Make Time Matter

Make Time Matter

Do you ever find yourself saying “time, slow down” as you go through your week?

It seems as though there aren’t enough hours in the day to complete tasks or to simply enjoy my family. I can find myself rushing through the day to drop kids off and pick them up, get chores done, finish my checklist, and crash at the end of the day.

Some parents are naturally wired to schedule things. Some just aren’t. I can sometimes be so task oriented that the important relationships in my life can get scheduled out.

Regardless of how scheduled or unscheduled you are, there are a couple of things you can do to help make the most of your time with your family:

As a mom, I am constantly filling my days with appointments, deadlines, and tasks that always feel urgent. If I’m not intentional, that’s ALL that will get space on my calendar. So, once every month or so, I look at my calendar and schedule the things that no one is asking me to schedule.

I mark up the calendar with things like:

Take the kids to the park.

Have a date night.
Do a family night devotion.

That may sound silly, but by marking my calendar with these important things, it reserves the time and makes sure that nothing else gets in the way.

Most days are pretty typical and can even become monotonous. But one of the best ways to make the most of every week is to create some habits.

Deuteronomy 6:4-7 says, “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

What I love about this passage of scripture is that Moses is writing to God’s people, instructing them to make the most of the time already built into their day to pour into their families. When they wake up, when they are on the road, and when they go to bed.

For example:

What do you do every morning at breakfast?

What if part of your breakfast routine just became looking for ways to encourage your children?

When do you eat together?

You don’t have to make a home-cooked meal to have a conversation. What if one meal a day was a media-free time when you were intentional about having a conversation with your child?

What’s the last thing you do before your children go to bed at night?

Every day ends the same way. We go to bed. So what’s your bedtime routine? How do you make the most of the moments right before your son or daughter drifts off to sleep?

Making sure time doesn’t get away from us isn’t easy. But we don’t need vacations or special days to make the most of our time. Let’s use the time we’ve already been given in the very best way possible.

Don’t let life fly by and forget to make moments that count!

Soul Training – Jonathan Worley

I recently read the book, “The Good and Beautiful God,” by James Bryan Smith. A couple of chapters in this book, in particular, stood out to me. One of those chapters is titled, “God Transforms.” This statement is one that any true, God-loving christian would latch onto. In this chapter, Smith writes about a man that struggles with the relationship of being a sinner and yet being sanctified by Christ. He speaks heavily of grace and forgiveness to release the chains and bondage of attempting to be holy.

Everybody likes this message. Am I right?

The thing is, Bryan follows it up with another chapter called “Solitude,” which suggests that solitude is related to “God Transforms.” The thing I really like about this book is that Bryan writes on a truth and then follows it up with an action or discipline in the next chapter.

I think the concept of understanding doctrine and misunderstanding what to do with it is common in the typical Christian’s life. A lot of times we can be taught a truth, but fail to understand how to get it from our head to our hands. Bryan formatted his book to combat this problem by saying “God Transforms,” but then requires you to do something.

This begs the question, “Is God transforming me or am I?”

The answer is yes. Scripture is clear that we are to “be transformed.” Romans 12:2 shows an interesting relationship between human action and God’s transforming power. On one hand, we all want to believe in a formula for transformation, which states that if I ask God enough times or ask with enough passion it will happen for me.

And on the other hand, God calls us to action beyond a prayer. I believe that the very essence of the gospels is action.

I read the solitude chapter with skepticism. I thought, “What in the world does solitude have to do with God’s transforming power?” To tell you the truth, I didn’t find that out until I did some purposeful application. In his book, Bryan suggests being in solitude for one to two hours a day, and based on the rest of the book I took that to mean no social media, no TV, and no books. I thought this was unreasonable, but as I kept reading I realized it wasn’t an all or nothing practice.

I started small with sitting in the shower for 15 minutes every morning with the purpose of allowing God to do His thing. I tried not to think about anything and clear my mind the best I could by listening to myself breathe or focusing on the sound of the running water.

This was difficult. I think starting small is the key. The discipline grew naturally without me forcing it. The 15 minutes turned into 30, and 30 minutes turned into 45. Before I knew it, my hot water heater was running out of hot water. My time with God evolved from the shower to the Bible, and from the Bible to journaling, which led to me understanding life a little bit differently. Who knew 15 purposed minutes would change the way I operate!

