Ministry in the Face of Mental Illness: Additional Questions

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Ice Breaker How does our society usually react toward a person with mental illness? When we encounter a person who shows symptoms of mental illness, what should we do? What shouldn’t we do? What’s the nicest thing someone has done for you when you’ve been heartsick? What cheers you up when you’re down? Who do […]

Tuesday is For Leaders: How to Celebrate Your Group Members Who Serve

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By Jason McNair This post originally appeared on Sundayschoolleader.com on August 28, 2011.   As a missionary serving in Utah and Idaho, I am in an area where there is a predominant religion different from my own. This religion permeates much of the culture in the area.  One of the things they are recognized for is sending […]

Storm Shelter Session 1(The Shelter of God’s Presence): Well Placed Confidence

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In the face of life’s uncertainties, place your trust in God.  “I tell you, Peter,” He said, “the rooster will not crow today until you deny three times that you know Me!” (Luke 22:34). The words must have hung in the air, pointed and powerful. The disciples had just been arguing about who was to […]

The Absolute Necessity of Prayer Before, During, And After Small Group

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This is part 8 of a series of posts from David Francis’ Transformational Class: Transformational Church Goes to Sunday School . Click here for a free download of the book, as well as training materials to help you present the material to your leaders. Transformational Church Goes to Sunday School Missionary Mentality, Part One Missionary Mentality, Part Two […]

From the Editor: Overcoming the Wrong Mindset

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Originally published on September 23, 2014 on ronniefloyd.com Has anything ever happened to you that you thought was bad when it happened, but realized later it had happened for good? Have you ever had an experience like Job where you lost everything only to find God sufficient? Have you ever had an experience like Joseph […]

Ministry in the Face of Mental Illness: Excerpt from “Melissa” by Frank Page

This is Chapter 1 of Melissa: A Father’s Lessons From a Daughter’s Suicide by Frank Page You’re Not Alone I was in my yard-working clothes when the call came. It was Friday morning. The day after Thanksgiving. Ten more minutes and I’d likely have been out on my mower, cutting the grass in preparation for getting […]

Why Silence is Golden…Especially 20 Seconds of It

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  By Ken Braddy When you lead a Bible study group, one of the most effective ways to help group members engage in the study is to ask compelling questions.  Jesus asked questions when he taught.  “Who do people say I am?” was followed up with “Who do you say I am?”  (see Matt. 16:13-15). […]

Some Upcoming Improvements to Bible Studies For Life—Tell Us What You Think!

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Bible Studies for Life has made some improvements to both the Personal Study Guides and Leader Guides to provide more content for your Bible study experience. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the examples below. Each Study Overview is increased to three pages. The prayer section that previously ended each session is moved to the front […]

How Care Group Leaders Model Relational Intentionality

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This is part 7 of a series of posts from David Francis’ Transformational Class: Transformational Church Goes to Sunday School . Click here for a free download of the book, as well as training materials to help you present the material to your leaders. Transformational Church Goes to Sunday School Missionary Mentality, Part One Missionary Mentality, Part Two […]

From the Editor: Overcoming Bitterness

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Originally posted on September 16, 2014 at Ronniefloyd.com Satan is alive and well, always strategizing to bring you down. One of his greatest ways to attack us is by convincing us that that being bitter is acceptable. Yet here is reality: “As you go through the emotions that we have, hostility is not from God; […]