S2 E4: Care

Gary Kendall and Brooke McMahan discuss Lesson Four in Season 2 of the B.L.E.S.S. Podcast from the lovekc.net Online Discipleship Course. 

Jesus urged his followers to care for the hungry, the homeless, those who are sick or in prison. Surprisingly, he suggested that our loving service to these needy people would be a gift to him. This theme bounces through the Scriptures. Love for God means love for others (1 John 4:8). Love is the highest calling for the Christian, our identifying trait (1 Corinthians 13:13; John 13:35).

As we care for others, showing them God’s love, we often see them open up to a relationship with God. Care builds a bridge over which conversations can cross. Care builds trust, and trust allows people to talk about the things that matter most. As the saying goes, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

In today’s podcast, we break down how we can care for others, especially our neighbors and those God’s placed around us. When we show care for others, it flings wide-open the door for them to receive the words we speak. Since caring can be expressed in a million different ways, we hope our discussion today will spur you on to creative ways you can care for those around you. 

Be blessed!

Episode Transcript

Welcome to the BLESS podcast, where we join Jesus, where He is already at work. We dream of the day when every home in America is adopted by one or more persons living the Pray, Care, and Share lifestyle. Your host is Gary Kendall, Catalyst for Love KC and the National Prayer. Mobilize our Blesseveryhome.com. Gary works with founder Chris Cooper and the team at blesseveryhome.com to equip you to live on mission where you live, learn, work and play. If you haven’t yet signed up to adopt your neighborhood, you can do so at Blesseveryhome.com. Now let’s turn our attention to this episode of the last podcast.

Bless Podcast Season 2 Episode 4 Care

Welcome to the BLESS podcast, where we join Jesus, where he is already at work. We dream of the day when every home in America is adopted by one or more persons living the pray, care and share lifestyle. Your host is Gary Kendall, catalysts for Love KC and the National Prayer Mobilizer for Blesseveryhome.com. Gary works with founder Chris Cooper and the team at Blesseveryhome dot com to equip you to live on mission where you live, learn, work and play. If you haven’t yet signed up to adopt your neighborhood, you can do so at less every homecourt. Now let’s turn our attention to this episode of the Blast podcast. 

Welcome to the Blessed Podcast. Or we join Jesus where he’s already at work, where we live, learn, work and play. 

Gary: My name is Gary Kendall. I’m your host. I want to welcome Brooke McMahan into the studio today. Welcome, Brooke. 

Brooke: Thank you. Hello. 

Gary: Thanks for joining today in Season 2 as we continue the podcasts that make up the online discipleship courses. You can find it at LoveKC.net. If you go on to register, you can begin the online course and work your way through the lessons until you get to the lesson. It’s called ‘Care.’ That’s the one we’re talking about today. 

We often say that the way we want to be able to reach our world is through creating an opportunity to pray, care, and share, and doing that leads to discipleship. We’ve talked about the ‘Pray’ part already. Today we’re talking about Care. In a few weeks, we’ll be talking about sharing. Jesus made this statement in Matthew 25:14 that kind of sets the context for today. He says, ‘Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it for Me. In Matthew 25:40, He talked about His followers who cared for the hungry, the homeless, or those who needed clothing, were sick or in prison. He suggested that if we care for them, then it’s like caring for Him, which is an amazing statement. It provides a lot of motivation for us to reach out to people who are in need, knowing that when we do this, it’s like doing it to Jesus. He suggested that our loving service is a gift to him. This theme bounces throughout all of the Scriptures. It reminds me of the Scripture in John 1 John 4:8 when it says that when we love God, it’s like loving others. This is the value that ‘Care’ actually has for the follower of Jesus. Love is the highest calling for the Christian. We probably would all agree on that. Love is our identifying trait. But I want to add today that love often shows up best in the way that we care. As we care for others, we show them God’s love in a tangible way, and often we see them open up to our relationship with God. So I like to say care builds a bridge over which conversations can cross. 

Care builds trust. We know that. It allows people to talk about the things that matter most, which are often points of pain in their lives or points of concern. As the saying goes, ‘People don’t care how much you know until they know how much care.’

