Why I wear a real watch.

I once considered buying an Apple Watch but I didn’t. For the record, I love Apple products. I’ve been a Mac guy for 15 years. I won’t use another phone other than an iPhone. So there it is. I’m a Mac guy. So I’m not hating on Apple with this post.

People use their phones a lot to check the time. For younger people, they are not as likely to purchase a watch. They are digitals. Some digitals are still traditional watch wearing types because of the fashion angle.

So, most of the time I use my phone to check the time. Yet last Fall I thought to get a watch. Because I’m a Mac person I thought to get an Apple Watch. I researched it. Almost bought it, but when I continued to research it, I realized a digital watch was not for me. Why?

  1. The Apple Watch would keep me wired up. The watch is only an extension of the iPhone. I realized I did not want my watch dinging, ringing and lighting up. I wanted a watch, not a computer or iPad on my wrist.
  2. The Regular Watch does what a watch is supposed to do – tell time and look good. An old school watch is my preference. Ironically, the traditional wrist watch was liked by the military.  A traditional watch reminds me of the past in an era that moves forward technologically at an amazing pace.

Scripture says, “Don’t move an ancient boundary marker that your fathers set up” (Prov. 23:28).

There are some things in life that should not be moved. Now I’m not saying anyone who uses a digital watch is guilty. Not hardly. For me, I just choose to let some things in my life to not be digital. In the spiritual life, there are definitely some things that need to look forward, but they must be shackled to the things that are of the past. The word of God. The gospel. Basic decency of life.

Sometimes looking back, or remembering the great things of tradition, can be a blessing in moving forward. It’s why we have a message. Keep time anyway you want. For me, it’s a regular wristwatch. It reminds me of the pastor while looking forward to God’s agenda.

The rebellion you should join.

I have been a part of the rebellion for 29 years. I was on the other side for 24 years. But let there be no doubt about my life that as I have air in my lungs, I am a part of the rebellion.
The rebellion of Jesus Christ against the forces of evil, suffering and hell is fueled by His death, burial and resurrection from the dead (1 Cor 15:3-4).

The way I joined this rebellion involves four things. First, I recognize God’s design on all people (Gen 1:27). He has His unique design, meaning there great purpose for every life. Second, repentance and faith is how I joined. I repented of my sins and placed my faith in Jesus (Mark 1:15). Third, my allegiance is with Him and His movement. I am committed to conquering hell (Matt 16:18). Finally, I’m looking for people who want to join His movement (Matt 28:19). Jesus dismantled hell everywhere He went. He dismantled hell as the blind see, the deaf hear, the lost are found and Satan retreats in people’s lives.

Jesus Christ died and rose for you. Have you received Him? Are you sick of hell beating you up? Want some payback on hell?

Join up (John 1:12)! There’s a movement. A different kingdom (Matt 6:33). Sinners are welcome and find grace because of God’s grace and our faith (Eph 2:8-9). Our lives change when Christ comes into our lives (2 Cor 5:17). The enemy comes bringing hell with him. Jesus comes bringing life (John 10:10).

What will you do? Want to join the rebellion against hell?
Design. The gospel. Repent and believe. Join up.

Disciple Making of Men

The recovery of one-on-one disciple making

  • Change your focus (reverse the inversion)
  • Change your calendar
  • Change your content

Making disciples who make disciples (the new buzzphrase) 

  • Disciple making must be relational
  • Disciple making must be intentional
  • Disciple making must be reproducible

The legend of Jon Burton (relational). 

  • Look to the young people (Cru, Billy Graham, Navigators, etc)
  • Dave and Rick Brittian
  • Test firing it myself.

The rise of Tim Ebert (intentional).

Follow up … most people don’t get the foundational follow up they needed and deserved when they crossed the line of faith.

We focus on the internals before focusing on the externals. While we don’t ignore the externals, we know that real change from the getting a man to look to God who changes the man from the inside.

The topics we use are these:

  1. Finding confidence in your relationship with God.
  2. Experiencing the love and forgiveness of God.
  3. Being filled with the Holy Spirit of God.
  4. Walking with God.

circles

The reach of Chris Navarro (reproducible).

  • Discipling the homeless and down and out of Las Cruces, New Mexico.