Curriculum

Dethrone These Top 10 Idols in Your Small Group!


The first commandment for small groups is this: “I am the Lord your God … you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath . . .” (Exodus 20:2-4). How can your group live out this first and most fundamental …

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Spiritual Life

Step-by-Step Trust


Jesus calls you and me to follow him on this path of life, and that decision takes trust. Not just that first primary decision to start following him, but also the daily, minute-by-minute, step-by-step decisions to follow him. As I’ve read through the Psalms lately, trust is a continual refrain. In fact, it’s a refrain throughout the Bible. Today in …

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Spiritual Life

Facing Fear? Need Reassurance? Read This!


There are days when life feels so heavy and scary. Let’s face it, even as a Christ-follower and a leader, there are days when you face the future with great fear rather than great faith. I have faced days like these, and today is one of them. As I read through the Psalms, I gain some solace in knowing that …

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Spiritual Life

The Shortcut: A Parable on the Path of Life


Over the years, I’ve come to realize that I don’t know this trail very well. I don’t have any idea what is around the next corner, and the corners are many. It’s dangerous. It’s an adventure. I’m hiking on someone else’s land. I’m a visitor on these trails, so I have no rights to go wherever I please and do …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Your Main Job as a Leader (of anything, including yourself)


My good friend from Boise Idaho, Carl Douthit, posted this on Facebook yesterday: Too often we (and I definitely include myself) focus on “what” we DO in a relationship. God shows us that we should focus on “who” we ARE in a relationship. If our relationship with God depended on what we could do for Him, there wouldn’t be a …

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Spiritual Life

Stay on the Path!


There’s a basic principle in mountain biking–and life–that I need to relearn once in a while. It’s so basic I tend to overlook it’s vitality. Here it is: Stay on the path.   Mountain biking trails are full of ups and downs, small and large obstacles, rocky climbs and drops … and that’s what makes the ride fun! I can …

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Spiritual Life

Experiencing Excessive Misery and Joy Simultaneously


Can a person experience anguish and joy at the same time? These two emotions are polar opposites, right? This morning as I read Psalm 31, I was surprised a bit by verse 7, written by King David, a man whose sight was blurred because of his tears (v. 9). He said he was dying from grief and misery had drained …

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Spiritual Life

When God Is Silent …


Sometimes God seems silent and distant. Let’s just admit it. We cry out for his help, for answers, for him to come through for us, and … nothing. Or so it seems. This can feel defeating, disheartening, lonely. But there are answers. I take some solace in the fact that people in Bible times also went though times of silence …

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Spiritual Life

I Need Someone to Teach Me How to Live


I confess, even after 51+ years, I need the Lord to “teach me how to live” (Psalm 27:11). I don’t have this life-thing all figured out yet. I’m reminded of that fact every so often when I think I have everything under control. God knows the best way for me to live. He knows the path ahead of me much …

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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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