Building courage in the heart of a disciple.

The disciple maker is a nurturer. You  are called to develop or to bring out courage in the heart of the woman or man God has brought to you. To be someone in the life of another who lovingly develops or brings out courage is such a tremendous gift all by itself.  Encouragement can come in so many forms. Through…

Discipleship is forged through the mess of life.

Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the Gospel of Good but our lives as well. — 1 Thessalonians 2:8 If you are looking for a neat religion where nothing gets mishandled and dirty, scraped and torn, then the life of a Jesus follower wouldn’t be for…

Discipleship should make us uncomfortable.

Our family was invited to dinner recently at the home of some new friends. They lived in a quiet neighborhood that was growing. The husband told me not long after they moved in one of the neighbors came over and told him about a weekly Bible study several of them were having together and asked…

The Nurturing of Hearts Through Discipleship.

God is calling the non-expert lay person, the average Jesus-follower in every culture of all ages to make disciples and nurture other women and men. If you are looking for another, more confident believer to do life with, to model Christlikeness to you, look for someone beyond the stage. There are people in every church who have retired and come…

In Arabia.

“But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being. I did not go up to Jerusalem to see those who were…

Our Seed Bag Stories.

This morning, Amy and I visited a class for young married couples to tell them our missions story. We didn’t know anyone there, so we were both excited about making a whole class full of new contacts. We actually showed up an hour and a half early. Amy looked at all the empty chairs around the time…

Holy Analytics!

We’ve been looking for ways to “put ourselves out there” as a family for the sake of sharing our story. For this reason, we opened up a handful of social media accounts. Of course, it’s important to maintain a healthy balance. Easier said than done on the tightrope between Facebook, Instagram, and the Blogosphere. We…

Language Barrier.

Hunger had set in after a long day of Christmas fun. So, we went looking for grub. We stopped at a newer place in our town which served authentic Italian-style pizza. This was my second time at this restaurant and Amy’s first. I was excited to take her there. The music playing over the speakers…