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Author: Craig Etheredge

Roadblocks or Smokescreens

Roadblocks or Smokescreens?

Be ready to give an answer for the hope that you have. The restaurant was packed and busy, but we didn’t notice. We were deeply engaged in conversation. “But how can I believe that the Bible is true?” he asked. “I think it is just a bunch of good sayings and thoughts, but not without […]

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How to Share the Gospel

How to Share the Gospel

The Path The path you choose determines your destination. Over the next few days you are going to learn a simple way to share the Gospel. The Gospel begins, “in the beginning.” In our day and age, we cannot assume someone has a Biblical worldview, or even believes in a personal God. It’s best to […]

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Center of your priorities

The Center of Your Priorities

Think about your priorities before you came to Christ. Your list for the day probably included things to do for your family, things to do for work and a few fun things just for yourself. All in all, your life was mostly about what was important to you. But the follower of Jesus has a […]

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The Great Adventure

Jesus gave the same invitation to everyone. It was simple, direct, and called for a decision. It could be accepted or denied, but not ignored. The invitation was simply, “Follow me.” More than twenty-four times in the Gospels, Jesus invited people to follow Him. He invited the wealthy and powerful, the casual observer, the spiritual […]

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What are Disciple Making Metrics?

We believe verifiable fruit is the measure. God’s agenda for each one of us is that we stay close to him and bear “fruit,” “more fruit,” and then ultimately “much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” (John 15:8).  God also desires our ministries to be bearing “much fruit” as well. How do we know […]

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Making the most of time

Making Time for What Matters Most

Years ago, I saw an illustration that has stayed with me. A woman was given a large glass jar and several rocks of various sizes, including large rocks, pebbles and sand. She was asked to put all the rocks into the jar. As she struggled to get all the rocks in, it became clear that […]

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Whom Should You Disciple?

Whom Should You Disciple?

Once you have a good idea about the product and process of disciple-making (see more about this in Week Three of Invest in a Few), it’s time to get down to the practice of making disciples. How do you make a disciple? Where do you begin? You may have never invested your life in another person. […]

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holding an apple

One Big Question

I want you to imagine that you are sitting in a group and I am speaking. Now, imagine that I’m holding an apple in my hand…a red, clean, crisp apple. As I hold it up and everyone is looking I ask, “How many apples am I holding?” Faces stare with a matter-of-fact look, wondering why […]

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The Lure of temptation Apple Image

The Lure of Temptation

Not only will this world resist you, but this world will also tempt you. The culture will oppose you, and if that doesn’t work, it will try to lure you away from following Jesus by enticing you to sin. Jesus experienced both. Those who opposed Jesus resisted Him outright, but He also was tempted. In […]

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Feet above water

Against The Flow

Aligning with Jesus means standing against the world. In (1 Peter 1.16-17 NLT), Peter quotes from the Old Testament … “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must be holy, because I am holy.’ Then he adds, “So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as ‘foreigners in the land’.”  He is not speaking about the […]

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