Discipleship.. What is it?

What is Discipleship?

I challenge you to really come up with an answer for that.

If your definition of Discipleship is something like converting through preaching, I’m not going to tell you you’re wrong, but I will say it’s a limited understanding.  Discipleship, you see is preaching, it is teaching, or discussing the word.

Branching out on it, I’d add that Discipleship is doing life together.  I mean, that is what we see of the early church in Acts.  Discipleship is fellowship, teaching, life.  I went to a Bible study a few months ago, and the topic was “What is love?” and it made me really think.  If I can’t answer perhaps the most important question, how can I minister, or do anything? I claim to be a Christian, yet I find myself challenged at trying to define love.  I share this with you to emphasize the importance of understanding what it is we believe.  Discipleship, at it’s core involves teaching, and preaching but most of all, at the root of the Christian life is just that, life.

Euless Trinity knocks off #1 nationally ranked, De La Salle (California) and football + character

If you are a High School Football connoisseur, or live in the DFW Metroplex or both than you likely kept up with Euless Trinity and De La Salle, the previously nationally #1 ranked team in the country on Saturday night played at Vernon Newsoom Stadium, in Mansfield, Texas.

The Trojans, of Euless came away with the victory, and have since made headlines having played in the spotlight game of the week.

Let me gear the focus off of what happened on the field, and direct it more towards the principles of the game, of football itself.

De La Salle (Concord, California) recently had a movie made about their legacy (“When The Game Stands Tall”), that follows their 151 game winning streak (longest ever in high school football history)

.More than that though, the movie, and the characters tackled the off field drama of High School Football, and a big part of the story featured main character,  head coach Bob Ladoucer’s (Jim Caviezel) life as a head high school football coach.

In the movie, Ladoucer is sought after college football teams to come and coach them, but he doesn’t even consider their offers, because he doesn’t see what he’s doing as a “Coaching” job, rather as a mentoring position.

His reason, in the film is that college athletes are just selfish, and only about making it as a pro athlete and the fame and fortune.  I bring that all up to talk about how coaching is just as much about being a role model as it is coaching your team to victory.

Look no further than former Euless Trinity coach, Steve Lineweaver, and of course as in the film, (now) former head coach Bob Ladoucer at De La Salle.  Football is about character, and not just about money, or fame, or fortune.   To be a coach, you really have to sacrifice your ego, because what you’re doing isn’t about yourself, it’s about getting a group of guys to buy into a life system, and hoping that the impact you made on their lives is shared.

Sexual Immorality in the Scriptures

 New Testament Texts Regarding Sexual Immorality:

  • Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
  • Romans 13:13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.
  • 1 Corinthians 5:1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife.
  • 1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler “not even to eat with such a one.
  • 1 Corinthians 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,
  • 1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.
  • 1 Corinthians 10:8 We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.
  • Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality
  • Ephesians 5:3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.
  • Colossians 3:5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality
  • Hebrews 13:4 Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.
  • Revelation 21:8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.

Why I hate abortion

The values of our society are often twisted and opposite the values of what the Christian church believes.

This is of course, nothing new.  The world has always ran to rebellion against God.

This isn’t to say that the church has it all together, either, but it is a pillar of truth in a world of lies and darkness.

One of the lies that we have come to believe is that life has no value, or that not every life has the same value. Why isn’t this true? What makes this so bad?  First off, this is a lie straight from the Father of lies, Satan himself.

You see, Satan wants us separated from the truth. Satan wants us to use what was originally intended for good for bad, so when there is an opportunity to deceive someone like a man and a woman who aren’t married to have sex. He’ll do everything he can to plant that seed of darkness.  He doesn’t just stop there, though.

When the woman finds out she is pregnant and tells that man who she shared what was supposed to be a very intimate moment with, he doesn’t want to take on the responsibilities of being a father, and there’s just no way they could raise a baby in the current financial situation, anyway.  I think you know where I’m headed, here: Instead of having the baby, the woman decides to have an abortion, because it’s more convenient, more comfortable.

My problem, and the reason for my stance on Abortion (Which will never change) isn’t just because it strips the baby of human life, but more than that because it robs God of his glory.  God created us all in his image. Scripture tells us this, in Genesis.

Therefore, he created us all for his glory. That’s why every life has value, simply because it comes from God. Whatever God desires for us to experience, Satan wants us to be robbed of.  God created us to enjoy him, to enjoy his gift for us all, in Jesus.

Satan wants the opposite.  How can someone enjoy God if they don’t even get a chance at life?

