Category Archives: Disciple Making

Beyond the Tragedy ~ Healing Through Relationship

Does God ‘cause’ tragedy?  Does He ‘allow’ bad things to happen?  We could argue these points until the second coming itself, but what I would rather do is pass on to you a story of what God could ‘cause’ to happen if we ‘allow’ Him to work in our lives through tragedy.

The following testimonial is written by one of Real Life Ministries Members and Volunteer Leaders, Tina Allen. She shares about a time of loss, and how relationships with others helped her through it. Tina and her husband Dave are living examples of how God uses relationship with others to bring healing, love, and joy into our lives. And how we can then turn around and share with others going through struggles, allowing God’s healing and love out to flow through us.

On May 17, 2010, our lives changed…forever. We received a call that evening that our youngest son, Justin, had been in a motorcycle accident. He was on his way to the ER. As you can imagine, all kinds of thoughts were going through our minds as we drove to the hospital. What I remember the most is saying over and over:

God, please let Justin be alright…

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Having a DiscipleShift

discipleshiftAs some of you may know, I attend and volunteer at our church here in Post Falls, Idaho, called Real Life Ministries pastored by Jim Putman.  Recently, I attended a lunchtime meeting as part of Real Life Ministries conference series called DiscipleShift.  The overriding theme of both Discipleshift and the mission statement of RLM is this: Making disciples who make disciples.

What does that mean to you?

Given the sheer number of pastors, staff and volunteers who attended the DiscipleShift conference (held monthly: information here), it depends on who you ask.  And just as importantly it seems, it depends on where they’re from.

Ask a church pastor from Oregon and he’ll tell you that it’s important for the church to live out the intentionality and focus of small groups; for the church to expand beyond its four walls, embracing the Acts 2 mentality of “devote[ing] themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”  Adding to their numbers through pouring the Word into each other, as well as the fruits of the Spirit; raising up disciples who can then branch off into their own groups to then repeat the process.

Ask a church pastor from Africa and he’ll tell you of the great thirst for the Word in his country.  Furthermore, he adds, teaching people about the importance of small groups is surprisingly unnecessary because that is simply how church is done throughout the towns and villages of his community.  “Every day is church day,” he says with a broad smile, “we just get to meet together on Sunday’s.” Continue reading Having a DiscipleShift