Brie Engeler, author, theological and content editor for a multitude of ministries and publishers, shares her helpful tips for creating small group Bible Studies, daily devotionals and Christian education curriculum. How do you properly interpret the Bible passage? What is the goal of your study? How do you keep your audience interested? What kinds of questions should you ask?...
Topic: Preaching & Teaching
Preparing great sermons requires time, energy, creativity and perseverance. A pastor must be authentic and sensitive to the needs of his congregation.
Topic: Preaching & Teaching
Take time to really listen to the people God places in your life. Take time to listen to God and get alone with Him and His Word. Only a personal connection between you and God can fill your heart. You only have a brief moment on earth-one chance to live this life well.
Speaker: Francis Chan
Scripture: 1 Peter 1:1-4, 1 Peter 1:24-25
Topic: Spiritual Disciplines
Jesus' parable of the soils challenges us to allow God's Word to penetrate our life, to count the cost of following Christ and to take steps to move forward on our spiritual journey. The trampled path represents the hard heart, the rocky soil represents the impulsive heart, the weedy soil represents the distracted heart and the fertile soil represents the receptive heart.
Speaker: Jeff Jones
Scripture: Mark 4:1-20
Topic: Process of Spiritual Growth
What’s a good definition of codependency? In the broadest sense it’s an addiction to people, places, or things. Codependency used to mean that one person was dependent on something like alcohol and the other person simply needed them to be dependent on alcohol, so the second person was codependent. Now it simply means to be dependent, and sometimes dependent on another...
Author: Chet Weld
Sine cera was a term in ancient Israel that guaranteed a clay pot was "without wax." Wax was used by salesmen to cover imperfections that occured during the firing. The retailer was passing off a defective product by deceiving the buyer. When we pretend to live a life "without wax," we are demonstrating "insincerity." Integrity means completeness, no duality in what you...
Author: Brad Tuttle
Topic: Church and Culture, Evangelism, Discipleship
Dear Roger, If I have a mortal sin on my soul, can I still attend a Sunday mass; will I still receive graces even tough I receive no communion? Harry Dear Harry, The nature of your question seems to indicate that you have a Roman Catholic background. As best as I can understand, the Roman Catholic Church divides sin into two categories: venial sins ...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
Christmas is one of those holidays that is often misunderstood. Perhaps it's because of the way that we have trivialized what the holiday represents. We hang stockings, decorate trees, arrange manger scenes, and give gifts. Of course no one is fooled, it's the gift giving and receiving that has become the real focus of Christmas. We love to get stuff. And we get joy,...
Author: Tom Terry
Topic: Preaching & Teaching, Church and Culture, Family
Pirates have been on my mind recently. Seriously. Two weeks ago I learned that there really is a day called “National Talk Like a Pirate Day” (it be September 19, matey, in case you be settin’ your 2009 calendar and want t’make sure ye don’t miss it!). That brought to mind a family trip to Lake Winnipesaukee, NH a few summers back where we played a round of miniature golf...
Author: John Beeson
Topic: Church and Culture