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Created on Friday, 31 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: emotions, Carey Nieuwhof, John Mayer, passion, John Wesley, alive heart, powerful leadership, distort reality, negative, pain, withdraw, blame, attention
I had a blah day earlier this week. Nothing terrible happened. There was no direct trigger. I just didn't feel great emotionally. Chances are you have more than a few of those days yourself. Sometimes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Joe McKeever, changes, church culture, worship leader, jeans, tie, iPhones, blended services, Saddleback Church, North Point, Celebration Church, alive, obedient, needs, requirements
These days in my retirement ministry, most of the churches where I'm invited to preach have these things in common: Almost no man wears a necktie or suit. On the platform you find all kinds of musical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Phil Cooke, delivery, message, distractions, cable network, Facebook, social media, media messages, cell, wifi, radio, TV, short wave, competition
Now before you crucify me for heresy, let me explain. My father was a pastor back in the 1950s and 1960s, and compared to today, getting his message out was easy. Church was a big part of life back then, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 September 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: J.D. King, World Revival Church, growth, Africa, Asia, Brazil, China, antagonistic environment, church, Roman Empire, Jesus, Ramsey MacMullen, Pentecostal beliefs, signs, wonders, healing, deliverance, ...
One question continually being asked is, "How can the Christian church grow?" This issue is particularly relevant as we consider the harsh realities being imposed upon us today. How does the church find ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: George O. Wood, Assemblies of God, powerful preaching, changed lives, inspiration, Holy Spirit, Haggai, delay, discouragement, defilement, destiny
I have learned over the years that sermon preparation involves as much, if not more, perspiration than inspiration. It requires hard work to dig the message out of the text. About a year before the event, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 / Ministry Outreach
Tags: Perry Noble, New Spring Church, small groups, lives, changed, walk with Christ, laugh, cry, spiritual refreshing, singles, study, LifeWay Christian Bookstores
At NewSpring Church, we believe that you can't do life alone. Honestly, I would say that the single most important thing for me in regards to me staying connected in my walk with Christ has been having ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 27 June 2014 / Culture
Tags: Perry Noble, Mount of Olives, Israel, faith, mountains, Casearea Philippi, Mount Arbel, Garden of Gethsemane, Garden Tomb, church leader
If you're a pastor or ministerial leader and have not been to Israel, you should seriously consider a trip there. It will be well worth it. Here are five places you should visit when you get there: 5. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 April 2014 / Administration
Tags: Assemblies of God, centennial, celebration, Hot Springs, Arkansas, AG Trust, Grand Opera house, general council, George O. Wood, Bonnie Olsen, Oliver P. Brann
Approximately 300 people gathered in Hot Springs, Ark., on April 10-11, 2014, to celebrate the centennial of the Assemblies of God. Echoes of the statements from the founding general council, where another ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Daniel Kolenda, kingdom of God, heaven, earth, King James Version, ambition, God's will, hearts, lives, surrender, living water
I love the way the Lord’s Prayer is rendered in the King James Version. Jesus prayed, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10, KJV). While some translations say, “Your ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 / Deliverance
Tags: Matthew Barnett, Dream Center, Los Angeles, social workers, dream, survival, staying alive, body, soul, drug abuse, prostitution, self-control
"What is your dream?" It’s the one question they never expect. You can see their eyes widen when we ask them. They suddenly look up as if to say, “Did I hear you right?” Most of the time, when a homeless ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 15 November 2013 / Social Media
Tags: Phil Cooke, social media, online service, live feed, Greenville, South Carolina, video, importance, live event, IChurch, congregation, audience
I received an interesting note from Joe Hayes, head of the TV and video ministry at Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, S.C. At Redemption, the Sunday online worship service is succeeding way ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 October 2013 / Communication
Tags: Perry Noble, unchurched, Leviticus, Ark of the Covenant, practical help, lives, Bible, marriage, child, job loss, financial stress
One of the major problems with the church is that it has been obsessed with answering questions that no one is asking.   People are not showing up week in and week out wanting to know what happened ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Greg Atkinson, pastor, confession, salvation, healing, testimonies, rescue, deliverance, dead heart, setting people free, Galatians, hurt, anger, shame, guilt
God did something amazing in my heart recently (but it’s not about me). God did something amazing in our church (but it’s not about us). I could share stories and testimonies with you all day (and maybe ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 / Healing
Tags: 9/11, Christian, terrorism, Paul Fox, mercy, Good News, CrossOlive, New York, World Trade Center, terrorist attack, plane, North Tower, South Tower, Battery Park
In 1999, the company I worked for was acquired by the world’s largest insurance broker, which was based in Manhattan. I was appointed the chief information officer of one of the subsidiaries and began ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Dan Reiland, big ministry, small churches, sermon, teens, Christ, modest resources, size, gospel, vision, lives changed, uniqueness
... at the ripe old age of 23. The church had less than 200 in total attendance but was thriving with meaningful ministry. Richard Lauby was the pastor then, and under his watchful eye I learned much in ministry. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 May 2013 / Culture
Tags: Steve Reynolds, Anti-Fat Pastor, Anti-Fat Christians, ice cream, health, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, weight loss, Losing to Live, Bod4God, Get Off the Couch
I’ve been called a lot of things in my life but I never thought I’d be called the “Anti-Fat Pastor.”  Not me, the one who for years wouldn’t go to bed until I’d eaten my nightly giant bowl of ice ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Ron Phillips, heart surgery, alive, thankful, sleep apnea, bypass, cardiologist, widow maker, stress test
As I sit in my office contemplating the last year, I am overwhelmed by a profound sense of thanksgiving. At this time a year ago, I was lying in a hospital bed, recovering from open-heart surgery. As many ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 / Ministry Life
Tags: Live, right, well, God, work, ethic, Brett Fuller, rest
God created and gave us times of respite for a specific purpose that’s worth taking seriously Scripture tells us that work is one of the things God created man to do. Effort and productivity are expected ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 / Evangelism
Tags: Steve Hill, Cheating, Death, Winning souls, Revival, Brownsville, Miracle, Demon-possessed delivered, Cancer
... God that drew more than 4 million people from around the world and saw hundreds of thousands of people saved—in his mission’s work, Hill has witnessed churches grow from 200 to 20,000 in ... [ +++ ]

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