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Roll Away the Stone

Sisyphus does not usually tread the dusty streets of Jerusalem. He has never appeared in a Paschal reading, nor was he ever mentioned in an Easter sermon. But this Easter, I thought of him. That ..
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Praying the Scriptures

You read the Bible. You study its passages. But you want more. You crave for it to become in your life the “living Word. " A Word alive, a song on your lips, the voice in your heart. For the ..
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Covenant Communication

Careless or caustic words can cause more damage in a marriage than anything else. Take the time to covenant together about how you will communicate - it will enrich your relationship every day: We ..
(June 27, 2008)
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A New View of Patience

Patience. A virtue much sought, a commodity to be utterly desired. Stillness of soul in the midst of turmoil, perseverance in the face of trials, undisturbed faith under the onslaught of evil. ..
(June 27, 2008)
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Why Talk About Sin?

Talking about hell is passe. Fire and brimstone sermons are considered out of fashion. The goal is to find the lost, comfort the broken-hearted, and rescue the perishing. Therefore, God is the ..
(June 27, 2008)
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Exploring the Deeps

"Do you read the Bible?" "Of course I do!" "Then, what did you learn today?" The first question is easy. The second leaves us stumped. We could give answers like, “Well, I learned that David ..
(June 27, 2008)
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A Light Unto My Path

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son . . . " You can hear the words in your mind. The voices of little children chanting John 3:16. Maybe it was in Sunday School; maybe in ..
(June 27, 2008)
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Answers Vs Wisdom

I often find myself praying, “Lord, tell me what to do!" or “Is this course of action that I'm considering right or wrong? Just tell me!" But I have finally realized that this is not the ..
(June 27, 2008)
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Be Still and Know

Be - Come with who you are, as you are. Come knowing that your personality and individuality are safe. Don't try to empty yourself of your selfhood: rather, acknowledge that selfhood and understand ..
(June 27, 2008)
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God is Not Afraid of Process

Sanctification. A long word for a long process. Once, a friend I was discipling asked me, “What does it mean to be sanctified?" I took a deep breath, and said, “Well . . . !" You can ..
(June 27, 2008)
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Christian Education What is the Gift of Teaching?

We could talk about the gift of teaching in terms of skill sets, personality types, and rhetorical styles - but we won't. Not here. Instead, using a slightly different approach, let's discuss the ..
(July 22, 2008)
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Christian Education and the Struggle With Biblical Illiteracy

I doubt that anyone will disagree with me when I state that our society today in America is biblically illiterate. Specifically, I would define “biblically illiterate" as the following: * ..
(July 22, 2008)
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Christian Education 7 Essentials For an Effective Teaching ..

All too often, planning for Christian Education involves desperately flipping through the church directory and asking, “Who might be willing to take a class?" Is it any wonder, then, that ..
(July 22, 2008)
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5 Keys to Spiritual Maturity

Spiritual maturity, or spiritual formation, is God's call to every believer (Ephesians 4:11-16). We are “no longer to be children, " but are to “grow up in all aspects into him who is the .
(July 22, 2008)
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Keys to Christian Discipleship Give Fishing Lessons

An old proverb runs, “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime. " That is one of the goals of Christian discipleship: to teach the other person to .
(July 22, 2008)
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Bible Study Basics The Pitfalls of Discussion

Discussion is vital to Bible studies, small groups, and Sunday school classes. It keeps people attentive and involved, adds insights and wisdom, and helps people turn head knowledge into heart ..
(July 25, 2008)
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Bible Study Basics Write Out Your Lesson

When I taught a class on how to lead Bible studies and teach in a group, the biggest push-back I received was when I promoted writing out - in full - your lesson for the week. People objected that ..
(July 25, 2008)
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Bible Study Basics The Importance of Discussion

Why include discussion in a Bible study, small group, or Sunday School class? Why not just lecture, or watch a great preacher or teacher on DVD, then call it quits for the day? Discussion is an ..
(July 25, 2008)
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Keys to Christian Discipleship Learn to Listen

In order to be effective at Christian discipleship, you have to listen. Remember that listening is an active verb . . . a very active verb, and it takes both effort and practice. You need to listen ..
(July 25, 2008)
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Spiritual Maturity Learning is an Active Verb

In order to reach our goal of spiritual maturity, we must take the task of learning about God and studying the Bible seriously. Learning is not passive. We cannot be handed biblical knowledge and ..
(July 25, 2008)
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Christian Education 12 Keys of Effective Teaching

While there are many forms of teaching in the Christian education arena, there are a few basic tenets that are applicable across the board. We will focus on these tenets as they apply to ..
(July 25, 2008)
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Christian Education Why Are We So Biblically Illiterate?

Why, in a culture where nearly everyone can read, has access to a Bible, and has a church on every corner, is there such biblical illiteracy? I believe the answer to this question is to be found ..
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Christian Discernment A Practical Definition

What is really involved in Christian discernment? Is it something mystical? An inner sense? Or is it more practical than that? Hebrews 5:14 notes that discernment is the ability to recognize good and .
(July 25, 2008)
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