Jesus made it clear in his Great Commission that we are to “make disciples” (Matt. 28:18-20). But how is this goal best accomplished? I would like to suggest that biblical discipleship takes place through companionship, preparing leaders to serve the church of Jesus Christ. Discipleship can be simply defined as “companionship in preparation for leadership.”…Continue reading Biblical Discipleship
After nearly two years of battling lymphoma, my friend asked to return home from the hospital and died two days later. I had prayed countless times for God to grant remission of the cancer. My family had prayed. Gary’s wife and family prayed. Our church family prayed. We all believed that God would be most…Continue reading Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayers?
Some years ago, I was in a messy traffic accident. As I approached the scene of an earlier accident, I slowed to about 30 MPH. When the man directing traffic motioned for me to keep moving through the intersection, I started to speed back up. That’s when an elderly lady, thinking the man was motioning…Continue reading Messes That Multiply
It is an incontrovertible fact that some Christians seem to experience a much closer intimacy with God than others. They appear to enjoy a reverent familiarity with Him that is foreign to us. Is it a matter of favoritism or caprice on the part of God? Or do such people qualify in some way for…Continue reading Longing for Intimacy with God
Growing up it seemed Christianity was all about being obedient, completing the list of do’s and don’ts, and of course addressing the ultimate issue of whether I would end up in heaven or hell. Once I met Betty (see my previous post), my hidden desire of intimacy with my heavenly Father surfaced. Scriptures that held…Continue reading Growing up it seemed Christianity was all about being obedient