July 20, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Memorizing Scripture

Can you think of a way to always have God’s Word available to you no matter when it is or where you are? What advantages could that be to you? Help with witnessing? Fighting temptation? Focusing more on God? Comforting … Continue reading

July 17, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Youth Small Group Leaders Belong on the Team

Sometimes you might feel as if you are a Lone Ranger as you lead your small group for youth. But the truth is, as a small group leader of teens, you are part of a far bigger team. You are … Continue reading

July 13, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Read the Bible

Every Thursday we are thinking about spiritual disciplines. Last week we considered the discipline of Bible study. We pointed out that Bible study is dependent on Bible reading. Let’s look at Bible reading as a spiritual discipline. Bible reading is … Continue reading

July 10, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Accept Teens as They Are

Over recent Mondays, we have focused this blog on some of the unique characteristics of leading small groups for teens or students. I am not sure what your terminology is for teenagers. You might call them teens, teenagers, students, youth, … Continue reading

July 6, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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The Discipline of Bible Study

On Thursdays, we have been examining Christian disciplines, those practices that help us be available to God and grow in his grace. The disciplines are not the transformative power in our lives; Jesus is. But disciplines help us open up … Continue reading

July 3, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Help Teens Influence Their World

Last Monday we considered the various areas in a teen’s life. As a small group leader for teens, I need to understand their world as much as possible. You can read that article here. But, this is not the place … Continue reading

June 29, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Meditation Is Like Gem Hunting

On Thursdays, we are thinking about the Christian disciplines. You can look below to read previous Thursday posts. Today we turn our attention to a much-maligned and difficult discipline, meditation. Meditation is often maligned in our circles because we connect … Continue reading

June 26, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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No Teen Is an Island

The first few lines of John Donne’s famous poem, No Man Is an Island, reads as No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. I think the … Continue reading

June 22, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Doing Without to Know God More

We have been using our Thursday posts to examine some spiritual disciplines. Previously we have looked at the practices of silence and solitude, both basic and necessary habits that help us develop other disciplines. Today, let’s look at an oft-misunderstood … Continue reading

June 19, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Question Techniques for Student Bible Study

We have been using the Monday posts to think about today’s teens, Generation Z. While many teaching methods are appropriate for teens in small group Bible study, asking good questions may be the most helpful method you can use in … Continue reading