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Is It Well with YOUR Soul?


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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Spiritual Life

How to Start Every Day: This WILL Change Everything!


Sunrise

How did your day start today? Let me take a few guesses. Some of you rolled out of bed and thought to yourself, Oh no. It’s Friday the 13th. I wonder what bad thing will happen to me today.    Or maybe you thought, Tomorrow is February 14 … and then … I’ve got to get to the store today! …

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Small Group Leaders

7 Ways Your Small Group Can Celebrate the Incarnation: #2: Celebrate Immanuel


This is Day 2 of my 7 ideas your group or class or family can use to celebrate Christmas. See #1 HERE. This Christmas, move past the historical Jesus who was born and lived 2,000 years ago. Consider the living Christ who is still Immanuel, God with us … the One who is with us whenever we gather together in …

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The Counter-Intuitive Cure for Leader Stress and Burnout


Worship

I am finishing up preparation for my trip to Brazil next week, speaking a total of 10 times at a Cell-Church Conference there. Because I’ll be away from home for about 12 days, I am also working on four writing assignments that are due by the end of the month but must be done this week. Yes, I feel the …

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Small Group Leaders

Seven Ways Your Small Group Can Celebrate the Incarnation This Holiday Season


Holiday Gift Pack

What is your small group doing over the holidays? “Many groups struggle with meeting and studying over the holidays, and this can be detrimental to the health of your group,” I wrote in my November column in The Christian Standard magazine. “Not only that, but this is a prime time of the year to help your group members grow in …

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The Most Important Thing You Do Today: It’s Not Reading the Bible!


As I opened my Bible and started reading this morning, I had to stop myself after the first stanza of Psalm 104. Something was missing. Rather, someone was missing. I found myself reading to be reading. But that’s not what God’s Word is for. So I stopped reading. I looked out the sliding glass doors that overlook the woods in …

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Spiritual Life

A Man Named Simon: What we can learn from this man about the bad circumstances of life and how God can make them Good


On this Good Friday, I decided to read Mark’s account of what happened on that Friday when Jesus was sentenced, crucified, died, and buried. I’m not sure why, but today I was struck by one sentence, one verse, in this passage: A man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, was coming in from the country just then, and they forced …

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What Do You Do When Life Sucks?


What do you do when life sucks? What do you do when it seems everyone and everything is against you? What do you do when your marriage isn’t what you want it to be or you are struggling with your kids? What do you do when your pile of bills is way bigger than you can pay? What do you …

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Why You Should Stop Inviting Jesus to Your Small Group Meetings


“Lord we invite you into our presence.”  I’ve been in lots of small groups–and worship services for that matter–in which leaders began with words like these. Their intentions and hearts were good, but their words revealed what I believe is one of the most overlooked and undervalued kingdom principles that Jesus gave us: “For where two or three come together …

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Spiritual Life

Bribing God


There are some “if … then” passages in the Bible, and it is vital how you interpret and apply them! Here’s one I read this morning: “If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, my Lord would not have listened” (Psalm 66:18, New Living Translation).  Some people interpret this legalistically. In other words, they think, God will not …

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