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First things first…by Jake Paurus

Note from Ryan…Jake is a great friend who has taught me so much about loving God in radical ways. Him and his wife Lindy are currently serving at a house of prayer in Pennsylvania. I suggest we seriously contemplate Jake’s […] 

Baby Break!

My wife gave birth to our first baby on Oct. 3! Her name is Hazel and she is 6 lbs 9 oz. We are so excited that she is here. Hang tight, I will be back posting soon. I’m gonna […] 

Week #5 Love Like Jesus Part 2

Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2012 Last week we read through Matthew searching for clues as to how Jesus loved the religious teachers and leaders, the Gentiles and Samaritans and the sinners. I found it interesting that Jesus was most harsh with […] 

Week #4 Love Like Jesus Part 1

September 23-29, 2012 A) In order to love like Jesus loved, we need to know his love. “To know” has a cognitive aspect (in the mind) as well as an experiential aspect (in the heart). This week we are going […] 

Love God, Love People

Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first […] 

Week #3 The Lost Art of Hospitality

September 16-22, 2012 This week I am bringing the challenge closer to home…literally. Let’s practice some good old-fashioned hospitality. Invite someone who doesn’t normally come over to your home, for a meal or just some coffee. In the Muslim world, […] 

Say “Hi” & God Does the Rest

Anyone who has known me for more than a week knows that I have a thing for Iranians. Since meeting a group of Iranians on my first trip to Turkey, I was hooked. The language, the history, the culture. It […] 

Week #2 Just Do It

September 9-15, 2012 This week, I urge you to commit to participate no matter the inconvenience. The reason is so you can see what it takes to live missionally. Of course we all know that there’s no special formula for […] 

Simple Ways to Be Missional e-book

This short e-book is so practical it might make you laugh. I think it’s great though. We often overlook the simple ways of showing Christ’s love to our neighbors. Some of the suggestions involve neighborhood BBQ’s, taking cookies to your […] 


I really like the word communitas. It’s a latin word meaning unstructured community; an intense community spirit, the feeling of great social equality, solidarity, and togetherness (wikipedia). Communitas is like community 2.0. It usually contains more purpose than just fellowship (which […] 

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