from my father. I learned that you could drive 9mph above the speed limit without fear of consequence, that stop signs were only necessary when cars were nearby, and that yellow lights meant hit the gas. When I first started driving, it was my dad sitting in the passenger seat and as I drove the first few times, my father noticed these tendencies in me and challenged me to stop these unsafe behaviors.

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Say it Again

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: You’ve made an announcement about an event or communicated about a direction your church is going for weeks or even months, only to have someone stop you, seemingly upset, because they had “never heard anything about it” and felt left out!

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Intentional Alignment

I love my job! I read emails, texts, and have lobby conversations weekly with people who have great plans or ideas for ministry. I’m a dreamer and future thinker, so these conversations don’t scare me anymore. Common conversations I have is when people come to me wanting to start a new ministry or change our current Restoration Ministry. I used to feel pressured to…

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Intentionally Vulnerable

In my life and throughout my discipleship journey I have struggled with wanting to be perceived as being right more than wanting to do what is right. I think the struggle is mostly motivated by fear, self-protection and hurts from the past. Some of it comes from seeking the praises of others and the applause of what some would call effective leadership over faithful obedience to truth.

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Release Them To Go: A Bittersweet But Necessary Step

“What is wrong with me?” I thought as I stood before the church with tears in my eyes. “Get it together! Be a man! This is supposed to be a happy occasion.” I knew this day was coming, it was something I had prayed for and longed for over ten years. Now that day was finally here, prayers were being answered, the faithfulness of the church body was producing some amazing fruit, and even though I was elated, a wave of sadness washed over me.

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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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