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  • 10-Year T-Shirt Giveaway

    Church Marketing Sucks
    Kevin D. Hendricks
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    Ready for some fun? As part of our 10-year anniversary celebration we’re going to give away some T-shirts. Way back in 2006 we took orders and made shirts. They haven’t been available since. We recently unearthed the last remaining stash, and now we’re clearing them out (except maybe one—you know, for old time’s sake). We’ve got 13 shirts left for 13 lucky winners. Enter below to win: a Rafflecopter giveaway You can enter a number of different ways, including liking, following and tweeting. If you already like or follow us, that’s cool, it still counts as an entry. The…
  • Biblical Theology and Corporate Worship

    9Marks Blog: Building Healthy Churches
    Bobby Jamieson
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    What exactly are we doing when we gather as churches for worship? And how do we know what we should be doing in those weekly gatherings? Naturally, evangelical Christians turn to Scripture for guidance on these questions, but where in Scripture do we look? There’s plenty about worship in the Old Testament—about prayers and sacrifices and choirs and cymbals and much else. But does all that material actually apply to new covenant gatherings of believers? What we need in order to answer these questions is a biblical theology of worship.[1] Biblical theology is the discipline that…
  • When You Should NOT Submit to a Church

    9Marks Blog: Building Healthy Churches
    Jonathan Leeman
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    All of us will, at times, be called to endure humbly a leader’s mistakes and sins. Nonetheless, should you find yourself in a church where the leadership is characteristically abusive, I would, in most cases, encourage you to flee. Flee to protect your discipleship, to protect your family, to set a good example for the members left behind, to serve non-Christian neighbors by not lending credibility to the church’s ministry. How do you recognize abusive leadership? Paul requires two witnesses for a charge to be leveled against an elder (1 Tim. 5:19), probably because he knows that…
  • Texting Your Way to Healthier Church Communication

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    Kent Shaffer
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    What’s the best way for your church to communicate to your congregation? Well, it depends on the church. The world is increasingly a complex melting pot of subcultures. Some churches thrive using social media while other churches need more traditional communication channels. There are hundreds of options. And text messaging may actually be one of the best tools you can use. Why texting? Text messaging (SMS) is as popular as email was a decade ago. According to Pew Internet Project, 90% of American adults have a cell phone, and 79% of them use text messaging in 2014. In other words, 7 in…
  • The Tale of Two Churches

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    Tim Stevens
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    A few days ago I hopped on a jet to southern California and began my 12-day journey with the research crew from 20sChurch. Heather, Maria and Taylor are three college students who are going from coast-to-coast this summer studying what churches are doing to reach 20-somethings. I'm learning a lot from them, and am privileged to be their chauffeur and roadie in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and the San Francisco area.Today we attended two churches--Reality LA in Hollywood and Hillsong LA in downtown Los Angeles. They are about 12 minutes from each other and seem to both be drawing a high percentage…
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  • 4 Ways to Provide Cashflow to Your Small or Home Based Business

    calvin
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:47 am
    Photo by Simon Cunningham When starting out a business, be it a home based business or even a small corporation, cash flow is always one of the biggest problems. As one cannot just come out with a huge capital immediately, it is important that the business to start picking up in order to bring in more funds. But as a business rarely makes money overnight, it is often best to look into other ways to inject funds to keep the business running. Otherwise the operations might cease to function, causing an untimely death. In order to avoid this, here are 4 ways on how you can provide cash flow to…
  • A Little Help Needed

    calvin
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    The world of business is full of never-ending competition. In starting one, you need all the help you can get from pooling all your resources to promoting your market. The people should know about the new flowers blooming, specifically the right people. In general, exposure is the main factor in getting your business noticed and in order for it to be successful. The use of technology is not limited only to big businesses and big time corporations. Even small franchises are benefiting from this technological advancement. Social media such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter and a lot more, and…
  • Running a Beauty Salon Business

    calvin
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:19 am
    While the average hairdresser makes only $23K a year, it is possible to make money in this business, if you target some specific niche and market your business correctly. High scale salons are profitable and have their own niche. The secret in building a successful hairstyling business is targeting a specific niche of customers that are able and willing to pay for an artistic hairstyle. As a hair salon business owner you are in several different businesses at one time, including: Service Art Product marketing Education Excelling in all four of these fields would allow you to charge premium…
  • Promoting Your Business Online in 2014

    calvin
    12 Jun 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Photo by SEOPlanter and reproduced under Creative Commons With the advent of technology, various kinds of income opportunities are opening up to people all over the world. People are no longer tied down to the usual 8-5 job, which was the norm of the past. With the use of the Internet, people can now work from home and even start their own businesses from the comfort of their own homes. For those who are looking to start their own businesses, here are 4 ways owners of home businesses can promote their business on the Internet: Creating a website. One of the best ways to be able to promote…
  • Can Small Businesses Survive without Technology?

    calvin
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:56 am
    For the sake of this article, let’s assume that you are the business owner of a water heater supplier and maintenance outlet in your local city. Given your niche, it’s safe to assume that you only have a handful of clients because of the low demand for water heaters, a low demand for maintenance, and the high presence of competitors. Another factor that is making things difficult for your business is the fact that you are an old school business owner. You don’t have computers at your office and you rely on everything manual for your records keeping, accounting, and even…
 
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  • There Is No Right Way to Do Church

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    Ten years ago today our first blog post went live, and we’ve been trying to help churches communicate better (and suck less) since. It’s been a great month as we celebrate those 10 years and ask how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go. And we’ve got more planned. As we’ve talked church marketing over the years I love sharing best practices. I love talking about how the church can do things better. I love sharing good ideas and seeing eager communicators put those ideas to work. But as we talk about how to do social media or the best way to do your announcements or how to…
  • Does Church Marketing Still Suck?: Dawn Nicole Baldwin

    Dawn Nicole Baldwin
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Editor’s Note: Today our 10-year anniversary series asking if church marketing still sucks turns to marketing strategist Dawn Nicole Baldwin (she’s also one of our former board members). We’ll be discussing this question all month long, so check out the other posts and share your thoughts. Does church marketing still suck? Yes and no. No, It Doesn’t Suck: The good news is I think we’ve come a long way in the past decade: Most of us don’t see the terms “marketing” or “branding” as dirty words anymore. We’ve made real strides in understanding the communications…
  • 10-Year T-Shirt Giveaway

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    Ready for some fun? As part of our 10-year anniversary celebration we’re going to give away some T-shirts. Way back in 2006 we took orders and made shirts. They haven’t been available since. We recently unearthed the last remaining stash, and now we’re clearing them out (except maybe one—you know, for old time’s sake). We’ve got 13 shirts left for 13 lucky winners. Enter below to win: a Rafflecopter giveaway You can enter a number of different ways, including liking, following and tweeting. If you already like or follow us, that’s cool, it still counts as an entry. The…
  • 10-Year Anniversary Hangout

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Mark your calendar and let’s party: On Monday, July 28 at 11 a.m. CT we’re having a 10-Year Anniversary Hangout. We’ll jump on a Google Hangout with our founder Brad Abare, editorial director Kevin D. Hendricks and executive director Chuck Scoggins. We’ll have Church Marketing Podcast host Dave Shrein to moderate the conversation as we talk about where church marketing has been and more importantly where it’s going and how it can get better. We hope you’ll join us and follow the conversation with some of our principal people. Watch for more details as the event gets closer, but…
  • Does Church Marketing Still Suck?: Antwuan Malone

    Antwuan Malone
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    Editor’s Note: Today we’ve got a youth pastor, Antwuan Malone, bringing a forward-looking perspective to our 10-year anniversary series asking if church marketing still sucks. We’ll be discussing this question all month long, so check out the other posts and share your thoughts. Ever hear the phrase, “Talk softly but carry a big stick?” It’s an old-timey saying that suggests a simple truth: real influence often comes from doing, not shouting. The church is doing less. At least that’s the perception. We’ve been shouting from pulpits and political stumps about rights and…
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  • My Friend Eric Bryant Wrote a New Book

    Greg Atkinson
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:23 am
    Eric Bryant has a new project that just released called A Fruitful Life: Becoming Who You Were Created To Be.Eric serves at Gateway Church in Austin, and previously he served at Mosaic in Los Angeles. His previous book is called Not Like Me: A Field Guide for Influencing a Diverse World (also known as Peppermint-Filled Pinatas).Here’s more on the project from Eric:We have the capacity for unlimited influence!According to Jesus, no matter where we come from or what we’ve done or what limitations we may think we have, we actually can become live a transformed life and…
  • Speaking and Consulting This Week

    Greg Atkinson
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    I’ll be in Kansas City this week speaking at and hanging out at the National Worship Leader Conference (NWLC). If you’re going to be there, come find me. I’m teaching on innovation and my new book on Thursday.Then Saturday morning, I fly to San Antonio to consult with a church and do a secret shopper visit on Sunday. If you’d like to find out more about this service I do for churches, go here.
  • Death to the Ministry

    Greg Atkinson
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:52 am
    I’ve been processing through lots of emotions over the last 9 months since being laid off. I’ve met with several friends, pastors, counselors, etc. I’ve been going through all the stages of grief, hurt, pain and anger.In meeting with my counselor last week, he said that God allowed this to happen and I needed to try to discern what He’s up to in my life. What is He wanting to change in me? Well, yesterday I had coffee with a new church planter in my city and he had been through a similar painful experience years ago. He said that my love for ministry needed to die so…
  • Stop Trying to Be a Super Leader

    Greg Atkinson
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:12 am
    I know what you’re thinking? What’s wrong with excellence and trying my best at leadership? Nothing. We should strive to lead with excellence. What I’m referring to is going to an extreme where we try to be SuperMan, SuperMom, SuperLeader, SuperPastor, etc.I came to this realization last year when I took a sabbatical and God opened my eyes to my pride. You see, I took pride in being a SuperPastor and thought that no other pastor was as dedicated as me. I would meet with men in my church that needed counseling and a listening ear until midnight or 1am (leaving my wife and…
  • Celebrating Our Dependence

    Greg Atkinson
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    I’ve tried to practice what I preach and take off this week to relax and vacation with family. We are preparing to celebrate the 4th of July, otherwise known as Independence Day. I was reflecting on that and thought about the last chapter of my book Strange Leadership.In the last chapter (Ch.40 titled Desperation) of Strange Leadership, I write about our need for a desperation for God. A desperation for God to move on our behalf. The key that I write about is a desperation that leads to a dependency on the Holy Spirit. This is the key to the connected Christian life. To be truly in sync…
 
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  • Texting Your Way to Healthier Church Communication

    Kent Shaffer
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    What’s the best way for your church to communicate to your congregation? Well, it depends on the church. The world is increasingly a complex melting pot of subcultures. Some churches thrive using social media while other churches need more traditional communication channels. There are hundreds of options. And text messaging may actually be one of the best tools you can use. Why texting? Text messaging (SMS) is as popular as email was a decade ago. According to Pew Internet Project, 90% of American adults have a cell phone, and 79% of them use text messaging in 2014. In other words, 7 in…
  • Thank You June Supporters

    Kent Shaffer
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:40 am
    Special thanks to Church Relevance’s June supporters. They help fund the work and research that goes into the reference lists that Church Relevance has come to be known for. Call-Em-All // Church Community Builder // Church Office Online Digital Bible Platform // Ekklesia 360 // Elexio // eResources FaithWebsites // Graceway Media // Leaders Book Summaries Open Church // Shelby Systems // Rock RMS If you would like to learn more about sponsoring Church Relevance, check out our sponsors page for the latest rates, options, and traffic stats.The post Thank You June…
  • What Ministry Conferences Are You Attending in 2014 & 2015?

    Kent Shaffer
    10 Jun 2014 | 4:14 am
    Church Relevance’s list of 2014 & 2015 church conference recommendations has been updated to over 80 ministry conferences throughout 2014, 2015, and even 2016. It is not too early to start planning which ones you can attend. So check out the list, and please leave a comment letting us know which conferences we forgot and which ones you’ll be attending.The post What Ministry Conferences Are You Attending in 2014 & 2015? appeared first on churchrelevance.com.
  • Resources to Check Out

    Kent Shaffer
    31 May 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Two new resources have been added to our sponsors to check out – Rock RMS (a free church management software) and the Digital Bible Platform (a free Bible API with over 1,600 volumes). Bible Digital Bible Platform Church Management Software: Active Faith // Church Community Builder // Church Office Online // Elexio // Shelby Systems // Rock RMS Church Websites: Ekklesia 360 // FaithWebsites Communication Tools: Call-Em-All Education: Leaders Book Summaries Media Resources: Graceway Media // Open Church If you would like to learn more about sponsoring Church…
  • The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition by Hendrickson Publishers

    Kent Shaffer
    26 May 2014 | 7:54 am
    Touted as the Bible of the Protestant Reformation, Hendrickson Bible Publishers offers a facsimile of the University of Wisconsin’s edition of the 1560 Geneva Bible. The Geneva Bible was the first English Bible to fully be translated from the original languages. It includes the Apocrapha and also includes extensive commentary and annotations in the margins from the scholars who translated it. Such benefits made it the preferred Bible among the English settlers who voyaged to the New World in the early 1600s. S. Iohn 3:16 For God fo loued the worlde, that he hathe giuen his onely…
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  • How many Chinese churches are in the USA?

    djchuang
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Statistics are useful for strategic planning for the future of churches and ministries, or any organization for that matter, even if they’re estimates. I had researched the number of Chinese churches in the United States and Canada 5 years ago in 2009 and they’re posted at: How many Asian American churches in the USA with sources footnoted. In 2009, the estimate was 1,200 ethnic Chinese churches in America. A related list of the Largest Chinese churches in North America is dated 2007 and I have kept that updated when I am contacted with new info. (cf. 華人教會) Since…
  • Does character and integrity still matter in the 21st century?

    djchuang
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    David Brooks unpacks a counter-culture to the pursuit of happiness, using rich words like: depth, soul, virtue, character, integrity, love, sacrifice, obedience, grace. David Brooks is a New York Times Op-Ed columnist, a journalist, and culture commentator. And thanks to Bob Buford‘s email update “Museletter,” he included (some of) his notes from Aspen Ideas Institute 2014.First, Bob shared his musings about that talks by David Brooks and then a link to the video to see for yourself: Personally: Losing Our Moral Core David Brooks never fails to dazzle. Rallying…
  • Orange County is where many Asian Americans live

    djchuang
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Orange County, California, affectionately known as the O.C., has the third-largest Asian American population in the United States. This statistic recently got some attention (in LA Times, NPR, Cal State Fullerton, press release) from the publication of a report titled “A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Orange County, 2014” produced by Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance and Asian Americans Advancing Justice. “With over a half million Asian Americans, Orange County is home to the nation’s…
  • Why is there so much low quality Christian stuff?

    djchuang
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    Sometimes I talk with people who are serious Christ-followers and they share with me their disappointment and frustration about how Christians produce work of average (or worse) quality. The work could be in the arts (movie, media, music, song, painting, drawing, t-shirt design, posters, signs); the work could be a non-profit initiative (community service, social cause, service project, building maintenance, after-school tutoring); the work could be a ministry initiative (church worship service, evangelistic event, Christmas program). And, yet because these works are done out of a sincere…
  • Looking for 2nd Generation Korean American or Chinese American Parents

    djchuang
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Julie J. Park is Assistant Professor of Education at University of Maryland, with research interests in racial diversity and equity in higher education, religion, Asian American college students, affirmative action and college admissions, social and cultural capital. She is looking for Asian Americans that would be interviewed for this project below: Researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park are interested in learning how “second gen” Korean and Chinese American parents approach education and child-rearing for their “third gen” children. We are looking…
 
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  • Redefining Masculinity Around Relationships

    Rhett Smith
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    Last month I wrote a blog and shot a video called Two Words You Should Never Tell a Boy. The two words I was referring to are “stop crying.” It’s a message that is devastating to boys and leads to lots of other problems for them in the future. Problems that I see everyday in my counseling office with the men that I work with. I agree with Terence Real in that we need more relational heroes in our culture…which requires that young boys are taught and modeled from an early age that it is okay…more than okay…to express and talk about how you feel…rather…
  • How to Build a Thriving Therapy Practice: To Take, or Not to Take Insurance?

    Rhett Smith
    4 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    Do you take insurance? This is one of the questions I get most often. And I hear it from both potential clients and therapists in the field. The simple answer is that I do not take insurance. I have never taken insurance…and at this point in my practice I have no plans to take insurance. In fact, I have other options I have outlined first before I would take insurance. The decision to take or not take insurance is obviously neither right or wrong as a therapist. It’s just a personal decision that I have made. And the decision goes back a ways to a conversation I had with a former…
  • ‘Oneness’: When Two Become Three

    Rhett Smith
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    I’ve been thinking a lot about marriage these last few weeks for several reasons. Whether it is with the couples I work with, or my own personal marriage…I have come to realize that we just can’t do marriage on our own. We can throw all the tools at it we want, but at the end of the day it takes a supernatural power that you or I are not equipped with. So as I have thought about my own marriage I have prayed that I would be able to create a sacred space between my wife and I where God dwells, and in the process transforms our marriage. I pray for this because I know how…
  • Men: Are You a Relational Hero?

    Rhett Smith
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    “Each man is a bridge, spanning in his lifetime all of the images and traditions about masculinity inherited from past generations and bestowing–or inflicting–his own retelling of the tale on those who ensue. Unresolved depression often passes from father to son, despite the father’s best intentions, like a toxic, unacknowledged patrimony. Conversely, when a man transforms the internalized discourse of violence, he does more than relieve his own depression. He breaks the chain, interrupting the path of depression’s transmission to the next generation. Recovery…
  • Difference Between Studying and Reading the Bible

    Rhett Smith
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    When I work with people in therapy we often talk about the importance of being physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually healthy. And one of the primary ways that many people who foster their spiritual growth is through their participation in the Bible. That may be through reading, memorization, study, teaching, preaching…trying to live out what is written in their daily lives. Sometimes though the Bible can just become another textbook for us, rather than a story that we enter into. I love here in this short video how Eugene Peterson explains the difference between…
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  • New Seattle Churches Mapped

    7 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Nearly 100 new churches have taken root in Seattle, WA since 2001. Explore the churches on this map I created which lists websites, Facebook and Twitter pages, denominational identity, and founding date. To learn more about the New Seattle Churches Project, check out www.newseattlechurches.com and follow me on Twitter for study findings @newSEAchurches.
  • 'Some Fell on Good Soil': Church Planting in Religious Ecologies

    9 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    In the midst of the decline of mainline denominations and the rise of the “nones” in the U.S. something surprising is happening.[i] Church planting is booming.  According to Ed Stetzer and Dave Travis, the number of new churches started annually jumped from approximately 1500 in the late 1900s to 4000 by 2006.[ii]  Such a spike is not only the greatest surge in church planting in the last
  • The Deconstructed Church: Marti & Ganiel on the Emerging Church

    28 May 2014 | 6:57 am
    The Emerging Church Movement is here to stay.  So say researchers Gerardo Marti and Gladys Ganiel in their new book, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity.  I'm looking forward giving it a careful read and drawing on their research as I reflect on my study of New Seattle Churches. Marti and Ganiel's research is "based on ethnographic observation of emerging
  • Practices for a Missional Church Planting Order

    21 Dec 2013 | 6:24 pm
    What practices can sustain missional practice and spiritual vitality among church planters? Taking cues from Ignatius of Loyola, who gains authority by virtue of the missionary order he founded, as well as contemporary missional practitioners, this article proposes a rule of life for a church planting order that addresses the need for a foundational vision of God’s love and invitation to
  • Ecclesial Pioneers in the Pacific Northwest

    11 Oct 2013 | 7:07 am
    If you're a church planter or doing ministry in Seattle or Portland, you should check out "Ecclesial Pioneers in the Pacific Northwest," which I wrote as a contributing editor for Christ & Cascadia, a new online collaborative journal thinking about God in Pacific Northwest culture.  The piece is based on my ongoing research on new Seattle churches (church plants, emerging churches, multisite
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  • The Oasis Projekt – Help End Trafficking

    Eric Bryant
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    My good friend Robb Overholt and his daughter Laney are about to do something crazy! They are planning to hike the highest mountains in Scotland, England, and Wales within 24 hours in order to raise both funds and awareness for victims of human trafficking Join us for a Celebratory and Casual Fundraiser on Monday, July 28th! 6-8pm LFC Center at UT 1909 University Avenue, 78705 Ticket prices (which are a tax-deductible) to the fundraiser will include dinner, entertainment, access to silent auction, and door prizes. Please note that the topic is PG-13. Follow this link for tickets and/or…
  • Sharing A Fruitful Life With Others

    Eric Bryant
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Want to help others experience A Fruitful Life If so, help us in one or all of the following ways: 1. Send out Tweets or Facebook posts such the following: Become Who You Were Created To Be #AFruitfulLife by @EricBryant Download the series for only $3.96 (limited time)! https://thesnippetapp.com/web/writers/EricMichaelBryant     Become Who You Were Created to Be! Download a free overview of #AFruitfulLife by @ericbryant here: https://thesnippetapp.com/EricMichaelBryant/#a-fruitful-life  2. Write about or review A Fruitful Life on your website. I can help with interviews…
  • A Fruitful Life – Bonus Offer

    Eric Bryant
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:33 pm
    The entire Fruitful Life Series is now available! For a limited time, you can have the entire project for $3.96! A Fruitful Life: Becoming Who You Were Created to Be As a Bonus: When you download the entire series today, you will be eligible for an online Q&A with me, new book releases from some of my friends, along with other bonus resources ($75 value)! Winners chosen among those who download the entire series between 7/16 and 8/1!
  • A Fruitful Life Series And A Special Offer!

    Eric Bryant
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    You can now download the entire series! You can get all five snippets for $3.96 for a limited time. The Snippet series is far more interactive than a paperback book and way more than an e-book. Check out the images, videos, bonus resources, and other discoverables. A Special Offer For a chance to win the entire series, be sure to download the free overview and go to the last chapter in the overview to discover how to win. Dozens of winners will be chosen by August 1st! The entire series can be found below: A Fruitful Life (An Overview): Becoming Who You Were Created to Be (free) Becoming…
  • I Have Control Issues

    Eric Bryant
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    At Gateway Church in Austin, we continued our series: Confessions From Your Pastors. I shared about overcoming control issues. You can watch the message and see the notes below. To dig deeper and apply the message, work through the Next Steps. Confessions – Eric Bryant | July 13, 2014 from Gateway Church on Vimeo. Let me describe what it means to have control issues. Listen to see if maybe you have this same struggle and don’t realize it. You know you have control issues when:  you find yourself angry, anxious, or frustrated when what you want to happen doesn’t happen. you find…
 
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    Worship Ministry Catalyst

  • WMC Podcast – 0131 – The Blessings of America

    David Lindner
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Blessings of America As Kevin talks about his recent trip to the Dominican republic, we talk about how blessed we are to live in America. All this discussion sets up our next episode of the podcast where we will be talking about the coming worship revolution in the American church. Why don’t you chime in? TWITTER: @wmcatalyst FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/worshipministrycatalyst VOICEMAIL: 360 818 – 4339 Email: david@worshipministrycatalyst.com or kevin@worshipministrycatalyst.com Don’t forget you can subscribe to our podcast through iTunes as well. Show Notes…
  • Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – 0130 – In Ear Monitors – Part 2

    David Lindner
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:31 am
    In Ear Monitors, Part 2 In this episode of the podcast, David & Kevin talk about their recent, unintentionally simultaneous transitions to In Ear Monitors and personal mixers. In part 2 we talk a bit about the benefits and what we call the theory of using the monitors. If you want some tips on how to maximize your in ear monitor use and mix, be sure to listen! You’ll especially want to listen if you’ve thought about making the switch, or heard others talking about it and wondered what the big deal was! Why don’t you chime in? TWITTER: @wmcatalyst…
  • Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – 0129 – In Ear Monitors – Part 1

    David Lindner
    11 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    In Ear Monitors, Part 1 In this episode of the podcast, David & Kevin talk about their recent, unintentionally simultaneous transitions to In Ear Monitors and personal mixers. Listen in as we talk about what we’ve learned. You’ll especially want to listen if you’ve thought about making the switch, or heard others talking about it and wondered what the big deal was! Why don’t you chime in? TWITTER: @wmcatalyst FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/worshipministrycatalyst VOICEMAIL: 360 818 – 4339…
  • GIVEAWAY!!! – Passion: Take It All (Deluxe Edition / Live)

    David Lindner
    11 May 2014 | 5:00 pm
    So, you want a free copy of the Passion: Take it All Deluxe Edition CD/DVD do ya? Well, luckily, that’s exactly the kind of thing we do here. Follow the instructions below to be entered to win one of three copies! a Rafflecopter giveaway
  • Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – 0128 – Take It All Review

    David Lindner
    5 May 2014 | 8:13 am
    Passion: Take It All In this episode of the podcast, David & Kevin talk about the newest album from Passion – Take it all. We spend some time going through the songs, talking about the ones we think will work really well for you in a church worship setting. Make sure to listen in! Why don’t you chime in? TWITTER: @wmcatalyst FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/worshipministrycatalyst VOICEMAIL: 360 818 – 4339 Email: david@worshipministrycatalyst.com or kevin@worshipministrycatalyst.com Don’t forget you can subscribe to our podcast through iTunes as well. Show…
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  • Make Your Life Easier; Let your Website Work For You (part 6)

    Mark Steinbrueck
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    We are in our final week of discussing how to make your website work for you.  Throughout this series, we have given specific ways that you can have your website be an effective tool for your organization.  Today, we will discuss the fourth specific way that your website can save you time and money: Document Manager During this series we discussed the advantage of online event registration and online forms.  I realize that there may be some organizations that have legitimate reasons for not implementing these on their website.  If you continue to use paper for your event registration and…
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    21 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
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  • Not Getting the Response You Want from Announcements? Here’s Why…

    Paul Steinbrueck
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    Many of the announcements I read and hear are essentially worthless, because they don’t answer the two fundamental question every recipient needs answered in order to respond. Do you know what those two questions are? Keep reading and I’ll tell you… Most people communicate from their own perspective. Think about the announcements you receive this week – the verbal announcements in church, the company newsletters, the email from the person who leads the ministry or volunteer organization you’re involved with. Most of those announcements are broadcast out to…
  • Do You Know Where Your Website’s Traffic Comes From?

