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Added by Johnny R. Almond on November 5, 2018 at 11:09am — No Comments

What Matters Most to God in a Disciple (Part 10)

“Love . . . does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail” (1 Corinthians 13:6 AMPC).

Throughout this series on 1 Corinthians 13, we see clearly that what matters most to God in a disciple is that person’s agape love.  

Verse six identifies another way in which that love shows. A disciple can be trusted to do what is right and say what is true. That is, this person has trustworthy integrity.…

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Added by Skip Garmo on November 1, 2018 at 12:09pm — No Comments

What I Learned from John Rankin

Lately I’ve found myself thinking about John Rankin, a guy who was in the Christian fellowship group with me at Denison University over 40 years ago. John wasn’t one of my best friends—far from it. In fact, he was one of those people who constantly got under my skin and pushed my buttons.

Have you had people like that in your life?

John was a freshman, and I was a senior. I was the main leader of the group, and he was a newbie. Under those circumstances, you would…

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Added by Jim Buchan on October 24, 2018 at 10:24pm — No Comments

Defining Purpose: SUBMIT to God’s direction

The Spirit Speaks

A few thoughts from Chuck Proudfit with the Marketplace Minute™ . . .

 

It’s the Holy Spirit that often knocks on our hearts and heads, helping us to understand God’s will for our lives, inside and outside of work.

 

What an underutilized resource is the Holy Spirit!  We Christians are often more influenced by the call of our culture than the call of our God.

 

First Corinthians 2:12 reminds us that .…

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Added by Chuck Proudfit on October 15, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

What Matters Most to God in a Disciple (Part 9)

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

Love . . . forgives. Graciously.

As we continue meditating on what matters most to God in a disciple, let’s ponder the scope and path of forgiveness that we began previously.

God’s Word is clear about His countercultural desire for…

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Added by Skip Garmo on September 30, 2018 at 8:23pm — No Comments

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?

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     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

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