The Honest Truth About Honesty Christian Living

The Honest Truth About Honesty

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Posted by: Timothy Lee 14th Nov, 2018 Rating: 

Why Honesty Isn't Always the Best PolicyGalatians 5:22-23 (KJV) 22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.The honest truth about honestyWhether you’re getting it off your chest, venting...

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Everyday Evangelism Part 2 Christian Living

Everyday Evangelism Part 2

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Posted by: Admin 15th Oct, 2018 Rating: 

Very good tips about everyday evangelism. Don't forget to download discussion questions.

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Everyday Evangelism Part 1 Christian Living

Everyday Evangelism Part 1

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Posted by: Admin 15th Oct, 2018 Rating: 

Very practical tips for everyone.Don't forget to download discussion questions.

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5 ways to bless your neighbours Christian Living

5 ways to bless your neighbours

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Posted by: Samuel Zhu 10th Oct, 2018 Rating: 

This is a wonderful practical tool to guide disciples to be missional in their community. B.L.E.S.S. is an acronym which stands for Be prayerful, Listen, Eat, Serve and Share your story. 

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A New Heart Christian Living

A New Heart

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Posted by: Timothy Lee 14th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

There is a very serious heart disease we should all know about. I call it “the disease of hard-heartedness.” There is also a very painful but effective cure for this disease. Many times in the Old Testament we read that God accused the people of Israel of being hard-hearted. In the New Testament...

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What Is The Difference Between Unconditional Love and Enabling? Christian Living

What Is The Difference Between Unconditional Love and Enabling?

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Posted by: Admin 3rd Sep, 2018 Rating: 

Principle #1: If you define love any other way than the cross, you have reduced love to something it shouldn't be.1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NASB) 4  Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, Principle #2: Don't just memorize a Bible verse, memorize the...

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Parenting Tough Love Christian Living

Parenting Tough Love

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Posted by: Admin 24th Aug, 2018 Rating: 

This lesson is a good reminder for both parents and leaders about the importance of "tough love". Key Points of Lesson “You are a born leader” is a false statement. To become a leader, it takes a process of training. We all have the ability to train to be a leader. The spiri...

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Peace Edification Topic

Peace

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Posted by: Timothy Lee 15th Nov, 2018 Rating: 

If you went to a war-torn part of the world and asked for a definition of peace, chances are someone would stare at you with glazed, bloodshot eyes and say peace means laying the weapons down, sending the troops home, and putting the rifles back in their racks.  They might even say,  “What else ...

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Painfully honest prayers Edification Topic

Painfully honest prayers

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Posted by: Admin 15th Nov, 2018 Rating: 

What  do  you  do  with  the  highly  charged  feelings  that  fly  around  in  your  spirit  when  you  feel  God  has  let  you  down?  Some  people,  in  an  effort  to  be  “good  Christians,”  feel  they  need  to  protect  God.  They  deny  their  p...

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Love Edification Topic

Love

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Posted by: Admin 15th Nov, 2018 Rating: 

It  takes  an  enormous  amount  of  courage  to  enter  the  character  battles  that  Scripture  challenges  us  to  fight.  I  would  like  to  propose  that  treating  others  as  more  important  than  yourself  is  one  of  the  best  definitions  of  love...

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Joy Edification Topic

Joy

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Posted by: Admin 15th Nov, 2018 Rating: 

It’s  not  very  often  that  I  feel  the  freedom  or  the  confidence  to  make  a  sweeping,  categorical  statement,  but  I  think  I  can  make  one  about  the  topic  of  this  study.  I  have  the  confidence  to  say  that  every  single  person ...

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Invisible Barriers Edification Topic

Invisible Barriers

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Posted by: Admin 15th Nov, 2018 Rating: 

We  can  hurt  and  alienate  our  friends  without  even  realizing  it.  When  we  allow  pride,  anger,  and  jealousy  to  creep  into  our  lives,  our  friendship  will  inevitably  suffer.  But  the  Bible  can  help  us  spot  and  overcome  these  invis...

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Inside out friendship Edification Topic

Inside out friendship

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Posted by: Admin 15th Nov, 2018 Rating: 

Truly  caring  friendships  seem  rare  today.  That  is  because  so  few  people  understand  what  it  means  to  be  a  good  friend.  Instead  of  waiting  for  someone  to  befriend  you  or  for  people  to  change  into  the  kind  of  friends  you  wa...

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Initiative Edification Topic

Initiative

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Posted by: Admin 15th Nov, 2018 Rating: 

Initiative  was  first  demonstrated  by  the  Creator  when  he  spoke  the  universe  into  existence.  His  action  was  not  a  response  to  external  stimuli;  rather  the  plan  originated  within  Him.  God  made  man  to  have  dominion  over  the  thing...

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Growing Pains Edification Topic

Growing Pains

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Posted by: Admin 15th Nov, 2018 Rating: 

When  life  is  going  well,  it  is  relatively  easy  to  be  a  “good”  Christian.  But  the  strength  of  our  character  is  not  revealed  in  the  good  times.  In  fact,  we  really  cannot  know  the  quality  or  strength  of  our  character  un...

