Back on August 16, 2015, I wrote a post called “Making Disciples”. The last paragraph said, “Did you notice that I haven’t said anything about talking to these ‘friends’ about Jesus. After you develop a relationship with them, if you’re a practicing Christian, Jesus will just start flowing through you to them, and touching their hearts, whether you are trying to make disciples of them or not. ‘Course that brings up the question of what does ‘practicing’ mean? But that’s a question for another day.”
Well today is the day to discuss some of what ‘practicing’ means. Let’s see, you know practicing, as in ‘practicing’ attorney? I happen to be an attorney, and that’s a scary thought. When are they going to finish practicing and start ‘being’ one? Or practicing medicine. What’s the time line for rising to the level of actually DOING it? In those cases, sounds like practicing may be a cover for seldom knowing for sure what is exactly the right thing to do. Try something and see if it works. If not, try something else.
Practicing Christian shall be deemed to be “one who is a follower of Jesus”. Follower in the Bible is often translated disciple, or ‘one who is taught’ (student). Continue reading →
After I came to Houston, I spent 10 years living in the dark. The dark of running away, trying to hide from God. The dark of being a criminal defense lawyer. The dark of trying desperately to figure out what to do about my estranged wife. The dark of finally getting a divorce. I still wasn’t really looking for God, but I was getting real beat up, and desperately seeking help. And crazy as it seems, Jesus was still there.
I started going to church; and praying; and reading and studying the Bible. I got involved in a Sunday School class and met some guys that were involved in Kairos, and after that I just sorta took off. I got closer and closer to God. I began to realize what it meant to experience the mercy of Jesus. I started to realize what God really wanted me to do with my life. You want to hear what it is? He wants me to seek His Face every day; to talk to Jesus; to commune with the Holy Spirit; to listen to what He says and try to do it, on a moment by moment basis. Continue reading →