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Created on Monday, 23 September 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Brandon Hilgemann, sermons, losing people, sloppy transitions, connection, points, too much information, long introductions, lazy conclusions, abstract thoughts, real-life application
Are you losing people when you preach? Do people check out during your sermons? After listening to thousands of sermons and preaching quite a few myself, I have learned eight different ways that pastors ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 September 2013 / Legacy
Tags: Joe McKeever, young pastors, stewardship, witnessing, benevolence, tithing, preparation, family, conflict resolution, humility, pornography, prayer, laugh, attitude, mentors, search committees
1. In all the world there are only three Christians who love change; none of them are in your church. 2. When you speak before an unfamiliar group, be careful what you say because you never know who is ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 September 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, abrasive, Christian, God's Word, teacher, Apostle Paul, Peter, patience, gentleness, kindness, blessing, hindrance
This week, in Lynne Olson’s Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941, I found this interesting depiction of Harold Ickes, a member of FDR’s cabinet during ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 September 2013 / Vision
Tags: Allison Vesterfelt, Justin Lathrop, discovery, calling, life, chaos, confusion, Rich Young Ruler, passion, selfish, frivolity, change, singing, golf
I spent most of my 20s floundering around, trying to figure out what I was “supposed” to do with my life. Actually, from the outside, it probably didn’t look much like floundering (I went to college, graduate ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, kids' ministry, worship leader, worship singer, prompting, storytelling, children, filling the gap
After the past few years of observing the worship element of our kids’ experiences, I’ve discovered three key skills that distinguish a worship leader from a worship singer. The former leads kids to engage ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Rick Warren, ministry, minister, Saddleback Church, singles, youth, leadership, God's timing, motivation
Saddleback didn’t have an organized youth ministry until we had 500 in attendance. We didn’t have a singles ministry until we had 1,000 people in attendance. And I’m glad we didn’t. It’s not because those ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Small World, Geoff Surratt, Christians, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, sing, cancer, devastation, marriage
I’ve always hated the Its a Small World ride at Disneyland. I don’t know if it’s the incessant song, the Chucky-like dolls or just the bland predictability of it all. I prefer Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, where ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, pastors, leadership, ministry, failure, church, learning experience, delegation, vision, problems, change, people pleasing
In my talks with pastors and ministry leaders, I hear some repeated themes. One common theme is that they have a story of a failed leadership experience. It might have been their first church or the church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Sean Dunn, mask, deceit, judgment, healing, cleansing, battles, shame, desperation, Bible, defeated faith, routine, internal prayers
My mask was failing. I had worked so hard to keep people out, to keep them from seeing the real me, that I hadn’t invested the energy in allowing God to clean up the stuff I was trying to hide. My ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 May 2013 / Culture
Tags: Steve Reynolds, Anti-Fat Pastor, Anti-Fat Christians, ice cream, health, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, weight loss, Losing to Live, Bod4God, Get Off the Couch
I’ve been called a lot of things in my life but I never thought I’d be called the “Anti-Fat Pastor.”  Not me, the one who for years wouldn’t go to bed until I’d eaten my nightly giant bowl of ice ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 May 2013 / Uncategorised
Tags: Joey Bonifacio, discipline, friend, Singapore, humbled, Kevin Conner, desires
Sitting at the airport in Singapore en route to home. After Sydney, we flew to Melbourne and had a lovely time with Pastor Kevin Conner and his wife, Rene. Now 86 years old, Pastor Kevin is a good friend ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 February 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, Plan, Blessings, Mary, Legacy
Mary, the mother of Jesus, knew that faith and obedience are the keys to God’s blessing, so she chose to go with God’s destiny for her life Now, as a pastor, I want God to bless your life. I want him to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 February 2013 / Community
Tags: Blessings, Rick Warren, laws, brothers, sisters, Christ
Here are the four laws of God's blessing: 1. Our blessings should flow to others. The Bible teaches us that we are blessed not just so that we can feel good, not just so we can be happy and comfortable, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 December 2012 / Personal Finance
Tags: Eckhardt, slot machine, blessings, money
The subject of blessing and prosperity has become very controversial among those in the church. We want to be blessed and live the abundant life Christ died to give us, yet we don’t want to approach God ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 / Missions
Tags: Fight, Human sex trafficking, educate, fundraising
What every church can do about human sex trafficking—now Can I be blunt and say that I’m sick and tired of churches and ministries that are committed to “raising awareness” about sex trafficking? We’re ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 October 2012 / Ministry Life
Tags: Friendship, Blessings, Amplified Leadership, Dan Reiland
Note: The following is an excerpt from Dan Reiland’s book, Amplified Leadership. Reiland is the executive pastor at 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville, Ga., and the former executive pastor at Skyline Church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 October 2012 / Features
Tags: Joyce Meyer, Servant's Heart, Pleasing God, Abeba, Fruit
Some people you meet change your life forever. When I met Abeba, a beautiful, sweet and special little girl in one of our Joyce Meyer Ministries feeding programs in Ethiopia, she was severely malnourished. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 February 2012 / Main
Tags: Why I'm Endorsing Rick Santorum for President
I was one of the first to endorse Mike Huckabee for president. He was a former governor of Arkansas who I felt had great leadership—and he not only shares but embodies our Christian values. But this year ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 13 December 2011 / Main
Tags: Discovering the Gift of Blessing
How we can help people in our congregations move into the holiday season as ambassadors of God's love. by Jack Hayford I was wonderfully reminded of something recently—oh, the power of it!—something that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 July 2010 / Main
Tags: first biblical baptist church of palmetto,florida,fund raising,guy francois,haiti
QUOTE: “At the beginning, everybody was alert [about the situation in Haiti], but now things seem to be shifting in a different direction. The problem is still there, and I feel it is my responsibility ... [ +++ ]
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