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Poverty of Spirit = Happiness

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives us several ways to be happy. Matthew 5 opens up with a string of, “Blessed are… the poor in spirit, the meek, the merciful, the peacemakers…” It is interesting that the Greek word for blessed is “makarios” which literally means “happy” (Makar is the Greek word for happy). Jews used the term to describe a person in the state of salvation, someone with the blessing and favor of God on their lives. “Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And […]


Making Disciples, Not Dependents

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” – Matthew 28:18-20 It’s the Great Commission. Of course we know it. God has called youth pastors to make disciples. But is that what we are doing? Over the past few years, […]


Decisions Lead to Disciples

POST-EASTER THOUGHTS: DECISIONS LEAD TO DISCIPLES George Whitefield was asked after evangelistic services: “How many were saved at the event?” He said, “I’ll know in six months.” I certainly don’t want to rain on anyone’s post-Easter parade, but while I am happy for record-setting Easter Sunday crowds, I am afraid we might be celebrating the insignificant. It is true: every great adventure in life starts with a decision. Without a decision, nothing ever gets done. It’s the same in the spiritual realm. The journey of discipleship always begins when someone makes a decision to follow Jesus. Without these decisions for […]


Thursday Morning Commentary

Stone –> Bread –> Stone What happens when the Holy Spirit leads you into the worst season of your life? How do you respond to the desert you’re in? You can’t pray to get out of it, because you’re praying to the very one who placed you there. It is a notion we often aren’t fond of entertaining, this idea of God leading us into a dry season; but that’s exactly what the Father does to Jesus in Matthew 4. Jesus walked the earth four thousand years after the first Messianic prophecy, and waited an additional thirty to publicly begin […]


Thursday Morning Commentary

We are so excited to launch Thursday Morning Commentary amidst our Elevation community! These pieces will serve to recap, reflect, help us apply, and probe communal discussion about what God is speaking every Wednesday night in Elevation. It’s our hope that as we share, you will share too. Let us know what the Lord does in your heart each week as we journey together! How incredibly different would you live your life if your past was completely erased and there was nothing to go back to? Repeatedly throughout scripture, we encounter lives with less than perfect histories. So, why do […]