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 →

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 →

The Bad Dream: Adoption Blog 2

Today’s post is the second in a two-part series in which Angela Lewis shares about how she handles her son’s thoughts and questions about adoption. Not only are these thoughts helpful for other parents, but they encourage us all to think about what it means to be adopted by God.

Every night the kids and I spend some time writing in our journals together, all sprawled in the middle of their bedroom floor— writing silently. Each person writes their prayers and if anyone wants to share their prayer out loud, we do that. This is one of my favorite parts of the day; I learn so much each evening. I see God working in their hearts, I am reminded of answered prayers, I am encouraged by their faith and their expectancy of the Lord’s answers. I hear their pleas, their honest confessions, I share mine, we get pretty vulnerable and amazing conversations come as a result.  Read more →

I Think You Stole Me: Adoption Blog 1

Today’s post is one of a two-part series in which Angela Lewis shares about how she handles her son’s thoughts and questions about adoption. Not only are these thoughts helpful for other parents, but they encourage us all to think about what it means to be adopted by God.

One of my sons came to me after a day of being disciplined several times. The words that came out of his mouth caused me pause and made me realize how much I, as a mom, need to be in tune to my children’s emotional health. Read more →

Saved– Or So I Thought

We’ve been going through a sermon series at Blueprint called Genuine Faith, focusing on the book of 1 John. As part of this series, Pastor John O. has reminded us that there are four kinds of people in the world: those who are saved and know it, those who are not saved and know it, those who are not saved and think they are, and those who are saved and don’t know it. Today’s post is a story from the third category.

There I was, standing in front of everyone. My mother had waved me down the aisle of our small Missionary Baptist Church to make the “walk of faith.” I looked over to my left as my cousin stood there next to me smiling from ear to ear. She had done this before and all I could remember was her whispering to me, “You’re saved now!” After the pastor asked me a few questions, which I had memorized because I had seen many others go before me, I recited the three affirmative answers: ‘Yes.’ My baptism was scheduled and concluded a couple of weeks later and I was saved – or so I thought. Read more →

Doubt in a Life of Genuine Faith

We’ve been going through a sermon series at Blueprint called Genuine Faith, focusing on the book of 1 John. As part of this series, Pastor John O. has reminded us that there are four kinds of people in the world: those who are saved and know it, those who are not saved and know it, those who are not saved and don’t know it, and those who are saved and don’t know it. Today’s post is a story from that last category.  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 →

Life Verses: Romans 8

We just concluded a sermon series at Blueprint entitled “Life Verses.” Each week, one of our pastors walked  us through a set of verses that has been influential in his life. But God’s Word isn’t just for pastors! It has the ability to powerfully affect and transform each of us. Today, we’re featuring the Life Verses of Laura Coulter, one of our interns.  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 →

Life Verses, Volume 2

We’re currently going through a sermon series at Blueprint entitled “Life Verses.” Each week, one of our pastors is walking us through a set of verses that has been influential in his life. But God’s Word isn’t just for pastors! It has the ability to powerfully affect and transform each of us. Here are the “Life Verses” of some of Blueprint’s other staff: Read more →

Life Verses, Volume 1

We’re currently going through a sermon series at Blueprint entitled “Life Verses.” Each week, one of our pastors is walking us through a set of verses that has been influential in his life. But God’s Word isn’t just for pastors! It has the ability to powerfully affect and transform each of us. Here are the “Life Verses” of some of Blueprint’s other staff: Read more →

Looking Back, Moving Forward

As I pause and take a look back over the year I am amazed at God’s grace. I am amazed that God would take a man filled with pride, endless flaws and insecurities, and allow him to partake in his glory. With that being said, 2013 was an excellent year.  As a parent, this past year has afforded me the opportunity to watch my youngest son grow leaps and bounds, my daughter enter the first grade, and my oldest son enter Pre-K. While my wife and I have put forth supreme effort raising our children I realize daily I can’t take credit for how awesome my children are becoming. I stand amazed at them daily.  Read more →

A New Heart Towards Christmas

Christmas used to be a time of year that brought on so much excitement and anticipation for me. On Christmas Eve my sister, brother, and I would stay up until twelve o’clock at night (against our parents’ wishes, of course) in order to run down the stairs and rip open our presents. In the beginning, we viewed Christmas as “gift-giving” time. But over the years I began to learn that Christmas was much more than that. It was about being good to others and spending time with family.  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 →

Off the Sidelines

It all started with a question. “What’s your burden?” and at first I didn’t have an answer and then it clicked. Men! If men could get it all together the world would change immediately. That’s what popped into my head then and what continues to sit in the corners of my mind now. Read more →

Celebrating Recovery

My name is Kendall. I’m a grateful believer in Jesus Christ, and I struggle with pornography.

I witnessed my first pornographic image around the age of seven. I can remember it pretty clearly. I went into the living room and pressed eject on my parents’ Betamax VCR (of course, this was ages before DVD or Netflix). When the VCR opened, a tape came out that I didn’t recognize. Being a normal, curious seven year old, I pushed the tape back in and pressed play. The image I saw seared itself into my memory and exposed me to something that would haunt me into adulthood. Read more →

My Broken Plate

For our Utopia series, we wanted to invite our community to share their brokenness on plates and break them to symbolize how God takes that brokenness and makes something beautiful.

Here’s what I was going to write on my plate Sunday:

I have a mind that is easily distracted and a heart that easily grows lukewarm and numb.

The general, albeit honest, confession of a mature Christian woman. I watched the film played during service, and I felt for Jackie as she talked about her broken family. But I couldn’t relate. Maybe this is the pride that contributes to my lukewarm heart, but I kind of think we have a utopian family. We’ve weathered the frazzled years with infants and toddlers, the frustrating years with teenagers, and now we have these grown up men with wives and children of their own. And we have healthy relationships with them.

But then I got distracted from my self-satisfaction long enough to hear Jackie say something I realized—like an arrow shot—I could relate to. She spoke of a family that “stigmatized” her. It’s a harsh word, one I’m fairly certain none of our sons would say was inflicted upon them in our home. But there it was, out loud and pointed and very clearly meant for me to hear. Read more →

Born This Way

I was born a sinner.

What does that mean?
I figured it meant I was born bad, like we speak of unruly kids. But that’d mean a few spankings and punishments and then I’d be a good kid and eventually a good adult.

Right?
Wrong according to Christianity. 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 →