People who are opposed to the gospel are not opposed to ice cream.

We are not out to make smarter sinners; we are out to make disciples.

A group of 10 that doubles every 18 months will reach 1000 in 10 years.

Discussion-based Lessons

Discussion-based lessons have groups talking and changing. We are changed more by what we say than what we hear. "Instead SPEAKING the truth (not just hearing the truth) we will grow." Ephesians 4.15

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No such thing as business ethics

I want to be ethical, and I believe that you do too. Furthermore, I know it really is possible to do what’s right and succeed in business. In fact, according to the Ethics Resource Center in Washington, D.C., companies that are dedicated to doing the right thing, have...

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Unscripted evangelism

ANN SAT DOWN ON THE BUS BESIDE a young woman dressed in black, all tatted up, with a pentagram necklace on a choker chain. Since Ann is one of those people others find easy to talk with, it wasn’t long before she learned her new friend was a lesbian, gothic, witch....

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What is humility?

In Detroit in the 1930s, three young men boarded a bus and attempted to pick a fight with a passenger sitting alone in the back. They threw one insult after another, but the man said nothing in response. Eventually the bus came to the man’s stop. He stood, pulled a...

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Overcoming death with life

On April 22, 2018, James Shaw Jr. was sitting with a friend at a Waffle House counter near Nashville, Tennessee, when a gunman wearing only a green jacket opened fire. Shaw bolted from his seat and slid along the ground as he looked for the gunman. When the shooter...

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THE KEY to evangelistic effectiveness

Be yourself. People can sense a phony. If you want to share the gospel, living an authentic life—not a perfect life—is essential. The people you live and work around know the real you, so be yourself. Be a genuine Christian, not a person playing the part or acting a...

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A Life of Integrity

Nineteen-year-old Joey Prusak was on duty at the Dairy Queen counter in Hopkins, Minnesota, when a blind man placed an order. As the man paid, a twenty-dollar bill slipped from his pocket and fell to the floor. The woman behind him quickly snatched up the bill and...

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What difference does the Holy Spirit make?

If it’s true that the Spirit of God dwells in us and that our bodies are the Holy Spirit’s temple, then shouldn’t there be a huge difference between the person who has the Spirit of God living inside of him or her and the person who does not? This may be a silly...

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I want the last check I write to bounce

“I want the last check I write to bounce.” These are the words of billionaire philanthropist Charles F. Feeney, who made his fortune in the duty-free shopping industry and began secretly giving his money away in 1984. Feeney’s goal was to make a difference in the...

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How NOT to treat guests at church–two extremes to avoid

Churches need to be wary of two extremes regarding their friendliness. First is the church “gauntlet.” The gauntlet is set up when a church desires so much to exude a friendly demeanor that they place a gaggle of people at the entry point. One or two genuinely...

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Compassion is about the moment

When Sylvie de Toledo’s sister died from a drug overdose, she left behind her eight-year-old son, Kevin. Sylvie’s parents immediately took Kevin in and raised him from then on. It wasn’t easy, and Sylvie, a social worker, saw the toll it took on her parents’ marriage...

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The gospels that produces disciples

Our understanding of salvation—what we are saved for and saved from—has a tremendous impact on how we live in the world. It’s about being delivered from evil. If we view salvation wrongly as “making the cut,” it violates the great commandment to love God because it...

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Living on Purpose

Christians must learn to think of themselves as deployed, not just dispersed throughout the culture. Christians are already embedded in schools, companies, and neighborhoods where they study, work, and live. You don’t need to “get outside the walls of the church.” You...

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Latest Bible Study Lessons

Recent Bible Study Lessons Added

Eternity is more than living a long, long time.

How to muzzle a talker

It is a sin to bore people with the gospel

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