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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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Why people lose faith

Why people lose faith

When I was a seminary student, I heard the tragic story of another seminary student who lost his faith. “Justin” had come to Christ in college through the witness of some of his fraternity brothers. He was smart, articulate, athletic, and popular, and became a...

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PURSUING PLEASURE UNDERMINES PRIDE AND SELF-PITY

PURSUING PLEASURE UNDERMINES PRIDE AND SELF-PITY

Over against all human pride, “God chose what is low and despised in the world … so that no human being might boast in the presence of God” (1 Corinthians 1:28–29, RSV). Any view of the Christian life that claims biblical sanction must be the enemy of pride. This is...

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What is it like to come to God?

What is it like to come to God?

One of the most riveting movie scenes I’ve ever seen is from the 1997 movie Contact, starring Jodi Foster and Matthew McConaughey. Dr. Ellie Arroway, played by Foster, is an astronomer who has spent years searching for signs of extraterrestrial life. After years and...

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The spiritual discipline of service

The spiritual discipline of service

It’s been gone for more than a century. Yet, if it weren’t for TV commercials, more people probably would have heard of the Pony Express than of Federal Express. The Pony Express was a private express company that carried mail by an organized relay of horseback...

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Pain is God’s megaphone

Pain is God’s megaphone

Perhaps pain or disappointment has driven you to look upward for answers. A professional athlete once confided to me that tragedy in his life was forcing him to consider things he’d never considered before. He graduated college as an all-American, was drafted in the...

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The Greatest Mystery of the Christian Fatih

The Greatest Mystery of the Christian Fatih

It is no wonder that thoughtful people find the gospel of Jesus Christ hard to believe, for the realities with which it deals pass our understanding. But it is sad that so many make faith harder than it need be, by finding difficulties in the wrong places. Take the...

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Jesus is in the life-changing business

Jesus is in the life-changing business

Jesus is in the life-changing business. From the very beginning all kinds of people were drawn to him and would come to him — satisfied people, messed-up people, lepers and injured people, forgotten people, despised people, prostitutes, tax collectors, admired people,...

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Extrabiblical Sources Confirm Jesus’ Identity

Extrabiblical Sources Confirm Jesus’ Identity

About forty years after Jesus’ crucifixion, Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus, more commonly known as Pliny the Younger, was born. This future Roman senator and author is one of the few people from the first century who is well known because of his prolific writing....

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The Power of the Mind in Discipleship

The Power of the Mind in Discipleship

Two people suffer from cancer. One becomes bitter and despairing while the other is a beacon of honesty and hope to the people around them. Their cancer is the same. The difference is in their minds. Two people live with meager financial resources. One of them is...

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How beauty points to the existence of God

How beauty points to the existence of God

In his late seventies, Antony Flew, one of the twentieth century’s most famous philosophers, stunned the philosophical world by announcing that he had begun to believe in God. If you are not into philosophy, you may not realize what a big deal this was. It would be...

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The Spiritual Discipline of evangelism

The Spiritual Discipline of evangelism

Only the sheer rapture of being lost in the worship of God is as exhilarating and intoxicating as telling someone about Jesus Christ. Some of the most rewarding times of my life have been during mission trips when I have done nothing but talk about Christ on the...

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What if I don’t feel joy

What if I don’t feel joy

It is true that our hearts are often sluggish. We do not feel the depth or intensity of affections that are appropriate for God or His cause. It is true that at those times we must exert our wills and make decisions that we hope will rekindle our joy. Even though...

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Who was Jesus?

Who was Jesus?

The next reason I believe in the resurrection is that the identity of Jesus was confirmed. Who is Jesus? This is one of the most important questions anyone can ask, and the answer has the power to change a person’s life trajectory for eternity. For such an important...

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The truth about idolatry

The truth about idolatry

What does the word idolatry suggest to your mind? Savages groveling before a totem pole? Cruel-faced statues in Hindu temples? The dervish dance of the priests of Baal around Elijah’s altar? These things are certainly idolatrous, in a very obvious way; but we need to...

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Loving God with Your Mind

Loving God with Your Mind

Jesus said that the greatest commandment is “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind.” We have been discussing making an offering of the body, which is an act of worship “offered by mind and heart.” The next thing we are to...

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The Greatest Moment In Your Life

The Greatest Moment In Your Life

If someone were to ask you what was the greatest moment of your life, what would you say? What is the first thing that comes to mind? I may not know you, but I know that there have been some extraordinary moments in your life: There was the moment you were born—when...

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