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  • 6 Things Leaders should avoid that will poison your Team

    Brad Lomenick
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    22 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    I’ve been reminded recently of the constant tension on a team. And…. the Tension is Good. We talked about this and leaned into this phrase before, and actually dealt with it as an event theme back in 2010 at Catalyst Atlanta. The right kind of tension is important for teams, as well as for individuals. It stretches and shapes and allows for growth. But there are other things that can creep into a team and poison it quickly. Things that sneak up fast and before you know it, start to define the team and take everyone off course. In the wrong direction. Headed the wrong way. Here are…
  • Trailer: 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'

    RELEVANT Magazine
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Strap yourselves in, halflings. Here's the first trailer for the final installment in Peter Jackson's return to Middle-Earth ...
  • 4 Reasons to Consider Custom Church T-Shirts and Water Based Printing

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    Kent Shaffer
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Growing up most church t-shirts I saw were simply wearable souvenirs commemorating the last youth retreat or something you attended. While this souvenir approach isn’t going away, the potential of a custom church t-shirt has grown to be a valuable tool used for identification, security, professionalism, and promotion. Let’s look in depth at these 4 areas, sizing tips, and the benefits of using water based printing like Real Thread. Identification The larger a church grows the more important it is that attendees are able to identify who can help. Using custom t-shirts helps…
  • 14 Commandments of Video Preaching

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    Jim Tomberlin
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    [Editor's Note: This article by Jim Tomberlin first appeared on CTT back in 2012. It's advice is still current today - we hope it helps you understand the in's and out's of video preaching.] Of the estimated 8,000+ multisite churches in North America, half deliver their sermons by way of video and the other half utilize live-in person teaching.   With this many people worshiping and receiving spiritual instruction in this manner, it is very important to keep these “commandments” in mind when delivering sermons live as well as via video. 1. Thou Shalt Omit References to Time, Day,…
  • Big Church vs Small Church: Does HOW You Say & WHAT You Say Matter?

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    Kenny Jahng
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Neat research on some of the key differences between how larger churches and smaller churches communicate with their communities. Take a look: This makes me wonder – should larger churches take a stab at being more interactive? Allowing the voice to be more personal? Being more open to “cluttering the feed” with content regarding specific ministries (vs only church-wide relevant content)? Thoughts? Leave a comment below.
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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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  • How Will Church Communicators Change in 10 Years?

    Drew Goodmanson
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Church Marketing Sucks has been around for 10 years.  I’ve been blessed to serve as chairman of the board for several of those years and love the growth and value Church Marketing Sucks continues to bring.  This month a series celebrated those 10 years, sharing insights and highlights of how far things have come.  But what about the years ahead?  Here are some thoughts on the shape of things to come. I’ll lay out three shifts that will need to occur for church communicators. But before we do, let’s look at how church communicators are viewed today. Four Common Views of Church…
  • Watch the 10-Year Anniversary Hangout

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    Ready for a party? Today we had our 10-Year Anniversary Hangout. We had founder Brad Abare, editorial director Kevin D. Hendricks and executive director Chuck Scoggins, talking church marketing with Church Marketing Podcast host Dave Shrein. Use the #cmsucks10 hashtag to talk it up. Watch the Archive: (Trouble with the embed? Here’s the direct link.) Hangout Notes: Learn more about the 10th anniversary of Church Marketing Sucks. Check out the ‘Does church marketing still suck?’ conversations. Enter to win a T-shirt. Grab YouTube for Churches for 99 cents & enter this…
  • What Have We Meant to You?: Giveaway & Discount

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s the last week of our 10-year anniversary celebration. What a month it’s been: all the discounts, all the conversation about whether or not we should still exist, those sweet T-shirts. But we’re not done yet. We’ve got a 10-Year Anniversary Hangout in a few hours. There’s still time to snag one of those 13 lucky T-shirts (Wait… what’s this? A 14th T-shirt? Huh. I wonder what we should do with that?). We also have a few more voices coming on the ‘Does church marketing still suck?’ question. And today… we’ve got another great discount and a giveaway. Double bonus.
  • How You Can Help: Join the Street Team

