Showcase: Dealing with Fear

  • Fear and Salvation: the movie Dead Man Walking +

    This 1995 thought provoking movie is based on a true story about Matthew Poncelet, a convicted rapist/murderer on death row, Read More
  • Nothing Will I Fear: Thy Word +

    Amy Grant & Michael Smith. Thy word is a lamp unto my feetAnd a light unto my pathThy word is Read More
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carl-medearisThe Scriptures do not call us to evangelize and convert – they call us to "make disciples." That's what Jesus asked his original followers to do – and he still asks that from us today. Make disciples.

Apprentices. We are to be apprenticed to Jesus himself. We are his disciples. Followers. This is how we find life – to believe in, follow and love the ways and person of Jesus the Christ.

But we seem to get confused as to how that's done. We can go to church. Better yet, actually be involved in one. We can read and study the Scriptures. We can pray. All needed if you're going to know who it is you're following. But we also need others in our life that intentionally "disciple" us. To be our mentors. Teachers. To walk with us and pass on the things they've learned to us.

It's 2 Timothy 2:2 stuff. Paul says "The things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men and women who will also be qualified to teach others."

This is what I do. I am like Paul. I help people follow Jesus. But I'm also like Timothy – in need of a Paul. In fact, I'm such a slow learner that God has graciously given me many such Paul's in my life. Some I've known personally, while others I've learned from vicariously through their writings.

Over the next days, I'd like to tell you who they are and what I've learned from each one. I will give you the "Top Five" who have taught me through personal interaction and then the Top Five who I've never met personally, but have taught me much.

And may this encourage you to be both a Paul (teaching others to follow Jesus) as well as a Timothy (being taught to follow Jesus).

Reflections to Consider

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Audio & Video

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  • Shut It Tight, T Bone Burnett +

    I find it hard sometimes to say the way that I feel I do the very things I hate to Read More
  • Home: a video clip of Going Home by Libera +

    What is home? Is it a house or something more? Is home where you grew up, where you live, or Read More
  • The Dynamics of the Spiritual Life +

    Our emotional lives and our spiritual lives have different dynamics. The ups and downs of our emotional life depend a Read More
  • Like Anyone Else: Solomon Burke +

    I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • The Idol of Personal Peace and Affluence +

    Francis Schaeffer discusses modern man’s humanistic thought, and its relationship to the only values that were held: personal peace and Read More
  • The Beginning of PCA: Francis Schaeffer +

    "A Step Forward" [The Presbyterian Journal, 6 March 1974, pages 7-8] Shortly after the formation of the Presbyterian Church in Read More
  • A Change in Our Society: Francis Schaeffer +

    A Christian Manifesto by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer This address was delivered by the late Dr. Schaeffer in 1982 at Read More
  • The Universe and Two Chairs: Francis Schaeffer +

    In the course of this book we have focused attention on the way God looks at the culture of our Read More
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