This month: 163 - Textual Theme: Torah
Exploring the Heart of Restoration

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Matt Dabbs

Matt is the preaching minister at the Auburn Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama. He and Missy have been married 12 years and are raising two wonderful boys, Jonah and Elijah. Matt is passionate about reaching and discipling young adults, small groups, and teaching. Matt is currently the editor and co-owner of Wineskins.org.

Homepage: http://mattdabbs.com

There is a resource on our site that gets used every single day by people all around the world – our Curriculum. It is free to download and you are welcome to print, email/share it, etc however you like.

I want to share a number with you a number that makes me very happy.

135,000

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When we revamped Wineskins.org back in 2013 I had a vision for a few things that are just now coming to fruition and I want to let you know about them. I will be posting several articles this month that will inform you about the resources we have on the site. Much of it has gone underutilized and I have made it my goal in 2019 to…

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We have uploaded a new lesson series to serve as a guide for Bible class leaders or small groups. This series is on the Holy Spirit starting in Genesis and working through the New Testament. It contains 10 lessons, an appendix on the Holy Spirit in the Restoration movement and a Bibliography. It will be added to our Bible Class Curriculum resources here at Wineskins.Download -…

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“18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.

21 Going on from there, he saw two other…

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Welcome to 2019! With a new year comes new vision. This is the year we revamp things at Wineskins and we want to let you in on our vision for these changes. We are expanding beyond providing articles (which we will always do) to something larger. The goal is to make this a site that both provides and points you to the best resources for faith and…

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When the wise men came to Herod and told him a new king was born, Herod knew exactly what that meant. His sovereignty had been called into question. Paranoid Herod did what paranoid control freaks do – he tried to have the newly born king killed before he was a threat. Let him grow up and it will be too late.

Baby Jesus is…

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Many of you are familiar with Les Ferguson, Jr. He writes regularly here at Wineskins and at his personal site. Les wrote a book this year titled, “Still Wrestling: Faith Renewed Through Brokenness” and I want to tell you a little about this book and how it could be a real blessing to your soul.

First of all let me say I am…

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What does it take to be a good elder? When you think of selecting new elders what kind of person are you looking for? Of all of the words used for an elder in the Bible the one that is most descriptive is a shepherd.

They say the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. When you are looking for new elders…

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It seems to me that much of what is holding a lot of churches back today are leaders who aren’t willing to have leadership cost them anything. We get too caught up in making everyone happy, which isn’t actually everyone. The everyone we think we are making happy is actually a smaller set of people in the congregation. Some leaders don’t want to get caught up in difficulty but…

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It is hard to believe 2018 is almost over and we are about to start another year. As we end this year, let’s discuss the state of Christian leadership in Churches of Christ. I really have more questions than I have answers. What are the advantages and disadvantages of our model? Is it biblical? Could it be done in a way more in line with scripture, not less? What…

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