Will You Choose the Wilderness?

Are we too driven by non-biblical definitions of success to follow the ancient paths? If you are satisfied with influence, popularity, comfort, and success, you can avoid the wilderness. However, there are simply some encounters with God that are found only in the wilderness.  Crowds are seducing, but the wilderness

What Does God Want

What Does God Want?

Everything in this age has been made for two reasons: God wants to be known—This age has been designed by God to reveal the deepest parts of His person. God wants a people formed into His image—God is using this age to shape and form a companion into His image.

Discipleship Begins with Beholding

Discipleship Begins with Beholding

Discipleship is the primary task Jesus gave the church in this age, so every believer must answer two questions: Am I making disciples?  Am I discipling people and being discipled according to the biblical paradigm?  Discipleship is often reduced to acquiring new information, embracing certain disciplines, or adopting certain behaviors,

Have You Been Blinded?

What if God is not doing what you think He is? God is moving in the world in historic ways, but if you have certain assumptions, you cannot see what He is doing. If you do not face your assumptions about Him, you can look at God’s work and fall

Hagar, Ishmael, and the God of Redemption

The story of Hagar and Ishmael is a painful story that leads to a split family. Though the story is filled with tragedy, it also gives us powerful glimpses of God’s desire to bring salvation and redemption in the midst of sin and rebellion. When we recognize God’s desire for

The Centrality of Worship

This post is from an upcoming book called “Discipleship Begins with Beholding.” Because humans seek out beauty and emulate what fascinates them, worship is central to discipleship: Missions is not the ultimate goal of the Church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God

Pleading with Men

This is an excerpt from the book “Mercy Before Judgment.” Paul’s conviction of God’s judgment and his longing for mercy provoked his intercession and his preaching. Paul engaged in both aspects of intercession. He stood before God on behalf of people, and then stood before people on behalf of God. If we

The Ministry of Reconciliation

This is an excerpt from the book “Mercy Before Judgment.“ When the book of Hebrews says Jesus lives forever to make intercession, it is not just saying Jesus prays constantly. He lives every moment as the Advocate of His Church before the Father, simultaneously being the Advocate of His Father