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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Which translation is the most literal?

Which translation is the most literal?

No translation is a truly literal translation. There is just no such thing. But some are more literal, more formal equivalent than others. Differences are a matter of degree. Now here you can see some of the most common translations available today. Formal equivalent...

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 Unimaginable Plans

 Unimaginable Plans

The angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” —Luke 1:28 We don’t know much about Mary, but the culture of the day suggests that this resident of the small town of Nazareth was young, and her offering of...

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Transformation

Transformation

Imagine you can’t play the piano and I asked you to play Amazing Grace. Would it be easy or hard? Would it help if you tried really, really hard to play Amazing Grace? This is how many people try to live the Christian life. They hear a sermon on gratefulness. They try...

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Is the Christian faith a reasonable faith?

Is the Christian faith a reasonable faith?

God is a God of reason (Isaiah 1:18), and He has created us as rational creatures in His image (Genesis 1:27; Colossians 3:10), so surely He intends for us to utilize the gift of reason. God wants us to take an intelligent step of faith in the light of good evidence,...

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The Law of Training

The Law of Training

Imagine a Canadian caterpillar chomping away on a plant in September. You whisper to this caterpillar, “You better get started. Winter is coming.” “Where do I need to go?” responds the caterpillar. Mexico. How far is it? 3000 miles. He doesn’t really understand how...

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What does the Bible teach about the Holy Spirit?

What does the Bible teach about the Holy Spirit?

Who is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, equal with God the Father and God the Son in nature, but separate in personality from them. Is the Holy Spirit a person? The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, and as such, He has...

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Jesus’s easy yoke

Jesus’s easy yoke

Is Christian living easy or hard? Is it easy or hard for you to live the Christian life? I have asked this question to thousands of Christians and consistently they will answer with resolve, “Hard!” Then, I show them this familiar verse: For my yoke is easy and my...

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The Benefits of Gratitude

The Benefits of Gratitude

We want to talk about how we can be people who give thanks in all things, but before we do, let’s explore some of the benefits of gratitude. Nothing predicts happiness like gratitude. No single activity more reliably predicts your happiness as the practice of...

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Can Christians be deceived?

Can Christians be deceived?

Truth, reason, and clear thinking are important because Christians can be doctrinally deceived—that is, they can succumb to false doctrine. Ezekiel 34:1-7 clearly affirms that God’s sheep can be abused and led astray by wicked shepherds. Moreover, Jesus warned His...

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The 21 Laws of Discipleship

The 21 Laws of Discipleship

Why do so many struggle so deeply to live the disciple’s life? Why are so many church attenders so much like the world? How can we effectively make disciples? Well, it’s complicated.   I have been struggling with the questions above for years. I would find a...

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We must choose

We must choose

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 PETER 1:3 GOD IS NOT the only one working in salvation. We must choose to...

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Who was Melchizedek?

Who was Melchizedek?

Some today believe Melchizedek was a preincarnate appearance of Christ. They believe Hebrews 7:3 supports this view: “He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest...

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Where did the idea of tithing come from?

Where did the idea of tithing come from?

Tithing is as old as history itself. When Abram left Ur of the Chaldeans on a pilgrimage of faith, he was promised God's blessing in order that he and his descendants would bless the peoples of the earth. Abram and his nephew Lot, you remember—along with their...

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My soul magnifies the Lord

My soul magnifies the Lord

And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.” —Luke 1:46–47 When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary in Galilee, he gave her life-altering news: she was going to birth the Savior of the world. Then the angel delivered more...

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What does it mean to pray, “Thy kingdom come”?

What does it mean to pray, “Thy kingdom come”?

The Bible says that if you are a Christian, the kingdom of God is within you; the King has come to live within your heart (see Luke 17:21). When you pray “Thy kingdom come,” you are saying, “God, You are the King. You live in my heart. And I want Your kingdom...

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What does it mean to repent

What does it mean to repent

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 PETER 3:9 I FIND IT INTERESTING that repent is the very first word out of Jesus’ mouth in his...

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Sheol, Hades, Gehenna

Sheol, Hades, Gehenna

What does the Bible teach about sheol? The common word for “hell” in the Old Testament is sheol, which means “the grave,” where people go when they die. In the King James Version, sheol is translated “hell” thirty-one times and “pit” three times. When both saved and...

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What does the biblical word hesed (chesed) mean?

What does the biblical word hesed (chesed) mean?

The Concept of Ḥesed THE CONCEPT OF ḥesed is important to understanding the book of Ruth since it is used to describe both secular and divine-human relationships. Unfortunately, it is a Hebrew word that no one English word can begin to convey accurately. Being...

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How much is enough?

How much is enough?

How much is enough? I had just arrived in Cambridge for my Ph.D. work. I knew nothing about the town but wanted to worship on my first Sunday morning in England. I had no mode of transportation other than my feet. So I started off through the park on my quest for a...

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What does the Bible teach about the Devil?

What does the Bible teach about the Devil?

Who is the devil? Originally the devil was named Lucifer, one of the angels that worshiped God. He fell because of pride. The devil is the origin of evil, the force behind evil today, and the personification of evil. How does the devil carry out his work? First, the...

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There’s something almost magical about Christmas lights

There’s something almost magical about Christmas lights

Shine among them like stars in the sky. —Philippians 2:15 NIV There’s something almost magical about Christmas lights. You can take a simple tree, a humble mailbox, even the most neglected of homes and drape it in sparkling, twinkling Christmas lights and voilà! They...

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What does the Bible teach about demons?

What does the Bible teach about demons?

What is a demon? A demon is a fallen angel with the power of intellect, emotion, and will. Demons are incorporeal beings who are invisible to humans. They carry out the work of the devil on this earth. What is a demon like? The word for demons in the Greek language is...

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