From the Editor: Thanking God For Rest

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We wrap up our “Productive” study with a session about rest. The Point of the session is, “Rest is a gift from God for His glory and our benefit.” We know that one of the 10 Commandments is “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.” So what does that mean? Does it just mean [...]

5 Rules for Using Online Tools in Young Adult Ministry

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Social networking can be a powerful tool for building community in your young adult ministry. The Internet continues to push the limits of what ministries are able to do online, which is a wonderful thing. It can also be a bit overwhelming, with hundreds of social networking sites available now and increasing daily. With all of [...]

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 [...]