Calling all heirlooms…

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 If you were called an “heirloom”, would you consider it a compliment or an insult? It is safe to assume most would consider it an insult.  Heirlooms …

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The Power of Multiplication

My dear friend Michael Titus serves as the country Director for J-Life Tanzania. Michael grew up in a Muslim home, yet Christ miraculously appeared to him in a dream. The next day, a Sunday, he walked almost 15 miles to the nearest church. When he arrived, the worship service had already started. Fearing the intentions …

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Raising the Bar: Training our Disciples

On a recent flight from Orlando to Portland, I decided to take a break from my e-mails and find something to watch on Delta’s In Flight Entertainment. A new movie I’d never heard of, The Unknowns, piqued my interest. It’s a film created by Army Veterans Ethan Morse and Neal Schrodetzki. Both were stationed at …

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Unashamed #likeJesus

While Peter denied Jesus and most of the other disciples scattered at the crucifixion, others surprisingly demonstrated bold faith during Christ’s suffering. Consider Nicodemus, a leading Pharisee.  In John 3, we see him come to Jesus “at night.”  He comes in secret.  He doesn’t want to be seen.  He has a reputation to protect.  He …

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The Difference between Preaching, Teaching & Training

The Apostle Paul lays out clear expectations for those of us who are ministry leaders. “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith …

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Growing Mature Disciples

Years ago, I heard Dr. Howard Hendricks make this statement.  “The day you stop growing is the day you start dying.”  Don’t we all want to grow?  The alternative doesn’t sound so appealing, does it!  But what does personal growth look like?  What does spiritual growth look like?  How do we define genuine growth?       …

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Making the Word of God a Priority for our Children

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4 This fall has marked a change in our household. Both of our children are now in full-day school, Kindergarten and 3rd Grade. The house is quiet from 7:35 am – 2:30 pm. This is a welcomed reprieve. …

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Re-capturing the title Follower

What does it mean to be a follower? Maybe we could ask Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Barack Obama, Rihana, Lady Gaga, Ellen DeGeneres, Justin Timberlake, Kim Kardashian West, Brittney Spears or Cristiano Ronaldo. These ten individuals are Twitter’s Top Ten most followed individuals, with a combined 615 million followers. Here’s Wikipedia’s simple definition …

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Implementing Chair One: An Interview with Donnie Chase

What does it actually look like to prioritize disciple making in your youth ministry? We sat down with youth leader, Donnie Chase, for a little insight on how he implements Chair 1 ideas into his ministry.   Before you were introduced to a disciple-making ministry philosophy based on the life of Christ, what did your …

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