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Many of the Christmas cards and holiday update letters are collages of the years’ accolades and accomplishments, extravagant purchases, as well as promotions and photos from one-in-a-lifetime trips. But what do you do say when your year has been marked by loss or pain, foreclosure or funerals, divorce papers or a difficult diagnosis?

Difficult life events can make it hard to know what to write.

We stare at the blank page wondering what to say and what’s best left unsaid. Here are 5 tips on how to write a Christmas letter after you’ve had a bad year:  Continue Reading...


Bible Study

Every small group has a different DNA made up of interests, needs, desires, passions, and perspectives. Selecting a curriculum is not as easy as slipping on a one-size-fits-all t-shirt. In fact, choosing a Bible study can be the most difficult part when launching any small group.

Here are 5 steps to take when it comes to selecting a Bible study curriculum for your small group or Bible study: Continue Reading...

How to Give the Perfect Gift This Christmas

I’ve always struggled buying the perfect gift—you know, the one your loved one remembers for years to come. Maybe you struggle shopping for the Person-Who-Has-Everything, too.

It’s too small. Not the right color. They have three just like it.

Rather than preparing my heart for the coming birth of Christ during Advent, I find I get trapped in wish lists, gift budgets, and picking out that perfect present.

How did a holiday centered around the birth of our Savior quickly became so focused on spending, presents, wrapping, and bows?

Did you know Americans spend over $450 billion on Christmas every year? [Tweet this]
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The 8 Worst Ideas For Leadership Growth

Many articles are dedicated to nurturing a leader's growth, giving practical advice and insights. But what about those who don't want to grow to become a good leader? Look no further. Here are the 8 worst ideas for leadership growth: [Tweet this]
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3 Things to Do When Someone Leaves Your Small Group

Small Groups. We've all been in one where the numbers keep whittling down until it's just you and the leader left. When you're the one leading, what do you do if people start leaving yours?

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