Discipleship #004: Imitating Love

Bottlenose dolphins imitate each other in order to learn to hunt, and it is said that Japanese monkeys began washing potatoes after seeing humans washing them. We too imitate each other, be it to acquire language, traditions, skills or any other kind of behavior. But as Disciples of Christ we are called to do a special kind of imitating. One that does not only involves observing and replicating behavior of a perfect being, but one that requires a departure of self and being born anew to restore God’s image in us. C.S. Lewis puts it like this in Mere Christianity, “the son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” In today’s post, we will talk about the characteristic of love and the several behaviors it entails, behaviors which we should strive to imitate, or better said, adopt into our lives. We will be looking at Biblical models and our everyday, modern day people who are fellow Christian disciples not only by name but by action.

Love as a Behavior

The mark that distinguishes a disciple of Jesus from others is the mark of love. Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35). However, the love Jesus speaks about and shows us through his life is not merely a quiet, secret abstract feeling—it is a behavior. No matter how much our hearts and intentions are “filled” with love, if there is no visible action, if there is no fruit, then it cannot be called love. Like any other behavior then, love is imitable.

1.  Receiving

There are 4 forms of behavior we can consider as love. The first one is receiving. Often times we think love is all about giving, but the first step to love is knowing how to receive. Receiving asks for humility; it is an acknowledgement of need and weakness. Without knowing how to receive, it is easy to become condescending and prideful when giving. Usefulness becomes mistaken with honor and worth, when true worth is supposed to be found in Christ and not in one’s own deeds or other men’s words. From the Bible: When Nicodemus, an important Pharisee, approached Jesus with questions, he left his social status and pride aside and went with a listening heart to receive Jesus’ teaching (John 3:1-21) From our world: When deacon Young went to Peru in a mission team, he went with the intention of teaching basic engineering and helping out the hope zones. When he arrived there, he experienced the difficulties of not knowing the language. He received the aid of translators, he received the patient smiles of the natives, and he received the blessings and prayers of everyone there.

2.  Serving

The second behavior, is one we are familiar more with: serving. A servant focuses more on the needs of others than his own. We are to serve not only the poor and needy but the people right next to us, and not once in a while for a volunteering program, but every day. Can you imagine? If everyone served each other every day instead of their own selves, there would be no lack, no hate. From the Bible: Jesus washing his disciples’ feet is the iconic image of servitude. Note that it was not only those who were poor, blind, lame, and sick whom he served but also the people who were close to him and followed him. He washed their feet to give them a clearer idea and example of what servitude entails, but he also cared for their everyday need of food and water (John 13:1-17; Matt.14.13-21). From our world: Esther was only a twelve year old when she met a rowdy boy with a broken home at her school. One day, everyone was tasked with washing their own indoor slippers. The boy refused to do them, but Esther took on to herself to wash it for him.

3.  Forgiving

Thirdly, love is forgiving. Jesus commanded us to love your enemies and forgive them. There is nothing remarkable about loving back those who love you already or forgiving someone once or twice; anyone can do that. But loving those who do not love you, those who might even hate you, and forgiving them again and again, perhaps for the same things, is a sign of holiness. As the saying goes, to err is human; to forgive, divine. From the Bible: Jesus died on the cross for sinners who could not stop sinning. The words “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34) are words of a superior being, who could love despite the hate that surrounded him. From our world: Ruth was bullied during the beginning of her middle school years. At the end of it, however, one of the bullies, fell apart from her group. Worried that she might be lonely, instead of being resentful of the past, Ruth befriended her, and even now they are good friends.

