THRIVE in Christ-Centered Counter-Cultural Community

Summer Disciple-making Training

We’ve launched four Intentional Discipleship Communities among young professionals in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. This is the thriving one in Fort Worth!!! “We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too.” – 1 Thessalonians 3:8

Community is a dying art form in today’s culture.  Do you intend to meet a friend next week and it does not happen for  months? The culture we live in and work schedules that lead the day typically does not cultivate community. We need to be Kingdom-minded and lead our schedules to cultivate community.

This ministry is passionate about living in Christ-centered community. This is why we launched Intentional Discipleship Communities (IDCs) for you throughout the metroplex. If your priority is not living in community now, it probably never will be. Your today impacts your tomorrow. If you do not start living in community today, you probably never will because it will not be a habit:

“And let us consider how to spur one another on to love and good deeds. Let us not neglect meeting together, as some have made a habit, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you seethe Day approaching (Hebrews 10:24-25).”

Don’t die watching Netflix.  Trending today is not committing to times that community gathers. Why? Maybe the false fear that something better might come up.  Maybe being exhausted from work.  When tragedy occurs, community is key. Rest well and foster your community life.  They’re there to carry your burdens:

“Carry one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the Law of Christ.” (Galatans 6:2)

Invite people YOU know “right were YOU live, work and play” to follow Jesus with YOU as you THRIVE in community!

This Saturday, May 6 is the City-wide Gathering with discipleship equipping on cultivating community, intentional friends and a complimentary brunch followed by a 20-minute interest meeting for the 3rd annual Summer Disciple-making Training!  Invite a young professional friend in their twenties or thirties to enjoy this with YOU:

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Your Vocation As Your Ministry

An Average American works an average of 47 hours per week, which equates to nearly six days a week, according to Gallup.  In this growing ministry among young professionals in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, our first pursuit is Christ and intimacy with Him.  This overflows through your vocation through honoring Christ in excellent work and living missional lives at work:

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him…Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” – ‭Colossians‬ ‭3:17, 23-24‬ ‭ESV‬‬
  • What does it look like to honor Christ through your specific career?
  • How do you share Jesus with lost peers at work?
  • How do you team up with disciples of Jesus at your work  to live out the above two questions as a team?

Feel free to comment below.  If you’re a young professional or know one who’d like to be in one of the four Intentional Discipleship Communities we’ve launched around the DFW who are meeting in Dallas, Euless, North Richland Hills and Fort Worth, message me.  These communities are journeying through the above topics together this month and next month.

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3 Ways Marriage Blesses Your Socks Off

Happy 3rd Anniversary, Marissa!!!

Let’s press into marriage!  This is not what culture says

Happy 3rd Anniversary, Marissa! A.K.A. Best 3 years EVER!

culture’s environment does not propel this. But as residence of God’s Kingdom, marriage is something to look forward to and to take action of faith toward. I know you’ve heard me before encourage guys to not wait around but if you know who you want to pursue to marry, do it!  Three years ago on February 23, 2014, I married the love of my life. That week when we set up our joint bank account, the personal banker told us that he is waiting years for marriage until he has a certain amount of money, a house, etc… My wife, who listens to the Holy Spirit well, in her sweet voice reply. “We highly recommend marriage”.  In like-heartedness, here are three ways marriage will bless your socks off:

  1.  You’ll experience Jesus like never before!  When you are single, the blessing is you have  time and an undivided mind to do more for the cause of the Gospel. When you’re married, the covenant of your marriage represents the Gospel and helps you experience and be the Gospel to others: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless (Ephesians 5:25-27).”
  2. Where one is weak, the other is strong!  You probably know this without me even typing it slowly… I’m slow at… well at just about everything I do.  Marissa is the opposite.  She’s the most efficient person i have ever met.  You already know who takes care of the details.  Not me.  I’m a visionary. I struggle with the details.  I meet  people EVERYWHERE I go.  That’s not her. She meets more people through me but she goes deeper with fewer friends.  She teaches me about that through her life.  The wisest man ever lived explains this well:  “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:  If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.  But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).”
  1.  Someone is ALWAYS on your side! When I was single, it was just me. Yes, I had Christian community that would bear some of my burdens.  But day in day out, it was me. I faced oncoming situations with the help of God and community.  Being in tight-knit Christian community now prepares you for marriage. Then when you get married, you join a team.  One plus one equals three. Marissa and I as a team with Jesus leading, there is always someone on her side and on my side in God’s calling that He walks us into. When we’re attacked by Satan or circumstances of life, there is always someone with me to help overcome. Solomon also fleshes this out in his words: “If two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone.  Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:11-12).”
Are you ready to get your socks blessed off?!  Marissa and I really encourage you to press into marriage or if your married, we encourage you to press into the covenant of marriage God blessed you with.  Like Marissa said ever so sweetly: “We highly recommend marriage.”
What does it look like for your to lean into the covenant of marriage? What other blessings do you see in marriage?  Comment and let’s carry on the conversation below.  We’re praying for 20 new monthly supporters this month for the “Heart for the Kingdom” campaign. Please click here, fill in your important monthly amount and click “make this a monthly gift”. Meet, mobilize and multiply with us.  All giving is tax deductible.
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Limitless Love by Raegan Pool

