Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me is a unique 40-day devotional that inspires Christians to follow Jesus with their whole hearts and live the Christ-like lives they’re meant to live. Living a Christ-like life means devoting yourself to Jesus with your whole heart, soul and mind. This 40-day devotional contains the stories of 40 Christian martyrs who gave their lives to Jesus.
Following these stories are soul-stirring devotionals that will help you strengthen your faith by applying the lessons taught by each martyr. Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me by Chris Buscher is the perfect devotional for anyone dedicated to learning how to walk with Christ.
About the Author
Chris Buscher is the inspirational co-founder and CEO of Lay me Down Ministry who after a tumultuous childhood and years of looking for peace, found it in the words of Jesus Christ. Christ became more than just words for Chris, he was love, mercy, and compassion through the power of his gospel. A gospel that after Chris experiences a prophetic dream in college, felt the needed to share with the world! Since then, Chris has traveled the world sharing his story about how he was healed and given a new life by the ways of Jesus Christ. Chris is no fly-by-night preacher. He’s given up everything he owned and left his family to tell others what faith and Jesus can do in their lives. Chris has ministered in numerous nations and today his company Lay Me Down Ministry is operating in a total of three different continents and consists of over 120 pastors and 65 churches. Lay Me Down Ministry is completely united with one powerful goal in mind: raising the next generation of world changing Christians! Chris Buscher is also the writer of numerous inspirational books such as My Confession, Hashtag Faith, Take Up Your Cross, and MANY more. You can find his publications on Amazon or directly through his different publishers at UP Books, LMDM Publishing House, and Generational Publishing.
This booklet contains around 7,000 words of advice and personal ministry stories from nearly a dozen veteran youth workers from around the world. It is one in a series of topics addressed by the same youth workers in the paperback / e-book “Youth Ministry Across the Continents” which can be also purchased on Amazon. The other booklets in the series address such topics as ‘How to relate to Senior Church Leaders’ and ‘How to Care for Young People in Youth Ministry.’
Each youth worker has tried to communicate just three or four of the most crucial things on this subject that they have learned over many years of local church youth work. As well as their cultural context in some you’ll also see reflected their own denominational context be it Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Baptist, Anglican, etc.
As you read it is our hope and prayer that you discover some real gems of youth worker wisdom that will help you in your ministry to young people.
Would you like to grow in your walk with Jesus Christ? Do you desire to do the things that Jesus did, and more?
I knew there had to be more to this Christian walk than I was experiencing and I began to ask God what was missing. An entire realm was opened to me. He began to show me things in my life that I needed to purge before I could grow. As I purged my life from evil and hindrances that were holding me back I experienced freedom like never before. I became addicted to repentance because every time I was obedient I was blessed with more power for miracles and encounters with Jesus. I was touched by the Holy Spirit and began to finally grow spiritually.
Now I can hear the Holy Spirit clearly and see in the Spirit as the Holy Spirit allows. Now when I pray for people I see them get healed. My passion for the lost has grown and I have introduced many souls to Jesus Christ and teaching others how to witness and go on treasure hunts.
The love and compassion of God has motivated me to love on the homeless in ways I would have never imagined. My entire walk with God is my highest priority in life and He has changing me to look more like Him. I never knew being a Christian could be so fun and serving God could be so satisfying.
My life is service to Abba Father and I do not want it another other way. It all came about through years of spiritual warfare. I used these steps to walk through the self-deliverance process. In this book, you will discover steps to freedom which include the following; be still and know He is God, get ready for revelation and repentance, understand the blessings of obedience and penalties of disobedience, prioritize Jesus in your life, learn to journal and walk out your new lifestyle. Each step contains prayers and declarations that will bring breakthrough.These steps of freedom will enable the Holy-Spirit filled believer to destroy the enemy in their lives. Understanding Christ’s righteousness leads us to a place of desiring more of Him and less of us. This is the process of dying to self.The goal is not only to have greater intimacy with Jesus Christ, but to become more Christ-like and to fulfill the God-given assignment that is for every believer of Jesus Christ.
