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True Discipleship

Chilly —  February 11, 2016 — Leave a comment

In the Fall of 2016, I will be launching: //SpynOne — a 9 month, full time, high impact, hardcore, discipleship ministry. I am inviting post-high school students from around the world to invest ONE year of their life with me and my amazing team here in Lansing, Michigan! It will be the adventure of a lifetime!

… with this in mind,  I’m thinking, breathing, praying, talking and dreaming
about discipleship ALL the time.  Here’s a peak inside my heart and head …

  • Authentic discipleship MUST be more than a church program.
  • It must be more than a bullet list of required Bible verses, prayer routines and outreach events.
  • It can’t be contained in a book, classroom or church building.
  • It’s messy, difficult, painful, time consuming, demanding, lonely and thankless.
  • You’ll want to quit discipleship at some point. Most do in fact.
  • An authentic disciple of Christ is a soldier in active duty in a war against the greatest enemy of all time.
follow meIn John 6, right after the feeding 5,000+ people and walking on water, Jesus sits down with a large group of people who considered themselves to be disciples. He talked about how He was the bread of life — at this point you can almost hear the “amen’s” but He goes on to say that you can’t really be His disciple unless you eat his flesh and drink his blood. What?? Was He advocating cannibalism? Of course not! Jesus was saying that to be His follower, you must be willing to pay the same price that He was about to pay. LIFE. We must be completely expendable for God’s purpose and will. We must understand that it’s God who makes all things possible. Jesus laid it out there, He honestly made the cost clear and… “At this point many of His disciples turned away and deserted Him” (John 6:66).

They bailed… deserted… QUIT! 

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Transformed to Transform

Chilly —  March 13, 2013 — 3 Comments

I’m Addicted to Transformation

brush1Yes, it’s true. And, it’s beginning to affect me in humorous ways. For example, I often find myself watching HGTV or DIY channel on TV (instead of being parked on ESPN). I get sucked in by shows like Property Brothers, Love it or List it and Rehab Addict. I love how they find homes that look ridiculous and beyond hope — and then they redesign and renovate them into amazing homes.

A few other shows that catch my attention are Pimp my Ride, Restaurant Impossible, Fast & Loud, and Hotel Impossible (which had me in tears during the most recent episode). Weird, right? Ask me sometime, I’ll explain…

These shows stir my heart and remind me of my mission: seeing Christ transform people, families, churches, communities, cities and nations!

To look into the eyes of a person that’s been told they’re worthless or damaged – then see God’s potential & destiny – makes me come alive! Being able to watch the Holy Spirit turn them into the person they were created to be is breath-taking & amazing!

“Now the Lord  is the Spirit, and where  the Spirit of the Lord is, there is  freedom.  And we all, with unveiled face,  beholding  the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image  from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” 2 Corinthians 3:17-18.

It begins with FREEDOM through salvation and then continues as we allow the Spirit of God to radically repair and rebuild our hearts, minds, bodies and souls! A wrecked, abandoned, abused and empty house becomes the “temple of the Holy Spirit” 1 Corinthians 6:19.

Transformation is beautiful. Yes, it’s hard work with many unexpected expenses and delays, but oh so worth it IF you stay with it until it’s complete! When this happens, there is greater value than ever and others now want to tour your life to find out how they can be transformed too!

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