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Small Group Diary (Part 3)

Tue, 2014-03-18 08:33
“Multiplied” Multiplying a small group is hard!  This is the final part of my small group’s struggle and (hopefully) triumph with multiplication.  For Part 1, go here:  http://blog.gethope.net/smallgroups/small-group-diary-part-1 . For part 2, go here:  http://blog.gethope.net/smallgroups/diary-part2 The recap:  In the last episode, there was a definite feeling of frustration starting to creep in.  I felt like I […]

It Takes a Village Small Group Study

Fri, 2014-03-14 13:01
This week would be a great opportunity to spend some time hanging out and getting to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere. It’s important for every group to do this from time to time. So if you have a bunch of new folks in your group, we are giving you permission to forgo the […]

John Stott on the Future

Wed, 2014-03-12 15:51
John Stott, writing over 30 years ago (in 1982): It is difficult to imagine the world in the year A.D. 2000, by which time versatile micro-processors are likely to be as common as simple calculators are today. We should certainly welcome the fact that the silicon chip will transcend human brain-power, as the machine has […]

When There is Nothing Left But God…

Mon, 2014-03-10 06:00
When there is nothing left but God, then is when you find out that God is all you need.  The other day, I received a phone call in my office from a very sweet, elderly lady. She asked for some financial assistance. As much as I wanted to help her, I couldn’t because we had […]

Apply as Directed – Week 10 Study

Fri, 2014-03-07 15:45
1. What have you enjoyed about the “Apply As Directed” sermon series? Have you actually been able to apply something you learned? Share your experience. Christianity 101 Read James 4:1-4 2. According to James, what is our root problem? What is causing the sinful symptoms that manifest in our lives? Read James 1:13-14 3. Does […]

Bob Dumas On Brain Cancer and Faith

Fri, 2014-03-07 12:51
Who’s Bob Dumas? He’s the popular morning radio host of G105’s “Bob and the Showgram.” He also co-hosts, with Pastor Mike Lee, the weekly “Bob & Mike” podcast. Want to know when Bob’s faith was at its strongest? According to him, it was when he was at his weakest and most vulnerable. In 2007, Bob […]

Small Group Diary (Part 2)

Tue, 2014-03-04 09:22
“Sending Out” Multiplying a small group is hard!  This is part 2 of my small group’s struggle and (hopefully) triumph with multiplication.  For Part 1, go here:  http://blog.gethope.net/smallgroups/small-group-diary-part-1 The Recap: I left off last week with a lot of energy and anticipation for multiplying my small group.  We want to grow and continue to reach folks […]

Apply As Directed, Week 9 Study

Fri, 2014-02-28 12:31
Read Proverbs 3 1. What verse or phrase stands out to you most? Share with the group. 2. What’s the difference between wisdom and knowledge? Can you have knowledge and not be wise? Explain. 3. Describe the difference between worldly wisdom and godly wisdom. Give an example of both. 4. Who in your life would you describe as wise? […]

When We Doubt that God is Real

Wed, 2014-02-26 14:47
In the past two weeks I’ve been asked to counsel a handful of people that are all going through the same thing in life. They have recently began to doubt that God is real, or that God is good. All of these conversations began the same way. “I’m a good person. I go to church. […]

Small Group Diary (Part 1)

Tue, 2014-02-25 11:04
“Addition vs. Multiplication” Did you like math in elementary school?  It’s been fun to compare my memory of elementary math with my 2nd grade son.  His class was introduced to multiplication last week.  He’s definitely a math kid, but he really doesn’t like multiplication yet.  In fact, I can see him mentally turning every multiplication […]

I’m Dating Someone Even Though I’m Married

Mon, 2014-02-24 07:00
Valentine’s Day, the day where most married couples remember to show their love for one another, has come and gone.  Maybe he bought you flowers? Maybe she gave you a massage? Maybe you both enjoyed a night out while a babysitter watched the kids? It was nice wasn’t it? The following article, written by blogger […]

Apply as Directed Week 8 Small Group Study

Fri, 2014-02-21 16:58
1. Last week we asked you to consider reevaluating your financial generosity. Were you able to do that this week? Read James 5:7-11 2. Share a time when impatience was costly to you. What was the result? Share a time when patience paid off. 3. What is your gut response when you witness pain and suffering? […]

Apply As Directed, Week 8 Study

Fri, 2014-02-21 16:17
1. Last week we asked you to consider reevaluating your financial generosity. Were you able to do that this week? Read James 5:7-11 2. Share a time when impatience was costly to you. What was the result? Share a time when patience paid off. 3. What is your gut response when you witness pain and suffering? 4. Share a story of […]

A God Who Works For His People

Wed, 2014-02-19 10:50
We’ve been in James for 8 weeks now. I don’t know about you, but I’m beginning to think this James guy has some pretty unrealistic expectations. It is impossible to do and obey all the commands this book gives us in our own strength. If you can identify with me, then this blog is for […]

Do I Need God?

Tue, 2014-02-18 12:33
I was in the shower this morning and couldn’t help but say to God, “I need you more.” This wasn’t a spiritual super moment for me.  As a pastor at Hope, I feel conflicted about even sharing, but the reality is I’ve been running around, far too busy lately and spending my energy on stupid […]

What are you doing today that requires faith?

Sat, 2014-02-15 13:29
God wants us to trust him completely. To have faith without knowing the outcome. Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Twenty years ago our family packed up a U Haul […]

Apply as Directed Week 7 Small Group Study

Thu, 2014-02-13 14:02
1. Last week we asked you to consider if God wanted to use you to bring restoration into someone’s life. Did you seek to do this? How did it turn out? Read James 1:10-11 and James 5:1-6 2. Growing up, what did you think it meant to be rich? 3. Why is it hard to acknowledge […]

Saved from Islam

Wed, 2014-02-12 11:36
This is a powerful message I watched this week. It is by a former Muslim, and it truly gives me hope and fills m with awe that anyone can truly receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. A close friendship with a Christian was instrumental in this man’s life. Never underestimate the power of a simple […]

5 Juicy Secrets of Great Small Group Leaders

Tue, 2014-02-11 11:46
I’ve been hanging out with some really great small group leaders for the past 7 months or so.  Without them knowing it, I’ve been collecting some of their juiciest secrets.  I’d like to share their secrets with you.  Take a look, but remember… you didn’t hear any of this from me. 1. They don’t have […]

Just Be There

Mon, 2014-02-10 07:00
So many times I think we underestimate the value of just being there for someone. Let me give you an example: Recently a good friend of mine was having a few medical tests done. He was anxious. He had been pretty healthy throughout his life, so this was totally a new area for him. I […]