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Conflict Resolution (Feature Friday 09/20/19)

Put two people in a room and the inevitable will happen. Given enough time together, people will always have conflict. It is the nature of relationships. To relate with someone will require conflict resolution. The more people you add to the equation the higher likelihood and opportunities for conflict to arise. There is no antidote even in a small group.

If you’ve ever been part of a small group you know the reality of conflict is not only possible but almost guaranteed. You are joining a group of people together who have different backgrounds, experiences, situations in life, and viewpoints. All that together makes for a perfect recipe for conflict. So how do you manage that, as a leader, as a participant, as a human being…

Jim Putman provides some helpful insight by offering “2 Rules for Conflict Resolution“. He sets the stage and gives 2 great guidelines for working through issues. Jim also illustrates with a few examples – which I always find helpful.

Enjoy the article, leave a comment below with what other tips you use in resolving conflict and as always be with the Lord’s people in the Lord’s day!

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Prayer Is Hard (Feature Friday 08/09/19)

I know that it is good for me. It has proven fruitful and helpful in times past. There have even been occasions where I saw immediate results. And yet when it comes to prayer and being consistent in prayer, it’s difficult. I guess that is why they call it a discipline.

But what I have discovered over the past few years about prayer is interesting. What is difficult as a personal discipline is often difficult as a corporate discipline as well. In the multiple small groups I have led in the past few years, the prayer time can still be awkward, uncomfortable, and difficult to say the least. I have often wondered, is it worth it to keep forcing the issue.

The answer is a resounding YES! Keep praying as a group. Keep praying for one another and with one another. Ian Carmichael gives some great encouragement and ideas as to “How to Continue Steadfastly in Prayer at Group.” He provides needed optimism on praying together and helpful tips for the group.

So don’t give up, keep praying, read the article, and be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

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Feature Friday (05/10/19)

Gas was all over the ground. I thought I had done everything right. The new fuel filter was right. The gas line from the tank had been clamped shut. And the old filter came out fine. But I had forgotten one vital piece to the equation. It’s ironic how missing just one step in a repair job can literally cause a major mess. But the same is true in discipleship as well.

Discipleship is a process. There are key components to becoming more like Jesus Christ. Engagement with the Bible is a given. Prayer is a must. Involvement in a local church is critical. But if we miss this vital aspect of discipleship there will be a mess to clean up. And unlike my lawn mower repair, the mess of someone’s life is very hard to remedy.

What is that vital element to discipleship? Jim Putnam names it and gives “4 Reasons ‘It’ is Vital to Discipleship“. Check it out, don’t make a mess (like I did by forgetting to clamp the gas line coming from the engine) and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

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Feature Friday (09/15/17)

It was an awesome experience. I had just left a group where I was so encouraged that I could not stop asking myself, “why did I enjoy my time with that group so much?” The more I thought about it the more I realized it was because of one person. The majority of my time that evening was spent with this one man. He had asked alot about me and my family. He was not offended when we disagreed. This man was excited about all the things going on in his life, not the things he was missing out on. But most obvious was his joy and love for Jesus.

After my interaction with that man and others like him, I realized what they all had…spiritual maturity. But how do you recognize spiritual maturity? What does it look like to be mature spiritually? What are tangible traits of mature Christians? Bill Hull gives us “3 Characteristics of Spiritual Maturity“. Enjoy the read, aim for maturity, and pray for transformation.

As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (09/08/17)

Well, we have all done it. We have “Eased out of Summer and Back into school” or work. As we are back in the routine, that means this coming Sunday, September 10th is really a kick off Sunday for many churches and the ministries therein. With that in mind we all, but especially ministry leaders, should want people to get the most out of our ministry. But how? What can we do to really help people grow in their relationship with Christ and not just their knowledge of Christ?

One of the ways I am convinced genuine transformation takes place is in small groups. If you have ever been a part of a great small group you never forget it. Unfortunately, if you have ever been part of a horrible small group, that too is unforgettable. So how can we, leaders or participants, make the most of our small groups. Tim Chester gives some great advice on how to “Follow up the Sermon in Small Groups“. Enjoy the practical ideas and questions to enhance your small group, pass them along to your small group leader, or implement them yourself by asking others when you see them next.

As always, be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s Day!

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