Discipling

Training Group Members


I saw this video recently on Alan Danielson’s YouTube page and it got me thinking about training small group participants how to be productive members of a healthy, growing group. (By the way, if you’ve never read it, check out Alan’s Triple-Threat Leadership blog here.) How would you help your group members live in authentic community? One thing I occasionally do …

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Spiritual Life

As for me …


Today as I was reading Micah 7, I stopped at verse 7: “As for me, I look to the Lord for his help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me.” “As for me…” This phrase appears 54 times in the Bible (NIV), often as a comparison of a godly person’s response to …

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Spiritual Life

Source of My Peace


Today’s Bible Passage: Micah 5 Scripture: “And he will be the source of our peace” (Micah 5:5). ObservationIn verse 2, Micah prophesied the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. Verse 3 reveals that the people would be abandoned to their enemies until his birth, which was fulfilled as the Jewish people came under Roman rule. Verse 4 shows the Messiah as …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow     Spiritual Life

Filled with Power


Today’s Bible Passage: Micah 3 Scripture: “But as for me, I am filled with power and the Spirit of the Lord. I am filled with justice and might, fearlessly pointing out Israel’s sin and rebellion” (Micah 3:8). ObservationMicah compares himself to the false prophets and other religious leaders of his time who didn’t know right from wrong, hated good and …

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Spiritual Life

Evil for Evil?


Today’s Bible Passage: Micah 2 Scripture: Micah 2:3: “But this is what the Lord says: “I will reward your evil with evil; you won’t be able to escape! After I am through with you, none of you will ever again walk proudly in the streets.” ObservationI don’t like the New Living Translation here. It sounds like God does evil in …

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Spiritual Life

Love and Hate


Today’s Bible Passage: Micah 1 Scripture: Micah 1:2-3: “Attention! Let all the people of the world listen! The Sovereign Lord has made accusations against you; the Lord speaks from his holy Temple. Look! The Lord is coming! He leaves his throne in heaven and comes to earth, walking on the high places.” ObservationMicah warns the people that God is coming to …

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Spiritual Life

I Want to Be a Remnant


Today’s Bible Passage: Amos 9 Scripture: “In that day I will restore the fallen kingdom of David. It is now like a house in ruins, but I will rebuild its walls and restore its former glory.” Amos 9:11 ObservationIn this chapter, God has given Israel 4 affirmations of things he would do. The first 3 are negative. They basically say …

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Small Group Leaders     Spiritual Life

What Makes Meetings a Failure – You Might Be Surprised


Today’s Bible Passage: Amos 5 Scripture: Amos 5:4-6, 21-24 Observation Amos 5:4-6: God’s constant call to us is “Come back to me and live!” “Come to me you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). There is a call to repentance here: Come back to me (see v. 6 as well). God is pleading with them …

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Spiritual Life

Necessity or Luxary?


Today’s Bible Reading: Amos 4 Scripture: Amos 4:1-3 (NLT) Listen to me, you “fat cows” of Samaria, you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy and who are always asking your husbands for another drink! The Sovereign Lord has sworn this by his holiness: “The time will come when you will be led away with hooks in your …

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Discipling     External-Focus     Ministry Leaders

Small Group Charades


Tonight we began our small group meeting playing a game of charades as an icebreaker. Guys vs. girls. Girls won. Lots of laughing. Good times. Then we discussed three Scripture passages, looking at them to answer the question, “Why do we meet as a small group?” Read through these yourself, reflecting on that same question for your group: Hosea 6:6 …

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