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October 2016

Day 4: There are no coincidences

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So I made my list of 30 names, ready to pray. I was curious to see who I’d end up praying for on Day 4, and I had no pretenses about ordering or gaming the list to get a specific person (my wife used Random.org, which I wish I’d thought of).

No matter, my system worked exactly as it needed to. I got to pray for my brother Bob (not a pseudonym), who shared a couple immediate and timely prayer requests. I was glad to pray for those and am excited to hear about how things went last night and will go this morning.

He and I also talked about doing a devotion for our recreation ministry. He shares about doing devotions quite a bit, but struggles to have people come to do it. I felt God telling me to step up in this area and Bob is going to have me be a part of this ministry.

Day 4 reminded me that we thrive when we are praying for and with our brothers and sisters. I don’t like that it took a 30 day challenge for me to ask to pray for Bob. I’m sorry, Bob. I do like that I’m recognizing the power of being in prayer for each other.

Now it’s time to see who’s next…

Day 3: Or when I found out I have a lot to work on

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First, I’m so grateful for Doug and his team for aggregating what Curtis made available. What a blessing to our church and to my family!

Our church signed up about 80 people this last Sunday to this challenge, and I hope that each one of them are just as impacted as I am by pursuing this new paradigm.

That being said…

The Wesley inventory hit me hard.

It doesn’t take much to make me a little emotional (ask my wife), but I really am thinking about how often I disappoint and how often I fall short. Many of the items were ones that I’m asking for prayer for my life, but the most important was…

Do you share your faith?

No, no I sure don’t do it. And that makes me the biggest hypocrite of all.  Why wouldn’t I share about the goodness of God? Why wouldn’t I share His redeeming message?

Our family started this week by praying for a stranger we met at Wendy’s. We talked with him about environmentalism (his topic) and quickly said a prayer whilst our girls (4, 2) screamed (it was getting late). But, we encouraged him and shared that we too believe that Jesus is the Christ.

I need this day to remind me that I have things to work on. When I arrive to work, I’m printing off the inventory. It’s going by my computer. I need to see it to remember to be a disciple worth replicating.

16) Dean Trune: “Living on Our Mission Field”

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Dean Trune is the Director of Intentional Impact Ministries. He spoke recently at a PrayerWeekend staged at Team Expansion’s base, Emerald Hills, in Louisville, Kentucky. In this, our 16th Episode of MoreDisciples Podcast, we feature his opening session, “Living on our Mission Field.”