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World’s #1 Lesson Writer

Most Bible Study lessons are written by people who do something else as their primary occupation. They are pastors who write Bible Study lessons, or professors at Bible colleges that write Bible Study lessons, or housewives that write Bible Study lessons on the side. In contrast, I have devoted most of my adult life to Bible Study […]

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Take the World!

“All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore. . . .” This is not only a privilege; it’s an order. “Go ye into all the world.” God doesn’t want you to take an island. He wants you to take the world. Jesus said, “Follow me, and I will make […]

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Our God Reigns

With all my heart I believe the reason so many wonderful Christians don’t accomplish more in their lives is that they don’t believe Jesus meant what He said. They’ve never come to believe that the all-powerful One who commissioned them could enable them to do these greater works. The last thing Christ told His disciples […]

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An Army of soldiers

What is the need of the hour? I don’t believe it is any of these. I am convinced that the God of the universe is in control, and He will supply all these needs in His own way and in His own time, all else being right. The need of the hour is an army […]

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The Need of the Hour

What is the need of the hour? That depends on the person who is thinking about it. For a beggar with a tin cup, it’s a dime. For a woman being taken to the hospital, it’s a doctor. But what is it in Christian work? I started to list the things we often feel are […]

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Verse #3: Never try to teach without a burden

My heart grew hot within me. While I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue. Psalm 39:3 (NIV2011) There is an old John Wesley quote that goes, “Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn.” There is something about good, old-fashioned enthusiasm that makes teaching […]

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Verses for Teachers #1

Nothing will drive steel into your soul like memorizing and meditating on God’s Word. Nothing. I have a new-found zeal for Scripture memory since discovering the app, Scripture Typer. I worked on Scripture memory a lot in my 20s and 30s, but have been less diligent in recent years… until I discovered Scripture Typer. These […]

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Lake Pointe Life Groups

When Lake Pointe began more than thirty years ago, we started two midsized Life Groups for couples. One group was for those who were over forty years of age and one was for couples younger than forty. In addition, we started one men’s Life Group and one ladies’ Life Group. This served those who preferred […]

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How to lead a Bible Study Group

Good leaders are facilitators. They strike the match which ignites the group—primarily by affirming the members of the group and encouraging them to participate. There are several principles which, if followed, will enable you to be an effective leader. Your attitude as the leader is one of the most significant factors in determining the spirit […]

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Why did I do that?

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why in the world did I do that?” Everyone, at one time or another, has regretted something they said or did. A friend recently confided, “Sometimes it seems as if I am observing someone else when I do certain things. Like a mysterious inner force has taken over my body.” […]

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Does God care about numbers?

Myth #3: You Must Choose Between Quality and Quantity in Your Church This is, unfortunately, a widely promoted myth that simply isn’t true. Part of the problem is that no one ever defines what they mean by the terms quality and quantity. Let me give you my definitions. Quality refers to the kind of disciples […]

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Leading Small Groups in the Way of Jesus

Get un-busy this year

A few years ago I was listening to a sermon in which the pastor led his listeners in a reflection exercise. He instructed us to sit quietly and reflect on the fact that God was present with us. Then we were to ask God if he wanted to show us something or say anything to […]

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Leading Small Groups in the Way of Jesus

The best groups hang out

The best small groups are those that refuse to embrace the clutter. Instead they find creative ways to make sure their souls have enough space for God and one another by prioritizing the value of “hanging out”—that is, doing nothing together. This is where discipleship happens. When we hang out, we can observe how another […]

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Small Groups are Vital

Acts 2:46 tells us one of the keys that allowed the church to go from three thousand to countless millions was tribes: “And every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart.” In other words, from […]

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Reaching men in small groups

We have absolutely no problems with starting women’s groups at Cross Point. Our connect events are full of tables with pink balloons signifying new women’s groups. Men’s groups, however, are a different story. A lot of guys’ first impression of groups is they will be forced to be vulnerable and quite possibly hold hands with […]

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