    Kurt Steinbrueck
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    We all love it when people visit our websites.  That’s why we created those sites in the first place right?  But most of us are satisfied to just know that we’re getting some traffic.  Where it comes from doesn’t really matter…or does it? Does It Matter Where Web Traffic Comes From and Do You Really Need to Know? Actually, yes and yes.  It really does matter.  In fact, it matters for several reasons: Not all traffic is equal.  People coming from the search engines searching for what you offer are much more likely to come visit your church or purchase your…
  • How to Empower Teens Online

    Paul Steinbrueck
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about an exciting opportunity I was given to be a part of the Girls on a Mission Summit being put on by Natasha’s Mission. Today, my conversation with Summit organizer Jo Rivera was published and sent out to all the Summit participants. Have a listen to what we had to say about the ways teens can use technology to impact the world today… There are endless ways for teens to use technology, the Internet, social media, blogging, music, video and more to make a positive impact on the world today. What do you think?  What are some ideas you have for…
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    Ron Edmondson

  • 10 Indications a Church is Making Disciples

    Ron Edmondson
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    I’ve often heard people say you can’t measure discipleship. I don’t know if that’s true. It is true that you can’t necessarily put a number or percentage on discipleship growth, but you can tell — over time — if it has happened or is happening. Here are 10 indications a church is making disciples: Those who have been in the church the longest complain the least. - Do everything without complaining or arguing. Philippians 2:14 The leaders of the church are most likely to give up “their” seats, park further from the building, or do whatever…
  • 7 Examples of Lazy Leadership Practices

    Ron Edmondson
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    Laziness is a sin. Whoever is lazy regarding his work is also a brother to the master of destruction. Proverbs 18:9 It’s also annoying. And, ineffective in leadership. The fact is, however, that many of us have some lazy tendencies when it comes to leadership. I do at times. This is as much an inward reflecting post as an outward teaching. Please understand, I’m not calling a leader lazy who defaults to any of these leadership practices listed. The leader may be extremely hard working, but the practice itself — I’m contending — is lazy leadership. Here are a 7…
  • 3 Approaches to Wisdom: Abigail a Sermon

    Ron Edmondson
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    Abigail: 3 Approaches to Wisdom from ron edmondson on Vimeo. The post 3 Approaches to Wisdom: Abigail a Sermon appeared first on Ron Edmondson. Related posts: Complaining and Arguing: A Sermon by Nate Edmondson The Attitude of Serving: A Sermon Romans 4 Sermon- Core Series Shadrack, Meshach, Abednego – Daniel 3 Sermon
  • Two Ways to Improve Your Marriage Today

    Ron Edmondson
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Two ways to improve your marriage today Communicate more often. Schedule times just to talk. Plan activities that will allow you to engage with each other. Get a sitter so you can be alone. Don’t let too much time to without longer conversations. Begin and end your day — as much as possible — in communication with each other. Read a book you both enjoy for something to talk about together. Take long walks together. Trade texts throughout the day. Share calendars to keep you on track with each other through the day. Shut down all electronics frequently. Communicate better.
  • 7 Non-Negotiable Values for Teams I Lead

    Ron Edmondson
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    Leader, What do you look for when you bring a person on to your team? What expectations do you have for people who serve on your team? I think it’s important to know yourself well enough that you understand the qualities in people with whom you work best. Several years ago I took time to put together my own list of non-negotiables. I pretty much have to have these characteristics if we are going to work well together long-term. Keep in mind, these aren’t skills. These are values — the principles we use to interact with one another on a team. I would assume a few of these,…
 
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    DAVE FERGUSON

  • What Always Precedes A Great Moment?

    Dave Ferguson
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    Great moments seldom happen by accident. Great moments don’t always come when we expect or how we expect; but there is something that almost always precedes any great moment. The following 20-second video clip is considered by most one of the greatest moments in college basketball history. Watch this clip because it will help you discover what precedes every great moment.  It's 1992 and a last second shot by Christian Laetner gives Duke the 104-103 win over Kentucky. I have seen that shot hundreds of times. I’m not even a Duke fan and I never get tired of watching that play. They show…
  • Exploding Old Scoreboards

    Dave Ferguson
    10 Feb 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Growing up in Chicago, I remember a couple famous scoreboards.  There was a scoreboard at the old Comiskey Park where my White Sox played when I was a kid – I loved it!  Every time someone hit a home run the scoreboard would explode with fireworks.  There is also the scoreboard at Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs.  It’s one of two remaining scoreboards that are still hand-turned.  It was installed in 1937 and is still waiting for its first World Series win!  Another scoreboard I remember is the one on the sanctuary wall of the little rural church my Grandpa and Grandma attended in…
  • INTERVIEW: LA Church Planter, Kevin Haah

    Dave Ferguson
    19 Sep 2013 | 10:05 pm
    This week, Exponential is on a blog tour featuring several of the leaders speaking at the upcoming Exponential West conference (Oct. 7-10)—where we’ll be talking about the vital need for planting and growing multi-ethnic churches that can make disciples who reach an ever-changing multicultural world. NewThing will be in full force at Exponential West, (Matt Larson, my brother, Jon Ferguson, and I will be leading the Pre-Conference Intensive “Reproducing at All Levels” and NewThing leaders will be teaching a number of workshops. If you haven’t already registered for the conference or…
  • Exponential - All Main Sessions In Spanish

    Dave Ferguson
    18 Sep 2013 | 12:11 pm
    Exponential recently announced that all 10 Main Sessions of the upcoming Exponential West conference in Los Angeles (Oct. 7-10) will feature live Spanish translations!   Spanish-speaking attendees can listen to messages from Rick Warren, Choco De Jesus, Larry Osborne, Michael Frost, Efrem Smith, Miles McPherson, Jim Putman and 20 and more leaders in Exponential's most diverse speaker lineup to date via live translation.  This announcement is another demonstration of Exponential's intentional commitment to reflecting the ever-growing diversity of church leaders. More than 40 percent of the…
  • Exponential Blog Tour Starts This Week!

    Dave Ferguson
    16 Sep 2013 | 4:15 am
    Focusing on multi-ethnic and city-centric church planting, Exponential West speakers Mark DeYmaz, Derwin Gray, Chris Lagerlof, Ray Chang, Kevin Haah and Eric Marsh will be stopping by several blogs this week for interviews. From Monday, Sept. 16, through Friday, Sept. 20, these planters and practitioners will offer their unique insights and experience on what it takes to plant and grow churches that reflect a changing world. Check out the schedule below, click on the links to read more about these leaders and make plans to follow their tour: Monday, Sept. 16 - ToddRhoades.com Mark DeYmaz,…
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  • A Fruitful Life: An Interview with Dr. Eric Bryant

    Tony Morgan
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    Eric Bryant just released a new project called A Fruitful Life: Becoming Who You Were Created To Be. Eric serves at Gateway Church in Austin, and he also served at Mosaic in Los Angeles. His previous book is called Not Like Me: A Field Guide for Influencing a Diverse World (also known as Peppermint-Filled Pinatas). I recently had the chance to ask Eric about this new project: Tony: Tell me about A Fruitful Life. Eric: This project is about our capacity to have unlimited spiritual influence. According to Jesus, no matter where we come from or what we’ve done or what…
  • 3 Surprising Facts About Churches On Social Media

    Jason Vernon
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    Utilizing social media is easy to begin but far more challenging to do well. Many churches make post after post with little response or increase in following. So how can you get your social media unstuck? In our latest report, Say What?! Key Research on Church Communications, we uncover three insights that can help you engage better. 1. Smaller churches have significantly higher levels of social media engagement on all major platforms. A church’s level of social media engagement measures the followers on its social media account as a percentage of its weekend attendance. Churches of…
  • Can You Hear Me Now? 6 Ways To Effectively Communicate With Your Audience

    Jason Vernon
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    guest post by Dale Sellers I’ve been a public speaker for more than thirty years, and as a communicator, my greatest hope is that those in the audience understand the “meat” of my message. Nothing is more discouraging for me than to have a friend enthusiastically approach me after a heart-felt talk and the conversation go something like this: Friend: “You were awesome today! I was really inspired by your message.” My reply: “I’m so glad! What was your favorite part?” Friend: “Well, I don’t really remember what you said. I just know…
  • 3 Ways Churches Communicate Poorly On Sundays

    Jason Vernon
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    In churches, weekend worship services are the prime time to communicate a message. From bulletins to videos to platform announcements, every component is a valuable opportunity to encourage people to take next steps. In our latest report, Say What?! Key Research on Church Communications, we uncover three insights that can help you better communicate through the weekend service. 1. Churches rely heavily on the weekend bulletin to make announcements. The weekend bulletin is often the “catch all” for church communications. It doesn’t usually take much to get an announcement…
  • Because I’m Happy And Other Top Posts From June

    Jason Vernon
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    10 Politically Incorrect Reasons Why We’re Still Married Because I’m Happy: 19 Simple Habits To Experience More Joy In Life Stop Doing That Event: 10 Signs That It’s Time To Eliminate An All-Church Event 12 Reasons Why Your Church Doesn’t Produce Spiritual Growth Why Some Churches Would Rather Die 6 Ideas To Help First Time Guests Feel Welcome Autopsy Of A Deceased Church: An Interview With Thom Rainer 5 Action Steps To Maximize Team Performance The Day We Visited The Dying Church 10 Mistakes Teaching Pastors Need To Avoid The post Because I’m Happy And Other Top…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Redefining Friendship

    Anne Marie Miller
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    When Facebook first opened its “Sign Up” doors to those of us far removed from a .edu email address, I remember landing in a competition with a coworker on who could “friend” more people than another. We would shout through the office wall that separated us, “I’m up to 881!” or “Your mom doesn’t count as a friend!” This went on until eventually, each of us hit the 5000 friend limit. Then I deleted Facebook for a few years and for me, was all the better for it. So many articles and blog posts and now even scientific studies are…
  • Shake the Dust :: Letting Go

    Anne Marie Miller
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Things fail. Health. Friends. Love. School. Work. Expectations rise and fall. Rise. And fall. And fall. (and rise?) Someone says or does something (or perhaps nothing?) and it opens up scars from the past Scars that say you’re not good enough Or that you’re dumb Or not worth it Or too much… I’ll never forget the first time I heard Anis Mojgani perform Shake the Dust years and years and years ago. Recently, my fingers found a scar not quite healed and those voices those LIES came pouring down like gasoline on my open wound.
  • Grace in the Mundane

    Anne Marie Miller
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    When you feel longing creep in as you pull your feet through the mud of the daily, command your spirit to rejoice. If the rocks cry out, imagine the will it takes to get a defeated soul to move. Command it anyway. Rejoice anyway. You are a child of the One who has loved you in the past for eons and will love you into forever for infinity. A man died in your place, painting you pure and lovely and nothing can steal this away from you. The post Grace in the Mundane appeared first on Anne Marie Miller.
  • Why All The “Modesty Conversations” Miss The Point

    Anne Marie Miller
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Last summer, the feeds in my various social media channels blew up with articles on modesty. How low is too low when it comes to necklines? One piece or two piece swimsuits (or, the generally-church-camp-approved tankini?) Spaghetti straps, tanks, or sleeveless? AND THE PLIGHT OF THE YOGA PANTS (oh, but it’s okay if your butt is covered!) And then articles followed on what Paul meant when he spoke of modesty (more of a financial context), how men (and women) are responsible for their thoughts and actions (pluck out your eye, sinner! it’s not my fault you can’t look at me…
  • Surrender and Self-Sufficiency in the Church

    Anne Marie Miller
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:10 am
    When I was nineteen years old, my grandfather was in his final hours of life after a long fight with cancer. He called each of his grandchildren into his room one at a time. I leaned over his fragile frame in order to hear the last words he would ever speak to me. He didn’t have the strength to open his eyes and could barely whisper the six words he spoke. “Never give up on church.” I told him I wouldn’t. But in order to keep my promise, I’d need to start making some significant changes in my life…like, actually going to church again. I had been out for a good three years,…
 
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  • Dear Colbie Caillat. A Letter From A Father Of 2 Tween Girls.

    loswhit
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Dear Colbie Caillat. It’s hard raising kids. Anyone who says it isn’t, is lying. But it is also the greatest thing in the world. You have no idea how much I freaking love it. And the older mine get, the more fun it has become. My girls love Jesus and family. But they also love boys and Demi Levato. #LetItGo!!!!! And we pray someone they look up to will let them know that their life is worth more than their boobs and image. So when you released your single “TRY”, I literally teared up. They have so much pressure to fit in. Yes, their Jesus loving Christian music…
  • People Will Never Respect You Because Of What You’re ABOUT To Do

    loswhit
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    “My wife and I have thought about adopting for a while.” “I’ve always wanted to write a book.” “I think I might ask her out.” “Yea, next time I go to a show I’ll sponsor a Compassion child.” “You know, I’m gonna finally tell my boss to chill out and treat us with respect.” “Dude! The church I’m planting is going to feed the homeless every Saturday morning.” “That’s it. I’m seriously going to drop everything and become a photographer.” These are just a few of the lines I remember from conversations I have been part of or overheard (yes, I’m a stalker)…
  • The How To Guide To Yanking Your Child’s First Tooth Out Of Their Grill.

    loswhit
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    I have lots of friends who’s kids are hitting that magical age when they start losing teeth. My kids are now at the age when teeth are less cute and more $8k of braces. Sigh. But thank God I basically recorded every moment of my kids elementary school years so that you can now officially have a manual on how to do this stuff. Above I have Sohaila’s first toof pull. You’re Welcome… Los
  • Booking FALL DATES!!!

    loswhit
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Here is my summer. June 29 :: Providence Church – Albany, GA #MomentMaker July 2 :: 100 Huntley St. – Toronto, Canada #MomentMaker July 6 :: The Crossing – Las Vegas, NV July 13 :: Seymour First – Seymour, IN #MomentMaker July 20 :: Highland, VA July 23-24 :: Provost, UT August 9 :: Melbourne, FL August 10 :: The Crossing – Las Vegas, NV August 17 :: Butte, MT August 22-23 :: Overflow Conference – Houston, TX August 28-29 :: Yellow Conference – Los Angeles, CA I’m looking forward to all the friends I’ll make AND my week off in Hawaii.
  • Thank God My Parents Didn’t Have An iPhone In The 80′s. We MUST Change Some Things…

    loswhit
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:23 am
    I remember walking into our kitchen every morning on Sprucewood Dr. and seeing my dad sipping his coffee and reading the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. We would talk about the day while he was reading the paper. He would show me and fill me in on the days news. When he was done with the paper… He would throw it away. I remember when my dad would come to my school play. He would sit on the front row and proudly snap pictures of me but never take his eyes off me. Even after he finished snapping the pic he would not take his eyes off of me. Not for a second. I remember as a kid we would…
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    Tall Skinny Kiwi | Tall Skinny Kiwi

  • Sending Elizabeth to College

    Andrew Jones
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Elizabeth, our oldest daughter, turned 21 this year. A few months ago she moved to Portland, Oregon and was accepted into the program at Oregon Culinary Institute. We are very proud of her. And so are many of you, who have followed her journey since the 90′s and have watched her grow up on our blogs or in person. Elizabeth has ...
  • Global Journey Map

    Andrew Jones
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    If you have been following our journey on Jonberries.com for the past few years, you would have seen our family travel map, courtesy of Nomad Travel Map plug in for wordpress. Awesome feature. I have always tried to keep TallSkinnyKiwi separate from Jonesberries [dont be surprised if this sentence disappears shortly] but I do want to put a few maps ...
  • Calvary the Movie

    Andrew Jones
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    We don’t go to the movies very often but when we do, we like to see a really good movie. Last night Debbie and I went out on a little date night to a nice theatre where we sat in oversized chairs with a glass of red wine  . .  and we saw the movie “Calvary”. LOVED IT!!!!!!! A deep well ...
  • What’s so Amazing About Being Anglican?

    Andrew Jones
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    pdate: Conference went well yesterday with over 100 people attending. Here are some of the best moments: Original Post: Some thoughts on Being Anglican and my current journey to be even more Anglican, part of which is attending a conference this weekend in Wellington with Bishop Victoria Matthews entitled “Whats So Amazing About Being Anglican?” [PDF] Obviously I am thinking about ...
  • Reflections on the Agrarian Renaissance

    Andrew Jones
    25 Jun 2014 | 2:31 pm
    With all the talk about the importance of cities in changing the world, I have been thinking a lot about the shift in focus towards agriculture, feeding the world, permaculture, sustainability, voluntary poverty and the Agrarian Renaissance in general. We are currently staying on a 5 acre property that represents the beginnings of a sustainable Christian community that will impact ...
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    Pete Wilson

  • Come Even Closer

    Pete Wilson
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Thirsty? Hungry? Doubting? Struggling? Wondering if God’s promises and presence are still true for you?
 
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    Perry Noble | Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church

  • Five Things I Am Asking NewSpring Church To Do To Prepare For This Sunday

    web@newspring.cc
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    #1 – If you know someone who used to be a lot closer in their walk with Christ than they are right now…do WHATEVER it takes to get them here to NewSpring Church on Sunday.   #2 – Take some time to read James 5:20 in regards to that person. That verse says..."Remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins." #3 – Know that THIS SUNDAY will be THE SUNDAY that so many people who have turned away from Jesus (either intentionally or accidentally) will begin the process of walking AWAY…
  • Six Ways To WIN With Money

    web@newspring.cc
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    At NewSpring Church, we're doing a series called "Race Day" (it's NASCAR themed and I am LOVING it!!) In this series, we're talking about running the race of life (see 1 Corinthians 9:24-27). One of the areas that I REALLY do want you WIN is with money. So here are SIX articles I've written about lessons I've learned on money and how I think you can learn from my mistakes! Finances, Frustrations and Freedom Putting the Smack Down on your Financial Issues Top Seven Stupid Financial Mistakes that I've Made (Part One) Top Seven Stupid Financial Mistakes that I've…
  • Seven Things Every Single Should Read Before Getting Married

    web@newspring.cc
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    At NewSpring Church, we're doing a series called "Race Day" (have I mentioned how we love NASCAR in the South?!) In this series, we're talking about running the race of life (see 1 Corinthians 9:24-27). If you are single here are seven articles I have written that will help you TRAIN in the right way! You Probably Should Not Date Him If... You Probably Should Not Date Her If... Four Things A Single Girl Should Know Five Things A Single Dude Needs To Know Nice Christian Boys and Girls Make Me Sick Eight Reasons Why You Can't Get A Date/Married 10…
  • Six Things That You Can Do To Improve Your Marriage!

    web@newspring.cc
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    #1 – Begin asking Jesus to reveal where you fall short as a spouse and then begin to work on YOUR PART...as opposed to being the person who always points out where the other person falls short.  #2 – COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER (and not about each other!) Have a conversation with your spouse and ask them what is the one thing they see in you that they wish you would work on. (By the way...the ONLY way this works is if you apply James 1:19 before the conversation!!! Don’t argue, don’t explain things away...just listen!)  #3 – Do…
  • What Will I Get To See/Do In Israel?

    web@newspring.cc
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This has been one of the most frequently asked questions in regards to the leadership intensive I will be leading this fall in Israel.  Here is a list of just SOME of the things you will get to see:  #1 – Caeserea Maritime – you will get to see the place where Herod gave a speech, didn’t give glory to God and was struck down (Acts 12:19-24). AND this is also where Paul was in prison and the place where he stood and gave his defense in front of King Agrippa (Acts 25-26).  #2 – Mount Carmel – you will stand on the mountain where Elijah…
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    MoreThanDodgeball.com

  • Generational Lag Time

    Tony Myles
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    Lag… really… (yawns, stretches) stinks. My computer drives me crazy on a daily basis for this very reason. Sometimes it locks up because I’m multi-tasking beyond its memory capabilities. Other times it takes a long time to process a video I’m downloading or creating. You have this in your life, too. Your smartphone that never […]
  • FREE Webinar on TOOLS

    Amber Cassady
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm
    FREE WEBINAR TOMORROW, Tuesday, July 22, at 9:30 am MDT. Get started with Simply Youth Ministry’s TOOLS! Join Jake for a live  Demo Webinar for a thorough walk-through of how to use these sweet TOOLS: Contact, Communicate, Team, Events, and Jobs. He’ll go slowly through the tutorial to make sure you feel confident using TOOLS to […]
  • Oh That Dirty Word

    Leneita Fix
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
      Honestly, I can’t remember how our small group discussion ended up here. All of a sudden a very animated 16 year old yelled, “I hate it when adults tell me I have potential.” “Why?”  I inquired.  In my own mind that is a great word that helps others understand that we were made for more. The […]
  • Take A Grandma on Your Next Youth Trip

    Stephanie Caro
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    (This is the promised 2nd post from my friend, Amanda Berger, about how she’s recruited a “Camp Grandma” the past two years for her summer camp organization. Read Amanda’s philosophy, then stay tuned in a few days to hear straight from the 76 year old grandma herself.) Camp Grandma If I had to name the […]
  • Do Older People Have a Place in Your YM? Pt. 1

    Stephanie Caro
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    …and I don’t mean parents. I’m talking grandparents, the old ladies in the women’s group, the crotchety dudes who grumble when students wear hats in the Sanctuary. The answer to the title question? Of course they do! Can you believe that I STILL run into YP’s who say their counselors really shouldn’t be older than […]
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    History in the Making

  • Write the Rules, Then Be Creative

    Ben Arment
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    STORY isn't built off the backs of an existing production team or facility. Everything we do rises from the venue like a phoenix in the desert. One very expensive phoenix. But our biggest advantage is our limitations. I can't imagine what it would be like to have an unlimited production budget... or speaker budget... or creative budget. I wouldn't even know what to do with that. And yet we attract a who's who of creative influencers across the country because we're breaking new ground with this principle of restraint... First, write the rules. Then be creative. In other…
  • Someone Paid The Toll

    Ben Arment
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    In every success story, someone undertook the hardship, paid the price, and bore the burden to achieve something great. Sometimes it was paid by the person himself. But most times, it came from someone before them. President John F Kennedy seems like the starting point of a famous family lineage. But historians are quick to point out that his father Joseph was the true political trailblazer... the patriarch of a dynasty. But by the time grandfather Joseph was born, the Kennedy family had already achieved tremendous influence. This came from the great, great grandfather P.J. Kennedy who became…
  • The Unfair Deal

    Ben Arment
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    This new "maker society" that's emerging is forcing artists to become knowledgeable business owners as well. And it's causing a lot of them to cry "foul!" whenever they find themselves in a raw deal. Designers, for example, are notorious for decrying the low pay or no pay that accompanies their craft. They're angry about it, in fact. And I love designers. But here's a little business lesson for the independent makers who are trying to make their way in the land of buying and selling... In business, the deal that you can get is the deal that you can get. Let…
  • Action Trumps Stamp-on-a-Hand

    Ben Arment
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    If the problem matters, it deserves someone getting on a plane, disrupting their life, and making a difference in person. Not a symbol on one's hand or a "forum" to discourse it to death... but good old fashioned "giving one's life over to it." I listened to a fascinating podcast by Seth Godin who said that (paraphrasing here) people only give money to causes that give them some sort of value in return (shoes-for-shoes, donation-for-a-nice-meal) because if they gave solely to the charity, it must mean that the charity matters. And if the charity matters, it's…
  • Here's to the Instagrammers

    Ben Arment
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Here's to the instragrammersThe selfie makersThe multiple photos in a row takers The food documenters The private account keepers The iPhone only boasters And the no filter gloaters The ones who link to their Facebook accounts So we can see it all twice suckers Here's to the mud mask wearers The sweaty workout clickers The cheating go-pro hustlers And the Starbuck wrong name losers The cat lovers The cat haters The inspirational word conveyers And the weight loss comparers The legs by the pool snappers The view from the hotel grabbers The beach walkers The baseball game watchers And…
 
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    9Marks Blog: Building Healthy Churches

  • Book Review: Effective Staffing for Vital Churches, by Bill Easum and Bill Tenny-Brittian

    Isaac Adams
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    How would you describe your church and your church staff in a few words? Would you say that your church is “missional” and that your staff is “effective?” That’s what veteran pastors and now church-growth consultants Bill Easum and Bill Tenny-Brittian want to help pastors say through their book, Effective Staffing for Vital Churches: The Essential Guide to Finding and Keeping the Right People. I can’t with confidence say Effective Staffing is essential reading, though it is clear and instructive—depending on what you hope to gain from…
  • When You Should NOT Submit to a Church

    Jonathan Leeman
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    All of us will, at times, be called to endure humbly a leader’s mistakes and sins. Nonetheless, should you find yourself in a church where the leadership is characteristically abusive, I would, in most cases, encourage you to flee. Flee to protect your discipleship, to protect your family, to set a good example for the members left behind, to serve non-Christian neighbors by not lending credibility to the church’s ministry. How do you recognize abusive leadership? Paul requires two witnesses for a charge to be leveled against an elder (1 Tim. 5:19), probably because he knows that…
  • Biblical Theology, Identity, and Discipling

    Michael Lawrence
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    Identity matters. It matters in our culture, which is awash in identity politics and the unimpeachable claims that identity provides. And it matters among Christians. We call people to live up to and live out the reality of who they are in Christ: an alien and stranger, salt and light, a member of the body of Christ or bride of Christ, a temple of the Spirit, a new creation, and so on.  We encourage one another to put on the new self. Yet too often, the New Testament identity markers are more informed by our own background and cultural assumptions than by the storyline of the Bible. The…
  • Book Review: All Things for Good, by Thomas Watson

    Joey Cochran
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    A mother thrust into single parenthood because of a tragic car accident. A father loses his job. A son or daughter diagnosed with cancer. A tornado eats a city. Yet another school shooting occurs. All of these circumstances stir us to ask: Where is God in the midst of suffering? Why does he permit affliction? Why do I struggle with sin? If you’re looking for help with these questions, I recommend Thomas Watson’s All Things for Good. Thomas Watson, a man acquainted with affliction, lost four children in their youth and wrote this book one year after the Act of Uniformity…
  • Biblical Theology and Corporate Worship

    Bobby Jamieson
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    What exactly are we doing when we gather as churches for worship? And how do we know what we should be doing in those weekly gatherings? Naturally, evangelical Christians turn to Scripture for guidance on these questions, but where in Scripture do we look? There’s plenty about worship in the Old Testament—about prayers and sacrifices and choirs and cymbals and much else. But does all that material actually apply to new covenant gatherings of believers? What we need in order to answer these questions is a biblical theology of worship.[1] Biblical theology is the discipline that…
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  • Numerical Leadership

    John Saddington
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    I spent some time this morning with a startup founder and he’s in a bit of a pickle, crisis mode, really if we’re honest. It’s a place that I’ve found myself quite a few times in the past where I’m having to make very difficult decisions about the fate of the business and venture, decisions like who to let go, and where to focus time and attention for the next 30 days, and do we go on a capital raise, and do we need to stop development and such. Big decisions requiring a lot of risk with a ton of unknown outcomes. To top it all off it’s his first…
  • The Cost of Low Hanging Fruit

    John Saddington
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    There can be a significant cost associated with executing on “low hanging fruit.” In previous companies I came to the realization that trying to convince my team to always execute against them was not only unproductive but distracting. You see, not all low hanging fruit can be helpful and yet many times we personally try to knock out these things first and what may happen all too often is that we completely ignore the larger goals. How often have we convinced our self (or deceived ourselves) into believing that we’re making progress when actually we’re just treading…
  • Craftsmen

    John Saddington
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    I like to think that dedicated and passionate software engineers are craftsmen – consummate professionals who’s work is of the highest quality both in form and function. Essentially, we love what we do because we really, really care about the entire experience of preparing, planning, building, touching, interfacing, and the art of learning our creative craft. I’m not entirely sure if we get to chose the craft or if the craft choses us – it’s all the same really. We hone our skills because we pursue the lost art of refined excellence – it is our trade, our…
  • The Reason I Like HP

    John Saddington
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    I’m a big Apple fan and clearly I enjoy it enough to invest a serious amount of time and effort building products (here and here) for their growing ecosystem. I have spent many years converting my entire family (and extended family) to their product line because I just believe they are superior in every way. But there’s a number of other computer and technology companies that are close to my heart and HP is one of them, especially because they are distinctly different than other high tech companies. You see, HP is especially different than Valley startups and the existing…
  • Coding Skill and Leadership

    John Saddington
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    If you’re familiar with the Dos Equis commercials featuring “The Most Interesting Man in the World” then you’ll get a laugh out of this one. I know that I did. The one above is a common “sin” when it comes to hiring and growing a technology-centric business because many mistake the best software engineer (or the first) to have the same qualities as a leader they need to run the organization. This isn’t always the case. In fact, it is more often true that the best software developer you have will be unable to be the best CTO that you want or need. The talent pools…
 
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  • My Next Social Media Training – LIVE Online!

