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Telling the Gospel Through Story
Evangelism that keeps hearers wanting more.
Christ, Culture, and the Generation Gap
What younger and older Christians get right and wrong about engaging the "world"
Mental Illness Has a Face
What I learned while visiting a mental health facility.
A Defense of Christianity's Influence on History
Evidence does not support what many secular institutions teach us.
Be on the Lookout for "God Incidences"
The wrong road led to a wonderful witness.
Path to a Miracle
Sometimes a leap of faith is one small step after another.
No More "One Size Fits All" Outreach
The New Testament is full of different types of evangelism.
How to Reach Muslims
Find common ground and seek out creative ways to connect.
Guardians of the Gospel
Only one person holds the title of "evangelist" in the New Testament--"Philip the evangelist" (Acts 21:8)--and he was an outlaw.
Help Even the Unrighteous Poor
After all, we are all unrighteous.
What Is True Evangelism?
Faith comes by hearing.
What is all this about again?
God's plan for the world unfolds in the first few pages of the New Testament.
An Indescribable Gift
4 funny stories that make a serious point about Christmas
Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Faith
An interview with Generation Ex:Christian author Drew Dyck
Think about these new ways to connect and communicate the Good News.
What Do I Say Now?
Responding to the slogans of critics.
Evangelism Takes Time
Evangelism, like sanctification, takes time. Therefore, we must give it time.
The Violence of Evangelism
Why, exactly, does the word evangelism evoke such violent metaphors?
A Community of the Broken
A young organization models what it might mean to be the church in a suffering world.
An Upside-Down World
Distinguishing between home and mission field no longer makes sense.
7 Questions Skeptics Ask
How to answer the tough questions.
Are You an Evangelist?
Scripture helps us define this.
Speaking to the Secular Mind
We can't win non-Christians if we don't know how they think, and we can't know how they think if we never enter their world.
What Can Openers and the Church Have in Common
What we can learn from little-known facts of history.
Ministries Among Today's Women
Reaching women means aiming at moving and multiple targets.
How to Lead Someone to Christ
The Bible asks us to believe—to appropriate Christ's finished work on the cross by trusting Him alone to save us.
5 Big Questions from The Da Vinci Code
A brief guide.
What's wrong with The Da Vinci Code Jesus?
God Does Not Count Our Converts
He examines our faithfulness, and rewards our labors. The results are in His hands, not ours.
The Lost: They're Watching Us
What we do and say affects non-Christians more than we know.
Let Your Light Shine
Christians who do not have changed lives have a credibility gap.
20 Questions to Help You Share Your Faith
Transitions you can use to turn a conversation to spiritual things.
What Are They Really Asking?
How to answer spiritual questions.
Evangelism: Plant, Watch, Wait
Personal evangelism is usually a slow, but vital, process.
Ask Before You Answer
How to talk to skeptics, unbelievers, and mule-headed friends and family about God.
4 Approaches to Congregational Outreach
Effective church evangelism is a group effort.
My Post-Evangelism Friendship
So, that person you were witnessing to actually got saved. Now what?
What Is the Gospel?
How would you answer if someone asked you that question?
Ten Objections to Christianity and How to Respond
Answering the spiritual seekers in your world.
Evangelism for the Ordinary Church
Just because your people don't like to evangelize doesn't mean they can't share their faith.
What we can learn from Joshua and Caleb
Top 10 Downloads of 2012
These were your favorite resources in the past year.
Watching and Waiting
Advent reminds us of an even greater event coming.
Jesus in His Own Words
In John 14:1, Jesus reassures Thomas when he tells his disciples that he is going away. Let's listen in.
Overwhelmed by God
What we can learn from Moses' story
Dance in the Rain?
We can't dance until we learn to lament.
What Is Your Heart Worship?
A look at what it means to sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.
He's Risen, Just as He Said
We all have a Mary Magdalene moment.
