Protected: Teaching Tools For Your Sunday School Class

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4 Ways Your Church Can Participate in #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday?  In case you didn’t know, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is known as Giving Tuesday (or #GivingTuesday). It’s a day created to bring awareness to the needs of others after a plethora of consumeristic holidays (Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday). It’s the day that officially kicks off the giving season as people begin to focus on… Read more »

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Studying the Bible

We respected the Bible in our home. My siblings and I regularly attended Sunday school and vacation Bible school, and my mother listened to the Moody Bible Institute (WMBI) radio station every day, so we heard some of the greatest preachers of our time. I. A few days before my sixteenth birthday, while attending a… Read more »

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Leading Families in Your Church

Family ministry leaders want to inspire parents to be the spiritual guides for their children. For parents to be effective spiritual leaders, they need to understand their leadership and aspire to join a movement of parents modeling faith in the home. In family ministry, we need to ask: Are we teaching and transferring leadership skills… Read more »

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How Disappointment and Conflict Can Help Our Marriages Thrive

When my husband and I took a personality test during our premarital counseling, it confirmed what we already knew to be true: we are exact opposites in many areas. He is exceedingly extroverted, and I am incredibly introverted. He is a visionary, and I am detail oriented. He comes alive after 9:00 p.m., just when… Read more »

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Developing Lifetime Faith

When children are little, they believe almost anything we teach them because they love and trust us. We pat ourselves on the back when kids recite a verse correctly and accept things we teach them in childhood ministries. But when we see those same kids ten, fifteen, or even twenty years later and they’re still… Read more »

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5 Great Women’s Bible Studies

Looking to start a new Bible study? Look no further than these five fantastic Bible studies! Though they cover various topics, the authors share a common desire and goal—to encourage and deepen fellow sisters’ relationship with Christ. Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Lysa TerKeurst Uninvited by Lysa… Read more »

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How Close Do I Really Need to Get?

Get close? Get real? Sure! You’re all about it. You have no problem with getting close to people in your church and small group. Well … most people. Okay, some people. But some people are just hard to get to know, right? I mean, they almost seem to make it hard on purpose. Like that… Read more »

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Divine Interruptions

“Pastor, I need counseling …” I admit in my early years of ministry nothing ruined a good day of doing the Lord’s work faster than hearing those four dreaded words. My attitude was the culprit. What do you mean you need counseling? Didn’t you just hear the forty-five-minute sermon on how to rise above your… Read more »

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5 Things Only Mothers of Boys Would Understand

Ah, boys. Where head-butts, bodily noise jokes, and near-death antics never lose their luster. Before any woman is blessed with a male fruit of her loin, she’s at least mildly prepared for the chaos. After witnessing nephews or friends with sons, she knows that boys are wild, messy, and full of more energy than a… Read more »

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