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A Quick Discipleship Guide in John

We use this word “disciple” a lot, but often we either do not define it well, don’t understand it’s fullness, or do not help people practically enough to be able to help actually disciple someone else. The simple goal of Christian discipleship is to help someone follow Jesus better. A disciple is someone who learns,… Continue reading A Quick Discipleship Guide in John

Confession · Disciple · Discipleship · Encouragement · Prayer · Reconcile · Spiritual Growth

5 Ways to Help Your Church Grow Spiritually

There are times that people struggle with their church in how it is doing spiritually. This is not unusual, and at times is even healthy. I’m not addressing this in response to anyone lately – please understand that. That being said I’ve heard this from various people  in the past about their churches, so I… Continue reading 5 Ways to Help Your Church Grow Spiritually

Ministry

From the Hood to the Wood: Ministering in Rural Communities

I was a youth and music minister, 2005-2007, in a small town called Wauchula, FL.  I enjoyed my time there greatly, and there were a lot of “salt of the earth“ type people. This was my first full-time job right out of college. The majority of my time was spent being a pastor to teenagers.… Continue reading From the Hood to the Wood: Ministering in Rural Communities

Bike · God's Glory · Hike · Prayer · Prayer Guide · Walk

Walk, Hike, Pray: A Prayer Walk Guide

The Spring of 2019 was huge for our community. We had an already amazing rail trail reopen with a new resurfaced path. As I write this, I am working remotely while hiking on the trail. The O&W and D&H Rail Trails run blocks from Main Street, and I can access both trails from the church… Continue reading Walk, Hike, Pray: A Prayer Walk Guide

Anger · Forgiveness · Friends · Friendship · Kindness · Relationships

5 Tips from God on Relationships

Here are five quick tips on how God wants us to deal with each other in relationships. Deal with problems sooner rather than later. Ephesians 4:26 says, “Be angry, and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.”  People are often stronger in relationship. Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “Though a man… Continue reading 5 Tips from God on Relationships

Bible Study · Jesus-Centered · Man · Rest · Trust

The Blessing of Christ-Centered Theology

When we think of the Old Testament we often think of only God the Father as being in existence. This can be attributed to how little the Holy Spirit is mentioned in the Old Testament, as well as  Jesus’ birth and His coming as man to Earth is not mentioned until the gospels of Matthew,… Continue reading The Blessing of Christ-Centered Theology

Church Life · Confrontation · Confronting · Spiritual Growth

The Blessing of Confrontation

Sometimes when we think about tasks that God has called us to we only think about the negative side of them. This is one reason that we either delay or fail to do them.  Even when God calls us to do something, and there’s no positive outcome for us, we still need to obey. Although… Continue reading The Blessing of Confrontation

Catechism · Children · Children's Ministry · David · Hero · Heroes · King David · Old Testament

David and Goliath, The Real Hero

One of the best known Old Testament stories is David and Goliath. Even someone who never stepped foot in church knows the story of the underdog.  The story is found in I Samuel 17, but let me summarize it for you. There is a giant named Goliath, who is a Philistine. He is taunting and… Continue reading David and Goliath, The Real Hero

Baptism · Faith · Identity Crisis · In Christ · Local Church

Why I Still Baptize

Some people look at me and think that because I pastor a non-denominational church  (a church that does not belong to a direct denomination), that we hold no specific ideas of  Christian practice. This is not so. In fact, one thing we do is celebrate communion every week. You can read about my beliefs about… Continue reading Why I Still Baptize

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25 Articles From My Guest Bloggers and Interviews

This October we will have published over 150 articles on our blog. This week what I would like to do is look back and highlight the 13 people who have either been guest bloggers or who I have interviewed with over two dozen articles. This will give an appreciation of those who have helped this… Continue reading 25 Articles From My Guest Bloggers and Interviews