Although learning to clear my mind was helpful, my big discovery shed some light on something different. Let’s be honest, being silent is not a complex or revolutionary thing. My big discovery showed me the relationship between what God does and what I do.

To clarify, transformation took place somewhere between what I did and what God is doing. God, in His infinite wisdom, allowed me to participate in my own transformation process, and I think this is what He wants for all Christians.

My wife is the “Chuck Norris” of marital fighting!

Alicia and I had only been dating a few months. It was early spring and I was in the middle of renovating a house I had recently bought. I’m the guy that never really sits still. I’m working away getting this house ready to rent and she shows up just to be supportive and spend time with me. That evening she tells me, “WE NEED TO TALK.”

In past relationships this was the death sentence for anyone I ever dated. “We need to talk” meant there was about to be conflict and I grew up with conflict being ugly. So when the slightest bit of conflict reared its ugly little head, I would cut bait and run.

After she told me this, I decided it was time to send her on her way. I gently told her I could see this was not going anywhere good so we probably just needed to break up. There it was, that look on her face that she still uses today. It’s that spinning roundhouse kick to the face Walker Texas Ranger became so famous for.

She didn’t yell. She didn’t scream. She simply said I’m not going anywhere until we figure this out. I had no idea what to do with this style of fighting. She was not willing to let me just run away. We sat down that evening and she shared her heart with me. How much she cared about me and that she was willing to calmly work through this. I was speechless! I had really never encountered conflict from this perspective.

Conflict is never fun – yet conflict is inevitable. And the truth is, most of us stink at it. Conflict will immediately test a person’s self confidence and expose most of our insecurities. We can sometimes feel attacked when we engage in a tough conversation and instinctively respond in an unhealthy way.

The result is a snowball of verbal punches that we later wish we had never thrown – and, which create wounds that hurt. Yes, the wounds may heal; but, they do leave scars.

So how do we engage in conflict in a healthy manner that brings peace and harmony to a relationship?

Run…But Not Far

Do not, under any circumstance, engage in conflict while emotions or tempers are flaring. Go away, calm down, gather your thoughts and allow the person you’re fighting with to do the same.

When you are emotional, you are more likely to say and do things that will only cause more damage to the situation.


Come back together when both parties are calmer and agree to come to a resolve. State the goal. The objective should always be to restore peace. Agree to not communicate in an ugly way. If it starts to get ugly, choose to stop, back off, and then engage again later when both of you are calm.

State the Facts

Try to keep a clear grasp on what the facts are. What is the true subject of disagreement? Understanding what the problem truly is will certainly help with paving the road to a solution. Be honest about how the situation makes you feel.

Opinions are just that – opinions – and you know what they say about opinions. Keep them to yourself, do not let your opinions bleed into dialect. It’s okay to communicate how you feel, or how a situation makes you feel, but just giving your opinion will not get you very far.

Time Together

Marital relationships are forever changing. Different stages of life brings different challenges and more opportunities for conflict. The more time we spend with someone helps us understand how they tick. We should take something away from every conflict that can help us in future situations:

  • Learning how each other responds.
  • Knowing sensitivities.
  • Allowing for each other’s faults.

Taking the time to learn the intricacies of your partner and how they are wired is a huge benefit to any relationship. Time together is the only way to achieve that knowledge.

In February of this year, Alicia and I will have been married for nine years. These nine years have not been perfect by any means, but there has always been peace in our home. The main reason is because she is the “Chuck Norris” of marital conflict.

When I start getting wound up and sticking my chest out ready to fight, she gives me that humble little look and down I go.  Her ability to handle conflict in our marriage has created an environment of safety and respect for me as a husband and a sense of security and protection for her as a wife.

Chasing Failure

If you could accomplish anything in the world, and you knew you could not fail, what would it be?

Would you write a book?

Would you start a business?

Would you start a blog?

So many times in my life, the fear of failure has limited what I have been able to do – simply because I would not give it a try.

What will people think if I fail?

Who will this affect if I fail?

Will I be embarrassed if I fail?

