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Doctrinal Impurity in Small Groups


Today: Proverbs 14 As a “small groups guy,” people often try to suck me into a debate about doctrinal impurity that may come about in a small group discussion. In a recent discussion on a Facebook forum, one leader said, “Without the right leadership you end up with far too much ‘I think’ or ‘what this means to me’ and …

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Spiritual Life

Dumb Criminals and the Hope of the Godly: It’s All in the Mind: Proverbs 10


Today: Proverbs 10 A man was released from jail at 12:01 a.m. At 12:09 a.m. he was spotted climbing over a chain link fence back onto the jail grounds, and attempting to pass a cigarette to an inmate through a steel grate covering a window. At 12:10 a.m. the man was back in custody, charged with illegal entry into a …

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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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Spiritual Life

The Creator’s Guide to Living the Best Life Possible: Day 5 of Proverbs


Today: Proverbs 5  On one level this chapter is about adultery and having the wisdom to run away from it. But adultery also represents disobeying God in any way. God’s Word is The Creator’s Guide to Living the Best Life Possible — life to the fullest. God’s Word does not restrict us, as many think. No, when we live life God’s …

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Spiritual Life

What Trusting God Really Means: Day 3 of Proverbs


Today: Proverbs 3.  Proverbs  3 contains one of the best-known and oft-memorized verses in the Bible, Proverbs 3:5-6. Living out verses 5 & 6, however, depends on how we do with verses 1-4. And if we do live out Proverbs 3:5-6, we will receive the blessings in life God promises in the rest of this chapter! If we want God’s guidance …

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Small Group Leaders

Top 10 Retweets – July 2012


Here are ten tweets I’ve retweeted over the last couple months. A lot of great wisdom here!  Rick Howerton‏  @rickhowerton Either a leader leads like Christ, from a heart of love and mercy, or they aren’t a Christlike leader. Jim Lyon‏  @PastorJimLyon Everbody has some baggage. The trick is to let God pack your bags + develop the itinerary. Travel …

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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

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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