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E33 – The Methods of Jesus (Part Matthew)

“You can't take the teachings of Jesus and separate them from the methods of Jesus and get the results of Jesus.” – Jim Putman Let's take an aerial overview from Matthew and see what we can discover about the methods Jesus used. How did Jesus use His time? Who was He with? What did He do? We are trying something a little new on this episode. Let us know how you like it.


Deep Water Short – Stop Going to Church

Should you go to church? The answer isn't what you think.


E32 – Only Fit to be Slaves?

"Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves. I do not contradict him. But I reject slavery because I see no men fit to be masters." -C.S. Lewis Those parts of your life you do not surrender to your owner are the parts most vulnerable to attack from the enemy.


E31 – Becoming a Praying Disciple Maker

Do we know a lot about prayer, or do we pray a lot? Is prayer an afterthought, or does prayer define our spiritual walk? Prayer is a discipline I know I need to grow in. What about you? Referenced in the podcast: British evangelist - Gypsy Smith (1860-1947). Here are two places you can learn more about his ministry. and


E30 – 4 Essential Practices for Cross-Cultural Disciple Making

Did you realize that if you have been following Jesus for more than two years you are no longer the same culture as your unbelieving neighbor? In fact, while we often think of cross-cultural disciple making as involving people from different countries, there are actually all kinds of different cultures everywhere... even in your hometown. What are some of the key practices necessary to be able to successfully make disciples cross-culturally? In this podcast, we have put together 4...


E29 – Disciple Makers Love Their Enemies

One of Jesus' most famous commands is to "love our enemies." Do we dare obey such an unusual command? Do we dare disobey it? Today in America it is election day. So, in that vein, we'll talk some about our political enemies, and how we can obey Jesus' command to love our enemies. In the podcast I mentioned several things by Carl Medearis. Below are some links you can use to watch some of his talks. I highly recommend the following.


E28 – 4 Tips for Frustrated Disciple Makers

Have you ever felt like you were the only one who cared about something, such as Disciple Making, in your church? Here are 4 tips for those of you who find yourself frustrated. Whether you are frustrated with your church, frustrated with the people you are discipling, or just frustrated with everything, these tips will help you evaluate what you need to do and help get you back on a productive track.


DW Short 02 – Jesus Perspective on Refugees

Is there a Biblical perspective on refugees? What would Jesus say about them? What should you and I do as followers of Jesus in regard to refugees? On the podcast, I didn't mention Matthew 25:31-46, but it is the next logical passage to consider after Matthew 2:13-18. Other passages we should consider as we weigh our response and perspectives on refugees are: Meditate on Luke 6:27 if you think refugees are our enemies. Meditate of Luke 10:26-37 if you think they are not our enemies, but...


E27 – 7 Questions To Ask the People You Disciple

Here are 7 questions I (James) like to ask when I am discipling someone. On the show, I talk a little more about the components of a meeting with people you are discipling, as well as fleshing out the importance of each of these questions. How have you been lately? How are you? How is your family? Have you had any difficulties or something that stressed you out since we last met? Alternate question: In what ways has Satan been trying to attack you this week? (I don't use this one often...


E26 – Watering the Seeds of Healing

What do you do when you, or the person you are discipling needs healing? We all know that only God can bring real healing, but what can we do to water the seeds of healing that God has planted there? In this episode, we are talking about counseling. Sometimes we give it, other times we need to receive it, and still other times a professional counselor can be very useful at helping bring emotional and spiritual healing. To some people, getting counseling is like admitting they are weak or...


E25 – Stop Praying Stupid Prayers and other disciple making resources

In this episode, we wanted to share some other disciple making resources. As John Kelsey mentioned a few weeks ago it really does take a village to make a disciple. I (James) wanted to share with you some of the other resources I use. Also, I wanted to talk about something I heard on "Revitalize and Replant" about praying stupid prayers and how we can pray powerful prayers instead. There are lots of resources. Here are some I like. - Sign up for the National Disciple...


E24 – Being Teachable and Finding People to Disciple in Your Church – Kevin Braddock

Today we're speaking with Kevin Braddock about being teachable and about finding people to disciple in his church. Kevin has been discipled and has been discipling people for 20 years. He also has one mentor who has been discipling him for 10 years. Kevin shares some very practical things he does in order to remain teachable. He also shares some of the ways he goes about finding people to disciple in his church and the ways he uses his time in church intentionally. Listen up, and you can...


E23 – John Kelsey on Developing Generations of Intentional Disciplemakers (part 2)

Today we are continuing our talk with John Kelsey on the things necessary to develope multiple generations of intentional disciple makers. You can see his entire post below. Today, we will be focusing on the last 3 points. And, by the way, you need to rely a lot more on the Holy Spirit than you do right now. JOHN’S POST I really thought that I had a robust understanding of intentional disciplemaking. You can't spend 26 years around Max and Sandra Barnett as a student and staff member...


Bonus episode – Todd Tillman on discipling daughters

When I interviewed Todd earlier this summer, we found ourselves discussing what it was like to disciple his daughters. It didn't fit in the discussion we were having for that episode, so I saved it as a bonus episode for now. Other episodes with Todd: Episode 16 Todd Tillman - Disciple making with a full time job - Part 1 Episode 17 Todd Tillman - Disciple making with a full time job - Part 2


E 22 – John Kelsey on Developing Generations of Intentional Disciplemakers (part 1)

A while back, I was on Facebook and saw a really well thought out post from John Kelsey on the struggles and challenges of developing multiple generations of intentional disciple makers. It was so good, I invited John on the podcast to flesh out his points a little more. You can see his entire post below. JOHN’S POST I really thought that I had a robust understanding of intentional disciplemaking. You can't spend 26 years around Max and Sandra Barnett as a student and staff member without...


E21 – Reconciliation – Obeying the Commands of Jesus

Go and be reconciled with your brother. It's not an easy command to obey, but it is an important one. In obedience, we find peace and joy. In this episode Dave shares about a recent experience where he needed to reconcile with his neighbors.


E20 Teaching them to Obey: The Commands of Jesus Matt 11:28-30

Jesus commanded us in the Great Commission to teach them to obey everything he had commanded. Today we are starting a new series about the different commands of Jesus and how we can apply them to our lives. How do we be better disciples? How do we help our people be better disciples through obedience? This won't be an ongoing series that happens every week, but it will be something that we come back to from time to time as we examine different commands of Jesus and wrestle with how to obey...


E19 – Are we teaching the Bible or are we teaching about the Bible?

The Bible is the foundational Word of God, but are we actually teaching it to people or are we just teaching them about it? Are we leading them in a process of learning to hear from God as they read His Word, or are we just teaching them knowledge about the Bible? If we are, where is our proof? If we cannot point to where we can see evidence of them applying the word of God in their lives and being changed, then maybe we need to reevaluate how we are teaching the Bible.


Cigarettes in the church parking lot – Deep Water Short

Something to chew on today. Go and be a disciple this week. Go and make a disciple this week.


E18 – 4 Misconceptions about the Great Commission and Disciple Making

If the Great Commission is one of Jesus' greatest commands you can be sure it is one the enemy will try to confuse you about. Here are 4 misconceptions that might be keeping you from fully obeying Jesus' command to make disciples.