What is the Cost of Following Jesus?

 

What is the cost of following Jesus? I was honored to speak at Brookwood Church last Sunday when we explored that question together. The passage from Luke 14:25-35 can be a difficult one for many of us (myself included). So what does it truly mean to be a follower of Christ? What does discipleship in Christ require?

 

The outline, discussion questions and Family Talk guides for this message are available on the church website.

 

How do you struggle with the concepts addressed in this passage?

 

What is the Cost of Following Jesus? via @joshuajmasters | #discipleship #faith |
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A Prayer for Independence Day

  Mighty God,1 You are to be desired by all nations,2 yet chose to make America great. With celebration for our nation’s birth, I come before You with thanksgiving for the freedom bestowed on me each day anew. Praise be to the…

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Independence Day Giveaway

 

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As Independence Day approaches, it’s important that we learn how to pray for our nation. We’d love to build a relationship with you as we grow together in that spiritual discipline.

So in honor of Independence Day, and to encourage prayer for our nation, we’re excited to offer a huge giveaway contest.

 

One winner will receive:

  1. One signed copy of American Psalms: Prayers for the Christian Patriot by Joshua J Masters
  2. A second signed copy of American Psalms that we’re asking you to give to an active service member or veteran.
  3. And (drumroll, please.) a $50 Amazon gift card.

ALL eligible entries will receive:

  1. A Special Independence Day Prayer download from American Psalms on July 4, 2017.
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The Two Question Prayer: When You Don’t Know How to Pray

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What should you pray when you don’t know what to say anymore? What do you do when you feel like you’re out of prayers? As a pastor, I’ve had a lot of people tell me they’re tired of praying.They’ve asked God to change their circumstance, fix their relationships, or transform their lives—but they still don’t feel connected to God.

I’ve experienced that same drought of divine intimacy myself, and it’s often because I’m focused on an outcome rather than my relationship with God. During those times, I’d obviously tell you I desire a closeness with God. But in reality, my heart and actions would reveal a secret hypocrisy. Is it possible that we feel disconnected from God—that He’s not answering our prayer because we’re asking the wrong questions?

What if we changed the focus of our prayers from us to Him? What if we simply asked God two questions:

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Can Superhero Movies Speak to Christians? Part I

<VIDEO: The Bat Pastor reviews Batman v. Superman>

 

Can Superhero movies speak to a Christian’s mission in the Kingdom of God? As we prepare for the release of the new Wonder Woman movie this week and the Justice League movie later this year, The Bat Pastor thought this would be a good time to revisit the review he did for Batman V. Superman: The Dawn of Justice.

 

In this video, the Bat Pastor takes a Biblical look at the popular movie. He discusses the true theme of the movie and how you can find the real Dawn of Justice! (c/f Galatians 6:9, Psalm 37:5-6)

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A Prayer for Memorial Day

Comforter and Councilor,1 We turn to you in our time of grief; our help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth.2 Since the Civil War, we have set aside a day for remembrance, and our hearts are broken…

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The Genesis of Your Dream

  When did God whisper your dream to you? How did you know it was from Him? While attending the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference (BRMCWC), many people asked how I got into writing. The truth is, I don’t remember…

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13 Reasons Why and Discussing Teen Suicide

<AUDIO: Addressing Teen Suicide in the Media Podcast> As the pastor who oversees Celebrate Recovery and the Landing at my church, I was recently asked to join a podcast discussion about teen suicide and its portrayal in the controversial Netflix series,…

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