4.  Sharing

Finally, love is sharing. By sharing, we mainly mean the proclaiming of the gospel of salvation. This is not a treasure that diminishes as we give out, but one that increases and expands the more we share. When we truly love, we begin to naturally wish to share anything good we possess. When we share, however, it is essential to let the joy of the good news take over while being considerate about other people’s feelings. It usually happens that we become either too self-conscious or overly imposing when evangelizing. From the Bible: The moment Jesus was born, angels appeared to shepherds sharing the good news. After seeing the baby with their own eyes, the shepherds rushed to the city and spread the word and glorified God. (Luke 2:8-20) From our world: There is a mother in Congo, who every time she gets on a taxi, brings up the subject of Jesus. She is not afraid of the driver’s reaction, and she does not judge nor force her opinion on them; she simply asks intelligent questions and listens to theirs. There are no insignificant actions when it comes to love. Maybe compared to Bible characters, the loves of the people of our world seem smaller, less impactful, but they are in no way less meaningful than them. We may be weak, afraid of being taken advantage of, confused, but with the guidance of the Jesus and the Spirit, and the power of God, love can be enacted, no matter in what scale or time. Thomas A Kempis, a man who wrote a whole book regarding the imitation of Christ, said, “Without love, the outward work is of no value; but whatever is done out of love, be it never so little, is wholly fruitful. For God regards the greatness of the love that prompts a man, rather than the greatness of his achievement.” They say that married couples start to not only act but look alike over the years, because they live every day watching over each other and picking up behaviors and expressions. Just like this, let us love Christ and become more like him, loving God and loving others in heart and action.

Start a Fire in Your Heart


In our busy and hectic lives, it is easy to get lost in the problems of our lives. How can we focus on growing in our faith in such a crazy world?

Rochelle Frazier is a small-town Mississippi woman who is focused on lighting fires in the hearts of women who are looking for God. By teaching to seek, love and follow Him, Rochelle empowers women through her speaking, writing and attitude towards life.

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Discipleship #003: The Church

As educated Christians, we have often heard that a church is not merely a building. However, when we refer to a “church,” we still point at an ensemble of solid, concrete walls and elevated ceilings with a cross on top. For practical purposes, it is not wrong to do so. But this image is so ingrained into our minds that the practical definition of “church” as a building is more prevalent than the original definition of “church” as a gathering of Disciples.

Consider this: in the past, some churches were but houses of Christians, who offered their place up for worship and prayer. Even now, in different third-world countries, some churches start out as small, plain buildings made out of adobe bricks and bare grounds where Disciples of Christ meet. So what is a church?

A church is neither a building nor us. It is us in Christ. As A.W. Tozer puts it in Man: The Dwelling Place of God, “One hundred religious persons knit into unity by careful organization do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.” And that Life we know as God.

The purpose of the church is then the purpose of the disciples that conform it: to be a place of discipleship, that is, to be disciples and make disciples together. This is how through the church, Jesus continues to live and give out the good news to the world.

Structure

One of the widely used Bible verses to describe how the structure of a church should look like is Corinthians 12:12-13.

12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves[a] or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

Paul used the image of a living body instead of an inanimate machine for a reason. It was to show that a church should function organically, not mechanically. And indeed, in the passage of One Body with Many Member, Paul’s image of the church as the body of Christ deals with living, unique disciples working united in Christ.

But Paul was not the only one who used the image of the human body to show the value of an individual and the strength of togetherness. One of Aesop’s fables tells the story of the belly and the members. And this is how it goes:

One fine day it occurred to the Members of the Body that they were doing all the work and the Belly was having all the food. So they held a meeting, and after a long discussion, decided to strike work till the Belly consented to take its proper share of the work. So for a day or two, the Hands refused to take the food, the Mouth refused to receive it, and the Teeth had no work to do. But after a day or two the Members began to find that they themselves were not in a very active condition: the Hands could hardly move, and the Mouth was all parched and dry, while the Legs were unable to support the rest. So thus they found that even the Belly in its dull quiet way was doing necessary work for the Body, and that all must work together or the Body will go to pieces.

In both Paul’s letter and Aesop’s fable, each part of the human body has a different function in contributing to the health of the whole. They are interdependent and definitely not self-sufficient. The church and its members are no different. As members of the church, we have different gifts we can use for the church, and we need each other to help each other in our brokenness and loneliness.

