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Leading Like It Matters: Do I Have to Lead?

  Sometimes it’s easier to let someone else do it. You reason that even if you wanted to do it, you probably couldn’t do it well enough. Then the other doubts start cascading: you aren’t old enough, young enough, nor do you make enough, understand enough, or learn quickly enough. An apostle and a judge...

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Leading Like It Matters: Do I Lead Yet?

  Crete then, like many of the places you go today, had people of all ages. Paul’s letter to Titus had some specific ways that Titus could influence the different age groups. Even if you aren’t the older women or the younger man he’s writing about, almost everything described has a place in our lives....

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Exodus – A Time and A Way: A Time to Wait for God

  Read Exodus 1:6-14. You wait for your ride on your front step. You wait for the train on the platform. You wait for your order below the sign that reads, “Wait here.” Waiting for God, though, doesn’t always have a specific spot for you to stand. The Bible shows you many people who had...

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Because of Resurrection

Long ago, an event changed the world: a heavy stone was moved, a dead person was no longer dead, and angels were talking to some women! Today, some people begin to cry when they think about that Sunday morning, and others refuse to believe any such things happened on that Sunday morning. To Pray About:...

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A Bank and a Hope

What if you found out all your money was gone?! That money might have been in a bank or hidden around your house. Your emotions may swing from anger to fear. Much of that could depend on why the money was missing. No matter what made it disappear, you would have to figure out what...

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A Cabin and a Barn

Can you imagine if every day was your birthday? Of course, you don’t want to age that fast, but the presents would be fun to open! How long would it take before it wasn’t fun anymore? Sometimes that happens in your everyday life: you don’t find the joy in or thankfulness for what you have...

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When Your Family Isn’t Perfect – Part 3

The first time you had to be away from family might have been the happiest day of your life. Or, being away could have been one of the hardest things you’ve ever had to do. But you may have never experienced any kind of separation. You have family a few miles down the road or...

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When Your Family Isn’t Perfect – Part 2

If you were to list the members of your distant and immediate family, how long would it be before you cringed when you wrote that one name? How long would it be before you remembered those words you heard or that event you experienced? You may have been to blame, or you could have been...

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When Your Family Isn’t Perfect – Part 1

Some have a picture of their family tree hanging in their house, while others have a page in their Bibles with such information. Others would rather not think about those people whom they’d rather not even call ‘family.’ Love them or loathe them, you are a part of a family. The Bible tells of many...

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Community Groups: Living This Life Together

The words in the book of Hebrews offer encouragement through what must have been a difficult time. Though you cannot know every circumstance facing that audience, you can be certain that your difficult days leave you feeling the same way: tired, scared, uncertain, and maybe hopeless at times. The focus of Hebrews, like every other...