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Created on Monday, 26 January 2015 / Evangelism
Tags: Scott Attebery, evangelism, revival, God, fried chicken, intense worship, prayer, awakening, sovereignty, responsibility, Charles Simeon, fallow ground, Dr. Cornell Haan, Lighthouse Movement
Growing up, I remember the announcement every year in church: "Ladies, please sign up to bring food for next week's revival services." I loved that announcement. Why? Several reasons: Homemade fried chicken, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 January 2015 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, America, State of the Union, president, governors, mayors, spiritual state, nation, heal the land, faith, repent, awakening
This is the State of the Union season, where our president will address the nation, governors will address their respective states, and mayors will address their respective cities. They will unveil their ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 January 2015 / Adversity
Tags: Sermon, Joe McKeever, negative preaching, Christian, offense, Scripture, Jesus, George Whitefield, Pharisees, hypocrites, insipid, uninspired, safe
... Orleans, Joe McKeever retired on June 1, 2009. These days, he has an office at the First Baptist Church of Kenner where he's working on three books, and he's trying to accept every speaking/preaching invitation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 22 January 2015 / Pastoring
Tags: Scott Attebery, pastoral burnout, tired, Statue of Liberty, Jesus, yoke, burden, isolation, unrealistic expectations, vacation
... serving in campus ministry at the University of Central Arkansas and coordinating student conferences for the Department of Church Ministries from 2000-2005, Scott Attebery pastored Wyatt Baptist Church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 22 January 2015 / Worship
Tags: Worship, distractions, music, choir, praise team, unsmiling faces, poor musicians or singers, unprepared, preachy music directors, sermon topic, disconnection, media, lyrics
A few weeks ago, I posted findings on common worship distractions. Since that time, some readers have questioned me more specifically about our findings regarding the musical component of worship. So, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 22 January 2015 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, studying, pastor, next generation, leaders, business, leadership, courses, connections, volunteer, secular job, counseling course, mentor, accountability
I have the opportunity to talk with young pastors each week. I also interact regularly with those who are preparing for the pastorate. I love investing in the next generation of leaders and am thankful ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, Noah, sin, bondage, power, movement, God, righteousness, immunity
The new year brings hope and opportunity. Many of us have made New Year's resolutions we are firmly committed (at least for now) to keep throughout the year. Every new year, though, also brings renewed ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 January 2015 / Vision
Tags: 2015, Evan Dolive, church, Christ, decrease complaining, increase giving, prayer, patience, peace, mercy, attendance, community, love, people, ministry, failure, missions
It's that time of the year again, when we stand on the precipice of a new year and look forward to what is in store for us in 2015. Last year, I wrote "14 Things the Church Needs to Do in 2014," and many ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 16 January 2015 / Multicultural
Tags: Bob Smietana, Lifeway Research, segregation, church, worshippers, pastors, Sunday morning, racial group, diversity, Protestant senior pastors, Evangelicals
Sunday morning remains one of the most segregated hours in American life, with more than 8 in 10 congregations made up of one predominant racial group.  And most worshippers like it that way. Two-thirds ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 09 January 2015 / Evangelism
Tags: Ed Stetzer, young adults, unchurched, Christianity, LifeWay Research, dying, spiritual, relative, perception, churches, connection, share
There's an idea that Christianity in America is dying. No serious researcher—not one—thinks that. However, I still am surprised that some people think this. (For a quick analysis, see this ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 January 2015 / Equipment
Tags: Churches, sound systems, technology, budget, maintenance, re-tuning, speakers, feedback, upgrade, training program
While technical systems are a great way to enhance a worship service, they are also a great way to ruin or distract the congregation. Many churches are looking for new ways that they can improve their ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 January 2015 / Finance
Tags: Faith, Finances, Gunnar Johnson, Gateway Church, economics, healing, wounded, stewardship, pastor, perspective, accountability
Picture in your mind what your church would look like if your people were financially free. Dwell on that image. Dwell on the impact your financially free congregation could have on your community, on ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 06 January 2015 / Personal Character
Tags: Leadership, Phil Cooke, threats, pastors, churches, nonprofits, businesses, motivator, ultimatum, credibility, authority, communication, respect
The New Testament book of Mark is a powerful example of who responded to the message of Jesus and who didn't. Chapter 12 is an especially good example. The people (Mark describes them as "throngs") loved ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 January 2015 / Counseling
Tags: Ron Edmondson, struggling, ministry, counseling, sanctuary, business leaders, Christian leader, transparent, reputation, protection, God, counselor, coach, couch, mentor, friends, family
This is written to the struggling leader. I frequently hear from you. Email appears to be a safe place to reach out to someone—and for that I'm thankful. Some of my pastor friends are lonely or about ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 02 January 2015 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox, Soul Preaching, pastor, sermon, copy, verbatim, Sunday morning, congregation, message, decent, piece together, copy, illustrations, verbatim, credit, ingenious, Charles Spurgeon, ...
You have less than a day, and you have waited until it is very late. At this point you have a few options and none of them are good. 1. Try to piece something together very quickly. I know of preachers ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 31 December 2014 / College
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, young adults, drop out, church, first-hand faith, personal life, parents' pressure, relationship, Christ, Thom Rainer, Sam Rainer, Protestant, Evangelical
Despite all the fear-driven presentations you've heard, not every young person is walking out of the church the moment they finish high school and never coming back. Here's what you need to know. The young ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Jon Bloom, complacency, spiritual life, lukewarm, faithful, grey, age, lured, enticed, sinful desires, symptom, disease, unfaithfulness, Jesus, prescription
As we give thanks to God for his "abounding faithfulness" (Ex. 34:6), it is good for us to examine our own faithfulness. How faithful are we? This is important because "it is required of stewards that ... [ +++ ]
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