January 29, 2018
by Walter Norvell
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Skills for Small Group Leaders: Be Hospitable

Mary and I have found a wonderful retreat center at the Cove. That’s shorthand for the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove, Asheville, NC. We have had the opportunity to attend Bible conferences there a couple of times. The … Continue reading

January 15, 2018
by Walter Norvell
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2018-01-15 Skills for Small Group Leaders: Listening

Skills for Small Group Leaders: Listening My wife has amazing listening skills as she works with people and even when she encounters them on the street. We sometimes laugh after a sales clerk has unloaded a burden on Mary because … Continue reading

January 4, 2018
by Walter Norvell
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Time for Some Encouragement

Yesterday I got a note from a former student. He told me about a meeting we had in my office years ago. He went on to say that meeting made such a positive impression on him that he still remembers … Continue reading

October 23, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Small Group Challenges: My Group Needs Discipleship

Every believer is a disciple. Some are growing more effectively than others, but all believers are disciples. Being a disciple is not a super spiritual level that a handful of believers achieve. Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is the … Continue reading

October 16, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Small Group Challenges: My Group Likes to Eat

Your group likes to eat? Cool! Can I join your group? Seriously. We use a contemporary word for fellowship now-a-days. It is community. Community forms when we share a common life in Jesus with others. Our example of community is … Continue reading

September 18, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Small Group Challenges: What to Do with Those Phones?

Smartphones haven’t been around but a bit over ten years. Mobile phones are only a little older. But, as you can see, smartphones aren’t going away and they are going everywhere we go. It’s not just teenagers in love with … Continue reading

October 22, 2015
by Walter Norvell
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Help a Guest Feel Welcome

Stepping into a new group is intimidating. I know that from personal experience. Lately, in serving my church on a revitalization team, I have realized anew that breaking into a new group is very challenging to a newcomer. How can … Continue reading

October 15, 2015
by Walter Norvell
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When a Group Member Talks Too Much

He answered every question I asked. No one else said a word because he said every word. After a few sessions I noticed other group members rolling their eyes and glancing knowingly at each other. I wondered if the group … Continue reading

September 3, 2015
by Walter Norvell
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The Danger of Secrets

A few weeks ago, hackers attacked a web service whose sole reason for business was to help people have adulterous affairs. The site promised complete anonymity; no one would ever know that men and women could make arrangements for sexual … Continue reading

August 31, 2015
by Walter Norvell
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The Incredible Power of Thanks

What happens inside you when you say thanks? New research suggests that expressing genuine gratitude to someone actually raises our sense of well-being. While I might not agree with everything in the article I just cited, I find it interesting … Continue reading