Does your to-do list feel long and heavy this week? How long has it been since you took your foot off the gas? read more
This church in Alabama has got it going, and God's blessing it with tremendous growth and an incredible children's ministry. read more
How you live your life in your 20s, 30s and 40s matters. Take it from someone who has been there. read more
Four ways to prepare couples for marriages that will last a lifetime
Having been a college/20-something pastor for the last decade, I have lived in the land of dating, engagement and wedding officiating. My weekends are regularly filled with beautiful flowers, “Here Comes the Bride” and mediocre reception musicians. Officiating weddings is fun, and a lot of energy is poured into making this a special and memorable day. But there is so much more that must be considered. Have we spent more energy pulling off a wedding and less on preparing to make a marriage last a lifetime?
I have been asked “How do I know if she is the one?” more times than I can count, taught about dating and marriage multiple times, and spent endless hours in premarital counseling. Thinking about this sacred subject has been a necessity for me. Here are a few things I have come to realize in trying to prepare young adults for marriage.
Paint a realistic picture. Marriage is a beautiful thing, designed by God. There is fulfillment and joy for two people that “submit themselves to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Eph. 5:21). But having a great marriage takes a lot of work. When we get caught up in the enchanting imagery of Ephesians 5, we have to remember that it is an invitation to the death of self. It is easy to be a servant when people praise us for it, but the test is will we still serve when people treat us like servants? read more
If you have prodigal children, here are some good ways to bring them back. If you don't, here's how to prevent them from becoming prodigal children. read more
As a pastor, have you remembered the covenant you made before God concerning your bride, or do you act like John Wesley did toward his? read more
Here's how the No Man Left Behind model can attract new men to your church and to its ministry for men. read more
In the first of a six-part series, LifeWay Research takes a look at how churches have turned a corner with the help of the Transformational Church Assessment Tool. read more
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 as if He is a lottery or a slot machine—if you put in the right amount of prayer, praise, worship, faith and good works, out comes your blessing. But for some, that is all they see God as, and they get beside themselves when He doesn’t come through the way they wanted Him to.
Blessing and prosperity are more than money. According to Strong’s Complete Concordance of the Bible, one Hebrew word for prosperity is shalom. We often associate the word shalom with peace, but the peace that Christ went to war for on the cross is a complete, whole kind of peace. Also according to Strong’s, shalom is “completeness, soundness, welfare and peace.” It represents completeness in number and safety and soundness in your physical body. Shalom also covers relationships with God and with people. read more
Here's why having a church website, or church Facebook page or church anything is terribly ineffective if it isn't personal, human and relational. read more
People who suffer from these conditions often consult pastors for advice, but are those pastors equipped to help? LifeWay Research explores the issue. read more
Many Christian leaders are realizing the church can redeem technology and use it for a spiritual purpose. Find out how technology can enhance relationships instead of replacing them. read more
And its germs are spreading in epic proportions. read more
In recent years, some have noticed a remarkable—and welcomed—return by younger leaders to the fundamentals of the faith, basic theological education, and the deepening of doctrinal roots. read more