I pray for an end to this destruction. I pray for my stance to never be changed. I pray I would avoid all sin, so I can honor God and enjoy him who created me for his glory.  I love you all, regardless of whatever sin you have committed that is between you and the Lord. I cannot however stand for such evil.  God loves you, and he can’t want for you to see the joy that is in him alone for you. 

Life Lessons, what Scrubs taught me, thoughts on the show

Scrubs ran for nine seasons (2001-2010) on a couple channels during it’s time. Despite often seemingly  getting outdone by it’s competition, such as “Friends” or “Frasier” it made it’s mark as a television show, and is known for a couple things to this day.  It’s royal fanbase, namely.

Scrubs was still quite popular, and don’t be surprised even if five years since the ending of the show you are reminded from it’s fanbase.

I just got to watching it (and finished it), recently so that goes to show there was someone who hadn’t seen the series  Now that you have a little understanding of why the show was (and still is) so generally popular, perhaps you are interested in knowing why I personally love it.

The show taught me some lessons I think we can all take, and not just for doctors.  One of them is applicable to both the student and teacher, that would be that just because your mentor isn’t nice to you doesn’t mean they care about you.

If you watched the show, you are probably familiar with Dr. Cox’s past and how he is.  He grew up with an abusive drunk father, and you can probably guess the kind of affect that would have on anyone.

In the show, Dr. Cox and the main character, J.D (Dr. John Dorian). a medicine doctor have this “love hate” relationship that runs throughout the series.  The two characters shtick usually consisted of Dr. Cox calling J.D. girl’s names and just insults, meanwhile J.D. tries to run after his approval as a mentor and father figure.

There are a few occasions on which Dr. Cox gives J.D. the pat on the back, or praise he’s looking for from him as a mentor, and the love part of their relationship starts showing up.  Dr. Cox was only harsh to J.D. because he cared for him. He knew making it in the hospital as a doctor wasn’t a cakewalk.

Another thing about this show was it’s ability to trigger laughs and cries, probably at equal amount. I don’t think I’ve seen another show that had you laughing so hard one minute, and the next had you crying.

It knew it had certain times to do certain things, as a show that portrays the life of working in the hospital.  Sure, maybe sometimes it got carried away with the humor, like with Todd overall though, it knew how to balance the act out.

The last thing I love about this show that I will be writing about, anyway would have to be how real it was.

Similar to the last point about how the show could make you cry just as easily as make you laugh.  Scrubs resonates with it’s audience because of how real it was.  There are just so many examples it would take far to long to explain, but take J.D. and Elliot’s on and off relationship for (one example).  The two start dating around the first two seasons, and so on throughout the rest of the series.  Their relationship (is) probably relatable to many because of the roller coaster (emotionally, and figuratively speaking) as it wasn’t the perfect one, but had it’s moments for better and worse, kind of like the whole show did.   I can’t get away with writing a Scrubs post without mentioning J.D.’s best friend on the show, Dr. Chris Turk, and his wife Nurse Carla, they were a big part of the show’s success and part of why it’s so memorable.


I went with a friend to see the premiere of Antman, well one of the premiere’s anyway.  Going into the film I had no expectations, really as I knew absolutely nothing about the history of the character but that’s just what happens when you aren’t a comic book connoisseur.

With the foundation being laid down for this review, or whatever you want to refer to it as, I guess I can start actually telling you what I thought about this film.  

Can I just start this out by saying I really enjoyed it?  As a fan of Marvel, and all it’s recent work it’s put out (Avengers, Avengers 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, etc) I loved all the Marvel references, which you do know is building up to a big Marvel Civil War film, right?    The thing about this film is that it’s definitely taken a notch down from Marvel’s last epic storyline in Age of Ultron, and because they managed to execute this one so well is one of the reasons I’m impressed.

 I enjoyed the characters, as I felt everyone was portrayed in a believable manner that actually had me invested in the characters.  I found myself rooting for the main character, Scott Lang, other wise known as Antman.   Another thing I want to point out is I think Antman was a little different than most Superhero movies in that the Hero is a criminal, to begin with, so that was nice to see instead of the same thing.  

Antman I guess you could gripe about how it was cliched with the suit, but hey it’s got to be better than being bitten by an insect, right?   Or maybe at times during the movie you felt like you were watching Ironman.    Speaking about the suit though, the one thing they executed very well for me, was the seeing the Antman suit shrink. That was pretty awesome. Let’s not forget to mention this was a very humorous film, as well.  Sure, this movie has it’s share of gripes, as does every film but at the end of the day I just found myself with too much to be satisfied about.. Including the post credit extras which clearly show their will be a sequel to Antman.