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Lent: Equipped to Work Together

April 7, 2020 |

  As you consider your life as a disciple of Jesus, do you allow the Holy Spirit to equip you and work to accomplish His task? This task is to make Jesus known to people and to disciple them. We call it mission or the Great Commission. Ephesians 2:10 reminds us that we’re created in…

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Do I Follow the Spirit’s Prompting that Leads Me to Multiply Disciples?

April 2, 2020 |

As a disciple of Jesus, do I follow the Spirit’s prompting that leads me to multiply disciples?   Read Acts 8:27-38; 9:10-19  Have you ever experienced “the nudge”? Not the nudge your mom gave you for making noise in church. Or the one from your spouse letting you know you just “over-shared” with your friends.   I mean that divine nudge from the Spirit. The one…

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Lent: Acting on the Spirit’s Nudge

March 31, 2020 |

As a disciple of Jesus, do you follow the Spirit’s prompting to share Jesus with others? To recognize and act on the Spirit’s nudge is part of effective discipleship. In Acts, the Spirit prompted, spoke, directed, and yes, nudged Christ-followers to fulfill the mission. And the same Spirit still prompts us to act in obedience…

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Do I Live in the Power of His Presence?

March 26, 2020 |

As a disciple of Jesus, do I live in the power of His presence?   Read Ephesians 3:14-21   Of the five questions we’re asking during Lent, this one—right now—could be the hardest to answer. As a disciple of Jesus, are you living in the power of His presence?   Honestly, I struggle with this because I have so many moments, hours,…

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Lent: Living in the Power of His Presence

March 24, 2020 |

  Throughout Lent, we’re reflecting on being a disciple of Jesus. A disciple of Jesus lives in the power of His presence. The Holy Spirit is resident in our lives and we’re daily being transformed into the likeness of Christ. That’s a beautiful thing. The life-changing presence of Jesus has completely reshaped Alex’s life. Born…

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Do I Willingly Risk My Security to Faithfully Follow?

March 20, 2020 |

As a disciple of Jesus, do I willingly risk my security to faithfully follow Him?   Read Matthew 10:18-22, 29-39  Jesus said some hard things…very hard things. Just look at these verses from Matthew 10, and you’ll see just how hard His words are.   He is sending out His disciples and promising them hardship, opposition, arrest, judgment, rejection, betrayal, loss,…

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Lent: Risk-taking Obedience

March 17, 2020 |

During this Lenten season, consider this question: As a disciple of Jesus, do I willingly risk my security to faithfully follow Him? These days, we crave safety and security. But Jesus doesn’t promise that. Instead, in Matthew 10, He sends out his disciples, warning that they will face hardship and hatred. So do I willingly…

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Do I have Christ’s heart for people?

March 12, 2020 |

Read John 13:34-35 As a disciple of Jesus, do I have His heart for people? Do I see each person I meet through the eyes of a loving, compassionate Savior? Jesus was a people person. His heartbeat for people. You see it across the pages of the Gospels: Jesus talking, teaching, healing, feeding, blessing, reaching…

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Lent: A Heart for People

March 10, 2020 |

Many Christians use the season of Lent as a time to reflect on their spiritual walk as a disciple of Jesus Christ. To ask hard questions and to listen to what He might say. Let’s start with this question: As a disciple of Jesus Christ, do you have His heart for people? During His life…

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Happy International Women’s Day

March 5, 2020 |

Women around the world are making BIG moves for the Gospel. Here are just some of their stories… Ethiopia – Zala Zala, an elementary school girl in Ethiopia, was given bus money for her ride to and from school. The commute to school was long and her parents wanted to give her the freedom to…

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Consider the Cost

March 4, 2020 |

Read: Luke 9:23-25 “I’m giving up chocolate for Lent.” “I’m off meat/caffeine/Facebook during Lent. It’ll be good for me.” You’ve probably heard—or even said—something like this. Many people use this season of Lent to exercise aspects of self-denial or sacrifice. For some, it’s a personal discipline, or a time when they remove specific distractions to…

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The Shepherds: Willing to Share

January 2, 2020 |

Read Luke 2:4-21 Who would have imagined that the first news of the Messiah would be given…to shepherds? Ordinary, unimpressive, scruffy, lonely, hard-working sheep-herders on the fringe of society. Why? Why not? The social structures of the day may have treated these lonesome laborers as outsiders, but shepherds are dear to God’s heart. After all,…

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