God Called us to Make Disciples

God Called us to Make Disciples

Our main responsibility and call that Jesus gave us was to go out and make disciples. We do that in part by loving our neighbor and caring for them, but Jesus did not make those things our main objective, rather the values we fulfill while pursuing our main objective. Our main objective has always been, and will always be to make disciples. Notice I didn’t say converts, but disciples. I haven’t gotten a blog for you in some time, so I wanted to get something down and hope to pick up the pace as we approach summer. This article comes from Relevant Magazine’s online format (all info at the bottom of this entry) and deals with God’s call to make disciples as compared to cultures habit to simply make converts.

Take this seriously, this is the responsibility we have this summer as we minister to the kids at camp. We don’t just want them to believe in Jesus, we want to teach them and guide them in how to FOLLOW Jesus.

From Relevant Magazine: (click to read further)

God Delivers Us From Death

God Delivers Us From Death

All praise be to God, Jesus is Risen and Death is overcome.

It is the act of the Resurrection that God gives full deliverance over death and the bindings of this world.
Jesus accomplished this deliverance on our behalf and in response we live our lives after Him, as scripture makes clear Jesus lived His life, did His death, and rose in His resurrection on behalf us.

You can see the unchanging nature of God as savior through this means in the scriptures by reading more…

God Delivers Us Out of Futility

God Delivers Us Out of Futility

Did you ever feel conflicted in your dreams? Part of you feels you are doing what is supposed to be done and yet you don’t feel fulfilled by it? We all feel that way, and sometimes it is because we are doing what WE feel we are supposed to do rather than what God has for us. Sometimes we are following OUR dreams and pursuits rather than the dream and pursuits God desires to give us.

Learn how God deliver us from the futility of OUR dreams and pursuits when He calls us to His purposes and His pursuits through the example of the apostle Paul (who is also called Saul)…

When God Delivers in Unexpected Ways

When God Delivers in Unexpected Ways

The concept of God delivering us from our troubles, our difficulties, and our sins is an awesome concept to reflect on. That is part of the reason we have decided to make that a point of focus for a few weeks!

Take a moment to work through the scripture and see some interesting instances of God’s deliverance of those who love him in studying those times where God delivers in surprising ways…

The God Who Delivers

The God Who Delivers

“No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.

— Romans 4:20-21

God calls us to put our faith in Him, and Him alone, to deliver us from all the pressures around us that feel as though they will bring us to our knees (and sometimes they do - intentionally). The quote at the top of the page is in reference to Abraham and the example of faith portrayed through his life. He had faith that God would deliver his promise of a child, that God would provide for his needs as he followed God’s calls to leave his family, and that God would deliver Isaac from death when Abraham was called to take him to the mountain as the sacrifice. This is what God desires from us

Repetitive Motion and a Faithful God

Repetitive Motion and a Faithful God

“Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.” This is a great reminder of the extent of God’s faithfulness to us through the work of Jesus by way of His teachings, death, and resurrection. It is something we are called to cherish and keep, to protect and remember. It is also something that we can forget and be distracted from by the same faith inspiring repetitiveness that makes it so wonderful. The author of Hebrews cautions us not to be led away from this encouraging truth by way of diverse and strange teachings. We are not to allow the repeated faithfulness of God to become mundane due to new and different teachings which come and go with the wind.

Our desire is to be receiving new and different information so regularly that we accidentally start to turn away from things that have proven themselves with repeatedly faithful results. God obviously anticipates this and gives us a few encouragements in the Scripture to keep us from falling into this trap. Let’s address one of those encouragements:

Denial of Self vs. Self Rejection

Denial of Self vs. Self Rejection

elf Denial Vs. Self Rejection (I told you we would talk about this later! - from previous blog: Help )

Jesus calls us clearly and regularly to deny ourselves (as we have discussed in other posts). The request to “deny yourself” is to remove your will and desire from the equation in order to follow Jesus (as this is the only way we can really follow Jesus). It is a call to look to Jesus and only Jesus as the motivation and purpose for your journey from that blessed day when He calls you to follow Him. This is not a call to look at everything you are and be displeased with it. This is not a call for you to look critically at your physical, mental, emotional, psychological, or other features and qualities and demean them. The call for denying oneself is simply a call to get yourself out of the way so you can follow Jesus.

