Intro to Life Worth Living

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR SOMETHING? I remember the week I lost my sunglasses. I was on the verge of panic. You see, these weren’t just any sunglasses. They were outlandishly expensive Oakley(c) sunglasses, and my mom had given them to me as a Christmas present. I wore them every day of my life for over […]

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Following Jesus

Download: MSWord File When I taught my first ReNEW class, I realized that I couldn’t assume everyone was on the same page spiritually, so I also created this smaller class session that specifically focused on what it means to begin a journey with Jesus. I still like this material, but it has proven to be […]

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ReNEW Class Materials

Download: MS Word & Powerpoint Files Back in 2001, I developed a concept for an annually recurring class that I would teach in my church every January as a refresher course in church membership to prepare for our “Recommitment Sunday” in the first week of February. The class I taught in January 2002 contained a […]

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LWL 101: Living a Life of Worship

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According to Jesus, the greatest command in all the Bible is this:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind and all your strength” (Mark 12:30).

In other words, the most important thing for people to work on in their lives is to cultivate a deep love for God that permeates every aspect of their lives. This kind of love is a love that puts God first above everything else. Ultimately, that’s the foundation point of the spiritual life. It’s a life that acknowledges God’s supremacy over everything.

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Life Worth Living

The spiritual growth curriculum that I’ve been developing for the past four years is a series of classes called “Life Worth Living.” The classes are based on the four core commitments of the spiritual life arranged in logical order: <li>Worship: God is number one in my life.</li> <li>Community: I need others as much as they […]

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Close to God

I’ve just been re-energized in my spiritual life! Only a couple of weeks ago, I was feeling depressed and really down in many ways, but that all changed when I went to the Midwest Baptist Conference’s Leadership Retreat in Champaign, Illinois. The first night there, I was challenged by a message by Jim Botts about […]

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My First Blog

Well, I have finally succumbed to the world of blogging. I hope that anyone who reads this will be enriched by whatever I have to say, and that most of all, people will receive the wonderful blessing of knowing God personally. I can’t think of anything more important than developing a close personal relationship with […]

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025-01 — Are You Ready

Mark 1:1-39 It’s a brand new year and it’s a perfect time for us to get a fresh view of Jesus. The question is, are we ready to meet him? In this message Pastor Jeff challenges us that if we want to get a fresh perspective on Jesus, our hearts need to be prepared. Listen […]

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