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 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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The gospels that produces disciples

Our understanding of salvation—what we are saved for and saved from—has a tremendous impact on how we live in the world. It’s about being delivered from evil. If we view salvation wrongly as “making the cut,” it violates the great commandment to love God because it...

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Living on Purpose

Christians must learn to think of themselves as deployed, not just dispersed throughout the culture. Christians are already embedded in schools, companies, and neighborhoods where they study, work, and live. You don’t need to “get outside the walls of the church.” You...

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You have need of endurance

Every morning when I’m home in San Diego, I go to a gym to work out with a trainer. His name is Todd Durkin, and he’s one of the best trainers in the country—and one of the best things that’s happened to me in recent years. Besides the fact that he’s an incredible...

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The Knowledge of the Holy

What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been...

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Churches living missionally

One church countered this trend by celebrating the many families in their church who were involved in community sports programs. They formed a support group to help those families develop more intentional strategies to reach other families with the gospel. Notice they...

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How to live a life of peace

As I was writing this chapter, my wife and I were staying at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. That day, May 18, 2017, an intoxicated man drove his car over the curb, killing an eighteen-year-old girl and injuring twenty-two others. His car finally stopped...

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A Movement of God

His name was Jeremiah Lanphier. The date was September 23, 1857. The location was New York City. For days Lanphier had been handing out flyers about a time of prayer. He likely distributed more than twenty thousand flyers by himself. He was a man under God’s...

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What is joy and how can I get more of it?

Gretchen Rubin was living what anyone would call a good life. She had a handsome, loving husband, two adorable daughters, excellent relationships with her family and friends, a successful career, a comfortable home, and good health. Yet despite all this, she often...

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Tired of talking about God

I am tired of merely talking about God. I want to see God move through me, through Cornerstone Church, and through the worldwide body of Christ. I know there’s more. We all know there’s more. That’s why I wrote this book—to explore with you how God has called us to...

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What is love?

I heard about a teenager who was asked what she thought love was and she answered, “Love is a feeling you feel when you feel that what you feel is a feeling you never felt before.” That’s how most of us think of love. As a feeling. A feeling is something that just...

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Everyone who wants Heaven will get in

The hymn “Rock of Ages” has a telling line: Be of sin the double cure; Save from wrath and make me pure. It’s not hard to want the “save from wrath” part of the cure. God was so willing to save us from wrath that he sent Jesus to the cross so that he could experience...

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How to avoid burn out

“For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.” Read the entirety of Ephesians 2:8–10. We are not saved by works. But we are saved to do good works. And this last phrase is key: “. . ....

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Saved from…

We see most clearly what Jesus came to save us from in his name: “He will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21, emphasis added). Dale Bruner notes the expression is so familiar we miss how surprising it would have been. Israel expected the Messiah to save...

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Salvation is bigger than you think

“In our world, something is terribly wrong and cries out to be put right.”[8] This thought, though written by a theologian, is more often expressed in our day by poets and playwrights and novelists and musicians. Hunger and poverty haven’t gone away. Powerful...

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Loving God completely

It’s impossible to love God as much as He loves us, because by His very nature, God is love. He doesn’t have to try to love us. He can do nothing else. On the other hand, our love is fickle. We love when we feel like it, and that includes loving God. Yet we are...

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What does it really mean to be saved?

It is certainly and wonderfully true that many people find that their life with God starts through responding to an altar call, or praying a prayer of forgiveness, or crying out for mercy in a rescue mission. It is certainly and wonderfully true that God’s capacity to...

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How to become a joyful giver

What, then, are some practical steps for church members? How do we proceed down the obedient path of giving? The first obvious step is to make it a matter of prayer. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 9:7, “Each person should do as he has decided in his heart.” Our “heart” is...

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How to bring the Kingdom of God

We are not in charge, but we are not idle. We are engaged. We become a part of God’s project. Every time you bring a slice of this up-there life down here, the Kingdom of God breaks into all the messed-up kingdoms of this world. Every time you are in conflict with...

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Why is the world such a mess?

Many people do not understand that this was Jesus’ message, his plan, his good news. Even people who are actively involved in church life were taught to pray, “Beam me up.” But Jesus never told anybody to pray, “Get me out of here so I can go up there.” He said we...

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