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Group Growth: Why Community Matters for Discipleship

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Community has always been essential in discipleship. In the Old Testament, the Israelites gathered collectively to hear the Word of God proclaimed. In this assembly, they were reminded how to live as God’s people and the great things He had done for them.

Be like Christ: How to Grow in Christlikeness

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To be honest, I feel as if I am the last person who should be writing about Christlikeness. My sin has been evident today, illuminating the selfish, insecure, and harsh parts of my soul that, despite my efforts to crush them, still loom.

How to Use Your Gifts: Be You and Flourish

young woman with backpack in snow

I took a spiritual gifts test, one of those online tests where you answer 50 questions and it tells you what your gifts are, and to be honest, I didn’t entirely disagree. It told me mine were discernment, exhortation, faith, mercy, and administration.

What Gifts Do You See in Others?

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“You have a teaching gift. Don’t ever let anyone take that away from you.” These words, shared by seasoned missionaries I worked with, respected, and deeply trusted were spoken over me as I finished my year as an intern at a mission center and prepared to dive into the unknown realm of seminary.

Resolve to Grow in Your Gifts

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It’s that time of year again when we begin to think of resolutions, reflecting on the past year and where we want to grow and change.

Show Grace to the Lost

woman in front of a world map holding a For God So Loved the World sign

My body was boiling with anger. How could she behave like that? I was not the one at fault here! I wanted validation for giving full vent to my anger. My frustration with this stranger further escalated the culture shock I was experiencing.

Extending Grace to Others

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One of the hardest aspects of my 2 years as a journeyman in Europe was not the culture shock, homesickness, or losing 2 family members while away. Those were relatively easy compared to team relationships.

Receive God’s Gift of Grace

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“Brothers and sisters, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit” (Gal. 6:18).

Keep Yourself from Idols and Keep God on the Throne of Your Heart

devotees bid adieu to Ganesh at the end of the festival

The sound of the drums was overwhelming as I pulled up to the street next to my apartment. My neighbors and many others were gathered on the street to celebrate the end of the Ganesh (guh-NAYSH) festival.

Discovering God through Serving Others

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In Paul’s exhortation to the Ephesian leaders, he proclaimed, “In every way I’ve shown you that by laboring like this, it is necessary to help the weak and to keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, for He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’” (Acts 20:35 HCSB).

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