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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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 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 Am Jonah: Obeying the Hard Call of God

In March 2014, the Lord asked me to do something drastic: fast from all forms of social media for an entire year. For some, a year without social media is a no-brainer. But for a fresh-out-of-high-school, image-obsessed, must-be-in-the-know-at-all-times girl like I was, keeping myself from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram seemed about as impossible as chopping down a tree with a plastic butter knife. Read more →

It’s Not a Real Problem Until it is Our Problem

It’s not a real problem, until it is OUR problem.

We have said that many times since we moved into the O4W of Atlanta, but last night we experienced a more intense problem in this city that we love.

Parking was limited, so Dhati dropped the seven of us off near the stadium while he went to park. Decked out in our Hope-Hill and Inman t-shirts, we were joining hundreds of others to watch the Grady-Carver High School football game at Grady Stadium. Aside from a fight that broke out at Starbucks as we were grabbing some dinner, it was a peaceful and quiet evening—nice weather and an amazing skyline to take in. 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 →

Duh Hood Need Jesus

“Confusion” was spelled out between his scrunched eyebrows. “Hold up, though. You talk to us ‘bout Jesus all the time. What that got to do wit’ you and Mrs. Maggie goin’ nuh Atlanta for two whole years, though?” 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 →

Tough Questions: The Resurrection

This is the second question/answer post in our Tough Questions series.

Question (from Loretta Hazel): “Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24 all tell us about the Resurrection, but they all have some key differences in the accounts. Differences that I personally struggle to piece together to form one story. How do we explain how all 3 accounts are accurate?” 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 →

Tough Questions: Violence in the Old Testament

This is the first question/answer post in our Tough Questions series.

A few months ago, we preached through the book of Judges at Blueprint.  If you’ve ever read through the book you know that there are some tough things to grapple with.  In my opinion, there’s nothing more difficult to wrestle with than reconciling God’s goodness with His apparent command of mass genocide of entire nations.  How could a loving God do something like this?  How could He not only kill innocent people that haven’t done anything wrong, but also enlist other people (namely the Israelities) to be accomplices in this act?  Is it a contradiction for Him to command His people not to murder but then order them to kill people?  How could God’s people be holy while they carry out a decree like this? 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 →

Tough Questions: Intro

For most people, the Bible is intimidating.  When I think about how to justify that statement, two truths come to mind.  One truth is pretty objective and the second is more subjective. 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 →