behavior modification

The Subtlety of Behavior Modification

IN the journey of faith there is a value of seeing and experiencing the transformed life—- in this journey the Christian battles against turning sanctification into a list of works.  In the book of Romans, Paul confronts us with this reality of how easy it is for us to fall into that trap…he asks that if I Read more about The Subtlety of Behavior Modification[…]

Discipleship 101. Jim Putnam Unpacking Cultural Flaws.

I have been encouraged by discipleship.org and their attempt to clarify what we see in the scripture.  It isn’t about conversion, its about discipleship.  It isn’t about helping people become ushers or donut servers…its about becoming disciple makers. It helps to follow the Jesus curriculum in this discipleship process that brings us back to the great Read more about Discipleship 101. Jim Putnam Unpacking Cultural Flaws.[…]

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Discipleship —I Genuinely Want To see What’s Different than Before about Discipleship

Discipleship is #trending.  Though there has been an explosion of content for a theoretical concept of discipleship, as you explore deeper it seems to be a SSDD type of trend. I was exploring some of the recent “discipleship” websites like the Growing Up Challenge and the Relational Discipleship Network and what I continually find is a Read more about Discipleship —I Genuinely Want To see What’s Different than Before about Discipleship[…]

walking blind

Walk by faith not by sight…really? Relearning How to Walk.

This is such a classic phrase that gets lost on people….or maybe just me. It cannot mean, don’t have any clue where you’re going just go can it?  It cannot mean believe the unbelievable can it?  It cannot mean, that you literally close your eyes and God does it? 2 Corinthians 5:6-7 says, 6 So we Read more about Walk by faith not by sight…really? Relearning How to Walk.[…]

blessings

Language. How ordinary phrases explode with meaning.

I remember when I was younger and was learning to drive.  My dad was riding with me and we would practice in the cemetery.  I can imagine because the thought is you can’t kill anyone there (insert forced and canned laughter). As I became more experienced, we would drive on surface streets to the cemetery and Read more about Language. How ordinary phrases explode with meaning.[…]

storms and joy

Count it all joy…It cannot really mean that can it? 5 ways to expand our view of JOY.

We are beginning the journey through the book of James at RCC students and the beginning text says this…count it all joy but it doesn’t always seem like we have a full picture of that idea. JOY!  I know what joy is, or so we think, it is the deep down belief that God is Read more about Count it all joy…It cannot really mean that can it? 5 ways to expand our view of JOY.[…]

worship as it was meant to be

Constructing a Gathering that Brings people before God

Its 6:05 on a sunday morning.  The alarm clock starts ringing who could that be singing…its Toby Keith telling me its about that time to shower, change, and head to church. We all fall into routines and for a moment I step back and want to evaluate the objective of these gatherings and learn about Read more about Constructing a Gathering that Brings people before God[…]

Appropriate Trust

Death by accountability and 2 Encouragements on Appropriate Trust.

In recent conversations the idea of trust has come up over and over and over.  Trust in marital relationships.  Trust in business connections.  Trust with friends to do what they said they will do. Trust in small group settings and hearing people wrestle with why there isn’t more authenticity and life being shared…trust. People will Read more about Death by accountability and 2 Encouragements on Appropriate Trust.[…]

not just in the world

Stop Just Living in this world and NOT of it.

Coffee for one please. Bumper stickers, clothing lines, twitter feeds all tell us to live in the world not of it….but it seems as a result, we spend a significant amount of our time gathering with people who share our perspective on life. Living in a rich community of people who love Jesus and actively Read more about Stop Just Living in this world and NOT of it.[…]