Colombia Missions | Recap!

My husband, son, and I were blessed with the opportunity to travel to Bogota, Colombia for a mission trip a couple weeks ago. I didn’t know what to expect but was excited for God to reveal himself on the trip. I still don’t have adequate words to describe the people, sights, and events that took place.
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Missions in Miami

I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. Philippians 4: 8‐9


When I signed up to go on the Blueprint college mission trip to Miami, I would have never guessed the extent to which my faith would be tested.
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Christ: The Sweetest Thing

Christ. The Sweetest Thing.

Among the sour patches of life we all hope to cultivate or stumble upon at times,
sweetness: a call from an old friend, a few extra dollars in the bank, a compliment on a
job well done, an occasional vacation or a break from commonplace, and ultimately, we
hope that it will all get better. Whether it’s our health or the health of a loved one, a  Read more →

The Victor’s Crown

The cross was always Plan A.

What they meant for humiliation, was humility.
What they meant for murder, was my willingness to lay down my own life.
What they meant for an end, was just the beginning.
What was meant to be a crown of thorns, was a crown of victory. Read more →

The Amazing Race

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38 (ESV)

There is a fire inside of me that I pray does not get extinguished any time soon. I see the urgency of the message of hope that is found in Christ. I must use the gifts and talents God has given me to reflect glory back to Him. I’ve sat around for too long trying to ensure that everything will be perfect; I wait for the perfect moment, the perfect opportunity, the perfect timing. But through this series, Among Wolves, I’ve learned – as I hope that you have – that there will never be a perfect moment to follow your dreams and pursue your passions. Read more →

I Just Got Baptized

Ephesians 4: 1-6

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

 

On April 5 of 2015, I proclaimed my love for and obedience to Jesus Christ. A few days later, a study that I’m currently undergoing asked, “Why do you think this was an important step for you to take?” This question got me thinking beyond its initial parameters. This is how I feel about it and others might disagree completely and that is mighty fine! Read more →

The Need For Community

Focusing on John 14:1-6 Pastor John preached about how Jesus is the way. Jesus was talking about going to Heaven with the Father; but He was leaving the people with Holy Spirit. Thomas knew this because he sat under the teaching of Jesus. But when faced with the reality of Jesus physically leaving, he was blinded by anxiety and couldn’t see this truth. As he wondered how he could get to where Jesus was going, Jesus reassured Him that He Himself was the way to the Father. Read more →

The Gate of the Sheep

As Pastor Dhati preached the fourth installment of the I Am sermon series, I noticed something interesting: the Bible often compares people to sheep. I couldn’t help but ponder this choice of animal; sheep aren’t exactly the most ferocious creatures in the world. In fact, they are weak and in constant need of protection. No sports team has ever chosen the “Mighty Sheep” as their mascot. Read more →

What White Christians Need To Hear About Ferguson

Our oldest grandchild is named Gunnar. Gunnar is a good-looking, smart, happy, energetic, athletic kid. (I’m being as objective as I can here.) And if these traits don’t give him an edge on the playground, there’s this: He’s white. Read more →

Protected or Prepared

Blueprint’s lead pastor Dhati Lewis and his family recently moved to the Old Fourth Ward of Atlanta, a diverse area in need of a strong gospel presence, where Blueprint’s church building is located. Today on the blog, Dhati’s wife, Angie, shares about why they have elected to raise their children in the O4W. Read more →

Which Way Should I Go?

Romans 12:1-2 is a passage most often discussed with an emphasis on being a living sacrifice. But what does that look like? The fact that we are living means that there is a day to day aspect to this sacrifice. I want to bring to your attention the little four letter word that comes up far more often in the daily lives of believers: will. How often do we ask “What is God’s will for my life?” or “What does He want me to do in this situation?” Far too often we think of God’s will for our lives as some kind of decision-making assistant or crisis removal service. Read more →

The Color of Gratitude

If you wouldn’t mind actually, can you pray for my friend Leland? Last week Leland was fly fishing. As he drew back his fishing rod the wind suddenly caught the fishing line and his fish hook whipped towards him and sunk straight into the centre of his pupil. And as if that wasn’t bad enough the fish hook was barbed. A barbed fish hook sunk bulls-eye into a human eye . . . let’s just say I don’t need to see you cringing to know you’re cringing. Leland is currently out of the hospital but now that the high from the pain killers and well-wishes from family and friends have worn off, he’s dealing with the stark reality that he might not regain sight in his right eye. If the eye doesn’t heal properly he may never be allowed to drive again. At the end of a recent email updating us on how he was doing, Leland wrote: “Hope this message finds you grateful for who you are and what you have.” Read more →

Why I Serve

There are so many reasons why a person might choose to serve. Starting off, it’s Biblical. The Bible challenges, encourages, and commands us to various types of service, and it is central to the Gospel message. Jesus perfectly sets the example of service in His death on the cross. As we strive to look more like Jesus, it is only natural that we would become servants as well. Read more →

God, You’re Late

“Don’t let sin dim out God’s beauty, let God’s beauty dim out sin.”

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Fair-Weather Friend

Blueprint family member Melody Gardner shares how the Circles series has affected her.

As I sat Sunday after Sunday listening to the story of Gideon, I confess I would think, “I relate to that point, but not most of what is being preached.” It was not until the last sermon in the series that the veil over my eyes fell and I saw myself clearly—I am an Israelite at heart! Read more →

How To Make An Unlikely Hero

As we’re making our way through the book of Judges during our Circles series, one of the heroes we come across is Gideon. Well, he’s sort-of a hero. Gideon wasn’t perfect, by any means. One of the last things the Bible tells us about him was that while he refused the Israelites’ offer to make him king and told them God alone was their king, he then made a golden ephod– which was perhaps not meant to be an idol, but became one that the Israelites, including Gideon’s family, worshipped. Read more →

What Does “Circles” Mean?

It was just another day in my Old Testament Historical Literature class. I was taking notes and keeping a literal tally of how many times my professor said “interesting dynamics,” his pet phrase. At some point during the class, my professor turned to the dry-erase board behind him and drew a large spiral. Read more →

Breaking Free

The Cycle

The moment I turned the keys in the ignition of my first car, I felt free. It was a blue ‘97 Ford Contour, a hand-me-down from my mom. I was 16, a junior in high school, and my license had been burning a hole in my billfold for several months. I adjusted the mirrors, the seat, and the volume (Mom never let the music be loud enough to actually hear the words). I put it in drive. This was the freedom that I’d been anticipating for years. I could go where I wanted, when I wanted (to a certain extent, of course), and I didn’t have to depend on my parents to take me there. Read more →

God Called Me To Cut My Hair

God called me to cut off all my hair.  This may seem like a strange request, but not when you consider what He was really asking me to cut out of my life.  He was asking me to trust in Him only and completely, without relying on anything or anyone else to validate me.  He was asking to be my only source of comfort and strength and to realize that nothing else could satisfy me. Read more →

Passion: God Risen For Us

Hope. It echoed through the morning air as the women reached Peter and John and the rest, stammering with breathless excitement. Read more →