    Terrace Crawford
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    I’ve just announced my next Social Media Training Session that will be held LIVE Online featuring my friend and Social Media Coach, Jason Curlee, and yours truly!  We’re putting together over 2 hours of training together for this EXCLUSIVE, LIVE … Continue reading →
  • 5 Steps to Finding Your Next Mentor

    Terrace Crawford
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    I’m often asked by young leaders how they can find a mentor. There are a few steps I’d offer to finding the next person to coach you.   Here are 5 actions you’ll need to take to discover and keep … Continue reading →
  • Apply Now to Join My Online Coaching Network!

    Terrace Crawford
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    I’m looking to come alongside of 10 (yes, only 10!) rookie youth pastors (who have been in the field for 5 years or less) over the next 5 months.  Numerous youth pastors have been through my network (from all over … Continue reading →
  • Join me at the Student Leadership Conference!

    Terrace Crawford
    25 Jun 2014 | 2:04 pm
    I absolutely love conferences.  So naturally when I heard a couple of years ago that Doug Fields was creating a conference just for students I was stoked!  This year the Student Leadership Conference (#SLC) is back and better than ever… … Continue reading →
  • LIVE Online Social Media Training!

    Terrace Crawford
    12 Jun 2014 | 12:56 pm
    I’m stoked to announce my next Social Media Training Session.  I will be doing a LIVE Online Social Media Training on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 2:00PM EST! There are a limited number of spaces available, so secure yours [here]. Here … Continue reading →
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  • Honoring Those Who Lead You When You Disagree

    Editor
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    Many times throughout our Worship Leading journeys the opportunity will present itself in which we’ll find ourselves to be at odds with those in leadership. This is life. This is Body life. It’s how we handle ourselves and the situation that makes the difference. It’s the way things work. The beautiful thing about the Body is its diversity of members. Not only does it mean that there will be folks who interpret some parts of doctrine differently than we do, but it also means that at times our leaders will ask us to do things we might not see the benefit of, that we might…
  • Sunday Setlists #312

    Editor
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    Share your worship confessionals, recaps, and setlists for the week of: Sunday, July 20, 2014!! Welcome to the 313th consecutive week of “Sunday Setlists!” Share your experiences from your worship gatherings. How’d it go this weekend? What songs did you sing? What creative elements did you incorporate into your service? Any special readings, videos, or songs? Join others from all over as we share our Sunday Setlists! Click here to receive an email reminder each week to participate. Click here to view the archives of “Sunday Setlists” posts. To participate: 1.
  • Worship Leaders: Are We Faking It Until We’re Making It?

    Editor
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    A guy named Tim Lambesis recently hired a hitman to kill his estranged wife. He paid the man a thousand dollars and promised another $19k once he’d confirmed his wife was dead. He gave the hit man specific times that his children would be alone with him, to be sure they were safe and that he had an alibi. When it turned out that the hitman was actually an undercover detective, Lambesis was arrested and sentenced to six years in prison. This probably wouldn’t have made national news coverage, except that Lambesis was the lead singer for a popular “Christian” band. Shortly before his…
  • Encouragement for Part-Time & Volunteer Worship Leaders

    Editor
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    You are valuable. Just because you are not full-time (or compensated at all) does not mean you aren’t making a big impact for the Kingdom. The distinction between those who are paid and those who are not, IN THE KINGDOM, isn’t real. You are either doing Kingdom work or you aren’t…there is no distinction. A full-time salary does not make you a better worship leader. You are not more and more “successful” as you climb the ladder from youth worship leader to college worship leader to full-time worship leader. Success is in creating spaces for people to gather…
  • This Type of Praise Is All About Bubbles…No Really

    Editor
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    This series explores the different “shades” of praise and worship that we see throughout the Bible. Where in English we might only see the word translated as “praise” – there are several different meanings that can apply. The Ways We Express Worship: Kneeling | Giving Thanks (Lifted Hands) | Surrender (Lifted Hands)  | Halal (Clamorous Celebration) | Playing Music | Shouting Tehillah (tel-hil-law’) 8416: This type of praise is singing, but not just any type of singing. It’s the singing that bubbles up from our hearts. It’s a spontaneous type of…
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  • Just Keep Swinging Kid

    Jason Bedell
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:34 am
    While at Kid’s Cove yesterday evening, I witnessed controlled chaos. Kids screaming. Parents searching, while screaming. Laughter abounding. Ring around the rosie. Imaginary ninja battles (I may or may not have started this). Parents chatting it up while joyful kids let loose. It was a sight to be seen. One child though, happened to catch my eye. Well, actually the commotion was heard first, so I swung my head around to see what was happening. An older girl, trying to help what appeared to be her cousin based on conversation, across the monkey bars. He wasn’t having it. He yelled.
  • Seeing The Noah Movie & Why It Matters

    Jason Bedell
    27 Feb 2014 | 8:31 am
    Last October at the Catalyst Conference, our staff and 13,000 other leaders had the privilege of seeing the director of the upcoming Noah movie being interviewed. He shared his heart, some of the things he’s learned about the Bible, and his hopes for believers and the conversations people will have because of the film. As I’ve waited for its arrival, social media has erupted in recent weeks over this post, warning people of faith about the film. Some of the quotes via Twitter & Facebook from Christians: I cannot believe this trash. BOYCOTT!!!!! Who in their right mind would…
  • Bigger. Better. More.

    Jason Bedell
    24 Feb 2014 | 10:21 am
    This weekend I had the privilege of speaking at four workshops during the Pursue Christian Teen Conference in Harrisburg, PA. Carrie and our two girls came along and it was a blast. After each of the workshops, there were those people who came up and said, “You did awesome” or “I really enjoyed that.” A few people even told me, “I was blown away” and “You WOWed us with that! Thank you.” I don’t share that to puff myself up or make myself look good. I share that because there was something about it that made me feel uncomfortable. I…
  • God Moved Your Wallet

    Jason Bedell
    16 Jan 2014 | 6:48 am
    “ARGHHH,” I exclaimed as I scoured the house in a panic, almost out of breath. “What’s wrong daddy?” My oldest was distraught. She could see the frustration in my face as I flung open cabinets, turned over piles of papers. “Are you missing something? Can I help?” Chloe was genuinely concerned. I snapped back, “Have you girls seen my wallet?! I put it right here on the counter and now it’s missing.” I had reached my boiling point. I knew we were going to be late to school and already had a late start to the morning. “Roxy, did…
  • 2014 Bible Reading Plans

    Jason Bedell
    29 Dec 2013 | 5:30 pm
    We’re a couple days away from starting a brand new year. Many of us will make some kind of resolution or goal for 2014. Eat healthy. Lose weight. Work harder. Get out of debt. Start a a new hobby. Pick up an old one. Learn underwater basket-weaving. Run more. Or… just run at all. Our mission at Forefront Church is “People Helping People, Find & Follow Jesus” we want to help you in the journey of that mission. One way to do that is to learn more about God and the Bible. We want to help make the Bible as accessible to you as possible with goals you can knock out of…
 
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  • The Tale of Two Churches

    Tim Stevens
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    A few days ago I hopped on a jet to southern California and began my 12-day journey with the research crew from 20sChurch. Heather, Maria and Taylor are three college students who are going from coast-to-coast this summer studying what churches are doing to reach 20-somethings. I'm learning a lot from them, and am privileged to be their chauffeur and roadie in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and the San Francisco area.Today we attended two churches--Reality LA in Hollywood and Hillsong LA in downtown Los Angeles. They are about 12 minutes from each other and seem to both be drawing a high percentage…
  • This Key

    Tim Stevens
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    Have you ever considered what would happen if something that can't talk suddenly began speaking? If it could tell stories? Like the teapot in Beauty and the Beast, or the snowman in Frozen. Or what is up with that gnarly raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy?Recently I was sitting in a waiting room fumbling with my keys--I only have three. And one of them has been in my pocket every day for 18 years. This key.I've easily used it more than 10,000 times. It used to open every room in the building--then things got a little more complex. But it still opens the front door, and it still opens "my"…
  • The Passenger in Row 20

    Tim Stevens
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    My return flight from Nashville last week was already running about an hour late, and everyone surrounding me at the gate was anxious to get on the flight and get home. It was a packed flight, so when the last person got on the plane and there were no remaining seats--the flight attendants were confused. From my aisle seat on row nine row I could see the pilots, flight attendants, and other airline officials looking at lists, walking on and off the plane, pointing, and talking some more. There was obviously a problem.Then the announcements began. No fewer than ten times the announcement was…
  • I'm Giving Away "Pop Goes the Church"

    Tim Stevens
    25 Jun 2014 | 2:57 am
    Pop Goes the Church was one of the coolest projects I had ever worked on when I wrote it in 2008. It was my first "solo" book, it came out of a huge passion, and it enabled me to put a voice to the theological implications of the contemporary church which was beginning to engage culture in a huge way.The book was widely received and I had the opportunity to do many radio and TV interviews, as well as offer my perspective for news reports published in the Wall Street Journal and Atlanta Journal Constitution, among others. Some leaders I highly respect said some amazing things about the…
  • How Good is "Good Enough" to Lead in a Church?

    Tim Stevens
    23 Jun 2014 | 4:36 am
    How often do you hear... "She can't lead a small group--she hasn't been through the Membership Classes yet.""He isn't qualified to lead the greeter team.""How is it possible she can lead anything at this church yet? She just met Jesus last week and doesn't even know the basics of the faith."The question about how qualified someone must be to lead is one with which every church leader grapples. We debate it, argue it and defend our position. Some believe the very fundamentals of our faith depend on keeping unqualified people from influencing other believers.This starts with deciding how much…
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  • Creative Leadership: Ten Questions To Challenge Your Thinking

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    6 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Flicker photo by Véronique Debord-Lazaro I have some questions for you my friends and readers out there. The reason I have been blogging for so long–almost 9 years now–is the dialog with real people. I have prepared sermons, found places to visit and changed my thinking because of the encounters I have had with you. This topic is for us "creatives" out there.You know that term “creative” is an interesting one. I like it better than “artsy” and it represents more than performing arts. There are programmers, business people and charity workers who are creatives. This tribe is…
  • Influence versus Popularity: What drives you as a leader?

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    6 Jun 2014 | 10:11 am
    Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done." Matthew 16:24-27 (NRSV)In ministry leadership at times you must make a clear choice. Will I be…
  • Top Five Worship Leader Fails: When things get really bad!

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    29 May 2014 | 2:41 pm
    I thought I would do a short list of lessons learned the hard way from the many years I have been a worship leader. As I often say in classes I teach, my hope is that the pain I endured from my experiences lightens yours with wisdom. So, here are some FAIL moments as a worship leader we all need to look out for and hope never happen.FAIL #1: Don’t rehearse the verbiage you plan on using for a transition. There was a transition I needed to do verbally that was between the kids choir that would perform and the rest of our worship set. I knew about it, and did not plan on anything other…
  • Church Announcements: Tell a story, invite people into it!

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    5 May 2014 | 5:48 pm
    As a church communications director, I have learned over the years that people respond to stories better than information. As a speaker, I know this is true. In fact, the Bible is almost three-fourths narrative. Jesus used stories as his teaching, almost exclusively. Why is it then that we look at announcements as just announcements? My proposition is that announcements are invitations to join in the larger story of God's work in our church and the world. Are we thinking too small of our announcements in worship?When looking to rebrand our announcements, which are exclusively in print and on…
  • A Church Worker’s Easter Hangover Story: God Sees You!

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:35 pm
    There are times when we can feel invisible. People pass us by and we are but furniture–our words ambient noise masked by the busy cacophony of our own industry. In my work, I have produced, led, and created experiences for crowds of thousands. I have done this since I was young. Being in front of people would rattle me, but that feeling wore off long ago. The grandeur of even a well-produced church Easter celebration where people are in wonder can be deafened by the inoculation of years of such effort. It is not cynicism where belief sours. It is being lost. It is feeling unseen.Those of us…
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  • The Importance Of An Abundance Mentality For Leaders

    Bill Reichart
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    “The opposite of a scarcity mentality is an abundance mentality. With an abundancy mentality we say: “There is enough for everyone, more than enough: food, knowledge, love … everything.” With this mind-set we give away whatever we have, to whomever we meet. When we see hungry people we give them food. When we meet ignorant people we share our knowledge; when we encounter people in need of love, we offer them friendship and affection and hospitality and introduce them to our family and friends. When we live with this mind-set, we will see the miracle that what we give away…
  • Why We Need To Attend Church

    Bill Reichart
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    When I first became a Christian, about fourteen years ago, I thought that I could do it on my own, by retiring to my rooms and reading theology, and wouldn’t go to the churches and Gospel Halls; I disliked very much their hymns which I considered to be fifth-rate poems set to sixth-rate music. But as I went on I saw the merit of it. I came up against different people of quite different outlooks and different education, and then gradually my conceit just began peeling off. I realized that the hymns (which were just sixth-rate music) were, nevertheless, being sung with devotion and benefit by…
  • The Top 20 Books On Theology

    Bill Reichart
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:41 am
    Want to take a deep dive into the study of Christian theology? These books are a good start. These are Ministry Best Practices' top 20 books on theology - which encompass both systematic and biblical theology.  Here is the list below:Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne GrudemSystematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief by John FrameChristian Theology by Millard EricksonHistorical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine by Gregg AllisonThe Inspiration and Authority of the Bible by B.B. WarfieldEthics for a Brave New World by John and Paul…
  • How To Handle Criticism Without Destroying Your Heart

    Bill Reichart
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    As pastors and ministry leaders we practically face some degree of criticism on a daily basis. The question then becomes for us, how do we handle and deal with criticism in a manner that doesn't destroy our heart, allowing us to become cynical, disillusioned and negative? Tim Keller has some helpful thoughts on how to avoid that pitfall:The biggest danger of receiving criticism is not to your reputation, but to your heart. You feel the injustice of it and feel sorry for yourself, and it tempts you to despise not only the critic, but the entire group of people from which they come. ‘Those…
  • Win FREE Books - Enter Today!

    Bill Reichart
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ministry Best Practices is thankful for our friends at Logos Bible Software who offer our readers a 15% discount on base packages of their incredible Bible software.Yet what's even better than a discount? FREE! One of our favorite words!One lucky reader in 2 weeks will receive, for FREE, a copy of the complete set (all 11 volumes) of the 9 Marks series for the Logos Bible Software.These books are a great addition to any library and a must-read for Christians of all levels. Those who are young in the faith will be propelled forward in their spiritual growth with these accessible guides to…
 
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  • Life in a Lazy boy

    Joel Klampert
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Imagine you have a lazy boy chair at home with an awesome cup holder and the push out foot rest. The chair is worn in nicely and even contours perfectly to your butt. You are so content with your coke in hand as you watch your Tv. Nothing is getting you out of that chair. God says “it’s time to go out and tell somebody about jesus” but you have become complacent and immovable in your contentment.  CONTENTMENT Desiring no more than what one has; satisfied.  – however this can breed complacency and apathy.  Our imbalanced contentment becomes a justification for not being…
  • Bright Sadness

    Joel Klampert
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:05 pm
    re-posted from my facebook because I don’t want to forget God’s goodness Some weeks are bright and some weeks are sad. This week, walking as a pastor and friend, has been what can only be described as a bright sadness. With new life and loved ones who pass… with friends wrecked with addiction and others coming out of the water in baptism with new freedom. Seeing some walk away from God and others who were asleep finally wake up to the wonder of The Lord. Seeing relationships torn apart and others making new covenants with a ring. There is one thing I know: MY HOPE is built…
  • NIV Read Easy Bible Review

    Joel Klampert
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:27 am
    NIV Read Easy Bible Review This black Italian Duo-Tone™ NIV ReadEasy Bible brings readability and portability together in one neat, sophisticated package. Whether at church, in the coffee shop, or trekking around the globe, this handy-sized Bible is the perfect companion. Its convenient size makes it easy to keep the timeless truth of God’s Word at hand in any situation. I have over the years switched almost exclusively over to the ipad and iphone using youversion for my bible. I love having every version and resource at my finger tips. This is pretty odd if you know me though. I…
  • NEVER lose the wonder.

    Joel Klampert
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Every time my wife and I take our four kids to a hotel, the first thing they do is run around to every room and explore. They jump on the beds, check out all the cool things, play with the hair dryer (even though we have one at home) and gawk at the outdated TV. They love to explore new things and are in a state of wonder when we go to new places. It is actually pretty cool to watch them flutter around discovering amazing treasures. Matthew 18:3 says “And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of…
  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: Book Review

    Joel Klampert
    6 Jun 2014 | 7:55 am
    Seeking Allah, Finding JesusA Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity By: Nabeel Qureshi Dr. Nabeel Qureshi is a former devout Muslim who was convinced of the truth of the Gospel through historical reasoning and a spiritual search for God. Since his conversion, he has dedicated his life to spreading the Gospel through teaching, preaching, writing, and debating. I have always been intrigued by other faiths and their journey and practice. Even more so I have been excited to read accounts of people who have found the hope of Christ on their journey. About 2 years ago I discovered a show out of…
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  • How Churches Can Find Relevance Through Giving

    Chris
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    There’s no shortage of church buildings in America. I know this may not be true of every city, but I am surprised when I drive around my community at how many unique gathering places are present for Christians. A lot of resources have been given to construct these physical buildings, but how many of them are relevant to the community around them? In Matthew 5:47 (NIV), Jesus says: And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. If your church were to answer Jesus’ question…
  • 4 Keys to Break Free from Your Debt

    Tim
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Getting out of debt can be tough, but these principles can help you get through it much easier. 1. Start with a plan. Everyone’s debt load is different, so the plan you take may not be the same as your friend next door. The one thing you do have in common is that you will both be on the path to become debt-free if you start with a plan. It’s good to start by listing out all the debt you owe. Sometimes student loans, hospital bills, and credit cards can add up and get lost in the shuffle. Take some time to list out all the debt you owe and then start prioritizing. Look at the due dates,…
  • 30 Money-Saving Decor Ideas for Dorm Rooms

    Dawn
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Although many college students are enjoying their Summers, July is a perfect time to start thinking about how you want to decorate your dorm room. There are a few topics that must be addressed when thinking about donning your dorm room. First, space is limited… so the little space that you have must be maximized! Also, you’ll be having at least one roomie, meaning zero built in privacy. When deciding on how you want to set up your dorm you, consider ways to add a little privacy (trust me, there will be moments and days that you will treasure your privacy). And, lastly, you cannot…
  • 15 Fantastic Jobs for 15-Year-Olds (Did You Try Any of These?)

    Tim
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    In today’s job market, it can be hard for a teenager to find a job. I remember looking for jobs when I was 15 – they were hard to come by! Don’t let the idea of not having a car keep you from finding work. If you’re willing to work, you can find something that’s worth your time. I wish I had this list of jobs for 15-year-olds when I was a teenager! Unfortunately, I can’t turn back time, but you can take advantage of your spare time with these teen job ideas. Editor’s Note: Hey, if you’re not 15, I wonder if you tried any of these jobs when you were a teen. Leave a…
  • 5 Things to Consider Before Quitting Your Day Job

    Tim
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    You’ve had enough with your job and are two steps from walking out and never coming back! Besides, you always wanted to ‘be your own boss’ and this might be the step you need to get those entrepreneurial juices flowing, right? Have you ever felt like that before? I’ve had jobs in the past where I’ve felt like quitting was the best solution to the problem. When you’re frustrated with your day job, it’s easy to think that life would be better if you just had the freedom to do what you want. Who wouldn’t want to make money with their passion? But quitting your job to pursue…
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  • You Aren’t Gospel Centered

    Josh Reich
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    There’s been a resurgence in the last few years around the gospel. This is a good thing. We are starting to have a larger view of the gospel, seeing the gospel as more than just how one is made right with God, how one is changed and how one goes to heaven. We are seeing the gospel for Christians as well and how the power of the gospel changes us into who God has called us to be. This is positive. It has also created a new thing to complain about. Now, preachers are gospel centered preachers. If you want to sell a book, throw the word gospel into it. Parenting, preaching, church…
  • “I Want Deep Preaching”

    Josh Reich
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here are some things that if you preach on a regular basis, you will hear at least once in your life: I love that you preach deep. I left my last church because the preaching wasn’t deep enough. I’m so glad you preach the bible at this church. I don’t like your preaching because it is too topical. I’m leaving your church because you aren’t deep enough (maybe someone said this to you yesterday). Deep preaching is a moving target, for the simple reason: Deep preaching takes on different meanings for different people. Usually it is a churched person that wants deep…
  • Links for Your Weekend Reading

    Josh Reich
    12 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Thom Rainer on 11 mistakes I made as an author. 6 questions every leaders should ask. Andy Stanley shares six questions every leader should ask and Michael Lukaszewski shares some application on them. Time Magazine lists 9 terrible habits you need to stop doing immediately. What makes Malcolm Gladwell so interesting.  If you believe that Gladwell’s success is primarily driven by his writing, I think you’ve overlooked the most important factor. What makes him most interesting is not the narratives themselves, but rather the ideas behind them. I am Ryland – the story of a…
  • How to Lead in Good & Bad Times

    Josh Reich
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The need for leadership varies according to place and situation. Sometimes, a church is growing and certain style of leadership is needed. Sometimes, things are rougher or just getting started, so another kind of a leader is needed. A good leader is able to know which season is which and how to lead in that moment. I came across this in Ben Horowitz’s book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers, showing the kind of leadership needed at different moments in a church. Peacetime CEO knows that proper protocol leads to winning. Wartime CEO…
  • What is Holding Your Church Back

    Josh Reich
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’m not sure where I read it, but Nelson Searcy said, “Your church is not realizing as much of its potential as it could.” This can be off putting depending on your view of the church and your view of leadership. If pastors and church members are honest, most churches are not realizing their potential. They are not doing all that God is calling them to, they are not as healthy as they could be and they are not seeing the growth in people that they could. Often, it isn’t intentional, they are just allowing church to happen to them. They are working in the church. In…
 
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    Mister Nifty

  • Your Study Time Just Got Easier

    Anthony Trimble
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    If you’re like me, you do a lot of studying on your laptop. I especially like this because the copy-and-paste feature has made studying a lot quicker. Whether that’s a good or bad thing, I don’t know, but what I do know is that Biblical study just got a lot easier.  Up until recently I had used the infamous BibleGateway.com for studying the Bible. One of its greatest features has been parallel comparisons between translations, which the website/app I’m about to mention is doing now as well. The problem with BibleGateway.com is that it had become outdated and…
  • Give Your Website a Fresh Look!