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God's Plan Edification Topic

God's Plan

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Posted by: Admin 15th Nov, 2018 Rating: 

Almost  everybody  has  something  in  their  life  they  would  have  to  change.  When  we  try  and  fail,  our  self-esteem  takes  a  beating.  Neon  lights  in  our  minds  flash  “failure,  failure,  failure,  failure.”  God  does  not  want  us  to  ...

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Grip on your spiritual life Edification Topic

Grip on your spiritual life

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Posted by: Admin 15th Nov, 2018 Rating: 

Every  church  has  people  who  go  to  church  out  of  habit.  They  have  been  churchgoing  people  all  their  lives,  and  it  is  almost  as  automatic  as  breathing.  Every  Sunday  they  go  to  a  church  service  that  feels  right  to  them-one  ...

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Encouragement vs. Correction Leadership Tips

Encouragement vs. Correction

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Posted by: Admin 20th Oct, 2018 Rating: 

There’s nothing that’s worse than wanting to encourage someone and having it backfire. Having them come away less encouraged than when they started. But it does happen a lot. Let me give you an example. I know a couple where one of the wife’s desires is for her husband to make the bed in the m...

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How to Encourage With Impact Leadership Tips

How to Encourage With Impact

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Posted by: Admin 20th Oct, 2018 Rating: 

This week, I want to talk about how to really encourage people. I talk to people all the time who want to encourage others, but aren’t sure how to do it or at least aren’t sure how to do it well.And my suggestion is to learn how to be specific in your encouragement. The more specific you are, th...

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Altar Counselor’s Guide Leadership Tips

Altar Counselor’s Guide

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Posted by: Admin 21st Sep, 2018 Rating: 

Serving as an altar counselor can be an exciting and rewarding spiritual experience: You have the opportunity to “reap” spiritual fruit for the Kingdom of God. As a minister sharesGod’s Word, he is actually “sowing” it in the hearts of those who listen. At the conclusion of the service ...

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Christian Leaders and Pride Leadership Tips

Christian Leaders and Pride

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Posted by: Admin 17th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

Being in ministry leadership is a great privilege, but it can bring with it a desire to take pride in the influence that you have in other’s lives. Anybody that thinks that they have arrived in leadership because of their own ability or accomplishments has been ensnared by pride. This is not somet...

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Mission Over Preference Leadership Tips

Mission Over Preference

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Posted by: Admin 17th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

Sometimes leaders make strategic decisions based on their own personal preferences, or the preferences of their inner circle, rather than missional considerations. In a church, this might affect issues like facility design and decor, worship style, preaching style, or ministry design. It’s easy to...

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The Greatest Thing a Small Group Leader Can Do Leadership Tips

The Greatest Thing a Small Group Leader Can Do

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Posted by: Admin 17th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

Small group leaders are awesome. They’re the most important people in any local church. They have a big job with many tasks, but there’s one task that surpasses them all. The greatest thing a small group leader can do is give their job away. Here’s why that matters.It matures other peopleRemem...

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Leading Beyond the Weekly Meeting Leadership Tips

Leading Beyond the Weekly Meeting

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Posted by: Admin 17th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

Effective small group leaders are more than just meeting managers. Group meetings are important. But the goal of your group is to make disciples. That starts in group meetings, but it also calls for leaders to equip people outside of the weekly meeting time.Pray for Group MembersThe most fundamental...

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How to Avoid Small Group Leader Burnout Leadership Tips

How to Avoid Small Group Leader Burnout

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Posted by: Admin 17th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

Small group leader burnout is a devastating experience. When group leaders exit the ministry, groups lose their shepherd and potential new leaders lose the opportunity to be taught by a seasoned leader. But if small group leaders follow the suggestions below, they will able to stay in the game.Give ...

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Dealing with the Small Group Dominator Leadership Tips

Dealing with the Small Group Dominator

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Posted by: Admin 17th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

A common problem many small group leaders face is dealing with people who dominate the discussion time during the meeting. Dominators like to contribute their insights early and often to every question. They often speak up before others have a chance to say anything and often give long rambling answ...

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The Prayer Of Spiritual Growth Leadership Tips

The Prayer Of Spiritual Growth

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Posted by: Timothy Lee 15th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

Colossians 1:9-14 (NIV)  9  For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10  And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord ...

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Faithfulness Relationship

Faithfulness

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Posted by: Admin 15th Nov, 2018 Rating: 

Over  the  years  I  have  asked  various  groups  of  people  to  write  down  their  answer  to  this  question:  What  trait  in  other  people  do  you  dislike  the  most?  Or,  I’ll  phrase  it  another  way:  What  flaw  in  other  people’s  characte...

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Far-weather Friends Relationship

Far-weather Friends

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Posted by: Admin 15th Nov, 2018 Rating: 

Too  many  people  are  fair  weather  friends.  They  stick  around  when  it  is  easy  to  maintain  the  friendship  and  leave  when  there  is  a  sign  of  trouble.  As  Christians,  however,  we  need  to  be  different.  We  must  demonstrate  our  com...