The truth is, I was limiting my opportunities to succeed because my fear of failure kept me from even trying.  For most people it is not the fear of succeeding, winning, or being recognized. Instead, it is the FEAR OF FAILING. We can become paralyzed from any further action to accomplish what we are being called to do, simply by mentally processing through a failure that MAY occur along the way.

The first thing we have to realize is that it is not by our own strengths that we accomplish anything anyway. None of us are smart enough, strong enough, or talented enough to do anything God has called us to do, the way He wants us to do them.

In 2 Corinthians 3:5, Paul tells the people of Corinth, “It’s not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own, our qualifications come from God.”

Paul realized after his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus that he was not in control of what he was called to do. He knew that his calling was only going to be fulfilled by the power that God gave him through His Spirit.

God uses the personality (that He gives us), the spiritual gifts ( that He gives us), and our passions (that He gives us) to equip us to do what He is calling us to do.

When we change our perspective on failure, we expand our possibilities of success. Failure should never be a stopping point. Failure is a great opportunity to grow, sharpen, and expand the gifts and abilities the Lord has given us.

The common denominator in all people who succeed is that they were willing to fail. They did not allow failure to be the element that would keep them from success. We have all heard the stories of Sam Walton, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, and the list goes on.

What about the Bible? Well, there are a few folks in there who failed and yet went on to have pretty good success – like Moses and King David.

And, what about Joseph? This dude went through a roller coaster of successes and failures. He was born into a good family, had some dreams God gave him, made his brothers mad, was sold into slavery, got a good job with Potiphar, whose wife hoodwinked him, was put into prison, interprets some dreams, gets out of prison, gets a REALLY good job with Pharaoh, and saves tons of people, including his family and the people of God.

You and I will fail.

It is inevitable.

What will make the difference is our perspective of failure; it will keep us from or propel us toward success. Not worldly success, godly success. Succeeding at what God created and saved YOU to do.

Just as He did in Joseph, God uses those failures to refine us, so that He can use us to do what He saved us to do.

So, let’s change the question a bit: What would you do if failure was not a problem?

For deeper insight, check out the “Chasing Failure” study plan on the YouVersion bible app.

To The Couple That’s Been Trying

I know how you feel. Alone. Grieved. Desperate. Angry.

I’ve been there. Sometimes, I still go there. My husband and I have experienced infertility for over 10 years, and even after adopting, that same sense of loss and grief can resurface from time to time.

Maybe you’re struggling through infertility now. Maybe you have experienced a miscarriage. Maybe you have birthed children, but no longer can. Maybe you have a friend who is infertile (and if you are reading this, what a great friend you are!)

Wherever you are in the journey, it can be difficult.

Most couples experiencing infertility don’t talk about it. We think we are alone. And we think other people won’t understand, or won’t know what to say. We may struggle when someone else gets pregnant. We may have a hard time celebrating at someone else’s baby shower. We may struggle with our spouse because of the stress infertility and trying to conceive puts on our marriage. We may question what is wrong with us; if children are a blessing from the Lord, why are we cursed?

Why do I tell you these struggles?

So that you know you aren’t alone. One in eight couples experience infertility. It affects men as well as women. And while you may find tremendous heartache, suffering, and desperation in the middle of it, we have to share what we’re going through to help others.

Here are three ways I have found to cope with infertility:

  • A support system

Whether it is other couples that have or are walking through infertility or an online support resource like Hannah’s Prayer (, join with others that can help you navigate the ups and downs. Talking about my journey, and asking others to hold me accountable during my struggle, have been a tremendous help.

  • Prayer

Seek God about His plan for your family. Let Him lead you, and listen to His guidance. His plan for your family may be different from His plan for another couple. In the beginning, we pursued fertility treatments, at the same time we were foster parents, at the same time we applied for an international adoption. One-by-one, through prayer and fasting, God opened and closed doors for us and led us to adopt through foster care.

  • Leaning on God’s Word
  • Proverbs 3:5 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.”
  • 1 John 5:14-15 – “And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him. And since we know He hears us when we make our requests, we also know that He will give us what we ask for.”
  • Philippians 4:6 – “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.”
  • Psalm 34:18 – “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”

We struggle. But we can’t live in the struggle. God is so faithful. We aren’t defined by what we don’t have; we are defined by what we DO have – HIM. And in Him, we have HOPE.

