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What Matters Most to God in a Disciple (Part 8)

“Love . . . keeps no record of when it has been wronged” (1 Corinthians 13:5c NLT).

Love . . . forgives.

“What,” you may ask, “does ‘forgive’ mean?”…

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Added by Skip Garmo on September 1, 2018 at 11:43am — No Comments

Nine Best Practices (sadly missing from most congregations)

Nine Practices That Heal Our Broken Humanity

This book shows what it means to be the church, the new humanity in Jesus Christ, as Paul writes about…

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Added by Network Creator / Coordinator on August 21, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

What Matters Most to God in a Disciple? (Part 7)

“Love . . . is not easily angered . . .” (1 Corinthians 13:5b NIV).

Potentially the most impulsive—and most destructive—weakness in your life and mine is poorly controlled anger. We are inundated with angry incidents that—if we are not careful—can lead us to give ourselves “permission” to imitate those lapses of control: fiery dialogue in politics,…

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Added by Skip Garmo on August 2, 2018 at 12:46am — No Comments

An Antidote for Bullying



One of the ways I am processing the unexpected death of my brother is by remembering the fun times of our youth. The memory verse at one year’s Vacation Bible School was Ephesians 4:32, “Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you (KJV),” and Bob had committed it to memory from the King James Version of the Bible – which is mostly what we had back then. There were a few other translations, but our Southern Baptist…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on July 29, 2018 at 6:26pm — No Comments

A Test with Hard Questions

When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s reputation, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions.

2 Chronicles 9:1 NLT

 

Conduct a self-test to see if you have been accepted…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on June 25, 2018 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Things You Do Not Have to Stress About in College

High school has got to be the most stressful period in a student’s life. In high school, there are so many things you have to worry about. You worry about being popular, getting good grades, wearing the right clothes and hanging out with the right group among other things. However, college is different and they are a number of things you shouldn’t lose sleep over when you get to college. Here are a number of things college students never worry…

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Added by Robert Roberts on June 14, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments

What Matters Most to God in a Disciple? (Part 5)

. . . I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” (Philippians 4:11b ESV).

 

If you just joined our journey of discovery into what matters most to God, we are taking a reflective walk through 1 Corinthians 13:4. The third quality that people see in followers who reflect Christlike love is the absence of…

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Added by Skip Garmo on June 1, 2018 at 2:06pm — No Comments

What's the Difference: Mentoring vs. Disciple Making?

“What’s the difference?” It’s the question of a learner, a thinker, a person who’s comparing two not-quite-the-same concepts.

When I taught English in Asia I realized that motivated students have lots of these questions. I remember being asked, “What’s the difference between ‘affect’ and ‘effect’? Or between ‘than’ and ‘then’? Or ‘farther’ and ‘further’?” Most of the time I knew, but occasionally the question itself caused me, the teacher, to realize that I didn’t understand clearly.…

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Added by Justin Gravitt on May 31, 2018 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Oral Disciple Making: A Return to First Principles

 

 

Oral Disciple Making:  A Return to First Principles

 

By Jerry Wiles

 

When it comes to following and obeying Jesus, it sometimes takes time to clarify exactly what that means.  With 2,000 years of history and church traditions, there is a very real need to rethink, re-evaluate and…

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Added by Jerry Wiles on May 1, 2018 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Co-Signing a Lie

Co-Signing a Lie!

Have you Co-signed a lie?

Introduction: 

     Because of the Synoptic Gospel of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, this message will be given from the account of Matthew. We all know and understand that Matthew was the tax collector of that day. Matthew was familiar with Jewish history, customs, ideas, and Classes of people. He was well trained in the Torah writings.

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Added by Dr. Terence L Redd on April 4, 2018 at 10:31pm — No Comments

The Law of Replenishment

Have you ever run out of gas? Of course, the smarter thing is to periodically check your gas gauge to see when it’s time to replenish your supply.

But many years ago, I had a car with a defective gas gauge. It was pretty scary to never know how much gas was in my tank.

Lately I’ve been think about why the Law of Replenishment is a vital lesson of the Christian life, keeping us from running out of gas spiritually. This principle is especially crucial for leaders, caregivers, and…

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Added by Jim Buchan on April 2, 2018 at 2:47pm — No Comments

In the Year Billy Graham Died...