But in Aesop’s fable, there is no mention of the head. And perhaps it is the exact absence of this character in the story that the strike of the members happens. In the church, every member’s movement is able to become functional and work in harmony thanks to the coordination and guidance of the head, Jesus Christ. Without the head or without obeying the head, we would be as lost as the members of Aesop’s fable before they found out they had to work together.

3 Ways a Church Should Treat Its Disciples

We have said that the church is a place of discipleship. It is up to the church to foment discipleship and maintain a loving community of disciples. But how do we do that? How should we treat our disciples? Here are three great ways to consider:

  • Like Sons and Daughters: Paul was a great example of intimate involvement, and tender and disciplined love. In 1 Thessalonians 2 he writes that he did not only share the gospel but his life (v8), and in a similar fashion, missionaries dedicate themselves in sharing a life with the people of their new home shoulder to shoulder. Like both of them, we are not to act like distant supervisors to each other, but like a gentle “nursing mother caring for her little children” (v7) and “as a father deals with his children” (v11) by constantly encouraging, disciplining, and teaching each other our trades as disciples right next to them.
  • Like Siblings: When Paul writes to the church of Philippi, he addresses them as if they were family, calling them brothers and sisters. He urges them to think the same, love each other, and be united and humble (Philippians 2.1-4). In his commentary Paul for Everyone: The Prison Letters, N.T. Wright writes that even in the midst of theological differences, resentments, variations in worship style, leadership style, and different personalities, Paul promoted a sense of belonging that should be found in the love for Christ and the gospel. Like a family united by blood ties, Paul shows that church members are united by Christ ties.
  • Like Individuals: This is a tricky one. In order to encourage discipleship, churches often engage in different practices such as bible studies, small groups, conferences, retreats, and out-reach programs. However, at one point we have started to rely on them to make disciples, as we would rely on a paper machine to mass produce sheets of papers out of living trees. It becomes all about making people complete tasks rather than the people themselves. It is essential to create programs tailored for intelligent, feeling individuals.  The nail clipper was made for the hand, not the other way around. So Bible studies? Instead of simply selecting a random book to study, let us discuss our spiritual needs and find something matching. Small groups? Let us not end them in answering prescribed questions but get to know each other’s lives through genuine interest. Retreats? Let us focus less on being on schedule and remember to build unity and community more than anything. Outreach? Let us see it less as a program but as an act of love for people.

There many other things to consider when it comes to the church. It is, after all, a complex, living thing. But what we need to remember is this: Without Christ there would be no disciples, and without those disciples there would be no church. In the very beginning and at the very end of it, the church is not really about the church. It is about Christ.

 

Michigan Area Discipleship Survey Results: 7 Things You Need To Know!

Thanks again to all who participated in Michigan Area UMC Discipleship Survey!  The results are in and we’re excited to share them with you.

So, here’s what we found …

1.  Keep it small and manageable.

The average size of small groups is 10 people and each church has an average of 7 small groups it conducts.

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2.  Innovation and Training aren’t just suggestions.

Only 13% of Bible Studies are viewed as being excellent.  Most of us are only moderately satisfied.  Resources used and group leader quality can make or break an experience.  It’s worth it to put in the time to find the best resources for your group and to train leaders to effectively develop discipleship.

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3.  Book studies are the way to go.

Studying a book of the Bible or a certain topic are great, but having a guide book and supplemental resources can heighten the learning and community experience.  Often the accompanying narrative allows readers to find themselves in the story and identify with the discipleship process.

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4.  Keep it regular.

Groups tend to meet weekly for about an hour or hour and a half.  This usually happens in the middle of the week in the evening.  This consistency provides accountability, a chance for in-depth learning and fellowship, and a respect for the hectic schedules we all tend to have.

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5.  Remember to be multi-modal!

The best learning engages multiple senses and is tailored to different learning styles.  The studies that are most preferred are those that come with DVDs and guidebooks.  There’s something here for everyone!

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6.  It’s good to know.

Collaboration with other churches, curriculum experts, and small group leaders allows you to stay up to date and to make educated decisions about which resources to use.