Brooke: That totally makes sense, Gary. Many people are not looking for a sermon. They’re looking for a friend and a relationship. In most cases, you only receive the right to speak into someone’s life if you’ve already offered the gift of friendship or the gift of relationship. 

Gary: Yeah. So true. We’re going to talk about sharing our faith in the future. But unless you’ve already connected with the person as a friend, I think that people in today’s world are unlikely to give you the time of day. They just don’t have time for you, if you haven’t already earned the right, so to speak, in their life. There are so many messages we have that are coming at us through social media, through television, through radio, you name it. There are thousands of messages every day. I think people set a filter. And the filter is – I’m really only going to listen to people that I care about, and I know care about me. Unless we have a relationship with someone, we have very little credibility. So care and friendship becomes a point of connection if they’re even going to be open to any council that we’re going to share. 

Brooke: It’s so true. I see a lot of people with trust issues. They just simply don’t trust because they’ve been burned in the past. If we don’t care about them, then they don’t care what we have to say to them. 

Gary: If we don’t care, they don’t care. Several years ago, my next-door neighbor broke his foot when he stepped awkwardly off the front step of his house. When I heard about it, I realized it was going to be a problem for him mowing the lawn. I would see him walking around with this cast on his foot. So the first time I saw it, I walked over there and said, ‘Hey, I’m willing to mow your lawn.’ He goes, ‘No, it’s all right. My son can do it; I have an adult son.’ And I thought, ‘That’s nice, but I have an adult son, too and that doesn’t mean it’s a given that they will show and mow your lawn on time.’ So one day when I was mowing my lawn, I just went over, mowed his on, too. I did it a couple different times. He was really, really grateful, and told me, ‘Oh, you don’t need to do that.’ But I wanted to. It was a way to show that I cared. Well, later on, his son did show up and started mowing it through the rest of the summer. So I was off the hook, which was fine. But when the first snowfall came, I was thinking, ‘I need to shovel my driveway today.’ But I didn’t have time when I left. When I got back home from work, he used his snowblower on my driveway and snow blowed my driveway! His foot was well by then. Not just that time, but every time that whole year that it snowed, he came over and did my driveway. So I think the R.O.I was pretty good on those two times I mowed his lawn.

Sometimes being a good neighbor like that means more to someone than we even realize. I don’t think it was just about getting a job done at that time. It was about developing a relationship of care. Sometimes those relationships can be mutually beneficial. My neighbor and I do things for each other now.  I just share that to remind our listeners that if we listen to the voice of the Spirit, we might find more opportunities than we can even imagine to care for others. This is one of the ways that friendships develop. I look at it this way. It’s not just about giving care, but in this case, it was about receiving care. Sometimes when we receive from others, it takes us out of a position of power. It puts us in a place of dependency. It means we’ve given control up in this situation that I already referenced. Because the other person is serving us, they actually feel good about the relationship. It makes it stronger than if we’re just always the one doing care. I had a friend when I was growing up that he would love to do things for others, but he would never let you do anything for him. That never felt like an equal relationship. I think in our relationships with friends, neighbors, and coworkers, etc., we should be as willing to serve as we are willing to be served. Sometimes that’s even a better opportunity. Those things sometimes will turn into opportunities to talk about life and even spiritual things in life.

Brooke: I can relate to your friend because I can be more on the side of wanting to help others, but to be able to receive it is harder. It has been really powerful for me to let my friends helped me when I need it. We just need to listen for the Spirit’s leading because He is leading us. There are so many needs around in our sphere of influence. Of course, we can’t meet them all, but if we pay attention, God will guide us with laser-like precision to show His love in specific ways to certain people around us. So it’s not about us. We want to make sure we’re not manipulating people through the care that we give. We don’t want to smother them with our attention. We don’t want to have like a ‘Messiah complex’ that we feel like we have to have every answer and be everything to everyone, because it’s again, it’s not about us and our wisdom. We’re literally being the hands and feet of Jesus, loving and serving others. 

