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    Growing Old – Staying Fresh and Green

    I read an article today describing how throughout Scripture, the Lord used many older people as His instruments of grace. He even called Joshua “old, advanced in years” (Joshua 13:1) and still wanted him to keep serving because “there remains very much land yet to be possessed.” It reminded me of this blog I wrote several years ago reiterating that you and I as believers never retire from our calling to witness and work in God’s Kingdom until He takes us home.   When you read your Bible, do words sometimes leap off the page at you? When that happens to me, I know the Holy Spirit is deliberately capturing…

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    The Velveteen Christian

    Our world is made up of a constant cacophony of voices. Truth, lies, myths, imaginations, and opinions fill our world with dissidence and confusion. We have information overload. It is difficult to discern who can be trusted because of the spin, the agendas, the omitted facts or the inserted insinuations that twist and distort. When I think of celebrating “Easter” once again after over fifty years, my heart is moved to get it right this time. To REALLY celebrate! As I have been praying about this, the Lord reminded me of my favorite story, the Velveteen Rabbit. I reflected on the conversation between Horse and Rabbit about becoming real. "What…

  • Disciple making for women's ministry. Evaluate existing ministries. Enhance effective activities. Dissolve less effective activities. Transform the leadership team for disciplemaking. melanienewton.com/disciplemaking
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    Disciplemaking Focus for Women’s Ministry

    Has your ministry team been event-driven with one person overseeing Bible studies, another the retreat, & another the Christmas brunch? Does your current women’s ministry need to have more structure and purpose to what you organize and fund? Do you see the same women involved in your ministry with rarely a new face? If you answered yes to any (or all) of those questions, it is a good time to… enhance your women’s ministry for disciplemaking. What Is Disciplemaking? The terms “discipleship” and “disciplemaking” often get confused. Discipleship typically refers to the normal process for Christians to grow in their faith through Bible studies, prayer, worship, & small groups. It…

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    Are You Ready to Be a Disciple Maker?

    It happens over time. In large and small Bible studies. Women are excited to study God’s Word, but as their knowledge accumulates, the next thing you know they are being snippy about the study questions or whose group they are in or the table decorations. I’ve seen it happen among godly women in very successful Bible studies—women who love Jesus very much. I think it’s restlessness. I believe Christian women can get stuck in discipleship—the learning that helps them grow as Jesus followers. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love Bible study. I’ve been involved in some fabulous Bible studies over the years, even writing them and lecturing from my…