The gospel of Mark says in it's first chapter in verse 15, "Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand!". It marked the beginning of Jesus ministry. He began going through the villages of Galilee making this proclamation! This, before he called any of his disciples by the sea. It seems to be the 1st step in becoming a follower of Jesus. So what does it mean? And even more how do we understand these archaic ideas today. In today's world the repent part of this seems like t
Jesus famously calls his first disciples early in Mark using this command, "Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men!" - Mark 1:17-20. No doubt most of us have heard many sermons on this topic, and you may know that this is one of the foundations of modern Christian Living. Most Pastors, Ministers, Clergy, Deacons, Elders, or Christian Leader will quote this verse in reference to surrendering our life to God's purposes. It is well said! But let us be clear, Follo
If you are like me, last week's post hits pretty hard. What do you do when you realize that what you are doing/have been doing, is so complex it is almost impossible to train others how to do it? There are many responses. Some may start by ignoring this realization with thoughts or comments like, "every other ministry I know is like this, this evaluation cannot be right." Or go all the way to, "I am going to stop everything I am doing, and start all over. It will cause s
So last week some co-workers and I were in India for tourism. We visited a number of incredible sights, like the Taj Mahal, and Bohd Gaya. People were incredible nice and welcoming. We were blessed to come across some gifted followers of Jesus and had a few days to get to know them. We were amazed with the simplicity of their faith, and the powerful example that the set for us as Christian leaders. Here are a few things that surprised us. 1. Most of the Christian's we m
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