After you get home from church or Bible study, can you recall what you just heard? How many details can you remember? Do you have an action plan or response developed? Or, did you attend worship without actually worshiping? I admit, you don’t actually have to take notes in order to worship, but journaling your worship is important because sometimes the most important message you glean is in the worship music, or in a prayer, or in some other element like communion or baptism. [Read more…] about Message Journaling
Here’s a list of my favorite journaling tools and resources. [Read more…] about Journaling Tools
We hear this a lot: One TV ad says, “Call today or go online for your free sample. You are under no obligation.” The viewer is enticed to order a free 10-day supply of a magical treatment that will help you lose weight, grow hair, or increase your memory. By calling or going to their web site, you find out they want your credit card number so they can conveniently bill you regularly after your free supply runs out. Of course, you may cancel your subscription at any time. Now, “no obligation” suddenly sounds obligating. [Read more…] about No Obligation
It’s early Sunday morning, and I am going through my typical daily preparation ritual: Coffee! Then, I open my Bible to read and journal according to my chosen reading plan. Today brings me to Exodus 30 and 31. In these chapters, God gives Moses explicit instructions for worship and honoring the Sabbath that speak volumes to how we prepare for worship. You see, I think most of us prepare for worship like we prepare for a routine day. What a mistake!
I am a huge fan of WordPress and I have several web sites running WordPress themes. When designing a site, I choose the theme very carefully and only after carefully deciding purpose and function. Several years ago as I was preparing to launch this site, I decided on the Get Noticed! theme because of the incredible amount of built-in functionality, and it is easy to get a site up fast without devoting a lot of time to customization. I must say that I have really loved this theme. So why would I want to change?
The word “disciple” (μαθητής or mathetes, meaning disciple, student) appears 261 times in the Gospels and Acts. The word “Christian” only appears three times, twice in Acts and once in 1 Peter. The very last words that Jesus left us with before ascending back to the Father were these:
Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:18-20 CSB
The command is “make disciples of all nations” or “disciple all nations” by going, baptizing, and teaching them how to obey or observe Jesus’ teachings and commands. It’s not a hard thing to understand. This is the command, plain and simple. This is our mission, and we are to live on mission.
While we were on a trip somewhere in North Georgia, we were searching through the radio stations trying to find something good when we came across a call-in show hosted by a local pastor. My curiosity was fully engaged! I was eager to hear what kind of questions would be asked, and what answers would be given. The very first caller did not let me down.
He asked, “What is the bare minimum required for me to get into heaven?”
A pause on a radio show seems much longer than it really is. This one seemed like ten minutes, but it was only a few seconds in reality. [Read more…] about What’s the Minimum to Get Into Heaven?
We have a tendency to overcomplicate things into difficult processes when, in fact, life is complicated enough as it is. Why do we do this, and how do we stop? We do this at work, at home, at school, and in all of life. When it comes to making disciples, Jesus gave us a simple pattern for making disciples that he expects to do, not just study about. The process is this simple:
Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.