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The core skill of a disciple

In Matthew 28:18-19 Jesus commanded his disciples to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that he has commanded them. We have reduced this to teaching new believers all about the commandments.  But becoming a disciple is… Read More

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A view of discipleship from the Philippines: what do you think?

What is discipleship?   We have just spent a few days with our friends Molong and Lisa Nacua in the Philippines. Apart from the incredible fellowship, food and snorkeling, we had opportunity to question Molong about what he is doing.  Molong is in the middle of an interesting experiment. He is making disciples who make disciples—literally. The… Read More

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Ways to see a greater harvest: 5 things to do if your church is not focused outward

  Neil Cole likes to define the DNA of house/simple/organic church as: Divine Truth Nurturing Relationships Apostolic Mission Most of our simple/organic churches have the first two—we base what we do and teach on Biblical truth, and we have a depth of community based on family relationships that others envy.  But many new churches, especially… Read More

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15 reasons why we don’t see harvest

  Here are some reasons why we may not see the kind of harvest we long for: We are so involved with other believers we do not have time for friendship with those who do not yet know Jesus. We are fearful of being "contaminated" by too much contact with the world.  Lack of the… Read More

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Individuals versus households

Although Jesus sometimes dealt with individuals, in the book of Acts, there are only two examples of individuals becoming disciples. In Acts 8, Philip leads the Ethiopian eunuch to the Lord, and in Acts 9, Saul is converted on the road to Damascus through Jesus' supernatural intervention. Other than that, all the examples given show… Read More

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Becoming a commercial fisherman

It may have been the salty yak milk tea, but I had a vivid dream one night when we were in Mongolia. In the dream, I was with a small group of people. I handed them a book saying, "This is a book on how to be a commercial fisherman."   The clue that this… Read More

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The votes are in!

 Last week, I sent out a tweet asking people to vote on the next topic I will be covering in this blog. The votes are in! By a 2 to 1 majority, people would like to hear more about the subject of church planting. So over the next few weeks, I will be covering that… Read More