A STORY OF SELF-DENIAL FROM A SUMMER CAMP LEADER (click post heading to read further)

Endorsed: What Do You Endorse?

Endorsed: What Do You Endorse?

Everyone watch that Eagles game on Sunday!?  I actually didn’t (HTTR)*, but many of you probably did.  We are quickly approaching the Super Bowl, one of the biggest sports events in the US; one of the most likely events to get a sports figure an endorsement from a company who makes a product or provides a service.  *(This means “Hail To The Redskins)

Did you know you have an Endorsement!?
Did you know you have Ownership!?
Did you know you are an Ambassador for a King!?

Jesus is Enough

Jesus is Enough

YES! EVERYTHING!
“Paul was the quintessential example of devaluing everything because of how much he treasured Christ.  He suffered brutal shipwrecks and bloody beatings, lashings and imprisonments, starvation and snake bites, thirst, discomfort, loss, loneliness, and pain all because Jesus was worth it (2 Corinthians 11:23-28).  

Jesus was better than safety.  

Jesus was better than health.  

Jesus was better than food.  

Jesus was better than friends.

Paul counted everything as loss because Jesus was so much better than EVERYTHING.

You and I, we have to look at our lives and ask ourselves, Do I do that?  Do I live like Jesus is better than my phone? Is Jesus better than my body? Is Jesus better than makeup?   Is Jesus better than sports? Would I gladly give it all up, without hesitation, for Jesus? Would I really?”


Paul counts all the things he has done, all the pursuits he had personally, all the desires he would like to see become reality, as loss.  He counts it all, EVERYTHING, as loss and leaves it behind in order to be free to pursue Christ, to know Him. He counts EVERYTHING as loss to minister others toward Jesus without anything holding him back. But he doesn’t count that loss as a negative.  Paul is ecstatic to be able to take part in the pursuit of the Cross at the expense of every other pursuit he could ever seek.

Where Does Our Help Come From

Where Does Our Help Come From

We all love a good book (How to Conquer the World in 10 Days), movie (Hallmark), quote, or inspirational saying (meme).  I mean, who doesn’t! But think about it, can’t our love of those things be a little dangerous?  I’m with you in hesitating to read further. I mean, what if it is something really challenging that calls me to change my perspective!? That’s hard stuff.  I’m with you there, but I think you can press on, take on this challenge with me.

What is the danger of getting our advice, help, suggestions, encouragement, inspiration, understanding, etc. from secular sources or even Christians who write without scriptural grounding in their literature?

Stand Out. Stand up. Don't Stand Down

Stand Out. Stand up. Don't Stand Down

Jesus called us to stand up and stand out, to be transformed, created anew, born again, and to be ever salty.
He called us to these things EVEN WHEN we are in High School, College, young adulthood, when we are single, in a relationship, married, whether we live with our parents, live on our own, live with roommates.

No matter what, we HAVE to be different, we have to think differently, look differently, behave differently from the world. We are called to be so different that we refuse to love the world and the things in it.

Do Not Love the World

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

1 John 2:15-17

Trust God's Timing

Trust God's Timing

Time. It rules our life and controls us, or completely escapes us and ruins us. Although this is a true statement, this is only true when we believe the time is ours and/or that time is on our side.

Time pervades all areas of our lives, measures our level of success, even frames the boundaries of our worship (bed time, lunch time, vacation time, sick time, how much time did a job take, how much playing time, worship time, Easter time, Christmastime).

Why reflect on time today, of all times, on Christmas? Because Christmas is all about refocusing us to the proper perspective on time. You read it, the very first thing on this page, “Trust In God’s Timing". What God accomplished on Christmas is the reason we must trust in God’s timing and refuse to count our time as our own.