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Training Resources

Snow Rollers and Teachability

There’s always more to learn about God and His creation. When we think we know something pretty well, it’s not always the case. We need to recognize we’re always learning.

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Cut at the Joints

Whether one is studying the Bible personally, encouraging a friend from the Scriptures, or leading a Grace Group, the ability to mine a biblical text for its meaning is extremely important. We naturally ask, however, “How do I get from words in a passage to applications and teaching points?” The answer begins with this simple phrase: “Cut at the joints.”

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Comparing Bible Translations

It’s no secret that the Bible wasn’t written in English, but this fact often presents a barrier to some students of the Bible. They might ask, “Can I truly study the Bible accurately without knowing how to read Greek or Hebrew?”

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Know, Be, Do

Recently I and several pastors from Grace Polaris returned from the Central Focus Retreat, a gathering of Grace Brethren pastors from several states in our region. As I discussed leadership development over dinner with my friend Dave Lawson, he shared a ministry concept with me that I’d like to pass on to you.

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Affirming Your Colleagues’ Work

Having taught in evangelical circles for a while, I’ve come up against a subtle tension that believers face. On the one hand, our theology makes us very aware of the effects of sin on the human heart and on the world. However, we also see people who are not followers of Christ apparently living moral lives.

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Leading the Overbearing

A common problem in the boardroom and in the Bible study is the—shall we say, “overly generous”—contribution of certain individuals. You can probably think right now of someone who speaks so much in group discussions that others can’t even squeeze a word out. This is awkward as a group member. For group leaders, it’s downright frustrating.

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Practical Tips for Prayer

Some of us live with a constant low-level guilt from unfulfilled prayer commitments. Praying for people is tricky. Quickly we get overextended in an endeavor we already bungle.

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The Most Versatile Tool of All?

When we begin to take sphere-of-life ministry seriously, a challenge arises: there are many people God has placed in our lives, all at different places on the spiritual continuum. How do we determine the next step in following up with them?

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A Powerful Tool for Dialogue

Being a witness for Jesus can be scary. Welcome to real life. The most valuable things come with challenges, and since the stakes are high in spiritual dialogue, it stands to reason that we’d feel tension in the midst of it. That’s a good thing.

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Midday Refreshment from the Scriptures

We all know what it’s like to be grinding things out in the middle of a stressful day, internally miserable but trying to hold it together. Unfortunately our internal state has a way of displaying itself through our body language, and that’s not particularly helpful for our witness or our professional effectiveness.

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