Like Glue, Session 2 (Stick With Encouragement): Common Ground

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BY SCOTT ATTEBERY Bound together by the need for grace. I don’t belong here. That was my first thought when I walked into the room labeled, “Singles.” I had recently relocated and was interested in building rela- tionships in my new church home. On that particular Sunday morning, I was greeted at the church entrance […]

Like Glue, Session 1 (Stick With Love): Healing Love

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by STEPHANIE SUMMERS Let me tell you about my beautiful, wonderful grandson. Joseph Gage (we call him Gage) came into our world on a mild January day. There he was, my Floridian grandson, joining ranks with my two older grandchildren who lived in Illinois. My first week with the little guy was spent helping out […]

Like Glue, Session 1 (Stick With Love): True Colors

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BY MICHAEL KELLEY The greatest mark of those who follow Christ is love. Certain patterns of behavior are associated with discipleship or growing in maturity in our relationship with Christ. These patterns, classically called spiritual disciplines, are the means of grace God has given us that help us to develop intimacy with Him. But I’ve […]

Like Glue, Session 1 (Stick With Love): Afloat and Alone

BY MICHAEL KELLEY When you start to drift, fight the current, and get back to Jesus. “We must, therefore, pay even more attention to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away” (Hebrews 2:1). I don’t spend a lot of time on boats, but whenever I find myself on the water, I’m […]

Like Glue, Session 1 (Stick With Love): Additional Questions

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The Point: Let love permeate every relationship Opening Question Would you rather eat stale bread or drink day-old coffee? What could use a little “freshening up” in your life? Who was your first good friend in elementary school and what made you become friends? What was the first birthday party you were invited to attend […]

Like Glue, Session 1 (Stick with Love): Conclusion Option for Parents

Replace Question #5 with the following option: Have a volunteer read the following aloud: “Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited, does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked, and does not keep a record of wrongs. ⌊Love⌋ finds no joy in unrighteousness but […]

Like No Other, Session 8 (Exalted Like No Other): Live It Out Option for Parents

Vertical and Horizontal Our vertical relationship with God and our horizontal relationships with others are indicators of our spiritual maturity. Below, circle areas of that need work in each of these relationships. Vertical: (with God) Time in Bible study; Time in Prayer; Time in Meditation; Grateful Attitude, Good, Faithful Horizontal: (with family, children, coworkers, etc.) Loving, […]

Like No Other, Session 8 (Exalted Like No Other): No Greater Life

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Like No Other, Session 8 (Exalted Like No Other): More than a Feeling

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 BY MICHAEL KELLEY Set up faith as the engine of your life instead of your emotions. It’s confession time: I didn’t go to the gym this morning. It wasn’t because I suddenly decided that working out was no longer beneficial, nor was it because I had something else pressing that I had to do. I […]

Like No Other, Session 8 (Exalted Like No Other): Introduction Option for Men

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  “George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States, is the only commander in chief in modern times who has declined to write a memoir. Now George W. Bush, the 43rd president, strides into the void with a book of his own intended to give voice to his modest father’s life and […]