Tag Archive: discipleship

Dying to Self

“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.” Mark 8:35 In Lent, Christians prepare for Easter by reflecting on Jesus’ journey to the cross and its meaning for our lives.  A part of this journey is hearing anew Jesus’ call…

Teaching Faith to Children

While they might also learn in a Sunday School program, children and youth best learn to practice Christian faith from the adults around them in  the midst of everyday life.  Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and godparents can all pass on practices of faith that nurture lives marked by hospitality, forgiveness, and healing.  Susan R….

Spiritual Gifts

“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 12:7   Members of any one Christian congregation might all share some similarities with one another like ethnicity or economic levels, but most churches embrace a lot of difference too.  Paul tells us that God intentionally draws together people with…

20 Ways to Add More Prayer

Wish you could add more prayer to your life, but life seems to get in the way?  Lillian Daniel offers twenty practical ways to make prayer more a part of your everyday life.  Check them out here.

Elements of Discipleship

What needs to be part of the life of a person in order to grow as a disciple? There are probably as many ways to answer this question as there are disciples, for we are all unique persons who relate and learn and minister in unique ways. Recognizing that uniqueness, we can still provide a…

Surrender to Christ

This week’s gospel is the call of the disciples.  Jesus calls to us too, and following Jesus means leaving our own agendas and plans behind.  Following Jesus always involves some measure of surrender to God-in-Christ.  Our friends who know 12-Step programs know this as Step 3: “to turn our will and our lives over to…