7.  We want you to be in the loop.

We compiled a list of the top resources being used by Michigan area UMC churches right now:

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Thanks for helping us help you.  We’ll be conducting similar surveys for other states and denominations soon!
If you need anything along this journey of discipleship, we’re here for you.  Reach out to us with questions/comments/feedback at  contact@goodberry.net.

 

Change IS Possible

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As a speaker, teacher, and personal coach, Rachel has a mission to help people find their focus and renew their minds. Rachel’s books are a resource for looking into what you can do to take your next step in your faith journey.

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John Eldredge

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Discipleship #002: Discipline

Ever wondered why the words disciple and discipline sound similar? This is because while “discipline” comes from the latin disciplina, which means “instruction given, teaching, learning, knowledge,” the word “disciple” comes from discipulus, which means “object of instruction, knowledge, science, military discipline.” Thus, a disciple refers to someone who is disciplined.

If Michael Phelps, as an Olympic swimmer, swam an average of 6 hours per day, 6 days per week despite having been diagnosed with ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) as a child, we ought to consider what discipline should look like for us.  As disciples of Christ, we must also have a dedicated approach to growing our spirituality.

Discipline is an extremely important element in every Christian’s spiritual growth. For one, it provides direction, as it allows you to focus on Christ and be like him. Stephen Eyre writes in his book Spiritual Disciplines, “More lies behind the beauty and swiftness of a sailboat than the wind that fills its sails. Discipline is required to keep it on course. The same is true of your spiritual life.”

Secondly, the different activities are mediums that can nurture you. They are essential, just like your three daily meals. You may not remember exactly what you ate a week ago and that food may be long gone by now, but what matters is that it has been digested. It is that food and the food you have kept eating until now that has nourished you, strengthened you, and pushed you forward.

In today’s post we will talk about one of the spiritual disciplines that goes by the name of Quiet Time (QT). QT is a time shared between a disciple and Jesus, and it traditionally involves two other spiritual disciplines: Scripture reading and praying.

Scripture Reading

As Christians we believe that every word in the Bible had been inspired by God, and we take it as our standard of truth. If we had to compare it to any other book it would be to a textbook, a holy textbook of sorts that has everything important you need to know in order to lead a righteous life filled of servitude.

Following the idea of the Bible as a textbook, the Bible should be read in alertness and be studied, not simply skimmed through. The Psalmist writes that our delight should be in the law of the Lord and we should meditate on it day and night like a tree which yields fruit in season (Psalm 1:2-3). In other words, we must love the word, for delight is found in love. When studying, we must ponder on the message it is trying to convey and its meaning while opening our hearts and mind to the Holy Spirit. And we must apply it to our lives, that is, produce fruits. Ask ourselves how does the message relates to us? What is similar? What is different? How should we act from now on?

There are different methods of reading and studying the Bible, amongst them the inductive method. However, for now we will leave it to examine it in more detail another time.

Praying

Brother Lawrence once said in The Practice Of The Presence Of God, “There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God.” It is true, because prayer is but an honest conversation with God, a two-way street in which God meets us halfway through Jesus. Us praying is a way of showing our faith.

You may have heard the four types of prayer that match the acronym ACTS: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication. However, there are also different forms of praying. Sometimes prayer consists of speaking in tongues or of fragmented and incomplete sentences. Sometimes it is wordless and is a humble laying down of emotions, like Hannah’s (Samuel 1). Other times, it is a song or a poem, a psalm, a holy sonnet.

Practical Tips

Being disciplined is not easy. To build a good habit takes time, a committed mind and heart, and, well, help. So here we have some practical tips that may aid you in making out of QT or any other spiritual discipline into a daily habit.

  • Put it into your schedule: Treat your QTs as an appointment you have with a friend, the kind you would write down in your agenda or to-do list. Set time aside in advance instead of making out of it a when-I-feel-like-it kind of thing. If a friend gets happy when you are intentional about meeting him, think of how it would please the Lord if you pull away from the busyness of your life to rendezvous with him.

