Come Follow Me

Oct 15, 2019
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Study & Share: A “Come Follow Me” Story

As part of our ongoing experimentation with the Come Follow Me initiative as it pertains to home study as a family, I had a nugget of inspiration that bore some good fruit.

We had been trying to fit in a reading each night where we each read a few verses and then had family prayer.

There wasn’t much depth at all because we were trying to “get through” the scriptures before the little ones lost their patience and began to be disruptive.

The other night, I had an idea. I suggested that we should try studying on our own each day, then in the evening we could each share what we learned from our own studies.

I gave my kids two goals: 1. write down any word they don’t know the meaning of and 2. write down anything they thought was interesting.

The next night, my 12-year-old daughter eagerly revealed an entire sheet of paper filled with words and paragraphs of text. We went through and defined the words she didn’t understand and listened to her insights.

What a difference!

I love these moments that God gives us and am grateful for his hand in the little things in life that mean so much.

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May 1, 2019
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He is a good man…or no?

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There was much grumbling among the crowds concerning [Jesus]; some were saying, “He is a good man”; others were saying, “No, on the contrary, He leads the people astray.”

John 7:12 NASB

It is always interesting to see how people reacted to Jesus and what their opinions were. Even with Jesus himself, a crowd of people could look at him, listen to him, and still come to two completely different opinions about him.

“How has this man become learned, having never been educated?”

John 7:14 NASB

That which comes by revelation is often valued less by the world than that which comes from the teachings of mortal men and their institutions.

“You have a demon!”

John 7:19 NASB

A modern version I hear of this rather pathetic non-argument is “You’re a racist!” or “You’re a Nazi!”

If Jesus was such a controversial figure, then how can anyone else ever not be controversial? Perhaps by simply being quiet, drawing no attention to oneself, and never making a stand for anything at all.

Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 

2 Timothy 3:12 NASB
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Mar 24, 2019
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Mustard Seeds and Leaven

There is quite a bit packed in to the chapters from Come Follow Me this week and I could write dozens of posts about so many little details but one thing has stuck in my mind.

Among other things, Jesus taught that the kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man sowed in his field and leaven that a woman hid in some flour.

In both cases, a person performed a simple act, planting a seed and placing leaven in flour. Growth came from the living seed and the living yeast which then did all of the work.

I thought to myself that perhaps we vastly overthink things. These parables are great examples of Alma’s words, “by small and simple things are great things brought to pass;” (Alma 37:6)

I’ve been thinking about never underestimating the power of a simple act and the unseen forces that are ready and prepared to generate incredible things, but are still waiting for me to act.

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Feb 20, 2019
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Some “Come Follow Me” Experiences

My feelings about the Church’s new Come Follow Me plan for families has been a little mixed. I’ve gone back and forth about it but have been willing to give it a shot and see what happens.

Initially, I felt like a church-wide focus on all the same scriptures across all programs from Sunday School to family study was a little too correlated for my taste. I prefer to create study methods that are tuned to our needs.

We have ventured forth anyway, and some exciting things have happened. First, it was a little rough; we didn’t know how to organize personal study with family study and the manual. If we studied the same stuff together every night, what did we study personally? With a chapter or two a week, that could be read in minutes, reviewing the same chapter alone and with family for 7 days straight and then again at church, that seems like you’d get a little burnt out! I still don’t totally understand it.

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