Gary: From time to time, I hear someone kind of argue with me when I talk about care. They say, ‘Yeah, but I’m more the type-A. I’m like, I’m not the compassionate type. I’m a ‘get-er-done’ kind of guy. I’ll say to them, ‘Well, you know what? When you stop to care, that act is like ten times more worthwhile because they know it’s not your M.O. So all of us can care. It’s one of the ways that I think that God desires to work in the lives of others. It will get their attention in a good way.

Brooke: Because we are all designed differently, if we ask Him, He will tell us specifically how we can help serve. It may not look like the person who’s serving right next to us, but He will give us each individual ways that we can use our giftings or how we’re wired to serve someone else. 

Gary: If you would extend your circle of care into someone’s life, whether that’s an acquaintance or a friend or relative or a coworker, then they’re going to be more receptive to what you have to say. I think we would all agree with that. 

I want us also not to be proud because once we start caring and sharing like this, they’re going to have things to say back to us. We need to be able to listen to what they have to say. They may give us some advice that we actually don’t even agree with, but that can be an act of care on their part that they’re giving us advice on. So rather than just feeling like we have to have all the answers, we’re always the one in the caring position. I’m encouraging us today to be a little more tender, a little more open. When we do that, people realize that we’re being genuine. If we’re not, they’re going to sniff it out. If we think that we’re acting like we’re going to get a notch in our belt for doing a kind deed or we’re going to be a good Samaritan, and we’re going to get some kind of good thing out of this, people are just really smart. They can sense if we’re in it for just our own purposes. They can sense when we’re really in it for them. My wife, Belinda, specializes in the area of care. If you know her, you know this is true. People will say things to me like, well, of course, she had that the title of ‘Care Pastor’ for years. I say back, ‘Yeah, well, she had that title for a good reason.’ I’ve learned some things from her. Some of the things high on her list are things like making time for people. She’s one of the most spontaneous people I know. She’ll have things that she wants to do, but if someone is expressing a need to her, their agenda now becomes her agenda. She’s willing to change it. I struggle with that. I’m often staying in a task minded way on my agenda, but she’s very willing to lay down her agenda for other people. A lot of the conversations take place when that happens. She listens beyond the words. She’s good at listening to people’s tone of voice or watching their body language. Sometimes she can actually see if a person is carrying some shame or maybe they’re feeling a little down that day or they’re not feeling great about themselves. She picks up on that really quickly, and she’ll say, ‘Are you okay? Is there anything we need to talk about?’ She doesn’t say it in a way that makes you feel like she’s a counselor. She sounds like a friend. She will often, as she’s listening, will notice places where she can help, where I might even miss some of the cues. She’ll say, ‘Oh, do you need something?’ She picks up on that really quickly. Many times she’s offered to pray with someone and pray on the spot. People will commonly say, ‘Oh, I’ll pray for that.’ So she’ll say, ‘Hey, can we pray right now about that?’ 

Brooke: That’s powerful. 