Top 10 Downloads of 2011
The Bible studies and Spiritual Formation e-Booklets you downloaded most in the past year.
The Light of Christmas
Lights are a hallmark of the holiday season, but they are not what will ultimately illuminate our hearts.
Imagination at Christmas
Because we do not get to see, smell, taste, or touch the events of the gospel story, we must visualize it.
Why Thanksgiving Matters
Jesus commands our thankfulness. Here's why.
A Meditation on Psalm 103
Bless the LORD, O my soul.
Bible Study Methods and Applications
A review of Bible study methods and research tools
How to Treat One Another
Scripture tells us a lot about interpersonal relationships.
Obedience and Awe
A meditation on Matthew 14
The Way of the Righteous in the Muck of Life
A worldview from the second Psalm
Everything Depends on the Resurrection
If Jesus didn't rise from the dead, our hope is in vain.
Two Men in the Garden
I find myself there too.
Top 10 Downloads of 2010
The Bible studies and Spiritual Formation e-Booklets you downloaded most in the past year.
God's Word Trumps Human Tradition
A true disciple puts God's Word first, not our interpretation of it.
Handling Ups and Downs
Perspective on how to thrive when "stuff happens"
Run with the Horses
Learning how to live from Jeremiah
Top 10 Single-Session Bible Studies
These are your favorite one-lesson studies in 2010.
How Excellent Are Thy Names
What God invites us to call him says volumes about his relationship to us.
New Ways People Are Reading the Bible
Current technologies assist churches in getting the Word of God to their congregants.
Top 10 Bible Studies on Love and Marriage
Our most popular studies on these topics
Top 10 Downloads of 2009
The Bible studies and Spiritual Formation e-Booklets you downloaded most in 2009.
Lessons from Jonah
Jonah needed to expand his heart toward others—we do too.
From Snacking to Feasting
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. —Psalm 119:105
Joy in Easter Week
Celebrate this phenomenal week with deep appreciation.
Top 10 Studies on Books of the Bible
These are the books of the Bible you were most interested in studying.
Top 10 Movie Discussion Guides
These 10 movies have explicit spiritual themes.
Top 10 Bible Studies of 2008
The Bible studies, courses, and movie discussion guides you dowloaded most in the past year—now 25% off..
More Than Just a Bible Study
Allow God's Word to transform lives as you study together.
Days of Celebration
Try this quiz to test your knowledge on the Old Testament Jewish festivals.
Top 10 Downloads of 2007
We Revere the Bible More Than We Read It
New research shows a surprising number who follow Christ but don't prioritize time in the Word.
Sometimes Big Things Start Small
Saddleback's Small Group Ministry wasn't always a bed of roses.
What Do You Know About Scripture?
Take this test to see how much you know.
Using Film Clips in Preaching
Careful choices yield best results.
Put Your Bible Down for a Day
Let your light shine.
7 Ways to Begin a Buzz About Bible Study
Use these ideas to interest others in studying the Bible.
Top Ten Downloads of 2006
We've compiled a list of your favorites from this year.
Opening the Bible for Seekers
Discussion Bible studies are powerful agents of change.
Overview of the Bible
A summary of what's in the greatest book of all time.
The Evangelistic Bible Study: Making It Work
Consider this effective means of evangelism.
Teaching a Church to Pray
How to have a vital prayer ministry.
Reaching the Disconnected Male
Looking back, Larry Kay says his life was "full of confusion, full of lust and pain, and almost completely void of God."
God's Word for 'Up and Outers'
Dallas businessman Garry Kinder's Bent Tree Bible Study isn't a church, but it's no social club either.
Top 10 Bible Studies of 2004
What people liked most at ChristianBibleStudies.com.
Best-Selling Bible Studies of 2004
What caught your interest.
Hide It in Your Heart
Five ways to keep the Bible in mind.
Top Ten Downloads of 2003
What people liked most at ChristianBibleStudies.com.