  • Start Small: Psychologists say that if you get a person to agree to a modest request first, there is a higher chance of getting them to agree to a larger request later. They call this the Foot-in-the-door (FITD) technique, and if it works on others, it can applied to yourself as well. Start with 5 to 10 minutes of daily QT. The time will increase naturally and gradually, maybe even without you noticing it, as you mature in your faith and your love grows fonder. The important thing is to start and put that foot in the door. One day, that door will open wide. (For more psychological jinxes on how to create or break habits watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CojSlsMwDOg)

  • Pray: It might be strange to say to pray so you may pray in your QTs, but as we said previously, prayer is but an honest conversation with God. If you do not feel the desire to do your QT a certain morning, you may pray about it— tell God all about it. King David’s psalms were not only songs of praise and joy, but some of them were also full of calling, questioning, grief, and sometimes even anger.

  • Be Persistent: There will be days you will miss doing your QT. Things happen. However, not letting that one day snowball on you and discourage you from re-picking the activity up is important.  Do not succumb to guilt or embarrassment and simply quit. God knows about the frailty of human will and sent Jesus Christ in love. You must have courage and faith to accept grace. So if you missed QT once, twice, or even more, simply move on and do your QT that day.

  • Make It Your Own: Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking that our QTs must be like the QTs of the people we look up to (Saint Augustine! My pastor! Jesus!) or our peers. However, just as we do not walk the same way or pace, just as some hop, others swag, some run, and others drag their feet, we must individualize our QTs in a way we will find them, not bothersome or chore-like, but enjoyable. QTs are after all a personal time with God, someone who loves you and understands the way you are.

  • Start today!

Spiritual disciplines are definitely a core part of discipleship, QT being only one of them. Even Jesus had QTs with God as specified in Mark 1:35. And if Jesus found it necessary, how much more necessary must it be for us?

But even when they are necessary, no one can force you into them. It is up to you. Writer Annie Dillard puts it like this in Teaching a Stone to Talk: “You do not have to do these things—unless you want to know God. They work on you, not on Him. You do not have to sit outside in the dark. If, however, you want to look at the stars, you will find that darkness is necessary.”

Spiritual disciplines. Let us then practice them not only out of necessity but out of our love for the stars.

 

Discipleship #001: To Be & Make Disciples

Goodberry’s mission is to help brothers and sisters be disciples and make disciples.  We’re excited to introduce to you a brand new blog post series that will explore the concept of discipleship. To say we intend to make out of this a comprehensive guide to discipleship might be a stretch, but we present this project in the hope that it may be a starting spark or a handy lamp in your spiritual growth.

To kick-off, a good understanding about the concept of discipleship is due. What is discipleship? A state of being? A mentality? An identity? Let’s take a look at the definition.  “Discipleship” is “the position of a disciple” and a “disciple” is

1. a. One who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another.

b. An active adherent, as of a movement or philosophy.

2. often Disciple One of the original followers of Jesus.

3. Disciple A member of the Disciples of Christ.

In general terms then discipleship seems to consist of a dual role: being a disciple and discipling.

Being a disciple

Taking this idea into a Christian context, being a disciple means to be a follower of Christ. The twelve disciples of Jesus immediately come into mind, and not without good reason. But what was it that which made them be called disciples?

When Jesus was teaching at the lake of Gennesaret and asked Simon to let down his nets into deep water, there were other fishermen aside from Simon, James, and John. However, what distinguished these three from the others was that when they saw the miracle they responded to Jesus’ call. Luke 5:11 reads that “They pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.” They left everything.  Everything meaning their jobs, their houses, their families, and their identities as fishermen of fish, husbands, and fathers, for the new identity of “disciple.”

This denial of self and the taking up of the cross is a foundational characteristic in a disciple. Greg Ogden explains in his book Discipleship Essentials that the denial of self does not imply a denial of self-worth, individuality, or one’s right to happiness, but a denial of “self-lordship.” In other words, the disciple freely abandons his current way of life in obedience to Christ, all in the wish to be molded into the person God wants him to be. The giving up of oneself to find oneself and true life has always been a complicated theological paradox to explain, but in a sense, it is just like the miracle Peter, James, and John experienced; it is extraordinary but very real.

