Compound Interest…

***I promise this post is not about finances & investments!***

“If you would just set aside $100.00 each month starting NOW then you would be a millionaire by age 65!”

My mother has told me this several times since I was about 18. Many of you have probably heard something similar to this scenario as well. It is very true, though I do not personally know anyone in real life who has ever done it. Apparently, some sort of a mathematical phenomenon takes place when you make a small investment each month into various types of mutual funds/investments, which accrue a compounding interest. Basically, you earn interest on the principle amount that you invest each month, but you also begin to earn a return on the interest as well. Somewhere down the line you see an explosion, but it takes time. You can’t argue with basic math. The small investment each month WILL multiply into a LARGE sum of money in the window of about 40 years.

What I am submitting now is that there is exponential value in this particular pursuit of discipleship; what I believe to be the “way Jesus did things”. Again, we just don’t like it because it might take longer; heck, we may never even get to see the fruit from it. We will not get glory for it, or should I say we will no longer be able to rob God of the glory HE deserves. However, we can be assured that if we take the challenge to pour into just a few people at a deep level we are doing exactly what Christ called us to do, and there will be an explosion somewhere down the line. We can be assured that the disciples we are making WILL make more disciples (Otherwise we can’t say we’ve effectively discipled them in the first place).

Here’s a quick video illustrating what this might “look like” if we did it. Many of you have already seen this video, but it’s worth a re-watch.

It seems so easy doesn’t it. So why don’t we do it? I assume it is the same reason that I have never met anyone who has actually become a millionaire by investing $100 a month into a mutual fund. However, if we dared to take the challenge might we wake up in forty years to see that the Holy Spirit has swept through our land to raise up a holy army of kingdom warriors? And this, all because we found value  pouring our everything into a few people for a few years against all outside pressure from the world around us. At every turn the “world around us” screams that we are wasting our time on small/insignificant things when we could be “allowing the Lord to do great things through us”. May we not be seduced by that lie any longer. Jesus save us from ourselves, and replace what we value with what YOU value.

Can’t Stop the Spirit…

This past Sunday evening was beautiful, and refreshing for me and Morgan. We were in Ft. Worth visiting family, taking care of business, working, etc. We got to hook up with our old simple church community on Sunday night for their weekly worship gathering. It was SO encouraging to see what the Lord has been doing through them over the past year and half since we’ve moved. Reconnecting with them to pray, worship, and seek the kingdom was extremely rejuvenating…not to mention how encouraging it was to see a room FULL of new faces who we’d never met before…

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Before we moved from Ft. Worth I had thrown out the idea of seeing new communities birthed out of ours-multiplication. However, it just didn’t seem to be the right “timing”. So, we moved, and the issue wasn’t discussed much more. I found out a few months back that a group of the “adults” from that community had branched off to start a new one…I believe they refer to it as “I.G.O.F.” (Intentional Gatherings Old Folks) or something like that. That was encouraging to hear. Then, this past Sunday night Keri’s dad, Bob Crowell, shared a word he had received from the Lord. He said that the Lord was telling them that they were going to multiply, and see new communities started out of that one. My heart lept for joy as I realized that the Lord, in His timing, and through His Spirit was doing what He wanted to do. The rest of us in the room got excited, and I listened as several others began to beg the Lord for wisdom/discernment/guidance in how to go about seeing new disciples made and new communities started. I could do nothing but PRAISE CHRIST for His sovereignty. Pray for the I.G. Ft. Worth community, that they pursue the Lord, and see multiplication…

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***Oh, they Baptized Ioana, who has been a part of the community for quite some time now, a couple months ago in a Hotel Lobby Fountain the week after several of them had been in Las Vegas for Student CPx. I thought that was pretty rad. They also Baptized a guy in the front yard a couple weeks ago who’s now become a “part of the family”. LEGIT***

“I praise you Christ for your activity in our lives, and the lives of our dear friends in Ft. Worth. May you continue to rock our worlds in supernatural ways. Have your way Lord!”

