6 Scriptural guides for loving people toward Jesus

6 Scriptural guides for loving people toward Jesus

When it comes to loving people toward Jesus, prayer is not optional. Prayer is the primary way we can shift from relying on our own strength to relying on God’s power in our spiritual engagements. It is the means by which our good efforts can unlock spiritual effectiveness. Loving someone leads to praying for them In his book Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home, Richard Foster writes about the practice of intercessory prayer and how it flows first from a spirit of genuine humility and compassion: If we truly love people, we will desire for them far more than it is within...Read more …
Planting time!

Planting time!

Can I share something with you that my friend Jodi recently wrote on Facebook? I’m thankful today for another woman (a stranger to me) who moved with the call to imagination and beauty. She poured out her love on this ground. What is now my backyard. And here I am with my little family, years later, enjoying the benefit of that hard and worthy work. What a great reminder to release the temptation for instant gratification and gratitude. I’ll press into the opportunity to leave a beautiful mark on the world and my people just by living into the woman...Read more …
On the Radio – Walk the Way

On the Radio – Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way. brought to you by Q Place, I’m Jeff Klein. And I’m Pam Klein. Just recently a friend of ours whispered to me that she was so happy that her brother had finally come to church with her. And I was happy right along with her. This was a big step for him! We also knew it wasn’t the end game. In the movie Evan Almighty, Evan, on his way to his new job at Congress one morning, sees God everywhere: God is sitting in the back seat of his car. God crosses the road in...Read more …
Don’t forget to pray for yourself

Don’t forget to pray for yourself

It is always good–and necessary–to pray for those we are walking alongside in the hope that they’ll get to know Jesus as we do. After all, God is the one–the only one–who will make any seed of faith we have had the privilege of planting or watering in someone else, grow. We’re reminded of this in 1 Corinthians 3:7: “So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” But here’s another necessary reminder. If you have a heart to share the gospel, you also need to be praying for yourself. Prayer’s...Read more …
Calling all bench dwellers!

Calling all bench dwellers!

Emily Freeman’s house sits at the top of a cul-de-sac at the end of a street in a neighborhood comprised of young families and empty nesters alike. As you might expect, this big, paved turnaround of her typical American neighborhood became the place for all the kids who lived around it and down its street, to congregate and play. Even the parents would gather in its center, pulling out lawn chairs from their garages and spreading out blankets on the ground to watch them. But then something changed. Benches In her book Simply Tuesday, Emily P. Freeman describes the beautiful thing that happened after two benches ended up in the grassy circle-center of...Read more …
On the Radio – Walk the Way

On the Radio – Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way. Brought to you by Q Place. I’m Jeff Klein. Did you hear about this? It was all over social media. Apparently, there was a father at an airline ticket counter who had planned on flying with his child in his lap. But between the time he had purchased the ticket and the time of their actual flight, the child had turned two. And kids over two need their own seat. But that additional ticket was going to cost about seven hundred and fifty dollars. The man couldn’t do it. He couldn’t afford it. And his...Read more …
7 ways to becoming a better observer

7 ways to becoming a better observer

In 2008, the television series House was the most-watched program in the world! Most say its popularity was due to Dr. Gregory House–the character played by actor Hugh Laurie– a character that, in many ways, paralleled the infamous, special, and eccentric Sherlock Holmes. Although Holmes was an investigator and House was an unconventional misanthropic medical genius who led a team of diagnosticians investigating viruses, deadly bacteria and poison, both of these fictional men shared extraordinary skills of observation–uncanny abilities that hooked literary fans for years and most recently, TV viewers of House for eight seasons. Fiction or reality? Although these intriguing, captivating characters are only fiction, it is a real possibility that each...Read more …
This is us

This is us

As Colin Marshall and Tony Payne write in their book The Vine Project, “it seems too obvious to say that God’s people are the agency by which the word is proclaimed in prayerful dependence on the Spirit. Who else is it going to be?” But it’s a good thing to be reminded of. As it says in Ephesians 2:10, “we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago”– good things like noticing others, praying for them and their lives even if you’ve never spoken to them...Read more …
On the Radio – Walk the Way

On the Radio – Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way. Brought to you by Q Place. I’m Jeff Klein. As I travel, speaking to churches to help them become better at making disciples who make disciples, one consistent theme continually emerges: we really don’t know how to move in a way that starts small, grows slowly, and builds deep. The church at large is so into their weekend worship experiences and big events that it rarely gets around to encouraging the simplicity and intentionality of people walking alongside people. Now, I’m not down on weekend worship or great events, but they will simply not create...Read more …
Who will your cross-country companion be?

Who will your cross-country companion be?

The lives of two Texas state congressmen intersected earlier this month when the they became stranded in the Lonestar State due to massive flight cancellations up and down the East Coast because of a huge late-season snowstorm. Meet Beto and Will That’s when the two men–representatives Beto O’Rourke (Democrat, El Paso) and Will Hurd (Republican, San Antonio)–decided they would embark on a 36-hour road trip–together–so that neither one of them would miss the important votes coming up on Capitol Hill. After securing a rental car, they headed to Washington, D.C.  Wouldn’t you have wanted to be a fly in that...Read more …