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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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