    Anthony Trimble
    11 Mar 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Church websites get a bad rap most of the time. There aren’t many leaders that like to spend the expensive hourly rate for a web designer to spruce up their website. So, the church website suffers. Don’t be fooled, though. Your church website is extremely important. It’s one of the first impressions people come in contact with along with your parking lot attendants, nursery workers, and bulletin. I also can’t stress how important online giving is for your church. (We’ll deal with that in the next post.)  Oh, and get a Facebook page. WordPress has made the…
  • Font Squirrel: Best Free Fonts

    Anthony Trimble
    8 Dec 2013 | 9:24 pm
    Site: Fontsquirrel.com Price: Free Free fonts aren’t hard to come by. (I’m sure you’ve tried 1001freefonts.com and dafont.com.) But great free fonts are hard to come by. Recently, I came across Fontsquirrel.com, which gives free quality fonts that are also free for commercial use. The website is clean and easy to get around. If you know of any more sites that produce quality free fonts, please comment below.   Font Squirrel: Best Free Fonts is a post from: Mister Nifty Stay Connected Subscribe to RSS by Email Join The Mister Nifty Newsletter Follow Mister Nifty on…
  • A Culture of Appreciation

    Anthony Trimble
    1 Dec 2013 | 9:00 pm
    Thanksgiving is over, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop thanking people. This is especially true if you are a leader in a church or non-profit. In for-profit businesses, people will keep coming to work even if they aren’t noticed. Not always true for those that are volunteering their time week after week. That doesn’t mean that the cause isn’t great. It just means we have to reiterate time and time again how much we appreciate people that volunteer their time. So, how do we intentionally do that? 1. Create a culture of appreciation One mass email of appreciation…
  • Tick: A New To-Do App

    Anthony Trimble
    25 Nov 2013 | 9:07 pm
    Price: $1.99 Available at the App Store It seems like there’s a new to-do app coming out every week. Every once in a while, though, something stands out. Tick is one of the most fun, and as it proclaims, one of the most customizable to-do apps out there.   There are a couple of things that really stand out about Tick. This app looks slick. You can choose an icon for your to-do list and make it any color you want it. I’m a visual person, and love the use of icons in this app. Obviously, this can easily be used for shopping lists, but this is great for church leaders, who are…
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    The Resurgence

  • Resurgence Leadership #026: Leading Church Growth, Part 3

    Resurgence
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Each week the Resurgence Leadership podcast features Pastor Mark Driscoll with other pastors and teachers offering biblical wisdom and practical insight to help Christian leaders everywhere influence more people for Jesus. Leading Church Growth (part 3 of 3): Pastor Mark Driscoll explains why the difficult task of pruning is so important in this ReTrain session recorded live at Mars Hill Church in 2014. Subscribe iTunes Feed Resurgence Conference Join us for the 2014 Resurgence Conference, October 28–29, at Mars Hill Church Bellevue. Coming up Next week, join us for leadership training…
  • Leading Church Growth, Part 3

    Resurgence
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Leading Church Growth (part 3 of 3): Pastor Mark Driscoll explains why the difficult task of pruning is so important, in this Retrain session recorded live at Mars Hill Church in 2014.
  • Best Books: Unceasing Worship, by Harold Best

    Mark Driscoll
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Our “best books” series spotlights essential reading for Christian leaders. This week’s pick is Unceasing Worship, by Harold Best. Worship is more than a style of music or event that happens in a church building. It includes such things, but far exceeds them. The Bible gives us a deeper, broader, richer view of worship. This book, with great skill, shows that everyone everywhere is always worshiping—the only differences being who or what, and how. Best says, “The burden of this book develops the concept of continuous outpouring as the rubric for our worship. As…
  • Marriage and Ministry: Adam & Eve

    Mark Driscoll
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
  • Pastor Mark Interviews Pastor Dave, Part 2

    Resurgence
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Pastor Dave's new book, Dear Son, addresses men who are discouraged or bitter about not having a good father growing up. His intention is to give these men hope for a radically different future. The book isn't just for men, though. In it, Pastor Dave intends to encourage women, specfically single moms. A majority of kids born today are born to single mothers and lack a positive male influence in their life. If you're a mother who is concerned about your son growing up without a father, take heart. Look the God who is a father to the fatherless and a refuge for overwhelmed mothers.  …
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    ChurchCrunch

  • Comic Book Hipsters [Images]

    Eric Dye
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    What if the entire X-Men, Spiderman and Batman families were all hipsters? They might look something like what the very talented Phillip Sevy put together: [Click for Larger][Click for Larger][Click for Larger] Which is your favorite and what/who else would you like to see in ‘full hipster?’ The post Comic Book Hipsters [Images] appeared first on ChurchMag.
  • Echo: iPhone Prayer App

    Eric Dye
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Another prayer app? There’s always room for improvement for mobile prayer apps and that’s what you’ll find with Echo. Echo isn’t just a prayer list app. It’s a prayer manager app. Let’s take a closer look: Echo (((ECHO — Echo — echo — e c h o ))) Sorry. I couldn’t resist. ^_^ Echo helps “integrate prayer into your daily routine.” You can keep track of all your prayers, organize them into groups, delete them, and my favorite feature on all awesome prayer apps: Mark prayers answered! Echo also: Reminds you to pray using push notifications…
  • The Art of Mixing Google Font Typefaces [Infographic]

    Eric Dye
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Google Fonts is a great place to find fonts for websites and even print projects; but with so many fonts to choose from, how do you pick? And to add to the confusion, what about font combination!?! I recently ran into this very problem while working on a website design. While I was able to pinpoint one of the fonts, finding a good font to accompany it took me a while. If only I had found this chart sooner… Taking inspiration from a 1992 handout created by the International Journal of Typography, Shawn Pagin created this handy infographic that offers 400 different typeface combinations.
  • The Cost of Technology and Time in Ten Years

    Eric Dye
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    A popular restaurant in New York City has been in business for many years, and while they still serve the same number of customers, their service has seemed to slow down. They’ve done several obvious things to try and fix the slower service: hired more employees and have gone as far to removed items from their menu. But, to no avail, they continue to receive negative reviews and complaints from patrons complaining of slow service and having to wait too long for a table. Upon further review, this popular restaurant notice that many other restaurants in the area had received the same…
  • X-Rayed Toys [Images]

    Eric Dye
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    What happens when you x-ray toys? Well, mostly awesome things. Check it out: These remind me of when lots of electronics and toys came in various colors of clear plastic to see the internal workings. Also, Crystal Pepsi. [via Colossal]   The post X-Rayed Toys [Images] appeared first on ChurchMag.
 
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    Healthy Church Technology & Communication Consulting

  • Church Tech Arts Coaching

    Anthony Coppedge
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Ironically, the questions I’m asked the most by church technical leaders are not technical in nature; rather, they’re focused on the overarching aspects and responsibilities of leading staff and volunteers, managing multiple projects, organization and prioritization, and their own spiritual journey. Because this happens so frequently, I walk a small group of 6 or less tech arts leaders through personal coaching over three months. Here’s how it works: This private group is made up of creative and technical arts people from growing churches across North America. Some are…
  • Compliance Disguised as Submission – A Tale of the Heart

    Anthony Coppedge
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Do you know the difference between submission and compliance? In my vocational work on staff at three churches and in my non-vocational work for several companies, I have struggled to know when to submit myself to authority and when, well…not to do so. What I’ve learned is that I was confusing submission with compliance. At first, I didn’t realize there was a difference, until I heard a pastor friend of mine tell me a story that illustrated the profound difference. A statement was made by a church leader about staff being expected to submit to the authority placed over…
  • Church Product Highlight: Work Standing or Sitting with Dual Monitors

    Anthony Coppedge
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    Cool and practical dual monitor mounting from Chief, the K1D220S, perfect for working standing or sitting. I work with a lot of creatives in churches over the years who spend many hours working with dual computer monitors as part of their job, so when I find an innovative product that’s priced inexpensively, I like to share it with my church friends. Today, I’m highlighting what I think is a huge innovation in something as simple as mounting two computer monitors: the Chief Manufacturing K1D220S. Personally, I am a fan of both standing and sitting when spending hours in front of a…
  • The Best of ChurchLeaders.com

    Anthony Coppedge
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:10 am
    Sharing my thoughts here on my blog is a joy; but having my ideas, experiences, and stories shared with hundreds of thousands of pastors is a privilege. Thanks to the leadership of  Outreach Magazine and ChurchLeaders.com for allowing me to speak with their audiences. I had a featured column (Plugged In:) for several years in Outreach Magazine and for over 5 years have shared even more content via their amazing pastoral resource site, ChurchLeaders. Here is my personal “Best Of” list of posts on ChurchLeaders.com around three subjects near to my heart: Volunteers, Church…
  • Making Your Church Website Mobile Friendly

    Anthony Coppedge
    17 Jun 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Mobile friendly church websites are optimized for smartphones. *Latest update: June 2014 It’s hard to go anywhere (including church) where people are not pulling out their phones for more than calls. We’re clearly a mobile culture with habits now firmly entrenched in anytime, anywhere access. Churches must, at a minimum, make a mobile version of their websites for these small screens. For those pastors wanting some stats to back this up, it’s helpful to note the following: 94% of smartphone users have searched for local info – including your church. *[1] 67% (and…
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    Revitalize Your Church

  • Advice for a New Pastor

    Mark Wilson
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    A friend contacted me, seeking advice as he began the pastorate of a new church.  Here's how I responded:1)  You only have four jobs:  preach, pray, lead and love -- not necessarily in that order.  Your prayer life is the single most important factor in your ministry -- you must maintain a robust soul, overflowing with Christ for effective ministerial service,.2)  Loving people is the key -- and not just the people in your  congregation -- but the whole community.  That means intentionally going out to seek them.  By default, most pastors stay…
  • Eight Ways to Make a Good Day

    Mark Wilson
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    1. Determine to have a good day.Make up your mind that you are going to make the best of this day, no matter what! A firm decision to live positively is half the battle.2. Start your day with a prayer. Before you get out of bed, pause and thank God for your life and ask for guidance and wisdom.3. Don't sweat the small stuff. Isn't it funny how we can become so uptight about non-essentials? My friend, Eunice Walker, calls these petty frustrations "bugs on the windshield of life." Refuse to let minor annoyances get the best of you.4. Look for postcards from heaven. Every day God…
  • Happy Belated Birthday to John Calvin

    Mark Wilson
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    Yesterday was John Calvin's 505th birthday.Happy Belated Birthday to You!Happy Belated Birthday to You!Happy Belated Birthday Dear Johnny-Boy!Happy Belated Birthday To You!Q: What do get when John Piper drinks Mountain Dew?A: A Hyper Calvinist!
  • A Matter of Perspective

    Mark Wilson
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    The rain had ended. The sun was shining. A beautiful rainbow arched across the sky."Isn't this a beautiful day?" the robin chirped contentedly."That, my friend," said the snail, as he raised his mud-soaked face, "is a matter of perspective."
  • When Life Feels Like a Pressure Cooker

    Mark Wilson
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:39 am
    When you are under tremendous stress, and life feels like a pressure cooker, then it's time to stop and evaluate what's happening inside of you.  Stress is like the red lights on the automobile dashboard.  It indicates a warning that something under the hood needs attention.  Here are a few questions to consider when you feel the tension rising:1)  What symptoms indicate that I am stressed out?  2)  What are the immediate and underlying causes of my tension?  Often, the thing that is "stressing us out", is just a symptom and not the cause.  Look beneath…
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    challies.com - Informing the Reforming

  • Books I Loved Reading on Vacation

    Tim
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    After almost two weeks of vacation, I am back in my own home in my own town. We had a great time and, as usual, some of my favorite times were spent reading. When I go on vacation, I tend to focus on light reading and books a little bit outside my normal reading diet. Here are the ones I liked best: On Writing Well by William Zinsser. Considering the amount of my time I spend writing, I have invested far too little time in reading books on the craft of writing. Zinsser’s is brilliant, though you will have to be willing to overlook his left-leaning ideologies (It’s time to get…
  • A La Carte (July 22)

    Tim
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:43 am
    Here’s a handful of new Kindle deals: John A. Broadus by David Dockery ($0.99); The Gospel Commission by Michael Horton ($3.99); Five Points by John Piper ($5.99). The next two I’m not familiar with, but they may be worth a look: Effective Staffing for Vital Churches by Bill Easum & Billy Tenny-Brittian ($3.99); Five Secrets Great Dads Know by Paul Coughlin ($0.99). If you’re in the market for a Kindle, Amazon has the 7” Kindle Fire HDX at $100 off today only. Gavin Peacock’s Moment - CBMW is venturing into longform writing and they get it started well with…
  • 7 Different Ways to Read a Book

    Tim
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    Reading is kind of like repairing a bicycle. Kind of. For too long now my bike has been semi-operational. It has one brake that just doesn’t want to behave and all my attempts to fix it have failed. Why? Well it turns out that I haven’t been using the right tool. To get the bike working I need to use the right tool. And when it comes to reading, well, you’ve got to use the right tool—you’ve got to know what kind of reading to do. Here are seven different kinds of reading. Studying. Studying is reading at its best, I think, but reading that can and should be done with only the…
  • A La Carte (July 21)

    Tim
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Here are some new Kindle deals: Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick ($1.99); Faithful Women and the Extraordinary God by Noel Piper ($1.99); The Christian Homemaker’s Handbook by Various ($2.99); The Gospel As Centered edited by Tim Keller & D.A. Carson ($2.99); To the Glory of God by James Montgomery Boice ($1.99); The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel ($1.99); A Reasonable Faith by William Lane Craig ($3.99). Testing Your Faith in Divine Intervention - Sandy Grant writes about some of the evil events in the news today and assigns the blame accordingly. 3…
  • The Glory of Christ

    Tim
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    In R.C. Sproul’s book The Glory of Christ, he focuses on the moments of great glory in the life of Christ—a life marked by so much that was inglorious and not at all befitting the King of Glory. A crucial aspect of Jesus’ humiliation was the hiddenness of His glory. His identity was often concealed. We hear the protests from the wounded egos of famous people when they are not recognized. They complain, “Don’t you know who I am?” It is humiliating to them to go unrecognized. Because people do not recognize them, they feel treated beneath their dignity. If any human…
 
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    Desiring God Blog

  • A First Glimpse at ‘Look at the Book’

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    This is not the launch of Look at the Book. It’s a preview. It’s a ten-minute demonstration of the kind of thing I will be doing at our National Conference this September, and then with several texts each week when we launch Look at the Book online this fall. Some of you may recall from my legacy post that I feel an excited sense of calling for this next chapter of my life to take people with me into the kitchen. That is, the place where sermon-food is prepared. Presentation is one thing; preparation is another. One of the differences between presentation (preaching) and preparation is…
  • We Must Learn to Taste

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    God doesn’t play fair. Much to my parents’ concern, I hadn’t been to church for a long time. And yet here I was, in my first term at university, sliding into a pew at St Ebbe’s Church in Oxford. This, I can promise you, was not the result of any pious yearning on my part. Rather, it was because the congregation counted among its number a particularly lovely second-year student of modern languages. Where earnest parental pleading had failed, she had proved to be rather more convincing. Stop Reading the Bible Incidentally, or so it seemed, it was at St Ebbe’s that I met Tony. Knowing…
  • You Can’t Buy Happiness

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Restlessness isn’t the real problem. Cultures that crack the whip for more bricks, like the ancient Egypt who held Israel captive, are in it for more than the work. The ceaseless labor — the lack of rest — is only the picture of something deeper, something that has characterized every civilization from then until now: the quest for pleasure. Pleasure is the goal behind the toiling. All those hours and sweat weren’t for the bricks, but for what the bricks could build. And that building wasn’t for the structure itself, but for how that structure might make its owner feel. And that…
  • Satan Disarmed, Sin Forgiven, Soul Alive

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Since Satan still “prowls around like a roaring lion” (1 Peter 5:8), in what sense is he disarmed (Colossians 2:15) or nullified (Hebrews 2:14) or bound (Mark 3:27)? One of the most beautiful passages in the Bible about the astonishing achievements of the crucifixion is Colossians 2:13–15. It contains the answer to our question, and so much more. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set…
  • Six Ways Your Phone Is Changing You

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at Macworld Expo 2007, and I got my first one a year later. I can’t remember life without it. For seven years an iPhone has always been within my reach, there to wake me in the morning, there to play my music library, there to keep my calendar, there to capture my life in pics and video, there for me to enjoy sling-shooting wingless birds into enemy swine, there as my ever-present portal to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. My iPhone is such a part of my daily life, I rarely think self-reflectively about it. That’s precisely what concerns David Wells, 75,…
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    Pastor Steven Furtick

  • What To Do When You Don’t Know Who You Are

    webteam
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Our ‘Me-First’ culture may seem like a modern problem, but since the beginning of time, we have been consumed by the internal struggle between who we really are and who we pretend to be. While we can’t fool God with our disguises, we can easily lose sight of our true selves while chasing after who the world says we should be. In Week 1 of our series #DeathtoSelfie, Pastor Steven shows us, through the life of Jacob, that the identity we all long for can only be given when we come to God as we really are.
  • #DeathToSelfie

    webteam
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The struggle to know who we really are is a battle as old as mankind – but so is the answer for finding peace. Quit comparing your unfiltered life to a world cropped and edited to perfection. Discover how finding your true identity can save you from the greatest obstacle standing in your way – YOU. Join us for our new series #DeathToSelfie beginning July 19-20. Click here for more information and to find a location near you.
  • What We Forget When We’re Waiting On God

    webteam
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sometimes when we are in the middle of a difficult struggle, it can be hard for us to see God working in our lives. But when we feel sorry for ourselves, and sit around waiting for God to fix our problems, we often miss what He has already given us and what He plans to do in our lives during our hard seasons. In this clip from our sermon series Waiting Room, Pastor Steven explains that when we accept Christ and the Holy Spirit comes to live inside us, we have all we’ll ever need to overcome any obstacle in our lives.
  • Finding The Greater Purpose In Your Pain

    webteam
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Throughout the Bible there are stories of God’s people being imprisoned and persecuted for their beliefs. Yet, God shows us there is always a greater purpose behind their suffering. As Christians, when we put God’s purpose first in our lives, we can expect to face similar hardships. Because the Christian life was not designed to easy, it was designed to be effective and purposeful. In this clip from our series The Joy Genome, Pastor Steven explains how we can use the pain in our lives to make a lasting impact for the glory of God.
  • When You Can’t See God In Your Situation

    webteam
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Why does it sometimes feel like God is far away, just when we need to feel His presence the most? Would God really disappear in our greatest time of need? In this clip from our series IN•FIN•8, Pastor Steven shows us through the story of Moses and the Red Sea that God is always fighting for us, and He can use our difficult situations to draw us towards Him, stretching our faith and increasing His glory in the process.
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    Adrian Warnock

  • What does it mean to “receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” ?

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    In chapter 3 of Hope Reborn, we list four steps which are part of the normal process of becoming a Christian and beginning your Christian life. The first one is explained in that chapter which is available free here, and today we share our explanation of what we believe Peter meant by “receive the Gift [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • How to Become a Christian. Free Chapter from Hope Reborn

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    The heart of my new book Hope Reborn – How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus is the following chapter which answers the critical question, How do I become a Christian? The Bible explains the story of humanity and the way God saves us in three stages. This is summarized in Ephesians 2:1-9 [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Introducing my new book, written with Tope Koleoeo

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    I can now announce that my new book Hope Reborn – How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus is available for you to pre-order. Please like Hope Reborn on Facebook, and follow it on Twitter. It has been a real delight to write this book with the man who I have called my [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Everyday Mission by Ben Connolly and Bob Roberts

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    My friend Bob Roberts has recently co-authored a book called Everyday Mission  with Ben Connelly. Here is what I wrote as an endorsement for it, followed by a video which talks about the idea of regular missional living: “Are you concerned about the state of the Church in the West today? Are you affected by the [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Do Londoners believe in God?

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:16 am
    My friend Justin Brierley spent some time asking Londoners if they believe in God.  Interestingly, this is also the first question of The God Test. Watch the results, and consider booking in to Unbelieveable? the conference. The rest of this article is available by following the link above
 
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • "A Place Called Space"

    Steve McCoy
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    So this is one of the coolest songs I've heard this year. It's from a new album from The Juan MacLean coming out this fall. Crank it up!
  • 3 Reasons Christians Have Relentless Joy

    Steve McCoy
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Tim Keller on Romans 8:28-30 -- three reasons Christians have relentless joy...Verse 28: Our bad things turn out for goodVerse 29: Our good things can never be lostVerse 30: The best things are yet to come(Via)
  • CAPC: Greg Thornbury

    Steve McCoy
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
    President of King's College and friend, Greg Thornbury, was in a discussion on music and culture for Christ and Pop Culture podcast. Listen here. I just listened and it's excellent, thought-provoking.Members of CaPC ($5 a month) get far more free things than the cost of membership, including right now Greg's recent book in ebook form, Recovering Classical Evangelicalism (Kindle), Joy For the World ebook, new Gray Havens' song, other books, other music, a comic book, and more. Wowzers. Join up.
  • Don't Worry

    Steve McCoy
    5 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    This might be the worst thing ever. How do my ears still function after that, Yoko?
  • Cheap Kindle Books 6.27.14

    Steve McCoy
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Some massive discounts on important theological books...Evangelical Theology by Michael Bird ($5.99)The Christian Faith & Pilgrim Theology by Michael Horton ($7.69 & $5.99)Historical Theology by Gregg Allison ($5.99)Also...Plant by Darrin Patrick, Mark DeVine, Ed Stetzer ($4.39)Entrusted With The Gospel by Andreas Kostenberger ($2.99)The End of the Law by Jason Meyer ($2.99)Theologians of the Baptist Tradition by Timothy George & David Dockery ($2.99)God's Indwelling Presence by Jim Hamilton ($2.99)Believer's Baptism by Tom Schreiner & Shawn Wright ($2.99)
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    Worship Matters

  • Songs from WorshipGod14: TRIUNE

    Bob Kauflin
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:49 pm
    We just wrapped up the last session of WorshipGod14: TRIUNE, where we spent 3 days exploring the depths, joys, and significance of worship the God who has revealed himself to us as Father, Son, and Spirit. I’m so grateful for the folks who made it all possible as well as the people who made sacrifices to attend. We all know God better than we did three days ago. I’ll be posting a summary of the conference in the coming weeks, but here’s the list of the songs we sang. Not surprisingly, a lot of them specifically reference the Trinity in some way. Click on the title to access…
  • Who Would Have Dreamed – Christmas Album Preview

    Bob Kauflin
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    We released our first Christmas album, Savior: Celebrating the Mystery of God Become Man, in 2006. A few years ago I started thinking we should do another one. After all, we can never have too many songs that help us reflect on and celebrate the wonder of Jesus becoming Emmanuel, God with us. So I was intrigued last fall when my good friend, Marty Machowski, asked if Sovereign Grace Music would be interested in producing a Christmas album to accompany an Advent curriculum he had written. After a few conversations with Marty and his publisher, New Growth Press, we decided it would be a…
  • What I’ve Been Up To

    Bob Kauflin
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Not writing this blog, obviously. At some point I hope to start posting regularly again, but right now I wanted to share what’s been going on in the world of Sovereign Grace Music. The Dominican Republic and a New Spanish Album I got back last night from the Dominican Republic where I had the joy of speaking twice this past weekend at the Por Su Causa (For His Cause) conference, “Worship: The Purpose of Redemption.” The conference was sponsored by International Baptist Church (IBI) and a ministry called Integridad y Sabiduría (Integrity and Wisdom), both led by my good…
  • Songwriting Camp with Steve and Vikki Cook (and me)

    Bob Kauflin
    28 May 2014 | 7:29 am
    Image Courtesy of Shutterstock Writing songs for congregational worship is a craft. While God has been known to use mediocre songs to accomplish his purposes, he doesn’t want mediocrity to be our goal. He intends that writers work hard to produce congregational songs that enable the word of Christ to dwell in people richly (Col. 3:16). That’s why I’m excited to be participating with Steve and Vikki Cook in a 2½ day songwriting camp, July 13-15, in Santa Ana, CA. It’s sponsored by Eric Turbedsky of  Sovereign Grace Church of Orange County, and will be held at…
  • Ten Reasons Why You Should Come to WorshipGod: TRIUNE

    Bob Kauflin
    13 May 2014 | 2:07 am
    Last year we held our first WorshipGod conference in California, Called to Be Faithful, co-hosted with Eric Turbedsky and Sovereign Grace Church of Orange. Lots of learning, lots of giveaways, lots of fellowship, lots of laughter, lots of equipping, and lots of time to encounter God together. Due to the number of requests to come back we’ll be hosting WorshipGod: TRIUNE, July 16-19, again at Calvary Church in Santa Ana, CA. Here’s a video recap of last year’s conference. Because there are so many conferences you could attend, I wanted to give you 10 reasons why you…
 
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    Thinking Out Loud

  • Guest Post: Carlo Raponi — Sudden Urgency

    paulthinkingoutloud
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    Carlo Raponi is Evangelism Outreach Director with Kawartha Youth Unlimited, a Youth for Christ chapter in Peterborough, a city about 75 minutes northeast of Toronto, Canada. This is his second time at Thinking Out Loud. There is not a day that I can remember where I’ve woken up alone in the world. Literally. I have no memory of any day of my life where I spent a whole day without ever encountering a single person. I think that if this ever happened it would carry with it a strange unfamiliar feeling that only gets seen in post-apocalyptic horror films. Instead, I, like all of us, am…
  • I Don’t Know How, But I Know The Way

    paulthinkingoutloud
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    This is the first few lines from a post by Dave Carrol at the blog Big Ear Creations: I’ve never known how I was gonna get where I’m going but I’ve always known the path. I didn’t know how I was going to afford to get married in college… but I knew the path. I didn’t know how I was going to get a job that paid apartment rent… but I knew the path. I didn’t know how I was going to get to Africa like that vision in my head… but I knew the path. I didn’t know how I was going to get into ministry like that picture in my mind… but I…
  • This is Church

    paulthinkingoutloud
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    Sourced at: YouthForTruthUSA.com Video produced by: ThisIsDiscipling.org which rolls over to Mount Vernon Foursquare Church
  • When We All Get To Heaven

    paulthinkingoutloud
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    If someone were to ask me if there are any paradigm shifts I’ve noticed in Christian perspectives on various issues, I would have to say that among my peers and those with whom I converse online, three things might quickly spring to mind: A rethinking of the afterlife as ‘New Earth,’ rather than a ‘heaven’ that’s up there as opposed to down here. (For this, see the book Heaven by Randy Alcorn.) A reconsideration of the ‘rapture theology’ that has dominated Evangelicalism for the past several decades. (See End Time Delusions by Steve Wohlberg.) A…
  • Equal Time for Modern Worship

    paulthinkingoutloud
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:21 am
    A few days ago I ran a string of videos that left some with the impression that, in terms of Christian music, I am stuck in 1977.  So here, unedited, are recent things that have been playing on my computer. Here’s the new Steve Fee that Andy Stanley says you should download With the present modern worship trends, vertical worship means we’ve lost songs of testimony, or songs like this one which make a declaration of faith If you haven’t heard this Chris Tomlin song before, that’s because it’s a single; the album will be out later in the year. This one goes back…
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  • Mission Project – Printing Photos in Rural Haiti

    Tony Kummer
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    This post describes how our Haiti mission team used the Canon Selphy CP910 to print digital photographs using only batteries and a smartphone camera. This same project would be super easy for any outreach event at church.  If it works in Haiti, it could work anywhere.  I’d love to hear your feedback, especially if you have done something similar. Just leave me a comment.  Your questions are welcome too! Printing Demonstration (back home) Here’s the equipment we used. Total cost was around $350 for supplies and equipment (not including our personal smartphones). But next time…
  • “God Is Our Refuge” Bible Object Lesson

    Mimi Bullock
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    When we need a good place to hide, God is to whom we should turn. Kids know all about hiding—just look at the games they play! Bring this object lesson to your class and you’ll teach them a valuable truth that is sure to bring comfort when they need it. I based this object lesson on, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) However, there are many other verses you could use if you prefer. God is Our Refuge Object Lesson Supplies: A refrigerator box, a knife, marker or a sheet and two shares, a cardboard sign that reads “God”, a CD…
  • Treasures in Heaven Object Lesson

    Mimi Bullock
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:53 am
      How I love the book of Matthew! This book of the Bible has so many wonderful nuggets of truth right from the Master’s lips. Take for instance the parable about treasures in heaven from Matthew 6:19-21. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where you treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Setting Up the Treasures in Heaven Object Lesson Prepare for teaching this lesson by gathering these supplies: piggy bank, coins, posterboard cut out of a piggy bank, pushpins, paper…
  • Bible Lesson: God uses Mordecai and Esther to thwart Haman’s evil plan

    Kelly Henderson
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:44 am
    The following lesson was prepared for a small group of students.  The actual lesson is written out to include all the main points of the Book of Esther.  The students who attended when this lesson was taught were ages 5-8.  It was adapted and modified to their attention span and they stayed engaged and participated throughout the lesson.  An option for this lesson is to have part 1 and part 2 of this amazing Book about God using ordinary people to carry out His plans. Bible Passage: Esther 1-10 Bible Story Title: God uses Mordecai and Esther to thwart Haman’s evil plan Target Age Group:…
  • Negative Volunteer Behaviors: What’s Happening and What Should You Do?

