Going Home!

Going Home!

Last fall my 96-year old mom told me one day as we were looking at pictures of our house and our town, “I want to go home . . . one more time.” She was referring to our hometown, Plain Dealing, Louisiana. I moved mom here to Memphis a little over two years ago when it became obvious that she needed to live close to one of her children, and the daughter is the obvious

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The Third Level of Discipleship: Mentoring

The Third Level of Discipleship: Mentoring

Let’s say you meet someone who is a committed follower of Jesus Christ, but she just wants you to spend time with her. Is that discipleship? I would say that is the third level of discipleship: mentoring. People often ask if there is a difference between discipleship and mentoring or if they are the same thing. I believe there is a difference. Discipleship is the process of moving someone toward becoming a lifelong, committed follower

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The Second Level of Discipleship

The Second Level of Discipleship

 Yesterday we looked at the first level of discipleship – a new believer or someone who has not been grounded in her faith. The goal of this first level is to ground her and give her a foundation for her faith. The second level of discipleship is a maturing believer who wants to grow deeper in his/her walk with Christ.  They know the basics, they are grounded, and they want to grow deeper. The goal:

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Where Do I Begin?

Where Do I Begin?

Why do we not see more discipleship taking place around us? One of the reasons I have found is that even though people may sincerely desire to disciple someone, they don’t know what they would do with that person. Do I take her through a curriculum? If so, what would I teach her? Or do I just hang out with her? What do I do?   In my last post, Will You Disciple Me, I

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Will you Disciple Me?

Will you Disciple Me?

If you were to ask someone to disciple you, or vice versa, what does that mean to you? Discipleship looks different for different people, depending on where they are in their spiritual journey and where they want to go spiritually. When someone asks me to disciple her, I ask several questions: 1. What are you looking for in this relationship? What do you want me to do with you in our time together? 2. Where

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A “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda” Day

A "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda" Day

Have you ever had a “woulda, coulda, shoulda”day? This is a day in which you second guess yourself and the way you did things because the results were not what you had hoped for. If I would have done this… I should have done that… I could have done that, and wish I had… Things would be different if I would have… I had one of those days this past Friday as I had the

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Are You Ready?

Are You Ready?

I wonder how many people we have passed by this week who don’t know the Lord. Perhaps they were in the grocery store, in the neighborhood, at the gas station, at the mall or movie theater. To be honest, how often do we even think about it? I have to confess, I don’t think about it as much as I should. But why don’t we think about it more? Why is it not uppermost in

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Treasuring God’s Word at 94

Treasuring God's Word at 94

Yesterday morning I visited a dear lady from my church who was admitted to the hospital recently. She is 94 years old and just in the past year had to move into an assisted living. Her memory sometimes fails her, but she always greets you with a smile and “I love you so much!” When I got word that Madeline was in the hospital, I immediately went to see her. We chatted for a few

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A Picture of Discipleship

A Picture of Discipleship

If you want someone to disciple you, what would that look like to you? What are you looking for in a discipleship relationship? I grew up in a Christian home and came to Christ at an early age. I knew I was a sinner and that I would never be good enough to pay the penalty for my sin or earn my way to heaven. I needed a Savior, and at nine years old, I

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Building Your Spiritual Toolbox

Building Your Spiritual Toolbox

How would you respond if someone asked you to disciple her? Would you be excited and shout, “YES!” or would it strike fear in your heart? “What would I do with her?” “Where would I begin?” “I don’t even know what that means.” One of the questions I am often asked as the Women’s Ministry director at my church is, “Can you show me what to do with someone who wants me to disciple her?”

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