Contributed on Jan 3, 2021
A disciple is a believer who lovingly follows Jesus and intentionally helps others follow Him.
Discipleship Defined Matthew 28:16-20 Rev. Brian Bill January 2-3, 2021 Recently Beth and I spent time going through some boxes in our basement. I came across a number of prayer journals I’ve recorded over the years. As I was flipping through one from 2004, I found something I wrote on the ...read more
Contributed on Jan 9, 2021
A disciple learns, loves and lives God's Word.
Live in Light of God’s Word John 8:31-36 Rev. Brian Bill January 9-10, 2021 Last Sunday, a congressman, who calls himself a “pastor,” ended the opening prayer of the 117th Congress with these words: “We ask it in the name of the monotheistic god, Brahma, and ‘god’ known by many names by many ...read more
Contributed on Jan 18, 2021
A disciple is one who loves like Jesus loves.
A group of guys went overseas and hired a local boy to cook and clean for them. Being a bunch of jokesters, they quickly took advantage of his seeming naiveté. They smeared Vaseline on the stove handles, put buckets of water over the door, and nailed his shoes to the floor during the night. ...read more
Contributed on Jan 25, 2021
While the family is foundational, following Christ must come first.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor and theologian known for his opposition to the Nazi regime. He was imprisoned in Buchenwald and executed in 1945 for his part in a conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Listen to what he wrote in his classic book, The Cost of Discipleship. “Cheap ...read more
Contributed on Feb 1, 2021
Salvation is free but discipleship will cost you your life.
Trevin Wax writes, “Recent studies reveal 91 percent of Americans agree with this statement: ‘The best way to find yourself is by looking within yourself.’ In other words, if you want to discover who you are and what your purpose is, the place to look is inside your heart.” When I googled the ...read more
Contributed on Feb 10, 2021
A disciple must die to his own desires daily.
Recently, over 60 people from all generations gathered for a two-hour time of prayer in the Worship Center led by Pastor Kyle and the Mainspring ministry. 15 people led this guided prayer time, following the acrostic CHAT (Confession, Honor, Ask and Thanks). There were times of silent and ...read more
Contributed on Feb 15, 2021
A disciple is one who follows Jesus no matter what.
Video: That’s My King I’ve watched this video many times over the years, and we’ve played it a couple times in services as well. It’s from a sermon by Shadrach Meshach Lockridge (isn’t that the best biblical name ever?). Different sections jump out at me each time… I wish I could describe Him ...read more
Contributed on Feb 24, 2021
When we are faithful, God will make us fruitful.
Where I grew up, our neighbors had a vineyard. I remember playing football in our backyard and stopping to eat so many grapes I would get a stomachache. Also, I have memories of throwing grapes at my sisters – they left great stains on their pretty dresses! For some reason the owner of these ...read more