    Mimi Bullock
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    When praying about my ministry, I can’t help but reflect upon my blessings. I have such faithful volunteers; without their help, children’s church would be a whole lot crazier. However, during busy times, it’s easy to see my team get stressed out and me too! I must confess that I rarely have difficulty with volunteers but when problems do arise I understand that it is just a part of ministry. Sometimes, it’s not simply snapping at children or showing up late–it is a recurring behavioral problem that you must deal with. These are good people and if a bad behavior does develop,…
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    Man of Depravity

  • On a Boat in the Middle of a Storm

    Tyler
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    The older I get the more I see today’s culture validating toxic behavior, making this world a toxic environment to live in. The anti-thesis of the Gospel is the accepted norm: you are what you do; survival of the fittest; the hardest and most conniving worker wins the day. Stress is something only kept at bay for the two weeks of vacation a year. It is this environment that produces the anxiety we have all come to give into, living with it, instead of pushing against it. A year ago I read Mark Sayers’ latest book Facing Leviathan. At the time I was impressed and I wrote an…
  • Interview with Barnabas Piper, Author of The Pastor’s Kid

    Tyler
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Barnabas and I have interacted together for a few years, mostly over our tortuous love affair with Minnesota sports teams. However, we also share another thing in common, we are both pastor’s kids; he being the son of a well-known pastor, John Piper, and me being the son of an unknown pastor who has been faithful to the call. A few weeks ago Barnabas and I talked about his book, about growing up as PKs, and about how churches can better understand the situation pastor’s kids face. You can pick up a copy of Barnabas Piper’s new book (it releases today), right HERE. You…
  • Do You Condone Same-Sex Marriage by Photographing the Wedding?

    Tyler
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    This past Sunday I shared what I believe to be my most important message (you can stream the audio of that message here, as well as download the audio and notes), two years into my pastoral role. The subject was how Christians should respond to a culture increasingly accepting of same-sex partnerships and sexuality. Someone asked me how long I took to prepare the message, and I responded by saying 8 years. This is a subject, with various nuances, that my generation has dealt with first-hand over the past decade. I continue to seek God’s guidance on not only what truth from His Word…
  • The Allure of Parish Pornography

    Tyler
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    Eugene Peterson says that many pastors fall in love with ecclesiological pornography—fake pictures of church ministry—filtered so ministry becomes a glorified endeavor of glamour. Taking cues from the surrounding culture, we begin to desire something that does not exist. The snapshots we see of the ministry of glamour aren’t real. Upon starting seminary I worked as a janitor at a large church in Portland, Oregon. I served in the college ministry, and after six months found a job on the creative arts team. A few years later I was hired to join the student ministry team as well.
  • Does This Need to Have a Title?

    Tyler
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    Someday I’ll stop blogging. Tomorrow? August 17th, 2036? Maybe. When I first started writing in this space nearly seven years ago I posted something new six days a week. Then I transitioned to five, then three, and now typically two days a week of new posts. Nearly all the bloggers I know who’ve been at this online web-log writing for more than three years either make a lot of money through their blog and turned it into a job, or they aren’t married, or they don’t have kids. My typical work day usually includes an item on my to do list of “writing.”…
 
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    ChurchForFamily Sermons

  • Summer Blockbusters Part 1 – The First Story

    paulwnewell
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Relationships Think Evangelism Go Witness Loss Tragedy God's…
  • Manly Men of the Bible: A Manly Man’s Passion (King David, Pt2)

    paulwnewell
    29 Jun 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Relationships Think Evangelism Go Witness Loss Tragedy God's…
  • Manly Men of the Bible: A Manly Man’s Passion (King David, Pt1)

    paulwnewell
    23 Jun 2014 | 11:36 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Relationships Think Evangelism Go Witness Loss Tragedy God's…
  • Manly Men of the Bible: The Manliest Man in the Bible

    paulwnewell
    17 Jun 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Relationships Think Evangelism Go Witness Loss Tragedy God's…
  • Manly Men of the Bible: The Power Behind Manhood

    paulwnewell
    12 Jun 2014 | 11:58 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Relationships Think Evangelism Go Witness Loss Tragedy God's…
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    Kevin Campbell

  • Family Vacation This Sunday!

    Kevin Campbell
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    I can’t wait to start this brand new series on Sunday at Elevate called FAMILY VACATION. We will learn how to travel through life’s challenges! Here are some of the topics we will cover in this important series: THREE Marriage Killers That Every Marriage Will Face HOPE In Parenting Through Every Season In Life FILTERS That Should Be In Every Home What Every MAN Wishes Women Knew What Every WOMAN Wishes Men Knew INVITE your friends and help spread the word! We hope to see you this Sunday at Elevate Church for the kick off of FAMILY VACATION! Go here for times and directions for…
  • Living Today In Light Of THAT Day

    Kevin Campbell
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    Sunday at Elevate Church we finished our Dangerous Church series with a message called THAT Day.  2 Corinthians 5:10 says, “We must ALL stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.”  Acts 6 and 7 tells an incredible story about Stephen and his willingness to live his life with NO REGRETS. What about YOU? Check out this video message to find out THREE things I know you will not regret on the day you see Jesus face to face: Related posts: Living The Dream – New Series Starts Sunday Living…
  • Testimony Of A BOLD Life

    Kevin Campbell
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    You must watch this message from our Kid’s Director, Mary Davis, called BOLDNESS! It is a GREAT challenge to all Believers to LIVE what we SAY we BELIEVE! Elevate Church, let’s soak this in and live this out! Thank you Mary for sharing such a great WORD! Related posts: Getting Through The Valleys Of Life Wk 1 of LIFE: Defining True LIFE Welcome The Davis Family
  • The NAME That Makes All The Difference

    Kevin Campbell
    23 Jun 2014 | 2:23 pm
    We viewed a message at Elevate this past Sunday I preached a few weeks ago called The NAME. Matthew 12:21 says, “His NAME will be the HOPE of all the world.” There is just something about the NAME of Jesus! Check out this video message to find out how His NAME makes ALL the difference in our lives: Related posts: The Difference Maker & Lebron James THREE Ways To Make A Difference Mexico: Making A Difference
  • THE WAY To Be Connected

    Kevin Campbell
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    There are over 50 one another commandments in the New Testament that can’t be fulfilled apart from being IN community with other believers. At Elevate Church, the PRIMARY way to be connected is through our connect groups. I encourage you to join one of our SUMMER connect groups TODAY! Go HERE to sign up. You can’t fulfill God’s will for your life by yourself. I need you and you need me. We need each other! CONNECT groups are THE WAY we connect with each other and connect with the things God wants to do in our lives. Sign up TODAY! Related posts: A NEW Season At Elevate…
 
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    Worlds of Wow Blog

  • First Baptist Church | Lebanon, MO

    30 Jun 2014 | 6:51 am
    We started dreaming with the team at First Baptist Church Lebanon in October.  We batted around several different theme ideas from the rain forest to a vintage airport.  As we began to develop the story for the children's space, a whole new storyline began to develop.  Check out the rest of the installation photos!  Final project photos will be coming soon after the flooring is replaced.
  • Northgate Mall | Cincinnati, OH

    30 Jun 2014 | 5:40 am
    Northgate Mall in Ohio totally transformed their space.  From the barnyard to the streets, these children will be so happy with their new play pieces!  Contact us to see how we can help transform your kids' play area!
  • Under Construction... Northplace Church | Sachse, TX

    29 May 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Still donning our hardhats, our team has been busy this week adding the 'wow' touches to this brand new church.  As the #1 company transforming kids' spaces with play structures and theming, this project was sure to have both.  Installation should be wrapping up in a few days.  Keep checking back... there are some fun hard sculpted 3D pieces you haven't seen yet!
  • Making A Wish!

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    This Make-A-Wish project was such a great opportunity for our team.  We truly enjoyed honoring this little girl with the artwork and design that resonates her wish of being a zookeeper for a day.  We were a part of designing one room in this beautifully built Village Park Eco Home - tours begin April 19th!
  • The Places These Kids Will Go!

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:36 pm
    A LIFE-SIZED PAPER AIRPLANE?  Yes!  Yes it is!  This whole children's ministry design takes the children at Stockbridge Community Church on a journey they will not soon forget!
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    Digital Evangelism Issues

  • Saving lives online – Kate turns away from suicide

    siskin
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Everyone is searching for answers. Sometimes the questions are about what to buy or how to fix something. But then at times, they are about serious life issues and even life and death! On March 12th, a young woman Kate*, was going to end her life went online searching for ways to do this. In the process, she ended up in one of the Power to Change online small groups. It was there that Kate was connected with a mentor, who helped her through her crisis during those early days. The mentor then transitioned to helping this woman with her spiritual journey. Kate was hurting, disillusioned by…
  • How you can help silver surfers catch the waves

    siskin
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:24 am
    There was a time, not so long ago, when web usage in the West was quite low for the over-65 demographic. But no longer, as the infographic below shows. Many of these ‘silver surfers’ are opting for tablets | more. Studies also show that being online has big benefits for older people who live alone, as they can keep in touch with friends and family more effectively, and find online resources to help them. If they have mobility or transport issues, online shopping is also a huge boon. Older people in your church, taking up the Web for the first time, experience a steep learning…
  • The worldwide challenge of urban dwellers: infographic

    siskin
    19 Jun 2014 | 8:25 am
    Here’s the latest ‘missiographic’ from GMI, looking at worldwide urbanization trends. Wherever they are, digital will increasingly be one means to connect, especially mobile. The next Mobile Ministry 6-week distance-learning course starts on 8 July. The Mobile Ministry Forum exists to help your ministry use mobile effectively. Consider going to their annual conference/consultation this December in Florida. There is Hope for the City! Cities will clearly dominate this century; with up to 70% of the world’s population living in an urban setting by 2050. What does this…
  • Free discussion resources for new Belle film

    siskin
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:22 am
    Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice…
  • Realtime webstats ticker and two good-news video shorts to share in June

    siskin
    5 Jun 2014 | 10:02 am
    I always find these sorts of real-time ticking web-stats quite fascinating. Each represents a real person doing something right now! This is the medium that is on our desk, or in our pocket 24/7! It is the medium that will allow us to share the #GoEverywhere video on Sunday 8 June, or this football video during the World Cup. Click the animation to open the full version (via http://pennystocks.la). Subscribe, share & re-use . . . GET UPDATES BY EMAIL & TWITTER Get our blog posts by email, once or twice a week: Feedburner email | + Feedly RSS or by Twitter: HELP! How Internet…
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    Brad Lomenick

  • 7 Ways to be a Bridge Builder

    bradlomenick
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    Building a bridge is an art. Not literal bridges that you drive over, although those are incredibly important…. I’m referring to building bridges in business, friendships, co-workers, mentors, and key partnerships. I’m referring to building a new relationship with your neighbor. I’m referring to connecting with someone that you’ve wanted to meet with for a long time and only having 15 minutes for a meeting. How do you turn that meeting into an hour or more, and then eventually into a friend? Many folks just think that showing up is half the battle. Well, sort of.
  • 9 Tips for those “Newbies” entering the Workforce

    bradlomenick
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:36 pm
    We always have a bunch of interns at Catalyst. And most folks on the Catalyst team have cut their teeth in their “first job” here at Catalyst. They are all really talented, really sharp, and really hungry to learn. Having young early 20 somethings around reminds me of the days when I started my first “real” job just after college. And while that wasn’t that long ago, I feel like there are a few things I’ve learned since then that might be good reminders for recent college graduates, or those just entering the “workforce.” 1. Show up on time…
  • 10 Keys to being a Great Employee

    bradlomenick
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    Being a leader doesn’t exempt you from being a good employee. Matter of fact, as leaders, we should strive to be the best in all we do, not just being “good” or “better.” “Good”is doing what is expected of you. This typically falls in the slightly above-average range and is relatively easy to achieve with a bit of focus and determination. “Better”is rising a little higher than good and typically means you are comparing yourself to the next one in line. But best is where you should want to live. It is greatness and doesn’t mean you are better than everyone else but that…
  • The Catalyst Leader is $2.99 Today ONLY: Thursday, July 3

    bradlomenick
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hey friends! Today only- The Catalyst Leader book Kindle version is available for $2.99 on Amazon. Go Get it NOW! Again, today only- THURSDAY, JULY 3. The Catalyst Leader Kindle version is $2.99 on Amazon. Buy one for yourself and one for a friend to pass on. And if you’ve already read the book, then please buy 2 copies of the Kindle version for your friends/family. This is such a great deal! Thanks for the support! And thanks to our friends at Amazon for making this possible.  
  • Young Influencers List, June Edition

    bradlomenick
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Here you go, the June Edition of the Young Influencers List. You can see all of the past month’s lists here.   1. Dawn Chere Wilkerson- worship leader, co-pastor of The Vous in Miami, co-founder of Vous Conference, and wife to the crazy Rich Wilkerson Jr. 2. CJ Casciotta- artist, designer, social innovator, and CEO of Cardboard, a brand consultancy firm in Orange County, CA. 3. Marty Santiago- 1/2 of the up and coming Social Club band, a hip hop, rap, spoken word duo out of Miami and NYC. 4. Jenny Eaton Dyer- author, speaker, justice expert, and executive director of Hope Through…
 
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    TeamRCIA

  • Use the liturgy to teach RCIA catechumens how to live

    Nick Wagner
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    Last Sunday, the pastor of the church I was visiting stood up during the announcements and asked everyone to exchange name tags after we finished the closing song. The point, he said, was to find someone we did not know, … Continue reading →
  • Episode 82: How to do RCIA when you have no catechumens

    Jen Pardo
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    In this episode, Nick and Diana will take a look at formation for baptized cathechized candidates. In the “Did you know?” section, we discuss something you might not know about the precatechumenate. Also, we answer a listener question about whether or … Continue reading →
  • Six amazing things every RCIA inquirer has to learn

    Nick Wagner
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    Has this ever happened to you? You’re watching a movie or a TV show. Somewhere close to the end of the show, your spouse walks into the living room. He or she gets drawn into the show and asks, “What’s … Continue reading →
  • Episode 81: Welcoming the neophytes with open arms

    Jen Pardo
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    In this episode, Nick and Diana will close off our series on the role of the assembly and take a look at what they do after baptism. And be sure to catch the “Did you know?” section in which we look … Continue reading →
  • Is your RCIA process a little drunk?

    Nick Wagner
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    Saint Peter has one of the best lines in all of Scripture: “These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning!” (Acts 2:15). This is, of course, Peter’s explanation to the people of Jerusalem about … Continue reading →
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    Brandon A. Cox

  • Make Disciples Out of Everybody, Without Limits

    Brandon
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    When I was a kid, we sang a sweet song that went Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world. Years later, I saw a different take on that song designed to point out our tendency to be ethnocentric. They edited the words to White and white and white and white, they are precious in His sight… And the point was proven. Sometimes, even passively or subconsciously, we hug the gospel to ourselves and never venture beyond the comfort zone of other people who look…
  • You’ve Been Called Out

    Brandon
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    I wasn’t exactly Mr. Athlete as a kid, so when we played sports in school or in the neighborhood and captains started picking teams, I usually wasn’t first choice… or second or third. But when it comes to my role as a member of God’s kingdom, the Bible says I’m part of a people that God has chosen and called out for a special task. We’ve been recruited to turn the world upside down. Peter put it this way, “However, you are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, people who belong to God. You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities…
  • How Good Works Brings Real Faith to Life

    Brandon
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    “Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.” - James 2:26 NLT A human body without breath is responseless, inanimate, and lifeless. Without breath, the blood stops flowing and the brain shuts down. In the same way, faith dies when it isn’t put to work. Faith, without works, is cold and dead. Most people interpret James’ words to be a kind of litmus test for what real faith is, and I certainly think James had this nuance in mind as he wrote. But I also think he was going deeper than a mere test of legitimate faith. I think his…
  • We Are Saved by Grace Alone Through Faith Alone

    Brandon
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    Here’s the blunt, simple truth. We are all sinners. We’ve all broken God’s commandments and have rebelled against His will. Like sheep, we’ve gone astray, every last one of us. And because of our rebellion, we have positioned ourselves for judgment and separation from God for eternity in hell. We’ve come up against a Law that we cannot, would not, and do not keep. We. Are. Doomed. Except… God loves us, deeply. He sent His Son Jesus to be the propitiation for our sins. That’s a fancy word for payment. He took our place under God’s judgment for…
  • The Heaviness of My Heart for Spiritual Awakening In America

    Brandon
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    I’ve probably been reading too much news lately, and it has created a sense of heaviness in my heart. I tweeted yesterday, “For me, today, the world seems ‘scary big.’ And God is infinitely bigger.” A few friends assumed I must be going through some personal pain, but my feeling really flowed out of my observations about the erosion of our national conscience. We have little clue what life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness are really all about anymore. In America, we ridicule those who ascribe life’s origins to a divine Designer. We demand that…
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  • Christocentric, Christiconic, … part 2

    Peter Mead
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:36 am
    Yesterday I started a list of five alternative labels to ponder for the preacher.  Rather than the Christiconic model espoused in Abraham Kuruvilla’s, Privilege the Text, why not consider these labels for the goal of our preaching?  Are we representing individual facets of Christlike morality in each pericope that we preach, or is something greater going on?  Yesterday we thought about Christotelic and Christodoxological preaching.  Here are three more labels, this time ones I have never heard used elsewhere (you will understand why!) 3. Christopisteuic (Preaching that aims…
  • Christocentric, Christiconic, …?

    Peter Mead
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    Abraham Kuruvilla’s book, Privilege the Text, offers a theological hermeneutic for preaching.  I have surveyed the book here and offered some review here.  Today I would like to nudge our thinking in respect to AK’s suggestion that we replace a Christocentric approach with a Christiconic approach.  That is, rather than trying to see Christ in every text of Scripture, we should see a facet of Christ’s perfect morality in every text, and as we present that theologically derived “divine demand,” the hope is that our listeners will be moved to align themselves with it and thus…
  • Review: Privilege the Text by Abraham Kuruvilla – Part 2

    Peter Mead
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Yesterday I introduced and overviewed Privilege the Text: A Theological Hermeneutic for Preaching by Abraham Kuruvilla (herein: AK).   Let me offer two quotes to give a sense of the book: “Application involves discovering the world projected in front of the text and aligning oneself to that world.  Such an alignment restores the relationship between God and his community.  A pericope, by way of its theology, thus contributes to the corporate mission of covenant renewal.  I submit that what God would have is that his people be captivated by the world projected in front of the text, and…
  • Review: Privilege the Text by Abraham Kuruvilla – Part 1

    Peter Mead
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:39 am
    Privilege the Text: A Theological Hermeneutic for Preaching by Abraham Kuruvilla This book was Preaching Magazine’s Book of the Year for 2013 and has some significant endorsers.  Its four chapters span 336 pages, with essentially one (maybe two) “worked example” of Kuruvilla’s proposed approach to handling Old Testament narrative.  Let me begin with an overview of the chapters today, before highlighting some strengths and weaknesses tomorrow. Chapter 1 introduces the field of hermeneutics.  Abraham Kuruvilla (herein AK) points the reader beyond simply pursuing the meaning of a…
  • Post-Preaching Stress Disorder

    Peter Mead
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Now and then you might preach a sermon and finish on a personal emotional high that lasts for days.  Typically you won’t.  William Willimon wrote that,  “On any Sunday you can give it your all and still know that the Word deserves more.” Typically you may find yourself feeling vulnerable, weak, drained, self-critical and/or regretful.  Post-preaching stress disorder: known by most preachers, not understood by most others. People in your congregation probably don’t understand PPSD.  They are quite happy to chat with you after you have preached.  They might want to talk…
 
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  • What’s Best Next: Book Review

    samluce
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:44 am
    One of the books I try to read every year is “The Effective Executive” By Peter Drucker it’s a classic. Everytime I read it I am challenged afresh.  I am actually in the middle of a blog series where I blogging about each chapter in the Effective Executive. I have always felt that it lacked something as I find with most productivity books they stop short. They make the chief goal of productivity to be more time, money or energy for you. When you come to understand the gospel you understand that the chief goal in life is not me and my need but to Glorify God and enjoy Him…
  • Logos giveaway!

    samluce
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    Logos is giving away Zondervan Theology Collection check out the info below to be entered to win! In case you have never participated in a Punchtab giveaway, here’s what you need to know: The Prize Zondervan Theology Collection (7 vols.). The winner will be chosen at random on August 1st and the collection will be sent to the winner’s Logos account. Don’t have an account? No problem! You can sign up for free here and download free apps to read your books on any device here. How to Enter Login below with your email address or Facebook account and follow the steps in the widget. That’s…
  • The one thing that will instantly make you a better leader.

    samluce
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:31 am
    If you study leadership or you lead in any capacity you should have a drive to be better at what you do. In meeting leaders from around the country I find some leaders that are super sharp and are knocking it out of the park then there are others who are struggling then there is a third leader who thinks they are killing it and they just aren’t. There are many factors that contribute to each of these states of leadership but the older I get and the more leaders I meet that fall into each of these three categories what I find is they have one thing in common. How they view time. How a…
  • Free Bible Lesson Acts: Book of the Holy Spirit

    samluce
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    – Book of Holy Spirit Key Point – The Holy Spirit helps normal people do Awesome things. Memory Verse – Acts 1:8 “8 But when the Holy Spirit comes to you, you will receive power.” Children’s Sermon, Bible Story – Peter preaches and 3,000 people get saved – Acts 2:14-42 Holy Spirit Gives you Power Holy Spirit Gives you Boldness Holy Spirit Helps you do all that God wants you to do. Object Lesson –Battery gives power – The Holy spirit in us gives us the power. Show a flashlight without batteries and ask the kids what the purpose of the flashlight is (allow for…
  • Unbroken and not forgotten

    samluce
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Last year one of the most unexpectedly powerful books I read was Unbroken the story of Louis Zamporini who was an Olympic athlete who was part of the greatest generation. He went into the air force where he served his country in fighting Natzi oppression.  Zamporini had many close calls and one day as he was flying a reconnaissance mission in his plane in the south pacific his plane was shot down. Zamporini spent 47 days at sea and finally found land in the Marshall Islands. He was taken by the Japanese as a Prisoner of war. He was held for over two years in horrible conditions and was…
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  • Free Book Giveaway // The Social Church: A Theology of Digital Communication

    Kenny Jahng
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Free Book Giveaway // The Social Church: A Theology of Digital Communication
  • Your Social Media Presence Needs Vision

    Kenny Jahng
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    They, your church attenders, don’t want another verse from John in their News Feed. What if you social media presence was used strategically? What if you didn’t only promote your church, but was a positive influence in your community. You can help others and grow your church through social media, but it will require more strategy and less random verses. Most likely the youngest or the techie (or trekkie) got the job of social media point person. They might be the best person, but they need vision on how to use your church’s social media presence. You need to speak vision into your…
  • Top Church Blogs List for 2014

    Kenny Jahng
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
      YAY! It’s official — www.Godvertiser.com made it to the Top 30 blog list assembled over at ChurchM.ag. BTW – I’m hoping to get a bunch of the voices across the spectrum on this list to show up here on this blog so you get a taste of the great content out there for church leaders. FYI, if you’re part of the Twitteratti, you’ll want to check out the Twitter List the ChurchMag folks put together so you can follow the stream of content from all the writers at these blogs in one fell swoop. If you’ve taken a look at the Top 30 blog list, any…
  • The Digital Mission Field (That Most Churches are Ignoring)

    Kenny Jahng
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    At every talk on social media these days, I point out that the big 4 search engines you need to pay attention to are: (1) Google (2) YouTube (3) Amazon (4) iTunes. Most people got the first, but underestimate YouTube and the others. While tweeting with Sean Cannell recently, I asked him to share some of his YouTube for Churches awesomeness with my readers. Sean is the Campus Pastor of The Church OC, co-founder of THiNK International, a Church Leadership Blog and well known YouTube channel, and Author of YouTube for Churches. Well, here it is — enjoy! ​ YouTube is the most underrated…
  • Life Truth

    Kenny Jahng
    27 May 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Post by Kenny Jahng.
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  • New ‘Simpsons World’ Website Is a ‘Simpsons’ Fan’s Dream Come True

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    The cable network FXX shelled out three quarters of a billion for the rights to The Simpsons last year, and they’ve got some big plans for the iconic series. Earlier this year, the network announced that they would be airing a 12-day marathon featuring all 522 episodes in August, and now, they’ve revealed what the online component will look like. And the “Simpsons World” app and website sounds amazing. According to a press release, in addition to being able to watch every episode on-demand, fans can organize custom playlists, view an “exhaustive episode guide that can be opened up…
  • The Release Date Has Been Set for Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice'

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Paul Thomas Anderson (one of America's greatest living filmmakers) is directing a film adaptation of a book by Thomas Pynchon (one of America's greatest living writers) starring Joaquin Phoenix (one of America's greatest living actors), so Inherent Vice has some hype behind it. Like all Anderson's work, the big question has always been "what kind of release will it get?" as his slow-moving, frequently baffling films rarely lend themselves to wide studio releases. The answer, it turns out, is the New York Film Festival, where Inherent Vice will debut on October 4. That's about all we know at…
  • The 'Fight Club' Sequel You've Always Wanted Is Finally Happening

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    The first rule of business is "will it make money?" and that definitely trumps the first rule of Fight Club, so let's talk about it again. Author Chuck Palahniuk plans to revisit Tyler Durden and the whole gang in an upcoming graphic novel that takes place 10 years after the events of Fight Club, his novel which David Fincher later adapted into the now-classic film. At this point, all Palahniuk will say is that the story picks up with the unnamed narrator's marriage to Marla Singer (played by Helena Bonham Carter in the film) and has a 9-year-old son named Junior. Project Mayhem is still in…
  • Trailer: Benedict Cumberbatch's 'The Imitation Game'

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Here's the first trailer for Benedict Cumberbatch's The Imitation Game, about the life of the great WWII-era codebreaker and father of modern computing, Alan Turing. Directed by up-and-coming Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum, the film promises to explore both Turing's monumental efforts to the bring the War to a close and his friendship with fellow genius Joan Clarke, played by Keira Knightley. The film will release on November 14 ...
  • Christianity is Harder Than We Pretend it is

    mikta
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    Why we need to admit the difficulties of following Christ. We make a lot of pitches with Christianity. "It's a free gift." "The peace and satisfaction your heart desires." These are the expectations we set. And expectations help preface either disappointment or fulfillment. Unfortunately, for many Christians, the reality of faith is a shocking letdown compared to the false premises that were guaranteed them by pastors, churches and other believers.
 
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  • Just Keep Swinging Kid

    Jason Bedell
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:34 am
    While at Kid’s Cove yesterday evening, I witnessed controlled chaos. Kids screaming. Parents searching, while screaming. Laughter abounding. Ring around the rosie. Imaginary ninja battles (I may or may not have started this). Parents chatting it up while joyful kids let loose. It was a sight to be seen. One child though, happened to catch my eye. Well, actually the commotion was heard first, so I swung my head around to see what was happening. An older girl, trying to help what appeared to be her cousin based on conversation, across the monkey bars. He wasn’t having it. He yelled.
  • Seeing The Noah Movie & Why It Matters

    Jason Bedell
    27 Feb 2014 | 8:31 am
    Last October at the Catalyst Conference, our staff and 13,000 other leaders had the privilege of seeing the director of the upcoming Noah movie being interviewed. He shared his heart, some of the things he’s learned about the Bible, and his hopes for believers and the conversations people will have because of the film. As I’ve waited for its arrival, social media has erupted in recent weeks over this post, warning people of faith about the film. Some of the quotes via Twitter & Facebook from Christians: I cannot believe this trash. BOYCOTT!!!!! Who in their right mind would…
  • Bigger. Better. More.

