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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: 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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Uncontained #likeJesus

How do you end a story that you don’t want to ever end?  Happily ever after?  No, better than that. Zarley harmonizes Mark 16:20, John 20:30-31 and John 21:25 to conclude the gospels. “Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied …

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How Do You Know When You’ve Made a Disciple?

How do you know? How do you know when you’re going the right direction? How do you know you’re sipping the perfect cup of coffee? How do you know you’ve studied hard enough to pass the test? How do you know you’ve found true love? How do you know… that you’ve made a disciple? How …

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How Jesus Made Disciples

Google discipleship and you’ll find 8,910,000 results. Google disciple-making and you’ll find about half that, 4,200,000 results. Needless to say, there is a lot that is being said and a lot that is being written about discipleship. Where does one start? When we hear the word discipleship, what comes to mind? If we’re honest, I …

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