    Katie Strandlund
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead If you’ve spent any bit of time around the Church Marketing Sucks community this past month, you know that we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of this blog. That’s a surreal feat in the digital world where change happens a mile a minute. That 10-year life span is a testament to the impact this blog and the other initiatives of the Center for Church Communication (CFCC) have on church communicators. But, a 10-year accomplishment doesn’t…
  • 10-Year Anniversary Interview With ChurchMag

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Eric Dye and the team at ChurchMag do some pretty great stuff, and so we’re thrilled to be featured on their site today. Eric interviewed our own Kevin D. Hendricks (that’s me) about the past 10 years of Church Marketing Sucks and the next 10. Check it out: While we talk about how the church marketing conversation has changed over 10 years, it’s still necessary. As Eric says, “Bad marketing can have good lighting.” Be sure to head over to their site as they wish us a happy anniversary. ChurchMag Press Discount Be sure to check out the generous discount from ChurchMag…
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  • When God Walks Out on You

    Greg Atkinson
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    I was looking back on a blog I wrote over 7 years ago and I saw something I felt God speak to me during a time of powerful worship:“When pride walks in, I walk out.”I remember God speaking in His still, small voice like He has so many times over the years. I remember my on-going struggle with pride and that those words stung, but resonated. God help me to walk in humility. God help us to walk in humility.“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” C.S. LewisMere ChristianityWhen was the last time you felt God speaking to your heart? What did He…
  • Leadership and Laughter

    Greg Atkinson
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:43 am
    Last night I was doing my regular Thursday night thing – watching the comedy shows back to back on NBC (like I have for years). I was reflecting on how good and healthy it was to laugh and unwind. Then I was reminded of some of the best leadership advice someone ever gave me:Don’t take yourself too seriously.Great advice and a good reminder for all of us leaders who struggle with pride and trying to always know the right thing to do. I used to always have a picture of Jesus laughing hanging on my office wall (seen above). Want to smile? Google “Jesus laughing” and look…
  • 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…
 
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  • 4 Reasons to Consider Custom Church T-Shirts and Water Based Printing

    Kent Shaffer
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Growing up most church t-shirts I saw were simply wearable souvenirs commemorating the last youth retreat or something you attended. While this souvenir approach isn’t going away, the potential of a custom church t-shirt has grown to be a valuable tool used for identification, security, professionalism, and promotion. Let’s look in depth at these 4 areas, sizing tips, and the benefits of using water based printing like Real Thread. Identification The larger a church grows the more important it is that attendees are able to identify who can help. Using custom t-shirts helps…
  • 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…
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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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  • A Fruitful Life Giveaway Winners and A Special Thanks

    Eric Bryant
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Giveaway Winners For those who downloaded the free overview when it released last month, the following won the entire series: Crystal Z., Elden C., Ed C., Bruce W., Robin R., Vicky W., Max P., Carl F., Steve K., David C., Jim G., Kitty., David A., Roberta A., Danny D., Derek M., Corey R., Chalane C., Karen M., Kristi K., Trish P., DeDe G., Valerie K., and Katie J. Bonus Offer Download the entire series today for a chance to win more resources at a value of $75 (See A Fruitful Life – Bonus Offer for details). Special Thanks Special thanks to a few more of my friends who have featured A…
  • Peace Love Happiness: The Lifestyle (A Short Film)

    Eric Bryant
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Check out an inspiring documentary from Steve and Karen Markham… “If we want a better world, we have to create it”. – John Paul Dejoria (entrepreneur and co-founder of Paul Mitchell)
  • Catalyst in Atlanta – Discount

    Eric Bryant
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Catalyst Conference Discount I highly recommend Catalyst to you! For those visiting my site, they have offered a special rate to the conference in Atlanta. See the details below: “Catalyst exists to unify Leaders who love the Church – equipping them with impactful content and experiences that transform thinking, provoke action, and cultivate community. We hope you’ll make plans to join us for Catalyst Atlanta on October 1-3, 2014. Secure your seat today using rate code GATEWAY for only $229 per person before August 14, 2014. (*special $99 LAB rate using rate…
  • 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…
 
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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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    Christian Web Trends Blog

  • How to Keep Your Website from Lapsing During the Summer

    Paul Steinbrueck
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A website must be up-to-date to be effective. That can be a big challenge for a lot of organizations. In fact, that may be a big challenge for you right now. It’s frustrating if you’re the only person who can update the website and you’re forced to choose between updating the site while on vacation or letting it lag. It’s also frustrating if you need an important update to be made to the website, and the one person who is able to make that change is on a vacation or a missions trip. Here’s a 4-step strategy to ensure your website is always up to date 1) Build…
  • Has Google Put a Warning On Your Site and You Don’t Know It?