Be encouraged. God hasn’t forgotten about you. He knows what He’s doing.

Easter and Family

Yesterday, Renea brought in the Easter cards for me to sign for my parents and her parents. I immediately thought about the impact of being raised in a Christian home where Easter was the foundation of our lives.

Joe and Mava Taylor taught me from my youngest days that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ was the most important part of life – the eternal part of life. I hunted for Easter eggs, wore funny looking suits (they were perfect, Mother!), but was clearly taught that I needed to know Jesus in order to be saved.

When I reached the age of understanding in Houston, Mississippi, I was in church when an altar call was given. And to this day, I clearly remember asking Jesus to take away my sins.

Here are the words that I put in my card to my parents:

Daddy and Mother, 
A very Happy Easter to the two people most instrumental in pointing me to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ! Thanks for providing me with a home that will pay eternal dividends for me, my children, my grandchildren, and on and on…until He returns!
I love you, 

I’m a 55 year old man with grown children, three grandchildren, and two more on the way. What a responsibility I feel to pass onto these future generations – the special Easter gift that was given to me!

I then reflected on what I would put in the card to Renea’s parents:

Cecil and Joyce, 
Happy Easter! Thank you for raising a daughter, mother, and grandmother who has a true personal relationship with our risen Savior! The foundation of faith the two of you poured into her is making an eternal difference generation after generation…
I love you both, 

Easter is such an important day in the life of a church. My dad is 81 years old and pastors Ladd Springs Church of God just outside Cleveland, Tennessee. I will not be there with them, but from what I experienced growing up in my parent’s home, the church will look its very best on this Sunday morning, March 27. There will be great effort and attention to make the people who visit on this Sunday feel welcomed and important. 

That turns my attention to Family Church this Sunday, March 27. Our attendance has been growing rapidly and this Sunday will likely be “standing room only” with all the new people we expect to have for our Easter service.

Those of us that already have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ have such a great responsibility this Sunday.

We will be asked to:

SERVE – many of us will be greeting, directing parking, holding babies, teaching children, leading in worship, serving on security teams, or just being Jesus to new people that enter our Worship Center.

SITTING – we will give up our preferred seat this Sunday to make room for people that walk in a little nervous about coming to church. We so desire to make it easy for them to find a seat.

FRIENDS – we will help people see that we desire to be more than just a friendly church. Instead, we want to be a place new people leave convinced they could find friends to do life with at Family Church.

I pray that I will need to stand up all service long this Sunday so that someone who doesn’t know Christ, or have the Christian background that I have, will have the opportunity to hear the message of Easter! I want other families to begin passing their faith to another generation.

Terry Taylor

Reminder: if you haven’t passed your Easter invite card to someone, please do so right now!

When Sorry Is Not Enough

Associate Pastor | Music Minister

Last year, Dylan and I planned a surprise for Cheryl and the girls.  He was away at college and Savannah was on the Homecoming Court.  We informed the girls that Dylan just couldn’t make it home because of scheduling and pressing issues at college.  They were all quite disappointed but certainly understood.  

The afternoon of Homecoming, Dylan came home to surprise them.  We were able to capture on video each emotional reaction.  It was a moving moment.  Each reaction to seeing him was quite emotional. It will go down as one of those “special moments” for our family.  

Click Here To Watch Video

After posting this video on social media, I was asked multiple times, “What did you do in your home to create an atmosphere where your kids love each other like that?”  I spent some time trying to answer this question.  After making lists and being thankful for the Grace of God that made up for our shortcomings as parents, this is where I landed on the answer to that question:  

One of the most important things we did to create peace in our our home was to teach our kids to appropriately apologize.  

It is so important for each person in your home to be able to apologize well!

In a world where the words, “I’m sorry” have become cheap and somewhat meaningless, here are the 4 components to a real apology that will lead to peace and reconciliation in your home.

  1. Say “I’m Sorry”

The first step is to say “I’m sorry.” When we say this, we are showing regret.  Regret is when we recognize that we did or said something wrong that affected the relationship with another.

