5 discipleship attributes

How can you recognize a disciple of Jesus Christ? In some circles, discipleship is measured by activities such as reading the Bible and praying; attending church and participating in religious programs. These can be valuable, but is discipleship determined by such activities? The previous post, "What is a... Read More


What is a disciple?

To hit a target, first locate the bull's-eye. For the Christian, the target is being a disciple, and making disciples, of Jesus Christ. So, it’s important we know what a disciple is.  Starting point Our starting point for understanding discipleship is Jesus – his life, conduct, and teaching. We discover this in... Read More

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I call it heresy

What is this heresy?  What can we do about it? A notable heresy A. W. Tozer writes in I Call It Heresy (pp. 9-10): “… a notable heresy has come into being throughout our evangelical Christian circles – the widely-accepted concept that we humans can choose to accept Christ only because we need Him as Saviour and... Read More

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So right, and yet so wrong

Peter argued with God.  He made back-to-back statements to Jesus. His first statement was so right; his second, so wrong.  In this contradiction, Peter exposes a crisis of discipleship familiar to every follower of Jesus.  The argument with God comes in the nature of Peter’s rebuke of Jesus in Matthew 16.  Jesus... Read More

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Yes Lord, but ...

How do we understand the one occasion when Jesus loses an argument?  Why does he seem to be insensitive, even rude, to a woman pleading for her daughter’s healing?  Could it be that there is something more going on here? Text The incident I’m referring to is reported in Mark 7:24-30 and Matthew 15:21-28.  The... Read More


One Roman Nail

A Roman nail sits on my desk. It is accurately dated no later than 86 A.D.  Nail The nail is from Scotland where a Roman fortress used to stand. The fortress, called Inchtuthill (Inch-too-till), was constructed about 82 A.D. It was soon dismantled in 86 A.D. when the occupying force, the Legio XX Valeria... Read More

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Who is this?

"Who is this?" This was the question asked 2,000 years ago. It's one of the best questions to ask today! Palm Sunday In a couple of days, the traditional church calendar remembers Palm Sunday. This marks Jesus' arrival at the gates of Jerusalem. As a conquering king, he enters the city.  Take a moment to read this... Read More

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Two wonders of the divine fellowship

John, the apostle, is letting us know that we can participate in the divine fellowship. How can you know whether your participation is real – or not? 1st John 1:5-2:2 begins with a characteristic of God, then tests three claims people make, which leads us to two wonders. What can we learn from this text to discern... Read More


The Reality of Divine Fellowship

I have chosen to title this series on 1st John, "The Reality of Divine Fellowship." My conviction is that our fellowship as followers of Jesus is far more exalted and rich than we can imagine. The opening John begins with these words (1 John 1:1-4): That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we... Read More

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Are you A.L.E.R.T. to the divine?

ALERT means vigilant; fully aware and attentive; wide-awake.   It is also our acrostic for knowing God: A.L.E.R.T. As many have benefited from working through the disciplines of this acrostic, I repeat it here. Here are a number of the posts with links. If you find them helpful leave a 'like', or better still,... Read More

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