How to Study the Bible
A congregational tool.
7 Ways to Ignite Passion for Reading the Bible
We need to get back to the Book.
Open Your Hand
Learn to let go of grudges.
Forming an Inclusive Community
God opens his arms wide and so should we.
Learn to Listen
Listening is an important gift we can give others.
The "Zero Point"
Only when we get to the end of our selves do we find the beginning.
Following Christ with Our Actions
Authentic disciples vote with their feet and not mere words.
Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine
Max Lucado explains why we must embrace the whole truth about grace.
Saving the Planet Is Part of Our Calling
We gave up the American dream for a world of happiness.
The Economy of the Kingdom
Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (Matt. 6:33).
Sanctuary of the Soul
Developing a "familiar friendship with Jesus"
When God Fights Your Battles . . .
The good news is that you win.
An Extravagant Gratitude
Learn to give thanks in all circumstances.
Busyness Is Not a Spiritual Gift
'Wait' is a tough word to deal with in today's busy world.
Surprisingly, God welcomed my resigned, crabby, sigh-filled, grumbly praises.
It's not time to rest yet.
Is the Bible, or Your Perception of the Bible, Shaping You?
We have to guard against being bent by cultural winds.
There is a fundamental problem with using the term "desire" or "sexual desire" as the starting point when developing a suitable, practical definition of lust.
Creating Space for God
Where, when, and how has God tapped you on the shoulder but you missed it because you were too busy or distracted to listen?
Willing to Be Weak
I always wanted to be the strong one …
Prepare for a Shock
The Resurrection is cause for celebration, but it should always shake us up a little too.
I Gave Up Worry for Lent
Consider taking 40 days to give up a deep-seated sin.
The Drive for Perfection
It's a dead-end street.
Living with Depression
Finding hope when life seems hopeless
Silence and Solitude
These spiritual disciplines supply fuel for my soul.
Serving God in the Ordinary
Greatness in God's kingdom is different than we think.
Rich lessons from the working poor
Christmas Is for Those Who Hate It Most
Because the manger is the most hopeful place in a universe
The Best Way (for me) to Pray
Find the prayer method that suits you best.
Finding the Jewel in Job Loss
There is more to the process than just finding another job.
When You're Scared Senseless
Are you going to trust God or not?
The Social, Economic, and Political Commitments of the Early Church
They were all about faith in action.
The balancing act of life is always tempered by the one gift that cost God everything.
Counteract Your Troubling Emotions
There is a way to joy and peace.
Is Patriotism Christian?
Finding the right balance
How to finish college with your faith intact.
Is Christian Cynicism a Spiritual Sickness?
We need to have a vital faith that is without illusions.
5 Facets in Spiritual Formation
Use these steps to begin to let Christ form you.
The Art of Dying
Living fully into the life to come
Breaking the Rules
Trading performance for intimacy with God
We need to awaken the quieter virtues to be all Christ wants us to be.
Am I Lustful, Gluttonous, or Slothful?
Spiritual formation is not just about reading your Bible and praying.
How to Deal with Bitterness
Breathe on my hardened heart, Lord.
Beauty for Lenten Ashes
Keep your eyes unwaveringly on Jesus during Lent.
The Value of Lent and Good Friday
Don't skip too fast to Easter morning.
Remembering God's help yesterday helps us to trust him for today and tomorrow.
Find Contentment by Killing Comparisons
Ever wonder why contentment seems elusive?
Live the Giving Life
Sean Tuohy, who was played by Tim McGraw in the movie The Blind Side, talks about how we can become cheerful givers.
Gratitude in the Lean Times
There is a reason we say grace before the meal, not after.
Live Life as a Mentor
It's easier and more natural than you think.
One-Year Track for New Believers
Help those who are just beginning their discipleship journey become established in their faith through this one-year plan.
Devotional Practices for Memorizing God's Word
Reclaim this lost discipline.
What Makes a Good Bible Study?
