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Welcome To TYM!

I‘ve been a pastor for the last 25 years, and of all the messages I’ve given over the years – and I’ve preached more than a thousand – there’s one topic that I keep coming back to, and it’s why I’ve launched Train Yourself Ministry.

I think one thing that needs to be shored up in the faith-walk of many a follower of Christ is a commitment to growing in personal and spiritual discipline. I say that because as I look around the church I see way too many believers whose Bibles are gathering dust, who give in too easily to things like porn, who can’t name one friend of another skin color, and the moment culture comes and bullies them about something

they believe, they cave in.

Train Yourself Ministry exists to raise up what I call grace-bred, Word-fed, Spirit-led men and women of discipline. Perhaps that sounds unappealing, but can I let you in on a little secret? A life of discipline – where you let Jesus train you to be godly – is one of the surest ways to freedom and joy that I know.

How can we help you? In these early days of our ministry, we have three primary areas of focus, and would love to come and share our hearts with you at your church or conference:

PURITY TRAINING

The more our culture drifts into sexual chaos, the greater the opportunity the Church has to point towards the life-giving truth Christ offers. But sadly, too many Christians and churches are missing this moment to shine, by either going right along with culture, or by treating sexuality as that-which-shall-not-be-named. It’s time to step up our game, and we have some ideas on how to do that, through a brand new 40-day devotional, as well as a weekend conference.

The first and best victory is to conquer yourself. ~ Plato

SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES 

The premise behind our ministry is that for a Christian to be trained, then he or she must allow Jesus to do the training. At the end of the day, it’s not principles that will bring us to freedom, but a living, resurrected Person, who promised we could enjoy a relationship with him as a birthright of our faith.

There nothing mystical about how we grow in this relationship. We do it by attending to the classical disciplines of Bible study, prayer, fellowship, worship and a cluster of other practices.

Each generation needs a fresh introduction on how to grow in these areas, and TYM is committed to providing this training through our speaking, books and blogs.

CULTURAL APOLOGETICS 

We’ve done a decent job with theological apologetics. But most people aren’t rejecting the faith today because they can’t piece together biblical illiteracy. They’re staying away because they think we hate gays, or are racists, or are heartless when it comes to immigration, or are in the back-pockets of the Republican party.

The first Christians were masters of “cultural apologetics”. They knew how to explain why the Christian worldview surpassed anything that the Greek and Roman pagans offered. Now as our culture reverts back to a variety of pagan ideas (particularly in regards to sexuality), it’s time to relearn this classic discipline.

How We Can Help You

Articles

3 Levels To Sharing Your Faith: Which Level Are You At?

3 Levels Of Sharing Our Faith The book of Acts is arguably one of the most readable and heart-stirring books in all the Bible. As a chronicle of the first thirty years of church history, Acts is filled with legendary stories of how the church exponentially grew against overwhelming odds and fierce opposition. Take Acts 8:1-4 for example. In the aftermath of a [...]

May Kobe Rest In Peace, May His Mamba Mentality Live On

May Kobe Rest In Peace, May His Mamba Mentality Live On “Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien, in “Fellowship Of The Ring”   The world is still trying to make sense of the death of Kobe Bryant, [...]

To Improve Your Reach: Write Out Some 30-Second Testimonies

To Improve Your Reach: Write Out Some 30-Second Testimonies “Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him.” – Luke 15:1 It’s odd how many Christians are happy to be followers of Christ, but who are not so happy at the thought of telling others about it. It’s a disconnect many of us struggle with. Jesus seems to understand [...]

Pick A Life, Any Life – The Difference Between A Fruitless & A Fruitful Life

Pick A Life, Any Life - The Difference Between A Fruitless & A Fruitful Life “We have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worth of the Lord, bearing fruit in every good work.” (Col. 1:9-10) There’s a final [...]

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Tips, Teachings & Podcasts

Speaking

How To Walk Safely Through Our Sexual Wasteland

How To Train My Spirit, Soul & Body For Holiness

How To Have Holy Conversations About Sex In Your Home & Church

Lessons In Purity From Augustine: A 4th-Century Sex Addict

5 Reasons Your Church Should Offer Purity Training NOW

Sword Training: How Biblical Illiteracy Is Hurting You & Destroying Culture

How To Read The Bible For Yourself

How To Hear The Voice Of God In Prayer

Rediscovering The Lost Art Of Fasting

Why We Need The Church

Hurray For Hollywood? Christian Use Of The Arts For Transforming Society

God Has A Dream (Why Every Church Must Pursue Racial Reconciliation)

Tertullian’s Apologetics: The Template For Cultural Apologetics

Why We Need The Beatitudes Now More Than Ever

6 Reasons I Believe In The Supremacy Of Christ

Books

Living Under The Cross Book2019-03-30T19:17:40+00:00
Train Yourself To Be Godly Book2019-03-30T19:46:42+00:00