Category Archives of : Character

THE ESSENCE OF TRANSFORMATION

What is Transformation? Jesus graciously empowers us to become like Him. He also expects us to become like Him. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son. Romans 8:29 But, what does that transformation look like? What is the definition of a disciple? How do you help […]

The most important disciple-making shift we must make in our lifetime

A man with two sons told the older boy, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ The son answered, ‘No, I won’t go,’ but later he changed his mind and went anyway. Then the father told the other son, ‘You go,’ and he said, ‘Yes, sir, I will.’ But he didn’t go. “Which […]

You are a Masterpiece! (part 1)

We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.  Ephesians 2:10 NLT Masterpiece is not a word most would use to describe themselves.  I can’t imagine many of us looking into the mirror this morning and saying “God, you have […]

Raising up leaders

Raising up leaders to help people find their way back to God

Raising up leaders Helping people find their way back to God is key to Restore Community Church.  Their passion for that mission and growth in that mission is evident in the Kansas City area.  However, like most churches, how do you raise up leaders to come alongside what the leadership is doing so even more […]

Bible Reading & Journaling

Staying Engaged With Bible Reading & Journaling!

Have you had trouble staying engaged with your Bible reading and journaling? Almost every follower of Jesus struggles to maintain the habit of Bible reading and journaling. Unfortunately, when the Bible reading and journaling decline, so goes the ability to sense God’s presence and guidance. From my experience, having a specific goal and having some […]

Pray BIG… obey small

For years I have been afraid to pray big prayers.  I was a “safe” pray-er.  When people would encourage me to pray BIG there was always a bit of a check in my guts that I couldn’t really understand.  It stopped me short of really going for it.  Well, it stopped me MOST of the […]

identity

Finding your identity in Christ

Your Identity People find their identity in a variety of things these days.  Some would say it is their occupation, others would say their role in their family and still others may talk about the cause that they are a part of.  If you have found your identity in Christ however, you have opened up […]

winning with accountability

Winning with Accountability

Winning With Accountability Spiritual development requires honest and helpful accountability. Most of us, however, have difficulty developing this vulnerable spiritual habit. Pride, guilt, and shame, accompanied by our tendency to avoid conflict, inhibit our ability to develop meaningful accountability. Like anything else of great value, accountability is worth the effort required to develop it. I […]

Called to the Dinner Table

“Called” to the dinner table?

From a calling in the corporate world to being “called” to the dinner table Darren had a heart for his family and was trying his best to figure out how to love and serve them.   He also had a zeal to climb the corporate ladder.  Which would win?  Listen in as he shares how […]

LegalismVsSpiritualHabits

Legalism and Consistent Spiritual Habits: Not the Same

I believe many followers of Jesus mistakingly lump a commitment to consistent spiritual disciplines into the pejorative pool of legalism. Unfortunately, dismissing these proven habits as “legalistic” causes these believers to unwittingly miss out on significant spiritual growth. I believe a right-sized understanding of legalism, accompanied by a proper motivation to embrace the habits for […]