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Created on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, Christmas, Christ, holidays, poll, data, de-Christianization, Santa Claus, traditions, reason for the season, Jesus
In recent years there has been some significant discussion and controversy over the de-Christianization of Christmas. With shop workers being told to say "Happy Holidays," the over-emphasis of Santa Claus, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 November 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, Christmas, church growth, first-time guests, Easter, Mother's Day, community, gospel, relatives, friends, vision, members, morale, congregation, pool of volunteers, prospect list
One of the secrets of growth at Saddleback Church is that we use special days as an evangelism tool and to keep our members motivated toward the growth of our congregation. In a sense, Saddleback ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 March 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, big attendance, Easter, Mother's Day, Jesus, resurrection, Saddleback Church, Christmas Eve, evangelism, tool, morale, volunteers, prospect list, community, interest
Easter is coming! And it will be one of the most well-attended Sundays for churches this year. Wise church leaders will take advantage of the opportunity to present the simple but profoundly hopeful message ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 February 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Hal Seed, Chreasters, Easter, Christmas, regulars, church, concentrated prayer, New Song, confident invitation, Christ, immediate follow up, free book
... are able to look around the crowd and find the “people like me” pretty quickly. “People like me” is key to assimilating newcomers. Once you get to 200 or more, the number of names and faces is large enough ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 February 2014 / Worship
Tags: Church, choirs, Don Chapman, irrelevant, churchgoer, boring, outdated music, rehearsal, volunteers, busy, vibrant praise choirs, modern worship leader, Christmas, Easter, money, assistant
“I hate choirs!” So said a friend of mine recently at lunch as we discussed ministry matters. He’s your typical, middle-aged churchgoer with a wife and three kids. I could understand “dislike,” but “hate?” ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 January 2014 / Youth
Tags: Tony Myles, More Than Dodgeball, trends, current, U.S., youth ministry, Miley Cyrus, Duck Dynasty, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Google, Christian
How do you get students to start serving and affecting their culture in the name of Jesus Christ? Maybe it begins by being in the loop on past and current trends. You’ve probably heard all the flashy headlines ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 December 2013 / Worship
Tags: Ron Phillips, Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, Ebeneezer Scrooge, Jesus, greed, misery, irony, Savior, child
“Marley was dead: to begin with.” With these words, Charles Dickens begins his classic tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge, who found life and redemption after living a life of greed and misery. A story that begins ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, It's a Wonderful Life, Jimmy Stewart, Christmas, classic, movie, hurt, pain, community
My wife Cheryl and I saw “It’s a Wonderful Life” again this year. That isn’t unusual. It was probably about the 30th time or so. We love the movie. It may be considered my “favorite”… if I ever had to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Chuck Lawless, Christmas eve, childhood, memories, Santa, Grandpa, stuff, Christ, Bethlehem, God of Christmas, eternity
I’m 52 years old, but I remember well the Christmas eves of my childhood. Our grandpa spent the night with us, and he always slept on the couch in the living room. We needed him there to open the front ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 December 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Joe McKeever, Christmas, Jesus, carol, karaoke, John 3:16, reason for the season, substitutes
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” A few years back, the minister of music and I decided to try something different on the last Sunday night before Christmas. We had done ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 December 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Rick Warren, Christmas, Easter, guests, grace, evangelistic mandate, love, seek, shepherd, wise men, distracted, Herod, Jesus, spiritual family
If the two times of the year that guests typically show up for a weekend church service are Easter and Christmas, then we have an evangelistic mandate to make the most of the opportunity to welcome them, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Joe McKeever, Christmas, strangers, gospel, Jesus Christ, evangelism, prayer, lead, discernment
I. There were three people in front of me at the Wal-Mart checkout. I was on my way to a drawing assignment and stopped to pick up a large sketchbook. Wal-Mart has them cheaper than the art store, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Kim Martinez, Advent, tradition, New Year, Christ, Christmas, anticipation, Israelites, Messiah, thankfulness, unexpected, Jesus, signs, worship
There is a time in the liturgical Christian calendar called “ordinary time”—it is that time between Pentecost and the first Sunday of Advent and the few short weeks between New Year's and Ash Wednesday. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, Christmas, gifts, appreciation, responses, heartbreak, cash, pain, exhortation, inquiry, financial struggle, Thanksgiving
I am always grateful when pastors and church members share with me topics of interest to them. Those suggestions tend to be viewed by more readers than my own ideas. I guess that says something about my ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 December 2012 / Ministry Life
Tags: Banana tree, Africa, Christmas, different
"Christmas is the time when nothing ought to change.” Our newly married daughter, Liz, put into words what all of us were feeling. We had come from our home in New York state to spend the holidays with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 December 2012 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Christmas, bashing, traditions, beauty
Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the December 2004 edition of Charisma. I love to celebrate Christmas because I love the Christ of Christmas. Yet we live in a day when celebrating "Christ's ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 December 2012 / Preaching
Tags: Christmas, salvation, Bethlehem, Jesus, God, manger
... passed away in 2004, was an ordained Methodist minister and held earned doctorates in theology and divinity. She established Fountain Gate Church in Plano, Texas, with her husband, Leroy, in 1971 and pastored ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 December 2012 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Christmas, Buckingham, home, mystical longing
Editor's Note: This article appeared in the December 1982 issue of Charisma Magazine and was written by Jamie Buckingham, former senior pastor at Melbourne Tabernacle Church in Melbourne, Fla. Buckingham ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 December 2012 / Community
Tags: Newtown Connecticut, Sandy Hook Elemntary school, Connecticut elementary school shooting, Newtown massacre, David Shibley, brokenhearted Christmas
Our hearts continue to grieve over the horrific evil that was unleashed against precious, helpless children last week at an elementary school in Connecticut. In the midst of the pain we also remember that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 December 2012 / Columns
Tags: God, voice, communicator, hear, Christmas season, voice, tone, volume, whispers
When a child is small, whether we want to or not, we train them to hear our voice. We have certain tones of voices that indicate “I mean business.” By the time a child is four or five years old, they will ... [ +++ ]
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