Student CPx Concentrate: Las Vegas

vegaspromosmallerOn January 16th students from campuses all over the country will be arriving here in Vegas for a weekend of training, affirmation, edification, and empowerment. Many of these students attended our two week CPx training in Kansas over the summer, and will be reuniting with their fellow student church planters to share stories of how God has moved on their campuses/in their neighborhoods. They will pray for one another, and be better equipped to go back home to keep on rockin’. The training will be hosted on UNLV’s campus, and those attending will be housed in UNLV’s Tonapah Hall.

This weekend has been opened up to anyone who desires to take the Gospel to their campuses, neighborhoods, apartment complexes, etc. in a simple and reproducible way. The weekend will be full of hands on practical tools for allowing Gospel seeds to take root in dark places, causing a new community of believers to birth. Students, who are not already, will be paired up with older, more experienced mentors from all over the country as a part of our new nation-wide mentoring program. Student CPx will throw a party for UNLV’s International Students as a way to bless the city/campus, as well as help launch a new International Student Ministry called “All Nations Fellowship”.

State representatives from 24/7 prayer will also be joining us on UNLV’s campus for the weekend. There will be a 24 hour prayer room set up the entire time, as well as chances to hear about ways to be involved with nation-wide prayer & student church movement initiatives.

The bulk of this training will not be spent in lecture style meetings, but there will be a handful of speakers from around the country who will be there to share some great insight with us. There will be breakout sessions on Spiritual Fathers/mentoring, Living in Community, and much more! Students will be broken up into simple churches for the weekend where they will be better equipped to lead simple church gatherings, initiate conversations with the lost, lead evangelistic Bible Studies, and make disciples through natural/everyday life experiences.

Click Here to see more information about Student CPx: Concentrate…

Click Here to register for the weekend…

Cost is $125 for the entire weekend, which includes everything except transportation to Vegas. If you are a Vegas local, and do not need lodging you can register for the entire weekend for $50!

Passion Church – SoCal

If you step foot onto the UCLA campus it won’t be long before you will encounter a zealous student who loves Jesus, and is a part of a simple church within a network called “Passion Church”. Passion Church Network was started by Jaeson Ma, author of “The Blueprint”, under the mentorship of Neil Cole, author of “Organic Church”. There are many student led simple churches spread out on several campuses in Southern California that make up the Passion Church Network. Last weekend 45 students who are heavily involved with PC headed for the mountains in Yucaipa, California for a PC leadership retreat. Morgan and I, along with several others were asked to come speak to the students.


The weekend was amazing, and we met true world changers. We learned as much from them as they learned from us. Every one of them is passionately pursuing Jesus, and the spread of the Gospel through simple church planting. Morgan and I were, and are always extremely encouraged when we spend time with Jaeson, Erik, Neil, CCN guys, or anyone else who is passionate about the multiplication of missional communities.

We all came to a beautiful understanding this weekend in mountains of California. Erik felt a deep need to release the students from a performance mentality that many of us tend to slip into. We feel the need to seek the approval of man, or worse, seek the approval of God by our many works. As prideful man we have a hard time accepting the fact that the beauty of the Gospel is that Jesus did for us we could not do, please God.
By Sunday morning we all had a fresh dose of grace, and reminder of why we made the decision to allow Jesus to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. As I got up to share with the students the Lord gave me a fresh word for the students. There seemed to be some curiosity, and confusion about our part in the kingdom…since we are set free from “doing” for God, right? I can still see the look on the faces in front of me as I shared this simple statement with the students:

“We do not perform for God to earn His approval, we obey because we ALREADY have His approval.”


This simple statement set many of us in the room free. We were, not only released from a performance mentality, but moved to obedience upon the realization of the approval we have from God, because of Christ in us. It is as if we have had things out of order this entire time…