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Created on Friday, 23 January 2015 / Relationships
Tags: Patrick Morley, Man in the Mirror, Christian faith, difficult, harshly judged, innocent, behaviors, Bible, legalism, hearts, rules, grace, mercy
Many have left the Christian faith after being harshly judged for innocent or non-conforming behaviors. And many more will leave in the coming year. Here's how to be part of the solution, not the problem: ... [ +++ ]
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 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 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 Monday, 22 December 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Phil Cooke, gospel, Christian community, cultural behavior, missionaries, Africa, Lottie Moon, syncretism, Muslim cultures, unchurched, hostile media, tweet, post, blog, compromisers, theology, grace, ...
For hundreds of years as missionaries took the gospel to the ends of the earth, depending on the culture they encountered, the Christian community allowed them enormous latitude into how they chose to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 December 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Brandon Cox, counselors, broken, atmosphere, life's hurts, healing, spiritual health, relationships, church members, Grace Hills Church, Saddleback Church, Rick Warren
Some of the spiritually healthiest people I know are in counseling. There seems to be some stigma around it, but getting help with our mental and emotional issues is really a matter of choosing to grow ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 December 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Blake Lorenz, society, culture, chaos, rejection, Christ, love, endurance, gospel, Sermon on the Mount, Moses, lawlessness, challenge, condemnation, false prophets, run the race, Jesus' vision
What should be our response to an age of lawlessness? How should we live in a world that is rejecting the laws of God as given in Jesus Christ? The immediate context of Matthew 24 gives ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 November 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, society, chaos, fear, race riots, terrorist attacks, Ferguson, Missouri, mistrust, O.J. Simpson, viral pandemic
... and confusion. 3. A terrorist attack. It has been a major miracle that the United States has not experienced another terrorist attack on the scale of Sept. 11, 2001. It is not only due to the great job ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 / Multicultural
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, immigration, gospel, global missions, nations, outreach, impact, church, lost people, different races, Asia, masses, Muslims, Christ
Immigration is changing how churches think about missions and outreach in North America, and rightly so. People are slowly waking up to the new cultural landscape that surrounds them—a landscape ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 November 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, myth, sin, sinner, love, harm, conviction, heaviness, grace, truth, hate, conversation, mercy, Christ, shame, Pharisees, Bible prostitute, responsibility
If you've been in the church for a while, I'm sure you've heard this phrase: Love the sinner, hate the sin. We know we're called to love all people, but we use this phrase to explain how we can love people, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 October 2014 / Youth
Tags: Terrace Crawford, Christ, Millennials, prayers, teens, youth, students, purpose, friendships, passion, character, purity, money, submission, honor, spiritual growth
I've seen the Lord doing some amazing things in the lives of teenagers this year. I know it's because of the work of God and the result of prayer. Call me crazy, but I believe this generation of students ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, pastors, thank you, staff, appreciation, gratitude, praying, studying, God's Word, communicating, grace, love, patience, motives, countless hours, continual learner, spouses, children, ...
To all pastors and church staff, I want you to know that I know being a pastor or church staff member is the most difficult job in the world. While it has unbelievable highs and on its best days is the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 October 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, habit, lifestyle, theologian, conversation, God's glory, Holy Spirit, Bible, grace, Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit
We say that worship is a lifestyle, but how many of us actually live it? Merriam Webster defines lifestyle as "a particular way of living: the way a person lives or a group of people live." If that's the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 September 2014 / Singles
Tags: Scott Attebery, singles ministry, church, relationships, class, lost and found, Christ, common struggles, grace, in touch, trendy, demographic
"I don't belong here." That was the first thought that entered my mind when I walked into the room labeled, "singles." I had recently relocated and was interested in building relationships in my new church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Phil Cooke, preaching, hardcore, sin, hell, punishment, grace, insensitive, pastors, writers, culture, Christian message, priority, truth
We're seeing a lot of criticism recently of pastors, writers, speakers, filmmakers as well as others about how they share the Christian message with the outside culture. Some are criticized for making ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Wayne McDill, grace, credibility, God, preaching, faith, obedience, guilt, Bible, principle, character, capabilities, intentions, record
Faith is not created by calling for faith, criticizing the faithless, or aiming for obedience or guilt. You will only build the faith that changes lives by pointing beyond the believer to the One to be ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 September 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, race, religion, gay narrative, race-baiters, ethnicity, disdain, Christian, Muslim, far left, militant movement, Jesus, radicals, division, ideology
... to live by this ethos, and it has confounded both friend and foe alike. For example, two days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, instead of objectifying all Muslims I went into a local mosque ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 September 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Kyle Searcy, God, crutch, church, sovereignty, natural realm, grace, Bible, The Word, neglect, natural laws, confinement, fear, slothfulness
I was spiritually raised in a very strict segment of Christianity. There were great things I learned at that church. But, the emphasis that was placed on pleasing God actually created an unhealthy fear ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 August 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Ron Edmondson, God, Twitter, post, Scripture, grace, social media
Recently I wrote 20 Things God Might Tweet. It was a popular post. All were designed to be easily tweeted with a simple copy and paste. I thought there might be a companion post. I believe, based on Scripture, ... [ +++ ]
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, ... [ +++ ]
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