Gary: These are just a few of the ways I’ll pass those onto others. I’m still learning, but she has these down pretty good. I wanted to take a moment just to recognize that sometimes people will test us. What I mean by that is they might talk about surface needs at the beginning. They want to see how we handle the surface needs or the lighter kinds of things before they go deeper. Many times I’ll conceal the deeper need. I don’t know if this is always intentional, or sometimes it might be subconscious. Maybe intuitively, they are just not quite ready to go there yet, but if we are caring, listening, and engaging at the service level, sometimes they’ll go a little bit deeper. Like you said a minute ago, Brooke, sometimes people have been burned. So they’re not so trusting. Trust isn’t a given. Trust is usually earned. A statement I like to use is ‘We move at the speed of trust’ in our relationships. It’s really impossible to go faster than the speed of trust. But if we give people space and let them be real, sometimes we can even let them be a little testy. They might use language is a little bit raw, but if we can hang in there, we’ll be able to get to a good place with them. I sometimes tell myself I need to resist trying to fix things. I don’t know if it’s a guy thing or not, but my wife says she thinks it is. She’ll say, ‘Oh, Gary, I’m not asking you to fix this. I just want to talk to you about it.’ And I’ll say, ‘Oh, okay.’ I want to resist the attempt to fix things. I don’t want to give any cliche answers. I’m guarded about that because I’ve heard so many cliches growing up in church. It actually turns my stomach sometimes because I feel like that when someone gives out a cliche answer, they quit listening. No one feels like their particular need is just by the book and worthy of a cliche answer; all of us feel our needs are unique and that they’re individually worthy of a unique response. I like to lean into the problem with people and let the tension of a moment hang in the air. I don’t jump to solutions. I may just sit with them and say, ‘Well, that is tough. I feel your pain, or I hear what you’re saying.’ I was talking to a young lady last week who was explaining to me about some pain in her life and in her particular situation. She felt like no one saw her. No one noticed or cared. So I just looked in her eyes and said, ‘I see you. I see what you’re struggling with. I feel it.’ She looked really surprised that someone actually validated the fact that she wasn’t being seen. It caused her to relax and open up in some ways that I don’t think she would have otherwise. So, leaning into the moment like that and not trying to make it all better is important. One of the ways that I think about this is how a flower petal will open very slowly if you provide enough warmth, and you provide enough sunlight. Well, actually, we don’t provide it, but if it’s there, then that is what causes a flower to open. If we never take our hands and force the petal to open. If we did, we would ruin the flower. So I think that it’s the same with people, too, if we’ll just let it happen instead of trying to make it happen, it’s a lot better. I saw a video one time about a guy who was training a horse. He was like the horse whisperer and able to break these horses. No one else did. They were asking him why. He was talking about the respect he had for the horse to get in the pen with the horse, but let the horse choose the times when the horse would initiate any kind of movement toward him. He didn’t get in the ring with the horse, immediately go after the horse and try to put a saddle on it. He would get in there and talk to the horse. He would get in there and just stand to let the horse warm up to him. Over time, the horse would be curious and would come over to him, and only when he even held out his hand or tried to initiate anything. But as long as the horse began to feel safe, then he would just keep talking and eventually pet the horse. Before long, he’d have a saddle on him, and then he would be riding the horse. I thought about that with people. If we can create a safe place and environment where people can respond to us when they’re ready, they will. That means that sometimes we’re going to walk away when we didn’t have the conversation we wanted to have. But if we do that a couple of times, they may have the sense that we really do care about them, and they might open up and on their terms, and they will probably share more. So I want to walk tenderly and carefully into someone’s pain. I don’t want to rush in with the answers. If I do, then they’re probably going to close down right away. Caring has a lot to do with having respect for other people. 

Brooke: Absolutely. I love what you’re saying just about connecting at a heart level. Sometimes the best thing we can do is just listen and care. I remember this one time I was at work in this after school program for kids, and a parent came to pick up her child. I don’t remember what she was saying exactly, but she was venting and ranting about something. I just put my hand on her shoulder and was like, ‘I’m so sorry that happened to you.’ Her demeanor totally changed. She looked shocked as if to say, ‘I can’t believe you’re listening to what I’m saying.’ 

Gary: You weren’t defending what she was saying; you were listening.

Brooke: Yeah. I gave her the freedom to feel what she was feeling. Nothing came after that, but I could just see the look on her face that she was shocked that I would even entertain her venting and not be upset that she’s venting about something or someone I don’t even know. 

Many people read the story about the woman at the well and draw out insight for sharing their faith. It absolutely delivers many points that are worthy of consideration for sharing your faith. Another way to read this story is actually to watch the way that Jesus cares. I’ll read this Scripture about the woman at the well then talk a little bit about it. So in John 4, starting with vs. 3, “So He left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. Now He had to go through Samaria. So He came to a town in Somalia called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son, Joseph; and Jacob’s well was there. Jesus, tired as He was from the journey, sat down by the wall. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, ‘Will you give me a drink?’ For His disciples had gone into town already to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink? For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.’ Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.’ ‘Sir,’ the woman said, ‘you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our Father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?’ Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’ The woman then said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.’ He told her, ‘Go, call your husband and come back.’ ‘Well, I have no husband,’ she replied. Jesus said to her, ‘You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is you have had five husbands, and the man you have now is not your husband. What you have said is quite true.’ ‘Sir,’ the woman said, ‘I can see you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.’ ‘Woman,’ Jesus replied, ‘believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know. We worship what we do know for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and now has come when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God, His Spirit, and His worshipers must worship in the Spirit and truth.’ The woman said, ‘I know that Messiah, called Christ, is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.’ Then Jesus declared, ‘I, the one speaking to you, am he.’ 

