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Looking in the Mirror for Change

By Christian Living, Discerning Culture

But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like someone looking at his own face in a mirror. For he looks at himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of person he was. But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer who works—this person will be blessed in what he does. James 1:22-25 CSB As I get older, I have noticed a number of different types of…

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God at Work Aboard Mercy Ships – Bekah Bettis

By Christian Living, Evangelism, Interviews, Podcast
On this episode of The Disciple-Making Parent, I have a captivating conversation with my daughter Bekah Bettis, a nurse serving with Mercy Ships in Sierra Leone. Join us as we explore the incredible work of Mercy Ships in providing essential surgical care to those in need. Discover how Mercy Ships collaborates with local healthcare professionals and government ministries to address the specific healthcare needs of the community. Be inspired by Bekah's personal journey and her commitment to training and empowering local healthcare workers. Don't miss this eye-opening discussion on the impact of Mercy Ships and their mission to bring hope...
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How Heaven Motivates Our Holiness – Chap Bettis

By Christian Living, Family Discipleship, Marriage, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond, Podcast
In this episode of The Disciple-Making Parent podcast, we delve into how a biblical understanding of heaven can profoundly impact family dynamics and relationships. We'll explore themes of heaven, holiness, and their relevance to daily life, emphasizing the importance of actions that please God rather than seeking human approval. The episode highlights the anticipation of heaven as a motivation for Christians to live holy lives, especially in family contexts. We also discuss the reality of judgment and grace, offering practical advice for believers to apply in their daily lives and relationships.   Resources From This Podcast The Glory Now Revealed,...
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Heaven and the Exciting Things Awaiting Us – Andy Davis

By Christian Living, Family Discipleship, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond, Podcast
On this episode of The Disciple-Making Parent Podcast, we have a thought-provoking conversation about the concept of heaven and its significance in our lives. We are joined by special guest Dr. Andy Davis, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Durham, North Carolina, and author of the book "The Glory Now Revealed." We discuss the transformative power of remembering and learning about God's glory, the impact of rewards in shaping our eternal perspective, and the profound connection between our past experiences and the fullness of God's redemptive story. Discover how this understanding can bring hope, joy, and a renewed sense...
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Are You an Encouragement Giver or Taker?

By Christian Living, Family Discipleship, Marriage, Uncategorized

Encourage one another and build each other up. 1 Thes 5:11  Do you give encouragement to others? Or do you absorb it from others? I have been thinking recently about encouragement as a facet of love. It is a way we love those in our church. It is a way we love those in our families. But in particular, I am thinking about it is a specific way we love our spouse.  Men, do you encourage your wife? She needs it. Ladies do you encourage your husband? He needs it. How can you tell if someone needs encouragement? Easy. They are breathing.  All of us…

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A Young Woman’s Story of the Transforming Power of the Gospel – Brit Redfield

By Christian Living, Discerning Culture, Interviews, Parenting: Teens and Beyond, Podcast
On this episode of The Disciple-Making Parent Podcast, we dive into the powerful testimony of Brit Redfield and the struggles she faced as a young person turning away from Christianity. In this episode, we explore the challenges of reconciling personal feelings with biblical teachings and the transformative power of God's love. Through Brit's story, we are reminded of the importance of understanding and embracing the gospel in our lives. Brit Redfield Converge Webpage Email: britr@converge.org   Resources From This Podcast Brit Redfield at Converge.org- profile and support page e-mail Brit Baptist Student Ministry Living Hope: Support and resources for leaving...
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How Joseph Helps us Understand the Difference Between Forgiveness and Reconciliation

By Christian Living, Family Discipleship
Forgiveness and Reconciliation As parents, we need to teach our children to forgive hurt and to ask others for forgiveness. Forgiveness is the gospel glue that keeps a family together. However, for teens and adults, our understanding of forgiveness needs some more nuance. Specifically, we need to make sure we know the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation. It is vital that we keep those two concepts clear in our minds. Joseph’s Story As I have worked with individuals to explain the difference, I have often found myself going back to the story of Joseph (Genesis 37-50). Although Joseph’s story makes a quaint...
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Living and Praying the Holiday Tension

By Christian Living, Family Discipleship, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond

And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.  Matthew 10:36-38 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. Matthew 5:44-45 Our…

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The Toxic War on Masculinity – Nancy Pearcey

By Christian Living, Discerning Culture, Family Discipleship, Interviews, Leadership, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond, Podcast
On this episode of The Disciple-Making Parent Podcast, we explore the topic of toxic masculinity and its impact on society. In it, we engage in a thought-provoking conversation with bestselling author and professor Nancy Pearcey about her latest book, "The Toxic War on Masculinity: How Christianity Reconciles the Sexes." We discuss the societal pressures faced by men and the importance of understanding the difference between the good man and the real man. We also discuss the origins of the toxic masculinity narrative and how it has affected the younger generation. Join us as we navigate this urgent issue and discover...
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How Do I See My Blind Spots?

By Christian Living, Family Discipleship
What is Wrong with My Thinking? How precious to me are your thoughts, O God. How vast is the sum of them! (Psalm 139:17). As Christians, many of our prayers are requests of the Lord. We see something that is not right and ask God to move. There is nothing wrong with praying this way. We are commanded to pray, “Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” But if we only pray this way, then our prayers and spiritual lives will become warped over time. We will become like the man who sees...
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