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C.J. Stephens on Prayer in Group Life


Prayer in Group Life

Today’s guest blogger is C.J. Stephens, Small Groups Minister at Northeast Christian Church. Because I lead a Northeast small group, I receive C.J.’s monthly newsletter called “Leader Connect.” This past month, C.J. wrote about prayer in groups, an important topic for leaders, and I thought he hit the nail on the head.  GUEST POST by C.J. Stephens, Small Groups Minister …

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Spiritual Life

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving Well . . . Even if It’s Not Happy


I recently discovered 3 views on Thanksgiving that I had never noticed before. Perhaps they will help you better understand and live with thanksgiving .. . all year long. 1. Thanksgiving is an attitude, not just a day. Look at the following Bible verses, especially the context for thanksgiving: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! …

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How to (and NOT to) Love your Trick-or-Treating Neighbors


What does it look like to “love your neighbor” on All Hallows’ Eve? This is one day of the year that many of your neighbors come to your house. So why not treat them with love rather than just candy? Maybe the best way to discuss how to love your neighbors today is to list a few ways not to …

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Spiritual Life     TIPS

Small Group Leader TIPS of the Week: Oct. 10-14, 2016


Small Group Leader TIP of the Week - Overflow

Here are the Small Group Leader TIPS for the last week as Tweeted, posted on our Small Group Leadership Facebook page, and posted on LinkedIn. This week’s TIPS focus on the Leader’s Spiritual Life and Overflow. #SmallGroup #Leader #TIP of the Day: See John 10:10; 2 Cor. 5:18-20; Ro. 12:3-8; Eph. 2:10; 1 Pet. 2:9-10. #overflow pic.twitter.com/0lgueaPJ0y — Small Grp …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow     Spiritual Life

Get the BLANK Out of Leadership!


Get the ___ Out of Leadership

How does the way others think about you—or what they’ve said about you—affect your ministry? How does the way you think about yourself, perhaps based on those tapes that keep playing in your head of what others have said to or about you, affect your ministry? If we are honest, my guess is that most if not all of our …

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3 Ways to Deal with Your Stressors Today: Encouragement Letter


My wife, Heidi, has struggled with several stressors in her life this week. So, this morning I sent her a quick email of encouragement. Later I realized that many others may also need encouragement today. Hope this helps: Take time to recognize Jesus’ presence with you; he’ll be with you through every single thing you do today. He is present …

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What to Do With Not Enough _____ (Money, Ability, Compassion, Faith …)


not enough

What do you do when you don’t have enough? Not enough money to pay the bills. Not enough skills or experience for the job you want. Not enough patience or compassion to deal with, much less love, that person in your life. Not enough leadership abilities or knowledge to lead that group or ministry or church or organization. Not enough …

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The Day of Overflowing Compassion


Today is a Day of Overflowing Compassion. To fully understand what happened on this day, it helps to see Jesus’ attitudes, actions, and words before he was put on trial and went to the cross. Once, as he was walking through some towns with his followers, the Bible says that when he saw the crowds, Jesus had compassion on them, …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow     Spiritual Life

Is It Well with YOUR Soul?


As a shepherd leader, you are undoubtedly concerned about those you lead. You care about their souls. You pay attention to their spiritual conditions and want to lead them deeper with God. At least I hope so. Being in a small group is—or should be—good for your soul as well. But I’ve found, through my own experience and from talking …

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Kim Davis: What Would Jesus Do?


Like you, I’m reading and listening to people who don’t understand why a Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on her religious beliefs. This is a clash of worldviews. Some see their religious liberties being violated. Some see their rights, as upheld by the Supreme Court, being violated. Some see this as …

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