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Created on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, passion, rekindle, Christian, devil, 1 Corinthians, Gospel of Mark, Jesus, disciples, heart, supporters, vacation, mission trip, growth
Having been in ministry for over 30 years, I understand. The church is sometimes not easy to love. People claim to be Christian but act like the devil. We say the words, "I love the church" while knowing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 September 2014 / Worship
Tags: Jack Hayford, worship, God, reassessing, expectations, leader, truth, mind, spirit, heart, broken, contrite, faith, theology of worship, His presence, humility, sacrifice
What type of worship honors God?" or, to look at the question another way, "After all, theologically speaking, what is it that actually makes worship worshipful to God?" Even though I have practiced, led, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, fresh, production, well-rehearsed band, ever-expanding creativity, approach, leader, patience, be present, silence, songs, Holy Spirit, Heaven, copying, stadium event, ...
I crave the real thing. I don't know about you, but I want the manifest presence of God in my home, life and church—not just manufactured, emotional experiences with great songs. Of course, I am ... [ +++ ]
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, 12 August 2014 / Worship
Tags: Phil Cooke, worship team, mistake, rehearsal, closed, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Sunday morning, attitude, music, mix, audio levels, band, monitor levels
Worship leaders are an incredibly important part of today's church. But from time to time, I take them to task, as in this post on What Katy Perry and Taylor Swift Can Teach Church Worship Leaders. Today ... [ +++ ]
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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 Wednesday, 26 March 2014 / Preaching
Tags: John Burke, gospel, heart, God, Erwin McManus, church planting, leaders, Jesus, evangelism, communication, New Testament, God, life
Erwin McManus and I did a one-day event for church planters talking about creating "Come as U R" churches that help people far from God actually grow into future leaders for God. (Check out stories on ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, problems, church, pastors, biblical, leadership, fellowship, input, support, prayer, dependence, heart, view
Every church has problems. Because the church is comprised of people, we will have problems to deal with periodically. Therefore, I want to suggest these things to help you deal with problems when ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, God, usable, warrior, requirements, ministry, mission, personal character, clean life, cleansing, status, world, talent, eyes open, leadership, vision, wisdom, grateful heart, firm purpose, ...
If you’re a pastor or church leader of any kind, you most likely found yourself in that place because you want God to use you. And chances are, you want God’s help releasing and freeing other people to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 / Education
Tags: Chuck Lawless, memorize, scripture, John 3:16, Bible, Word of God, believers, Jesus, model, power, temptation, heart, sin, hiding, rebukes, garbage, mission field
I still remember the first Bible verses I memorized, even though I memorized them decades ago (and in the King James Version, for that matter): “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 February 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, King David, God's own heart, leadership, stress, organizations, employees, budgets, Psalm 3, sin, struggle, pain, victory, motivate, odds
Leadership these days is tougher than ever, it seems. Times are hard, and organizations are stressed. Employees are stretched, and budgets are tight. Loyalty is rare, and everything is changing at a rocket ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, vision, principles, giftedness, given, written, prayer, heart, communication, declaration, faith, realized, soul, energize
A vision is beyond just a good idea. It must be a God idea. God does not obligate Himself to our good ideas or brainstorming sessions. God commits Himself to us when we connect with His heart and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, Jesus, stuff, heart, unchurched, youth, Christian school, salvation, temptation, flesh, righteousness, fellowship, testimony, pride, lust
Last week I had a really interesting conversation with a group of freshmen. It all started with this question from one girl: “So, in church, they’re always talking about asking Jesus into your heart. I’m ... [ +++ ]
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