    Kurt Steinbrueck
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Google just changed something about their search results.  They are now adding warnings to search results which may be preventing people from clicking onto your website.  This isn’t a penalty for breaking the rules or doing bad stuff.  It’s a perfectly legit thing that many people do on their websites. So what is it? Flash ®. Yep.  If you use Flash ® on your website, Google is now putting a warning for your website in their search results whenever someone searches on a mobile device.  It’ll be something like this: “Uses Flash. May not work on your device. Try…
  • 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…
  • 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…
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    Church Tech Matters

  • And We’re Back!

    Jim Walton
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:25 pm
    After years of dormancy, I am back to try to see if we can get this site up and running again. Not only will I be back here, sharing my wit, wisdom and observations around the church tech world but my daughter, Rachel wants to join us too. Surprisingly, she is somewhat entrenched in the church tech world and is motivated to help us get going again. Please get the word out among your colleagues, volunteers, church leaders and any other people who may have an interest in what we are doing here.
  • What To Do With Volunteers?

    Jim Walton
    12 Jul 2013 | 9:06 pm
    This is a very worthy podcast. Mike Sessler has done Church Tech Weekly for a long time and this latest one touches on a topic that I have been passionate about for a long time. It seems that church leaders don’t always know what to do with volunteers, don’t know how to engage them, train them and help them to grow. Too often I have seen church leaders simply not be willing to engage volunteers simply because they don’t really know how. This week, Mike pulls in my friend Van Metschke and also Anthony Progar and Jason Castellente and they discuss the following: How do you…
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  • Leading Followers Is Too Easy

    Jim Walton
    2 Nov 2011 | 5:14 am
    Leading volunteers is challenging. Motivating a team of volunteers to show up, let alone work cohesively together is definitely an artform.  Believe me, if there was a formula, I would give it to you now and we could call it a day. A good leader can build a solid team over time and the team will function well week after week under the leader’s direction.  However, someday, the inevitable will happen, the leader will not be there. What happens now? We can’t just close up shop, the team must go on but the outcome may vary tremendously depending on how the team has been led. At…
  • The Art of Leading Volunteers

    Jim Walton
    3 Sep 2011 | 12:48 pm
    It’s one thing to lead someone when you have some form of power over them, such as a paycheck or other tangible benefit but what does it take to lead those that owe you nothing?  The skill in this type of leadership has everything to do with your ability to meet the need that they need fulfilled. Honestly, there’s no real reason that a volunteer needs to come back, they only come back because it is their choice.   The primary reason the volunteer will choose to come back is because of you and the way you are leading. Sure, there are plenty of other reasons to continue a…
 
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    Ron Edmondson

  • 10 Of My Biggest Leadership Mistakes

    Ron Edmondson
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:08 am
    I’ve made a lot of mistakes in leadership. One of the primary purposes of this blog is to help others learn from my experience.  So, I want to share some of the mistakes I’ve made. I hope at least one of them encourages other leaders. These are 10 of the biggest: Playing salesman more than seeking wisdom. I have had times I was so convinced I was right that I used my skills as a communicator to get people on my side. In hindsight, I should’ve taken more time seeking other people’s insight and wisdom, because I wasn’t right after all. Listening only to the…
  • 21 Ways to Keep a Church from Growing

    Ron Edmondson
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    I was once asked to help a church process how to get younger people to attend. After we discussed some change recommendations a man pulled me aside and said, “Son, we don’t need no fancy ideas around here. We like being a small church.” I soon learned he represented the feelings of the church as a whole. They thought they wanted to reach younger people, but the truth was — when faced with change — they were really satisfied with the church as it had been for many years. There’s nothing wrong with being a small church. Let me say that again — There is…
  • How Some of the Best Discoveries Are Made – In Life and Leadership

