Category: Brotherhood/Friendship

Helping individuals be effective in their personal lives and in their relationships with other. This is what ministry is about. This is often called brotherhood/friendship. Yes, it also includes content transfer, yet content transfer without present application is of little value. Most of the content may apply to ministries between women. However, since the author is male what he says will naturally be focused on relationships between men. That is to say brotherhood.

Jan 06 2018

Bridge Cultural Gaps

We all have to bridge cultural gaps. Sometimes they are small other times gigantic. Please see this 2-minute video right now. My first attempts. My first cross-cultural jolt was when I spend a few days in Cairo Egypt. The streets we cluttered with shiny new Mercedes Benz cars and buses. As well as beasts of burden carrying heavy loads …

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Dec 31 2017

Condemning Others

A gal who grew up in a church that seemed to all about condemning others gave a TED talk. It came to my attention today, and I like it. Please see all of it before we apply what she learned in our ministry among others. The Greek word most for “condemn” means to pronounce a sentence upon …

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Dec 14 2017

Do Not Brag

.Luke 9:18-22 has an impressive command. Peter has correctly stated that Jesus is Messiah, the Christ, the anointed one of God. Immediately Jesus commands the disciples not to tell anyone. Why not? It is because Jesus must suffer, be rejected, and die. Then raised from the dead. If Jesus wanted this widely know at that …

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Dec 14 2017

Who to Pick

Stick man who is all heart

 Knowing who to pick is easy. You just reach out to someone.  Let your heart draw you. It knows who to pick. Someone with whom you click. Let the Holy Spirit within you prompt you. Jethro to Moses – Saw a need Paul to Timothy – Saw potential Eli to Samuel – Get dumped on …

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Dec 09 2017

1 Samuel 30 – The Wicked and Worthless Appeal to as Brothers

From 1 Samuel 30 we learn that we should appeal to the wicked and worthless as brothers. Background of 1 Samuel 30:22-25 David and his 600 men returned from the Philistines. Their city is burned. Their wives and children are captives. All their goods are spoil in the enemy’s hand. 200 of David’s men are …

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Dec 09 2017

Call them brother

As the “provider” consistently view and call the “receiver” a brother or friend. How you label your relationship to another person controls how you think and behave toward him.   You do not want to come on to the receiver as being superior. Note the passages below. Notice what Jesus starts calling the disciples in John …

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Aug 21 2015

Jesus Ate with Sinners

Jesus caught eating with sinners

In Luke 15 the Pharisees despise Jesus because Jesus ate with sinners. Jesus responds to this charge by telling three parables. (On this web site pointing to any Bible reference will give you a pop-up of the text.) The rejoicing shepherd (Luke 15:4-7) The rejoicing woman (Luke 15:8-10) The rejoicing father (Luke 15:11-32) These titles …

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Aug 09 2015

Cultural Rhythms Maybe Protective

“In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle” (2 Samuel 11:1) But that spring King David did not follow one of the cultural rhythms of his day. He stayed home in his palace. Bad idea. Notice the horrible chain of events that follow that one lazy indiscretion. Violating Cultural …

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Jul 25 2015

Small Group Discipleship Bible Study

Not long ago I got good tips on small group discipleship from the book Miraculous Movements by Trousdale. I love their suggestions on doing small group (house church)  discipleship as a Bible study. Below is a simplified version of their suggestions that get to the core of the method. When you go through a passage …

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Nov 13 2012

Psalm 101:3 – I Will Focus On Nothing Worthless

David’s ethical standards in Psalm 101 sure caught my attention. I want to focus on another in Psalm 101:3 We can read the first line of that verse as I will focus On nothing worthless On what do I focus? What occupies my mind? To what do I pay attention? With what do I become …

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