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Created on Friday, 21 November 2014 / Communication
Tags: Chuck Lawless, worship, service, controversial topic, secret shoppers, starting late, distractions, disorganization, apathy, poor sound, video quality, loud music, incomprehensible words, grammatical ...
Worship is frequently a controversial topic, and it's not my goal with this post to add to those debates. I also realize that the focus of worship is God. Any attention we give to the human component of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 November 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, words, power, life, death, tongue, transformative, believe, proud, leader, love, church family
"The tongue can bring death or life ..." (Prov. 18:21, NLT). There is so much power in your words. Your words can change a child's life. Your words can bring confidence and courage to a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, kingdom-centered church, box church, Constantine, marketplace, cathedrals, clergy, building, equipping, Bible, the Word, celebrated, sacred, mission
Ever since the fourth century when the Roman Emperor Constantine made Christianity legal, the church progressively went from a decentralized "saints movement" to a temple-centered, "clergy-dependent" movement. ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 24 September 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, preschool, early childhood, ministry, church, childcare, elementary, pre-ten, students, culture, chapel, nursery, Bible, songs, God's Word
How important is the preschool/early childhood ministry in your church? Many people think preschool ministry is simply "childcare" and not as important as elementary, pre-teen or student ministry. This ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 12 September 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Robert Morris, leadership, empowered, Jesus, serve, delegate, Gateway Church, The Word, power, authority, insecurity, exaltation, promotion
On more occasions than I can count, I have heard positive comments about my empowering approach to running a church. I've had more than a few of our recent hires come to me and say something like, "Robert, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Perry Stone, ministerial leaders, weapon, armor, sword of the Spirit, God's Word, mishandling scriptures, battle, out of context, Satan, bait and switch, personal gain
The believer has a mighty weapon in the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Eph. 6:17). The Word of God was written on parchments with black ink and quill pens and was later translated into ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 / Communication
Tags: Chelsen Vicari, Distorting the Word, Believers, context, God's Word, scripture, millennial, problem, Pentecostal, Evangelical, transformation, Rachel Held Evans, Kathy Keller, Tim Keller, Gospel ...
Whenever somebody mentions Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, what do you imagine? Likely, your thoughts drift to the painting's infamous stoic expression or its mysterious legacy. What you probably don't ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 August 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, prayer, Word of God, theological error, intellectual midget, prayer warriors, faith, Southern Baptist Convention, Great Awakening, movement
One of the most powerful experiences of my life occurred when someone challenged me to prioritize prayer in my life. When I embraced prayer in my college years, not only did it change my life, it also ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 August 2014 / Youth
Tags: Tiffany Sullivan, youth, pastors, advice, parents, Word of God, middle schooler, impact, follow, lead, pop culture, God, actions, words, time, technology time, read
Every youth pastor out there has young people in their youth group. Hence the name "youth group." And those youth have parents. This article is an open letter to them, the parents of youth, from a teen. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 / Culture
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, cultural, challenging, sensitive, issues, God's Word, immigration, pastors, be biblical, study, convictional, teachable spirit, gospel, Jesus Christ
One of the greatest challenges as a pastor is when you know God wants you to preach on a sensitive and challenging subject. Some pastors do all they can to avoid or ignore these kinds of matters. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 July 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, prayer meeting, Cross Church, Sunday morning, spiritual awakening, Jonathan Edwards, revival, personal conviction, Great Commission, worship, word-based
On Sunday morning, October 13, 2013, I led our entire Cross Church Family in a prayer meeting. I believed it was time to issue a call to the Cross Church Family for spiritual revival in the church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, transformation, sanctification, truth, God's Word, Jesus Christ, Spirit, leaders, Solomon, repeat, elevate, congregation, character
Nothing thrills a pastor more than seeing real transformation happen in the lives of people. We want to see people grow up and become completely mature—completely like Jesus Christ. Another word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, charisma, character, leadership, Hitler, Mussolini, Marx, competence, church leaders, God's Word, Great Commission, Great Commandment
All leadership is built on two things—character and competence. Those are the twin values of leadership. Charisma is optional. Some of the most charismatic people of the 20th century were also the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: John Burke, maturity, leader, prayer, Word, Bible, ministry, connected, God's Spirit, community, confessing, Bible, Reveal survey, reading, reflecting
The single best practice to change your spiritual life is ...? Before I tell you what research says, let me tell you what I've noticed in my own life and watching others over 25 years of ministry. About ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 May 2014 / Communication
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, church members, LifeWay Christian Resources, care, visit, teach, Bible, Word, preaching, change
I am among the most blessed men in the world. God has graciously saved me and sustained me. I have an incredible family. The place and ministry where I serve vocationally is a gift from God. And then, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 May 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, fun, boring, church, Relevant Children's Ministry, engaged, attention, learning style, interactive, game, God's Word
Do you want to know if kids like coming to your church or not? There are two words you can ask them to find out. These two words carry a lot of weight for a child. The first word is fun. If you want ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 May 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Cox, preaching, humanity, role, Bible, message, Word, terminology, vernacular
Some believe that preaching preparation is where the preacher goes off to talk to God with Bible in hand. Then God gives a message to the preacher. Then the preacher comes to the people without altering ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 May 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, pastor, former, Charles Spurgeon Center, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, eternal significance, Word, transformation, power, gospel
I served as a senior pastor for 14 years in Ohio prior to becoming a seminary professor in 1996. To be honest, I think often about those days. I realize the Lord has not placed me in the role of pastor ... [ +++ ]
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