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Created on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, Christmas, Christ, holidays, poll, data, de-Christianization, Santa Claus, traditions, reason for the season, Jesus
In recent years there has been some significant discussion and controversy over the de-Christianization of Christmas. With shop workers being told to say "Happy Holidays," the over-emphasis of Santa Claus, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Foursquare Church, Water Ramos, Jesus, movements, leaders, pastor, passion, Word of God, disciples, momentum, skill set, guidance, example, believing in others, Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Churc
The night I found Jesus I was on my way to take my life at a local park. Although I didn't know it, He was waiting for me at a church close to that park. I walked in, sat in the back of the room and didn't ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, blind spot, ministry, car, entry standards, leaders, Jesus, Peter, extreme commitment, psychic intuition, unconnected
I think we all know what a blind spot is, especially when it's in our car. It's that spot that you can't really see when you're changing lanes or backing up. If you've seen the movie Blind Side you know ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 December 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: John Burke, Unshockable Love, mud, mercy, Jesus, hangover, relationships, rejection, church, vulnerable, drugs, alcohol, baptism, gospel
Sunni glanced in the rearview mirror. She had mostly stopped stripping for a living since her daughter was born, but kicking the alcohol and drugs did not come as easy—all addictions share a similar ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Jonathan Dodson, evangelism, eternal life, failure, Jesus, doctrine, argument, heart, instruction, gospel metaphors, Francis Schaeffer
If our evangelism is increasingly unbelievable, what can we do to be more believable to an inoculated, indifferent and, at times, antagonistic society? In evangelistic seminars, people are often asked ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 December 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Blake Lorenz, society, culture, chaos, rejection, Christ, love, endurance, gospel, Sermon on the Mount, Moses, lawlessness, challenge, condemnation, false prophets, run the race, Jesus' vision
What should be our response to an age of lawlessness? How should we live in a world that is rejecting the laws of God as given in Jesus Christ? The immediate context of Matthew 24 gives ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 04 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, culturally relevant, churches, cool, music, coffee, diversity, attract new people, conversation, lose focus, Jesus, sacrifice, truth
The concept of church is thousands of years old, yet we're still understanding, debating and re-forming what we believe church should look like. We all grew up with different experiences of church. Some ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 December 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Blake Lorenz, Samson, church, asleep, awaken, Leonard Ravenhill, Pentecost, prison, Rees Howell, money, perseverance, strength, sea of sin, power, spirits, Savior, Jesus
As I read a word from Leonard Ravenhill, two concerns began to stir in my soul. One was his insight that all it took for a great man of God to fall, Samson, was for him to sleep. And then I think ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Church, worship, flags, banners, We Are Worship, local transformation, community, outreach, training, awakenings, Jesus
Most of us, if we're honest, look back to the days of our youth—those school and college years—and remember feeling a little confused as we searched for our identity. Whether we were raised ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 November 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Rick Warren, tough times, praise, thanks, worry, prayer, joy, thank God, God's peace, Jesus Christ, guard your hearts and minds
When the Apostle Paul says, "Always be full of joy in the Lord," he doesn't say to only be joyful in good times. Even when times are tough, the Bible teaches we can be joyful if we follow these simple ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Greg Surratt, Mt. Pleasant, electricity, lights, dark, awareness, desperation, creativity, innovation, nursery classes, experiences, community, power, presence, Jesus
Recently, the lights went out at our Mt. Pleasant Campus. All of them. For a very long time. Three and one-half hours, to be exact. Fun times. Oh, I've been in the dark for longer periods of time, but ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 November 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Israel, Jews, Palestinians, Christians, anti-Semitism, Zionist, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, covenant, victimization, forgiveness, cross, Jesus, Messiah, gospel
Many Western Jews and Christians believe that Christian Palestinian­ism aggressively promotes anti-Semitism, replacement theology and the delegitimization of Israel. They say it represents a dangerous ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Chuck Lawless, enemy, Satan, upper hand, church, chaos, confusion, Jesus, cross, sin, difficulties, discouragement, evangelism, position, power, kingdoms
Let me start this post with a clear caveat: Satan will not ultimately win as he attacks God's church. Jesus broke the powers through His cross (Col. 2:15), and the enemy will eventually be cast into outer ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 November 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Mark Dance, LifeWay Research, pastors, prayer, plan, revitalization, Jesus, leaders, future church leaders, Missionary Small groups, David Francis
As goes the pastor, so goes the church. As goes the church, so goes the nation—and the world. Church revitalization begins with pastoral revitalization. Our spiritual health will directly affect ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 / Youth
Tags: Tamera Kraft, children, church, teens, games, wow factor, entertainment, relationship, Jesus, watered-down Bible stories, Christian education, ministry, segregation, intergenerational
... Kraft has 30 years' experience in children's ministry and founded Revival Fire Kids Ministry in 2007 in her hometown of Akron, Ohio. Tamera received the Church of God National Children's Leader's Association ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 October 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Bob Russell, friend, same-sex marriage, wedding, U.S. Supreme Court, society, standards, Sodom, Gomorrah, conscience, violation, Jesus Christ, gay couple
... That small congregation of 120 members became one of the largest churches in America, with 18,000 people attending the four worship services every weekend in 2006 when Bob retired. Now through Bob Russell ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 / Preaching
Tags: David Siriano, rapture, early church, Left Behind, Great Tribulation, Lot, Sodom, Gomorrah, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Herod, Shepherd of Hermas, Ephrem, Assemblies of God
... Siriano was an Assemblies of God minister for 45 years before retiring from the pulpit in 2008. He is an author and teaches eschatology at North Point Bible College in Haverhill, Massachusetts.  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Joe McKeever, gems, wisdom, pastor, beginning, calling, New Orleans Baptist Association, training, shortcuts, Acts 16:25, Paul, Silas, Philippian jail, Jesus Christ, network, mentors, advisors, prayer ...
... early retirement from his firm to attend Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham. Then, in 2009, when Duane McDaniel succeeded me as DOM for the association, he asked Jack to take charge of our inner city ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 / Youth
Tags: Greg Stier, youth leaders, mistakes, outreach, evangelism, Dare 2 Share, prayer, Jesus, priority, meeting, program, dodgeball, attractional evangelism, gospel conversations, training, Charles Sp
Over the last two-plus decades, I've had the privilege of engaging thousands of youth leaders in conversations about the subject of outreach and evangelism. During that time I've gathered a ton of great ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 October 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Jesus, quotes, Joe McKeever, Paul, Christians, Sodom, Bible, Leonard Ravenhill, hell, implications, pastor, preaching, kingdom of Heaven
Somewhere around the house I have an old book with the wonderful title of 657 of the Best Things Ever Said. It would not surprise you to know most of them are silly. As beauty is in the eye of the beholder, ... [ +++ ]
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