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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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Prefer discussion Bible Study rather than lecture?

If you prefer a good discussion about the application biblical truth to a lecture, you have come to the right place. The popular series Good Questions Have Groups Talking might be for you. Good Questions correspond with three of Lifeway’s curriculum outlines. They can be used stand-alone or supplementally to Lifeway Curriculum. (The International Standard […]

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How churches fall into decline

Recently, while returning home from a speaking engagement the airplane I was on was experiencing turbulence as we began descending toward our destination. I fly quite regularly so I am use to turbulence and I have experienced harsher turbulence than on this particular flight. However, there was something new to me with this experience. It […]

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The Bible and Homosexuality

I am working on a Bible Study on Homosexuality. I ran across this quote and would be interested to hear your feedback on it:   During the time in which the New Testament was written, the Roman conquerors of the region frequently and openly engaged in homosexual acts between themselves and boys. Such acts were […]

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Transformation is proportioned to our obedience

Transformation is proportioned to our obedience. Jesus said, “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” John 15:10 (NKJV) You can’t steal God’s tithe and be transformed. You cannot lie and abide in Him. You can’t be looking at […]

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Am I part of the problem?

Leaders of a declining organization must come to the realization that the organization is in decline and the fact that “I” or my actions (or inactions) might have contributed to part of the cause for decline. However, it is not necessarily time to throw in the towel. There are principles and steps to reverse the […]

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The downward spiral

When I do sin, I feel rejection. I feel condemnation. Condemnation has no place in the Christian life. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 (NKJV) The feeling of condemnation is almost intolerable. We hate feeling condemned. There are two ways of dealing with this feeling of […]

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What do all revivals have in common?

Furthermore, in reading about some of the revivals that have taken place throughout the centuries, I have noticed that there have been great spiritual awakenings in the church without much preaching. There have been revivals without singing. Revivals have come in many different ways. But what is common to every single occasion is this matter […]

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Teaching is not like a dump truck

Christian education has in many ways taken on some of the characteristics of the dump truck. Many classrooms and pulpits are filled each week with a teacher/preacher who has spent several hours the previous week gleaning from several commentaries and surfing the web for as much theological material as possible on the scriptures concerning this […]

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Why we must have new wineskins

There are many alarming statistics about the current reality of the church in western culture. One study of a major denomination concluded that 89% of the congregations were either plateaued or in decline. Similar realities characterize other mainline denominations. So what should we do? Do we throw our hands up in despair? Do we give […]

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What is the job of the small group leader?

If you are a church leader—perhaps you are a pastor, or you lead a small group—you would do well to concentrate on this point. Leading people to live Christianly comes down to this: leading people into the habit of a handful of practices. Actually, I can summarize Christian living as one habit: the habit of […]

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THE KEY to church growth

Jim Collins has a helpful metaphor on why this assumption is wrong. He calls it the flywheel principle. Imagine a huge flywheel. It weighs 5000 pounds. It is 2 feet thick and about 30 feet in diameter. Your task is to get the flywheel spinning. You put a shoulder to it and after two or […]

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The Habits of Discipleship

Christian living comes down making a handful of disciplines into habits. The disciplines are not Christian living—in some ways, they are the opposite of Christian living. Christian living is about walking in grace. It is about walking on purpose. It is about basking in acceptance. It is not about trying really hard to be good. […]

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