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Something personal from Portland


The last few weeks, our family traveled from Portland, OR to Portland, ME. Yep, West Coast to East. Next week, our family will be in our 50th U.S. state together. Wow… What a ride. We had several strategic stops on this last trip.  There are deeply encouraging stories about people encountering Jesus. For now, I wanted to share something more personal… I […]

Less lecture, more modeling please!

Erik DiscipleX Colorado Springs

We all need inspiring messages sometimes. But when it comes to reproducing leaders, “lectures” are the absolute least effective way of helping people transform and remember a set of skills or information. Check out this learning pyramid: Jesus was brilliant. He modeled and interacted with those he trained for leadership.  And he sent them out to immediately teach what they […]

20 Second Teachings of Jesus (II)

Nick, 20 Second Teachings of Jesus

85% of people I encounter (even strangers) are willing to listen to a short teaching about Jesus. Most people are spiritually hungry — even if they’re averse to religion. Jesus came to show us an entirely new way of doing life – for our days on earth and for eternity. His way is good news for everybody! This week, I […]

Jesus is such a great conversation starter

Authentic conversation

Years ago, I learned a phrase that helped me become more effective at introducing others to Jesus: “Measure conversations, not conversions.” I soon realized that conversations lead to conversions (other people beginning to follow Jesus). Have you ever noticed how many times God asks questions of people in the scriptures? Jesus is such a great conversation starter. Conversations were […]

20 Second Teachings of Jesus

20 Second Teachings of Jesus

Throughout my travels, I encounter thousands of people who want to share Jesus with their friends, but simply don’t know a way to start. We love Jesus, but let’s face it. A lot of us have forgotten how to simply share about Jesus while being relatable to people. A lot of our “evangelistic” methods are […]