Posts Tagged ‘ Christianity ’

Discipleship in Action (DiA) – the vision

I have a vision with Harvest Field.  Maybe that’s obvious.  Our mission is to help people to know Jesus Christ through small-group, individual, and online studies so that they can not only come into a faith relationship with our Lord and Savior, but so that they also can become dedicated, fruit-producing disciples that glorify our Lord and help bring others to Him.

 

Since Harvest Field has started, we’ve tried several different approaches and curriculum, but we’ve always been seeking the same goal.  The goal that the Lord gave me when I was first called.  Some of the things that we’ve tried have worked rather well, like the at home studies using the DFD material from NavPress.  Others have crashed and burned before they even got off the ground, like the short lived BibleX study that we offered online.  The successes and failures of each study, each curriculum, and each setting have taught me an awful a lot.  A lot about what exactly it was that I’m trying to do, and how, with the Lord, we are going to do it.

 

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Harvest Field Video Blog 02: Throwing Stones

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The thorn of my flesh

I have suffered with psoriasis since I was about 9 (that’s about 17 years for those who are counting), and it is the thorn in my flesh.  It has caused me a great deal of pain and embarrassment over those years, and, despite lofty and expensive efforts, I have yet to find any sort of effective solution to the “problem”.  Perhaps, however, I’m not meant to find a solution at all.  Perhaps this is one big, red, itchy, painful, disgusting blessing in disguise.

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Holier than thou

If you are a convert to Christianity, and didn’t grow up in a Christian home or atmosphere, you’ve no doubt received criticism about your faith from friends, coworkers or family that just don’t seem to understand your decision to follow Christ.  I was recently said to have a “holier than thou personality” from a family member, and it really got me thinking about what prompted such a scathing comment.

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Taking back Sunday

What does Sunday mean to you?  Is it just another day?  Another opportunity to shop, work, and make money?  What about for your employer?  If you can’t produce or accomplish enough in five days, do they expect you to work 6?  And if you can’t get enough done in 6 days, do you work the 7th?  For most Americans, Sunday is exactly that: just another day.  But for all the money that we’ve made in our culture that is hopelessly devoid of any time set aside for family or worship, and for all the things that we’ve accumulated by using every opportunity possible to spend our earnings, are we any happier?  As a society, have we seen any benefit at all to our obsessive work habits, and lack of disagreement to seven day work weeks? Continue reading