    Jason Bedell
    24 Feb 2014 | 10:21 am
    This weekend I had the privilege of speaking at four workshops during the Pursue Christian Teen Conference in Harrisburg, PA. Carrie and our two girls came along and it was a blast. After each of the workshops, there were those people who came up and said, “You did awesome” or “I really enjoyed that.” A few people even told me, “I was blown away” and “You WOWed us with that! Thank you.” I don’t share that to puff myself up or make myself look good. I share that because there was something about it that made me feel uncomfortable. I…
  • God Moved Your Wallet

    Jason Bedell
    16 Jan 2014 | 6:48 am
    “ARGHHH,” I exclaimed as I scoured the house in a panic, almost out of breath. “What’s wrong daddy?” My oldest was distraught. She could see the frustration in my face as I flung open cabinets, turned over piles of papers. “Are you missing something? Can I help?” Chloe was genuinely concerned. I snapped back, “Have you girls seen my wallet?! I put it right here on the counter and now it’s missing.” I had reached my boiling point. I knew we were going to be late to school and already had a late start to the morning. “Roxy, did…
  • 2014 Bible Reading Plans

    Jason Bedell
    29 Dec 2013 | 5:30 pm
    We’re a couple days away from starting a brand new year. Many of us will make some kind of resolution or goal for 2014. Eat healthy. Lose weight. Work harder. Get out of debt. Start a a new hobby. Pick up an old one. Learn underwater basket-weaving. Run more. Or… just run at all. Our mission at Forefront Church is “People Helping People, Find & Follow Jesus” we want to help you in the journey of that mission. One way to do that is to learn more about God and the Bible. We want to help make the Bible as accessible to you as possible with goals you can knock out of…
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  • The Journey Bible – Willowcreek

    David
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    The Journey Bible is a seeker sensitive resource for the Willowcreek Community. Willowcreek is Bill Hybel’s megachurch out in Illinois. “The Journey” theme is one of the keywords / buzz phrases that Willowcreek uses a lot in their campus verbiage. When I first received the Bible for review, I noticed right away how it reminded me of the “Good News for the Modern Man bible. The Good News came out in 1966 and was marketed as a Bible for the every day person and written in a “relevant” format. The Journey Bible is printed on newsprint and is very…
  • NIV Celebrate Recovery Bible

    David
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    In case you don’t know, Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, and habits.  It is based on the actual words of Jesus rather than psychological theory.  20 years ago, Saddleback Church launched Celebrate Recovery with 43 people. It was designed as a program to help those struggling with hurts, habits and hang-ups by showing them the loving power of Jesus Christ through a recovery process. Celebrate Recovery has helped more than 17000 people at Saddleback, attracting over 70% of its members from outside the church. Eighty-five…
  • What do we know? / a look back at 1 John

    David
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:21 pm
    So after these four tests – what do we know? – Well, we know…. 1. What a Christian is. 1 John 5:1-2 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know… A Christian has faith in the finished work of Christ – and again – John is going to stress the previous tests we talked about – a Christian loves, A Christian is obedient. And a Christian knows the truth….And as one who knows the truth – we also know…. 2. What a Christian…
  • A Christian knows the truth / a study of 1 John

    David
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    1 John 2:21 I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. John says Christians know the TRUTH Remember John’s purpose in writing this letter is to affirm the church and to combat false teaching. And now, almost a hundred years later, there are new enemies of the church – people who preach false doctrine. And if Christ is the truth, and if He is the Messiah, then these false teachers are anti-Messiah’s – they are false Christ’s. John says, 1 John 2:18-19 Children, it is the last hour, and as…
  • A Christian loves / a study in 1 John

    David
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:15 pm
    1 John 2:7-10 Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.  Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him  there is no cause for stumbling. John says Christians LOVE Notice that John says this commandment…
 
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  • Coach the Basics: DELUMP

    Hal Mayer
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:26 am
    In this second phase of our mentoring process it is vital that we coach the basics- the skills necessary to succeed. This will mean you may have to get prescriptive about the task/skill you are trying to equip for success. If I am coaching someone who has skill in the task I may just need to check in on key points or deliverables. If the task is new or the culture different- I MUST DELUMP for success. This is what I mean by DELUMP: D- divide E- every L- large U- undertaking into M- manageable P- pieces In a former life I was a High School Basketball coach for about 5 years. So when I…
  • EQUIP THEM TO SUCCEED: Catching people doing something right

    Hal Mayer
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    I want to continue our discussion about the Mentoring Process. Let’s jump into the second stage- EQUIPPING THEM TO SUCCEED. When I am leading people I often say, “I want you to succeed. My goal is not to find what you are doing wrong- rather my success is vested in your succeeding”. I see feedback as a “ladder and not a hammer”. This helps me frame our relationship. I will discuss three behaviors that I find productive in leading at this stage- our first one is: “Catching people doing something right”- I heard this statement first from Ken Blanchard and I believe it to be one of…
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  • KidCheck Launches Mobile Check-in App

    Lauren Hunter
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    Imagine a world where kids’ check-in wasn’t tied to a kiosk, a desktop computer, or any kind of permanent station. What if a volunteer at each door to your church could quickly check-in kids without headache – or long lines. That’s what KidCheck is making possible thanks to their iOS and Android apps that allow tablet check-in through the KidCheck system. With tablet use on the rise, coupled with the importance of child security, many churches and organizations caring for children are looking for a mobile children’s check-in solution,” said Alex Smith, CEO,…
  • The Shift to Visual Social Media [Infographic]

    Lauren Hunter
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    What began with websites, became dynamic websites or “blogs.” The humble Blog attracted interaction, comments and community-building around posts or articles of 500-1000+ words in length.  Then posts became shorter and we embraced Facebook, and then shorter again as 140 word “tweets” sprouted on Twitter and introduced a new way of communicating. We had moved from Blogs and Blogging to Micro-blogs. We also made the shift from Tell to Show.  Facebook, Twitter and Blogs became more visual. Images were showcased everywhere.  Microblogs evolved into Multi-media Microblogs with…
  • 5 Possible Crowdfunding Solutions for Your Next Church Project

    Jeremy Smith
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:52 am
    [This article on crowdfunding is the first in a series of three articles by Jeremy Smith on the topic of using online crowdfunding software to raise funds for everything from missions work to building needs. Stay tuned for parts two and three during August.] Every church has some kind of new project in the works, it seems. And of course most projects only work if you have the money to execute and support them. Whether it is a youth group that is trying to raise money to go to camp, a new addition to the church building that would be used as an overflow room, or helping send a family as…
  • 3 Things Your Church can Learn from Wikipedia

    Steve Caton
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    I was recently helping my son with his homework. He asked me a question about a concept and I was having difficulty explaining it well. So I consulted the resource every parent has relied on for generations: Wikipedia. There is something impressive about Wikipedia. It is a system maintained mostly by volunteers, using the expertise of its audience to improve and sustain the quality of its product. Is the information flawless? Well, no, but there’s no denying the impact of Wikipedia on the way we learn about certain topics. It has taken the power out of the hands of a few powerful…
  • Top 10 Church Technology Articles of 2014 [Part 1]

    Lauren Hunter
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Having just crossed the half way mark of 2014, we thought it would be fun to list out the top 10 articles from ChurchTechToday. Time flies when your having fun, doing ministry, achieving goals, and changing lives through the Gospel. According to Google Analytics, these are the top articles, in reverse order like David Letterman’s famous count down: #10 – 4 Tips to Improve Youth Ministry Social Media Failure #9 – Improve Your Church Website in 2014 #8 - 5 Tech Solutions to Bust the Summer Slump #7 - 3 Church Apps for People-Focused Pastors #6 - 3 Ways to Re-Engage the Lost…
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  • The Most American Man Ever

    Mattofact
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    I grabbed this shot of my cousin as he walked in front of me during our family 4th of July get together. He later dubbed it, “The Most American Man Ever”. Truth is – he kind of is.
  • You won’t believe how he saved his baby’s life with a song

    Mattofact
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Behind every great song is an even greater story. When I was with Integrity Music we knew this song was an amazing anthem and was rising quickly. What I didn’t know then was how powerful the story behind the song is. When you hear Daniel Bashta share the story of what happened with his song, Like a Lion, you will honestly not believe how it saved the baby he would soon call his son.
  • New Site Launch for Apex

    Mattofact
    17 Jun 2014 | 2:01 pm
    In working with the award-winning international agency Eric Mower and Associates, I am excited to announce the release of the new website for Apex Supply Chain Technologies. The launch of the new site brings a fresh look, new copy, and a fresh creative direction for our company. Take a look around the site and let me know your thoughts.  
  • 5 Changes to Save Twitter Stock now…

    Mattofact
    6 May 2014 | 2:37 pm
    “Twitter stock plummets.” “The great social crash of 2014 is upon us.” “Twitter is going to pull Facebook stock down quick.” I’m seeing the comments pop up and today’s big drop in Twitter stock lines right up. Here are 5 changes Twitter can make to save their stock. It was a bloodbath for Twitter today on Wall Street: Down 17.8% for the day at $31.87, and down 57.3% from it's all-time high of $74.73— Social Media Insider (@SocialMedia411) May 06, 2014 Twitter is 85% spam, 10% full of killer possibilities, and 5% authentic…
  • Wisdom position

    Mattofact
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    How is your brand conveying wisdom? There’s a bit of respect that comes with those reaching 100. We listen to their words and respect their advice. When you position your brand to stand out among a million choices, use a voice that begins with respect and copy that awes the viewer.
 
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  • How? You’ve Gotta Know!

    artie
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:33 am
    The Bible tells us what, not how. Now, before you dismiss that and call me crazy think, imagine this… Ephesians tells all husbands to love their wife as Christ loves the church. Ephesians, though, doesn’t tell you to love your wife the same way I love mine. In fact, the Bible doesn’t tell me to love my wife the same way for my entire life. I don’t know about you, but if I loved my wife today and showed her that I love her the same way I did 20 years ago, she’d be done with me. She’s changed, I’ve changed, culture’s changed, and my way of loving…
  • 5 Ways to Be A Good Friend

    artie
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” — C.S. Lewis It has been said that friends are the truest treasure. I think that has great truth, unfortunately, there are few that find these treasures in quality & fewer those that find quality & quantity! Having invested in relationships that I thought were good, only to find myself disheartened and betrayed. I have found others that bring life, joy & unconditional love. I have all so discovered some principles in finding and keeping such great…
  • Know Culture. Grow the Church.

    artie
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:36 am
    I talk with a lot of pastors and leaders. Pastors and leaders from different places and different sized places. Specifically, as I talk to pastors and leaders in rural places, in small towns, across the country, I hear desperation in their voices about their community. You see, I’ve come to realize that pastor and leaders are wired for their community and context. The best leaders, are leading where they are because of a great call from God… because they’ve heard God tell them to lead where they are. The small town pastor and leader is no different. These leaders…
  • Perception is King!

    artie
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    When we hurt someone or offend them because they misinterpreted our actions, it’s really easy for us to dismiss the offense and excuse it because it wasn’t our intention. We can always blame it on them for being easily offended or soft, but the truth is, we have to be responsible for the perception we give. That’s a part of being Craveable. What I do, say and display forms the opinion others have of me. The truth is, most of us always have great intentions. We rarely mean to hurt other people, and we rarely mean to give the wrong perception. Let’s say that you make a…
  • A Word About Spiritual Wisdom

    artie
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    The post A Word About Spiritual Wisdom appeared first on Artie Davis.       Related Posts5 Ways to Be A Good FriendPerception is King!3 “Old School” Planning Rules that Still Work 
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  • Make Disciples Out of Everybody, Without Limits

    Brandon
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    When I was a kid, we sang a sweet song that went Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world. Years later, I saw a different take on that song designed to point out our tendency to be ethnocentric. They edited the words to White and white and white and white, they are precious in His sight… And the point was proven. Sometimes, even passively or subconsciously, we hug the gospel to ourselves and never venture beyond the comfort zone of other people who look…
  • You’ve Been Called Out

    Brandon
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    I wasn’t exactly Mr. Athlete as a kid, so when we played sports in school or in the neighborhood and captains started picking teams, I usually wasn’t first choice… or second or third. But when it comes to my role as a member of God’s kingdom, the Bible says I’m part of a people that God has chosen and called out for a special task. We’ve been recruited to turn the world upside down. Peter put it this way, “However, you are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, people who belong to God. You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities…
  • How Good Works Brings Real Faith to Life

    Brandon
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    “Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.” - James 2:26 NLT A human body without breath is responseless, inanimate, and lifeless. Without breath, the blood stops flowing and the brain shuts down. In the same way, faith dies when it isn’t put to work. Faith, without works, is cold and dead. Most people interpret James’ words to be a kind of litmus test for what real faith is, and I certainly think James had this nuance in mind as he wrote. But I also think he was going deeper than a mere test of legitimate faith. I think his…
  • We Are Saved by Grace Alone Through Faith Alone

    Brandon
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    Here’s the blunt, simple truth. We are all sinners. We’ve all broken God’s commandments and have rebelled against His will. Like sheep, we’ve gone astray, every last one of us. And because of our rebellion, we have positioned ourselves for judgment and separation from God for eternity in hell. We’ve come up against a Law that we cannot, would not, and do not keep. We. Are. Doomed. Except… God loves us, deeply. He sent His Son Jesus to be the propitiation for our sins. That’s a fancy word for payment. He took our place under God’s judgment for…
  • The Heaviness of My Heart for Spiritual Awakening In America

    Brandon
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    I’ve probably been reading too much news lately, and it has created a sense of heaviness in my heart. I tweeted yesterday, “For me, today, the world seems ‘scary big.’ And God is infinitely bigger.” A few friends assumed I must be going through some personal pain, but my feeling really flowed out of my observations about the erosion of our national conscience. We have little clue what life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness are really all about anymore. In America, we ridicule those who ascribe life’s origins to a divine Designer. We demand that…
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  • Seed Fund Update: Brooklyn Community Growing in Strength

    Jessi Marquez
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Since the onset of Liberty Church in 2010, Pastors Paul & Andi Andrew have had a “2020 Vision” – to impact ten communities in ten years by the year 2020. That vision resulted in Seed Fund, which now exists to plant churches as well as support church planters and to help give them the vital […] Related posts: Introducing Our New Brooklyn Pastors – Justin and Kristen Tarsiuk Launching In 2013: Our Brooklyn Community The Seed Offering Is All About People
  • Guest Speaker: Michael Murphy | July 27

    Jessi Marquez
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:57 pm
    We’re so excited to have Pastor Michael Murphy join us as our guest speaker on Sunday, July 27th! In addition to decades of pastoring and missions work, Michael Murphy is the founder of Leaderscape.  Leaderscape is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting leaders of movements, companies and churches in both the developing and developed worlds. […] Related posts: Guest Speaker: Michael Murphy- Mar 25th Guest Speaker – Valery Murphy – Tribeca Sept 18 11am Ps. Mike Murphy – April 14th
  • “Good Success” Paul Andrew – Podcast

    Molly
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Not all success is created equal. What is good success, and how can we know what good success looks like in our lives? Paul Andrew preached this message called “Good Success” at our services in Brooklyn, Soho, and Union Square on July 13, 2014. Subscribe in iTunes to the LibertyChurchNYC podcast to receive new teaching automatically. […] Related posts: “The Will of God” Paul Andrew – Podcast “Extravagant” Paul Andrew – Podcast “Principles of Stewardship, pt. I” Paul Andrew – Podcast
  • The Why Behind Walk My Block Weekend | July 12 & 13

    Jessi Marquez
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    “I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses…” Joshua 1:3 This verse has been resounding in my spirit this week and I just can’t shake the significance of it, especially in regard to what’s happening this weekend. The context of this verse is that God is speaking these […] Related posts: Walk My Block Weekend | July 12 & 13 Team Spotlight: Shilvy Yee A Call To Prayer For London Pastors
  • “Heaven Without Hell” Rhema Trayner – Podcast

    Molly
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Often as Christians we can focus on salvation without understanding what we have been saved from. Without understanding the penalty of sin and what sin actually deserves, it’s impossible to understand the mercy and great love of God toward us in his provision of salvation from sin and death for who so ever will believe! […] Related posts: “Healer” Rhema Trayner – Podcast “Principles of Stewardship, pt. II” Paul Andrew – Podcast “Unseen Kingdoms” Rhema Trayner – Podcast
 
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  • Quotebook: Thoroughly Conscious Ignorance

    Mark Howell
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    As you know, I’ve long been an advocate of being a learner.  Reading broadly, stoking curiosity, exploring stacks of seemingly unrelated material and curating collections of great questions are all part and parcel of the journey. Watching Stuart Firestein’s TED video on the pursuit of ignorance was just one of my most recent excursions.  I came away with several great quotes and a new appreciation for my own willingness to experiment in a search for better ways to connect people and make followers of Jesus.  If you’ve never seen it you can watch it right here. Here is…
  • You Know You Have the Right Small Group System When…

    Mark Howell
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    How do you know you have chosen the right small group system?  Can you know?  I think you probably can. While there are at least half a dozen different small group systems, none of them are problem-free.  Wise leaders simply choose the set of problems they’d rather have.  See also, How to Choose a Small Group System or Model. So…how do you know you have chosen the right small group system? You know you have the right small group system when… …its design is consistent with the business you are in.  For example, if you claim to be in the disciple-making business,…
  • Here’s Where I’ll Be This Summer

    Mark Howell
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    What are your summer plans?  I’ve got a few dates that I thought you might like to know about. I’m going to presenting a free workshop, How to Build a Thriving Small Group Ministry,  in 4 west coast* cities in August.   Seattle: Monday, August 4th from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. at Calvary Renton Baptist, 1032 Edmonds Ave NE, Renton, WA 98056 Phoenix: Tuesday, August 5th from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012 Denver: Monday, August 11th in Denver from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Mission Hills Church, 20 Southpark Dr.
  • Win a Freeway Church Wide Campaign Kit and Group Kit!

    Mark Howell
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    This contest is closed!  Stay tuned for more opportunities to win! I am so excited about the one of the best give-aways I’ve ever offered!  Freeway is one of the freshest studies I’ve ever reviewed.  New from Mike Foster and People of a Second Chance, Freeway: A Not So Perfect Guide to Freedom is a powerful seven session study by Mike Foster and Garry Poole.  Built on God’s amazing grace, honest conversations with friends, and finding freedom from deepest pain and struggles, Freeway is way more than a study.  It’s an experience in the very best sense of the word. I am…
  • The Most Important Contribution of a Small Group Pastor

    Mark Howell
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    There are a number of very important ingredients in the role of small group pastor or director.  It isn’t a job for the faint of heart. and wishful thinking won’t get it done.  See also, FAQ: Do You Have a Job Description for a Small Group Director? There are five things every small group pastor needs to know on day 1 and the very first thing they need to know is their role.  While there are a number of key aspects to their role, and all of them are important, I believe there is a most important ingredient; a most important contribution.  See also, 5 Things Every Small Group…
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  • What I'm Working On

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    Photo Credit: Daniel Walsh (Creative Commons)All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.-Proverbs 14:23The first half of 2014 has been a full season.Full = Busy. Exhausting. Joyful. Frustration. Adventure. Burnout. Endurance. Fruit.Full means there's been a lot of hard work. Sometimes it feels like a slog up a muddy mountain, slippery and filthy and draining, where my legs and heart are barely able to sustain my life. Other times it feels like an exhilarating run through the forest, dodging and leaping forward with enthusiasm, a smile on my face and sweat on my…
  • The Immigrant

    7 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    I know what it means to be an immigrant. Having only moved to Canada less than two years ago, I am still living in the liminal state of being a temporary resident in this beautiful country. While my experience has not been without stress, anxiety, and jumping through bureaucratic hoops, my immigration story is not filled with the emotional turmoil and ethical quandaries presented in James Gray's affecting period piece, The Immigrant. Presented at the Cannes Film Festival last year, Gray's film has received only a small distribution in North America, making it a hidden treasure of 2014 worth…
  • Doing With - Finding Kindred Spirits for Your Team

    25 Jun 2014 | 8:35 am
    Choosing teams on the playground during elementary school recess is essentially a childhood rite of passage. There are two team captains, typically the kids who have the appearance of being natural leaders (i.e. they're bigger and louder) while the rest of the potential players line up and the ritual begins. If I ever found myself in the rare position of being the captain, I typically took a posture well-known by the other kids: I would pick my friends first. It didn't matter if they were good at the game or not; they were my friends. Some captains picked the strategy of choosing the biggest,…
  • Top Youth Ministry Movies: Part 5

    23 Jun 2014 | 8:24 am
    (Links to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. Link to Top Youth Ministry Movies You Can Show To Your Youth Group)I love movies and I love youth ministry, so when the two interconnect, it's a beautiful thing. Here is part five of my top youth ministry movies: ten more films about adolescence, youth culture, discipleship, and identity formation, listed in alphabetical order. These aren't films for showing to your youth group; these are films for youth workers and parents to explore youth ministry themes. Use discretion and wisdom when deciding to watch any film.Breaking Away (1979,…
  • Half-Year Favorite Movies for 2014

    18 Jun 2014 | 6:26 am
    Time seems to move more quickly the older I get. In my thirtieth year, I can't believe this season has gone already and summer is nearly fully upon us. I wish I had the opportunity to see more foreign and limited-released films; unfortunately, I've only seen the films given major releases in theatres. With the year of 2014 at a halfway point, here are five of my favorite movies from the first half of the year (this is, of course, subject to change by the end of 2014, as opinions ebb and flow with the tide of time and multiple viewings):5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Thrilling action…
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  • How? You’ve Gotta Know!

    artie
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:33 am
    The Bible tells us what, not how. Now, before you dismiss that and call me crazy think, imagine this… Ephesians tells all husbands to love their wife as Christ loves the church. Ephesians, though, doesn’t tell you to love your wife the same way I love mine. In fact, the Bible doesn’t tell me to love my wife the same way for my entire life. I don’t know about you, but if I loved my wife today and showed her that I love her the same way I did 20 years ago, she’d be done with me. She’s changed, I’ve changed, culture’s changed, and my way of loving…
  • 5 Ways to Be A Good Friend

    artie
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” — C.S. Lewis It has been said that friends are the truest treasure. I think that has great truth, unfortunately, there are few that find these treasures in quality & fewer those that find quality & quantity! Having invested in relationships that I thought were good, only to find myself disheartened and betrayed. I have found others that bring life, joy & unconditional love. I have all so discovered some principles in finding and keeping such great…
  • Know Culture. Grow the Church.

    artie
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:36 am
    I talk with a lot of pastors and leaders. Pastors and leaders from different places and different sized places. Specifically, as I talk to pastors and leaders in rural places, in small towns, across the country, I hear desperation in their voices about their community. You see, I’ve come to realize that pastor and leaders are wired for their community and context. The best leaders, are leading where they are because of a great call from God… because they’ve heard God tell them to lead where they are. The small town pastor and leader is no different. These leaders…
  • Perception is King!

    artie
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    When we hurt someone or offend them because they misinterpreted our actions, it’s really easy for us to dismiss the offense and excuse it because it wasn’t our intention. We can always blame it on them for being easily offended or soft, but the truth is, we have to be responsible for the perception we give. That’s a part of being Craveable. What I do, say and display forms the opinion others have of me. The truth is, most of us always have great intentions. We rarely mean to hurt other people, and we rarely mean to give the wrong perception. Let’s say that you make a…
  • A Word About Spiritual Wisdom

    artie
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    The post A Word About Spiritual Wisdom appeared first on Artie Davis.       Related Posts5 Ways to Be A Good FriendPerception is King!3 “Old School” Planning Rules that Still Work 
 
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  • Great Attitudes for Every Christ Follower to Have

    Think Eternity
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:50 am
    Creative Commons, Photo by Vo Minh ThongJohn Maxwell has taught that "Attitude determines our altitude." The Bible isn't so much a self-help book or all about positive thinking as it is about Christ-centered thinking, but it does clearly guide us to work towards a great attitude. "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." (Philippians 4:8) We then, as followers of Jesus are to fix our thoughts on worthy, true…
  • God Wants To Use All of Us by Greg Laurie

    Think Eternity
    17 Jun 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Creative Commons, Photo by Anna DziubinskaWho is called to “go into all the world and preach the gospel?” If you are a Christian, you are! We are! Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19–20). We may think the work of evangelism is only for those who are called to be evangelists. Granted, there are people in the church whom God…
  • Does America Need a Revival? by Greg Laurie

    Think Eternity
    29 May 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Creative Commons, Photo by Wojtek WitkowskiThe answer to America’s problems is a spiritual one. We need to pray for our country like never before. And we need to reach out to a lost world with the gospel like never before. We need more people hearing about who Jesus is and what He promises. We need to get back to the true God of the Bible, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God who sent His Son Jesus Christ to be born in the manger, to die on the cross, and to rise from the dead three days later. We need a spiritual awakening. Charles Finney, who was part of one of…
  • Harvest America by Greg Laurie

    Think Eternity
    27 May 2014 | 11:52 am
    As a church, we face a huge challenge in taking the gospel to our generation. Technology is exploding before our very eyes, generating unprecedented opportunities. Doors are open for sharing the gospel that will not necessarily stay that way. Opportunities must be seized or lost forever. Billy Graham has said, “The evangelistic harvest is always urgent. The destiny of men and nations is always being decided. Every generation is strategic. We are not responsible for the past generation, and we cannot bear full responsibility for the next one. But we do have our generation. God will hold…
  • Keeping Our Focus on Evangelism

    Think Eternity
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Photo by Thanun Buranapong, Creative Commons.It's always encouraging to see believers who regularly share their faith, because you can tell they understand the greatness of God's love, and long for others to have this hope too. Even after being an evangelist for over a decade, and studying many books on the subject, I still need to learn to keep evangelism more in focus in my own life. I'm not perfect, just forgiven. It's amazing because you can preach from a stage to thousands without fear, and still get nervous to share your faith with an individual one-on-one. One of the Pastors I follow…
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  • This Is Proof

    Rob Shepherd
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:35 am
    Watch this video. Seriously. Don’t be that guy that says, “I only go to blogs to read, not to watch videos.” Watch this. Watch this or I will put a curse on you and all your babies will be born bald and naked. I love that video. Twins are playing when they are not supposed to. They hear their parent and drop to their cribs like they’ve been sleeping for hours. It’s so funny. And… It proves a point. We are born knowing how to misbehave. I don’t have video of it but my daughter pulled this same type of move as a one year old. She was told not to touch…
  • This Is Genius

    Rob Shepherd
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:39 am
    Titling a post “This Is Genius” is dangerous. It’s dangerous because you the reader could assume that I am referring to my content as being genius. You know what happens when you assume? You make an as out of su and me. Or something like that. But I am not referring to the content with the title of this post. I’m referring to this… Coke has a new marketing strategy that is BRILLIANT! “Share a Coke with _____.” People are really excited to find their name on a coke. People share a Coke they find with a name of one of their friends with their friend. It…
  • Batman Should Only Be Batman