    Ron Edmondson
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Don’t be afraid to take a wrong turn — or go where the path isn’t clear — or act when you don’t have all the details figured out yet. Some of the best discoveries are made that way. People are always asking Cheryl and me how we discovered a great new place to visit. Or to eat. Don’t you love Instagram and Facebook for those postings? Often it was on a discovery trip. One time we were in Maryland. I said to Cheryl, “Let’s just take this road and see where it goes.” It actually went to a dead end. At the ocean. Stop. No way out except where…
  • 3 Problems with Unspoken Expectations in Leadership

    Ron Edmondson
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    I was talking with a youth pastor recently. He is experiencing tremendous disappointment in his current position. He feels he is doing everything well, but his pastor never seemed pleased with his progress. As we talked, it became clear to me that he and his pastor had different expectations of what makes a healthy youth ministry, but the youth pastor was uncertain what it would take to make the pastor happy. Unless the two of them get on the same page, this youth pastor is destined for many disappointing days ahead. This is not a unique scenario. In fact, if I’m not careful, this is…
  • 10 Things I’d Do Differently if I Weren’t a Pastor Today

    Ron Edmondson
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    I spent most of my adult life outside vocational ministry. I’m amazed at the opportunities God has given me in ministry, but in many ways I am still a newcomer.  I have just over a dozen years in this career. It’s challenging in some ways, because I see things differently from some who have only done ministry, but it also gives me a unique perspective from some pastors. I sat “in the pew” far longer than I’ve stood “behind the pulpit”.  One thing my experience has done for me, especially since I’ve become a pastor, is to help me realize how…
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    DAVE FERGUSON

  • The Three Roles of Every Great Coach

    Dave Ferguson
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:12 pm
    If I was to keep track of only one metric at COMMUNITY, I would want to know the number small groups/missional community apprentice leaders.  Why?  Here are four reasons: If I know the number of apprentice leaders I also know the number of leaders who are effectively growing a group or community of Christ followers. If I know the number apprentice leaders, I not only know the number of people our church can currently care for, but also the number of people we will be able to care for in the near future. If know the number of apprentice leaders, I know the number of leaders we have in our…
  • The Church's Great Obstacle!

    Dave Ferguson
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    I believe the church in the United States is on the verge of what could be a great moment! Let me stress, “could be.” And I say, "could be" cause there is one huge obstacle in our way. But before I get to that, here are a few of the reasons for my raw enthusiasm about the church of tomorrow:     Many of the very best and brightest young leaders are accepting the call to go and plant new and     reproducing churches.     We are in a seasons where there is more church planting is happening then ever before.     We are in a period of time where more churches (both large and…
  • 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…
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    TonyMorganLive.com

  • 13 Questions to Assess the Health of Your Startup

    Tony Morgan
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I just recently finished reading The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries. My primary reason for reading it was with my startup, The Unstuck Group, in mind. I thought I’d share the highlights from my reading, though, it case it helps you assess the health of your organization. I pulled several quotes from the book below and included the questions that they generated in my mind. With that, here are: 13 Questions to Assess the Health of Your Startup Are you executing on your ideas? - “The fundamental activity of a startup is to…
  • 3 Questions To Ask Before You Copy Another Church

    Ryan Stigile
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    by Ryan Stigile Recently, I helped a church staff evaluate the early blueprints for a new building project. I noticed a coffee bar was located in a very tight spot in the far corner of the lobby. When I asked the purpose of the coffee bar, know one on the team was entirely sure about it. They had seen one in a few other churches and figured it must be worth having. From there, we discussed how coffee bars are generally intended to foster community. The tight location of theirs would not allow for that. The team had come very close to falling into a trap that every church leader risks when…
  • Three Benefits of Creating Artificial Boundaries