So there are several ways that we can look at this passage of examples of how Jesus cared for this woman. One thing that sticks out is that He treated her as an equal, which was a big deal in that society because women were looked down upon as ‘less than.’ They didn’t give them the time of day, much less for a Samaritan woman to be talking to a Jew. So that was a really big deal. He showed her from the very beginning that He cared for her. He was showing respect and honor, which again, was a huge deal. When He asked her for water, He could have just said, ‘Give me some water,’ but He didn’t do that. He asked her. He invited her in, rather than just demanding her to do something. She responds back a couple times and even gets a little sassy with him. But that didn’t bother Him at all. He knew where He wanted to go. He just completely overlooked that. In fact, He changed the narrative to a more respectful way and continued to speak about the heart of the matter. Then she answered back in an honest way. So He continues to speak to her with honor and respect. He’s just real with her as a real human being, not talking down to her or as if she’s less than him. So eventually, what He does is He gets her to realize her spiritual need. She then sees that He’s a prophet and asks Him a spiritual question. By caring for her in these ways, it broke down her walls and got to the heart of the matter so that now she’s asking a spiritual question, which is so great. It’s a great example for us to follow. When we care for people first, it sets the foundation and sets the stage for them to be able to receive from us. I have a story I wanted to share about a time when I was a junior high youth pastor. I would go into the schools during lunchtime. While I definitely was there to visit with the kids in my youth group, I also had intentions of meeting some of their friends, ones that I knew were not in church, and did not know the Lord. So I just started having conversations, talking to them at lunchtime, and got to know them. Soon I started inviting them to hang out with us after school and building friendship and relationship. I remember a couple of students were like, ‘Why are you here?’ They just didn’t understand why this adult would come in here not being paid to hang out with junior high kids? Eventually, spending time with the kids went a long way. There was this one particular girl, Taylor, who I had built a friendship with. A few weeks, months down the road, we got in a conversation, and I asked her, ‘Would you want to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior?’ She said, ‘Yes!’ We prayed in the car right then and there. Since then, she’s continued to walk with the Lord, and it’s been beautiful. But if I wouldn’t have taken the time to go into the lunchroom to just be with them, get to know them, have conversations and hang out with them after school, I’m not sure where she would be today if I hadn’t set that foundation of caring for her first. 

Gary: That’s so cool. Because obviously, she didn’t think you had an agenda when she first met you, so she was willing to listen. She is maybe even curious. That’s very cool. I love that. 

I love the way Jesus cared for the woman in John 4. The end of that story is very cool when Jesus’ disciples came back, and they’re talking to him about why he was talking to this woman at the well. But as they’re having that little debrief about what took place there, here comes the woman leading a bunch of people from the village out to Jesus.  It did change her life. 

In James 2, we have James, the brother of Jesus, talking about care. In this Chapter, he hits on two things that I think relate to care pretty significantly. One is he talks about our need to resist prejudice. If we’re going to be caring people and be representatives of Jesus in our culture today, it’s so important that we are not prejudice. Not toward race, not towards social class, or even to a people that might have different values than. So people will sniff that out really carefully. James is saying, don’t be prejudiced and uses an example even about rich people coming into a church and getting a front row seat where poor people might be shunned to the back. This is important to us always to be conscious of how people will many times feel like they’ll point out or notice the ways that we’re different. 

One of the things we can do is find the ways and things we have in common, like building bridges across areas of prejudice. Another thing he talks about in Chapter 2 is how faith without works is dead. That’s a very common scripture. It’s funny; people who don’t even know the Bible sometimes say this Scripture. They’ve heard this somewhere. Faith without works is dead. That’s how powerful this verse is. I think there’s a truth here that if we can’t put caring works to the faith we say we have, people are not likely to believe what we’re talking about. 

