Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Assorted Treats

  • Hope for Haiti +

    In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:5 Read More
  • Give My Soul Rest: the movie Avatar +

    Avatar, the 2009 movie by James Cameron, raised as much discussion and controversy through its piecemeal use of Native American, 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).

http://www.carlmedearis.com/blog/2013/04/my-top-ten-life-mentors/

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

  • River of Love

    There's a river of love that runs through all timeBut there's a river of grief that floods through our livesIt Read More
  • I Am Nothing

    I stutter when I tryTo speak the language of lifeI want to shout out loudBut I just cry insideSometimes it Read More
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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • Transforming this World: The Hope of Glory by NT Wright +

    Wright confronts the perspective that this world doesn’t matter, and that we live only to be in heaven. He shows Read More
  • What is Good in a World that Defies Hope: a talk by NT Wright +

    This is the second part of three talks by NT Wright at Harvard University in November, 2008 on the topic Read More
  • The Stream, the Lake and the River: NT Wright +

      Acts 2.1-21; John 7.37-39; a sermon at the Eucharist on the Feast of Pentecost, 11 May 2008, by the Read More
  • Jesus in the Perfect Storm by NT Wright +

    Zechariah 9.9-17; Luke 19.28-48; A sermon for Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011, In the University Chapel of St Salvator, St Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Christ is a Great Savior: a review of the movie Amazing Grace +

    Amazing Grace is a historical drama about William Wilberforce who was elected to British Parliament at the age of 21 Read More
  • Wilberforce, Hollywood's Amazing Grace, Charlotte Allen +

    William Wilberforce's relentless campaign eventually led the British Parliament to ban the slave trade, in 1807, and to pass a Read More
  • Making Beauty out of Ugly Things: Grace by U2 +

    Grace, she takes the blame She covers the shame Removes the stain It could be her name Grace, she carries Read More
  • The True Nature of Grace and Love: a movie review of the Soloist +

    The 2009 movie The Soloist is based on a book by the same name, written by Los Angeles Times columnist Read More
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