If you have been on this journey with me you know my passion about how: Our story is the Gospel in Living Color.  I met Raegan through the Navigators ministry at the University of North Texas.  Her major is English.  She writes for the UNT newspaper and she leads a Navigator small group Bible study on campus actively making disciples. Her story is compelling and touching.  Without further ado, This is Raegan and her story:

 

...On the mission field of the Univ. of North Texas

If you are a Christian, most of this information is not anything radical. It’s simply a story.

I grew up in a Christian home. I was in church every Sunday morning. I grew up with the concept of God drilled into my head. I could give the perfect answer to any Sunday school question. I knew that I shouldn’t drink, do drugs, cuss, or have sex. I strived my entire life to avoid those things and to live the “perfect” life. I knew that I was suppose to be good and strive to be perfect as God is perfect. But, why? That, I was never taught.

My mother and father divorced when I was in the sixth or seventh grade. I separated myself from my emotions. I told myself their divorce didn’t bother me at all. My dad was rarely home anyways, and he spent the time he was home angry and shouting. Leaving him was for the best. In fact, I was glad it happened. Now, don’t get me wrong. Growing up, I was happy. I had no complaints against my mother or father. Yeah, they weren’t perfect. But, what family is? That’s what family is, right? Loving each other despite each others’ imperfections? I don’t know. My dad was gone, and I didn’t have to worry about it anymore.

Needless to say, my father and I lost contact for the most part. I can count on my fingers and toes the number of times I saw him my sixth or seventh grade year through my junior year of college. August 2007 brought me a new start when I arrived on the University of North Texas campus. By the end of my freshman year, I had done everything “bad” that I promised myself I’d never do. I was ashamed. If God couldn’t love me any longer, then how could anyone ever love me? I sought to fill this void anyway possible. I got nothing. I even tried praying and going to church. Nothing. I knew I was doing wrong and that I should change, but that’s all I knew.

My freshman year I met some people from a campus organization called The Navigators. I went to a few of the Bible studies off and on, but I was usually too busy seeking other things. The next year was basically the same. Except I was desperately trying to change. The end of my sophomore year, I was involved in three Bible studies per week on top of classes and work. This was the first time that I was actively seeking God since high school. I needed an answer to all this head knowledge, but where was God? I sought and sought, and couldn’t feel Him. Something kept me going, though. Something didn’t let me give up. Still, no matter how much I tried, I was never able to break myself of all my bad habits. I hid behind my busyness as my reason for no longer sinning. Consequently, I no longer committed the “major” sins, but I still messed up and felt like running when I did so.

After a long spiritual battle to my junior year, I finally realized the reason I was never able to change before: I was relying on my own strength, when I actually don’t have any strength at all. But, how could I come back after all that I had done? What kind of man would choose to love me? It was a lost hope. This same year I met a young man with whom I had a connection like no other. Over a long phone conversation, he shared his testimony with me, and I shared mine with him. For the first time, I had shared every, single detail of my story. I was completely open.

“And, who could ever love someone like that?” I asked crying silently, waiting nervously for his response on the other end of the phone.

“But even though I’ve done all that, God still loves me and still chooses to call me His daughter,” God answered through the silence.

“Wow!” I thought. “How amazing!” I finally got it.

Once I understood this love, doing good came as a natural response. I simply wanted to do good to please Him because He loves me unconditionally. Through my understanding of this love, also came the understanding of forgiveness—what it truly meant to forgive as God forgives. I contacted my dad asking forgiveness for any bitterness I held against him. He enthusiastically replied seeking forgiveness as well. My relationship with my father is restored, but most importantly my relationship with my Father is restored. To understand that He chose us knowing that we would forsake Him, that He sacrificed Himself for us who are completely broken—what awesome love! Oh, that I may lay down my life for my Father as He has for me.

“BUT NOW thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine” (Isaiah 43:1).

“Behold, WHAT manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God” (1 John 3:1).

Raegan Pool