When saying “I’m sorry,” we trained our children to:

  • look each other in the eyes  
  • speak clearly and with sincerity
  • control their body language when they said “I’m sorry” – meaning we would:
    • make them fold their hands
    • place their hands in front of them
    • then speak to the other person  

Doing this helped them settle themselves, which led them to “be in the moment.”

Always remember, the words “I’m sorry” should never be followed by the word “but.”  This is a bad practice and usually tries to excuse our behavior.  

  1. Say “I Am Wrong”

When we say “I am wrong,” we own the offense.  We cannot excuse it away.  

Our children had to name the offense.  If they lied, cheated or stole something, they had to say it out loud and verbally own it.  They were not allowed to make an excuse for their actions.

Saying “I am wrong” is so important to having peace in your home!  

Do you know anyone who always has to be right?  Do not be that person!!  When we always have to be right, we have the tendency to crush the spirits of the ones we love, we close relational doors and we narrow the path to reconciliation.  

Remember, the goal of a real apology is to restore the relationship not just “right” a “wrong.”

A home where people freely admit they are wrong is probably a relationally healthy home.

  1. Say “Will You Forgive Me?”

This is such an important part of an apology.  When we ask another person to forgive us, we take a position of humility and give up control.  Wow – I know those are concepts that we may not hear much about these days.  When we ask for forgiveness, we are placing it in the hands of the other person.  

Giving up control trains our children to have humility and helps them understand that life is not all about them, their desires and wants.  That is a good thing! 

It is so important to train your children that they are part of a family and the well being of this group is more important than the individual.  

In our home, after one child forgave the other, I would make them “hug it out” or sometimes I would pray with them. This would be a sign that they were forgiven and they could move on!

  1.  Change Your Ways and Make It Right

When we continue to apologize to the ones we love but we don’t change our actions or words, then it nullifies our apology.  If I lie to Cheryl, apologize to her, and then lie to her again next week – how does that make her feel?  

It is important that we remember a real apology is not to just “right the wrong” but, more importantly, it is to restore the relationship.  

That is why this 4th step is so important.  It solidifies that we are serious about making things right with those we love.

Doing all 4 steps should become an important practice in your family.  When we practice these steps, it closes the offense and buries it!  There is freedom when we are able to be freed from guilt and we are forgiven.  

When we let conflicts go unresolved…

When we don’t deal with the hurt…

When us being right is the highest value…

We are leaving relational trash in our home.

When we choose to live with this trash everywhere, the path to reconciliation with the ones we love becomes narrow.  

Here is the GREAT news!  It’s never too late to start saying “I’m sorry” and giving a real apology!  Start today – example it, encourage it, make it a part of your family’s culture.  You will never regret making things right with the ones you love!

Who Said Anything About Them Leaving Home?

As I prepared to pen these words, I took a trip back to 1990 when our first child, Kimberly, was born in the mountains of Guatemala.

I scrounged up her baby book and took a stroll down memory lane for about an hour today. Born on March 24, at 7:32pm, she weighed 7lbs and was 21 inches long.

Then there is an excerpt taken from the Memorable Firsts page. Tonya writes, “She had worms for the first time at 14 months and amoebas at 16 months.” Now, you won’t find these words in many baby books, unless you raised your children on the mission field!

I don’t know about you but when our first child was born, I was clueless and scared, excited and overwhelmed, happy and proud – all at the same time. I had this grin on my face that couldn’t be wiped off. But, one thing was for sure – we needed some help, advice, instruction, and wisdom.

I am thankful for godly parents, grandparents, pastors and friends who gave us wise counsel and were there to answer our questions in the following years. I am also thankful for good books and teaching videos.

However, one form of support stands out above all the rest. I am thankful for the leading and instruction we received from God’s Word and the Holy Spirit.

Don’t ever underestimate or overlook His offered help. He will direct you! He loves your children more than you do and He knows them better than you do. He wants to help you raise them to love and serve Him! He will give you insight that only He can give concerning each one of your children.

Seek Him daily for His wisdom! Beg Him to be merciful to your child and to shower your home with His grace.

Three of our five children are married now and they have blessed us with seven beautiful grandchildren. They are all striving to raise this next generation in righteousness. We read in 3 John 1:4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”

LaTonya and I, along with our parents, continue to seek God for His mercy as our children raise the next generation.

