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Posted September 11, 2013 - 7:20am

This is the first opportunity I've had to share an update on our recent trip across the Southeast where we stopped in to several places and shared the message of biblical discipleship. We spoke in Pearl, MS, Smyrna, GA, Macon, GA and Washington, GA. We had originally planned to speak in Pensacola, FL as well, but there was a scheduling conflict at the last minute and we were forced to enjoy the beauty of the beach for a couple of days instead. My children took full advantage of the situation.

During our time away speaking to these various groups of people, we found one thing in common in every place: People were hungry for the message of discipleship. Every where we went, the same comments came back time after time: "This is wonderful! This is so foundational and practical! Why don't we know these things???" From a small Baptist church to a mid-size Messianic congregation and everywhere in between, we were encouraged by the overwhelming reception of our message of discipleship. After one of the seminars, a woman came up to me with tears in her eyes and said,

"I just finished taking a 24-week course on discipleship and I learned more in the last two hours than I did the entire 24 weeks of my classes.

We were extremely encouraged to hear that our message was on target and timely. Here's a recent testimony I received via email which represents the sentiments of the many we spoke to in our travels.

Posted August 27, 2013 - 9:46am

Please forgive me! I started this post last Friday morning, but failed to publish it! Here it is…

This coming week begins a new adventure for us in a few different ways. First, my family and I will be traveling throughout the Southeast (Mississippi, Florida, Alabama & Georgia) sharing the message of discipleship with churches, messianic congregations, home groups and individuals. It will be a short trip, but one which we believe will be fruitful. We look forward to meeting to people, making new friends and sharing the message of discipleship.

The second exciting thing is the release of a booklet I have written on discipleship, called The Four Responsibilities of a Disciple. I feel it is a tangible "walk away" that will help both people who attend the meetings retain their understanding of these concepts, as well as get these principles into the hands of those who are not able to attend a meeting. It's a stripped-down version of my full book which, God-willing, I hope to eventually finish. 

Lastly, we have had an overwhelming number of people reach out to us with encouragement and support for our trip. We are very thankful to each and every one of you!

Please continue to be in prayer for this coming week.

Posted August 21, 2013 - 10:16pm

As they say in Hebrew, Baruch Hashem! Or “Bless God!” We are so excited! We are pleased to announced that the Father has allowed us to release our first printed material! It is a seventy-five page booklet I wrote entitled, The Four Responsibilities of a Disciple. Over two years of studying, observing, implementing and writing has finally began to bear some tangible fruit which can help others on their path to becoming a Disciple of Yeshua (Jesus). We have already received an overwhelming response with our announcement of its release on Facebook. This booklet is a pre-release teaser of sorts previewing some of the key concepts that will appear in my forthcoming book on discipleship (which is still in the process of being written). We will soon have this product available in our online store.

The main reason this booklet was published is that we found many people in need of a hands-on resource which they could use for both inspiration and reference in regard to personal transformation in the area of discipleship. This will be a tool which will help reinforce the principles being presented at our lectures on discipleship.

The second reason for its publication is that we wanted to create an awareness of and an anticipation towards the future release of the actual book (which will contain much more material). We are hoping we will find people who would like to see this work completed and are willing to invest in its completion.

This work first defines the concept of a "disciple" and "discipleship" from a first century, Jewish perspective. From there I present each of what I consider the four primary responsibilities of a disciple, dedicating one chapter to each responsibility. It is a concise and eye-opening look at discipleship from the perspective of BECOMING disciple, rather than speaking of discipleship in terms of evangelism.

Posted August 20, 2013 - 6:16am

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God , and of instruction about washings … (Hebrews 6:1-2)

The third component of the “elementary doctrine of Christ” as found in Hebrews 6:1–2 is “instruction about washings.” It seems this one, seemingly ambiguous phrase has given translators and commentators difficulty since nearly the time it was written. Our various English translations disagree and vary from “instruction about washings” (ESV), to “the doctrine of baptisms” (KJV), to “instruction about cleansing rites” (NIV). Commentators as well seem to have differing perspectives as to its meaning. Regarding this phrase, Franz Delitzsch comments, “the author of our epistle could hardly have chosen a more ambiguous and unsuitable expression than this, which is capable of such various interpretations.” 1

So what is so difficult about this particular instruction and why do translators and commentators have so much difficulty with it? The answer is this one little Greek word, βαπτισμῶν (baptismōn). Generally, the word is found in the singular, βαπτισμός (baptismos). But here, in this passage, we find the plural form which throws a wrench into traditional theology and interpretation. Since, according to Ephesians 4:5 there is only “one baptism,” reading this passage as instructions regarding “baptisms” would seem to indicate something other than Christian baptism. Commenting on this, the ESV Study Bible says,

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