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Created on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 / Fasting
Tags: Chuck Lawless, fasting, eating, local church pastor, evangelicals, believers, missionaries, God's kingdom, slow down, reflect, deepest longings, spiritual beings
Fasting—not our favorite topic. We don't usually like to talk about not eating. In fact, nobody talked to me about fasting when I was a young believer. I didn't learn about this spiritual discipline ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 14 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, bivocational, ministry, serve, church, income, dependence, connected, non-believers, ministry, missions, missiology, delegate, train, laypersons, theological training, calling
"I didn't come to seminary to be a bivocational minister, to have to get another kind of job," my student told me. I may not have agreed with my student, but I did understand his thinking. Back then (almost ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 August 2014 / Culture
Tags: Christianity, Bible, culture, Believers, doctrines, practices, church, Scripture, Evangelicals, American Dream, corporate vision, destiny, stewardship, individual prosperity
It has been evident to numerous biblical scholars that often (if not most of the time) believers (including preachers) interpret the Bible through the lens of their culture. This has resulted in many beliefs, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 01 August 2014 / Community
Tags: George Wood, Assemblies of God, Holy Spirit, Pentecostals, Evangelicals, apostle Paul, Apollos, converts, Spirit-baptized believers, G. Campbell Morgan, church, demographics, leadership, skill
A template is a pattern or mold used as a guide to form a piece or product. There certainly is a template in what happened when Paul met up with the nominal 12 believers at Ephesus. Here is the background. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Chuck Lawless, churches, Great Commission, execute, walk, talk, language, biblical texts, commitment, task, ministers, missionaries, non-believers, lost, obedience, teach, transfer
In 17 years of doing church consulting, no church leader has said to me, "Our church really doesn't want to do the Great Commission." I've worked with many churches, however, that proclaim the Great Commission ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 / Vision
Tags: Chuck Lawless, ministry, immediately, improve, book, seminar, conference, talk, leader, class, degree, podcast, obedient, God, clarity, relevance, communication, gospel, non-believers, gospel se
You have many options to strengthen your ministry. Read a book. Attend a conference. Talk to another leader. Take a class or earn another degree. Listen to a podcast. Watch a web seminar. All of these ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Chuck Lawless, options, leader, ministry, improvement, degree, seminar, class, obedience, Jesus, clarity, relevance, communicate, gospel, non-believers, sensitivity, invest, release, accountability, ...
You have many options to strengthen your ministry: Read a book. Attend a conference. Talk to another leader. Take a class, or earn another degree. Listen to a podcast. Watch a web seminar. All of these ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 / Education
Tags: Chuck Lawless, memorize, scripture, John 3:16, Bible, Word of God, believers, Jesus, model, power, temptation, heart, sin, hiding, rebukes, garbage, mission field
I still remember the first Bible verses I memorized, even though I memorized them decades ago (and in the King James Version, for that matter): “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 March 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: millennials, church, Generation X, leave the church, change, church complaints, the bride of Christ, making a difference, helping Christians mature, connecting believers to God, take a stand, youth ...
I recently turned 35. I was raised on Saturday morning cartoons (DuckTales, Shirt Tales, lots of stuff with tales), cordless phones with extendable four-foot antennae, and Pop Rocks and Coke ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Kenny Luck, Saddleback Church, ministry, men's ministry, rogue, unpredictable, dangerous, solitary, deep fear, meetings, influence, congregation, connection, body of believers, tribal knowledge, ...
“He’s gone rogue.” Usually you will encounter this phrase in spy novels when counter-intelligence operatives, spies or assassins leave the grid and, consequently, the control of their handlers. In ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Rick Warren, leaders, kingdom, growth, apostles, leaders, Bible, Acts, Hebraic Jews, multiplying, biblical, problems, discontent, unmet needs, pastors, spirit-filled believers, assistance, praying, ...
If you want your church to grow—and if you want the kingdom to grow—you’re going to need to develop many more leaders. In the early church, an interesting turn of events happened when the apostles shifted ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 / Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church, growth, numbers, healthy, Holy Spirit, believers, seasons
Here is an example of a common question I receive: My church is not growing. People come, but they do not stay. We’ve analyzed all the majors and feel we are doing what we should, but they do not stay. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 July 2013 / Vision
Tags: Ron Phillips, flame, burning out, burning bright, Thomas Edison, church, poor, lost, disciples, believers, generation
Consider this quote by Thomas Edison: “Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment, and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Rick Warren, affirmation, leadership, jeers, cheers, believers, notice, listen, applause, contributions, ministry, beyond church, positive words, prayer
We affirm people when we treat them with dignity, knowing that they matter to God. If you want to stand out in your leadership, one secret puts you head and shoulders above everybody else—be an encourager. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 April 2013 / Culture
Tags: Michael Brown, Rick Warren, mean-spirited, words, non-believers, suicide, tragedy
In the aftermath of the tragic suicide of Rick and Kay Warren’s son Matthew, another tragedy is occurring. So-called followers of Jesus are using Matthew’s death as an occasion to attack Pastor Warren. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 March 2013 / Calling
Tags: Rick Warren, church planting, congregation, mistakes, Saddleback Church, believers, journey
Every church needs a plan to disciple its congregation. You need a plan to take people from “come and see” to “come and die”—which is where Jesus took His disciples during His earthly ministry. For most ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 15 February 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Rick Warren, Satan, Isolated, Believers, Encouragement, Detached
“Encourage one another daily … so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Hebrews 3:13, NIV) A church family will help keep you from backsliding. None of us are immune to temptation. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 January 2013 / Evangelical Essentials
Tags: New believers, salvation, spiritual maturity, Jim Graff
How overwhelmed Peter must have felt looking into the faces of 3,000 new converts in Jerusalem. I’m sure he must have thought: They’ve chosen to follow Christ, but will they follow me into the mature faith ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 December 2012 / Ethics
Tags: Leader, fall, believers, shocked, moral, safeguards, biblical teaching, pastoral care, evangelistic thrust, Stockstill, prophetic word
I was on an airplane between Louisville, Ky., and Dallas, trying to relax between speaking engagements, in the first week of October 2006. As I looked at the Arkansas countryside below, an inward voice ... [ +++ ]
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