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Handling the Challenging People Relationship

Handling the Challenging People

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Posted by: Timothy Lee 15th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

The hard part of small groups is that they involve people, and dealing with people is always messy. One of my favorite book titles has always been the one I find most true: Everybody's Normal Until You Get to Know Them. That includes me! Here are some of the common "challenging people" that you m...

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Dealing With the Dominator Relationship

Dealing With the Dominator

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Posted by: Admin 15th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

Simple tips to deal with the Dominator.

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Building Relationships Weird Guys Who Show up in a Group Relationship

Building Relationships Weird Guys Who Show up in a Group

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Posted by: Admin 15th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

Great tips to help connect with people who are different.

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Small Group Problem Solving Relationship

Small Group Problem Solving

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Posted by: Admin 6th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

How to respond when people act up, act out, and ask tough questions.Any time you bring together a group of people with different backgrounds, histories, and personalities, conflict and problems are almost inevitable. As a leader, you will need to deal with these issues both before and after they occ...

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Is This Gossip? Relationship

Is This Gossip?

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Posted by: Admin 5th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

9 questions to help you decide.Proverbs 11:13; 26:20How do you know when it is beneficial to share information, and when it is useless or destructive to do so? Ask yourself the following questions to help you choose your words wisely.1. Am I telling this to someone who can do something about the pr...

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Five practices that take small groups beyond polite “sharing.” Relationship

Five practices that take small groups beyond polite “sharing.”

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Posted by: Admin 5th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

In community we discover who we really are and how much transformation we require. This is why I am irrevocably committed to small groups. Through them we can accomplish our God-entrusted work to transform human beings. However, experience tells us that simply meeting with a group does not automatic...

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Build Real Friendship in Your Groups Relationship

Build Real Friendship in Your Groups

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Posted by: Admin 5th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

7 steps to cultivate authentic relationshipsDon't we all long to be part of something fun, exciting, and life-giving?The sitcom Friends captured this desire. Every week, 50 million people watched six actors pretend to have relationships with one another. Its popularity was fueled by the deep longing...

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5 Threats to Healthy Small Groups Relationship

5 Threats to Healthy Small Groups

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Posted by: Admin 5th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

5 Group Killers1.) Inconsistent attendance2.) Awkward personalities3.) Fakeness4.) Bad Curriculum5.) Public Holidays

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5 ways to Bless your Neighbours Pocket Version Small Group Dynamics (First Three Months)

5 ways to Bless your Neighbours Pocket Version

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Posted by: Admin 15th Oct, 2018 Rating: 

This is the pocket version that can be given out small group members.

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The Art of Making Conversation Small Group Dynamics (First Three Months)

The Art of Making Conversation

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Posted by: Timothy Lee 15th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

Five tips on improving this important skill Not everyone is a natural at creating conversation. However, this is an important skill for small-group leaders. Your ability to make conversation helps people feel at ease in your group and encourages them to participate in discussions. Here are so...

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How Can I Lead Great Small-Group Discussions? Small Group Dynamics (First Three Months)

How Can I Lead Great Small-Group Discussions?

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Posted by: Timothy Lee 15th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

Four easy things any leader can do to facilitate growth-focused discussions Guiding group discussion is more of a dance than a military march. You’re not commanding attention and straining toward a precise outcome. A life-giving kingdom-conversation will nudge you gently to both participate and...

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The Science of Apprenticeship Small Group Dynamics (First Three Months)

The Science of Apprenticeship

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Posted by: Admin 15th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

How leaders can reproduce other leaders How is it possible for more and more people to get involved in Jesus' mission? By reproducing groups and leaders. By multiplying. And that means we must be leaders who are reproducing our roles and our groups, and that means intentionally apprenticing people ...

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Identifying where your small group members are at. Small Group Dynamics (First Three Months)

Identifying where your small group members are at.

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Posted by: Admin 15th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

A simple document to help you recognize where each member is at.

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Quarterly Strategic Discussion Plans Small Group Dynamics (First Three Months)

Quarterly Strategic Discussion Plans

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Posted by: Admin 15th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

Here is a discussion form for you to plan strategically for each individual in your small group.

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Small Group Covenant Sample Small Group Dynamics (First Three Months)

Small Group Covenant Sample

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Posted by: Admin 15th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

In this pdf document download, there are discussion forms and also some samples of small group covenant,

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Ideal Group Size Small Group Dynamics (First Three Months)

Ideal Group Size

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Posted by: Admin 15th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

What is the ideal group size for a small group, especially when you're factoring in meeting times and expectations? Furthermore, what should you do if your group is too small? These tips offer things to consider and ways you can go about effectively growing your group.Bill Search is the author of Si...

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The Group Covenant Small Group Dynamics (First Three Months)

The Group Covenant

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Posted by: Admin 15th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

Every small group needs to have a formal agreement of the purpose and role of the group. Some elements to include in the discussion would be time commitments, confidentiality expectations, level of respect, and primary purpose the group is hoping to serve in the members' lives. Bill Search is the a...

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Carefrontation Small Group Dynamics (First Three Months)

Carefrontation

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Posted by: Admin 15th Sep, 2018 Rating: 

Great tips about confrontation.

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