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A “Community Devotional” based on 1 Thess 2:17-3

  SCRIPTURES     REFERENCE TO THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY 1 Th 2:17 This verse leaves no room for doubting Paul’s love for the believers in Thessalonica. The phrase “torn away” is translated as “orphaned,” recalling the apostle’s parent-child metaphor (see v. 7, 11).… Continue Reading “A “Community Devotional” based on 1 Thess 2:17-3”

A “Community Devotional” based on 1 Thess 2:1-16

  Scriptures     Reference to the Importance of Community   1 Th 2:1 The believers in Thessalonica knew Paul because of how he lived among them. The following chapter gives us an instruction manual of sorts on how we can be an effective… Continue Reading “A “Community Devotional” based on 1 Thess 2:1-16”

A “Community Devotional” based on 1 Thessalonians 1

Scriptures Reference to the Importance of Community 1 Th 1:1 The only time we find Paul alone is when he was subjected to forced isolation. Otherwise, you see the apostle with his missionary companions. The Gospels and letters that make up the New Testament… Continue Reading “A “Community Devotional” based on 1 Thessalonians 1”

The Power of True Rest

How your small group leadership can be sustainable and strong Rest takes discipline. That might sound strange to some, but it requires intentionality to maintain a consistent rhythm of spiritual practices to rest well. We’re accustomed to thinking of Bible reading and prayer as… Continue Reading “The Power of True Rest”

Unlocking Balanced Disciple-Making

Balance has always been elusive for me in ministry. Earlier on, I grew skeptical of it because I pictured it as being something that literally meant I was giving equal time and attention to multiple things but somehow not cheating anything. Life rarely allows… Continue Reading “Unlocking Balanced Disciple-Making”