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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The Wonder of Christmas

If you engage a typical American child below the age of, say, eight, and ask him what he would most like to know about Christmas, you might get an answer along these lines: “I wonder how Santa Claus carries enough toys in his sleigh for all the kids in the world.” “I...

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The value of knowing God

All the problems of heaven and earth, though they were to confront us together and at once, would be nothing compared with the overwhelming problem of God: That He is; what He is like; and what we as moral beings must do about Him. The man who comes to a right belief...

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Effective personal evangelism

Unfortunately, evangelism has a troubled image these days. It’s become a dirty word for Christians and non-Christians alike. Unbelievers disdain evangelism—often equating it with dogmatic legalists winning heavy-handed, judgmental, presumptuous, religious arguments....

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How to be more self-disciplined

In his bestselling book Outliers: The Story of Success, author Malcolm Gladwell explains how extraordinary people achieve their success. His examples include the Beatles, Bill Gates, star hockey players, successful pilots, and Silicon Valley billionaires. After...

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Intentional, effective evangelism

Be intentional. Sometimes, the perspective described in this chapter is derided as an excuse for diminished church involvement or a watered-down relational approach that soft sells witnessing. Both of those criticisms can be true if you aren’t intentional about...

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Jesus is praying for you today

We might assume the storms would have stopped. Jesus was on the earth, after all. He made the planet. He invented storm systems. He created the whole idea of atmosphere, wind, and rain. We might assume, for the time he was on his earth, that the world would have been...

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Unshakable Hope

I have just completed a 7 Week Bible Study Lesson Series on Max Lucado's book Unshakable Hope. It is available on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions, as well as part of my Good Questions Have Groups Talking Subscription plan. The idea is to invite each...

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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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