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Discipleship and Our Busyness Problem

You know the people Jesus turned away from following him were turned away because they were too busy with other things on their minds. Field to check out. Father to bury. Etc.

If people were too busy for Jesus then they certainly are today. While we don’t have Jesus directly walk up to us and ask us to follow him it is important to consider whether or not we are actually following him or if we are too busy with other things to give Jesus our attention.

In the parable of the sower there were seeds sown in areas that were rocky and full of thorns. I believe this has application to a life too busy for the gospel. We have made the decision. We followed the “Five Steps.” We sprung up quickly but we let other things rush in and distract us from Jesus.

Maybe it is team sports with our kids. Maybe it is work and maybe you use work as an escape or coping mechanism because you don’t want to be at home because things are stressful there.

How can we follow Jesus if our lives are too full of other things and our attention is so scattered that Jesus isn’t getting any of us?

This is really a discipline issue. We haven’t disciplined ourselves to say no. We haven’t disciplined ourselves to reserve time for who and what is most important. Maybe you need to write in your planner time for discipleship on a regular basis, that way when a competing event comes up you can check the schedule and see you already blocked off that time.

How to be a Non-Anxious Presence

Those people in your life who exhibit this trait really stand out. They stand out because it unusual and admirable. It is a different way of living, being and seeing. They see others from a non-threatening, non-fear based perspective. How do you get there? Prayer Fasting Dialog with those who make you anxious Following JesusContinue Reading

Ten Serious Questions for Serious Disciples of Jesus

Who has my full attention? Who do I view with judgment? How often do I pray for my enemies? Would others around me know I follow the Lord? Why or why not? Who or what is my life lived in submission to? Do my relationships have any connection with the Christ? What do I doContinue Reading

10 Paradigm Shifts for Churches of Christ

I hope and pray this generates a much needed discussion not just online but in our churches and with church leadership. We want to pose solutions rather than point out problems so this serves as a follow up video to the Churches of Christ in decline video. Now I want to talk about some thingsContinue Reading

Does God Still Speak Today?

This story has built my faith. It has taken me a while to feel comfortable sharing it but I have come to a point of letting go any sense of pride associated with it because it wasn’t of myself, it was all of God. But pride is a tricky beast that is hard to letContinue Reading

Brainstorm: If you were writing a discipling curriculum what would you include?

Please share your thoughts in the comments. I envision it following Jesus’ discipling process and topics in the Gospels. I think it would also need to equip the discipler to be flexible in the study. Be interested in the other person so you ask good questions and know lesson 2 doesn’t always follow lesson 1.Continue Reading

Consider Email Subscribing to Kingdom Living

About a month ago I ran into a snag. Someone complained to Facebook about my content and Facebook blocked all of my URLs for about a week. After a bunch of appeals I finally got them reinstated. It was a reminder that social media won’t put all of the content in front of you. ThatContinue Reading

How to Study the Bible Effectively

To be a disciple means to follow Jesus’ teachings. Following his teachings requires us to be in the Bible daily. Here is one approach to getting more out of your Bible study. Here is the study guide I mentioned in the video. Download here.

Pain

Sometimes our boys will tell us how much pain they are in, usually in their legs. We tell them these are “growing pains.” There are pains we have to endure in this life if we are going to grow. Leadership cannot focus on pain avoidance but on picking the right path and sticking with itContinue Reading

Discipleship on Instagram

I hate self-promotion. I really really do. So I have to check I myself here and make sure first things are first. One of my favorite things to do, the place where I thrive, is creating and sharing resources. I recently started an Instagram account as one more means of getting out this discipleship message.Continue Reading

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