    Jason Vernon
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Guest Post by Christian Root, Ministry Coordinator, Vineyard Columbus So I have a confession to make… I’m not a very disciplined person, never have been. I once watched over 8 hours of the television series “Lost” in one day, and at community pot lucks I’ve been known to put away more than 10 hotdogs. While many descriptors have been attached to my name over the years, “disciplined” has never been one of them. That is, until recently, when I began inserting “artificial boundaries” into my life to help curb my tendencies toward excess. I…
  • 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: AField 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 limitations…
  • 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…
 
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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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    Ragamuffin Soul

  • 5 tips that will improve your “I’m Sorry Skills”

    loswhit
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    It’s not often that I’m forced to apologize Probably only twice a day. So while I’m still undoing the suck that this involves… I have 5 tips that will improve your “I’m Sorry Skills”. 1. Forgive 1 person a day There is nothing better to up your apology game than knowing what it feels like to drop some forgiveness on someone’s soul. Forgive 1 person a day, even the rude bank teller, and you will be able to say I’m sorry a little easier. 2. Apologize to your kids This may seem like a no brainer, but it’s not. We feel like when we admit our mistakes to our kids, especially…
  • Things You Can’t Do When Your Not a Toddler

    loswhit
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    Anything else you would add to this list??? Los
  • 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
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    Tall Skinny Kiwi | Tall Skinny Kiwi

  • Remembering Tony Palmer, the Great Ecumenicist

    Andrew Jones
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    ony Palmer was great Anglican leader and ecumenical ambassador. He was also a friend. So I am sad to announce that Bishop Anthony Palmer passed away on Sunday due to a motorcycle accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with Emily and the kids, as well as the Ark Community. Tony (Anthony) was one of those multi-talented individuals whose impressive abilities ...
  • 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 ...
 
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    Perry Noble | Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church

  • The Checkered Flag

    web@newspring.cc
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    What’s up NewSpring Church? Our RaceDay series has been a TON of fun with events on every campus, 52 people that prayed to receive Christ and 287 baptisms!!! And this coming Sunday is the FINAL SUNDAY of the series…and I believe it will be THE most important.  Here are TEN things to reflect on as we head into the final lap.  #1 – Discipline is the difference between average and abundance (I Corinthians 9:24-27).  #2 – Discipline > Desire – even though we DESIRE something, it takes DISCIPLINE to achieve it. (For…
  • 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 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…
  • 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 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…
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    MoreThanDodgeball.com

  • Free Ringtones (iPhone)

    Brandon Early
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    I have never paid for a ringtone. Not that I am cheap, I just like creating things.  I use the app Ringtone Designer. With Ringtone Designer you can create custom ringtones, text tones, and alerts from songs on your iPhone. It is simple to create and easy to install. If you like FREE, this is for you. If […]
  • The Infinite Cat Project

    Tony Myles
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:29 am
    Someone actually did this. It’s called “The Infinite Cat Project.” http://www.infinitecat.com/ First of all, I hate cats. Hang on… “hate” is a strong word. Allow me to clarify. I hate cats. For all the reasons that have already been covered by stand-up comics, as well as the fact that when I was eleven a cat attacked […]
  • Practical Ways to Create Family Time

    Leneita Fix
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    My husband and I got pregnant with our first baby almost immediately after getting married. It was a quick move from single, to married, to having a family in ministry. Within just 3 years after marriage, there were five of us. From the start we have understood that taking care of our marriage and our […]
  • 4 Summer Tech Ideas to Connect

    Brandon Early
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    I am always looking for ways to connect with students, but in my ministry context it is hard to connect over the summer. Here are 5 “Summer Connecting” ideas to help you get touchpoints with your students during these sporadic few months. • Social Media Contest: Send out a tweet, Instagram pic, status update, or mass text […]
  • Quit Wine-ing?