After Billy Graham died at age 99, many people wondered who could ever replace him. In some ways, the answer might be no one – for Graham was a unique minister of the gospel and ambassador for Christ. Like Queen Esther, he was anointed to speak to kings, presidents, prime ministers, and the entire culture “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).

But there’s another answer that might surprise you. When looking for Billy Graham’s replacement, you need look no further…

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Added by Jim Buchan on March 9, 2018 at 10:29am — No Comments

Billy Graham & the Law of FOCUS

Throughout Billy Graham’s life, people tried to give him career advice. “You would make a great congressman or senator!” some would say. “Have you ever thought about running for office?” Others even predicted he would have a good chance of being elected President, if they could just convince him to run.

Once a major motion picture studio offered him a million dollars to sign a movie deal. “Your good looks, booming voice, and natural charisma could make you star!” they told…

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Added by Jim Buchan on March 4, 2018 at 2:43pm — No Comments

What Matters Most to God in a Disciple? (Part 2)

Part 1 in this series about what matters most to God in a disciple began: “The most fulfilling journey in life is the path of a person who has an intimate relationship with God, and who faithfully follows Him.” Does this seem to you a reasonable description of a true…

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Added by Skip Garmo on March 1, 2018 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Billy Graham and the Fruit of Loyalty

Countless books and blogs could be written about the many admirable qualities of Billy Graham. But to me, one of his most remarkable examples was the loyalty and teamwork of his evangelistic team.

As someone who has spent man decades with Christian churches and ministries, I assure you that this quality is extremely rare. Yet, while most Christian organizations are marked by a constant turnover of personnel, Billy Graham stood out in his ability to assemble a team that…

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Added by Jim Buchan on February 21, 2018 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Enoch's 4 Keys to Smooth Transitions

An important attribute for having a happy and successful life is the ability to make smooth transitions. Why? Because transitions are one of the most inescapable features of life.

Instead of remaining a baby, we transition to childhood. After childhood, we encounter numerous changes as we shift into our teen years. After that, we’re invited to mature into an adult…a senior citizen…and, after we die, a citizen of eternity.

There are many other transitions along the way, and…

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Added by Jim Buchan on February 18, 2018 at 4:42pm — 1 Comment

What Matters Most to God in a Disciple? (Part 1)

The most fulfilling journey in life is the path of a person who has an intimate relationship with God, and who faithfully follows Him. Is it the easiest path to walk? No. Is it the inside track to popularity? No. But is it the inside track to joy? Yes, for eternal reasons.

 

Step one, for any person who yearns to experience this journey (i.e., a “disciple”), starts at the…

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Added by Skip Garmo on February 1, 2018 at 3:30am — No Comments

Intro to book: Aligning with God

Introduction

My friend who read my prior book, Houston, we have a problem, concluded, “You recognize that   PROBLEMS are just OPPORTUNITIES in DISGUISE.” The apostle Paul was vulnerable enough to share his own problems with us in Romans 7:15-20 (MSG)  What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do…

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Added by john hoelzel on January 8, 2018 at 9:47pm — No Comments

2018: Your Year of New Beginnings

I’ve never spent much time thinking about Biblical numerology. But this year is different.

As we enter into 2018, I find myself thinking about the number “8” – God’s number of resurrection and new beginnings.

If you want a detailed explanation, I suggest a Google search. But here are a few simple observations:

  • Since 7 is God’s number of completion, 8 starts a new cycle of things.
  • Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week, which was the…
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Added by Jim Buchan on January 3, 2018 at 9:09am — No Comments

The Happiness Switch: How 2017 Unexpectedly Became My Happiest Year in Decades

Like King David in the Psalms, many of my journal entries in recent years could have been titled, “Why am I so depressed…so dissatisfied with life?” This was especially true most years in November and December, when I faced holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

So it came as a surprise when I noticed this month that I’m happier than I’ve been in years – even decades. How could this be, when most things in my life are exactly the same as they’ve been for the past…

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Added by Jim Buchan on December 27, 2017 at 5:08am — No Comments

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