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Serving Parents: Discipling Your Family

discipler's skills Jul 22, 2021

It has been well articulated that life with Jesus is about service and not serve-us. We all love mottos like that, they make clever book markers, impressive Instagram posts and memorable sermon log lines. But they appear to be a rare currency in our Christian homes. 

I’m honoured to share with you these short stories from my family of origin. I pray that these 9 mini lessons can inspire you -as parents - to disciple your children informally- on a daily basis.

Today’s reflection is on serving parents

Discipling by service!

Growing up in Egypt, I read a book on servant heartedness in the Christian home. The truth is the book was never published. It was lived out in the privacy of our house through the selfless acts of my mum.

No one would ever understand the level of humility and sacrifice that led my mum to sacrifice all for our family. From the moment she married my dad, mum chose to forsake her studies in order to relocate to a different town where my dad was...

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Praying Parents: Discipling Your Family

discipler's skills Jul 15, 2021

Have you heard the proverb that says: the son of tears will never perish. It’s a statement that affirms that praying overwhelms waywardness and transforms lives. Do you believe that your prayer for your family members actually matter? 

I’m honoured to share with you these short stories from my family of origin. I pray that these 9 mini lessons can inspire you -as parents - to disciple your family members informally- on a daily basis.

Today’s reflection is on praying parents

Discipling by prayer!

I’ve experienced first hand the power of praying parents. Oh, no not any prayer, but desperate, passionate and persevering prayer.

My mum was the definition of a prayer warrior. While my dad is widely known for his outstanding preaching- my mum was in the background pounding the doors of heaven with her insanely powerful prayers.

Throughout the day, mum prayed. Regardless of her activity, mum worshiped and prayed. Regardless of life’s circumstances mum...

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Factors that impact growth in Inner Life

How do we grow spiritually and develop a godly character? 

In an empirical research* with four Victorian churches (Australia), we explored disciples’ growth in the area of Inner Life over the last 12 months.

Growth in Inner Life predicted or impacted Overall Spiritual Growth.  

The data revealed that:

  • Disciples aged 50 years and older self-reported the highest growth in their Inner Life as compared to other age demographics.
  • Disciples aged 18-24 self-reported higher scores of growth in their Inner Life as compared to disciples aged 25-49. 

Age is NOT a factor that associated with growth in the Inner Life.

So, what factors are related to growth in the Inner Life?

Being involved in a Peer Support Group was the factor that related most strongly with growth in the disciples’ Inner Life.

Three out of the four factors that impacted Inner Life were group-oriented: Peer Group, Small Group, Family.

Sharing authentically, respectfully and vulnerably in intimate...

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Story-Telling Parents: Discipling Your Family

discipler's skills Jul 08, 2021

You probably agree that our lives resemble chapters in a bigger story… parents can determine some defining genres by the stories they share with their family members. Are you a best selling author?

I’m honoured to share with you these short stories from my family of origin. I pray that these 9 mini lessons can inspire you as parents to disciple your family members informally- on a daily basis.

Today’s reflection is on Story telling parents

Discipling by story-telling

Mum had a dream just before Dad proposed to her. She was running in the rugged street of country Egypt... suddenly she noticed two symbols: a gold cross and a religious icon.

A voice whispered to her: “be careful what you pick.”

As she stopped and stooped to pick up the cross- she immediately realised her error. she picked up the wrong option... oops... the hard one... the narrow path... the way of the cross.

Nevertheless, mum celebrated that “pick up” more than anything she...

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Helping Others to Discover God's Will

 
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Singing Parents: Discipling Your Family

discipler's skills Jul 01, 2021

Do you know that your songs can echo in your family’s ears for years to come… and I don’t mean that as an insult on your high-pitched, croaky or ear-piercing singing voice! 

I’m honoured to share with you these short stories from my family of origin. I pray that these 9 mini lessons can inspire you as parents to disciple your family members informally- on a daily basis.

Today’s reflection is about singing parents.

Discipling by singing

Growing up in Egypt, I heard my parents sing this old fashion Egyptian beat: “Sweet, kind and courteous and NONE is like you!”

It sounded like a cheesy “Love song” composed by Sarah and Abraham before they had Ishmael and Isaac?

The problem... my mum and dad didn’t sing it ABOUT each other...

They had ANOTHER lover.

A mutual lover.

A DIVINE lover...

They genuinely LOVED Jesus. They sung about him as they went about their work and daily chores. You could have named our kitchen:...

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Manage Your Well-being as a Discipler

discipler's skills Jun 28, 2021
 
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SOAPing Parents: Discipling Your Family

discipler's skills Jun 24, 2021

I love the smell of SOAPs. To be honest, I think I was addicted to the smell of a particular soap brand in Egypt- I think it was called LUX. I still long for that smell today! 

It’s my honour to share brief stories to inspire parents with simple tips to disciple their family members informally- on a daily basis.

Based on experiences in my family of origin, particularly with my late mum, I constructed 9 mini lessons that shaped me as a disciple of Jesus.

Today’s reflection is on SOAPing parents.

Oh, these soaps have nothing to do with the hygiene level maintained in your family. It’s better than that.

Mum was one of the kindest people I’ve encountered.

She worked tirelessly around the house countless to bless our family. She looked for opportunities to create our favourite meals - even if it meant creating multiple dishes for the one dinner. She phoned and visited people in the church. She prayed for Jesus’ mission in the community. And she paid the...

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Prophetic Parents: Discipling Your Family

discipler's skills Jun 17, 2021

How do you disciple your family members informnally?

 

Based on experiences in my family of origin, I constructed 9 mini lessons that shaped me as a disciple of Jesus.

Today’s reflection is about prophetic parents!

Growing up in Egypt, I struggled to wake up on time for school. I had no alarm on my mobile.... oh, actually we had NO mobile phones!

My mum was my alarm. Patiently and relentlessly she would call out daily: “wake up man of God... wake up man of God... wake up man of God”

Did I say I loved sleeping in? Did I say I was in my primary and secondary schooling years? Did I say I was a Christian rebel?

Well, I was neither a man nor a man of God, yet... My mum KNEW both facts... yet she called out “wake up man of God... wake up man of God... wake up man of God!”

She saw something I couldn’t yet see. She believed something I couldn’t yet believe. She spoke something I couldn’t yet hear.

When I joked with mum about how...

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Catalyst for Spiritual Growth

Want to hear some hot-off-the-press stats on the number one catalyst for spiritual growth?

In an empirical research* with four Victorian churches, disciples rated their perceived level of spiritual growth over the previous 12 months.

The areas of spiritual growth included:

  1. Relationship with God,
  2. Inner Life,
  3. Relationships with Others,
  4. Ministry in the church and,
  5. Outreach.

Total Growth was computed by combining the scores of the four areas.

We explored which area/s predicted or impacted the disciples’ overall spiritual development.

Have a go at guessing which growth area/s had the greatest impact on overall spiritual growth?

The data revealed that growth in the Inner Life had the strongest relationship with overall spiritual growth.

This means growth in the Inner Life either PREDICTED or IMPACTED overall growth…

Is it any wonder that the enemy distracts us by convincing us that we are growing when we know more theology, do more ministry and manage our Christian...

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