Spiritual Life

Is Blood Really Thicker Than Water?


“Blood is thicker than water.” I’ve given that proverb a lot of thought for a long time. The saying goes back hundreds of years and means that the bonds of family are stronger than those between friends. I know plenty of people (those who have messy relationships with their families of origin) who would argue with that opinion at even …

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Spiritual Life

First, Check the Heart


“How’s the condition of your heart?” What would happen if you asked that question as an icebreaker before your next study? What if you asked it before a conversation with your kid? What if you asked yourself, “What’s the condition of this person’s heart right now?” even before sharing the gospel with someone? I love the story Jesus told about …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Jesus’ Power to Multiply


In whose hands is your small group? This morning I read from Mark 6, which includes the account of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. I love Wiersbe’s illumination in his commentary: The miracle took place in His hands, not in theirs; for whatever we give to Him, He can bless and multiply. We are …

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Small Group Leaders

God’s Calling or Spiritual Gifts: Which Comes First?


Which comes first, God’s calling or knowing your spiritual gift? The way most churches approach this today, discovering your spiritual gifts comes first, and then you decide where to serve based on that information. It’s my opinion that that’s 180 degrees off the mark, and this has a profound effect on our churches. God told Moses to appear before Pharaoh. …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Time with My Friend


A friend is someone I will make time for. If someone offers friendship to me, it’s a rare privilege, but if I do not make time to be with him, we are not friends. Moses understood this. “The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.” – Exodus 33:11 This is the kind …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Who a Leader Listens to


A leader must know who to listen to. When Moses failed to come back down the mountain right away, the people went to Aaron. “Look,” they said, “make us some gods who can lead us….” So Aaron said, “Tell your wives and sons and daughters to take off their gold earrings, and then bring them to me.” All the people …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Follow the Instructions


I love building things, but I hate following instructions. So, I often end up with extra pieces … or find I’ve skipped a step, so I have to take half the thing apart and rebuild it … or the “completed” project just does not work. I end up having to look at the directions anyway to see where I went wrong. …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

Stop Recruiting!


When you as a leader look around your spheres of influence, you’ll probably notice that the opportunities usually far outweigh your resources. So what do you do? The Best Leader Ever made it simple: “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”  – Matthew 9:37-38 For …

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It’s OK to Bowl Alone


Yesterday I went bowling alone, and I enjoyed it immensely. I was in Evansville, Indiana, with my son Dru and his friend Christian who were in a bouldering competition. I had a couple hours to kill before the comp actually started, so I puttered around Barnes & Noble and then went bowling. Around the fourth frame of the third game, …

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Spiritual Life

Mountain Climbing Dangers, Decisions, and Devotions


I feel a need to comment on my own post from February 24, “Just to Be Close to You.” I wrote that devotional based on Exodus 24 where Moses and the Israelite leaders climbed the mountain and worshiped God. There is a danger here if you read too much into this. Even as I wrote it I tried to be …

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