The TrueDisciples Podcast (aka the TDP) has just recently completed our first month of podcasting. We had set a goal for ourselves to hit 500 plays for the month. By 11:59PM on the 31st, we had hit 453 plays. SO CLOSE! As of today, however, on February 2, 2018 – we are officially at 500 […]Read More The TrueDisciples Podcast – January in Review
Have you ever been chugging along in life, thinking, “Man, nothing could stop me now!” and almost at that very moment you have the rug pulled out from under neath you and your world begins to crumble? Yeah, that happened to me back on October 31st, 2017. I had been with my company for over […]Read More Yours: The Story Behind the Song – Peace Out of Pain
The TrueDisciples Podcast was birthed out of a vision from my pastor, Dr. Kevin Baird, to use different forms of media outlets to provide a space for Spirit-empowered teaching, declaration, and reformation for the culture we live in. It began many years ago with Dr. Kevin on WTMA, a local Charleston radio station, and has […]Read More Introducing the TrueDisciples Podcast!
Guest Author: Cherie Bates I should probably begin by introducing myself. Hello, my name is Cherie, and I have a confession to make: I am not making a New Year’s resolution this year. Instead, I am writing out a manifesto. A manifesto is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as: A written statement declaring publicly the intentions, […]Read More 2018: A Manifesto in Defiance of Generational Norms
There’s an old Harry Chapin song called “Cats in the Cradle” that I recall my father saying frequently when I was a kid was one of his favorite songs. When he was a pastor, I even recall him using the lyrics of the song as an illustration a time or two. If you’re not familiar […]Read More Cats in the Cradle: A Cautionary Tale
You can’t simply state “Jesus fulfilled (“ended” – as is often interpreted) the law, therefore we are under grace.” without fully understanding what Jesus actually did, and what He said He actually did. Take a little journey with me through Hebrews 8 and 9 in order to better understand how GRACE and THE LAW work perfectly in harmony. Hebrews […]Read More We Need Grace AND the Law
I couldn’t help it. I just started thinking about the other 10 lessons I’ve been learning, and up came a few more. So…I’ve laid them all out for you here just as I have done in the previous article. So here we go! Learn to be humble, or God will humble you Himself. Humility isn’t […]Read More 10 More Lessons I’m Learning About Being in Ministry
I’ve been serving in the ministry in one shape or form for the last 15 years. Be it volunteer or paid, full or part time, or as a youth minister, music minister, or both at times. And while I certainly don’t have the track record of many who have gone before me that doesn’t mean […]Read More 10 Lessons I’m Learning About Being in Ministry
Victors take responsibility for their mistakes. Victims blame others for their mistakes. Victors receive correction as a teaching moment. Victims take correction as a personal attack. Victors let go of offenses. Victims horde their offenses and take on others offenses as well. Victors refuse to be defined by their failures. Victims refuse to see anything […]Read More Victor OR Victim: Which One Are You?
Around the start of August a man went out on his porch to survey his property and assess the work that needed to be done that day. The summer had been a wet and hot one so several weeks had passed between the times the man was able to do yard maintenance. The grass was […]Read More Wasps in a Bush: A Modern Day Parable