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Created on Friday, 14 November 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, society, chaos, fear, race riots, terrorist attacks, Ferguson, Missouri, mistrust, O.J. Simpson, viral pandemic
... and confusion. 3. A terrorist attack. It has been a major miracle that the United States has not experienced another terrorist attack on the scale of Sept. 11, 2001. It is not only due to the great job ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 / Multicultural
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, immigration, gospel, global missions, nations, outreach, impact, church, lost people, different races, Asia, masses, Muslims, Christ
Immigration is changing how churches think about missions and outreach in North America, and rightly so. People are slowly waking up to the new cultural landscape that surrounds them—a landscape ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 November 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, myth, sin, sinner, love, harm, conviction, heaviness, grace, truth, hate, conversation, mercy, Christ, shame, Pharisees, Bible prostitute, responsibility
If you've been in the church for a while, I'm sure you've heard this phrase: Love the sinner, hate the sin. We know we're called to love all people, but we use this phrase to explain how we can love people, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 October 2014 / Youth
Tags: Terrace Crawford, Christ, Millennials, prayers, teens, youth, students, purpose, friendships, passion, character, purity, money, submission, honor, spiritual growth
I've seen the Lord doing some amazing things in the lives of teenagers this year. I know it's because of the work of God and the result of prayer. Call me crazy, but I believe this generation of students ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, pastors, thank you, staff, appreciation, gratitude, praying, studying, God's Word, communicating, grace, love, patience, motives, countless hours, continual learner, spouses, children, ...
To all pastors and church staff, I want you to know that I know being a pastor or church staff member is the most difficult job in the world. While it has unbelievable highs and on its best days is the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 October 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, habit, lifestyle, theologian, conversation, God's glory, Holy Spirit, Bible, grace, Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit
We say that worship is a lifestyle, but how many of us actually live it? Merriam Webster defines lifestyle as "a particular way of living: the way a person lives or a group of people live." If that's the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 September 2014 / Singles
Tags: Scott Attebery, singles ministry, church, relationships, class, lost and found, Christ, common struggles, grace, in touch, trendy, demographic
"I don't belong here." That was the first thought that entered my mind when I walked into the room labeled, "singles." I had recently relocated and was interested in building relationships in my new church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Phil Cooke, preaching, hardcore, sin, hell, punishment, grace, insensitive, pastors, writers, culture, Christian message, priority, truth
We're seeing a lot of criticism recently of pastors, writers, speakers, filmmakers as well as others about how they share the Christian message with the outside culture. Some are criticized for making ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Wayne McDill, grace, credibility, God, preaching, faith, obedience, guilt, Bible, principle, character, capabilities, intentions, record
Faith is not created by calling for faith, criticizing the faithless, or aiming for obedience or guilt. You will only build the faith that changes lives by pointing beyond the believer to the One to be ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 September 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, race, religion, gay narrative, race-baiters, ethnicity, disdain, Christian, Muslim, far left, militant movement, Jesus, radicals, division, ideology
... to live by this ethos, and it has confounded both friend and foe alike. For example, two days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, instead of objectifying all Muslims I went into a local mosque ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 September 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Kyle Searcy, God, crutch, church, sovereignty, natural realm, grace, Bible, The Word, neglect, natural laws, confinement, fear, slothfulness
I was spiritually raised in a very strict segment of Christianity. There were great things I learned at that church. But, the emphasis that was placed on pleasing God actually created an unhealthy fear ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 August 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Ron Edmondson, God, Twitter, post, Scripture, grace, social media
Recently I wrote 20 Things God Might Tweet. It was a popular post. All were designed to be easily tweeted with a simple copy and paste. I thought there might be a companion post. I believe, based on Scripture, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 01 August 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Phil Cooke, pastors, books, serious, marriage, prophecy, grace, epic Bible stories, Christian leader, radio, television, podcasts, one big thing, teaching, media platforms, lives changed
When most pastors write books, you can bet they're compiled from sermon notes and manuscripts. Preach a series on fear, and they end up with a book on the subject. Same with marriage, prophecy, grace, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 July 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, standards, smoker, cigarettes, drummer, church, awkward, grace, discipleship, alcohol, born again Christians, dress code, church member, drug problem, homosexual, jokes, ...
I was in shock the moment I saw it. There in the spotlight—a pack of cigarettes protruding from the front pocket of our scheduled drummer. I wasn't leading worship, but I stood at the back and saw ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Secret sins, shameful, pastoral, sickness, secret weapon, sins, irrelevancy, trusted, friend, mentor, freedom, grace, love, acceptance
... way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Jeff Keady is the pastor of Dover Church in Orange City, Iowa. Jeff partners with Jonny Craig at 200churches.com and the #1 podcast dedicated to providing ministry ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Ed Stetzer, evangelism, outreach, strategy, gospel, Christians, incarnational, mission, sermon series, Grace Church, LifeWay Research, small groups
Evangelism is the responsibility of every believer. There is no such thing as the "gift of evangelism," rather, all Christians have the obligation to share the gospel. It is, and should be, on the heart ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 / Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church planting, lessons, challenge, God, Good News, Jesus Christ, shy away, leaders, money, fear, pushback, encouragers, naysayers, stretched, hurting people, embrace
I've planted two churches. In each plant, God overwhelmed us continually with what He did among us. I feel humbled and blessed to be a part of such healthy environments God uses to reach people with the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Thom Rainer, productive, pastor, ministry, demanding, race, spiritually disciplined, pray, physically disciplined, appointments, sermon preparation, priorities, accomplishment, sleep
The work of pastoral ministry is a joy, but it's also demanding. Every pastor is on call 24/7. Expectations of members are high and sometimes unreasonable. Pastors are thus expected to "run the race" constantly. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 June 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Jared Moore, Sinner's Prayer, emphasis, faith, Christ, grace, Kentucky Baptist Convention, stumbling block, evangelism, baptism, simplify, gospel
Here is an example of The Sinner's Prayer: "Dear God, I know I'm a sinner. I know my sin deserves to be punished. I believe Christ died for me and rose from you grave. I trust Jesus alone ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 April 2014 / Culture
Tags: Greg Stier, churches, America, Protestant, Starbucks, converts, Colorado, Grace Church, outreach, evangelism, prayer
Right now there are over 300,000 Protestant churches in America. Just do the division—300,000 divided by 50 states—and that equals 6,000 churches per state. Wow! That’s a lot of churches! Think about it ... [ +++ ]
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