The answer may not be what you think.
How death and fireworks intersected one July 4th.
The Virtue of Patience
Waiting without complaining
How Can We Gain a Good and Beautiful Life?
Putting on the character of Christ
Five Signposts of a Healthy Church
Look for these clues to see if your church is on track.
Tell It Like It Is
How to speak the truth to a friend without harming your friendship
Getting over feeling we have to do it all and learning to say yes to God instead.
The Art of Group Prayer
Lead your group in praying biblically.
Top 5 Bible Courses on Parenting
These were your favorite studies on this topic.
Seeking God Together
A first look at spiritual direction
Engage Both Heart and Mind in Worship
How to prepare for worship
A Christmas To-Do List
Learning from Horses
Training horses can teach us a lot about how we grow.
Blessed Are the Uncool
Living authentically in a world of show
Spiritual freedom beyond our appetites.
Psalm 90:1-17: The eternal value of numbering our days.
Recognizing God's fingerprints in your life
Please Don't Interrupt Me
What if life is really in the interruptions?
How do we learn the deep 'one another' community of Scripture without being in close proximity?
Don't Ask Me What I "Do"
We need to define ourselves in Christ rather than by our jobs.
No More Mr. Nice Group
Five practices that take small groups beyond polite sharing to the disciplines that change lives.
Flex Your Spiritual Muscles
Use power like our Master.
You Cannot Keep People Out of Hell
God does not fault us with anyone's eternal destiny.
Anyone for Fasting?
Reconsider this ancient spiritual discipline.
8 Habits of Effective Small Group Leaders
So, You've Been Asked to Speak. Now What?
Follow these basic guidelines to prepare a talk.
How to Start an Accountability Group
Become accountable to grow in your Christian life.
What can you do when you're discouraged about your God-inspired service?
Escaping the Pigeon Hole
Why small group leaders really need to be "pastors"—and vice versa.
What I Learned from the Lazy Barista
If people are not following you, look at how you are leading.
Keeping Ourselves on Target
A good reminder for preachers and teachers.
Our small group follow- up is faster and more frequent.
Five Small Group Myths
Home Bible studies don't always operate by the textbook.
How to Lead a Good Discussion
Follow these basic principles for leading a small group.
5 Questions to Clarify Your Church's Mission
What does it take to make a healthy church?
Confessions of a Small Group Leader
Lessons learned the hard way.
Conducting Acts of Hospitality
Follow these simple guidelines for conducting acts of kindness in the community.
New Disciples: Born, but Also Made
Be passionate about making disciples.
Bring Light to the World
If we are following Christ, we will be making disciples.
No Time. No Resources. No Leaders.
Four tricks to launch something big with small resources.
Three steps to making your small group dream come true for your church.
Choosing Small Group Materials
Finding what to study may be the hardest thing small group leaders do.
Cost of Discipline-Ship
Discipleship takes our time and commitment.
Superheroes in Sunday School
What superheroes can teach us about God.
"Dude, I Can't Shepherd a Small Group"
5 tips on building community in your next group.
The Five "Ms" Every Leader Should Know
What it takes to be a small group leader.
Bad Days Are Sometimes the Best Days
And nine other lessons I've learned from my small group.
Five Ways God Answers Prayer
Whatever the answer, your best interest is always in mind.
Five Essentials for Small Group Health
How to keep your groups growing vibrantly.
Beyond "Prayer Requests"
What if people's wishes run counter to God's sometimes painful path of transformation?
What Do We Want to Study Next?
Five principles for selecting the right study for your group.
Questions: Icebreakers and Beyond
Steering your discussion the right way.
Eight Keys to Discipling New Christians
Suggestions to help you mentor.
True Christian Community
Do whatever it takes to connect a friend with Jesus.
Make Devoted Disciples
How to be an effective mentor.
Participating in the Resurrection
We have the privilege of being part of the story too.
