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Created on Friday, 19 September 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Scott Hagan, young leaders, faithfulness, futility, manipulation, developmental years, all-access leaders, future-centric, unholy urgency, leverage, influence, behaviors, example, expert
For many rising leaders in ministry, the modern messaging of faithfulness is code for futility. Being told that faithful reps are the fastest path to results feels manipulative. A lot of young leaders ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 September 2014 / Marketplace
Tags: Steve Murrell, Max Lucado, books, impact, Internet, Victoria Osteen, Norman Grubb, J.J. Packer, A.W. Tozer, holiness, God, R.C. Sproul, Kenneth Scott Latourette, Al Ries, missional passion, Frank ...
It seems that everyone on the Internet is now required to either dump a bucket of ice water on their head, criticize Victoria Osteen, post narcissistic selfies, or make a top-10 books list. Since I have ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 / Healing
Tags: Steve Stewart, miracle, healing, Africa, Impact Nations, prayer, faith, expectations, compassion, Jesus Christ, kingdom
With all the traveling I do these days with Impact Nations, I get asked a lot of questions about a lot of issues. However, there is one question that I am asked more often—by far—than any other. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Joe McKeever, disciples, evangelism, Christian workers, assignment, preaching, Great Commission, heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, Jesus, Paul, Silas, gospel, bold, confident, peac
"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; therefore, be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves" (Matt. 10:16). This is a brief Bible study. (Just so you'll know. Smiley-face here.) For ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 04 September 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Dave Buehring, Lionshare, The Jesus Blueprint, transformation, disciplemakers, obedience, revelation, engagement, scriptures
I enjoy watching a great Bible story that is well captured on the big screen. It provides me with fresh vantage points, making me think about things I'd never seen before or previously considered. I've ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 / Marketplace
Tags: Chris White, revenue, Modern English Version, Passio, Harry Connick Jr., apostle Paul, followers of Christ, Holy Spirit, translation, NIV
This is the Word I know and love, rendered both more poetic and clearer. I have to admit to a little cynicism about the MEV being yet another new translation and whether or not it was just going to be ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 / Communication
Tags: Chelsen Vicari, Distorting the Word, Believers, context, God's Word, scripture, millennial, problem, Pentecostal, Evangelical, transformation, Rachel Held Evans, Kathy Keller, Tim Keller, Gospel ...
Whenever somebody mentions Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, what do you imagine? Likely, your thoughts drift to the painting's infamous stoic expression or its mysterious legacy. What you probably don't ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 29 August 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, traditional, texts, sermons, preaching, Golden Rule, John 3:16, salvation by faith, love one another, forgiveness, the home, kindness
For good reason, young beginning pastors do not take the standard old texts for their first sermons. Few feel qualified to produce a full sermon on such subjects as: John 3:16. The Golden Rule (Matt. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 / Expansion
Tags: church, renovation, construction, buildings, Internet connectivity, security system, plumbing, management, financial processes, controls, volunteer management, HR process, hiring, staff development, ...
Have you ever visited a construction site before the walls are finished and the drywall is put into place? If so, you've probably noticed the myriad of wires and pipes woven into the hidden recesses of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, fresh, production, well-rehearsed band, ever-expanding creativity, approach, leader, patience, be present, silence, songs, Holy Spirit, Heaven, copying, stadium event, ...
I crave the real thing. I don't know about you, but I want the manifest presence of God in my home, life and church—not just manufactured, emotional experiences with great songs. Of course, I am ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 August 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor, vulnerable, church, congregation, sermon, service, minister, guard, preaching, satan, adversary
We're all vulnerable. Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall (1 Cor. 10:12). The brother who gave us that reminder was himself constantly being knocked down but getting back up. If ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, faith, ministry, pleasure, God, believing, achievement, obeying, understanding, giving, persisting, thanks, Jericho, trust, Judge
Some Bible verses are so clear that their simple truth is undeniable, such as Hebrews 11:6 which says, "And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Starched, iron, Joe McKeever, prim, proper, rigid, set in their ways, pretty, not functional, self-righteous, legal, unloving, pharisaical, proud, convictions, leadership positions
"You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart ... "  (Acts 7:51).  "No one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch pulls away from the garment and a worse tear results. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, bivocational, ministry, serve, church, income, dependence, connected, non-believers, ministry, missions, missiology, delegate, train, laypersons, theological training, calling
"I didn't come to seminary to be a bivocational minister, to have to get another kind of job," my student told me. I may not have agreed with my student, but I did understand his thinking. Back then (almost ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 / Worship
Tags: Phil Cooke, worship team, mistake, rehearsal, closed, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Sunday morning, attitude, music, mix, audio levels, band, monitor levels
Worship leaders are an incredibly important part of today's church. But from time to time, I take them to task, as in this post on What Katy Perry and Taylor Swift Can Teach Church Worship Leaders. Today ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 August 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children, ministry, volunteers, praying, vision casting, student ministry leaders, entry-level positions, teaching, worship leading
Don't have enough volunteers?  It may be because of one or more of these reasons. 1. You're not asking. You're not inviting people to join your team. Week in, week out, you've got to invite, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 August 2014 / Culture
Tags: Christianity, Bible, culture, Believers, doctrines, practices, church, Scripture, Evangelicals, American Dream, corporate vision, destiny, stewardship, individual prosperity
It has been evident to numerous biblical scholars that often (if not most of the time) believers (including preachers) interpret the Bible through the lens of their culture. This has resulted in many beliefs, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, pulpit, sermons, courage, pews, compromise, messenger of God, graciousness, wisdom, kindness, judgmental, withdrawal, flawed plans
"The Lord is for me; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" (Psalm 118:6. See also Heb. 13:5-6) I read that scripture-–especially the Hebrews 13:5-6 incarnation-–and smile.  Asking "what ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 01 August 2014 / Community
Tags: George Wood, Assemblies of God, Holy Spirit, Pentecostals, Evangelicals, apostle Paul, Apollos, converts, Spirit-baptized believers, G. Campbell Morgan, church, demographics, leadership, skill
A template is a pattern or mold used as a guide to form a piece or product. There certainly is a template in what happened when Paul met up with the nominal 12 believers at Ephesus. Here is the background. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 July 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Steve Murrell, crisis, change, leadership, lessons, Bethel Franklin, Bethel Brentwood, ministry, closure, merger, communication, honesty, perspective, patience, spiritual leadership, Holy Spirit, ...
Kevin York, Justin Gray and I had the unenviable task of informing hundreds of good people that their church community, Bethel Franklin in Tennessee, is closing and merging with Bethel Brentwood. It's ... [ +++ ]
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