Category: Discipleship

IF

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too: If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being […]

Being Ripe

If fruit is ripe, it is usually sweet as an evidence and/or result. Ripeness and maturity can be synonyms. Our maturity, whether it is emotional, social, or spiritual, can be measured by how quickly our responses to situations we face are manifestations of the character of Jesus. The list of such manifestations in Galatians 5:22 […]

Your Nephew

If you want to do what Yahweh wants you to do, the only way you can fail is to quit. When Saul was “serving Yahweh” by imprisoning and killing Believers, his God sent Ananias to touch him with freedom and redirection. When Jews were plotting to kill Paul in Jerusalem (Acts 21 – 23), his […]

Distraction and Deception

I have two fronts on which to battle for the realization of righteous behavior in my life: the influences of other humans, other spirits, and my iniquity on one hand, and on the other my ability to be deceived. If I am easily distracted, any toy or pleasure that is dangled in front of me […]

Seriously…

Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. Resist him and be firm in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world. Now the God of all grace, who called you to His […]

Giving Life

Because we are born of God, and the life we live in these beautiful bodies is just a passing thing compared with how long our lives really are, no matter how you live here, it is going to cost you everything. Laying down your life for your friends costs all you have and more. It […]

Supper with The Lord

I suggest that if you aren’t eating meals with other believers very often that you aren’t very connected to the body of Jesus. The church is not made of congregations. There are families and tribes, but the church is made of relationships – Ephesians 4 style “joints”. India is not a nation. It is thousands […]

Loving the World

Our lives are being written as volumes that will rest between the bookends of John 3:16 and 1 John 2:15. God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus. The same John wrote that if you love the world, the love of the Father is not in you. Somewhere in the middle, (John 20:21) […]

Free and Ruling

A trusted friend told me recently that I don’t have to live like a refugee. It is hard to stay out of that mindset on the days that you feel like you are managing Pharaoh’s prison. Even if that is our assignment today, as Paul told the believers in Philippi “In any case, we should […]

Strength in Your Ear

The last time I checked the statistics, almost all new believers stayed in a congregation less than 4 years before moving on to something else. 96% or so. Some reasons for that: The congregation they found themselves in was not culturally relevant to them. Contrasts of age, financial status, music preference, clothing style, dialect of […]

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