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Get to Work
Get to Work
A parent's advice on how to raise responsible, hard-working kids.

Today is my first son's first day at his first job. Josh is rarin' to go, but pauses for a hug and a blessing before he leaves. It's a simple but physically demanding job—unloading boxes from big brown trucks for a well-known delivery ...

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The Nicene and Apostles' Creeds
A close look at these two creeds helps define what Christians believe.

Many Christians throughout the world recite either the Nicene Creed or the Apostles' Creed regularly in their church services. Following is a short history and recitation of each creed.

The Nicene Creed

In the first three centuries, the church ...

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Coping with People Who Beef, Bite, and Bellyache
How to handle difficult relationships.

As kids, it never occurred to us to "work" on any of our relationships. They just happened. And if for any reason they didn't, we jumped ship. No fuss, no muss.

But somewhere along the line, each of us entered the fray of mature relationships—and ...

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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.

H. Norman Wright has written more than 65 books on everything from parenting to pets. But his book, Loving a Prodigal (Chariot Victor) is perhaps his most personal. At the age of 20, Wright's daughter, Sheryl, rejected the family's faith and became involved ...

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Understanding Different Learning Styles
Understanding Different Learning Styles
Here's how to teach in the ways people learn best.

So much has been said in educational circles about people's different ways of perceiving reality. We're inundated with "right brain, left brain" jargon. We hear that some people think with their feelings, senses, and emotions; others ...

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Fall Planning
ChristianBibleStudies.com has everything you need for small groups and adult Sunday classes.

Many small-group leaders and adult Sunday school coordinators are scrambling at this time of year to find material to launch their ministries this fall. We have good news!

ChristianBibleStudies.com now has over 700 Bible studies to choose from. And instead ...

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Learning from Great Bible Teachers
Gain wisdom from God's Word through these renowned teachers.

When I became a Christian, I didn't know the first thing about the Bible. The person who introduced me to Christ told me that I would grow in my newfound faith through reading the Scriptures. I had a Bible from the Gideons, so I opened it to Genesis, ...

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What to Do with the Classroom Rebel?
What to Do with the Classroom Rebel?
I'm glad God prompted me to see past John's defiant scowl.

I look up as John swaggers into my seventh-grade English class and shoves his man-sized body hard into his seat. He's back again—this time from a weeklong suspension for beating up a sixth-grader.

When the opening bell rings, I write an introductory ...

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Training People to Teach
Training People to Teach
If Harvard cannot assume their professors can communicate, how much less can churches.

From the book Mastering Teaching.

A young woman, an award-winning interior designer, saw that her church needed a Sunday school teacher for one of the children's classes. She volunteered. They put curriculum in her hands and said, "If you can ...

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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.

I am convinced that Christian education, my field of ministry, is one of the highest of all callings. I've also become convinced that Christian educators need to keep reminding themselves of the unique role of Christian education.

All around us we see ...

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Teaching That Motivates
Teaching That Motivates
Successful teaching not only opens the mind but also stirs the emotions, fires the imagination, galvanizes the will.

While milling around at conferences, I occasionally bump into pastors who say to me, "Prof, you once changed the whole course of my life."

"Fantastic!" I reply. "How did it happen?"

"Years ago in class you made one statement ...

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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.

Most people think experience is the name of the game—that the longer a person teaches, the better he or she gets. Nonsense. Just as ripping through wood dulls the teeth of a carpenter's saw, so experience tends to wear away my edge. I have found ...

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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.

Becky, a new Christian in my Bible class, sparkles with enthusiasm even though she needs help to find Galatians: "Is that Old or New Testament?" she asks. I could tell her, "Jesus loves me, this I know," and she would be awed by the depth of my teaching. ...

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The Unique Task of Teaching Adults
The Unique Task of Teaching Adults
The heartbeat of the church is adults.

Some years ago, I knew a Christian attorney who was appointed by the church board to be chairman of the adult education program. He was perfectly willing to oversee the program. He was willing to teach. He was a good teacher. But he was completely unwilling ...

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Home Bible Studies: What to Do with the Kids
Use these creative ideas to solve a perennial problem.

Many churches are enthusiastic about cell group meetings in homes, but parents with younger children face a crunch: Shall they hire a babysitter, or shall they bring their kids along and hope they behave during the adult interaction? Here's how two groups ...

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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.

When I was on staff at Las Canada Presbyterian Church, a group of women said to me, "We want to do a small group Bible study, but we want more than a series of Bible lessons. Frankly, we get bored and turned off by that."

Since these women were from Hollywood, ...

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Recruiting and Keeping Teachers
Recruiting and Keeping Teachers
Recruiting is the holy act of helping others discover their gifts and discern God's will.

Some years ago I was responsible for recruiting someone to oversee a pastoral care program involving over 200 adults. It was a big job, and I was looking for a couple who could commit a great deal of time and energy to the program.

I prayed about this ...

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Preparing Yourself to Teach
I avoid Sunday morning meanderings by cultivating textual fluency, people fluency, and schedule fluency.

No one wants to blur or block the message of the Lord. Yet, sometimes on Sunday morning we climb into the pulpit or stand behind a lectern and, for any host of reasons, haltingly deliver an ill-prepared message or lead a Bible study that just goes nowhere. ...

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When Is a Broken Person Ready to Lead?
When Is a Broken Person Ready to Lead?
5 questions to determine whether the hurting are ready for responsibility.

A man who joined our fellowship came out of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Three months after his conversion, his daughter died. Then the woman he had been dating broke off their relationship.

If that weren't enough, his business collapsed; it's ...

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Spotting a New Leader
Ten ways to identify a promising person.

The most gifted athletes rarely make good coaches. The best violinist will not necessarily make the best conductor. Nor will the best teacher necessarily make the best head of the department.

So it's critical to distinguish between the skill of performance ...

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