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Why we fail to make Disciples

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Discipleship

Last time I challenged you to think about your discipleship program and asked if people are becoming more like Jesus. The problem is that much of what is called “discipleship” in our time does not produce that result.

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What is a Disciple?

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Discipleship

Discipleship is important. Nearly every church talks about it. Nearly every church claims to be doing it. In his final instructions to his followers in the Great Commission, Jesus commanded us to “make disciples.”

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God’s Triumph

Today I finished by current Bible reading plan by reading the last few chapters of Revelation. Tomorrow I will begin again in Genesis. As I read about the final confrontation between Christ and the Antichrist, I was struck by how unequal the battle was. The biggest part of Revelation alternates… Continue reading

Self-Centered vs. God-Centered Life

The following blog post is taken from the prayer letter of a friend of mine, who is serving as a missionary in South Asia. I appreciate the way that she draws life lessons from the experience of Israel, and that she applies it first to herself. I thought it was… Continue reading

Manna from Heaven

Last month, I started serving  in a new position at the Portland Chinese Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. This brings to an end a transition period that has lasted a year and a half. Now that things are beginning to settle down, I want to share my reflections about… Continue reading

A Memorial for Jesus?

It’s March already, and we will celebrate Easter at the end of this month.  Just now two people came to my door and handed me a flier.  They said that they were inviting me to a “memorial service” for the death of Jesus.  A memorial service?  … Continue reading

A Study of Psalm 119

Recently I read through Psalm 119 in my daily Bible reading.  This is a really amazing chapter in the Bible.  It is the longest chapter in the Bible, and nearly every verse says something about God’s word.  If you want to learn something about the nature and… Continue reading

Attending Church

The past few months I have been traveling a bit.  First, I went to Montana to visit my family there.  Now I am living in the Portland area to make it easier to look for work here.  Since I have been on the move, I have attended… Continue reading

Finding Joy in God’s Design

The past few days, Joni and I have been staying with her sister in Washington State.  One of our daily activities has been exercising her retriever, Molly.  She has a ball thrower that makes it easy to pick up and throw a tennis ball, without the need to… Continue reading

New Site for Reflections

This week I completed the changes to integrate my blog into my new web site at kencarlson.org.  Going forward, this site will be the primary online home for my ministry activities and resources.  Take a few minutes to explore the menu options at the top of the… Continue reading

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