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Created on Friday, 23 January 2015 / Relationships
Tags: Patrick Morley, Man in the Mirror, Christian faith, difficult, harshly judged, innocent, behaviors, Bible, legalism, hearts, rules, grace, mercy
Many have left the Christian faith after being harshly judged for innocent or non-conforming behaviors. And many more will leave in the coming year. Here's how to be part of the solution, not the problem: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 January 2015 / Growth
Tags: Brandon Cox, church planters, creativity, Grace Hills Church, Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, money, quality equipment, facility, advertising, launch, transferable principles
A quarter of a million dollars sounds like a whole lot of money to me. But that's the amount an expert in the field of church planting said I should have in the bank before attempting to plant Grace Hills ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 / Vision
Tags: Dr. Don Meyer, University of Valley Forge, advice, Roger Lane, be on time, promptness, integrity, diligence, courtesy, social graces
Roger Lane has been a great friend for over 25 years. Both of us grew up on a farm and farm boys always have lots of things in common. He raised hogs; we milked cows.  His home was in Nebraska; ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, God-centered, engaging, leader, boldness, prepare, forget, patience, Holy Spirit, move, connection, countenance, priority, throne of grace, effectiveness, songs, musi
When we gather to worship, what are we really hungry for? Why are we there? What is the goal? Is it: Songs? Great music? Entertainment? Powerful leadership? Answers to questions? God? Malcolm du Plessi ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 December 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Phil Cooke, gospel, Christian community, cultural behavior, missionaries, Africa, Lottie Moon, syncretism, Muslim cultures, unchurched, hostile media, tweet, post, blog, compromisers, theology, grace, ...
For hundreds of years as missionaries took the gospel to the ends of the earth, depending on the culture they encountered, the Christian community allowed them enormous latitude into how they chose to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 December 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Brandon Cox, counselors, broken, atmosphere, life's hurts, healing, spiritual health, relationships, church members, Grace Hills Church, Saddleback Church, Rick Warren
Some of the spiritually healthiest people I know are in counseling. There seems to be some stigma around it, but getting help with our mental and emotional issues is really a matter of choosing to grow ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 November 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, myth, sin, sinner, love, harm, conviction, heaviness, grace, truth, hate, conversation, mercy, Christ, shame, Pharisees, Bible prostitute, responsibility
If you've been in the church for a while, I'm sure you've heard this phrase: Love the sinner, hate the sin. We know we're called to love all people, but we use this phrase to explain how we can love people, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, pastors, thank you, staff, appreciation, gratitude, praying, studying, God's Word, communicating, grace, love, patience, motives, countless hours, continual learner, spouses, children, ...
To all pastors and church staff, I want you to know that I know being a pastor or church staff member is the most difficult job in the world. While it has unbelievable highs and on its best days is the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 October 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, habit, lifestyle, theologian, conversation, God's glory, Holy Spirit, Bible, grace, Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit
We say that worship is a lifestyle, but how many of us actually live it? Merriam Webster defines lifestyle as "a particular way of living: the way a person lives or a group of people live." If that's the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 September 2014 / Singles
Tags: Scott Attebery, singles ministry, church, relationships, class, lost and found, Christ, common struggles, grace, in touch, trendy, demographic
"I don't belong here." That was the first thought that entered my mind when I walked into the room labeled, "singles." I had recently relocated and was interested in building relationships in my new church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Phil Cooke, preaching, hardcore, sin, hell, punishment, grace, insensitive, pastors, writers, culture, Christian message, priority, truth
We're seeing a lot of criticism recently of pastors, writers, speakers, filmmakers as well as others about how they share the Christian message with the outside culture. Some are criticized for making ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Wayne McDill, grace, credibility, God, preaching, faith, obedience, guilt, Bible, principle, character, capabilities, intentions, record
Faith is not created by calling for faith, criticizing the faithless, or aiming for obedience or guilt. You will only build the faith that changes lives by pointing beyond the believer to the One to be ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 September 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Kyle Searcy, God, crutch, church, sovereignty, natural realm, grace, Bible, The Word, neglect, natural laws, confinement, fear, slothfulness
I was spiritually raised in a very strict segment of Christianity. There were great things I learned at that church. But, the emphasis that was placed on pleasing God actually created an unhealthy fear ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 August 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Ron Edmondson, God, Twitter, post, Scripture, grace, social media
Recently I wrote 20 Things God Might Tweet. It was a popular post. All were designed to be easily tweeted with a simple copy and paste. I thought there might be a companion post. I believe, based on Scripture, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 01 August 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Phil Cooke, pastors, books, serious, marriage, prophecy, grace, epic Bible stories, Christian leader, radio, television, podcasts, one big thing, teaching, media platforms, lives changed
When most pastors write books, you can bet they're compiled from sermon notes and manuscripts. Preach a series on fear, and they end up with a book on the subject. Same with marriage, prophecy, grace, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 July 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, standards, smoker, cigarettes, drummer, church, awkward, grace, discipleship, alcohol, born again Christians, dress code, church member, drug problem, homosexual, jokes, ...
I was in shock the moment I saw it. There in the spotlight—a pack of cigarettes protruding from the front pocket of our scheduled drummer. I wasn't leading worship, but I stood at the back and saw ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Secret sins, shameful, pastoral, sickness, secret weapon, sins, irrelevancy, trusted, friend, mentor, freedom, grace, love, acceptance
... way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Jeff Keady is the pastor of Dover Church in Orange City, Iowa. Jeff partners with Jonny Craig at 200churches.com and the #1 podcast dedicated to providing ministry ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Ed Stetzer, evangelism, outreach, strategy, gospel, Christians, incarnational, mission, sermon series, Grace Church, LifeWay Research, small groups
Evangelism is the responsibility of every believer. There is no such thing as the "gift of evangelism," rather, all Christians have the obligation to share the gospel. It is, and should be, on the heart ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 June 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Jared Moore, Sinner's Prayer, emphasis, faith, Christ, grace, Kentucky Baptist Convention, stumbling block, evangelism, baptism, simplify, gospel
Here is an example of The Sinner's Prayer: "Dear God, I know I'm a sinner. I know my sin deserves to be punished. I believe Christ died for me and rose from you grave. I trust Jesus alone ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 April 2014 / Culture
Tags: Greg Stier, churches, America, Protestant, Starbucks, converts, Colorado, Grace Church, outreach, evangelism, prayer
Right now there are over 300,000 Protestant churches in America. Just do the division—300,000 divided by 50 states—and that equals 6,000 churches per state. Wow! That’s a lot of churches! Think about it ... [ +++ ]
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