    Rob Shepherd
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:58 am
    I love Batman. I’m not so in love that I dress up like him on the weekends but I do own a t-shirt with his logo on it. Batman is awesome at everything he does. But Batman doesn’t do everything. If Batman were a worship leader at a church I don’t think it would work out really well. I’m pretty sure he only knows one song. If Batman were in marriage counseling it might get some good results but it would not be warm and fuzzy. If Batman were your confidant you’d be in trouble… Kids love Batman but he would stink as a babysitter.. Batman works fast but would be…
  • I’m Sorry

    Rob Shepherd
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:57 am
    Last week I wrote a post entitled “Don’t Rape Your Pastor.” I need to apologize for the use of the word “rape.” Relationships are difficult. It involves give and take. It is a constant balancing act. As a blogger I feel that I have a relationship with you the reader. We may not hang out outside of the world wide web but we do hangout whenever you visit my site. In an attempt to grab attention with my blog title I showed a HUGE insensitivity to those who have experienced the long lasting damaging effects of rape. The third definition of the word rape is plunder.
  • Chipotle

    Rob Shepherd
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:39 am
    I love Chipotle. I’m not alone. The people that are passionately in love with Chipotle far out weigh the people who have broken taste buds. Broken taste buds are the only explanation for not liking Chipotle. If you don’t like it don’t get offended by that statement. Do something to fix it. Go see your doctor and ask them to fix your taste buds. It might involve a shot to the tongue or an edible ointment but it will be worth it. I kid, I kid. But seriously, I only put “I kid, I kid” to not offend those that do not like Chipotle. I want people to like me. I often…
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  • Baptisms

    Richard Wilson
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    It was a wonderful afternoon at the baptismal service at Rovereto today, the first in that church. Firstly to hear the testimonies of the two people who were baptised, the elder’s teenage daughter (that Pinuccia and I saw a lot over the years in the Sunday School, the Youth Group, and the camps), and a man converted in the last 18 months in which he has been attending the church at Rovereto. Two very different people, with different stories, but the same witness to God’s free gift to them, not based on what they had done. It was also a great time together for the two churches at…
  • Camp and baptisms

    Richard Wilson
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    The seventh church children’s camp finished today. I went to the camp today and the first day to help with the transport and the preparation and finishing, but also all day on Wednesday to organise some activities. One was dong the filming to create a video of the participants dancing to the song “Happy”, as is the fashion these days. Another was an evening of Extreme Sports, of which my personal favourite was Extreme Ironing (which really does exist, it is on Wikipedia!) – the children were very imaginative in finding extreme ways to iron my shirt. I have not had much of…
  • Camp: start

    Richard Wilson
    6 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Today was the start of one of the church’s biggest activities of the year, the camp for children. This year it is even bigger, for the first time lasting a whole week. It is great to see so many of the church members involved in various ways, such as leading and organising activities and cooking and advertising and so on. I went this afternoon to help take some things and people, but had to come back to Trento for a concert at night. I will be going for the whole day on Wednesday to run some games and do a video, and then again on Sunday afternoon to help with the closure and bring…
  • Kids’ Club goes public

    Richard Wilson
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:15 am
    The Kids’ Club, our evangelistic program for children, went public yesterday for its second event. We set up in a large park next to a lake in one of the valleys, were a lot of families go in summer to get some relief from the heat. The weather was not as good as it could have been for this period, so there were not as many people there as we expected. On the other hand, a few invited friends came along, including one who wanted us to repeat the program in her town in the mountains. One of the highlights was seeing some teenagers dancing along with us in the playground – they were too…
  • Kids’ Club 2

    Richard Wilson
    22 Jun 2014 | 9:03 am
    Now I am back in Italy, more awake than I was in Australia – jetlag is less of a problem travelling west. It is good to be with the family again! Today was the World Refugee Sunday of the World Evangelical Alliance. We celebrated by listening to the stories of the Pakistan refugees that God has entrusted to our church. I found it a very moving moment. We had prayed regularly for the persecuted church, and God responded sending the persecuted Christians to us so that we could help them practically. This week’s big activity is the second edition of the Kids’ Club, an evangelistic…
 
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  • New Personal Vision Cohort Launching Next Month! Join Me for Your Younique Year!

    Bob Adams
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    For over a decade in my personal ministry, I have worked closely with friends and close associates to coach them along their personal clarity journey. Recently, I have offered personal clarity tools and insights when speaking at conferences and leadership gatherings. As a result, many of you have shared your interest in going deeper on your personal clarity journey. Which is why I want to invite you to participate in Younique Year – a personal vision cohort designed to catalyze progress in realizing your life calling. I use the word “catalyze” very intentionally here. A chemical…
  • Fall 2014 Church Planters co::Lab – Join Me and 16 Other Planters!

    Bob Adams
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The Church Unique Vision co::Lab is helping our church discover its one-of-a-kind thumbprint and then to cast vision with compelling clarity. It’s been a powerful experience for our key leaders. During our discussion, it has been amazing to see how God has imparted clarity to our leaders. Now we hae key people coming alongside us rather than doing their own thing. I strongly encourage other churches to go through this powerful training. - Darren Tidwell, LifePointe Church I am really looking forward to leading the next vision small group that begins on August 28.  There is some…
  • 10 Factors that Determine the Size of Your Vision

    Will Mancini
    13 May 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I often see leaders with radically different size visions, despite having a lot in common. Pastors may have the the same gifting, the same budget and the same amount of people attending worship services and yet still be on entirely different vision wavelengths. Where does this come from? Why does this happen? Here are my initial thoughts. Keep in mind that I believe providence and local ministry context are the primary factors in determining the scope of a ministry’s vision. This list focuses on developmental aspects of leadership. #1 The size of your God This isn’t a spiritual…
  • The 60-second Church Communication Assessment and Auxano’s New Service: The Virtual Communication Audit

    Will Mancini
    9 May 2014 | 10:23 am
    This week we had fun releasing a new service at Auxano. We are calling it the Church Communication Virtual Audit. For years we have done communicate audits onsite through our Vision Framing work and out Guest Perspective Evaluations. We find that we can deliver a lot of value really fast when we are onsite. Finally the thought occurred to our 8-person Church Communications team: Why can’t we help any church with their communications whether we go onsite or not? Voila! The virtual audit was birthed. Se we thought we would tease the church world with this four-part lightning-quick…
  • The 6 Areas of Break-thru that Church Teams Need Most

    Will Mancini
    27 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    Two months ago we celebrated the 10-year milestone of Auxano. Back in February 2004, we built into the DNA of Auxano the idea that our services would always adapt to the primary growth challenges of local churches.  Today, with over twenty on the team, we are responding to the needs of churches with our boldest move ever. In fact, we have re-articulated our mission and strategy to reflect how we address the challenges of the growing churches we serve. Our new mission is Creating break-thru clarity with church teams to realize their vision.  Our new strategy is providing five primary…
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  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 20 Jul 2014

    Alastair Vance
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    Here For You – Matt Redman (B) Come As You Are – Crowder (B) God With Us – Mercy Me (B) Oh You Bring – Hillsong (G) All The People Said Amen – Matt Maher (G)
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 13 Jul 2014

    Alastair Vance
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    It was really good to be back at STORYCHURCH after being out a few weeks in the UK. All The People Said Amen – Matt Maher (G) This Is Amazing Grace – Jeremy Riddle (G) Your Love Never Fails – Chris McClarney (G) God Of This City – BlueTree (B) Everlasting God – Brenton Brown (B)
  • Why I’m Excited About Our New Building

    Alastair Vance
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    COOL LOCATION HIGH VISIBILITY BIG IMPACT NO MORE SETUP NO MORE TEAR DOWN HOSTING WORSHIP EVENTS HOSTING SONGWRITING GROUPS MORE TEAM HANGOUTS CONTROLLABLE LIGHTING BETTER AUDITIONS BETTER ACOUSTICS BETTER STAGE DESIGN WORSHIP TEAM TRAINING MEDIA TEAM TRAINING RECORDING MUSIC WIFI RECORDING MUSIC VIDEOS RECORDING ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEOS MORE KEYBOARD INSTRUMENT STORAGE CROSS CHURCH WORSHIP TEAM HANGOUTS DRUM HOUSE TEAM GROWTH BETTER REHEARSALS LONGER LASTING GEAR LIFE CHANGE These are thoughts from a worship/media…
  • I Don’t Deserve It!

    Alastair Vance
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:48 pm
    My reading plan landed in Ruth 2 this morning, and verse 13 stood out to me. She said, “Oh sir, such grace, such kindness – I don’t deserve it. You’ve touched my heart, treated me like one of your own. And I don’t even belong here!” What struck me about Ruth’s statement is this – in a sense, God has done the same for me. He’s touched my heart, grafted me into His family even though I didn’t belong. I didn’t deserve this, not even close. This is grace.
  • Bonfire of the Insanities

    Alastair Vance
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    Tonight they will light this. Reminds me of an old Give My Head Peace episode where Red Hand Luke wants to build a bonfire for the aliens to see. If I were living anywhere near this thing I’d be kind of worried about my house melting. Insanity. This is one time of year that seems to tarnish the reputation of Northern Ireland, and I’m glad I don’t have to endure it. For those that do, I pray it’s a peaceful one.
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  • 10 Inspirational Quotes from pastors

    MinJea Jung
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    I once heard my pastors compare his job to a waiter. He said his main role was to serve good food to us. Check out these 10 inspirational quotes from pastors that we love. Our prayer is that they will satisfy your appetite! 1. Andy Stanley “when…God initiated his relationship with mankind, it didn’t begin […]Author informationMinJea JungSocial Media Marketing ​Intern | Bachelor of Science – Applied Mathematics from Emory University '14The post 10 Inspirational Quotes from pastors appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
  • 15 Bible Verses for scripture memorization

    MinJea Jung
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Out of more than 31,000 verses in the Bible, we selected these wonderful 15 Bible verses for scripture memorization.  We hope you print them out and take them with you to remember and memorize.  Feel free to Pin them and come back later if that works well for you. 1. 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these […]Author informationMinJea JungSocial Media Marketing ​Intern | Bachelor of Science – Applied Mathematics from Emory University '14The post 15 Bible Verses for scripture memorization appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
  • Christmas in July: 16 charities you want to know about

    Authentic Christian Living team
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Today we launch our annual Christmas in July campaign.  Our pages will promote 16 charities that we think are worth noting. If you have Christmas in July ideas, we want to hear them. Will you take 5 minutes to learn about what each of them do? 1. A21 Campaign Work: Be a voice for those in […]Author informationAuthentic Christian Living teamThe post Christmas in July: 16 charities you want to know about appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
  • Trusting the Lord with your plans

    Authentic Christian Living team
    13 Jun 2014 | 8:11 am
    Truths to hold onto about the One true God: 1.He is Sovereign.  He is Lord over all and there is nothing that is not in His control. 2. He is Good.  God doesn’t use his control for evil- instead He works all things to His good and perfect will (even our rebellion and sin.) So […]Author informationAuthentic Christian Living teamThe post Trusting the Lord with your plans appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
  • What MOM really wants: Appreciation

    Authentic Christian Living team
    8 May 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Last year we posted a question on Mothers day on one of our Facebook pages. The responses from mothers had a bit of a theme: “recognize how much I do around here.” A buzz word right now in the business world is “employee engagement” which comes down to recognition, rewards,  appreciation and support. The needs […]Author informationAuthentic Christian Living teamThe post What MOM really wants: Appreciation appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
 
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  • What I'm Working On

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    Photo Credit: Daniel Walsh (Creative Commons)All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.-Proverbs 14:23The first half of 2014 has been a full season.Full = Busy. Exhausting. Joyful. Frustration. Adventure. Burnout. Endurance. Fruit.Full means there's been a lot of hard work. Sometimes it feels like a slog up a muddy mountain, slippery and filthy and draining, where my legs and heart are barely able to sustain my life. Other times it feels like an exhilarating run through the forest, dodging and leaping forward with enthusiasm, a smile on my face and sweat on my…
  • The Immigrant

    7 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    I know what it means to be an immigrant. Having only moved to Canada less than two years ago, I am still living in the liminal state of being a temporary resident in this beautiful country. While my experience has not been without stress, anxiety, and jumping through bureaucratic hoops, my immigration story is not filled with the emotional turmoil and ethical quandaries presented in James Gray's affecting period piece, The Immigrant. Presented at the Cannes Film Festival last year, Gray's film has received only a small distribution in North America, making it a hidden treasure of 2014 worth…
  • Doing With - Finding Kindred Spirits for Your Team

    25 Jun 2014 | 8:35 am
    Choosing teams on the playground during elementary school recess is essentially a childhood rite of passage. There are two team captains, typically the kids who have the appearance of being natural leaders (i.e. they're bigger and louder) while the rest of the potential players line up and the ritual begins. If I ever found myself in the rare position of being the captain, I typically took a posture well-known by the other kids: I would pick my friends first. It didn't matter if they were good at the game or not; they were my friends. Some captains picked the strategy of choosing the biggest,…
  • Top Youth Ministry Movies: Part 5

    23 Jun 2014 | 8:24 am
    (Links to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. Link to Top Youth Ministry Movies You Can Show To Your Youth Group)I love movies and I love youth ministry, so when the two interconnect, it's a beautiful thing. Here is part five of my top youth ministry movies: ten more films about adolescence, youth culture, discipleship, and identity formation, listed in alphabetical order. These aren't films for showing to your youth group; these are films for youth workers and parents to explore youth ministry themes. Use discretion and wisdom when deciding to watch any film.Breaking Away (1979,…
  • Half-Year Favorite Movies for 2014

    18 Jun 2014 | 6:26 am
    Time seems to move more quickly the older I get. In my thirtieth year, I can't believe this season has gone already and summer is nearly fully upon us. I wish I had the opportunity to see more foreign and limited-released films; unfortunately, I've only seen the films given major releases in theatres. With the year of 2014 at a halfway point, here are five of my favorite movies from the first half of the year (this is, of course, subject to change by the end of 2014, as opinions ebb and flow with the tide of time and multiple viewings):5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Thrilling action…
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    Don't Eat The Fruit

  • “The Bible”: A book or a category of things?

    John Dyer
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    When you browse through the Christian section of your favorite  online or neighbor store and see a book with the term “Bible” (or its much murkier corollary,  “Biblical”) on the cover, what exactly does that term mean? Over at Second Nature Journal, I explore this question looking at how various content creators use the term “Bible” and ultimately argue that it isn’t as clear as one might prefer. Here’s how it starts… Tonight, after dinner, baths, and a lot of screaming, my wife and I will settle down next to our toddlers and attempt…
  • What Form of Video Best Addresses Phone Addiction & Isolation?

    John Dyer
    5 May 2014 | 2:41 am
    We all know the basic message: “put down your phone” “talk to a real person,” and “pay attention.” And we’ve probably all noticed the irony of people use social media to post videos that contain these messages and warn about  the dangers of social media. As I’ve been watching these, I noticed that some struck me as quite powerful while others as predictable and even boring. Why is this? Is there a simple reason why some of these videos more effective than others? Why do some make us stop for a moment, but others are easy to dismiss?
  • Kids Are Addicted to Social Media Because Parents Are Addicted to Control

    John Dyer
    10 Feb 2014 | 11:08 am
    Of course, it’s not quite as simple as the headline makes it seem. But new data suggests that while the often heard complaint, “Kids these days spend all their time online rather than face-to-face,” may be true, it’s not true for the reasons we think. No, today’s under-18 crowd is not made up of degenerates who don’t like human contact. Rather, they want face-to-face time as much as we did, it’s just that their parents won’t let them have it. Parents Controlled by Fear In her forthcoming book It’s Complicated: the social lives of…
  • 10 Years of Facebook

    John Dyer
    5 Feb 2014 | 12:26 pm
    In the first act of The Social Network, the movie depicting the origin Facebook, we are introduced to a fictionalized version Mark Zuckerburg who, after being spurred by his girlfriend and overlooked by Harvard’s elite final clubs, begins creating facemash.com, a site that lets visitors vote on which of their classmates is better looking. After a night of beer chugging and code writing, Zuckerburg unleashes his creation on the Harvard campus which both delights and disgusts his classmates. Director Aaron Sorkin then juxtaposing scenes of students gathered around laptops ogling pictures of…
  • Starting a PhD at University of Durham, UK!

    John Dyer
    9 Jan 2014 | 11:30 am
    Durham Cathedral You might have noticed that it’s been a little quite here in the past few months. In the background, I’ve been working on an application for a PhD in theology and religion at the University of Durham. My hope is to study how people understand Scripture and they activities they do with it as they transition from print media to digital media. My basic premise is that the shift from oral to print has introduced new emphases with regard to Scripture and new ways of navigating and understanding it, and we are in the midst of new shifts with digital media that will…
 
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  • Social no longer means physical … a thought on meeting together (@headphonaught)

    headphonaught
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “Social no longer means physical!” Recently, the above statement came from my eldest daughter when we were having a discussion after church one Sunday afternoon. She’s 15, an avid book reader who loves THE SIMS and displays the classic sign of a typical introvert: she gets her energy from being alone. In fact, three out of the four Mathies get their energy from being alone. Only one of us gets their energy from being with other people – my youngest is the selfie-taking, always skyping or texting or facebooking, first one on the dancefloor! Our debate centred about why…
  • #BookShelf: Reach: How to Use your Social Media Influence for the Glory of God

    bigbible
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Title: Reach: How to Use your Social Media Influence for the Glory of God Author: Laura Krokos and Angi Pratt Publisher:  (Kindle) Date: 31 October 2012 Length: 81 pages Abstract: Are you effectively using the internet for the glory of God? Or simply wasting your time? Reach will help you learn practical ways to use Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms to help fulfill the Great Commission online. You will walk away feeling equipped to begin an influential social media ministry and reach the world for Christ from your home. Find out more and get connected to reach community…
  • Social Media as unique as you (@ijasonham)

    Jason Ham
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I have recently had the pleasure in helping individuals who belong to churches and ministries to get started on Social Media. It’s always a question ‘where do I begin? How do I begin?’ and inevitably there is some pressure to get Social Media ‘spot on’ as you want to represent the organisation in the best possible light. For many, they have put off building a Social Media presence as they are too afraid that their content won’t be good enough as a larger organisation. In these conversations I always respond with ‘give it a go’, create a plan or vision, develop some content…
  • Spiritual Disciplines: The Holy Habit of Praise (@longingtobeholy)

    Nick Parish
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Psalms. One thing you notice (other than the fact they’re pretty much in the middle of your Bible) is that there seems to be rather a lot of them.  They’re also the only thing that the Gideons (among others) tag onto New Testaments to create the much-published ‘New Testament and Psalms’.  So what’s the big deal? Wherever else they go, Psalms often come back to praise.  Sure, sometimes, they’re pure, undiluted praise from beginning to end.  But others (take Psalm 22′s ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me’ as an example) seem to do…
  • Praise, Meditation, Petition (a Prayer through Psalm 143) by Ed Mackenzie

    Ed Mackenzie
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    http://12baskets.co.uk/view/images/bible_reading_yr_b_lent_1_psalm_25_1_to_9 I love the Psalms. I love their earthiness and rawness, their embrace of emotions – lament as well as praise – and the way they give words to prayers when I don’t know what to say. The Psalms were Jesus’ prayer book too, words that shaped his ministry and vocation. Sometimes when I read the Psalms, I come across a phrase or a line as if for the first time. I can’t quite remember reading it before, and it brings me up short. The Word jumps the gap between ancient Israel and my own very different context.
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    Art Lessons From God

  • New Practice Sketch: Images and Video

    tsnipes
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Here’s another sketch I did to keep the skills sharp: Now watch the “How I Did It” video clip: Related posts: Gallery: Practice Sketch and Video A little behind the scenes work on a sketch I... 2 Minute Practice Sketch on the Wacom Tablet (Video) Trying to “practice what I preach” by doing something creative... Quick Sketch: Keeping the Art Muscles Moving We always have to keep our creative muscles moving. And...
  • Gallery: Practice Sketch and Video

    tsnipes
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:19 pm
    A little behind the scenes work on a sketch I recently did to sharpen the ‘ol skills! Related posts: 2 Minute Practice Sketch on the Wacom Tablet (Video) Trying to “practice what I preach” by doing something creative... Behind The Scenes Quick Sketch and Gallery Pics I don’t think I’ve actually shared this “Quick Sketch” video... Quick Sketch: Keeping the Art Muscles Moving We always have to keep our creative muscles moving. And...
  • 3 Tips and Tools That Will Boost Your Creative Business (Audio)

    tsnipes
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:08 pm
    The tips in this week’s podcast can be put to use as early tomorrow! I took a quick look at the best practices and resources that I use all the time. Now I want to share them with YOU! So, feel free to listen now, or just download the audio below and take me with … Continue Reading → Related posts: How to Find Time to Launch Your Creative Idea (Audio) How do you take action on your creative calling while... 5 Mistakes Many Artists Make: Number 2 An excerpt from one of the most popular chapters of... 3 Basic Survival Tools of Today’s Artists and Creatives (Audio)…
  • Q: Burlesque and The Christian Entertainer?

    tsnipes
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Recently I asked the following question to many of you: “What is your inner struggle?” I got an interesting response from long time ALFG subscriber Johnny Dellarocca. Johnny is a follower of Christ with a gifted ability to entertain. He has performed for years as a magician and entertainer on stage. Johnny gave me the … Continue Reading → Related posts: Are Creative People Weird? Are Creative CHRISTIANS Even Worse? Q: Are Creative People Weird? To the untrained eye, the... Is Your Art a Mirror or a Flashlight? Is your art a mirror or a flashlight? Is it... Did God Give…
  • Notice How Images are the “Big Thing” Now? It Means More Biz for You

    tsnipes
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:01 am
    your actual work or your creative insight will be IN DEMAND more than ever before. Artists, photographers, designers and other creative…pay close attention to what’s going on around you. Pay close attention to the needs of the people and what that means to you as a creative: People are responding to IMAGES more that ever … Continue Reading → Related posts: Try This: “Google Yourself” to Test Your Personal Brand Want to see how well you’ve branded yourself as an... If Your Creative Business Is Not On Facebook, You’re Already Losing Customers As a…
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  • What’s Best Next: Book Review

    samluce
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:44 am
    One of the books I try to read every year is “The Effective Executive” By Peter Drucker it’s a classic. Everytime I read it I am challenged afresh.  I am actually in the middle of a blog series where I blogging about each chapter in the Effective Executive. I have always felt that it lacked something as I find with most productivity books they stop short. They make the chief goal of productivity to be more time, money or energy for you. When you come to understand the gospel you understand that the chief goal in life is not me and my need but to Glorify God and enjoy Him…
  • Logos giveaway!

    samluce
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    Logos is giving away Zondervan Theology Collection check out the info below to be entered to win! In case you have never participated in a Punchtab giveaway, here’s what you need to know: The Prize Zondervan Theology Collection (7 vols.). The winner will be chosen at random on August 1st and the collection will be sent to the winner’s Logos account. Don’t have an account? No problem! You can sign up for free here and download free apps to read your books on any device here. How to Enter Login below with your email address or Facebook account and follow the steps in the widget. That’s…
  • The one thing that will instantly make you a better leader.

    samluce
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:31 am
    If you study leadership or you lead in any capacity you should have a drive to be better at what you do. In meeting leaders from around the country I find some leaders that are super sharp and are knocking it out of the park then there are others who are struggling then there is a third leader who thinks they are killing it and they just aren’t. There are many factors that contribute to each of these states of leadership but the older I get and the more leaders I meet that fall into each of these three categories what I find is they have one thing in common. How they view time. How a…
  • Free Bible Lesson Acts: Book of the Holy Spirit

    samluce
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    – Book of Holy Spirit Key Point – The Holy Spirit helps normal people do Awesome things. Memory Verse – Acts 1:8 “8 But when the Holy Spirit comes to you, you will receive power.” Children’s Sermon, Bible Story – Peter preaches and 3,000 people get saved – Acts 2:14-42 Holy Spirit Gives you Power Holy Spirit Gives you Boldness Holy Spirit Helps you do all that God wants you to do. Object Lesson –Battery gives power – The Holy spirit in us gives us the power. Show a flashlight without batteries and ask the kids what the purpose of the flashlight is (allow for…
  • Unbroken and not forgotten

    samluce
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Last year one of the most unexpectedly powerful books I read was Unbroken the story of Louis Zamporini who was an Olympic athlete who was part of the greatest generation. He went into the air force where he served his country in fighting Natzi oppression.  Zamporini had many close calls and one day as he was flying a reconnaissance mission in his plane in the south pacific his plane was shot down. Zamporini spent 47 days at sea and finally found land in the Marshall Islands. He was taken by the Japanese as a Prisoner of war. He was held for over two years in horrible conditions and was…
 
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  • A Different Question about Gender Differences

    Jeff Mikels
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    This past week, I tried an experiment. I posted a couple images to my Facebook timeline that I thought had the potential to become somewhat viral. That is, I thought these images would be shared around Facebook, and I wanted to see how widely they would go. Well, my little experiment took me in a different direction than I thought it would. So here’s the back-story. Back-story A couple years ago, I taught a series of messages at Lafayette Community Church called Born this Way. The intent of the series was to cover some of the Bible’s teaching on gender issues; however, in the…
  • Why are church people so strange?

    Jeff Mikels
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Why do church people do . . . ? There are a lot of things that church people do that are different from the way the rest of the world lives: Church people go to a church gathering nearly every Sunday while most people in the world rarely do anything “every week” except for weekly obligations like school/work or entertainment choices like eating out, seeing movies, etc. Church people not only attend church gatherings, but they often are actually doing things at those gatherings like playing music, teaching a class, or greeting people. Church people get together in smaller groups…
  • Do the courts define marriage?

