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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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 →

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 →

Genuine Faith Remembers

Perhaps seminary is to blame. The study of theology is really important– people’s lives depend on how well I apply the gospel to their context… right? Perhaps I embody the one word I promised never to utter because it is the thickest of veneers to authentic living: busy. Or perhaps the praise others offered to me about my “genuine” spirit actually transmuted into a “genuine” fig leaf. I’m not sure the reason, but I believe God is teaching me that genuine faith remembers how to feel. Read more →

Abiding in Christ

Genuine faith abides. This simple statement has rocked my being.  As a believer, I have struggled with performance.  While I understand grace conceptually, I have struggled to apply grace in my personal life.  I would attribute my struggle partly to being male and partly to being prideful and selfish.  Throughout my life, accomplishments have been the measuring stick of manhood. Read more →

What Submission Looks Like

1 Peter 3:5b-6:

“They were submissive to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.”

My family and I are in the process of planning to move– and fear is real when you start talking about selling and buying houses and moving. If you know me, moving would come as a shock to you. For almost five years we have invested into a neighborhood, into a school, into friends. We settled, I said I was never packing a box again, never would have a need for a moving truck, never need for more bubble wrap or tape–I was done moving. Dhati and I have been married for 13 years, and have moved 7 times–this will be our 8th. We have 6 kids. You can imagine the logistical nightmare that moving with 8 brings. Read more →

Jesus is Here

I feel like one of the greatest truths I think I can teach my children is that of Joshua 1:9, which says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Read more →

Own It

The best Christmas present I’ve ever received wasn’t a TV or a piece of jewelry. It was a silver Bach Stradivarius trumpet. In the few years leading up to that Christmas, I’d thrown myself full-force into the world of high school band. Up to this point I’d only owned used, dented, scratched beginner or intermediate instruments. They were nothing compared to the shiny, brand-new, professional-grade beauty I received that year. It sounded amazing and I adored it, even gave it a name. I was a weird kid.  Read more →

Be Rooted in Service

Firemen and police officers are individuals who run into harm’s way. They have been trained and equipped with the tools to do their job. They have slogans like “overcome, adapt, and improvise” and “protect and serve.” Read more →

Courage in Calling

“Without your wounds where would your power be? It is your 

very sadness that makes your low voice tremble into the

hearts of men. The very angels themselves cannot persuade

the wretched and blundering children on earth as can one

human being broken on the wheels of living. In Love’s service

only the wounded soldiers can serve.”

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The Cage of Calling

God is not merely the Creator of our life. He is also the Author of our life, and he writes each person’s life to reveal his divine story. There never has been nor ever will be another life like mine—or like yours. Just as there is only one face and name like mine, so there is only one story like mine. And God writes the story of my life to make something known about himself, the One who wrote me. The same is true of you. Your life and mine not only reveal who we are, but they also help reveal who God is.
-Dan Allender

I really like this quote….alot…I’ll come back to it. Read more →

Broken but Beloved

With this series, we want our blog to invite a spirit of confession & vulnerability that would define our community.

How did I get here?

Who am I?

Now what?

These are the questions I’ve been asking myself the past couple of days. Where is here? Embarrassed, ashamed, broken, contrite and wishing I could run away or sit in my room watching On Demand all day, so I don’t have to deal with reality.  Reaping what I sowed and scared that my future doesn’t look so bright anymore. How did I get here? Chasing satisfaction. Consciously and subconsciously. Embracing the tangible because I couldn’t feel the invisible. And hiding from the light to keep my dark deeds hidden. Read more →

Glory and Love

My husband and I have started to teach our two year old the basics about God.  We have catechism questions that we are slowly working through as he begins to understand the world around him.  The first question we worked on was: Who created you?  The second one was: What else did He make?  The next one we will start on is: Why did He create you?  The answer is simple: For his glory.  Isaiah 43:7 says, “Everyone who is called by my name, and whom I have created for my glory…”  This is the purpose of our existence — to glorify God.  Everything we do is to glorify God.

I don’t have a problem with Mathias learning this truth this early, but I looked ahead to see when the catechism covered the fact that God loves him.  I felt that knowing that God loves him is paramount to understanding his value as a person. Read more →