Monthly Archives: July 2011

Investing In God…

Like many I am always looking for good investments.  These might be finical investments, personal investments, spiritual investments, or a host of other things.  But is it wise to invest in God?  I have come to conclude that it is not!  Many take such a view of our creator, they see Him as an investment and this generally leads to what we more commonly call works based religion.  We start to believe that if we do things for God He will do things for us.  Many attend worship services, tithe, help someone in need, or even witness to a friend because they view it as an investment.  “If I do this for God, then I know God will do something for me…” is the thought behind much of what we practice as believers. We read verses like Proverbs 3:9–10 NIV  9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine and the investment mentality sets in.  We start to think “All I have to do is give God my money and He will then turn around and give me more money…”  God however is not a stock, CD, or mutual fund, He is the KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS!  We should not focus our lives on investing into God, rather we should focus on honoring our King.  There is a great difference between investing and honoring.  The main difference is that investing is focused on you, honoring is focused on something else.  When we make investments the expectation is that there will one day be a pay off, reward, or other […]

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Discipleship: What’s Most Important?

I was recently asked by a fairly new Pastor who is trying to start an effective discipleship program at his church “What is the most important ingredient in the discipleship making process?” This is a basic question but one many overlook as they attempt to make disciples. This particular minister continued on…”is it the teacher/facilitator?”  “Is it the curriculum?”  “Is it the amount of time required to study?”  “What do you think the most important thing is…” he asked again.  My response was immediate, “JESUS!” Christ alone is the most important thing when we think about making modern day disciples.  It was Christ who first molded the twelve apostles into giants of the faith, and it has no doubt been Christ through the working of the Holy Spirit that has continued to mold men and women through the centuries into His disciples.  This is why the discipleship program at Cowboy Fellowship is centered on the foundation of scripture from the very first day.  God’s Holy Word is alive, and moves in the hearts of individuals to this very day.  It is through the Word of God that we are able to interact with Divinity through the power of the Holy Spirit.  At our church we have a three level discipleship program.  Each of the first two levels are completed in a year if the learner commits to the process and does not drop out.  The first level is comprised of the 26 week course called The Absolute Basics of Christianity.   This is a Bible study workbook that I wrote and it requires students to open their Bibles and be confronted with the words of Christ in each of the 104 lessons they complete during the […]

Why I LOVE The Bible

I really, really, really, LOVE the Bible. In fact I just finished my study for the day in 1 John and was once again left in awe and amazement by the wisdom, power, and comfort I received from my time in God’s Holy Word. Sometimes when I am explaining to others why I took the time to write The Absolute Basics of Christianity, The Living Lamp, and The Modern Day Disciple someone will ask something like…“why are you so passionate about me reading my Bible?” My answer is simple, a strong desire for and love of God’s Word is essential to being an effective disciple of Jesus Christ. Below you will find the top fifteen reasons I LOVE the Bible. (In no particular order) Why I LOVE the Bible and you should too! 1. 2 Timothy 3:16–17 NIV All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2. Psalms 119:105 NIV Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. 3. Romans 15:4 NIV For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 4. Psalms 19:7–8 NIV The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. 5. Hebrews 4:12 NIV For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, […]

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