Sheryl Giesbrecht’s life sounds a lot like mine. Maybe a lot like yours, too. Maybe like someone you are ministering to. Do you ever get the idea that your lot is somehow harder than everyone else’s? I do. I compare my problems with my friend’s successes. I compare my not-so-good health to my friend who [...]

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I often have a hard time finding materials for discipleship, especially discipleship aimed at motivating lifestyle changes. It’s just too easy to hide under “looking good” and “sounding good” these days. Wendy Alsup challenges this mindset with her book, The Gospel-Centered Woman: Understanding Biblical Womanhood Through the Lens of the Gospel. She suggests that we [...]

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A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. That’s how I felt before I took New Testament Greek 1 in seminary. And frankly, it’s how I felt when I finished Greek 1. As a Bible study leader and writer, I would use the English/Greek tools and hope I was getting it right. I thought Greek [...]

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I’m really excited about the latest download offered by SmallGroups.com. It’s called Multigenerational Small Groups and features articles from a variety of authors, including yours truly. Each article covers a different generation, from Seniors to Gen Next and everything in between. My article is called Baby Boomers: A Complex Generation: How small-group leaders can minister [...]

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As many small groups begin in September, new leaders may face some trepidations, especially when facing that awkward, sometimes frightening, first small group meeting. They may wonder: How do I get started? Can I really lead a group? What if my first meeting is a flop and no one comes back?? What was I thinking, [...]

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As a small group or church leader, do you ever run across a person with a mixed worldview? A Christian who can’t articulate the fundamentals of their faith? A Christian whose values and beliefs are blended with beliefs of other faiths or worldviews? Or perhaps you are discipling a person who holds onto lies and [...]

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Don’t Suffer Alone

March 8, 2012 | Comments Off

  As Peter brings his letter to a close, he offers encouragement to his audience, both young and old. It seems that he’s saying that suffering is hard, so we need one another. He tells the older readers to be good examples, to shepherd the flock of God that is among them. Sue Edwards points [...]

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We’re all terminal.  Yep, that’s the human condition. Not one of us will get out of this life alive. But for some reason, most of us live like we will. Peter, writing in about AD 60, says, “The end of all things is near.” Remember that he is writing to the diaspora – to Jews [...]

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  This week in our Sue Edwards’ study on 1 Peter, we’re studying how to remain at peace with our brothers and sisters, as well as those who persecute us. I have to tell you that I’m not great at peacemaking. Sure it’s my intention, but when I’m crossed or offended, pride and self-protection rise [...]

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Did you watch the Superbowl last weekend? I’m not much of a football fan, and certainly wasn’t excited about the teams after the local 49ers lost to the Giants in the playoffs. But like so many Americans, I watched the Superbowl for the commercials. Now I know that Superbowl commercials are always a little edgy, [...]

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