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Are You Listening to God’s Voice?

May 2018 Blog Theme: Conversations with God You were created to know God in a deep and personal way. He never intended for your relationship with Him to be distant, formal or mechanical. He knows you. He has a plan for you that is beautiful, adventurous and significant. And most of all, He created you to […]

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Common Hindrances to Prayer

May 2018 Blog Theme: Conversations with God Have you ever prayed and didn’t see results? I believe the Bible teaches that God always answers our prayers. Sometime His answer is “yes” and we see His visible provision. Sometimes His answer is “no” because our prayers are not aligned with His plans. Sometimes His answer is “not […]

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Why Pray?

May 2018 Blog Theme: Conversations with God Some people struggle when it comes to prayer. I remember talking with a man who said, “I can pray for my friends and family, but I don’t feel worthy to ask God to do anything for me.” Another person told me, “I stopped praying because I didn’t see it […]

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What Apple Gets About Disciple Making

April 2018 Blog Theme: The Bold Moves of Disciple Making Not long ago I was in the Apple store working on my iPhone. A young lady was helping me—she probably looked to be in her early twenties. While she was working on my phone I starting talking to her about her job. I asked, “Have you […]

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How Do You Make Disciples?

April 2018 Blog Theme: The Bold Moves of Disciple Making “How Do You Make Disciples?” I love asking pastors that question. Not long ago, I sat around a conference table with several pastors, professors, and denominational leaders. We were all there to talk about discipleship. When the question was asked about how disciples are made, the […]

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Moving From Decisions to Disciples

April 2018 Blog Theme: The Bold Moves of Disciple Making A true disciple is a person who is devoted to Jesus, is developing the character and competencies of Jesus, and is deployed into the ministry of Jesus by reaching the lost and investing in a few. Jesus wanted 3D disciples. When I look at that definition […]

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Moving From Church Models to Christ’s Model

April 2018 Blog Theme: The Bold Moves of Disciple Making Church leaders love models. Pastors seem to be naturally drawn to the latest and greatest trends in ministry. Over the past twenty years, I’ve seen models come and go. I can remember when “Flake’s formula” was the rage for growing Sunday Schools in Baptist churches. Arthur […]

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Jesus’ Bold Move

April 2018 Blog Theme: The Bold Moves of Disciple Making Anytime God wants to initiate something new, he calls one of his own to make a bold move. You can count on it. It was certainly bold for Abraham to leave his retirement plans in Ur and venture out into an uncharted land. It was bold […]

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Go Multiply

March 2018 Blog Theme: Multiplying Disciples Jesus’ final phase in His disciple-making strategy was multiplication. At this point in Jesus’ ministry, He pulled His disciples to a remote city in the far northern region of Israel, at the base of Mount Hermon, Caesarea Philippi. The region of Caesarea Philippi had a long history of pagan worship, […]

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The Model of Jesus

March 2018 Blog Theme: Multiplying Disciples Let’s go back up to the mountain in Galilee. Jesus is casting His global vision to His disciples. He said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and […]

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