A Disciple’s Obedience

As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
He said to another man, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”
Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”



Becoming a Disciple

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

Luke 9:23-26



I’m Done Blogging!

Marriage and Family

Dewater 4

“But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he had denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1 Timothy 5:8

I’m done blogging for the next two weeks. I am going on vacation with my family!

Although the verse above is written in the context of taking care of widows, I see a truth here that applies to any member in my family. I need to provide for the members of my household.

The minimum I need to provide are the 4 Basics for life:


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A Rug to Brush Things Under!

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Dewater 4

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

Carpet goes in today! No more ugly spots! No more walking on plywood floors! No more trying to avoid the tack strips left from the old carpet!

Last evening, after Rebecca and I worked on getting the house ready for the floor covering installers, we sat down to eat and watched a favorite show together.

The parents on the show were always fighting and finally the mom told the son that dad was going to leave them. The boy asked the father why he was going to leave, why they were going to get divorced, to which the father replied, “A lot of little things have added up to make big things.” Apparently, they have been brushing things under the rug for quite some time.

Human beings tend to brush things under the rug. The problem is, if we brush it under the rug it is sure to surface sometime! If we allow little things to go unchecked and not dealt with, they start to seem like big things that are insurmountable.

It’s the everyday little things that will build or destroy your relationship

Can you imagine what your marriage would look and feel like if the fruit of the Spirit above was practiced toward each other?

Instead of little actions that are unloving, be intentional to act loving.

Instead of little comments that steal joy and peace, make comments that give joy and life.

Instead of little attitudes of irritation or annoyance, make yourself have patience toward your spouse.

You get the picture!

These statements are easy to say, not as easily practiced. The only way to have a lasting practice of the fruit of the Spirit toward our spouse is to keep our eyes on the Spirit.

Well, I’ve got some work to do! How about you?

Now that we will have carpet in our new house, we can make sure NOT to brush things under the rug!

Have a Great Week!

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The Call to Discipleship

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.

Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.



I’m a Dutch Bro!

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Dewater 4
“For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and earth derives its name,” Ephesians 3:14-15

My last name is Dewater. My last name to some degree indicates my ancestry. My last name comes from my Dutch ancestry. I guess that makes me a Dutch Bro!

A name says a lot about a person. When I think of someone’s name, I think of who they are. I think of what their character is like. I think of how they treat me and others.

When people think of my last name, they may think of me, my wife, my boys, my dad, or my grandparents. When people think of my last name, they think of who we are, what our character is like, and how we treat people.

Since my family name originates from my Father in Heaven, my name points back to Him. It’s important that when people think of my name, they get an accurate picture of my Father in Heaven.

I leave you with this question to think on and/or respond to:

Since our family name originates from our Father in Heaven, how then should we live?

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We Moved into an RV!

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Jesus Talk

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“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,” Ephesians 2:19

We moved last Friday! We moved out of our apartment and into an RV. Moving is not my favorite thing to do. In fact, on a scale of 1-10, I would rate moving as a 0.

Citizenship is different than moving, but citizenship has something to do with where you currently live, where you lived in the past, or where you will live in the future.

The verse above tells me that I am no longer a citizen of this temporary world. My faith in Jesus Christ means that I am now a citizen of God’s kingdom, I am counted as part of His household! I have the hope of living in Heaven with Jesus forever along with everyone else who chooses Him!

                                   Putting your faith in Jesus results in entering His family!

Are you in His family? If not, you could start today by confessing your sin to Him and asking Him to save you. If you are already in His family, don’t try to be an only child; go tell someone else how to get in!

Have a Great Week!

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“So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.” Acts 17:17

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I Hope We’ve Done Enough Work on the House!

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Dewater 4

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children, that they may not lose heart.” Colossians 3:21

Last evening, we were working in our new house when Ryan (my oldest) said, “I hope me and Riley have done enough work so that when the house is all done that we can say we did it.”

Rebecca was pulling up linoleum, Ryan was using the shop vac cleaning up our messes, Riley was pulling up tack strips from the carpet removal, while I was trying to finish some drywall repair…it’s fun to have a family that works together!

What Ryan said last night is a great reminder to me that I have the responsibility to encourage my sons. The verse above speaks of not provoking our children in a negative way that will cause them to shut down. Instead, we need to encourage them in a way that helps them do what is good, right, and pleasing to the Lord!

I need to confess that I was so wrapped up in what I was doing that I didn’t respond to Ryan’s comment last night. That was a perfect opportunity to encourage my son that he has been a huge part of what our family is doing. I need to grow in being an encouragement to my boys.

Let’s be parents who:

Encourage our kids to work!

Encourage our kids to be kind!

Encourage our kids to forgive!

Encourage our kids to seek the Lord!

Encourage our kids to talk to others about Jesus!

Encouraging our kids has everything to do with how we respond to them, others, and God.

Encouraging your kids by allowing them to have ownership in

what your family is doing sets them up for success!

What are some areas where you are doing a really good job in encouraging your kids?

What are some areas you need to grow in this area?  

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Gospel Friend

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Jesus Talk

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“the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them two and two ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come.” Luke 10:1

Ever feel like you can’t do it alone?… Don’t!

Find a friend in Christ who will go with you.

We need others to support us. We need others to encourage us. We need others to do ministry with.

In the passage above, Jesus sent them out in two’s.

Two provides accountability.

Two provides encouragement.

Two provides someone to lean on.

Find a friend who truly wants to follow Jesus, then go start telling people about the Gospel!

Have a Great Week!

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“So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.” Acts 17:17

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Going to Graduation Without Tickets!

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Dewater 4

“A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:4

We were about to walk out the door to head to Salem for graduation when we remembered we didn’t have the tickets. They weren’t on the table. They weren’t in the bedroom. We couldn’t find them anywhere! We went to graduation without the tickets!

Yesterday, my wife walked for graduation! We had been looking to this day for several years and it had finally arrived!

It’s important to remember Who got us here in the first place. It is also amazing to see how He has orchestrated everything to accomplish His plans and purposes in our life.

As you experience those days or seasons of accomplishment, make sure you take time to recognize Who it was that helped you get there.

Take time to laugh, dance, and celebrate with your family those things in your life that God is doing!

By the way, we still haven’t found the tickets, but Rebecca’s friends came through with more than we needed!

Have a Great Week!

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