Something I have learned about prayer is that prayer usually moves and changes my heart. You see, when we pray for someone or something, God positions our heart where it needs to be. It is truly a miracle, and I mean miracle! Think about the miracle of loving your enemy that Jesus and the disciples … Continue reading PRAYER CHALLENGE: THE KEY TO LOVING PEOPLE YOU DON’T LOVE
This is the most common question I have been asked in the last few years. I believe the answer is YES. Jesus says the harvest is plentiful, so I do not think he meant that only in certain countries. I have heard countless people say it cannot happen and when leaders share that belief, that … Continue reading CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: CAN A CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENT HAPPEN IN AMERICA?
A major mistake that I see church planters making and I have made numerous times is being so focused on getting Discovery Groups started that we bypass what it really takes to successfully get groups started. Often times, we take the principles from the "methods" we have been trained in and try to start groups … Continue reading CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: DISCOVERY GROUPS ARE NOT HARD TO START!
Last fall we sent out a newsletter stating that our Insiders had started 25 Discovery Bible Study Groups among African and Latino communities. Now that number is up to 80 groups! Over this past year we have been interviewing and training many different potential Insider couples and individuals to join our team so we can … Continue reading HELP US BY HOSTING A GATHERING
I cannot express enough how Melissa and I, along with Jeremy and Mindi feel about our Insiders: Yadir, Ania, Murama, and Grace. It has literally been life changing not only for us as a ministry, but as friends. It is a special thing when people from other cultures can bond like we have for the … Continue reading HELP US KEEP THESE FAMILIES ON OUR TEAM!
I had the opportunity to be be interviewed by Productive Ministry about Loving All Peoples. Thought it would give some of you an opportunity to hear my heart as opposed to just reading about it Click on Link: http://productiveministry.org/21-loving-all-peoples/
You may be reading this because you would like to see more people being reached outside of the church. First off, of course I do not mean stop inviting all people in every situation, but if you want to reach more people, instead of inviting every single person to church as your main method of evangelism, … Continue reading STOP INVITING PEOPLE TO CHURCH???
In the 6 months that we have had our 2 new Insider couples working with us, we have already started 12 new Bible studies (we call them Discovery Groups)! Five in the Latino community and 7 in the African community. To put that in perspective, we have been trying to start groups in these communities … Continue reading INSIDERS ARE KEY TO STARTING CHURCHES
On a recent cross outreach I got to meet this sweet girl who came up to me. Maybe she was just curious about what we were doing, but she didn't seem that interested in connecting. That is until I felt like God wanted me to tell her something. After I shared it with her, her … Continue reading CONNECTED BY A DREAM
I meet with a lot of people. Often times I meet with normal people with normal paying jobs. Sometimes I meet with CEOs or people who run their own businesses. I get asked this question all the time, "How can I get involved in reaching others or living for Gods will?" When I get asked … Continue reading YOUR ROLE IN MISSIONS. IT IS PROBABLY MORE THAN YOU THINK!
After giving this weeks events much thought, I wanted to respond to the Muslim refugee situation. It is not going to surprise anyone that Loving All Peoples wants refugees here and loves Muslims. You have seen that consistently from us for many years. We were of course deeply saddened by the decision. I thought it … Continue reading LOVING ALL PEOPLES RESPONSE TO THE REFUGEE BAN
We were carrying the cross in a shopping center and people were all around us talking to us. A guy walks out of a nearby store and sees us and he kind of did a double take. He just seemed like a normal guy. I knew from the look on his face that he was … Continue reading BROKEN AND HUNGRY PEOPLE ARE WAITING FOR US
Through our 17 years of working cross-culturally with people from all over the world in DFW, we have been focusing and building on the most effective ways to cut through the many cross-cultural and extreme language barriers that we have to face on a weekly basis. Below is an explanation of our newest project and proposal … Continue reading THE INSIDERS FUND
The weeks after the death of the 5 police officers in Dallas I tried to write about race in this country. It is obviously a very emotional and highly sensitive issue for everyone. In fact, I wrote a really long blog post but never sent it. I never felt quite right about it. I know … Continue reading THE “RADICAL” WAY TO RESPOND TO RACISM
This day we were carrying the cross in an area known for drugs and prostitution. We saw a transsexual prostitute across the street. He knew we were there but he was purposely turning the other way. I don’t blame him for doing that. He had no idea what to expect from these crazy people carrying … Continue reading SIMPLE LOVE CAN GO A LONG WAY
Before I start out, I want whoever is reading this to know that I have struggled mightily with this issue for years. Struggled with what the truth is and if and how I should encourage others in it. I have devoured the scriptures because of it, sought input from others, and of course sought God … Continue reading HARD QUESTIONS: A CHALLENGE TO CHRISTIANS AND CHRISTIAN LEADERS
This day was going to be another crazy day! We took the cross down to the Harry Hines area recently to love on and meet with addicts and prostitutes. We have learned that many drug addicts and prostitutes hang out early in the morning because they are either out all night or they are needing … Continue reading CARRYING THE CROSS AMONG ADDICTS AND PROSTITUTES
There are of course many reasons why we do not share the gospel. But there is one reason that is not talked about a lot, but it may be having the most significant impact on us for why we do not share. Could it be that even as Christians, we don't really believe in the … Continue reading WHY WE DO NOT SHARE THE GOSPEL
Look at this small group of people in this picture. These are church leaders we are training from a church here in Dallas which is made up of several different nationalities: Chinese, Africans, Hispanics, and many more. In the 15 years we have been doing ministry with internationals in Dallas, we have figured out something. … Continue reading PARTNERING WITH CHRISTIANS OF ALL NATIONALITIES
This is a very difficult issue for Christians I know. It is a difficult issue for me as well. But I do want to share my heart on this issue with the hope that along with truth, we can extend grace and love to all people for the sake of Christ. A much needed grace and love in … Continue reading THE CHURCH’S RESPONSE TO THE GAY COMMUNITY-THE WORLD IS WATCHING US
I would say that what I am about to bring up is my biggest heart cry for Christianity in America. I want to challenge you with this big and difficult question. Is the Christianity we are living even Christianity at all? It is a vital question that is beyond fair to ask. Our salvation could depend on … Continue reading IS OUR CHRISTIANITY EVEN CHRISTIANITY AT ALL?
I think we can greatly take for granted all the “sinners” Jesus connected with in the New Testament. I mean its CRAZY who Jesus used to spread his message if you really think about it. All through the New Testament, Jesus is hanging out with “sinners” and he used them to spread his message. Can … Continue reading JESUS IS RECRUITING SINNERS
Two buddies of mine let me go along with them to the shooting range. Stephen is a Navy Seal and Jeff is an FBI agent (formally Army) and shooting instructor. This was only my 3rd time to go to the shooting range. To say the least I was a bit intimidated but at the same … Continue reading NAVY SEAL, FBI AGENT, AND A DISCIPLE MAKER
We are so passionate about giving someone an opportunity to know God and to experience love from another. There are so many people to love and so many people that need to know God in this city and around the world. In reality, only a very small percentage of people in this city have someone … Continue reading WE WANT TO HELP YOU REACH OUT TO OTHERS