discipleship

Holiness

Life Is Short – Make It Holy

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Life is short for all of us. It’s shorter for some of us than others, and the length of our lives isn’t ours to determine. What we do get to determine every single day is what will matter most to us. And what matters more than anything is coming into alignment with the will and purposes and likeness of our good, loving, holy God. 

More Like Jesus

We Are One Day Closer to Jesus Coming Back

When it comes to the prophecies that the Bible gives us about the future, there are absolutely zero that have to be fulfilled before Jesus can return. His coming back was as imminent and realistic a possibility for the people who walked with Jesus on this earth as they are for us today, twenty centuries later. 

Grow Deeper

Never Stop Going Deeper

God wants to take you deeper today. Deeper into the reality of his goodness. Deeper into the recesses of your own heart where real, lasting healing needs to occur. Deeper into the solid soil of scriptural truth about who you are, how the world works, and God’s plan to redeem all things for his glory forever. 

God is Patient

Where Would I Be Without God’s Patience?

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God has never been in a hurry the way we’re in a hurry. He started time. Someday he’ll stop time. He gave us time to be our measuring stick, not his. He can wait. Endlessly. 

Love Each Other

One New Commandment to Rule Them All

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Love each other as much as Jesus loved you and the world will know you belong to him. His movement, back then and today as well, would be known as a movement of love.

9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

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The more we come to depend on an all-powerful God to show himself strong through our weakness, the more God will move among his people. Let’s pray as never before for God to expand the witness and influence of his church in this world! God, give us a breakthrough!

9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

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The more we come to depend on an all-powerful God to show himself strong through our weakness, the more God will move among his people. Let’s pray as never before for God to expand the witness and influence of his church in this world! God, give us a breakthrough!

Table

6 Ways the Local Church Can Set the Table for Discipleship

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I grew up attending church A LOT. I was in a church classroom A LOT. When I was a kid, my family attended Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night preaching and prayer services, plus Sunday School, plus missions education programs and Vacation Bible Schools. But… I didn’t grow spiritually, didn’t really experience spiritual depth, and didn’t really learn what following Jesus looked like outside the walls of the church.

When I hit adulthood, I started to grow spiritually, but I would say it was still rather slow going. I started attending church with my wife and soaking up biblical knowledge like a sponge. I entered ministry and attended Bible college and developed the spiritual disciplines. But something was still missing.

Finally, several things happened that prompted a complete perspective change in me and kickstarted my journey toward being more like Jesus. In particular…

  • I walked through pain – depression, specifically.
  • I began to repent of pride, self-centeredness, and other sins.
  • My wife and I began to have tough conversations.
  • I went on staff at a church with a strong culture of discipleship.
  • We joined a small group of people who cared a lot about doing life together.

After a year in that atmosphere, God led us to Northwest Arkansas to plant a church and gave us a passion for creating a place were people could truly grow. We started planting Grace Hills with some particular convictions about the role of the local church in discipleship, such as…

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