Small Group Tune Up

Small Group Tune Up

Every now and then, we need a tune up. We need to take our bodies to the doctor for a physical. We need to talk to a friend about our marriage. Our employers have us do year-end evaluations. Our cars need a tune up. And so do our small groups. This six week study will...

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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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How to pray

How to pray

Our Lord has given us a model prayer. He said, “After this manner therefore pray ye . . .” This is not necessarily a prayer to be repeated by rote. Our Lord warned about vain repetitions in this same passage. Sometimes we’ll be in a public assembly and someone will...

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Winning the War in Your Mind

Winning the War in Your Mind

A WHILE BACK I MADE A SOLEMN VOW THAT I WOULD STOP obsessing over texts and emails. I decided that anytime I heard the bing indicating I had received a message, I would not feel the urgency to check immediately. And when I did check, I would not reread and reread what...

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Discipleship and how our brains work

Discipleship and how our brains work

In Alaska there are only two seasons: winter and July. When the weather gets warm in the summer, the snow melts and the dirt roads become muddy. Cars drive on them, creating long ruts. There is a sign along one Alaskan road that reads, “Choose your rut carefully....

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Finding the Key to Guilt-Free Evangelism

Finding the Key to Guilt-Free Evangelism

I had never seen a church service start this way before—and haven’t since. The pastor stood before the congregation and announced, “We’re a loving church, and we want you all to feel welcome. But we’re also a biblical church. The Bible says, ‘Greet one another with a...

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Demolishing Strognholds

Demolishing Strognholds

IF WE ARE GOING TO DEMOLISH OUR STRONGHOLDS, WE have to recognize the power that lies have over us. Think of it this way. There is a large, shaggy-haired, lumbering dog—let’s call him Max—who will not leave the yard. A car drives by. Max loves to chase cars. The...

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Would you die for a lie?

Would you die for a lie?

Those who challenge Christianity often overlook one area of evidence: the transformation of Jesus’ apostles. The radically changed lives of these men give us solid testimony for the validity of Christ’s claims. Since the Christian faith is historical, our knowledge of...

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Why We Need Effective Bible Teachers

Why We Need Effective Bible Teachers

Bill Hybels has a saying that I just love: “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...

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Billy Graham on the importance of the mind

Billy Graham on the importance of the mind

We Christians are not to be conformed to this world in the way we think. The world by its advertisements, its conversation, and its philosophy is engaged in a gigantic brainwashing. Not always consciously but sometimes unconsciously, the Christian is beset by secular...

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Seven Misconceptions about Evangelism

Seven Misconceptions about Evangelism

1. You haven’t really witnessed to someone until you’ve taken that person through the plan of salvation. I was taught that witnessing wasn’t really legitimate unless you presented the entire plan of salvation, using appropriate verses to support a point-by-point...

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Winning the War in Your Mind

Winning the War in Your Mind

MY FRIEND KEVIN SERVED ON OUR CHURCH STAFF AS ONE of our pastors for close to twenty years before retiring. Way back in the early days, our staff used to play a game called capture the flag in our storefront church offices. We occasionally got violent as players tried...

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Evangelism in the real world

Evangelism in the real world

Lawrence worked for a nonprofit on the North Side of Chicago, a couple miles from where Jon lives today. He was excited about the opportunity to reach the people in his neighborhood with the love of Jesus. Lawrence said, “I knew we were called to live in the city. And...

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I gave up on evangelism

I gave up on evangelism

I don’t remember exactly when, but it was a long, long time ago. I can’t put my finger on the exact date, but somewhere along the line, my passion for souls took a detour. It wasn’t always that way. I actually remember a time when I looked for opportunities to...

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Can We Trust the New Testament?

Can We Trust the New Testament?

The New Testament provides the primary historical source for information about Jesus. Because of this, in the past two centuries many critics have attacked the reliability of the biblical documents. There seems to be a constant barrage of charges that have no...

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Marriage and friendship

Marriage and friendship

We have spent time discussing what marriage is, but now let’s ask, “What is it for?” What is the purpose of marriage? The Bible’s answer to this question starts with the principle that marriage is a friendship. Loneliness in Paradise In Genesis 1–2, as God was...

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Blessers versus Converters

Blessers versus Converters

That was what the subject line in the email said. I didn’t know who had sent it, but as I read the contents, I could see why he was so excited about his doctoral dissertation. (This might be the first time I’ve ever used the terms “excitement” and “doctoral...

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The key to a better marriage

The key to a better marriage

The introductory statement for Paul’s famous paragraph on marriage in Ephesians is verse 21: “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”1 In English, this is usually rendered as a separate sentence, but that hides from readers an important point that Paul is...

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Liar, Lunatic, Lord

Liar, Lunatic, Lord

If you were to Google the name Jesus today, you’d instantly get about 181 million hits. Search for Jesus at Amazon.com and you’ll find 261,474 books about him. Given the smorgasbord of competing views, can we still have confidence in the historical Jesus? Many people...

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The Power to Live a Meaningful Marriage

The Power to Live a Meaningful Marriage

The introductory statement for Paul’s famous paragraph on marriage in Ephesians is verse 21: “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”1 In English, this is usually rendered as a separate sentence, but that hides from readers an important point that Paul is...

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Friend of Sinners

Friend of Sinners

Do you know what Jesus’s nickname was? It was “Friend” (Matthew 11:16–19 NIV). More specifically, “Friend of Sinners.” Who gave Jesus that nickname? Religious leaders who watched how He lived His life and didn’t like it. But apparently Jesus liked it so much that He...

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