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Created on Thursday, 23 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Troy Jackson, humility, church, culture, Timothy Thomas, Cincinnati, racial tension, Chris Beard, Pentecostal, Terry Thomas, redemption, repentance, Forgive Us, Civil Rights movement
In April 2001, an unarmed African-American teenager named Timothy Thomas was shot and killed by Cincinnati police. Thomas's death was the latest in a series of intriguing deaths of unarmed African-Americans ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 16 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: LGBT, gay rights, pastors, Christians, Houston, Houston bathroom bill, Houston pastors, Annise Parker, Steve Riggle, ADF, Alliance Defending Freedom
In an outrageous act of overreach that the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) rightly branded "an inquisition" and a "witch hunt," the city of Houston has demanded that certain pastors preaching ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Rick Warren, credibility, people, leadership, influence, D.L. Moody, character, respect, integrity, humility, dependability, right priorities, generosity, Andrew Carnegie, spirituality
You'll never have to earn God's favor. God loves you and is pleased with you completely because of grace and not because of your performance. People, on the other hand, are a little different. If you want ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 September 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, Jesus, cultural influence, beatitudes, Sermon on the Mount, holiness, pietists, societal transformation, poor in spirit, mourn, comfort, meet, righteousness
The Beatitudes (Matt. 5:1-12) contained in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount is perhaps the greatest exposition ever written regarding godly character and attitude. Often the 10 attributes mentioned here ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 September 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, social issues, sex-slave trade, child abuse, same-sex marriage, New York, liberal cities, church, Charles Finney, Second Great Awakening, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., racism, ...
A pastor of a New York City megachurch has, on more than one occasion, publicly related his stance on several issues including same-sex marriage: This pastor essentially said that Jesus only dealt with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 28 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Football, Dan Reiland, plan, strategy, mission, God, victories, right people, phone, decision, distractions, vision, experiment, care
Who's your favorite football team? I live in Atlanta now, so I love it when the Falcons do well. But being a native San Diegan, the Chargers will always have a place in my heart. Football games are won ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Starched, iron, Joe McKeever, prim, proper, rigid, set in their ways, pretty, not functional, self-righteous, legal, unloving, pharisaical, proud, convictions, leadership positions
"You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart ... "  (Acts 7:51).  "No one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch pulls away from the garment and a worse tear results. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 June 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, same-sex marriage, pastors, weddings, First Amendment, religious liberty, freedom of speech, activists, human rights, civil rights
It should be obvious to all that the ultimate goal of the far left is to re-interpret and or amend the First Amendment to take away religious liberty and freedom of speech. Since the legalization of same-sex ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 June 2014 / Worship
Tags: Bobby Gilles, worship, song, singability, melodic range, intervals, space, symmetry, right key, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Chris Tomlin
Most worship leaders agree that songs for congregational worship should be "singable," a made-up word that means "easy for a congregation to sing together." But it is tempting for many of us to subtly ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 March 2014 / Vision
Tags: Dan Reiland, Wright Brothers, flight, small churches, fly, sights, right thing, evangelism, discouragement, surrender, calling, mature supporters, leadership, mentor, coach
My mom owned and managed a travel agency in San Diego, mostly because she loved to travel, and she truly enjoyed helping others travel. Mom loved hanging out at airports—really! Airplanes fascinated her, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 / Communication
Tags: Joe McKeever, heresy, church, pastors, bad theology, preach, Word, orthodox, right thinking, sound doctrine, Walt Kelly, possum Pogo, Water Nigg, salvation
For a pastor, the way to deal with bad theology in his church is always to preach the Word. Just hang in there, year after year, teaching and preaching God’s unchanging truth. The changes in your ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 October 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Pastor, storm, apology, Joe McKeever, forgiveness, Christians, prayers, serious, righteous man, wife, leadership, The Word, Psalms, church, conflict, sermons, health, critics, friends, evaluation, ...
Some power clique in the church is on your case. Some church member is leading a movement to oust you. The church has a history of ousting pastors every so often and it’s time, and some members ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 July 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Ron Phillips, righteousness, racism, radicals, society, culture, soul, symptoms, sexual purity, Detroit, Chicago, sin, life, death
Society is being turned on its ear, and we are being given a front-row seat. I could sit here for days and decry the many ways in which our culture is losing its soul. I could catalogue the multiple symptoms ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 July 2013 / Vision
Tags: Ron Phillips, flame, burning out, burning bright, Thomas Edison, church, poor, lost, disciples, believers, generation
Consider this quote by Thomas Edison: “Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment, and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Kim Martinez, bi-vocational pastors, Elijah, honesty, sleep, eat right, exercise
After work, we changed clothes in the restroom and then ran through Taco Bell on our way to the church. Life as a bi-vocational pastor is a bit hectic. If you aren’t careful, you could find yourself with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Michael Brown, divine judgment, Second Coming, Christ, tornadoes, Oklahoma, abortion, babies, righteousness
... of same-sex “marriage” in Massachusetts in 2004. This reminded me of the statement made by one of our most respected, national Christian leaders immediately after the 9/11 tragedy in 2001. He said, “I ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 March 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Dan Reiland, church, leadership, levels, Apostle Paul, Thessalonians, John Maxwell, position, rights, permission, relationship
Pastor Chris Morgan, my friend and colleague on the 12Stone Church staff team, and one of the best worship leaders in the country, sent me a personal journal entry on leadership from his readings in I ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 March 2013 / Culture
Tags: Same-sex marriage, civil rights, LifeWay, research, poll, Americans, born-again Christians
As public policy continues to change on the issue, a LifeWay Research poll shows 58 percent of American adults agree it is a civil rights issue and 64 percent believe it is inevitable same-sex marriage ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 15 February 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Gregory Dickow, righteousness, right standing, right living
Righteousness is the answer to everything! What was the first thing God said to Jesus in an audible voice? In Mark 1:11 He said, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well pleased.” Jesus didn’t do anything ... [ +++ ]
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