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Discipleship Is “With Me”

The truth is, we are all too busy.  I remember when I was a full-time paid staff member at a church.  At that time it was part of my job to disciple others.  The fact that it was a requirement of my job made it more doable for me from a time stand-point.  I just made it a part of my work schedule.  Now I have three kids, a  husband, a business and a ministry…plus all the should be doing’s:  daily yoga, walks outdoors, cooking healthy, reading, writing music, practicing the guitar, practicing the voice, practicing my jazz piano, practicing my classical and good old fashioned leisure. Fortunately, as it turns out, the best kind of discipleship is the only kind that is now possible for me.  That is “With Me” discipleship.  It’s really simple, whatever you are doing,...

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Dude, I don’t have time for that!

It’s very simple.  For ministry, do the things you already like to do and invite friends along the way.  God gave us all passions and gifts.  We are all motivated and excited about different things.  This is why we are known as the “body of Christ”, we are all different, but make up one whole body in Christ.  So in ministry, I do the things that I would normally do and invite others that God has placed in my life to go along for the ride.  For me that’s playing music, going out in the mountains, watching movies, playing games etc.  Those are things that I would be doing with my family and that I consider to be fun. I trust that through God’s power, they become a vehicle for God’s plan.  It is not a burden to do...

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Continuous Breakthrough: How to “Be Transformed”

It all comes from this:  “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15 Quick Unpack: 1.  God is speaking into our lives everyday.  When this passage says “The time has come,” it refers to a kairos (an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment).  This happens to us more than we realize.  When something happens (could be good or bad), we get an “ah ha” realization.  God (“The Kingdom of God has come near”) can use this realization to teach and guide us. 2.  Repent means to turn completely around and go the another direction.  In other words, don’t just say “oh, look what happened” and just keep doing what you do, but actually let God help you change what you do for the future. 3.  Most people think of “believe” as agreeing with an idea....

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The Difference: Lifegroup and Bible study

The two are similar in that they both function really well as a small group. A Bible study is usually a group that gets together to go over a particular passage in the Bible-the voice of God directly to us. Usually there will be a short teaching on the passage and then there are questions for reflection and discussion. Oftentimes through the sharing, relationships go deeper and great Christian friendships are sparked. In a Lifegroup the goal is to seek God’s guidance, make a plan and put it into action. This is done through listening to what God has to say; either through studying His word or through observing some recent event that has occurred in ones life and asking “What is God saying to me through my experience of this event?” Prayer, reflection and discussion will be devoted...

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