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Created on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, criticism, leadership, unrealistic expectations, ministry, blessed, calling, Jonah, love, unconditionally, eyes, resurrected Lord, gospel, focus
By my warped standards, it was not a good day. After nearly nine years serving as president and CEO of LifeWay, I have learned that criticisms are a part of the life and leadership I have. But the critics ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 April 2014 / Vision
Tags: Chuck Lawless, Easter, Resurrection Sunday, Jesus, truths, Christian leaders, prayer, hope, second chance, reconciliation, vigor, teaching, passion, Bible, the Word, communication
This coming Sunday, Christians around the world will celebrate Easter—perhaps better understood as “Resurrection Sunday.” Some believers will celebrate with meals and family get-togethers. Some will gather ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 April 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, walk, chalk, talk, John F. Kennedy, observe, update, lesson, parents, volunteers, smiling, families
Our ministries are a work in progress—and always will be. There are three simple steps you can take to improve your children’s ministry. Though simple, they can accelerate your ministry if implemented ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 April 2014 / Community
Tags: Chuck Lawless, pastors, churches, Resurrection Sunday, guests, spies, website, greeters, building, impression, sign, services, foyer, guest welcome center, fellowship
Last year, I published a blog post titled "Eight Confessions of Church Spies," a summary report from the “spies” our church consulting team, the Lawless Group, has used over the years. As we approach the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bob Russell, surrender, cultural war, United States, freefall, stewardship, blessings, forefathers, battle cries, songs, grandchildren, Ninevah, Jonah, Jeremiah, passivity, Adolf Hitler, martyr
God has entrusted us with the most outstanding nation in the history of the world. The freedom, technology and wealth of the United States of America have provided the opportunity for the gospel to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Chuck Lawless, longings, lusts, leaders, driven, dreams, thirsts, attitude, passionate, James, idol, problem, pleasure, power, recognition, wealth, stuff
Leaders are, by their very nature, driven people. Always there are more goals to reach, more dreams to fulfill, more thirsts to quench. That attitude is part of what makes them leaders. Leaders are simply ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 March 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Doug Stringer, honor, anointing, generations, blessings, honor guard, Charles Burchett, Somebody Cares, Turning Point International, Arlington National Cemetery, throne, Unknown Soldier
Honor is a character value that attracts the presence of God in our lives. Malachi 1:6 says we are to honor God because He is our Father. Exodus 20:12 tells us to honor our parents so we will have long ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Chuck Lawless, options, leader, ministry, improvement, degree, seminar, class, obedience, Jesus, clarity, relevance, communicate, gospel, non-believers, sensitivity, invest, release, accountability, ...
You have many options to strengthen your ministry: Read a book. Attend a conference. Talk to another leader. Take a class, or earn another degree. Listen to a podcast. Watch a web seminar. All of these ... [ +++ ]
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 Monday, 17 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Chuck Lawless, LifeWay, church, documents, bulletin, calendar, by-laws, unsaved, members, local congregations, classes, discipleship, mentoring, budget, ministry programs, missions support
I love working with local congregations. As I consult with churches, I learn so much by visiting the church, listening to the staff and interviewing members. Nothing can fully take the place of spending ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 January 2014 / Children
Tags: Cheri Fuller, children, prayer, God, teach, conversation, heart to heart, on the spot, rut, musical prayers, blessing, bedtime, comfort, reassurance
Recently in the prayer class I lead at our church in Oklahoma City, I was explaining to the new children why we take one Sunday a month from their regular lessons to focus on prayer. “We want you to know ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 / Communication
Tags: Thom Schultz, audience, talk, church, service, Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore, fearless conversation, acts of love, communication, paralysis of fear, fearless topics, racism, homosexuality, ...
You’re not allowed to talk about that at church. In fact, you’re not allowed to talk at all during the typical American church service. And that’s a problem for the majority of the population that does ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, preacher, help, Kingdom work, blessing, sermon, family, goals, activities, Jesus, scripture, theories, convictions, confidence
It sounds like such fun, being an encourager of ministers of the gospel. And it is. Except for when it’s not. What does an encourager of preachers do when he finds those who need not so much encouragement ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Chuck Lawless, Christmas eve, childhood, memories, Santa, Grandpa, stuff, Christ, Bethlehem, God of Christmas, eternity
I’m 52 years old, but I remember well the Christmas eves of my childhood. Our grandpa spent the night with us, and he always slept on the couch in the living room. We needed him there to open the front ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 / Culture
Tags: Phil Cooke, megachurches, criticism, evangelism, social problems, hunger, homelessness, bad experience, shallow, dent, communities, media, global impact, plant
As the saying goes, “The world is going to hell in a handbasket.” There’s never been a greater challenge for world evangelism, there are plenty of social problems like hunger and homelessness we face here ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 December 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Chuck Lawless, team members, effectiveness, church, God, obedience, ministry, leadership, humility, word-saturated, brokenness, prayer, dependability, holiness, risk taker, integrity, teachabili
I love the way God puts His church together. In an amazing way, He gives us brothers and sisters who serve alongside us, model obedience, pray for us and challenge us to lead them faithfully. God allows ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, preaching, pastors, less is more, St. Francis of Assisi, words, Sunday, radio, Ecclesiastes, sketching
... for instance, one day after Thanksgiving, I sketched a dozen people in the breakfast room at our hotel next to the interstate. Later, I sketched a half dozen or more in a restaurant 200 miles up the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 December 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, Body, leaders, adjustment, attitude, Holy Spirit, family, worship, members, gifts, significant, attention, diversity, role, serve
Several times, the apostle Paul wrote about the church as the “body of Christ” (Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:12; Col. 1:24). While this image is only one of dozens of images of the church in the New ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 November 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Matthew Barnett, Dream Center, Phoenix First Assembly, Tommy Barnett, Los Angeles, gang-infested community, liquor store, Echo Park, broken-hearted, runaway teens, homeless, addicts
Matthew Barnett was 20 years old when his father, Phoenix First Assembly of God leader Tommy Barnett, asked him to take over a Los Angeles church with 18 people that was located in a gang-infested community ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 November 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Chuck Lawless, character, boldness, Christ-likeness, godly, leader, Charles Spurgeon, the Word, priority, personal life, prayer, DNA, accountability, Kingdom, genuineness, urgency, speech, mento
This blogpost was not easy to compose. Writing about godliness is never easy, for to do so is to imply you’ve figured out how to walk in holiness. I make no such claim here. I struggle like everyone else ... [ +++ ]
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