30 Day Quiet Time Challenge

A few of the twenties being equipped in the DFW Nav20s Disciple-making Training

A few of the twenties being equipped in the DFW Nav20s Disciple-making Training

God changed my life one day through a daily quiet time with Him when He showed me in 2 Corinthians 12:9…

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Ever sense then I have seen His power and love flow through my life, not despite of my weakness, Cerebral Palsy but through His power being made perfect in my weakness.

We, in the DFW Nav20s  firmly believe that the intimacy we have with Jesus through spending time with Him overflows right where each follower of Jesus lives, works and plays throughout your city!

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing….But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.” – ‭‭John‬ ‭15:5, 7-8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We want to invite you and your friends to join us in the 30-day Quiet Time Challenge!  To ignite your quiet time, click here and read 5 ways to ignite your quiet time. E-mail stories here of how God moved in and through you and your friend through your 30 days with Jesus. James 4:8 promises: “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.”  Share with a friend.

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Celebrate Freedom!!!

Happy 4th of July!

FreedomThis Fourth of July, I’m thinking about when I  went to Washington D.C. for the first time. What stood out to me the most about the history of our nation is that the tallest statue in our nation’s capital, which is full of hundreds of historic statues, is “Freedom” on top of the U.S. Capitol building. We value freedom so much and I’m thankful for the people who fought for our freedom, and I was wondering, as a nation built on freedom, do we Christians value the true freedom that we have in Christ?

Three Benefits of Community

DFW Nav20s Intention Discipleship Communities

 As the DFW Nav20s Community expands (over ninety twenties), there’s more opportunity for you to be known: to thrive in Christ-centered community; to be equipped and mobilized in the Great Commission “right where YOU are”. Here are three attributes of a DFW Nav20s Intentional Discipleship Community (IDC).  There are three IDCs all over the DFW and another one about to be launched    Also, here are 3 benefits of anyone living in intentional discipleship community

1. Mission – the Nav20s encourages a young professional in their God-given mission. This is the mission that Jesus empowers  all followers of Christ with:  “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28: 19-20).  In other words, living and discipling among the lost, where you work, live and play. I often share it in this way: Inviting people to live life with you as you live life following Jesus among community.  Who encourages you in living out this mission in your life?
2. Intentionality – Jesus was intentional with everyone He met. The culture we live in bends towards individualism with a deep longing for community. The Nav20s provides intentionality to a young professional,  encouraging him or her to live out their God-given purpose glorifying Jesus with their  God-given gifts, passions and experiences. Who are you being intentional with?  Here Paul is intentional with Timothy equipping Timothy to be intentional with those in his  sphere of influence: “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2).
3. Purpose – God has given us all the purpose to know Christ and to make Him known. Yet Nav20sSHIRTwithout encouragement and reminders of this purpose we can get sidetracked; even I do as a minister. In the Nav20s, we constantly remind each other of our purpose.  “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24).  How are you striving to know Jesus more and make Him known and being reminded of this daily?
I hope this gives you a better understanding of how the Nav20s serves young professionals. But also this reminded me of how I can serve people I know…
In what ways did this remind you of how you can serve people God has put in your life? (Comment on this blog)

3 Ways The Father Honors His Son

Happy Father's Day!!!

I posted this beforeFullSizeRender but I think it is fitting to repost this to encourage you on Father’s Day:
Marissa and I recently have been part of an incredible parenting class with our church.  This week we learned that daughters have an innate need for security and sons, like men, have a need to be honored.  So I asked God to show me how to honor Oliver.  Then I asked God, “How did you honor your son, Jesus?”
In the beginning of 2015, I encouraged my friends and 20s to choose a character trait of God to explore more this year.  Since I’m about to be a dad, I chose God’s character trait of a father and asked God to show me His Father characteristics.   He answered my prayer and showed me in His Word three impacting ways God the Father honored His Son Jesus:
 1 The Father lets His Son know He is pleased with him.
     Notice that God did not tell His Son why He is pleased with Him,  nor did The Father share what actions Jesus did to please him.  Jesus’ Dad simply was pleased with Him because of who He is, His identity, being His Son:
“And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’” – Mark 1:11
2 The Father gives His Son away for a God-given purpose.
     God did not smother nor was He over-protective of His Son, Jesus.  In fact, the Father honored His son by giving Him away! Not just for any reason but for His God-given purpose, to redeem humans back to Himself:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”  – John 3:16
3 The Father lets His Son be involved in what He is doing.
     We’ve all heard of the dad who makes himself too busy to be with son.  And if his son tries to be involved with what his hero, his dad is doing,  the dad shrugs and tells his son to get out of the way.  But God, the Heavenly Father, never did this to his son but quite the opposite.  Because the Heavenly Father loved and honored Jesus, He let Jesus be involved in what the Father was doing:
 “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” – John 5:19
What a Heavenly Dad!  This spurs me on to honor my son, Oliver!  I’m going to continually let Oliver know I am please with “who” he is.  I’m not going to suffocate his destiny but release Him in His God-given purpose.  Oliver is my second ministry under my marriage.  I will strive to never do anything to make Oliver feel like he is in my way, rather I will welcome him to be part of my calling in life.
What other ways may we show boys honor?  Feel free to carry on the conversation.