    Tony Myles
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    This generation likes to whine. No surprise, right? Apparently Millennials also like to “wine.” According to FoxBusiness.com, Millenials are changing the wine industry: The Millennial generation, which includes the youngest legal drinkers, is consuming more wine than previous generations when they turned 21, and the industry is taking note…. “Historically, wine has been marketed to older generations […]
 
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    History in the Making

  • Your Friends on the Periphery

    Ben Arment
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    One of the surprising things about pursuing a dream is seeing who doesn't turn out to support you. In nearly every one of my coaching sessions with Dream Year participants, I have to warn them about failed expectations from their closest real-life friends. Unfortunately, they're just not the ones who are going to buy your thing, fund your kickstarter, support your craft, or contribute to your cause. Sometimes they do, but most times they don't. There is no honor in one's own country. Isn't this the carpenter's son?Can anything good come from Nazareth?Aren't his…
  • 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…
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  • Good Writing, Archetypes, and the Glory of Christ

    Jonathan Leeman
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    Good writing, says Roy Peter Clark in his excellent Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer, doesn't employ stereotypes, but stands on the foundation of the classic story archetypes. It uses those archetypes to manipulate, frustrate, or fulfill reader expectations in novel ways.  He then lists a number of the classic narrative archetypes: the journey there and back winning the prize winning or losing the loved one loss and restoration the blessing becomes the curse overcoming obstacles the wasteland restored rising from the ashes the ugly duckling the emperor has…
  • Book Review: Does God Desire All to Be Saved?, by John Piper

    Robbie Hopkins
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    The Christian religion is riddled with difficult truths that defy human understanding. The Trinity: he is three; they are one. Jesus Christ: fully God, fully man. Compatibilism: divine sovereignty, human responsibility. God’s sovereign grace: he loves all, yet chooses some. Consider that last one for a moment. How can one legitimately affirm that God desires that everyone be saved while upholding the biblical claim that God unconditionally elects only some? This is the question that John Piper addresses in his short new book Does God Desire All to Be Saved? In it, Piper takes…
  • Book Review: Christ-Centered Preaching, by Bryan Chapell

    Phil Newton
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    “Three points and a poem” may be a caricature of evangelical preaching, but for too many years and too many preachers it was the norm. Thankfully, a return to expository preaching that feeds the flock and proclaims the gospel has given a new hope for this generation. Expository preaching does not take place without devoted effort. Bryan Chapell—former president of Covenant Theological Seminary, long-time homiletics professor, and current pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois—capably details the needed preparation process for expository preaching…
  • Book Review: Preaching? Simple Teaching on Simply Preaching, by Alec Motyer

    Nik Lingle
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Tim Keller’s commendation on this book’s cover reads, “Alec Motyer has had a profound, formative influence on my preaching.” It’s easy to see why. Motyer, well known for his magisterial work on Isaiah, gives us another work of immense value. Preaching? is an opportunity to eavesdrop on the wisdom of a man who has been preaching for a long time—so long, in fact, that he transparently admits to using one particular sermon nineteen times since it first saw the light of day in 1963! This book is packed with just the kind of profound insight and…
  • 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…
 
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  • An Exit Interview

    John Saddington
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    All companies will inevitably walk through the process of relieving someone of their role within the company. Whether this is a part of the natural order of a company being acquired and being streamlined for resources or a breach of contract or simply natural attrition as your staff finds that it’s time to leave for the next adventure, it is inevitable. I think leaving well (and ending well in the larger scheme) is vitally important for the employee and the organization. The chief motive for an exit interview is simply this as it is an opportunity for the ex-employee and the…
  • To All of My Past Motherships…

    John Saddington
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    I’m sorry to say this but most of my previous “motherships” were not kind to me and so I must confess that I do not love nor miss them. Besides, I don’t expect that they’d remember me anyways. But, I want to say that I appreciated you, you previous motherships, at the time, for who you were when I said “Yes” to the opportunity. Things changed and our relationship status couldn’t weather the inevitable shifts that occurred. It wasn’t anyone’s fault (or at least in a few circumstances…) – it is just what was (and is).
  • What a Management Team Does

    John Saddington
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    It can be difficult, at times, to know exactly what one should do with one’s time when in leadership. Sure, there are the global mission-critical functions that each role has but those can often be more strategic in nature and less tactical. This is especially challenging for the software programmer who is now faced with executive leadership. It is worth repeating that not all software programmers should look to find themselves in management (see this classic startup sin here). I have personally made the transition but it’s taken a lot of time and a lot of practice. Over the…
  • 3 Fundamental Theories to the IT Industry

    John
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    I can’t remember where I first heard these (it may have been from the founders of Linux and/or Red Hat…) but I’ve been thinking about them recently as I’ve been coaching a number of new startups that we’ve invested in as well as more than a handful of young entrepreneurs through local programs like Endevvr. Here as three fundamental theories in the IT industry: It all happened by accident It was done by amateurs Nothing has really changed Hah. Yet, isn’t it true? It only takes a moment to review nearly all of the startup ideas that I’ve started and…
  • What Makes Your Job So Special?

