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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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Bible study on the book of Hebrews

What is the Book of Hebrews About ?

Welcome to the book of Hebrews A sermon to the baptized The letter to the Hebrews is more appropriately called the sermon to the Hebrews. Its writer would be better termed a preacher. He writes,“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, bear with my word of exhortation, for I have written to you briefly” (Hebrews

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Additonal Crafts & Activities for Spring C

By: Hearts Alive Writer: Sara Buffington Year C Spring Week 1 Craft Activity: The Talking Card Supplies: White lightweight cardstock or construction paper, 1 per child Light colored cardstock or construction paper, 1 per child Scissors Markers, assorted colors Gluesticks   To Prepare: If you plan to do this activity with very young children, you

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Crucified Life Highlight Video Clips

Lent begins, Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019.  This is traditionally a time to step back from the grind of daily life and take a moment for self-examination, repentance, and a return to the Lord.  Churches can lead their congregations into this special time by providing opportunities to journey into the desert of Lent. The Crucified

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The Crucified Life Quick Launch: A Crash Course to a Holy Lent

The Crucified Life The Crucified Life is a seven week study focusing on the Seven Last Words of Jesus. The study is intended to begin a process that leads to surrender to the Lord, leading to a closer relationship with the Lord. The Crucified Life is meant to bring forward and answer questions of the

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Who Is Your Neighbor? A Local Church Initiative

By Allen White:  Small Group Guru and Church Coach Love God and love your neighbors. In the Great Commandment, Jesus boiled 613 commands down to these two. He went on to say, “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:34-40, NIV). In other words, if Jesus’ followers do anything, they should

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Preview of Hearts Alive Sunday School Curriculum Winter C: Advent & Beyond

By Lindsey Goetz, Curriculum Specialist, Writer, and Children’s Director at First Presbyterian Church of Aurora, IL The Hearts Alive Year C–Winter curriculum takes us from the beginning of December all the way to the beginning of March. During that time we will celebrate the season of Advent, the season of Christmas, Epiphany, and the Baptism

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Life Change at the Member Level Begins with Me (& You)

By Mark Howell,  Small Group Expert The optimal environment for life change is a small group. We’ve all heard that line for years. Most of us have said that line so frequently that it is now an automatic response when we hear a counter opinion.  And yet…is it really true? And if it is true,

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