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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What effective Bible teachers do between class sessions

What effective Bible teachers do between class sessions

There has never been a better time to be a Bible Teacher than today. This is true on several levels. For one thing, we have incredible tools at our fingertips that make Bible Study so much easier. Word studies that used to require Greek training, expensive books, and...

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A no-good, terrible, very bad day

A no-good, terrible, very bad day

I believe that two of the great skills that we can learn in this life are first to treasure our friends, but more than that, to learn to be a friend who is a treasure to others. A few days ago I had a no-good, terrible, full-of-frustration day. Probably the bottom...

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We can teach our way our of any problem

We can teach our way our of any problem

There is an old saying that goes, “We are going to teach our way out of this problem.” Here is what he means. Suppose you have a giving problem in your church. You are not meeting budget. You are not able to meet expenses. You have bills that are unpaid. You have cut...

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Don’t Exaggerate the Negative

Don’t Exaggerate the Negative

The fourth mistake Elijah made is that he exaggerated the negative. He said, “I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too” (v. 10). Elijah held a little pity party for himself: “Everybody’s against me.” But the fact is that almost nobody was against...

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Do church goers behave differently?

Do church goers behave differently?

I have heard this stat for years: 75% of churches are plateaued or declining. Here is the latest: Based on our research of 557 churches from 2004 to 2010, nine out of ten churches in America are declining or growing at a pace that is slower than that of their...

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The need of the hour

The need of the hour

We desperately need an army of Effective Bible Teachers. What is an Effective Bible Teacher? An Effective Bible Teacher teaches so that people live according to the Bible. Effective Bible Teachers create doers of the Word and not hearers only. Effective Bible Teachers...

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What is the difference between joy and happiness?

What is the difference between joy and happiness?

My first pastor often cited Oswald Chambers’s My Utmost for His Highest, and I eagerly read that great book as a young Christian. But at the time I didn’t know enough to disagree with his statement: “Joy should not be confused with happiness. In fact, it is an insult...

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DOING MORE THAN YOU EVER IMAGINED

DOING MORE THAN YOU EVER IMAGINED

LEADERS SOMETIMES MAKE audacious statements and then lead people to fulfill them. Leaders turn their convictions about what must happen and their vision about what can happen into what does happen. When they do, the world is changed, often dramatically, with results...

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The relevance and importance of studying the second coming

The relevance and importance of studying the second coming

The Old and New Testaments are filled with the promises of the second coming of Christ. In the Old Testament, there are 1,845 references and a total of seventeen Old Testament books that give it prominence. Of the 216 chapters in the entire New Testament, there are...

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Grumpy People Looking for a Place to Grump

Grumpy People Looking for a Place to Grump

How we are behind the closed doors of our own private castle is how we really are. That’s the real you and the real me. We can fabricate an image for our work associates and friends, but when the shades go down, the man we really are comes out of the shadows. We trap...

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The basis of true happiness

The basis of true happiness

The waiter brings the meals steaming hot from the kitchen and places them dramatically on the table. He looks at each diner expectantly, hoping to see expressions of delight. Before he leaves, he pronounces the inevitable benediction: “Enjoy!” Many seem to think...

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GOD USES SATAN TO REFINE THE OBEDIENT

GOD USES SATAN TO REFINE THE OBEDIENT

We have just released a new Bible Study based on Ermin Lutzer's book, God's Devil. Here is an excerpt: GOD USES SATAN TO REFINE THE OBEDIENT Sometimes God chooses the scene of our battles with Satan. Does Satan wish to tempt Job to discredit the faith of this man of...

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THE STUPIDITY OF DATE SETTING

THE STUPIDITY OF DATE SETTING

About a hundred years ago, Christians in this country anticipated that the twentieth century would be the greatest century the world had ever known. They were filled with unbridled optimism, and their slogans showed their positive spirit—slogans like “ever onward and...

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“HAVING BEGUN IN THE SPIRIT”

“HAVING BEGUN IN THE SPIRIT”

The words from which I wish to address you, you will find in the Epistle to the Galatians, the third chapter, at the third verse; let us read the second verse also: “This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of...

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Who is the Holy Spirit?

Who is the Holy Spirit?

A Person The Holy Spirit is a person. He grieves (Eph. 4:30); intercedes (Rom. 8:26–27); testifies (John 16:12–15); speaks (Mark 13:11); creates (Gen. 1:2; Luke 1:35); has a mind (Rom. 8:27); and can be blasphemed (Mark 3:28–29).2 (Of course, the Scriptures are also...

