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A disciple is a learner and follower. A disciple of Jesus learns what Jesus said - his teachings. He follows what Jesus did - his lifestyle. In other words, Jesus impacts both his thinking and his actions.

This website focuses on the teaching aspect of discipleship. However, by themselves, these teachings are incomplete; they need to be united with actions in order to become perfected. Because of this, we encourage you to get involved - not in doing "religious activities," but in living your daily life as a follower of Jesus. Let his teachings influence all your values and choices.

** Where do we start? ** (Our foundation)

We have nothing to hide: We start with the Bible. Our "manifesto" is described in the article, "The Bible: God's Word to All People." If you do not accept this starting point, then most likely you will not accept much else in this website. However, if you do accept this starting point (and apply its principles to your life), you will most likely reach conclusions that are similar to ours - even if you never read another page on this website!

Our Purpose & Goals

There are many changes that will occur, when one becomes a follower of Jesus. This includes not just learning new facts, but learning to apply them in one's life.

This website is a collection of articles, word studies, and comments on many topics. Some are short and easy to read; others are long and require serious concentration. They range from in-depth research to humorous stories (which have a purpose behind them).

Many more things could be written about being a disciple, or follower, of Jesus. But our purpose is not to provide the final answer to everything. We want to challenge you to explore for yourself what it means to be a disciple (follower) of Jesus.

Our goal is not only to encourage you to follow Jesus - both in word (what you believe) and deed (what you do) - but to provide various resources, which we hope will help guide you toward that goal. However, being consistent with our desire to see God's Word honored above all things, we encourage you to not blindly accept whatever we say, even if it sounds reasonable. Rather, search the Scriptures themselves, to see if what we say is true. Follow the example of the Bereans (Acts 17:11), who examined the Scriptures before believing anything they were told about God and the Bible - even when it was being told them by one of God's apostles! After all, it is the Word of God, not our own words, that will live and endure forever (Isaiah 40:8; 1 Peter 1:23; Hebrews 4:12)!

The use of these materials

ALL articles on this website (unless stated on the article) may be copied and used for teaching and learning purposes. For more information, see: "Make Copies." Some of the Bible translations we quote may have certain restrictions, and you will have to make sure you follow their guidelines.

  • Note that this permission does not apply to any links we may include to other websites. (In that case, you need to follow their own guidelines.)

Links to other websites

A link to another website does not indicate that we endorse everything on that website. But if you examine it with the same attitude as we want you to have with ours (see the "Purpose and Goals," above), then you will be able to benefit greatly from some of the things you find there. Note that the omission of a website does not indicate that we disagree with it.

These are my two favorite Bible verses...

But seek first God's kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things [your needs] will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)

We know that in all things God works to accomplish good in the lives of those who love him, whom he has called according to his plan. (Romans 8:28)