missions

Is Real Life Getting in the Way of Your Big Dreams?

Do you dream big dreams about making a difference in the world? Maybe you see yourself behind a podium delivering a message that makes a crowd laugh, cry, and run to Jesus. Your dream may involve bandaging wounds or ladling soup for the sick and hungry in a developing country. You may quietly hope your pastor will choose you to head up an exciting new program at your church. My own dream [Read more...]

I’m Going to the Dominican Republic!

Walking with you in the shadow of the cross is the thing that gets me out of bed before dawn. I most often write in the dark part of the morning, praying that the words here might propel you forward in the disciple’s journey. While my desire for this space is to encourage and equip you, I have a personal update and prayer request to share with you today about an upcoming mission trip. [Read more...]

What I Want to Learn about Living the Life of a Disciple

The most basic definition of disciple is a learner.  As disciples, we learn as we follow someone who is a few steps ahead of us. Jesus’ twelve disciples learned as they walked with Him. Because I am a disciple of Christ, I learn from the life of Jesus as described in the gospels, and from those who follow Him. The (if)Equip’s latest study Woven is an in-depth look at discipleship. [Read more...]

The Importance of Discipleship, or It Doesn’t Have to Be Big to Matter Big

“You don’t have to start a new organization, or write a book, or start a new blog. Just make disciples.” ~David Platt We see so many “big” efforts for Christ, especially on sites like Facebook and Twitter. Fundraisers for charity organizations. Viral blog posts encouraging others. Campaigns to end human trafficking. Crusades bringing the lost to Jesus. And sometimes we allow them to [Read more...]

Time-Tested Bible Stories for the Modern-Day Disciple

The first stories in the Bible were (likely) recorded in the second millenium. You don’t need a calculator to figure out that is a lot of years! Yet these ancient Bible stories hold great meaning for the modern-day disciple. The stories in God’s Word can instruct, inspire, heal, and encourage. For today’s #FridayFive, we will look at five issues modern-day disciples face and [Read more...]

When You Want to Quit

Discouragement gathers like storm clouds on the horizon. When the early morning sun breaks through the slits in the blinds, I fight the desire to bury myself deeper under the covers. I am exhausted and spent. I have little to show for my pursuit of God’s call on my life except dark circles under my eyes and a pile of neglected laundry in the corner of my room. I am on the lookout for big [Read more...]

Five Ways to Show a Stranger the Love of God

We encounter people every day who need love. It is through the expression of human love that we begin to relate to the love of God. [Anne] knew and cared nothing about God’s love, since she had never had it translated to her through the medium of human love. (Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables) Showing love to a spouse or a child can be easy when you know their love language. You [Read more...]

Gathering the Harvest

I am two generations removed from true dependence on the family garden for food. Just close enough to remember picking an armful of vegetables and fruit from the garden, yet far enough away that my own garden consists of a single tomato plant growing from a bag of garden soil in the back yard. We had a little garden in the front yard of my childhood home. I remember watching sprouts turn to [Read more...]

Come, Lord Jesus (but Wait)

My high-school-self was a little conflicted about the return of Christ. I remember staring up at the sky. The ground lay hard beneath me; the sky, soft and endless above me. I could almost imagine the puffs of white parting as Jesus broke through eternity to come get His Church. At first, this brought a sense of joy. Then, a little panic began to creep in; a dark cloud in my blue sky. I wanted to [Read more...]

Do Your Gospel Thing

About a year ago I started processing where I have been, what my passions are, and what I dream for the future. I landed on writing. The best platform for a writer to practice and receive feedback is blogging. Here’s the thing about writing, blogging specifically: it is scary and hard. You write your best piece and expect it to possibly, maybe, pick up some steam or catch fire. What you get [Read more...]