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Created on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Justin Lathrop, art, living, vision, James Michener, work, play, intention, passion, dreamer, artist, pastor, potential, priorities, responsibilities
What does it mean to be a master in the art of living? If you asked a hundred different people, you'd get a hundred different opinions. That's understandable. It's a vague question. But recently I ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 15 August 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, prayer, heart of God, Bible, Holy Spirit, burden, spirit of prayer, travail, worship, prophecy, apostolic network, intercession
... every day. (This lasted almost exactly three years until the beginning of January 2000). I had to alter my busy schedule to accommodate all the time I needed in prayer so I could function and fulfill the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Greg Atkinson, pride, powerful worship, God, humility, C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, speak to your heart, yourself
I was looking back on a blog I wrote over 7 years ago and I saw something I felt God speak to me during a time of powerful worship: "When pride walks in, I walk out." I remember God speaking in His still, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Artie Davis, leader, bad habits, productivity, leadership, overloading, multi-tasking, excuses, email obsession, negative, disorganization, complaining, unhealthy eating, exercise, workout, phone, ...
What habits are keeping you from getting your work done? Bad habits equal bad leadership. Here are 10 habits you must break to be more productive: 1. Overloading. Have you ever been in the middle of one ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 July 2014 / Vision
Tags: Scott Attebery, God, will, tightrope, theory, Moses, Israel, perfect will of God, open door theory, follow your heart theory, Samson, Jesus, hunch, gut feeling, god's will, will of god, knowing god's ...
Where do we find God's will? Is it in one of the following theories? 1. The Tightrope Theory This teaching declares God's will is like a tightrope where one wrong move will ruin your life and require you ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 July 2014 / Administration
Tags: Greg Atkinson, organization, strategy, vibrant, growing, struggling, anemic, gifts, administration, structure, process, organizational charts, Strange Leadership
My top two spiritual gifts are leadership and administration, so the subject of organization is something I love and gravitate toward. If you have the spiritual gift of administration, you love structure, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 July 2014 / Culture
Tags: Artie Davis, Jesus, small town, pastor, big city, culture, church, growth, Friday night football games, gas station
I talk with a lot of pastors and leaders, pastors and leaders from different places and different-sized places. Specifically, as I talk to pastors and leaders in rural places, in small towns, across the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 / Vision
Tags: Steve Murrell, preaching, gospel, privilege, burden, calling, read, study, teach, communicate, disciples, ministry, Bible, Jesus, burden, vision, values, mission, preparing, hearts
Preaching the gospel is privilege. It is also a burden, and a calling. I have been a preacher since 1982. I love my job. I love to read, study, teach and preach. Every day I am thankful that I get to do ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Artie Davis, leaders, characteristics, public confidence, traits, defensive, selfish, proud, vision, Jesus, killers
Leaders are held to a certain standard when it comes to character. Here are some traits that can hurt public confidence in a leader: Defensive If you're defensive as a leader, it means you aren't leading ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 June 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Steve Murrell, church, pastor, leaking, environment, leaders, God's presence, Exodus, transformational preaching, empowered ministry time, participatory worship, mission, community, Victory Manila, ...
I recently spoke with a pastor whose church was leaking people. As soon as a family joined the church, another family vanished. As we were trying to discover the cause of the leak, I made up the following ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Richard Salazar, mean-spirited, leader, Dr. Chuck Swindoll, Twitter, Christians, death, deceived, ravenous wolves, enemy, kill, steal, destroy, judgmental, genuine-hearted, accuser, rules, regulations, ...
I was astounded when a close friend of mine recently forwarded a Tweet to me sent out by Dr. Chuck Swindoll a few months back that read, "The problem with mean Christians is that not enough people have ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 / Community
Tags: Creativity, church, community, teach, lead, worship, pastors, inviting space, opportunities, wiggle room, linear thinkers, voice, artists, contributions, expectations
In recent decades, churches haven't been known as hubs for creativity. Instead, churches have been known for doing things the same way—the same kind of worship, the same songs, the same bulletins, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 June 2014 / Worship
Tags: Artie Davis, God, man, manufacture, move, hype, talent, tears, leaders, workers, time, vision, enthusiasm
There's no way to manufacture a move of God. Yes, we follow God's heart and the Spirit's leading to plan, pray and prepare in faith that God will move though all we do, but only He can make the move. At ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Somebody Cares International, Doug Stringer, humanitarian aid, Ministry Today, Houston, New Testament, gospel, impact, influence, church, ministry, heart, community, Jesus Christ
... Asia in late 2004, Somebody Cares partnered with local churches in Houston to provide more than $200,000 in cash and in-kind donations to the affected areas. Doors were opened to Somebody Cares partners ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 May 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Artie Davis, sermons, yearly calendar, sermon series, kids, small groups, outreach, entire campus, staff
Scheduling, series and sermon planning is one of the "biggys" for the church. It's one of those things that we have to get down because so much of what we do rises and falls on the church calendar and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 22 May 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Derwin Gray, educational system, America, memorize, information, Christianity, Bible concepts, Pharisees, scriptures, Jesus, hearts, head, hands
In the American educational system, from first grade all the way up through high school, we're taught to memorize information and then take a test. If we pass the intellectual test, then we move on to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 May 2014 / Community
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, people, help, responsibility, excuses, self-improvement, heart, God, wisdom, accountability, negative outlook, vision, future, self-deception, price, success, kingdom, age
I've been involved in pastoral ministry for 30 years, and I have a desire to help everyone. But I have learned the hard way that I cannot help every person who attends our church or who comes to me for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: T.D. Jakes, The Potter's House, Christian films, Ministry Today 21, Woman Thou Art Loosed, Jumping the Broom, Black Nativity, Heaven is for Real
... from influential Hollywood producer-director Reuben Cannon to transform the play into a movie. After the film’s release in 2004, a sequel followed in 2012. Other films, like Jumping the Broom (2011), Sparkle ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 May 2014 / Missions
Tags: Mission field, college students, summer, caution, earth, America, intentional, suggestion, opportunity, misconceptions, orphans, teaching, focus point, wisdom, connecting points, relationships
College ministry in the summer can be an interesting beast to tame. Some of our ministries aren’t really affected by the summer months; others blow up with all their college students coming back home, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 May 2014 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, volunteer, paid, full-time, part-time, church, ministry, staff, guidelines, Pandora's Box, disharmony, single mom, childcare
I received a great question recently. Unfortunately, I couldn’t give a good answer.  Or, at least, not the answer they were seeking. They wanted an answer that would solve the issue. I couldn’t ... [ +++ ]
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