Tag Archive: plans

Aug 13 2014

How to Switch on Spiritual Habits

Bibles and pens for spiritual habits

Many Christians with great intentions set goals for starting new spiritual habits, such as reading through the Bible, having a regular prayer time, or developing faith conversation skills. But real life often waylays our plans, dumping a bag load of discouragement on our backs that makes it hard to stand up and try again.

I’ve been …

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Feb 20 2013

How to Choose Discussion Questions

When you choose discussion questions, add segues

Last week a small group Bible study leader asked me how I choose discussion questions from workbooks. These workbooks typically have chapters with five or six daily lessons that group members complete at home and plan to discuss when they meet.

You can’t ask all the questions: there isn’t time. But it’s essential to get through all …

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Jan 31 2013

Make Room to Grow

Stunted lettuce heads grow among amaryllis bulbs

Last spring I decided to grow lettuce because I was tired of tossing bags of limp leaves from the refrigerator when I was hoping to make a salad or sandwich wrap.

I knew I’d have to use clay pots near our house since rabbits would devour lettuce farther away, so I checked how many I …

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Mar 21 2012

Spicing Up Bible Reading

Illuminated "L" in Genesis

I constantly change the way I read my Bible to make it interesting as well as focused on what I think God wants to teach me at the moment. I create plans that ensure I’m reading the entire Bible regularly, but I use different methods that enable me to uncover more gems than I could …

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Mar 06 2012

Speaking the Truth in Love

Haman, King Xerxes and Queen Esther at Esther's banquet

My friend Moshelle Carlson gave a talk last week about speaking the truth in love to family and friends with whom we have enduring relationships. It was based on principles she learned from her training as a premarital counselor.

Rembrandt’s “Ahasuerus and Haman at the Feast of Esther,” 1660 (public domain)

It wasn’t just her …

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Feb 15 2012

Our Exiles

Barren desert

In 586 BC, the walls protecting Jerusalem fell to Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar torched the temple of God and deported the remaining inhabitants to Babylon. The people of Israel lost their land, their temple, and their kingdom.

And they cried out, Why?

When we examine the lives of the people forced to endure the …

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