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Faith

Created on Friday, 23 May 2014 / Children
Tags: Andrew Lisa, church, nursery, challenge, legally, financially, logistically, children, adults, Sunday school, Christian, faith, family concept
The concept of the church nursery is as old as the saying "It takes a village to raise a child." Establishing one offers the members of your congregation not only the service of providing caring, trained, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 May 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Daniel Kolenda, surrender, will, uncomfortable, endure, broken, Jesus, crucifixion, seek, obey, faithful, submission, journey
Years ago I had a vision in which I saw a dam. On one side was a mighty river, but on the other side was dry, cracked earth. I understood that the river represented the glory of God and the dry ground ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 24 April 2014 / Vision
Tags: George O. Wood, smaller churches, dying, struggle, Assemblies of God, faithful, Holy Spirit, New Community Church, The Oaks, Texas, Chris Railey, community outreaches, miracle, extinction
... 80 people to nearly 700, with 1,200 decisions for Christ. This success story is miraculous but it’s also within reach of most of our churches on the brink of extinction. Let’s all do what we can to fan ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Neil Eskelin, LifeBridge Books, Christian, sermon, pastors, mistakes, personality, personal stories, thesaurus, vision, faith, synonyms, shout, speak, long passages, Benny Hinn, Holy Spirit
Editor's Note: After ghostwriting and editing more than 300 Christian books, Neil Eskelin, president of LifeBridge Books, offers his advice to ministers who have a sermon series they want to see published ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Leaders, Brad Lomenick, insignificant, commitment, faithfulness, small things, character, pain points, foundation, perseverance, discipline, process
As leaders, we live for the moment—the big moments that are memory makers, the home runs, the winning “touchdown,” the deal that launches our organization or business to the next level, the significant ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, youth ministry, questions, finished product, ministry leaders, faith, growth, followers, Jesus, small groups, activities, influence, relationship
If I ask you why you care for the students who are in your youth ministry, you will probably say something about helping them growing in their faith. I inquire, “OK, who do you want them to be?” You ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 April 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Steve Stewart, Impact Nations, Healing, United States, England, India, Africa, quantity, quality, Jesus, faith, prayer
... 2003, Impact Nations has not only touched the lives of the thousands of people living in volatile regions with clean water, education, schools, businesses and churches, but thousands more have had live-changing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 / Family Life
Tags: Andrew Lisa, family ministry, professionals, Bible, home, children, true faith, learned, practiced, supplemental, separate, literature, media, support groups, retreats, accountability
Although the physical act of going to church is a central tenet of the faith, true faith is rooted in the Christian household. For people of faith, family ministry is crucial to maintaining a true understanding ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 March 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Napoleon Kaufman, Greg Surratt, Barbara Yoder, Ron Luce, Josh McDowell, gospel, salvation, Ron Phillips, religious, cancer, Christianized, faith, obstacles, Abba's House, Teen Mania
... We’ll get along.” When we arrived at church, we found about 200 people crammed into this little white church, and they were singing loud and happy. This was really new to me. I always felt like going to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, vision, principles, giftedness, given, written, prayer, heart, communication, declaration, faith, realized, soul, energize
A vision is beyond just a good idea. It must be a God idea. God does not obligate Himself to our good ideas or brainstorming sessions. God commits Himself to us when we connect with His heart and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 February 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, ineffective, children's ministry, devastating, affects, families, communities, destroyed, failed, training, faith, broken, lost, spiritually obese, dead religion
Do you ever wonder why some children who grew up in church don’t want to have anything to do with it anymore? Do you ever wonder why the family unit as a whole in your community has been destroyed? Could ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 / Marketplace
Tags: Os Hillman, Barna Research, trends, faith, work, calling, Christian community, professional, workplace, Jesus, tax collectors, prostitutes, marketplace, killer sheep
This month, a new study came out from Barna Research on trends in faith, work and calling. There were some surprising facts that came from the study that every church leader should take to heart. The study ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 February 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Dale Hudson, Katy Perry, pastor's kids, heaven, hell, Barna, research, unrealistic expectations, negative experiences, church, father, mother, faith, modeled, friends, peers
Katy Perry is currently the highest-profile pastor's kid (PK) that has walked away from her faith. In a recent interview, she said she is no longer a Christian and doesn’t believe in heaven, hell or ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, hurting, challenging, immoral, community, Pew Research, clergy, moral failures, widespread coverage, Christian faith, nation, marginalize, tenure, entitlement mentality, social ...
A day does not pass that I do not hear from a hurting pastor. Serving in that role has to be one of the most challenging vocations today. Sure, there are some bad and immoral pastors. But the vast majority ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 January 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Brad Lomenick, leadership, Joseph, principle, humility, discipline, faithfulness, grace, competence, wisdom, strategy
Joseph is one of my favorite personalities in the Old Testament. The story of Joseph in Genesis is one worth reading again and again. In regards to Joseph, here are some leadership qualities I admire in ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, New Year, resolution, Jesus, Mark 5, seek, passionately, tightly, claim, readily, public attention, experience, faith, honor
One of my closest friends and I hosted a Christian radio talk show for 17 years. He was out of town one morning for Christmas break and I had to do the show alone. As I was preparing that morning, I read ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, pastor, faithfully, challenge, professionally, personally, new year, evaluation, examination, relationships, church culture, elevate, Christ, walk, spirituality, leadership, future
With the holiday season looming, how can you end the year faithfully? In other words, pastor, what should your focus be for these last few days of the year? You can lead aimlessly to nowhere or aim ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Cancer, transition, Percy McCray, prayer, optimism, stress, immune system, National Institute of Health, God Changes Your Brain, Our Journey of Hope, faith
Belief can make the difference for a life in transition. During difficult times when an individual must prioritize their health, a spiritual or religious faith can ease tensions, boost attitude and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 November 2013 / Culture
Tags: Manny Pacquiao, pound-for-pound church, odds, oppponent, punch, Kenny Luck, Saddleback Church, greatness, numbers, church health, disciple making, God's justice, missions, faith, fruitfulness, weaknesses, ...
Greatness must involve victory over quality opposition or significant odds. In the boxing world, I have just described Manny Pacquiao. You don’t even have to love boxing to admire and respect ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastors, preaching, teaching, exhorting, proclaiming, Bible, organization, Psalms, faith, worship
Most preachers would rather preach than teach. Even the names say that, don’t they?  We call pastors “preachers,” not “teachers.”  And yet … In seminary, we used up an entire class period one ... [ +++ ]
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