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Is joy the same as happiness?

Is joy the same as happiness?

The relationship between joy and happiness in these passages refutes two common claims: (1) that the Bible doesn’t talk about happiness, and (2) that joy and happiness have contrasting meanings. In fact, the Bible overflows with accounts of God’s people being happy in...

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Holiness in an unholy world

Holiness in an unholy world

All believers must live their Christian lives in the context of an unholy world. Some face extraordinary temptation as they live in the midst of a flagrantly sinful atmosphere. The student in the university dormitory or the man or woman on a military base or aboard...

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Don’t Take False Blame

Don’t Take False Blame

The third mistake Elijah made is that he blamed himself for negative events that were not his fault. Elijah said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death...

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Don’t be deceived about Christ’s return

Don’t be deceived about Christ’s return

In the early verses of the Olivet Discourse, in Matthew 24, “Jesus answered and said to them: ‘Take heed that no one deceives you’ ” (verse 4). As we look to the future, this word from our Lord ought to be etched in our own hearts. As the day of His return approaches,...

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Holiness and faith

Holiness and faith

In the pursuit of holiness Christians are often called on to perform duties that appear unreasonable and even absurd to an unbelieving world. A Christian farmer in Kansas is a case in point. When wheat is exactly ready to be harvested, it is important that the work be...

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GOD USES SATAN TO JUDGE THE UNCONVERTED

GOD USES SATAN TO JUDGE THE UNCONVERTED

We have just released a new Bible Study based on Ermin Lutzer's book, God's Devil. Here is an excerpt: GOD USES SATAN TO JUDGE THE UNCONVERTED Now that we know that Satan is limited by God’s power, we might think that God would confine his role to relatively few...

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WHAT JESUS SAID ABOUT HIS SECOND COMING

WHAT JESUS SAID ABOUT HIS SECOND COMING

Jesus Referred to the Future Often First, Christ referred to the future often as He ministered to His disciples and to others. For example, in the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24:25), Jesus said, “See, I have told you beforehand.” He is letting His followers know ahead...

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Jesus’s logo

Jesus’s logo

Everyone is looking for just the right logo. Companies spend millions of dollars to find a little icon that will communicate what they offer in a memorable and compelling way. Nike’s logo is a little checkmark-looking symbol we call a swoosh. It is actually a stylized...

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New Bible Study: The Second Coming of Christ

New Bible Study: The Second Coming of Christ

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor in Germany during the rise of the Nazi party under Adolf Hitler. He was very active in the resistance movement against Nazism and was eventually arrested and hanged in 1943 for his efforts, just before the end of World War II....

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Habits of holiness

Habits of holiness

The more we sin, the more we are inclined to sin. John Owen expressed it this way, in his quaint seventeenth-century style: “Repeated acts of the consent of the will unto sin may beget a disposition and inclineableness of the will unto a proneness and readiness to...

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Becoming a joyful Christian

Becoming a joyful Christian

Some of you may be old enough to remember singing—perhaps in Sunday school or at summer camp—that old song that starts out like this: “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.” “Where?” “Down in my heart!” “Where?” “Down in my heart!” Do you know why we...

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Success Will Come and Go, but Integrity Is Forever

Success Will Come and Go, but Integrity Is Forever

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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Holiness and our wills

Holiness and our wills

In all that has been said so far about our responsibility for holiness—the necessity of conviction and commitment, perseverance and discipline, and of holiness in body and in spirit—the activity of our wills is always implied. It is the will that ultimately makes each...

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THE JOY OF ADVERSITY

THE JOY OF ADVERSITY

It was the bottom of the sixth inning. The Montreal Expos’ most feared hitter, Tim Raines, was at the plate. The pitcher glared at the catcher and checked the runner on first base. Then, kicking high, he pushed off the rubber and threw as hard as he could. It was the...

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Evangelize  the Same Way You Want to Be Evangelized

Evangelize the Same Way You Want to Be Evangelized

Listen The Golden Rule of Evangelism: Evangelize the Same Way You Want to Be Evangelized I’m a classic example of a loud introvert. I do a lot of up front public speaking, and I’m great for funny stories at parties. But I need a lot of quiet time alone to recharge and...

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