Category Archives: Purpose Driven

My Purpose Driven Life – Day 19 – Part 1: Cultivating Community

The Purpose Driven Life, on Cultivating community: Community requires commitment. Only the Holy Spirit can create real fellowship between believers, but He cultivates it with the choices and commitments we make … it takes both God’s power and our effort to … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life: – Day 18 – Part 6: Mercy

The Bible is pretty clear about the importance of mercy. Jesus said in Mat 5:7, Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” In Mat 7:1-2, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life: – Day 18 – Part 5: Sympathy

The Purpose Driven Life: In real fellowship, people experience sympathy. Sympathy is not giving advice or offering quick cosmetic help; sympathy is entering in and sharing the pain of others. Sympathy says, “I understand what you are going through and what … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life: 03-26-13 – Day 18 – Part 4: Mutuality

The Purpose Driven Life: In real fellowship, people experience mutuality. Mutuality is the art of giving and receiving. It’s depending on each other. Mutuality is the heart of fellowship: building reciprocal relationships, sharing responsibilities, and helping each other. …all of … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life: – Day 18 – Part 3: Authenticity, part 2

John 3, right after Nicodemus, talks about what happens when the “light of Jesus Christ” comes into the darkness of this world. We don’t know if this is part of the conversation with Nicodemus or a commentary by the author … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life: – Day 18 – Part 3: Authenticity, part 1

The Purpose Driven Life: What is the difference between real and fake fellowship? In real fellowship, people experience authenticity. Authenticity is the exact opposite of what you find in some churches. Instead of an atmosphere of honesty and humility, there is pretending, … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life – a video overview of the discipleship system in use at Saddleback

“My Purpose Driven Life” is a United Methodist understanding of the discipleship system that grew up in a Southern Baptist Church – Saddleback. Here is a 20 minute video which describes how THEIR discipleship system operates. And they describe it … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life: 3/23/13 Saturday – Day 18 – Part 2: size matters

The Purpose Driven Life: When it comes to fellowship, size matters: smaller is better. You can worship with a crowd, but you can’t fellowship with one. Once a group becomes larger than about 10 people, someone stops participating – usually the … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life: 3/22/13 Friday – Day 18 – Part 1: Life is meant to be shared.

The Purpose Driven Life: Life is meant to be shared.  God intends for us to experience life together.  The Bible calls this shared experience fellowship.  Today, however, the word has lost most of its biblical meaning.  “Fellowship” now usually refers … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life: 3/21/13 Thursday – Day 17 – part 3

There’s another aspect of Happy Bunny Christians that’s worth mentioning. They don’t always hop from church to church. Sometimes they settle in and loudly begin to turn the church they attend into something that takes care of their needs – … Continue reading

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