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Created on Monday, 26 January 2015 / Evangelism
Tags: Scott Attebery, evangelism, revival, God, fried chicken, intense worship, prayer, awakening, sovereignty, responsibility, Charles Simeon, fallow ground, Dr. Cornell Haan, Lighthouse Movement
Growing up, I remember the announcement every year in church: "Ladies, please sign up to bring food for next week's revival services." I loved that announcement. Why? Several reasons: Homemade fried chicken, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, purpose, earth, Job, Bertrand Russell, Heaven, Hell, God, pleasure, God's family, Christlike, service, mission
Everyone in your congregation wants to know if life really matters. Members, visitors, even your staff want to know, "What on earth an I here for?" They're asking three basic questions: First, there's ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, Noah, sin, bondage, power, movement, God, righteousness, immunity
The new year brings hope and opportunity. Many of us have made New Year's resolutions we are firmly committed (at least for now) to keep throughout the year. Every new year, though, also brings renewed ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 January 2015 / Discipleship
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay, scriptural discipleship, spiritual maturity, evangelicalism, growth, spiritual depth, Word of God, goals, fear of the deep
Lately there has been a lot of talk about spiritual formation and discipleship, and rightfully so. I think we can all agree there's a discipleship deficit in evangelicalism. Perhaps the elephant in the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 16 January 2015 / Worship
Tags: Justin Lathrop, Bible, reading, alarm, five minutes, calendar, meetings, God's Word, production, audio version, download, verses, plain sight, coffee, alarm, consistency
Have you ever noticed that when life gets busy, spiritual disciplines are the first to go? We don't mean for that to happen, but bills and meetings and car repairs and errands are louder and more persistent ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 16 January 2015 / Personal Character
Tags: IHOPKC, Shawn A. Akers, Mike Bickle, Romans 12, scripture, God's mercy, pastors, ministry, Thom Rainer, divine destiny, transformation
In my 48 years on this earth, I have heard sermons surrounding Romans 12:1-2 many times. I am certain that it is one that most of you have preached sometime during your career as a pastor or a ministerial ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 January 2015 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, Jesus, preacher games, holy scripture, God's Word, Lazarus, Martha, rise from the dead, dishonesty, wrong
... years as Director of Missions for the 100 Southern Baptist churches of metro New Orleans, Joe McKeever retired on June 1, 2009. These days, he has an office at the First Baptist Church of Kenner where ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 January 2015 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, God, blessings, Abraham, Genesis, needs
Based on what we know about the rest of the world and how they live, would you consider those of us living in America to be unusually blessed? I think we'd all have to admit that our country—even ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 January 2015 / Counseling
Tags: Ron Edmondson, struggling, ministry, counseling, sanctuary, business leaders, Christian leader, transparent, reputation, protection, God, counselor, coach, couch, mentor, friends, family
This is written to the struggling leader. I frequently hear from you. Email appears to be a safe place to reach out to someone—and for that I'm thankful. Some of my pastor friends are lonely or about ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 02 January 2015 / 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 Wednesday, 31 December 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, God-centered, engaging, leader, boldness, prepare, forget, patience, Holy Spirit, move, connection, countenance, priority, throne of grace, effectiveness, songs, musi
When we gather to worship, what are we really hungry for? Why are we there? What is the goal? Is it: Songs? Great music? Entertainment? Powerful leadership? Answers to questions? God? Malcolm du Plessi ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 December 2014 / Deliverance
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, idolatry, church, sins, Ten Commandments, human sexuality, lifestyle choices, celebrity preachers, worship, entertainment, personal property, objectifying God, ethnicity
The greatest sin in the Bible by far is the sin of idolatry. Idolatry is when we violate the first of the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20), which is "You shall have no other gods before me." It is when we put ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 December 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Greg Stier, collaboration, principles, gospel, Jesus Christ, churches, youth ministries, synergize, network, bold, vision, prayer, God's Word, Doug Holliday, relationships
As I type these words I'm at a mountain retreat with 10 other youth ministry leaders from around the nation. We are collaborating around a vision that we pray will result in every teenager in America engaged ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 December 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Rick Warren, Christmas, Jesus, relevance, God, Earth, Heaven, baby, Bible, communication, tempted, suffered, death, cross, God's love, sins
When man landed on the moon, it was big news. It was almost as if the whole world stopped to watch Neil Armstrong's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. But it is nothing compared to the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Foursquare Church, Water Ramos, Jesus, movements, leaders, pastor, passion, Word of God, disciples, momentum, skill set, guidance, example, believing in others, Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Churc
The night I found Jesus I was on my way to take my life at a local park. Although I didn't know it, He was waiting for me at a church close to that park. I walked in, sat in the back of the room and didn't ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 December 2014 / Kingdom Culture
Tags: Ed Stetzer, multiethnic, multicultural, churches, pastors, leaders, kingdom of God, Revelation 7, tribe, nation, tongue, simplicity, growth, changes, barriers
The church is called to be both an instrument and sign of the kingdom of God. As an instrument, the church is God's agent in the world, showing and sharing the love of Jesus to a broken and hurting world. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, passion, zeal, heart on fire, missing the point, records, concerts, royalty checks, jobs, productions, emotional feelings, desperate, God, desire, fire, Paul
Worship. How would you define it? Hearing that word almost creates confusion. It has become so many things. Songs, services, singing and industry. Records, sold-out shows, iTunes charts and royalty ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 November 2014 / Multicultural
Tags: Jonathan Feldstein, Thanksgiving, Chaunukah, Judean mountains, Abraham, God's promise, Israel, Temple, Jerusalem, Jews, Christians, Charisma, Ministry Today, Heart to Heart
... educated in the U.S. and immigrated to Israel in 2004. He has been blessed by the calling to fellowship with Christian supporters of Israel and shares his experiences of living as an Orthodox Jew in Israel. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 November 2014 / Youth
Tags: Doug Franlklin, youth ministry, building, structural integrity, connection with God, mission, discipling, volunteers, relationships, students, navigate, equip, stability, barrier, separation
Building a healthy youth ministry is like stacking a house of cards—when one card is out of place, the whole thing falls apart. It's time to look at your ministry through the eyes of a home inspector. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 November 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Rick Warren, tough times, praise, thanks, worry, prayer, joy, thank God, God's peace, Jesus Christ, guard your hearts and minds
When the Apostle Paul says, "Always be full of joy in the Lord," he doesn't say to only be joyful in good times. Even when times are tough, the Bible teaches we can be joyful if we follow these simple ... [ +++ ]
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