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5 Steps of Discipleship In the Great Commission we are commanded to “make disciples”. This task requires teaching them (the new disciples) to observe or obey everything Christ has commanded. So exactly how do we accomplish this task? Let me share the model for teaching (discipling, mentoring, coaching) a new believer that has proven most effective for me. First, choose what it is you need to teach– Bible study, prayer, evangelism, giving, etc.  Let’s say its praying with someone about a need. Next, follow these steps: 1) I do, You watch– Let your disciple watch you initiate and pray with someone about a need. 2) I do, You help–Initiate prayer...

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Sacrificial Giving at its Best Sacrificial Giving! What comes to your mind when you read these words? For most of us it will be a dollar amount or some other type of material resource. You may think of Barnabas in Acts when he sold a piece of land and laid all of the proceeds at the Apostles’ feet. Without doubt, the Bible teaches and we need sacrificial financial giving in our churches. However, I don’t think that is the sacrificial gift we need or God desires most. Romans 12:1 says “…present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Churches, church plants and mission teams need warm bodies with...

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Change or Distraction?  Change. For some it’s a dreaded word and for some it’s an exciting word. It is an inevitable word in our world–including the church. Some things never change–God’s character never changes, God’s love never changes, the message of the Gospel never changes. However, God’s creation (us and our world) changes constantly. Sometimes our methods and schedules must adapt. Still, change for the sake of change is frustrating at best and destructive at worst. How do we know if it’s to time change–at church or in our spiritual lives? Will the change help more people worship God in spirit and in truth? Will the change help more...

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4 Ways You can Intercede for the Family of God Epaphras–now that’s a name you don’t hear everyday. He was from the church at Colossi (probably a Pastor) and he was a prayer warrior. Colossians 4:12 tells us, “Epaphras, who is one of you, a slave of Christ Jesus, greets you. He is always contending for you in his prayers, so that you can stand mature and fully assured in everything God wills.” Epaphras is a little known (mentioned only 3 times in Scripture) regular Christian whose prayer life is worth imitating. God desires us all to contend (battle) for one another in prayer. How can we best intercede for the Family of God? Ephesians 3:14-21...

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12 Ways to Unlock God’s Word  Do you remember when learned to study the Bible? I do. It was my Junior year in High School.  Up to that point, I read my Bible daily and called it good. My Youth Minister read a book by some church planter in California named Rick Warren… He taught us how to study the Bible a chapter at a time using only our Bible, a notebook, and an outline like the one below. It takes about 30 min-3 hours per chapter to complete so, needless to say, this is not a daily discipline. Try to find 2-3 times a week when you have extended time to study. This practice will yield a lifetime of treasures straight from God’s Word. Chapter...

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Silence is Golden I remember my mother telling me, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” That parental command is not only good manners, it is an essential character quality of the mature Christian. The Lord said it this way through the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:29, “No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear.” We live in a very impolite and shrill culture. The television, newspaper, and internet are often filled with speech designed to tear down and undermine political opponents, celebrities and various public...

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