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Family     Spiritual Life

Back to School … Attitudes and Choices


Today: Proverbs 15 Summer break is over for my three younger kids. This year, our youngest, Anna, starts high school. She is excited and anxious (worried she’ll get lost in the hallways). Sarah is a junior this year, and Dru is a senior. Both are focused on “what’s next” after they graduate: colleges and careers. I woke up early and before …

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Spiritual Life

Please Rebuke Me! Day 9 of Proverbs


Today: Proverbs 9  Wise people love being rebuked. In fact, Proverbs 9 tells us, a wise person will love you all the more because you have helped him see something in himself that perhaps he did not see, and he can change it. I want people to give me feedback, criticism, and rebuke because it makes me wiser. Mockers and …

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Spiritual Life

Top 3 Ways to Get Wisdom: Day 8 in Proverbs


Today: Proverbs 8 Solomon gives voice to Wisdom in this chapter. We get to hear what Wisdom would say to us, and mostly it is to seek her. How do we receive Wisdom? First, through God’s Word. It is our primary resource for getting Wisdom; God gave us Scripture so we might gain Wisdom and know how to live the …

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Small Group Leaders

Summer Small Groups: Some’re Here, Some Aren’t


What is your small group doing this summer? Did you know that summer can actually be the BEST time for small groups? It’s a great time to get outside together, serve together, do more socially together, play together, learn some new things together. What’s the key word here? That’s right … together! Here are some ideas: Pull out your calendars now …

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Small Group Leaders

Prescriptions for a Healthy Small Group


You’re getting fat. Too many Ho Ho’s. Not enough exercise. You’re constantly sick and nearly anemic. If you don’t do something soon, this may turn into something really serious. Don’t take it personally—I’m talking about your group … well, many groups anyway. When it comes to good health, small groups are a lot like people. We have to take care …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

What Counts as a Church?


I just came across an interesting article by Sarah Pulliam Bailey (online editor of Christianity Today) from the December 9 Wall Street Journal: “When the Zoning Board Closes Your Church.” The article brings up several fascinating and important legal questions regarding small groups that meet in homes, but that’s not what intrigued me most. Bailey began her article with a …

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Small Group Leaders

Research Confirms It: The Vitality of Authentic Community (TED Talk with Brene Brown)


Donald Miller begins his blog today by saying, “So, according to researchers, if you want to be healthy you have to be in an environment where you are accepted and are free to have flaws.” This isn’t news to me. I’ve thrown my life into this belief. We need authentic connections to be wholehearted people. So why do so many …

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Small Group Leaders

Burned Small Group Biscuits


I do not normally blog forwarded emails, but this one really got me thinking about the vitality of acceptance and understanding in authentic, Christ-centered small groups. If we don’t love others unconditionally, we don’t really love them at all. When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember …

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External-Focus     Training SG Leaders

Do small groups divide the church?


Back in December I blogged that healthy small groups are friends. (See post here.) I’m not sure why, but this has recently become the most popular post on this blog. It was picked up recently by ChurchLeaders.com (here), and Debra commented,  Small groups often divide the church into cliques. The group forms, bonds, and no new people stand a chance …

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Discipling

Are You Building Walls or People?


Are you being a good steward of your small group? I’ve written about this before in reference to how you are discipling and shepherding the group God has put under your care (1 Peter 5:2). That’s vital to leading a healthy small group. But there’s even more to it than that. How are you using all the gifts and abilities …

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