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The Small Group Facilitator as a Gardener

I think those of us who have been teachers for a long time sometimes have a hard time taking off the “teacher” hat and becoming a facilitator in a small group setting.  That is because we often have a hard time distinguishing … Continue reading

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The Way Forward: Hearing God Speak through Scripture

When they finished, James spoke up. “Brothers,” he said, “listen to me. Simon has described to us how God first intervened to choose a people for his name from the Gentiles. The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is … Continue reading

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The Way Forward: Seeing God’s Activity through Circumstances

The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. Acts 15:12 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do … Continue reading

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The Way Forward: Discerning God’s Will through Prayer

After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. Acts 15:7 …if my … Continue reading

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The Way Forward: Making Our Words Count

 The apostles and elders met to consider this question. After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them…Acts 15:6-7 “After much discussion…” Those are the words we use when we’re writing minutes of a business meeting and there was a lot of … Continue reading

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The Way Forward: the Power of Vantage Points

The apostles and elders met to consider this question. After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them… The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through … Continue reading

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The Way Forward: An Introduction

Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to keep the law of Moses.” The apostles and elders met to consider this question. After much discussion… Acts 15:5-7a … Continue reading

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“…And the Home of the Brave”

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling … Continue reading

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Making New Friends…Are We Ready for That?

I remember having lunch with my friend, Ben, who is starting new works in a particularly “unchurched” area of our city.  He is taking a pretty non-traditional approach, at least in terms of denominational church starts.  He is simply making … Continue reading

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What Reformation?

If one of the objectives of the Reformation was to blur the line between the two “classes” of church members (clergy and laymen) which existed at the time, then I think Martin Luther would be terribly disappointed in the traditional … Continue reading

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