    John
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Out of the blue my oldest asked me a very simple question as we were finishing up dinner last night: Appa, what makes your job so special? I told her that that was a really easy question to answer and I gave her these three reasons (she was specifically talking about The Iron Yard): 1. People I told her that I get to work with some of the brightest and most talented people possible. I also told her that I really like them, a lot, and that they apparently like me too. I told her that it’s really important that you like those that you work with. 2. The Mission Secondly, I told her that…
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  • Do You Need a Coach?

    Terrace Crawford
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    I’m launching my next Youth Worker Online Coaching Network for Youth Pastors who have only been in the field for 5 years or less and I’m wondering if YOU or someone you know might need a coach? I’m taking applications this week only, … Continue reading →
  • 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 →
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  • “Sing All” – Tips For Corporate Singing for Worship

    Editor
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    In 1761, John Wesley penned 7 iconic guidelines for corporate singing for church congregations who would be singing out of the Select Hymns with Tunes Annext hymn book. Believe it or not, in the 18th century it was fairly cutting edge to sing the classic hymns that we know and love today. So, with a heart towards helping people express their worship through song, Wesley added these directions to the beginning of this hymnal. One of those is Sing All. Sing All – see that you join the congregation as frequently as you can. Let not a slight degree of weakness or weariness hinder you. If it…
  • Sunday Setlists #314

    Editor
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Share your worship confessionals, recaps, and setlists for the week of: Sunday, July 27, 2014!! Welcome to the 314th 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: Looking For Church Jobs? 3 Tips To Make Your First Impression Better

    Editor
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Thanks to Michelle Weger for sharing these practical tips about making that first contact through email, cover letters, and resumes. Recently, I have had several recent college grads and friends contact me as they are looking for new ministry opportunities. I’ve spent time tailoring many of their resumes and candidate packages and thought I would offer some streamlined advice on these things. I have never candidated for a position that I wasn’t offered. I also don’t apply/candidate for a position unless I have a strong belief and conviction that it is the right direction. When it comes…
  • 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.
 
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  • The Fox News Channel Wasn't Good For My Soul

    Tim Stevens
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:44 am
    On November 7, 2012, I stopped watching the Fox News Channel (FNC). That might not seem like a big deal if you didn’t know that I probably averaged 7-10 hours a week for years. I was a news junkie. I LOVED watching the news, hearing different angles on the news, and listening to incredibly smart commentators share their opinion about the news. I watched other channels too, but I was probably 90% watching FNC.I was especially focused during the election season. I loved watching every debate, and hearing the debates about the debates. For me, politics was a game and I was spectator number…
  • 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…
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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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  • Do Leaders Need To Be Holy?

    Bill Reichart
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:29 am
    from Chris Car:Do leaders need to be holy? Your answer to this question is probably an automatic ‘Yes!” or perhaps ‘Of course!”And yet of all the resources available on leadership today (there are currently almost 350,000 available at amazon.com) I do find the issue of personal holiness missing from most discussions on leadership, even among those who serve in ministry. There are plenty of books and articles about rules or laws of leadership, keys to leading an effective team, how to be not simply good but great, and how to use your gifts to their maximum potential. But there appears…
  • When The Devil Accuses

    Bill Reichart
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    For those of us in vocational ministry, we understand those times when we are confronted by the accusations of the enemy. Yet, even though facing those attacks of the enemy can be difficult, I greatly appreciate Martin Luther's bold and confident words that confirm and affirm who we are in Jesus Christ.“When the devil throws our sins up to us and declares we deserve death and hell, we ought to speak thus: ‘I admit that I deserve death and hell. What of it? Does this mean that I shall be sentenced to eternal damnation? By no means. For I know One who suffered and made a satisfaction in my…
  • Praying For Your Pastor

