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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

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 https://www.youtube.com/embed/lduldVUA8-4

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AN UNDIVIDED LIFE

AN UNDIVIDED LIFE

Woe to those weak and timid souls who are divided between God and their world! They want and they do not want. They are torn by desire and remorse at the same time…. They have a horror of evil and a shame of good. They have the pains of virtue without tasting its...

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Pursuit of Holiness – Chapters 5 & 6

Pursuit of Holiness – Chapters 5 & 6

https://youtu.be/qSR0bfiCxHg Check out our Bible Study on Jerry Bridges classic book, The Pursuit of Holiness. It is on Amazon as well as part of the Good Questions Have Groups Talking subscription service. Like Netflix for Bible Lessons, one low subscription gives...

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Sam Chan – How Do I Tell My Friends About Jesus?

Sam Chan – How Do I Tell My Friends About Jesus?

https://youtu.be/TR_vmAUMdK4 Check out our Bible Study on Sam Chan's book How to Talk About Jesus. It is on Amazon as well as part of the Good Questions Have Groups Talking subscription service. Like Netflix for Bible Lessons, one low subscription gives you access to...

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What does it mean to be saved?

What does it mean to be saved?

We must be saved from what’s going on inside. And so far as I know, no other candidate for soter ever said, “Abide in me.” Caesar never said that. Alexander the Great never said that. Jesus said that. Union with Christ—to abide with him—means that he is present in our...

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A guaranteed way to improve your teaching

A guaranteed way to improve your teaching

I wonder if anyone learned anything tonight. I wonder if any lives were changed. It was enjoyable. I wasn’t bored. I didn’t look at my watch. But, I wonder if any lives were changed. Effective Bible Teachers regularly ask these questions. They regularly evaluate. They...

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My grumpy anxiety gave way to peace,

My grumpy anxiety gave way to peace,

NOVEMBER IS NOT my favorite month. It starts to get dark early, and I hate the dark. I also hate the cold. Both of these things make me want to stay in my pajamas all day and cuddle on the couch with my dog, but I must face my life. I have four human beings who depend...

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When neighbors don’t neighbor

When neighbors don’t neighbor

When Jesus said that all the commandments can be summed up in loving God and loving our neighbors, he was on to something. What would happen if we all just did what Jesus said to do? What if we get to know our actual neighbors? This sounds simple, but it’s easy to...

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THE GUIDED LIFE

THE GUIDED LIFE

There is a way of ordering our mental life on more than one level at once. On one level we may be thinking, discussing, seeing, calculating, meeting all the demands of external affairs. But deep within, behind the scenes, at a profounder level, we may also be in...

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Pursuit of Holiness – Introduction

Pursuit of Holiness – Introduction

https://youtu.be/0YLt4BHx24E Check out our Bible Study on Jerry Bridges classic book, The Pursuit of Holiness. It is on Amazon as well as part of the Good Questions Have Groups Talking subscription service. Like Netflix for Bible Lessons, one low subscription gives...

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The most important thing

The most important thing

Jesus said the most important thing we can do is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. We are discovering that Jesus was actually really smart. You could even say that he was and is a genius. When Jesus was...

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UNION: Never Alone

UNION: Never Alone

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. GALATIANS 2:20 It is Peter’s last intimate conversation with his friend Jesus. The Crucifixion is past. Peter’s denial of Jesus—uttered not just once but three times—is a horrible memory....

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Government doesn’t have the solution

Government doesn’t have the solution

It’s likely that your schedule is already packed and that the idea of becoming a good neighbor might sound impractical or even scary at first. But we invite you to lean into those issues. If you do, we are confident that you will discover that Jesus really is a...

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The Practice of Confession

The Practice of Confession

Many Christians are unthinkably horrified when a real sinner is suddenly discovered among the righteous. So we remain alone with our sin, living in lies and hypocrisy…. He who is alone with his sins is utterly alone. -- DIETRICH BONHOEFFER Some years ago we traded in...

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ILLUMINATION:  A New Mental Map

ILLUMINATION: A New Mental Map

To hold to a doctrine or an opinion with the intellect alone is not to believe it. A man’s real belief is that which he lives by. - GEORGE MACDONALD Illumination comes to us, if it comes at all, as a gift. I don’t know of a better picture of it than from the...

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New Bible Study: Love Your Neighbor

New Bible Study: Love Your Neighbor

In 2009 I (Dave) gathered a group of twenty lead pastors in the Denver area so we could think, dream, and pray about how our churches might join forces to serve our community. We invited our local mayor, Bob Frie, to join us, and we asked him a simple question: How...

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