    Jeff Mikels
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:56 am
    Same-sex Marriage is Now the Law of the Land On June 26, 2014, wlfi.com published an article with this headline: Same-sex couples wed at Tippecanoe Co. Courthouse After great amounts of debate earlier this year over the locally infamous HJR-6, a resolution by the two houses of Indiana state government to put a prohibition against same-sex marriage into the state constitution, our legislators decided that one of the phrases in the resolution went too far. In response, they modified the resolution (now called HJR-3) and thereby also delayed its appearance on an Indiana ballot until 2016. Many…
  • Single Sign-on for Multiple WordPress Installations

    Jeff Mikels
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    Lafayette Community Church uses a couple different WordPress installations for its website. The first WordPress installation is the main website, and it is located at http://lafayettecc.org/news/. The second WordPress installation is for blogs and devotionals, and it is located at http://lafayettecc.org/blogs/. I set it up so that users need log in only once, and their login persists across both sites. I didn’t need to use any plugins or LDAP or third party authentication systems for this. Here’s what you need to do to make it work for your site as well: Both WordPress…
  • Transfer an Entire Ubuntu System to a new Drive

    Jeff Mikels
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:56 pm
    After having done this same procedure a number of times, I have finally figured out the best way of transferring an entire Linux System from one drive to another and still have it be bootable. Step 0: Did you format and partition the drives the way you want? I write this down just to clarify that I’m assuming you know enough about Linux to have been able to partition and format your new drive the way you want. Furthermore, this guide assumes that your entire root file structure exists on one partition. If you are advanced enough to know how to have your filesystem span multiple…
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  • How to Create Your Own Bible Study for a Group

    Jack Wellman
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Is it possible to create your very own Bible Study?  Yes, it is very possible. Here’s how to create a Bible study of your own for a group, including for church, for your neighborhood and even for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Say “No” Without Shame, Regret, or Guilt

    Crystal McDowell
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Is it bad to say “no” to legitimate requests? Are Christians always to agree to put themselves in bad situations so that we appear as giving, loving, or patient? What if someone asks us to do... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 15 Christian Quotes About Fasting

    Pamela Rose Williams
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Fasting is one of those controversial subjects in Christendom. You rarely see people in the middle on this subject; they are generally at either end of the extreme. We have written several articles... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Christian Tips For Dealing With A Difficult Supervisor or Boss

    David Peach
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    While there are several good examples in the Bible of those who worked for bad bosses, Joseph is the one that immediately sticks out to me. Though his father loved him disproportionately you couldn’t... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is the Concept of Having A Soul Mate Biblical?

    Jack Wellman
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Does the Bible speak about a believer having a soul mate? Is there someone that God has for each one of us? Is it biblical to have a soul mate? Eve Made for Adam Genesis 2:20-25 “But for Adam there... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Recognizing who to watch and learn from

    Justin Long
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    In an email exchange, Curtis Sergeant suggested the following list of characteristics by which you might recognize someone to watch and learn from (even if what they are doing is very small today). He gave me permission to repost it. They practice what they preach. They pass on what they learn. They are as excited to see fruitfulness from others as they are from themselves. They are concerned with building the Kingdom rather than their kingdom. They concern themselves with the depth of their ministry and let God determine the breadth of their ministry. They invest heavily in a few fruitful…
  • Unreached: less than 2% evangelical?

    Justin Long
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I noticed this tweet: By NAMB standards the Salt Lake City “people group” is an unreached people group (less than 2% evangelical). #whywesend — Send Network (@sendnetwork) July 8, 2014 And I thought for a second. First thought: Is “less than 2% evangelical” the measure of “this group is unreached”? As I’ve stopped to remind folks before, “2% evangelical” is not the original technical definition as agreed to back in the ’80s. For a fuller examination see “unreached is not unevangelized is not unengaged.” Briefly: a group is…
  • Think Tank 5, on the need for Prayer Strategists

    Justin Long
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In which I talk with Liz Adleta, long-time prayer coordinator, mobilizer and catalyst, who works with the Ethne Prayer Task Force and is developing the Fellowship of Prayer Strategists. We discuss the need for extraordinary prayer as a key part of CPM strategy, and the role of a prayer strategist. If you’re interested in learning more, email prayer@ethne.net.
  • Measuring Success: quantity vs quality

    Justin Long
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    How to measure the success of a church planting endeavor? Is it in the number of church members, or in the quality of their discipleship? On the one hand, it seems to do little good for people to sit in chairs if they are not applying what they are hearing. “Sunday saints, Monday sinners” are not the goal. On the other hand, churches that measure success only by the “spiritual maturity” of their members with no reference to the number of people added to the church, will have problems of their own. Note that in the book of Acts, the numbers of believers and the fact…
  • IHOP and the history of monastic prayer in missions

    Justin Long
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    There’s a great article in the new issue of Mission Frontiers exploring the idea of the International House of Prayer strategy. It’s probably the first article I’ve seen that is a well done investigation and explanation. When reading this, I was reminded of much I had read about the early Celtic missionaries: how they established monasteries that were not like your stereotypical idea of a cloistered monastery. They spent significant time in prayer and worship, yes: but they also ministered to the surrounding towns (food, medicine, etc) and offered schools for children.
 
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  • The Problem of Being in Community

    revtrev
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:10 pm
    So far in our “Did God Really Say?” Series we’ve looked at how we can discern what’s right and wrong by two of the three tools God has given us. We’ve looked at why and we can trust the Bible. We’ve looked at why and how we can trust the Spirit. Today we start in […]
  • 3 ways to know it’s the Spirit speaking

    revtrev
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time. Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia,but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them […]
  • Don’t think you know fathers until you read this

    revtrev
    13 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    There is something lacking in our culture and it’s a healthy (and Biblical) understanding of fathers. In this article we’ll look at how God has revealed himself as Father and what that means for us today. Don’t think you know fathers until you read this. In the Hebrew Scriptures we see God reveal more and […]
  • 4 tips I’ve learned to hear the Spirit speak

    revtrev
    12 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    This message is part of our “Did God Really Say?” series, that shows us how to wisely use discernment. We’ve looked at why you can trust the Bible. We’re in the the middle of looking at why you can trust the Spirit by discussing how to know what the Spirit does and how to know how […]
  • Can you trust the translations of the Bible?

    revtrev
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:44 am
    Do you have a favorite translation? Maybe you’re lost in a sea of choices? Maybe you wonder if you can trust any translation of the Bible. In this video I talk about why you can trust the translations and why we have so many. Ask me any comments or recommendation in the comments. I’d be […]
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  • Jaywalker

    Nate
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Today’s random fact: “Jay” used to be slang for “foolish person.” So when a pedestrian ignored street signs, he was called a “jaywalker.”
  • Instagram Update (Beautiful Sky)

    Nate
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Broken rainbow … Looked amazing out after the storm. #creativecreator
  • Achieving Your Goals

    Nate
    17 Feb 2014 | 12:48 pm
    It’s kind of fun to do the impossible. ~ Walt Disney Hard to believe that it’s almost March already. Spring is coming and summer is around the corner. For many, summer can be rather depressing, especially if you made a resolution to lose weight before the summer months hit but haven’t fully committed to making that happen. Setting goals is easy. It’s everything that follows after the setting of the goal that trips us all up. So I thought maybe we could discuss this a little bit here on the blog. I personally believe that in order to meet your goal you need to …. Break It! When…
  • Transparency

    Nate
    1 Feb 2014 | 7:58 pm
    This past Wednesday I was on an evaluation kick. I seemed to be evaluating everything from our children’s ministry small groups to the cleanliness of my car. It’s amazing what we overlook when we are busy just going about the norm. One of the many things I evaluated was this blog. Why haven’t I been committed to posting on the blog? When I do post, does it offer value? Do I have something more to share? So many questions were buzzing through my head and I came to one conclusion. The reason I haven’t been a successful blogger is because my blog has been clouded. I have…
  • In Just 60 Seconds

    Nate
    15 Jan 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This past week Trevor Lee, Melissa MacDonald, Ron Brooks and myself released the 2014 Twitter Top 100 #Kidmin List and I want to really encourage you to follow everyone on that list. As I said in a tweet a few days ago: Like church … social media isn’t about the number of followers but about the relationships developed. — Nate Fietzer (@NateFietzer) January 14, 2014 With that being said, take a few minutes and get to know a few people on the list. Develop some quality relationships with some of the amazing KidMin people listed. The best way to start is to follow everyone on the…
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    Ramblings on the Way

  • Pilgrims or gypsy?

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Words matter.Labels count.A pilgrim, spiritually, is viewed as a positive thing. We like to be called a pilgrim.Someone on a journey.Someone discovering.Someone on an adventure.Like a Hobbit for Jesus.But, what would happen if we replaced pilgrim with gypsy?That title is far less glamorous.Someone without a permanent home.Someone unsettled.Someone without roots.When we're defining our spiritual walk, we're more likely to identify with the term pilgrim, but would it be more accurate to be called a gypsy?Personally, I blame John Bunyan. Would we think differently if he wrote the Gypsy's…
  • Dating nervousness

    19 Jul 2014 | 12:23 am
    One of my first posts was about Crushes in Youth Ministry Leadership, which makes sense since I've also written about the reasons of WisdomCompatibilityInfluence, Example for Christians to date fellow believers.In reality, under the "you don't buy a bikini fro a hardware store" principal, this limits the places a believer can meet a suitable partner.Obviously, one place would be your home church.Which can lead to dating nervousness from the church leadership.Nervousness when youth group kids date.Nervousness when youth group co-leaders date.Nervousness when key lay-leaders pair…
  • The thing more important than Google

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:28 pm
    A while ago I wrote about the importance of apologetics in the Google-age. At any second a young (or not-so-young!) person can find a plethora of answers to any query they might have in life, positive or negative.But something always trumps Google... A person.A person can help interpret the alternatives which the Internet coldly delivers.A person can help them understand the underlying feelings behind their questions.A personal relationship, built on doing life together, is the key in actually being heard and contributing positively over the wash of Google-searched results.
  • Valuing the half glass

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:20 am
    It's no secret that those within the church can have a glass-half-empty outlook.There should be more teens on a Friday night... There are down the road.There should be more people at church on a Sunday... The neighboring church does.You should have a better band for your evening service... You'll never produce a worship CD.You should have more engagement from your congregation... You've seen enough articles about making it happen.The preaching should be better... You've read enough books and listened to enough pod-casts.The trouble with that outlook is that is undervalues WHAT and…
  • You're actually a kids minister...

    11 Jul 2014 | 2:37 am
    Next week the holidays I'm on continue and I'll be missing the first week of a school term. In turn, I'll have to skip some of the duties I normally do and have delegated others.As I thought about my usual week, which the first week of term normally is, I'll need to make arrangements for four scripture infants/primary lessons, the primary aged kid's club, youth group and Sunday morning children's activities.But, looking at these face-to-face activities, I noticed an interesting trend.I spend the majority of my active ministry time with children, not teens. Usually,  children see me…
 
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  • Summer Challenge: Springfield Armory

    Fr. Peter
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    From the Brochure: From its position at the crest of a hill overlooking the Connecticut River, Springfield Armory exerted a profound influence over the City of Springfield and the nation. It carried out the manufacturing, storage, repair, testing and development functions assigned by the United States Army. In doing so it stimulated technological innovation, encouraged improved manufacturing processes, and fostered increased use of laborsaving machines. All of this had an impact on American industry. So the Local Summer Challenge continues with a visit to the Springfield Armory in Springfield…
  • Healing of the Spirit

    Fr. Peter
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:38 am
    “If anyone among you is sick?  Let him call for the elders of the Church, and let them pray over him.” James 5:14 There seems to be a fear amongst Orthodox for the Anointing of the sick.  Perhaps this is a throwback to the days when this Sacrament was, mistakenly, called “last rites.”  Because of this fear many of us will not call the priest when we are sick but rather I get the call to let me know that so and so was in hospital but is now home.  I think do for some they think I am the grim reaper coming to them rather than the one that brings the healing power of the Church. …
  • Top Posts of the Past Week

    Fr. Peter
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    Here are the Top Posts of the past week here at Shepherd of Souls The Mendi Bible Enduring Hostility for Jesus’ Sake Sermon ~ 4th Sunday after Pentecost The Confederate Flag at Washington and Lee Colonial Terms Still in Use Summer Challenge ~ Adams National Historic Park Orthodoxy and Contraception Sermon ~ Not One Dot or Iota Will be Changed Sermon ~ Get out of the Boat Wedding Sermon   The post Top Posts of the Past Week appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • The Confederate Flag at Washington and Lee

    Fr. Peter
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    For the past few months, students at Washington and Lee University have been petitioning the University Administration to remove the Confederate Flags that are hung next to a statue of Robert E. Lee and also in Lee Chapel on the grounds of the University.  (After the Civil War, Robert E Lee became President of the University and after his tenure the name of the University was changed from Washington University to Washington and Lee.) I fully understand the reason behind the petition to remove the flags but at the same time I feel that the flags should remain right where they are. …
  • Summer Challenge: Seminary Ridge Museum

    Fr. Peter
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
    I have been vacationing in Florida the past few days for a family reunion but the Summer Challenge Continues.  If you would like some background on the Summer Challenge, see this post.  Although the challenge was for local sites I could not pass up the opportunity to see the new Seminary Ridge Museum at Gettysburg and it was worth the trip. The Seminary Ridge Museum is located in the original building of the Lutheran Theological Seminary located on Seminary Ridge overlooking the Gettysburg battlefield.  This was the location where General John Buford watched the first day’s battle from…
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  • Life is not fair

    Osayi
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    When my ex (the one I wanted to marry) ended up getting married years before I did, I was angry and bitter. I felt that God wanted me to end the relationship, and since I (capital I) did the hard work of ending the relationship, I felt that I deserved to be married and happy before he was. But you know, life is not fair. I remember as a child we always talk about how things are not fair, and adults often told us that life is not fair, and we just had to deal with it. Lately I’ve been really thinking about how unfair life can be. Some people have more privileges than I do, and I have…
  • Other People’s secrets

    Osayi
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    If I told you some of my deepest secrets you would probably think I was very strange, or you would be glad to know that there was someone else in the world that shared your peculiarities, and then you would probably want to be my friend… We all have secrets, every single one of us. The neighbor that looks perfect, and you wish you could be like, the lady in church who always seems to have everything under control, the woman whose kids are incredibly well-behaved, the smiling lady with the amazing husband…all of us, we all have secrets. So try not to be too harsh with yourself…
  • Worried? Change the station

    Osayi
    4 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    worried? I’ve found myself worrying a lot lately. If there’s something to worry about, I’ll quickly begin worrying about it. If it’s something that can’t be solved, even better, because it means I can just keep thinking and worrying about it… It doesn’t matter what it is, cleaning the house, writing a blog post, safety of Nigeria, getting stuck in traffick etc. etc. etc. I was listening to an audiobook recently and the lady talked about changing the station. If you keep getting thoughts you don’t like, just change the station in your mind. If…
  • Peace and Confidence

    Osayi
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:40 pm
    ahh peace… just saying the word makes me want to take a deep breath, sigh and rest… I’m always working on being at peace with whatever situation, and wherever I am. It’s not easy sometimes because the things you think you’ve let go sometimes come back to you and you say to yourself “wow, I thought I let that go.” One thing I’ve noticed is that you can’t have confidence without peace. You can’t have good health without peace. You can’t have trusting relationships without peace. You  can’t have all that God has called you…
  • father’s day 2014

    Osayi
    15 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Happy Father’s day to my father, the best father any girl could have ever asked for. A man who knows how to help a girl transition through the awkward phases of life – girlhood, ladyhood, wifehood – and still let her know that she is beautiful and wonderfully made, and a joy to be around. A man who sacrificed all for his children, even when his children may not have realized or appreciated it. A man who taught me the kinds of qualities to look out for in a man… Happy Father’s day to my future baby daddy, my husband… yeah we may not have kids yet, but…
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  • My Notes: Mark Cuban on Leadership

    Jonathan Herron
    28 Jun 2014 | 11:05 am
    Since I live outside the city (and love it), I have time on my hands whenever I’m driving to work, the kids to school, etc.  I always try to redeem the time by learning from podcasts.  My leadership improves when I proactively tune into podcasts like Seth Godin’s Startup School, Perry Noble’s Leadership Podcast, and TED Talks. One of my favorites is the EntreLeadership Podcast.  Mark Cuban was interviewed by Dave Ramsey on the latest edition and it was so good, I had to stop and relisten a second time. I connected with everything Cuban shared as an entrepreneurial…
  • My Weekend with Gary and Mary

    Jonathan Herron
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:28 am
    Sunday at Life Church we met at our new (temporary) location, welcomed author + church strategist Gary Rohrmayer, and kicked off a fun summer series: I first heard of Gary Rohrmayer back in 2006 when I was given a copy of Gary’s excellent book, Church Planting Landmines (which is about to mark its 10th anniversary with an updated edition).  He is a respected church start-up strategist based out of the Chicago area where he oversees a healthy and successful movement I later linked up with, Converge MidAmerica.  Gary was among the first leaders to believe in our vision at Life Church,…
  • Sunday Rewind + why we’re so darn happy!

    Jonathan Herron
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Yes, I have been away from the blog for a few weeks. My apologies.  I’m simply in a busy season of life at the moment… and loving it! These past few Sundays at Life Church have been spent wrapping up our time at Sherwood School.  We’ve made a lot of memories at Sherwood, baptized a ton of people, and seen God do remarkable things in and through our church start-up!  Years from now we’ll be able to look back at this past season as the good ‘ole days. But there’s MORE good ‘ole days yet ahead to create!  I’m thankful and excited for the new…
  • Sunday Photo Rewind

    Jonathan Herron
    27 May 2014 | 1:16 pm
      Photo Credits: Hope Sweigart, Life Church Intern The post Sunday Photo Rewind appeared first on Jonathan Herron.
  • How to Keep Momentum in Your Church during the Summer

    Jonathan Herron
    23 May 2014 | 7:05 am
    Thursday I had the privilege to share at Heritage Church about how church plants can better leverage social media at a gathering of Michigan Church Planters.  My friend and Life Church board member Jeff Forester shared about church momentum during the summer months. Whenever Jeff speaks, I listen.  The guy is pastoring one of the fastest-growing churches in America and he literally has Rick Warren on speed-dial.  I thought Jeff’s insights were spot-on and wanted to share some of my notes with you. Notes – Jeff Forrester of Heritage Church (campuses in Sterling Heights and…
 
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    Tru Ministry

  • What Leaders Need To Do When They Lose Their Way

    gary.webb
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    “Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:40) Have you ever woke up in the morning and wondered what day it is, who you are, or even where you are?  It’s that weird sense of being completely without identity and having lost all sense of time.  Then, in a moment of time, the reality of life rushes into your mind getting you re-centered and connected with reality. Leaders have wake-up-moments like this from time to time.  In an instant we realize we have drifted off course from our desired compass setting.  The catalyst for this…
  • The Whole Story

    cheryl.wong
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    It’s Monday morning and I am sitting at my desk reflecting back on our weekend services. These reflections include many smiles and a cringe or two. We have a great ministry team who I saw excited to see what God was doing and then join Him, they welcomed the kids and their families, they stepped into situations that fell short of our expectations, and they encouraged new kids to come on in and join the fun. And then I remembered the two from the team who were on the schedule but didn’t show up…no phone call or anything. Grrrr! Our schedule probably looks a lot like yours – a…
  • Tips for dealing with conflict

    collie.coburn
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:48 am
    Conflict is a part of life. For some of us, it’s draining, for others it’s something that more easily navigable. No matter what your personality is, conflict in ministry is a unique challenge. When it comes to church opinions carry extra weight and it’s easy for preferences to become convictions. This means that we as leaders need to be prepared to deal with conflict well when it arises.  A common temptation is to either avoid conflict or buckle under the weight of it. Both seem like the least painful responses but in the long run they merely increase the eventual frustration. On the…
  • What Most Ministry Leaders Fear The Most

    gary.webb
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    “For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.” Proverbs 3:26 If you lead in ministry, you deal with fear.  Leaders are the ones that ultimately hold the responsibility of ministry effectiveness.  Ministry is not easy, and I would argue that leading in the local church brings some of the most complex leadership challenges a leader can face anywhere. Church leaders navigate through economic hardships, relational stress, and congregational conflict.  Daily decisions are necessary, and with those decisions come an emotion most leaders struggle…
  • How to Enliven Your Large-Group Teaching

    collie.coburn
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    One of the challenges of children’s ministry is the routine of things. Every week there’s a lesson, ad infinitum. In many circumstances, this consistency can lead to complacency. Before long you know exactly what the order of every week will be – and so do your kids. This kind of routine can be problematic, because it will often cause your kids to tune out. That’s why it’s important to invest the time and creativity needed to enliven your regular teaching. Not only will it intrigue your students, it will also keep them from missing out on the truths of God’s word. Here are…
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    Proclaim Blog

  • This Week in Proclaim: July 18

    Jason Hickerson
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Subscribe to the Proclaim YouTube channel for a weekly update on the latest Proclaim news. Check out what’s happening this week: Be sure to sign up for the next Proclaim webinar! We will look at CCLI Song Select, Graceway Media, and Planning Center Online inside of Proclaim. Sign up today and save your spot – Tuesday July 22 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), or 10:00 a.m. (PDT). Proclaim has a beautiful new way to browse media. There is a great post about the update and how it makes finding media a breeze. Check out these videos each Friday on our YouTube channel—subscribe today to make sure…
  • Media Browser in Action

    Jason Hickerson
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The new media browser makes finding media in Proclaim much easier! No more searching through endless files or that pile of DVDs on your desk. Open the Media Browser and you have access to all the media you can use in a presentation. Here is a walkthrough of the new browser and how it helps you build better church presentations. Here is a step by step guide for using the new Media Browser in Proclaim. To open the media browser you have two options: The Media button in the top navigation bar or by clicking Media Library in a service item. This opens the new Media Browser. If you click on…
  • Pro Media Continues to Grow

    Jason Hickerson
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Our professional designers have been hard at work and the new Pro Media content is amazing! We have every part of your church presentation covered. Remind your church about the upcoming Night of Worship, teach from Ephesians, and show them how to get connected! We know finding media is difficult so our designers are constantly making more and more media for you to use. Don’t leave an announcement out just because you don’t have time. Use our announcement slides to remind people about upcoming holidays, prayer meetings, or ways to connect at your church. With Proclaim you are…
  • Find Great Media Faster

    Jason Hickerson
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:20 pm
    The Proclaim team is excited to announce a new media browser! It is easier than ever to search your media library. Content is visually organized by series. Putting similar media together allows you to build a thematic service. This makes building your presentation a breeze! The update is available now! Update Proclaim in-app or go download it and check it out for yourself. Check out the Verse of the Day series (over 1,000 images) to see all of the verses in one grouping allowing you to search for just the right verse. We created the Group Upload series to separate your uploaded content from…
  • 4 Webcasting Rules for Your Online Church Services

    Ryan Nelson
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    Today’s guest post is by Susan Fontaine Godwin, founder and president of Christian Copyright Solutions—a leading authority on church-music copyrights. She is frequently featured in Christian magazines, where she equips teams and churches to honor copyright law and use the best materials available for their worship. Webcasting offers churches and ministries a dynamic vehicle to communicate with their congregations and reach out to their surrounding communities. Many churches are already harnessing robust and inexpensive webcasting technologies to put a public face on their church. While…
 
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    Seeing Invisible

  • How Much is Enough? Minimalism and the Christian Faith

    Blake Mankin
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Meagan and I are getting ready to move across town–closer to work, friends, and the place our church meets. Even though we currently live in a garage, getting ready to pack up for a move has its way of surprising us with how much stuff we have. I realized recently I had far too many pairs of underwear, and sometimes I just have to wonder, “Do I really need all of these books?” Yes, excess can live even in a relatively small space. The idea of shedding excess is a growing ideal all around us. “Simplicity” and “minimalism” are words used in increasing…
  • Marriage After One Year

    Blake Mankin
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    It’s now been more than a year since I married the most incredible woman in the world. May 25, 2013, Meagan walked down the aisle towards me and we started our life together as husband and wife. It’s been a thrilling ride, full of laughter, adventure, sanctification, and daily lessons in dying to ourselves. As we continue to put one foot in front of the other, we continue to find each step brings a new, beautiful view. I’ve learned a lot with Meagan by my side. I’ve learned lessons about relating to others, like how undivided attention is one of the greatest gifts you…
  • I’m a “Professional Christian” and Sometimes God Feels Far Away

    Blake Mankin
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    I work for an evangelical Christian nonprofit organization, and sometimes God feels far away. There, I said it. Sometimes God feels far away. We all have seasons where this is true, but for those of us getting our paychecks “doing the Lord’s work,” saying we’re in a spiritual desert can have an added twinge of guilt to it. It can feel like we’re talking behind our Boss’s back and we might get in trouble–even fired. The truth, however, is that we won’t. Being honest about where we are in our relationship with God can be magnetic rather than…
  • Does My Suffering Have Meaning?

    Blake Mankin
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    Viktor Frankl was a neurologist and psychiatrist. He was also a Holocaust survivor. He endured the pain and torture of life in the concentration camps, experiencing brutality like none of us can imagine. Through this experience, he was able to observe how humanity processes and reacts to suffering and finds meaning in the midst of horrific circumstances. In the 1940s, Viktor Frankl published a book about his experiences as a prisoner, Man’s Search for Meaning (af. link) In the book, he documents how guards and other prisoners processed and created their environments. He also…
  • Don’t Go: Stay and Make Disciples

    Blake Mankin
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:20 am
    Let me encourage you, friend. You don’t have to go somewhere exotic or try something new in order to live a radical or meaningful life. In fact, sometimes the most radical thing you may be called to do is stay right where you are right now. With these people. In this place. At this time. Read this again and see what happens: Stay right where you are right now. How does that make you feel? Does it create anxiety or relief? Why? What if you miss out on new experiences? What if you end up living a boring life void of new people and places? What if you’re wrong and it’s not…
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    United Faith Church

  • His Name Is Victory

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Psalm 60:12 – With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. There are many battles that we will face in this life, or may even be facing. Battles within, battles that surround us, or even battles we face on behalf of others. We can see them coming from every direction. Yet, the one thing the Christian DOESN’T do is retreat! Our enemies of fear, lust, pride, or any other darkness we face deserves only one thing…a battle.  But how do we win these battles? How do we run out to confront them face to face as David did and overcome? Only by the VICTORY…
  • Independence Day

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    This weekend we celebrate our Independence Day. The 4th July is a reminder of what America has been rescued from. Our forefathers were once under the oppression of tyranny, but through bravery and sacrifice our nation gained freedom to grow and become their own people. How awesome is it to benefit from such sacrifice! In light of this holiday, let’s not only celebrate our freedom as a nation. Let’s celebrate our freedom to come back to our Father in heaven. The Bible makes very clear that all men have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. That each of us have chosen to go our…
  • Dependence Day

    Kris Burke
    4 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    1 Peter 2:16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. UFC, Happy 4th of July! This holiday marks the anniversary of when we as a country claimed our freedom and independence. As Christians, we should also be celebrating our freedom. Our freedom from the slavery of sin and from the oppression of the world. We, however, do not claim independence. We claim something greater; we claim DEPENDENCE on Jesus Christ. While the country celebrates their independence, we as a church celebrate our dependence on God!  As Jessica said, the ways of God…
  • The Law bearing fruit

    Kris Burke
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. UFC, The very first lines of the book of Psalms state clearly what it means to be blessed by God. It isn’t the one who gives the most to the poor, it isn’t the one who does the most good deeds; but…
  • Break the Chains

    Kris Burke
    20 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    Psalm 107:13-16 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron. UFC, So many of us can remember what it was like to be “Chained up”. We can remember being chained to the ways of the world; the worldly thinking, reasoning and desires. Those chains bound us as slaves to sin and made us subject to its ways.
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