The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry
Young people are not bored by theology. They are bored by theology that doesn't matter.
Underneath the technology and weird costumes often lies something deeper.
Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
This oft-repeated question says nothing about God, but everything about human beings.
Domesticating the Lord of the Universe
I'm terrified that if my eyes are opened to see everything in the light of truth, I will also see that the way I see the Jesus, whom I claim as Lord, is but a dim reflection of reality.
Jesus' gospel is a far cry from health and wealth.
Is God Angry or Loving?
Most people erroneously see God as angry in the Old Testament and loving in the New Testament.
Can You Imagine?
Why imagination is crucial to the Christian life
The Dangerous Act of Worship
Living God's call to justice
A Grateful People
What does true thankfulness mean?
Hope Amidst the Sorrow
God is all-knowing; he comforts; he understands—even when we violently lose someone.
A Great and Terrible Love
A spiritual journey into the attributes of God
The Secret of Walking with God
From the beginning, God has wanted a walking partner.
Top 5 Resources on Prayer
These are the downloadable resources on prayer you were most interested in studying.
An Easter Encounter
Embracing Christ's pain helps us appreciate the joy of His resurrection.
Perspectives on Life and Death
For the believer in Jesus Christ, we do not go out into death and into darkness. Instead, we go home to God.
Transformation Starts in the Mind
Live the life that is really life.
See God for Who He Is
How do we move from our distorted image of God?
Are You There, God?
An interview with The Folly of Prayer author Matt Woodley
Shaking Our Fists
Acknowledging our anger with God
Hone the Two-Edged Sword
Only as we study God's Word will we grow.
7 Prayers That Will Change Your Life Forever
Prayers of confession, salvation, release, submission, praise, promise, and blessing
Three ways our prayers tell us about our faith.
Getting past the need to see ever-increasing numbers.
What Will Heaven Be Like?
Thirty-five frequently asked questions about eternity.
Dealing with Depression
First we must recognize the problem. Then we'll find the solutions.
The Gift of Being Real
How might things change if we admitted our family's flaws?
When the Facts Don't Add Up
A just, loving, and powerful God should follow certain rules, shouldn't he?
The Christian and Baby Food
A desire to be "fed spiritually" may be killing us.
Are There Many Paths to God?
There is only one way to heaven, and that is through Jesus Christ.
The God Who Can't Be Tamed
Could we be losing more than the land when we destroy it?
Guilt Good and Bad
The early warning signs.
Too Much Stuff
If clutter's got you down, try these secrets to simplifying.
The True, the Good, and the Beautiful Christian
Beauty is making a comeback in science and theology. Will it find its place in the lives of believers?
Hope for the Christian
How to build a life of hope.
What's Happened to Me?
Exploring what it means to be part of God's kingdom.
Prayer is an encounter with the living God.
The virtue of kindness.
Meet the Holy One
Take time to settle your mind as you pray.
Draw Near to God
Hungering for God's presence in worship.
Cultivating the Soul
Spiritual formation can happen without saying a word.
"Why, God, Why?"
Facing the painful questions that life keeps asking.
Passion Lives Here
What we can learn from the Olympics.
The Secret of Radical Obedience
Radical obedience does not seek to comply to the minimal standards.
Weathering the Storms
The Virtue of Perseverance
Do we really want to serve God—or is it more rewarding to just look the part?
Deep Down from Heaven
Why we'll never get to the bottom of God's love.
Spiritual Health Made Visible
The theological underpinnings of joy.
Cultivate a Secret Life with God
It has to do with standing still.
Three Questions to Determine, "Is This True?"
Guidance for Christian discernment.
Building a Balanced Christian Education Program
Five measurements of spiritual growth.
7 Priorities that Guided Jesus' Decisions
They can help us in our daily choices.
"Great to Good" Churches
For those who find trying to be great isn't good enough.
Lean On Me
Teaching a Church to Pray
Steps to vital, life-giving times of group prayer.
