Discipleship

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God uses every circumstance to shape us into the image of Christ.
Peace Is Not the Absence of Problems
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Peace is not the absence of problems. Peace means that all hell may have broken loose, but God is still sovereign over our circumstances. It is rooted in the Hebrew understanding of the word shalom. God uses everything that happens to us to shape our hearts into Christ’s ...

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A lesson in social justice from Leviticus.
So What Does It Mean to Love Your Neighbor?
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In Matthew 22:36-39, a lawyer challenges Jesus asking him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”

Jesus answers him saying, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the ...

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Who can you not forgive when you realize how much God has forgiven you?
A People of Love
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To be reconciled means that, while we were enemies of God and divorced from him, he pursued us to win our hearts. It is unlike any other relationship we have, because we usually have to do something to earn love. As the truth of God’s great affection for us reaches ...

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Three paradigm shifts for student ministry.
More Than Just a Good Church Kid
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I want to introduce you to a teenager I know.

He’s 16. He doesn’t drink alcohol. He doesn’t do drugs. He doesn’t have premarital sex. He’s kind and respectful to adults. He’s an excellent student with exceptional SAT scores. And he wants ...

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How to experience healing in Christ.
Hurt People Hurt People
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Jesus assumed our rejection so it will not continue to harm us because hurt people hurt people. If you want to know if someone is mature, do not look at how many Bible verses they know but watch how they act when someone hurts them. Jesus became our rejection and our sorrow ...

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God wants to use teens to change the world.
Teens Are Not the Church of Tomorrow
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We believe our teenagers are not the church of tomorrow but the church of today. God has used teens throughout his redemptive history. He used David, Mary, and most of Jesus’ disciples at young ages. Teens, we believe God can use you today to change the world.

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Is your Bible study helping you to seek and to save the lost?
Us Four and No More
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On August 2, 1997, during training camp with the Indianapolis Colts, God the Holy Spirit awakened my heart to see my need for Jesus. A former teammate named Steve Grant had shared the Good News with me for five years. Steve was passionate about reaching people with the gospel ...

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Trusting God in difficult circumstances.
We All Have a Little Egypt in Us
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I love the Exodus story. It has mystery, adventure, heroism, defiance, miracles, and the struggle of real people in a world swirling with volatility and danger. So often, I, and perhaps you, read the Bible like it’s a sterile textbook, instead of as God’s redemptive ...

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Five reflections on emotionally unhealthy spirituality.
Healthy Leader, Healthy Church
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In the midst of serving your local church or ministry, it’s easy to focus on the ministry instead of focusing on Jesus’ ministry in and to me.

When we shift this focus, we can become spiritually and emotionally unhealthy. The work we do for God begins to kill ...

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Simply gathering Biblical facts won’t change the world.
Do We Have Discipleship Wrong?
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In the American educational system, from first grade all the way up through high school, we’re taught to memorize INFORMATION, and then take a test. If we pass the intellectual test, then we move on to the next grade.

We’ve transferred this learning pattern ...

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