Author Archives: Matt Dabbs

When God Does The Shaking Up, How Do We Respond?

Have you ever driven somewhere familiar that when you arrived at your destination you didn’t remember the drive? There are seasons of life where you just feel like you are getting through the day. In times like that we need a good shaking up!

Have you ever driven at night, dangerously tired…veering a bit to the right or the left. Maybe you slap yourself or roll down the windows or yell real loud…you do what you can to stay awake and stay alive. That is a dangerous way to drive and our lives can be very similar to that. In times like that we need a good shaking up!

I believe now is our time of being shaken. The salt shaker has been knocked over and our tendency is to tidy up rather than find things to season with it. There is a big paradigm difference between the two. Some people want to keep the salt where it belongs – in the shaker. Don’t make a mess. Don’t make a fuss…get things back to the way they were before the spill. Other people want to use that salt to season some food, you know, what salt is actually intended to do!

If you want some scripture on this, read the beginning of Acts 8 – it took persecution to finally scatter the early Christians from Jerusalem and they took the gospel with them wherever they went and had great joy!

Whether or not your shaking results in a fervent effort to get the salt back through the tiny shaker holes or find some meat or food to apply it to will be a reflection on your priorities…mission or comfort…lost or saved…mercy or judgement.

Which will it be? God has done the shaking. The next move is ours! My hope and prayer is that God caught us at the perfect time to spread that salt out rather than rush to tidy up. I am seeing signs of life that I haven’t seen in quite some time and I am encouraged. I hope you are as well.

Where do you see kingdom movements during these tumultuous times of shaking?

COVID Church Mixed Messages

Pre-COVID we had a message – church is done at church. We knew we are the church. We knew it wasn’t the building but we still conceptualized as church being done together at the building. Enter COVID19. Everyone stays home. Those who are of the persuasion that church happens at the building starting feeling aContinue Reading

Study: Creating and Sustaining a Discipling Culture

By Micah Cobb I first learned about discipling and discipleship from a conversation with Gailyn Van Rheenan, Mission Alive’s former Executive Director. In my first conversation with him, he told me about Mike Breen and 3DM’s approach to ministry.  I studied Breen’s Building a Discipling Culture over the following weekend. The framework and insights containedContinue Reading

Why Churches of Christ Got More Focused On Church Than Jesus

Churches of Christ were started in the late 1700s to the early 1800s. At that time in the U.S. Some estimates of the religious landscape in the 1700s is that 80% of the U.S. population attended church. In short. They agreed on Jesus. What they didn’t agree on was church. Thomas and his son AlexanderContinue Reading

Mission Alive’s Discipleship Cohorts Are Making an Impact At York College

By Sam GarnerVice President for Spiritual Development, York College Though York College sits in the middle of the Great Plains, our students regularly arrive here from over twenty states and at least a handful of other countries. They represent a wide array of cultural, racial, and religious backgrounds, which contradicts our otherwise rural Nebraska setting.Continue Reading

Longing For Spiritual Growth in Your Life? Try This Resource

By Diane Reynolds “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18 Are you being transformed? I want to be transformed. I long to be transformed. I pray and plead toContinue Reading

What is Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? Did I Commit the Unforgivable Sin?

I have multiple people ask me during my time in ministry if they had committed the unforgivable sin. If you are asking, you probably didn’t. What is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? It goes back to Mark 3:2. Jesus has been healing people and casting out demons. He has also done this, in the firstContinue Reading

Does God Still Speak to Us Today?

What is God really up to? Is He doing miracles? In what way is God engaging the world, now? We read about all the things He did in the Bible. Does He still do things like that today or did something change? To the point of this article, does God still speak to people today?Continue Reading

Are You “Word Only”?

There is a phrase called “Word only” that means you believe the Holy Spirit only operates through the written Word, the Bible. People who believe this generally believe the Holy Spirit checked out in the first century when the last words of Revelation were written. I am “Word only” but not in this sense. IContinue Reading

The Danger of Unity at all Costs

We all want unity. Some are trying to hard to get it. Unity at all costs. Don’t rock the boat. Don’t change a thing. The idea is, if we can just keep from upsetting anyone, everyone will be okay. The problem is, it works exactly the opposite than that. The harder you try to keepContinue Reading


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