The Bible Meets Captain America

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There is a moment in the movie The Avengers in which Black Widow, member of the elite government agency S.H.I.E.L.D., describes the people Captain America is pursuing as “…basically, gods…” Cap’s response is classic, “There’s only one God, ma’am, and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t dress like that.” This memorable line from The Avengers does [...]

Resources for the 3 Roles: Whatcha Got in Your Toolbox?

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By David Francis and Ken Braddy This is part 6 of an ongoing series of blog posts unpacking the main points of 3 Roles for Guiding Groups by David Francis and Ken Braddy. The number at the end of each section denotes the page number in the printed book. Here’s what we’ve covered so far in the series:  In Part 1, [...]

From the Editor: 4 Actions to Create a Generosity Plan

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As with nearly everything in life, generosity requires some planning. It is as much a part of our budgeting as any other expense. Or at least, it ought to be. In a recent blog post, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, General Editor of Bible Studies for Life, offered four very practical ideas for how we can plan [...]

“I Don’t Have Time to Lead a Bible Study Group”

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By Karen Dockrey I tend to learn more about the Bible when I prepare to lead a group, than when I just attend group. But preparation takes so much time that I don’t know when I’ll get my Saturday chores done, my regular errands completed, or my work-and-home responsibilities fulfilled.  Maybe I’d better turn down [...]

Small Group Monday: Would You Rather

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In a recent blog post, small group specialist Mark Howell played an intriguing game of Would You Rather, posing this question: Would you rather connect more people of make more disciples?  It’s a great question because it pits two valuable outcomes against each other. Which is more desirable? What would you say? Share your thoughts [...]

Productive, Session 6: A Sanctuary in Time

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By Margaret Feinberg Reawaken to the wonder of rest.  Speeding through life at what I believed was a healthy pace, I ran out of gas without as much as a flicker from the fuel warning light. I completed projects and checked off to-do lists without hesitation until I woke up one Monday feeling like a [...]

Recruiting: When You Still Haven’t Found Who You’re Looking For

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By David Francis and Ken Braddy This is part 5 of an ongoing series of blog posts unpacking the main points of 3 Roles for Guiding Groups by David Francis and Ken Braddy. The number at the end of each section denotes the page number in the printed book. Here’s what we’ve covered so far in the series:  In Part 1, [...]

From the Editor: 3 Ways to Use Money to Meet Needs

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For those of you getting ready to study Session 4 of Productive: Finding Joy in What We Do, you won’t want to miss this blog post from Ronnie Floyd, General Editor of Bible Studies for Life. Dr. Floyd reflects on the Scripture passage we will be studying in this session, and offers three ways to make sure [...]

Moving Beyond Friendly

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By Lynn Pryor Last year, my wife and I were on a journey of seeking a church home. We determined not to just jump into the first church; we would visit a myriad of churches, see what God was doing, and determine the best place to serve. This journey began each week by visiting a [...]

Small Group Monday: The Exponential Power of a Church-Wide Campaign

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Has your church ever considered a church-wide campaign? Some of you may be scratching your head about what that even means. Church-wide campaigns could be thought of as a sermon series on steroids. Beyond merely focusing the weekend message topics, campaigns “align everything that everybody is doing for the season.  Weekend sermons, small group curriculum, [...]