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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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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Sharing the Gospel

Sharing The Gospel: Simple Presentation Tools

I can count at least ten different gospel presentation tools that I’ve used throughout my lifetime. I could still use any one of them to share the gospel with a spiritually lost person today. What gospel presentation tool do you use? As a child, my mom led a Good News Club in our home for …

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Spiritual CPR: Reaching Out to the Spiritually Lost

I met Brandon just after my family and I moved from Ohio to Montana to plant a church.  I was new in town and didn’t know anybody.  I wanted to reach out to spiritually lost people with the Gospel of Jesus, and I needed to exercise.  When I heard that a group of men played …

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Disciple-Making Begins with Evangelism

We receive an invitation every day.  Maybe hundreds of them.  We just don’t think of them as invitations.  To us, they are intrusions.  Banner adds.  Pop-up adds.  Unsolicited e-mails or phone calls.  Commercials on the radio or television.  Newspaper or magazine ads.  Movie previews.  Billboards.  Bumper stickers.  Junk mail.  And then there are invitations of …

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