From the Editor: Overcoming the Wrong Mindset


Originally published on September 23, 2014 on 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


  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!


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


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


Originally posted on September 16, 2014 at 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; […]

Small Group Monday: 5 Moves that Will Help Your Small Group Ministry Get Unstuck


Today on his blog, small group specialist Mark Howell talks about what to do when your small group is stuck: “Our small group ministry is stuck” is one of the most common concerns I hear from small group pastors and senior pastors about small group ministry.  “How can we get unstuck?” is definitely one of the […]

Overcome, Session 6 (Overcome an Earthly Mindset): Introduction Activity for Collegiates


Show the following video, “The Story Behind the Song ‘Forgiveness’” If you don’t see the video below, click here to watch the video on YouTube   Ask your group if they have ever had to deal with an issue of extreme forgiveness. (Note that this could be a very sensitive issue for some and too […]

Overcome, Session 6: Meeting God at the Intersection of Expectation and Disappointment


by John Koessler A little more than a month after his son’s tragic death by suicide, Pastor Rick Warren made what some might consider to be a disturbing admission. He confessed that he had prayed regularly and sincerely for a different outcome to his son’s life. “For 27 years, I prayed every day of my […]

Overcome, Session 6 (Overcome an Earthly Mindset): Live it Out Option for Boomers


Choose one of the following videos for the class to watch.     (Lord I Need You Now, Plumb) video with lyric   Lord, I Need You, Matt Maher We have all experienced situations that we would have rather avoided. Failure and disappointments are facts of life. In the midst of one of these […]