Monthly Archives: April 2012

Protecting the Culture of Life Groups

Every organization or in our case ministry has a culture. Life Groups have a culture. Culture is a set of unwritten rules that determines how people in an organization act, react, communicate, problem-solve, and treat each other. Culture includes the attitudes, beliefs, values, standards, expectation, prejudices, approaches, and phobias that characterize its people when they are together. Culture is the personality of an organization. Culture is the personality of your Life Group. Continue reading


Could You Survive Among The Wealthy?

Could You Survive Among The Wealthy?

Just as I would struggle to fit in with the truly wealthy (think Bill Gates), others struggle to fit into the middle class. God gives us compassion and empathy not by some mystical experience but rather when we begin to truly understand that all people did not start life at the same place and that the hurdles for overcoming struggles are significant for those who wish to move on from where they find themselves. Click on the quiz to read more about the book from which this quiz was taken.

Could You Survive In The Middle Class?

Could You Survive In The Middle Class

According to Ruby Payne in her book entitled A Framework For Understanding Poverty, you couldn’t survive if you didn’t know the answers on this quiz. Click on the quiz to read more about her book.  Her point is that oftentimes it’s the unwritten rules of a given social class that keeps other people from being successful in that social strata.

Could You Survive In Poverty?

Could You Survive In Poverty?

Here’s a quiz that you would need to pass in order to live in poverty according to Ruby Payne in the book entitled A Framework For Understanding Poverty. You can read more about this book by clicking on the quiz.

He’s Got The Whole World …

“For God so loved the world …”
“Go into all the world …”

As cool as it is to watch God work up close in my world, when I began to realize that He is doing that and more simultaneously in ALL countries of the world, my view of God’s size and capabilities expanded exponentially.

Unfortunately, I can’t count on our national media to keep giving me an international perspective on what God is doing. Too often what Kim Kardashian is doing trumps what’s happening in Syria. Did someone say “Trump?” Don’t get me started. Continue reading

Front Row Seats!

Far too often the church has sometimes mis-represented ministry as something a person does for God (sometimes in payment for their salvation!).

As Lance so carefully explained last week, whether or not we ever get involved in service, God’s salvation of us is eternally secure. In fact, it is clear by looking at the book of Revelation that God will get His plan done with or without us.

So … what role does getting involved in volunteer opportunities contribute to strengthening our relationship with God? Continue reading

The Beautiful Exchange (Chaos & Surge Series)



Parents: Here is an overview of what we’re talking about beginning next week (April 18). Listed below the summary is a parent cue to help you dialog with your child about the session. The question is intended not just to be asked by you, but to be responded to by BOTH of you. Use this opportunity to find out what God is teaching your child, and allow your child to see what God is teaching you as well. Continue reading

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