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First Steps To Becoming a Missional Church

Many conversations about our churches becoming more missional (discipleship-focused) assume there is nothing but objections and arguments against living this way. But what about those churches where people are already convinced and just need direction? This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we lay out the very first steps to becoming a missional church. These are…

Why Planning Rest Before Work Is Smart

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Sabbath rest is not about just taking a break. It’s about putting an end to the restlessness of self, and self-provision, that keeps us living distracted, frantic, and fragmented lives of dissatisfaction.  This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we talk about why planning your rest before work is smart and crucial to living the life…

Blessed to Be a Blessing: Your Family on Mission

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Blessed to be a blessing sounds at once awesome… and a little daunting. Where do we start blessing people when there are SO MANY needs around us? That should make it easier, but honestly, it can kind of shut you down, not knowing WHO to bless or HOW. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we…

Lifeschool Cafe – Your Questions Answered

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A lot of great, important questions come into Caesar and Heath every week. Topics range widely, but all things focus on and help us all learn how to live out our Christian faith and express the gospel in everyday life. Awesome. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we answer as many of your questions as…

Christmas and Consumerism as Christians

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There is no evidence that the disciples of Jesus, or the 1st Century church, ever celebrated Christmas or Jesus’ birth as an annual holiday. And yet, many of us have been taught that consumerism has killed the true meaning of Christmas. Has it?! This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we look at the history of…

Neighborhood Missional Living for the Imperfectly Ready

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Neighborhood missional living is something that many ascribe to, but not everyone achieves. This type of intentional discipleship in community includes family, friends, and those living closest to you and helps you experience the gospel in ways that you never imagined. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we talk with our friend Twyla Franz, a…

From Attracting to Deploying: Living in the New Covenant

Part of the utter lack of discipleship we see in the Church today comes back to the reality that many, or most, are still living and leading their people primarily in light of the Old Covenant! New Covenant churches and believers are focused on making disciples who increasingly fill the world with disciples of Jesus.…

5 Stereotypes Christians Need To Change

We all seem to put people into a box–labeling them in ways that we can either easily dismiss, or categorically aspire to, without really getting into the messiness of really knowing them. Most are likely to say that stereotypes are not true, yet they still exist and influence our perceptions in profound ways. This week…

Why We Want To Let Our Redemption Show

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When we can be honest about where we’re at with our problems and in our own spiritual life, it also gives others permission to do the same. Ask yourself, do others feel safe to approach you, even with their sins and screw-ups? This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we’ll show you why it’s important to…

Living on Mission When Your Spouse Is Not Into It

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Discipleship starts in your home and works its way out through relationships. So our families and marriages need to be the “red hot center” of discipleship that we invite others into. But what happens if you’re trying to live on Mission and your spouse is not into it? This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we…

Gratitude, Grace, and the Gospel

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Gratitude is more than delighting in a gift; it is a feeling of happiness directed toward a person for giving you something good. Growing in our ability to consistently be grateful and express gratitude is not only life-changing but is part of becoming a mature disciple of Jesus. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we’ll…

Are You Living Like a Missionary?

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Living as a missionary is more about “being” than “doing”. Even if you’re part of a church that only refers to missionaries as those who go overseas to do ministry, the truth is, if you are a Christian, YOU are a missionary. It’s part of your identity! This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we’ll talk…

Is Your Church Successful? New Benchmarks

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Jesus was immeasurably the most successful person in human history. In every way. Yet, if we were to measure his lifetime effectiveness using today’s Church benchmarks of success, Jesus would probably find it hard to get hired on at most churches. What are you measuring? This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we look at why…

Halloween: Is Your Door Open For Mission?

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Halloween and the beloved ritual of “trick-or-treat” is getting more and more popular each year, worldwide. With dozens (if not hundreds!) of your neighbors lining up for candy and a warm smile… is your door open for Mission this year? This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we talk about what may be the lowest hanging…

5 Steps To Making Friends Quickly

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Friendship and relationships are inseparably connected to the heart of God. Not only were we all created in the image of our relational God, who exists in community, but making friends is a critical component to making new disciples of Jesus. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we’ll teach you 5 steps to making friends…

Invitation and Challenge: Moving Disciples Toward Maturity

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Whenever we’re investing time and energy into discipling someone or developing them as leaders, there’s this strong dynamic that we learn from Jesus where he perfectly calibrated invitation to his life, with a challenge to grow, to participate, to be more like him. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we’ll teach you how understanding “Invitation…

God, Guns and the Second Amendment

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One of today’s biggest and most vigorously debated issues is gun control. Statistics show Americans of all persuasions and political affiliations have become increasingly opposed to more gun control laws, despite the growing number of mass shootings. Yet clearly, there are those who cry out for greater gun control. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast,…

Is the Church a Black Hole for Leaders?

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Pastors and other leaders in ministry are often under so much stress that they find themselves hanging on by a thread, often-times for years, ready to burn out from exhaustion or blow out morally. This is a huge problem facing the Church today. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we talk about the alarming number…

7 Secrets to Lifelong Marriage Unity

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Almost no one was raised in a perfect home with perfect parents who modeled a perfect marriage. It takes intentionality and a lifelong commitment to learn, adapt, and bear with one another… if you want to stay married! This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, Caesar and his wife, Tina, share 7 “secrets” that have helped…

How Procrastination Kills Discipleship and Mission

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Have you ever really “intentioned” to make disciples and focus your life on God’s mission and his glory, rather than your plans for your own glory? If that’s your hope and intention, but you’re not taking action, it’s procrastination. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we’ll talk about what leads to procrastination in our lives…