Church & Home Leadership
Leading with Integrity
How to live a life that matters
Introverts in the Church
Finding a quiet moment in an extroverted place
Evaluating Group Discussions
How well do you practice these principles of great small-group discussion?
A Footwasher to the Footwashers
The first shall be last, and the last, first.
Sunday School That Really Works
Thoughts on how to make this long-standing church institution effective
Top 10 eBooks
These are the eBooks you have downloaded most.
Why So Many Christian Leaders Ride
What's the attraction of motorcycles?
Patriotism and Christianity
What is the difference between patriotism and nationalism?
Taking a stand for the right can cost everything
Holding on to Hope in Your Small Church
Don't lose heart by playing a numbers game.
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Someone may be waiting for you to reach out to them this holiday season.
Myths in Parenting
If only I'd known then what I know now.
Resolving Church Conflict
When should you bend, and when stand strong?
Stewardship Is More Than Giving Money
We are all ministers.
The Most Romantic Thing My Husband Ever Said to Me
I happened to be throwing up at the time.
Tell Us Your Stories
Young people learn mistakes to avoid and how to face challenges with grace by listening to older people.
A Culture of Life
What should society do with the unborn, the disabled, the dying, the abused?
Celebrating the Empty Nest
How to survive—and thrive—after your kids fly the coop
Realize Your Encouragement Potential
Could you be a Barnabas to someone?
Get to Work
A parent's advice on how to raise responsible, hard-working kids.
The Nicene and Apostles' Creeds
A close look at these two creeds helps define what Christians believe.
Coping with People Who Beef, Bite, and Bellyache
How to handle difficult relationships.
Loving Your Prodigal
What can parents do when a child turns her back on her family and her faith? Author H. Norman Wright offers help.
Understanding Different Learning Styles
Here's how to teach in the ways people learn best.
ChristianBibleStudies.com has everything you need for small groups and adult Sunday classes.
Learning from Great Bible Teachers
Gain wisdom from God's Word through these renowned teachers.
What to Do with the Classroom Rebel?
I'm glad God prompted me to see past John's defiant scowl.
Training People to Teach
If Harvard cannot assume their professors can communicate, how much less can churches.
What Makes Christian Education Distinct
Secular education seeks to make more successful and intelligent people. The Christian educator aspires to nothing less than the transformation of a believer into the image of Christ.
Teaching That Motivates
Successful teaching not only opens the mind but also stirs the emotions, fires the imagination, galvanizes the will.
How Do You Know You're Effective?
Experience in teaching doesn't tend to sharpen my abilities; rather it dulls them. Evaluated experience improves my skills.
Baby Lambs and Old Sheep
I have the same goal for both older and newer Christians: to make the language fresh, to make it come alive.
The Unique Task of Teaching Adults
The heartbeat of the church is adults.
Home Bible Studies: What to Do with the Kids
Use these creative ideas to solve a perennial problem.
Knowing What to Teach, and How
Knowing what subject to teach and how to teach it can become less of a mystery and more of a ministry.
Recruiting and Keeping Teachers
Recruiting is the holy act of helping others discover their gifts and discern God's will.
Preparing Yourself to Teach
I avoid Sunday morning meanderings by cultivating textual fluency, people fluency, and schedule fluency.
When Is a Broken Person Ready to Lead?
5 questions to determine whether the hurting are ready for responsibility.
Spotting a New Leader
Ten ways to identify a promising person.
What Do I Want Students to Know, Feel, Do?
Teaching that effects change.
Ask Questions Like the Master Teacher
8 types of questions Jesus used to produce change.
Three Goals to Help You Teach Better
A teacher's mental preparation.
Great Leaders Are Great Teachers, Part Two
Eight more tips to teach more effectively.
Great Leaders Are Great Teachers, Part One
Leaders must be effective teachers.
Outrageous Hats and Sunday School
We can learn a lot from Henrietta Mears.