Equipping Articles

INVESTING IN THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS

September 14, 2020

Can you remember a time when you had a dream to lead, but lacked the confidence needed to fully pursue it?  What difference would it have made if an experienced leader told you they believed in you? And what if that leader then came alongside you and invested in you?…

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EMPOWERING AND AFFIRMING THE CALLING OF OTHERS

September 7, 2020

  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit. Fruit that will last and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. -John 15:16   I honestly never dreamed of being in ministry,…

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ONE WAY TO GUARANTEE YOUR SUCCESS

August 31, 2020

“Success is faithfulness.” This is what my co-worker said at a work planning retreat.  She was 25 years my senior. And when she said it, I internally rolled my eyes.  It seemed like a cop out.  Like if we don’t meet our goals, if we don’t see positive results, we…

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CALLING OVER COMFORT

August 23, 2020

  It seems like the older I get the more I seek comfort…comfortable clothes, comfortable bed, comfortable relationships.  In a society that seeks and sells comfort at every turn it is easy to lose sight of the fact that Jesus didn’t call His followers to a life of comfort but…

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Called to Love: Love God. Love People

August 17, 2020

He loves me, he loves me not… petals fall to the ground as a hopeful young girl wishfully plucks the colorful delicate flower into a confirmation of his love for her.   We have been taught so many definitions of love up to this moment of our lives. We have…

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CARRYING YOUR CROSS

August 10, 2020

  Shortly after stepping into my dream job, after waiting more than two years to finally work in my field, I found myself gripped with anxiety so strong I was barely able to sit at my desk. I was freshly 26, working as a counselor and eager to start my…

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ANSWERING THE CALL

August 3, 2020

When the phone rang, I heard my husband answer, “yes, I will accept the charges.” He looked at me with a kind smile and said, “your friend is back in the slammer,” as he handed me the phone.   Molly (not her real name) was a friend of mine. She…

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How Jesus Made Disciples Part 4: How He Commissioned Them

July 27, 2020

Jesus’ disciples were huddled behind locked doors: What would they do now? Where would they go? Would the Jews come for them next? The women had gone to the tomb to prepare the body. Everyone believed that this 3-year chapter of their lives was over. They answered the call to…

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How Jesus Made Disciples Part 3: How He Served Them

July 20, 2020

Has God ever asked you to do something that didn’t make sense?  Has He led you to serve others in ways that were difficult or required sacrifice? Not everything He might ask you to do will be hard and many serving opportunities will be filled with joy and excitement. But,…

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How Jesus Made Disciples Part 2: How He Taught Them

July 13, 2020

Imagine sitting at the feet of the great Rabbi Jesus as he taught you about the things of the Kingdom of God. Imagine hanging onto every word he spoke to you just trying to understand a fraction of what you were hearing. In the Jewish culture of Jesus’ day the…

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