This is a workbook which means there is work involved if you want the desired results. This is a lifestyle change that will take much discipline, time, and lots of effort. This workbook will help you break free from strongholds, hindrances and empower you to advance your walk with Jesus Christ. As you complete the steps of freedom this will become your story of deliverance. Invest in yourself and begin walking in victory today!
“Jesus is preparing a new work with His church. He is readying men and women of God who are willing to do whatever it takes to draw near to Him and to follow Him. The day is coming when He will build through us, where all that we do will truly flow from the King himself. In such a time, His church will be a force for good as nothing else. As the world grows increasingly dark, His people will shine like never before, not because of our good works, but because of Him. This is the call upon the Kingdom church.”
Aimed at both His people and His church, This book reveals Jesus’ desire to move in a mighty way upon the earth. It is both a study and a call of what it is to live in His Kingdom and to follow Him. Broken down step by step with the Bible, it examines what Jesus said about the Kingdom of God and the implications of that for our lives and our churches.
About the Author
Benjamin Sealey is a pastor from the UK. His passion is to see the church walk in a closer relationship with Jesus, moving with Him and His Spirit in all things. Benjamin is also the author of “Restoring the Heart of Worship.”
Nan Jones understands the frustrations and stress women in ministry face. As a former pastor’s wife, she’s experienced the pressures and loneliness that comes from ministry burnout, social isolation, frantic schedules, and unrealistic expectations.
If you’re a pastor’s wife or a woman in ministry struggling with your calling, this book offers a lifeline of hope and encouragement.
Be empowered to fight spiritual battles with God’s grace and promises, protected by His armor. Learn creative ways to stand up for yourself and feel the blessing of your calling as a ministry helper. The Perils of a Pastor’s Wife will guide you through the calamities of life and restore your confidence in God’s purpose and plan for your life and ministry.
About the Author
Nan Jones ministered alongside her husband for thirty-one years in small, rural churches across North Carolina. She enjoyed the rewards of pastoral service, endured its fiery trials, and learned to find the light and comfort of God’s presence when ministry gets ugly. Nan is a Bible-study teacher, author, and speaker who delights in helping Christian women find God in their darkest hours.
The problem I see in many attractional-event and program-driven churches in the West is their system does a good job of producing converts, but not necessarily of producing disciples who are equipped to make disciples who make disciples (Matthew 28:19). Many churches in our country seem to have drifted from the biblical concept of “church” and have redefined it as the place, a building, where ministry happens. Hence, many evangelicals have built large centralized institutions using what seems like marketing as a formula for success: utilize attractional events to draw a crowd, and then develop programs and depend on professional clergy to keep people coming back. While this may have worked to build large communities of worship in the mid-to-late twentieth century, it has also consumed many of the smaller churches like a Wal-Mart monopoly putting out of business the mom-and-pop shops. And often when the pastor of a program-driven church leaves the ministry, that church tends to lose sight of the vision as it struggles to pull together in unity, and the congregation shrinks as people transfer to the new, next, and better program-driven church that meets their family’s needs. I would argue this doesn’t build biblical community; this fractures community among local churches as the competitive mindset takes over and as church leadership begins to use marketing techniques to promote their brand to attract church shoppers, and thus congregants shuffle from church to church.
This book explores the challenges church leaders and congregants face in shepherding a program-driven church to begin to reach out to the community outside of the four walls of a church building. Take this journey with me as I evaluate Jesus’ and the Apostles’ method of outreach and discipleship and seek to find ways to apply their methodology in today’s context. We will explore various small group models throughout history and in today’s contemporary Western context. We will look at the necessity of corporate worship and small groups to stimulate spiritual growth. I have interviewed Jeff Vanderstelt, Steve Timmis, Joel Comiskey, and Dan Braga to glean wisdom from these leaders in how to successfully shepherded churches through this kind of recontexualization of the local church. In the end I have mapped out a strategy for how church leaders can lead their churches through this transition from attractional events and the programs to the missional home community and cell-driven model, which resonates with this generation disenfranchised with church.
I believe there are many methods of ministry that can work to make converts, but in order to make disciples that multiply requires an authentic faith community. This is what an unbelieving world is longing to see, a church that has closed the gap between their rhetoric and reality.
This book is a result of a Thesis Project for Gordon-Conwell Seminary Doctorate Program in Outreach and Discipleship.