Because Jesus is the savior of the world, life on Earth is too short to keep him to yourself. When I first began teaching at the college level, I taught a course on evangelism. One day, as I was walking out of class, I noticed one of my students sobbing her eyes out. I stopped … More I never told her about Jesus!
Our culture does not teach us to take responsibility for each other. We are so individualistic that we consider religion to be a private affair. In the book of Genesis when God asked Cain where his brother was, Cain mockingly responded, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Anyone who reads the Bible seriously will know that … More I am my brother’s and sister’s keeper!
I have found protective power by confiding in others and asking them to hold me accountable, especially when I am away from home. This protective power can come from a one-on-one relationship or from a small group of men. Several years ago before traveling to a city on the east coast to teach an intensive … More Protection away from home
We are not meant to “do” life by ourselves. Life is too short not to have deep friendships that can keep us accountable and on the right track. My first experience with an accountability partner was on the mission field. A missionary friend whom I’ll call Paul was having some problems in his marriage. Paul … More Doing life together!
Churches have two major problems when it comes to new Christians. First is spiritual infanticide. We often leave new believers on their own after their baptism, expecting them to figure out the Christian life on their own somehow. We fail to mentor them and disciple them, neglecting to teach them how to obey the teachings … More Growth is evidence of life!
I love mentoring students at Lincoln Christian University. Every year, I volunteer to lead a small group of young men called a “spiritual formation group.” I also lead a one-week off-campus missions trip each spring semester, which has allowed me to take groups of students to Poland, Mexico, Quebec, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Chicago. But … More Mentoring multiplies influence!
Everyone has special gifts, talents, abilities, and experiences. It would be a shame for you and I to go through life and not take the time to pour into others what we have received. I love the principle of equipping found in 2 Timothy 2:2. The Apostle Paul told his young protégé, Timothy, “The things … More We are all priests!
When I was a youth minister, I learned the power of encouragement from an idea I got out of a book of youth ministry ideas. It was called the “car wash.” To hold a car wash, line students up in two parallel lines facing each other, then choose someone to walk through the car wash. … More Everyone needs a car wash!
There are many different ways to encourage people. Think how encouraged a single mom or a struggling young couple who have children would be by an offer of free babysitting. There are people around us every day who feel marginalized because they lack resources or relationships; we just have to see them. In every group … More People need encouragement!
I received a shocking phone call from an old friend one Christmas Eve several years ago (to protect his identity I’ll call him Doug). I had not talked to Doug since junior high school, and he was drunk, depressed, and suicidal. He lived far away from me in Arizona and had found my contact information … More Speak life!