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,

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

The Revelation of Jesus and His People

This is an excerpt from an upcoming book on discipleship. Far too many people think the book of Revelation is mostly about the beast and suffering. The book of Revelation does contain very sobering warnings that should be taken seriously, but this is not the main theme of the book.

Defined by Passion

We are made for passion. We are made to live with passion. It gives us abilities we did not know we had. It fills our life with purpose and meaning. Where’s your passion? Or perhaps a better question is who is your passion?

Searching for Success

The reality is that there really are not any “normal” people. There are redeemed people doing seemingly ordinary things, but these things ultimately produce things that are glorious.