George Patterson believes we should reach whole families at a time. He shows it in scripture. See if you believe him.
Today’s Podcast features Bryan King, Global Outreach Minister at Cedar Ridge Christian Church and Campus Pastor at their Sapulpa Campus. In this edition, hear Bryan share the latest about a #NoPlaceLeft Disciple Making Movement sweeping through greater Tulsa, OK. Bryan speaks with Doug Lucas, President of Team Expansion.
Today’s challenge is to talk to your prayer partner and tell them about your first week of the 30 day challenge. My prayer partner, Annie, and I had already scheduled a “Breakfast and Jesus Talk” tomorrow, so I decided to wait and catch up with her in person tomorrow.
But I’ve loved the way that this challenge has made me reach out to those around me so far. I have all these friends and family but I hardly ever take the time to catch up with them on the spiritual level. Through the challenges ( especially the prayer calendar ) I’ve been encouraged to get in touch and pray for those I love. I’m hoping to carry out these habits with me long after the challenge is over.
I have enjoyed having a prayer partner this last week. I even got a funny email from him today:
“I will keep praying for you until the 30 days are up but that’s where I draw the line. Kidding.”
It is good to have someone praying for you as you battle because the evil one does not want you to succeed. I have really become more aware this week of how much I am not praying and I need to make that more of a focus. I am limiting my facebook and ESPN but it is still hard to pray. My thoughts wander, I want to be mindless, I am tired. But when I pray I feel rejuvenated. I believe Satan tricks us into believing that prayer is hard and not fun and I have bought into that over the years. He also tells us it doesn’t matter and you can do more efficient things with your time. A few of the guys in my discipleship group are getting up at 5 everyday and starting their day off in the word and in prayer and they LOVE IT! I am slowly trying to get there. Their stories inspire me to start the day off just like Jesus did as we have seen throughout the book of Luke.
In the video in talked a lot about coaching and having people in your life who truly love you and are honest with you. This day and age love is a weak do whatever you want verb. Love has no backbone and doesn’t stand for truth. But when we look at the full picture of what love is in the bible it is totally different from the world. It is loving people as you would love yourself. I don’t want to waste my life. I want to be as fruitful for Christ as I can be so I want others to point things out in my life that are hindering my witness. I want my relationships to be a two way street where we do this for each other. That is what true love is. True love is wanting the best for the other, no matter what. Speaking the truth in love is one of the hardest things to do in life. I stink at it because I hate conflict, but in the past year God has opened my eyes to how this avoidance of conflict has kept me from truly loving people. Many times I let things fester and don’t speak up right away and when they do come out there is so much frustration and anger in them that there is no room for love.
Day 8: Get Coaching. Today’s challenge is to contact your prayer partner. It was ironic that this was the challenge for today, because my prayer partner actually contacted me yesterday just to check in and see how things were going. But, I went ahead and attempted to contact her today as well to talk more about my experiences. However, my prayer partner works long hours as a nurse, so I am still waiting on her call after her shift. Since it is getting late and I am close to getting ready to go to bed, I may have to catch up with her on a deeper level another day. I have learned so much from this experience. One of the greatest tools I feel it has given me is the prayer calendar that we made earlier this week. Each day when I contact the person I am praying for that day, I have been responded to with “Well, the timing of this is quite ironic…here is what I am currently dealing with…” I have loved being able to connect with people in this way. It’s amazing how we get so busy and miss out on things happening in other peoples’ lives…even some of our closest friends. I have loved being able to let them know that I care about them and that they matter to me and to God.
Again, if you didn’t watch the video for today, please go back and do so. I loved the points he made about accountability. Accountability is something that is so needed in our walk with God, and it is something that is so often left out of our walk with God. I think most people have good intentions. I know that I have had good intentions to stop doing something I know I shouldn’t do or start doing something that I should, but after a few days or weeks it is easy to fall into old habits. I will admit that if I didn’t have the accountability of my prayer partner and the person that I recruited (and writing this blog, haha!!) I might not be doing as well with this challenge. There have been days where I have been tired and it would have been much easier to say, “whew, I am tired. I think I will just go to bed a little earlier tonight instead of taking the time to be intentional in my relationships with people and my relationship with God.” And we’re only on day 8!
Another thing I did today was take the time to check in with the person that I recruited. I know it’s not part of the challenge for today, but I felt that it was a good time to check in and make sure that she was doing okay with the challenge too and let her know that I am praying for her. It is so refreshing to be surrounded by so many people working towards one goal. You are truly not alone in this journey to make disciples!
Today we received this question from a 30-Day Challenge Participant…
“Hi! I am on day 8 of the challenge now and I had a really good experience on the prayer-walk day.
I have a few questions: Should I keep on praying for the 25 people on the list every day (or was this just for that specific day). Another question; Should I study Mat.5, 6 and 7 every day of the challenge and also 4 different verses each day? Maybe stupid questions but I just want to make sure I do everything correct, and not miss out on anything the Lord has for me.
Blessings, [name withheld as a courtesy] (from the Netherlands)
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We answered this participant like this:[name withheld as a courtesy ], it was great to hear from you. Congratulations on making it to the 8th day. Keep up the good work, brother.
You asked about the list of 25. This was meant to be a one-time assignment overall, but it WOULD be great to go back and look over the list of 25 occasionally. For example, on your email for TOMORROW, we actually suggest that you pull out that list of 25 and go through it to find someone special. You’ll see that tomorrow.
As for the readings, trainers do recommend that we read 4 to 5 chapters daily — although it wouldn’t have to Matt. 5,6, and 7 EVERY day. But for the “SOAPS” assignment, the sermon on the mount just really works well. See the discussion on Day 20:
You’re doing everything great, brother. Keep it up.
When considering the efficacy of Kingdom movements, some people pose questions and concerns about heresy? How can we be sure new converts remain true to the word? Curtis explains that, even in traditional church planting, heresies arrive. He also explains why Kingdom Movements might actually be LESS prone to heresy. Check it out:
Love means obedience. We see it in the life of Abraham. We see it again in Caleb, who said, “We CAN take this land — if God is with us.” Hebrews 11, that great “hall of faith” chapter, is FULL of people who demonstrated immediate, radical, costly obedience (IRCO). Listen as Curtis Sergeant describes it.