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5 Key Elements of a Healthy Small Group

Updated 10/21/2019 “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” – Matthew 18:20 Small groups have the power to change lives. A small group that is healthy and focused can be even more effective. So what are the most important aspects that you as a leader can emphasize

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3 Ways we Can Help Cultivate Children’s Love for Jesus

Edited for re-publish by David Sanford, Hearts Alive Writer 1. Talk About Jesus with Children In the Gospels, it’s clear that they loved Jesus because He first loved them. Jesus wasn’t posing for future artists when He invited children to gather around Him. Actually, He didn’t have to do any coaxing. Children loved Him. So

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Now You are the Body of Christ: Paul Connects the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the Church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers , then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess

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Hebrews 12: Our God is a Consuming Fire

“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:28). We live in an amazing phase of redemptive history. Prior to the coming of Jesus Christ, God was unapproachable and

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The Rejected Stone: An Excerpt from The Resurrected Life Bible Study

The Resurrected Life Daily Devotional: A New Temple Day 17 READ PSALM 118:17-24 Here is a little Bible trivia for you: the Old Testament is directly quoted 695 times by the New Testament writers and, if you count strong allusions to the Old Testament, over 4,000 times. One of my seminary professors, Dr. Roger Nicole,

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Looking for a Non-Denominational Gospel-Centered Sunday School Program?

Hearts Alive, a non-denominational Sunday school curriculum, introduces children to God through his Word with a strong overview of the story of salvation and how it ties to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This three-year course of study covers the entire Bible and mirrors the liturgical cycles of the Revised Common Lectionary (Cycles A,

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How To Keep Them Coming Back After Easter

You see it year after year. Clergy and church staff pour time and effort into creating a magnificent Easter experience. The church is beautifully decorated, the choir is majestic, and pastors craft and deliver their finest sermons.  Services are over-flowing with a well-dressed, attentive, and happy congregation. Yet the following Sunday, POOF, the crowds disappear. 

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Jesus Asks the Man on the Mat Only One Question

Excerpts from: The Resurrected Life Devotional, DAY 9  The Man on the Mat Read John: 5: 3-9 One of the reasons we stay stuck in our old life is because we cannot even imagine the real possibilities of a new life. Frankly, we don’t know how to live as resurrected people. Consider the man in

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