Definition of Success in Parenting

A quick search of the internet turned up this definition of parenting: “The point of parenting is to guide children toward independence.” There are many other definitions to be found there, for sure.

But, I would have to counter with this definition: “The point of parenting is to guide children to complete dependence.” Dependence on the grace of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit on a daily basis.

Others say, “Success is helping our kids be everything they want to be.” But again I counter with, “Success is helping our kids be everything God wants them to be.”

I trust that you are developing a vision for your child’s life that goes beyond the cultural norm. Hopefully, you see that the ultimate measure of your success in parenting is not your child’s future income, education, or social status.

Instead, it is whether your child gets safely home to heaven and is equipped to lead future generations of your family there also.

Let’s begin with a question.

When your son or daughter leaves your home someday – you say, Whoa! Slow down – Who said anything about them leaving home? We’re just getting started and you’re already pushing them out the door.” Well I have news for you, you will blink a few times, take a nap and Voila’, they’ll be headed out the door!  

So let’s start again – when your son or daughter leaves your home someday, which one of the following would you want most for them?

  • academic success
  • athletic success
  • financial success
  • social success
  • to be a person of faith and character.

Personally, I would like to have another option: all of the above. But if you could only have one, which one would you choose? You most likely said that faith and character are most important. At least that seems like the “right answer.”

Let’s change the question a bit. Which of the following parenting issues gets the best of our time, the most effort, money, worrying and planning?

  • academics.
  • athletics.
  • work.
  • social life.
  • faith and character development

One thing is for sure, we will not raise Fully Devoted Disciples of Christ without a plan, a purpose, and a destination.

5 Steps To Biblical Community

Have you ever said that you would like to experience true biblical community?

Like many others that walk through the doors of Family Church, I have felt lonely at times.

The exciting thing is that God’s Word has a solution for all of us!

Below, you will find five steps that can help you move toward biblical community.

The fun piece about the process of experiencing biblical community is that you do not have to do all five steps at one time.

Let’s take a look!

Step 1: STEP OUT – Building a great friendship and experiencing true biblical community starts with a first step. First steps can include:

• Listening and engaging in social settings.
• Focusing the conversation on the other person.
• Praying that people will sense your genuine care for them and their circumstances.
• Attending an event for women/men/couples or a series at your church.

Step 2: FOLLOW UP – Remember a detail. It catches the attention of other people when we follow up on topics that they spoke to us about in our first encounter.

• Ask how their doctor visit went.
• Bring up their favorite sports team.
• Be consistent in the follow-up. If we act interested in one encounter, and the next time we barely have a moment for them, they will immediately question our interest         in them.

Step 3: SPEND TIME TOGETHER – Meet up at Starbucks, McDonald’s or the Sporting Goods Store.

• Don’t Get Discouraged! Ask again. Then, ask again.
• Understand that you may catch someone in an abnormally busy season of life and it is truly impossible for him or her to get together.
• Find a natural connection.
• Have someone meet you for coffee before church or a church event.

Step 4: BE HONEST – It is important from the very beginning of the friendship to be honest about who you are and what is important to you. God is highest priority in your life and will, hopefully, be in the conversations from the beginning.

• If this friendship is being built between two or three Christians – make God a very comfortable part of the conversation.
• It is important to be authentic and real at a pace that fits for both people.
• Many people get scared away if they know everything about you and there are no secrets after a first or second talk. Remember, you are not in a hurry.

Step 5: STUDY GOD’S WORD TOGETHER – Wouldn’t it be great if God/Bible talk were a part of every meaningful relationship? Biblical community is greatly enhanced when it is not weird for God/Bible talk to be scattered throughout any conversation.

• If you are at an event – do the assignments and don’t just talk about last night’s ballgame or child issue.
• Agree to attend a women or men’s event that makes it easy to talk about God’s Word and its affect on your life.
• Ask this new friend to help you lead a small group and both of you bring a friend.

Now you have a foundation to build on. You can truly learn how to give to others, love others, serve others, care for the needy, and reach the lost – which will help you achieve true biblical community.

The years that follow will offer opportunities to love in a way that proves we are disciples of Jesus Christ.

John 13:34-35 – “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”