Author Archives: Blake

About Blake

Christ follower. Husband/father. Church mediator. Author/speaker. Bible teacher. Practicing attorney.

Principley Speaking Introduction

Welcome to our first weekly installment of Principley Speaking – Revisited!  Today’s video is an introduction to 5 Principles of Unity and Ann Farris, a board member and Assistant City Manager for Killeen, Texas will be your teacher for today. … Continue reading

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The Small Group Facilitator as a Gardener

I think those of us who have been teachers for a long time sometimes have a hard time taking off the “teacher” hat and becoming a facilitator in a small group setting.  That is because we often have a hard time distinguishing … Continue reading

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Small Groups: Teaching v. Facilitating

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.  Romans 12:2 Teaching is tricky…because learning is tricky. … Continue reading

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The Way Forward: Unity as a Part of Every Solution

“It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled … Continue reading

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The Way Forward: Hearing God Speak through Scripture

When they finished, James spoke up. “Brothers,” he said, “listen to me. Simon has described to us how God first intervened to choose a people for his name from the Gentiles. The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is … Continue reading

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The Way Forward: Seeing God’s Activity through Circumstances

The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. Acts 15:12 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do … Continue reading

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The Way Forward: Discerning God’s Will through Prayer

After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. Acts 15:7 …if my … Continue reading

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The Way Forward: Making Our Words Count

 The apostles and elders met to consider this question. After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them…Acts 15:6-7 “After much discussion…” Those are the words we use when we’re writing minutes of a business meeting and there was a lot of … Continue reading

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The Way Forward: the Power of Vantage Points

The apostles and elders met to consider this question. After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them… The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through … Continue reading

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