    Bill Reichart
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    from Joe ThornThere are a number of ways we should be praying for our leaders in the church, here is an encouragement for you to pray for your pastors and their preaching in 4 specific ways.Pray fervently…FOR THE WORD TO BE AT WORK IN HIS HEARTBefore he preaches the word to others your pastor needs to experience the word himself. Pray that he would search the Scripture to know God and his truth personally, and then bring that to the people. Ask God to impress on him the practical implications of the doctrines revealed in the text, to convict him of his own sin, and work grace in his heart.
  • 5 Keys To Sermon Prep That Will Bring Power To The Pulpit

    Bill Reichart
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    from Alistair Begg:I remain fascinated by the variety of approaches that preachers take in preparing their sermons. In our preparation, as well as in our delivery we must ‘to our own selves be true.’ When I am asked to summarize my method of preparation, I mention the following points, which I learned from the late Leith Samuel…. 1. Think yourself empty. As strange as it may sound, we must be careful to ensure that we do not avoid sound thinking. The temptation to respond emotionally to a passage (this is how this makes me feel) is not unique to our listeners. If we are to have…
  • 4 Surefire Ways To Make A Bad Decision

    Bill Reichart
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a leader you have to make tons of decisions, and granted not all of them are going to be winners. But suffice it to say, there are several things, that if you do will almost guarantee a bad decision.Please others - you will never make everyone happy. With every decision you will please some and anger others - there are only few times that axiom may not hold true -  but don't bet on it. So don't even try to please others in your decision making. It will only make you crazy and neurotic.Take the path of least resistance - often times the best decisions aren't always easy. They will…
 
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  • 50 shades is black and white!

    Joel Klampert
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    The 50 shades of Grey trailer released at 8AM on the today show yesterday barraging mens minds with the permission to control and lust after women as well as giving women the permission to live in a fantasy land and escape their marriage in visual adultery. There is so much crap flying at our faces these days and quite frankly to keep our minds pure is a battle. Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think…
  • 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…
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  • How to Buy a House on the Courthouse Steps

    Kevin
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    An old-fashioned term for the process of buying a property in foreclosure, buying a house on the courthouse steps is a way to get a real deal on a house – or to get into real trouble. The Foreclosure Process Foreclosure is actually a multi-step process that begins with “pre-foreclosure.” That’s the period of time after the mortgage/deed of trust first goes into default. At that time, the lender begins the legal process that initiates foreclosure on the property. This includes filing the legal paperwork necessary and filing a notice of intent with the court. The lender is also required…
  • 15 DIY Projects to Increase Your Home Value

    Dawn
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    Your home can serve as a great investment. Not only can a home serve as a place to reside but you can actually make a return on your investment. But, the trick is… how can you make a return on your investment without breaking the bank? Believe it or not, it can be done! With a little elbow grease, you can DIY your way to a more valuable home. I have scoured the internet for simple ways you can increase your home value. This is especially important when you plan on selling your home. Below you will find some awesome tips that you can implement without going broke. Not only are these…
  • 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…
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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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  • Free Online Giving

    Anthony Trimble
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    First of all, if your church doesn’t provide online giving, this needs to be at the top of your list for tomorrow! Let me provide a few reasons why online giving is so important for your church: We live in a cashless society. Members don’t want to write their card number on an envelope every Sunday. Recurring giving helps people remember their commitments. If it takes longer than 40 seconds to give, 80% of people abandon the transaction. With all of these things in mind, the real question is, who do I use for online giving? Great question. Our first option is FREE! Well, when I…
  • 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…
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    The Resurgence

  • Resurgence Leadership #027: Tedd Tripp, Biblical Parenting, Part 1

    Resurgence
    29 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. Part One: The Call to Formative Instruction. Renowned author and speaker Dr. Tedd Tripp discusses formative instruction: how to give our children a worldview rooted in the truth of God’s word. This message is from the 2008 Biblical Parenting Conference at Mars Hill Church. Subscribe iTunes Feed Resurgence Conference Join us for the 2014 Resurgence Conference, October…
  • Tedd Tripp: Biblical Parenting, Part 1

    Resurgence
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Part One: The Call to Formative Instruction. