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Calling People to a Commitment and Connecting Them with Other Believers

Calling People to a Commitment and Connecting Them with Other Believers

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power of prayer

The Power of Prayer – God Hears And Answers Your Prayer

Before you became a Christ follower, you were a prayer request. Someone was praying for you to come to know Jesus, and God moved in response to their prayers. This was never more apparent than with my friend, Jim.  Jim’s story Jim and I connected while I was a chaplain for our local high school […]

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communicating with God

Getting It Down – Communicating with God

Communication is not a one-way street. For a couple to truly communicate, they need to have a conversation — not just a monologue. Both must be engaged in listening and talking. The same is true in your relationship with God. God wants to speak to you, but He also wants you to pour out your heart […]

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The Cost of Spiritual Parenting

The Cost of Spiritual Parenting

Loving people will cost you. Once you decide to become emotionally and spiritually invested in another person, you feel the weight of caring for them and helping them to become all that God has created them to be.  My wife and I were married for eight years before we had children. It was a great time […]

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Study God’s Truth and Think About Applying This to Your Life

Study God’s Truth and Think About Applying This to Your Life

God’s Word is the primary way God speaks to you. As you read His Word, your goal should not be to casually read simply for content as you would a history book. Nor should you read God’s Word for entertainment as you would a novel. You read God’s Word to know Him more deeply and […]

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The Attractiveness of Hospitality

The Attractiveness of Hospitality

What does it mean to be hospitable? Jesus said, “be hospitable” and this is what He expects His followers to do. Being a friend begins with hospitality. Levi hadn’t been a believer for long. He had just made the radical decision to leave behind his old life as a tax collector and follow Jesus, but […]

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The Incredible Invitation

The Incredible Invitation

Jesus is asking you to follow Him. He is calling you to become a truly formed and fully mature disciple. He is calling you to build these disciples. Are you a truly formed, fully mature disciple? A disciple is a person who is Devoted to Jesus. (He has personally come to faith in Christ.) A […]

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Celebrating Generosity

Celebrating Generosity

Friends and ministry partners we are celebrating all God has done through discipleFIRST in 2021! Our team wanted to share some of what God had done over this last year:  We trained and equipped over 1000 ministry leaders to make and multiply disciples like Jesus We completed the Grow Series Student Edition which will launch […]

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Jesus is Our Hero

Jesus is Our Hero

Heroes come at just the right time. Just when the situation looks the bleakest or the odds of a rescue are down to nothing, that’s when a hero shows up! In a very real way that is what we needed. We needed a hero — someone who would step in and rescue us as we […]

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What's at stake

Sharing the Gospel Starts with Realizing What’s at Stake

Joel Hutchinson treaded water as he watched the plane his father was piloting sink into Lake Erie. He was only seven years old the night he survived the plane crash that killed both his father and his brother. As the boy struggled to keep his head above the waves, he began to pray that God […]

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