Stories tagged with: discipleshipFound 74 stories matching your search criteria.
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FIRST-PERSON: Is God at home in you?
Frank Page takes note of an "intimate offer from our Lord" -- Jesus' promise in John 14 that He and the Father "will come and make their home with us." Read More
Mentor windfall sparks discussion of fatherlessnessDALLAS (BP) -- An unexpected deluge of volunteers in response to a Dallas middle school's call for male mentors has sparked media attention. It also has generated discussion of the need for discipleship of African American boys, robbed of fathers by the lingering effects of slavery.
When Billy Earl Dade Middle School in Dallas scheduled a "Breakfast With Dads" event for the boys in its student body, a local Baptist pastor attempted to help, issuing a call via Facebook for volunteers to stand in with students whose fathers were absent from their lives or unable to attend. Though the school -- which is predominantly African American -- hoped for 50-100 volunteers, some 600 men showed up at the breakfast. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: What happened to that lovely tree?
Like a tree that is strengthened and grows from pruning, Katie McCoy notes that Christians benefit from God's pruning, from His "cultivating a deeper, richer life that can't be seen on the outside." Read More
Brawler-turned-pastor transforms Mont. church & townNOXON, Mont. (BP) -- There was a petition circulating to remove violent brawler Jim Webley from town when God intervened and changed not just Webley's life but, years later, the course of a church and a Montana community.
In his early 20s, Webley was working in the gold mines of Nevada, entrenched in a rough lifestyle of drugs and alcohol, and through weekly fighting he had "put some people in the hospital," he told Baptist Press. People just wanted him to leave town.
One Sunday morning, Webley was driving his young daughter Sara to get milkshakes when they passed a little white Baptist church building in the Nevada community.
"I absolutely never went to church down there, but I could feel God pulling me in that direction," Webley recounted. "He was telling me I needed to get into church." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Whatever happened to obedience?
Doug Metzger recalls his days as a plebe at the U.S. Naval Academy and what he learned about obedience that became a key part of his spiritual life. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Service station theology
Back when Tim Patterson worked at his dad's service station and gas was 19.9 cents per gallon, he began to learn discernment about people's character and actions. Today, he also sees some spiritual lessons from pumping gas years ago. Read More
FIRST PERSON: A boring testimony? No such thing
There's an eternal perspective to each Christian's testimony, Alex Sibley writes. Each is "an affirmation of who God is and what He has done for us." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Responding to criticism
Criticism can be faced in a healthy way, Shane Pruitt writes, noting that it doesn't have to make Christians to "lay down in defeat, doubt or discouragement." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Sports & our family
David Cook takes a lesson from parents of future Olympians whose kids are training for sports such as swimming or gymnastics. He's focused on a different event, one in which his daughter and son would receive "unfading medals of glory." Read More