Prepare a message for your cell group

Prepare a message for your cell group

Tienie de Coning
Small group ministry is a very important part of the church. Meeting once a week on a Sunday morning is not enough, there are certain things you will only learn in a cell group. Read the article here, or download a printable PDF here. Things like being able to pray out loud and praying for others. Cell groups nurture us and help us to grow spiritually in ways that we can't if we only go to church on Sundays. One of the most important things to consider for cell meetings is the time factor. You have a limited amount of time and if the cell meeting goes on for hours and hours then you will loose members and the cell will flop. Ideally if you have 20 minutes to share…
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Choosing songs for your cell meeting

Choosing songs for your cell meeting

Tienie de Coning
Choosing songs for your cell meeting does not need to be difficult. Maybe you are the cell leader and worship leader rolled into one. Or maybe you have been asked to lead worship at cell, but you don't know where to begin. This tutorial is for you. Remember that you can read the lesson here or download a printable PDF here. When choosing songs you need 4 tops, start with praise then progress to worship. You don't have much time for any 1 part of your cell meeting. If it's an hour long meeting, you can't spend more than 20 minutes on the praise and worship part of it. Praise and worship needs to flow. This is crucial. You don't open with a slow song, then a fast song, then…
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Rough and tough is not enough

Tienie de Coning
I have decided to take a new approach to adding blog articles. An article will be added and expanded, until the entire article is on the site. Then a PDF will be uploaded that can be downloaded and printed later if needed. >> This post is currently 50% complete. Under construction. Men from the Bible who were rough and tough: Esau - a very hairy man Nimrod - a mighty hunter Goliath - a giant Let us take a look at a godly man who was rough and tough. Samson, the strongest man who ever lived. A man who was born with a great calling on his life. He was to be set apart, he was one of the Judges. These were people that when God wanted to do something,…
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God feels our pain

God feels our pain

Tienie de Coning
God feels our pain. You can read the material here or download a PDF. I was busy meditating during my lunch break, when I felt God’s indescribable love and started writing this on my tablet. I started crying and felt overwhelmed by it. This does not happen often to me. It was an amazing experience. Introduction: There is a lot of pain in this world (Romans 6:23). I want you to know something very important, something that can be life changing when you get it. God feels your pain. What a punchline. How can God, the creator of heaven and earth and everything in them care enough about me to even feel my pain? Does God have the time to care about me? Does he really want to help us…
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Two weeks on prayer

Tienie de Coning
[caption id="attachment_571" align="alignright" width="300"] Two weeks on prayer[/caption] Prayer. You can read the material here or download a PDF that can be printed and folded into a tract. People in relationships talk to each other. Prayer is our way of sharing our thoughts, feelings and hearts with God. John 8:32 says that we shall know the truth and that the truth shall set us free. Only when we know and experience the truth about God's love can we be free to enjoy it. Prayer is important and I would like to encourage you to spend time in prayer, because prayer changes our hearts. Day 1 Luke 11:1 “Lord teach us to pray” AMP Day 2 Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you” NIV Day 3 Hebrews 10:22 “let…
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Prayer

Tienie de Coning
[caption id="attachment_573" align="alignright" width="300"] Prayer[/caption] Prayer. You can read the material here or download a PDF that can be printed and folded into a tract. Prayer is talking to God, He is our Father and we are his children. Prayer is the breath of the soul; without it you will turn blue - Unknown Luke 11:1 Lord teach us to pray Our attitude needs to be teachable. Jeremiah 33:3 "Call to me, and I will answer you; I will tell you wonderful and marvelous things that you know nothing about." GNB Matthew 6:5 “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites! They love to stand up and pray in the houses of worship and on the street corners, so that everyone will see them. I assure you, they have…
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An introduction to prayer

An introduction to prayer

Tienie de Coning
[caption id="attachment_378" align="alignright" width="300"] Prayer[/caption] Prayer needs to be an integral part of our lives. Download a PDF copy here. Prayer is talking to God. Prayer was important to Jesus and as his disciples (followers) it should be for us as well. Jesus regularly made time to pray and spend time with God the Father. The enemy wants to keep us off of our knees and away from prayer. Have you ever struggled to focus while praying? We need to push past the distractions and into a deeper prayer life. Do you know that your spirit needs to be fed? Your body lets you know that it is hungry when your stomach rumbles. When you are spiritually hungry you will feel down and dissatisfied. Prayer is one of the ways…
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The God of second chances

The God of second chances

Tienie de Coning
[caption id="attachment_365" align="alignright" width="300"] Second chance[/caption]We serve the God of second chances. I know that this is a bold statement, we serve a God who is perfect in his love and justice. How can a God who is perfect love us so much that He gives us a second chance? God does not write you off and turn away from you when you fail. God is bigger than our failures.Biblical examples:Moses: He kills an Egyptian, flees into the desert and becomes a shepherd for about 40 years. God gives Moses a second chance to be involved in the liberation of Israel as a nation from under their oppressors. David: The courageous young man who kills Goliath and in so doing conquers the entire Philistine army (1 Samuel 17). He sins…
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What God was thinking when He created us

What God was thinking when He created us

Tienie de Coning
[caption id="attachment_359" align="alignright" width="283"] God the artist busy creating[/caption] Read through it here, or Download a PDF. An artist at work Have you ever watched someone write a song or a poem? The words that are carefully chosen, the style that is used and the joy that the writer experiences when he has completed it - the silent satisfaction. Then he sits back and admires what he has created. Then the writer starts to softly sing the song in his head … it plays over and over in his mind as he chooses the melody, the rhythm as well as the instruments that will bring the song to life. The end-result is the song that is playing over the radio and being admired by others. We are his workmanship Ephesians…
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You were not a grudge purchase

You were not a grudge purchase

Tienie de Coning
[caption id="attachment_338" align="alignright" width="300"] Grudge purchase[/caption] Read the material here or download a printable PDF. Have you ever made a grudge purchase? Ever bought anything you didn't really want to buy, but you felt that you had to? Remember the emotions that you felt, remember the disgust that you probably felt. Have you ever bought anything and then afterwards you regretted having bought it? Now for those of you who do not know, God has bought us – with a great price. He has paid for us with the blood of His only Son. Galatians 1:4 “In order to set us free from this present evil age, Christ gave himself for our sins, in obedience to the will of our God and Father.” GNB So God wanted to save us and…
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