Discipleship and Prayer – Hit the Mark
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She seems an unlikely character for this week’s discussion on discipleship and prayer. Throughout her story as recorded in the Gospel of John, prayer is not once mentioned. She is not one of the many who came seeking Jesus for miraculous healing from some incurable illness. As a matter of fact, she didn’t even initially … [Click to read more …]

04: Lessons From the Sanctuary – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

[Thought questions for Lessons From the Sanctuary October 23, 2013] 1. “Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them.” Exodus 25:8 NASB. Just a dozen words, but think of the answers we would have found to the following questions if we’d been in the group: Who are we building this sanctuary … [Click to read more …]

Addiction
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I received a tortured call one evening. “Horrible things are happening, my life is coming unraveled,” the caller said, spilling out a litany of disasters that tangled financial loss, physical illness, family estrangement, and psychological despair. “Your addiction is catching up with you,” I said. The dialog between the two of us had been protracted, … [Click to read more …]

Guilty Refuge
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Have you ever been caught up in some activity that you knew was not right, but you rationalized it somehow so that you didn’t feel guilty? Rationalization takes a lot of mental and spiritual energy to maintain, but most of the time, the guilt drifts back into your consciousness often enough that you might gradually … [Click to read more …]

Recipe for Revival Part two: Prayer
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If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14 While prayer is not the only ingredient to revival, it is very … [Click to read more …]

Recipe for Revival Part one: Humble Yourselves
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Mary washing Jesus' feet

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14 Diet is a very important part of weight control, but it is … [Click to read more …]

02: The Heartbeat of Revival – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him?” Matthew 7:18 [Thought questions for Prayer: The Heartbeat of Revival July 10, 2013] 1. Through prayer. Can you imagine even for a few … [Click to read more …]

One Habit of Highly Effective Christians
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How often do/should you pray? How long do/should you pray? Can you pray too much? What do/should you pray about? Is it possible to pray wrong? Are there certain words/phrases you need to use? What if you feel like God’s not listening? If God knows everything, why do I need to pray? Do I have … [Click to read more …]

Leaders and Coaches and Mentors – Oh My!
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I have a set of dishes that I brought back from Germany with me that I only use on very special occasions. The dishes were pretty expensive and, I think, beautiful, but I use them maybe three times a year. Most of the time they sit in a cabinet and collect dust. When I do … [Click to read more …]

04: Joyous and Thankful – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

Thankful Adventists Once upon a time there was a mid-sized Seventh-day Adventist church with about 150 people attending every Sabbath. As the years rolled on, certain factions developed within the church. There were the hard-working, rough-talking folks. And the genteel ones who could wear a spotless white suit bearing a white orchid and look with … [Click to read more …]