Being a disciple does not end here. Responding to the call is just the first step. After Jesus chose his twelve disciples, he entrusted them with numerous activities. He wanted them to learn, and he gave them authority so they would drive out demons and cure illnesses. Above all, he entrusted them with the task of proclaiming the kingdom of God. As with the disciples in the Bible, discipleship proves to be more than a static identity but a way of life, which takes us to the second and yet more active part of discipleship: discipling.

Discipling

Discipling, the act of making disciples, is born out of the desire to share one’s faith to others. Like a child with a treasure map who is driven to share it with his loved ones and friends, when one truly understands the joy enclosed in the good news of salvation, it is hard to contain. It must be shared or it will burst.

Experienced people will tell you that discipling is a tactful art. The good news must not be thrown onto people like stones but carefully seeded and cared for. An intimate, intentional, and constant relationship with one’s disciples is needed in order to encourage and challenge them to grow toward maturity in Christ.

In the children’s book The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, a boy realizes that what distinguishes his rose from the other roses in earth is the time and care he poured onto it. He also realizes that because of this bond, he was responsible for it. Jesus chose twelve disciples and poured himself into them; he did not mass produced them only to touch the surface of their hearts. The apostle Paul did not take in Timothy as his pupil nor did he plant churches to forget about them later; he constantly sent them letters, so many in fact that there are thirteen books of them in the New Testament.

Speaking of those who practiced discipling, the best example we have is indeed Jesus. Jesus was the expert. He was an impeccable model, who inspired his disciples to imitate him. He taught about God using his perfect knowledge of the Bible and parables, he trusted his disciples with many activities (which we mentioned before), and he prayed for them and listened when they reported their experiences. And finally, he sent them forth saying, “19 go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Discipleship is not easy. Jesus never promised his disciples a rosy journey full only of sunshine and smiles. Therefore, in order to keep growing spiritually and practice discipleship one must be disciplined and intentional about it. There are practices that will help you to grow. Practices that sometimes may seem small and insignificant, but which with time prove their importance and meaning in life. Let us then keep reading the Bible, persist on our devotionals, seek out for quiet times with God, pray ceaselessly, question constantly not for the sake of cynicism but discernment and wisdom, imitate Christ, and above all, love God, the selves God has given us, and our neighbors.

None of this must be done alone. Company is a blessing in the journey of discipleship. Churches can help you engage in different services and practices. They can connect you to Bible studies and small groups (triads/quads, one-on-ones, larger groups), conferences, retreats, opportunities to volunteer and evangelize, and a loving community.

We’re prepared to equip you.

We, Goodberry, want to support you as much as we can in this journey. We can provide you with array of tools and resources that could serve as a springboard or help create context in the process of discipleship.  Discipleship is a big subject— more intricate and complex than what we often imagine. We have but grazed upon its definition; there are still many more caverns left to explore. As we go on with this series of discipleship, however, we want to cover as many related topics we can. We want to further explore with you how churches view discipleship, strategies and models of how to be a good disciple and how to disciple, pitfalls to watch out for, and more.

There are many things to learn and to do in this adventure called “discipleship.” So, Let us set off!

Goodberry Discipleship Survey

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Goodberry Discipleship Survey – April 2014

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Jesus Plus Nothing

Andrew Farley serves as the Lead Pastor of Ecclessia: Church Without Religion.  Seems like an oxymoron, right?  Well, not exactly.  You see, Andrew believes that we should keep it simple.  That’s why a mantra he uses is “Jesus plus nothing.”

Andrew has had a rollercoaster of a journey.  In fact, you might not even believe the circumstances he’s been lifted out of.

Be sure to check out the video podcast above to hear more about his story and visit our website to check out Andrew’s books.

 

On Deck:

Be on the lookout for our upcoming episode releases from

Rachel Olsen

Rochelle Frazier

Jenny Simmons

John Eldredge

Eric Samuel Timm

And many more!

Have a guest idea?

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