He may be building on the verse on the thought that he offered at the end of Chapter 1 when he said, ‘Religion that God, our Father accepts as pure and faultless is to look after orphans and widows in their distress.’ In Chapters 1 & 2, James is laying out the practicality of our faith, and that faith must have tangible evidence of care or people are not going to believe it. 

Brooke: Sometimes, it takes sacrifice on our end. I think about the Samaritan who took care of the guy that got beat on the side of the road. He got his own money, brought him to the inn, and really went out of his way to do that. James reminds us that care is not just simply the soft and squishy kind. Care can be many things. It can be an act of justice, even whereby the followers of Jesus advocate for kingdom come values. At times it might look like going after the ending of human trafficking. Care might be providing a Christian alternative to orphan care or advocating for equality in education for any and every child. It could be speaking at a city council meeting or school board meeting to protect children or to support certain laws to protect people. As Christians, we have the privilege of being the carriers of the Good News message. We know that Jesus is the hope of the world. His words and His ways carry true hope and healing. We dare not be silent when the world desperately needs to know that there is salvation in no other name. The cultures that have attempted to claim this dominant narrative, and as a result, many followers of Jesus are back on their heels. I often hear Christians say, ‘I just don’t know what to say.’ Gary, I know that’s one of the primary reasons why you started Love KC was to help answer that question. 

Gary: Yeah, it’s like my rally cry for Love KC. We exist to help Christians live out their faith with confidence and know what to say to their friends. Because I just hear so many people say, ‘I just don’t know what to say.’ When we have an opportunity to speak up for Jesus, I want us to be ready. The stakes are high. The lives of other people, their beliefs, values, and the way they behave us is on the line. If we don’t show them a better alternative, Jesus told us and said this to his disciples, be as shrewd as serpents, and as harmless as doves. I think what he meant by that is, choose your words carefully. Let the Spirit direct you in what you say, have an answer, and be ready. 

In this whole deal, Brooke, when we are thinking about what to say to people in the middle of a conflict or controversy or maybe even an argument, it could sometimes be that you’re actually disagreeing on values. It turns into that. I think we have to remember that the battle that we fight is a battle with a world system stained by sin and led by an adversary who’s still in revolt. I mean, he still thinks he can win. He had the audacity to rebel against Jesus. I think that we have to be ready to defend our faith with strength and determination while remaining dependent upon the Spirit’s leading and trusting. It’s not about me. This is about God. It’s a long term battle. It’s going to be more than just the one conversation we’re having right now. We’ve got to care about the person all the way through. They can tell when we do, even if we disagree. 

Brooke: Even if there is a disagreement or argument, if we don’t respond the way the world responds, still respond in love, be calm and not lash back having an eye for an eye response is the way in a sense. And so just responding back in a loving way, could really speak a lot to them. 

Gary: Absolutely. They’re not used to that. The apostle Paul reminds us that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers and spiritual wickedness and heavenly places. That’s in Ephesians 6:12. 

To close and wrap the beginning of this lesson with the end of the lesson, we really need to exercise care at the same time that we stand in truth. Jesus said in John 10:10, I’ve come that you might have life and have it to the full. If we really believe that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, then we’re able to stand firm in what we believe and direct people to that, whether they receive it or not. We don’t have to make them receive it. We don’t have to be defensive when they don’t. We just love and are a person of care. That will speak volumes to them. 

In summary, ‘care’ is required to be a witness in today’s world. It’s the connecting piece between prayer and share. If you pray, God will reveal ways and give you direction, as you said earlier, Brooke. He’ll give very, very specific kinds of things, timely things. When we follow through on those in obedience, God gives opportunity for more conversations. The pray, care, share, and disciple lifestyle is really what leads people to follow Jesus. We always want to see people who become disciples, make other disciples. Disciples make disciples as we’ve been discipled by someone else, then we’re able to help others find the same path we’ve found and give it away. That’s really the Jesus life in action. 

Brooke: I love it. 

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