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Conversing the Gospel
Here are several resources that examine the kind of heart and some of the skills that I think it takes to have deep, good conversations. The last three (marked "Remix") come from a short book I have written. They have been rewritten to make them a little easier to share with a friend.
The Gift of Work
Does work make sense? Not, "Do you know what to do at work?" but, "Do you know why you are doing it?" Here are two Bible studies and one sermon that might help.
To dig a little deeper, you might want to try one of these resources as well.
Staying Close to God in a Busy World
Life is busy! If cutting sleep is not an option, how can we find the time (or find ways) to keep our hearts close to God? In my experience, there are three things that help.
- Doing the things that best fit who you are. (Unless you are stuck in a rut. Then, do the opposite.)
- Looking for those moments where God is already "showing up."
- And if you are just getting started in daily prayer/reading the Bible, learning a simple structure
To help find what works for you, here is a short exercise: Getting Started (Or Re-Started) with God.
If you've never done this before, you might want to try the "7-minute approach" (or just ask a friend to show you what they do).
Living in the World
How are believers supposed to carry themselves in the world? Here are several Bible studies and one short paper.
Reading the Bible
There are many good ways to read the Bible. You can read it for doctrine, looking for ideas about who God is and what the world is like. You can read it devotionally, asking God, "Is there anything you want to say to me today?" Or you can read it for the "drama," drawing insight and encouragement from the storyline ("Wow, God really does go with His people!") The first resource below is a Bible reading plan that takes you through highlights from the Old and the New Testaments with an emphasis on the "big picture" of the story.
The second is a guide to reading the Bible with people who may be very unfamiliar with it.
God and Culture
God's image--even when people do not acknowledge it--shines through us all. This image shows up, on our best days, both in what we create and in what we desire. Here is a short paper that examines the "good news" the world says it is looking for.
The Bridge Illustration
For years, people have successfully used illustrations like the Bridge Illustration to communicate key truths about Jesus' life and death. Here is a link to the classic Navigator Bridge Illustration plus a link to a "one-verse" version of the Bridge.
But sometimes, this kind of presentation can feel like too much, too soon. Here is a short illustration that explains why--and what we can do about it.
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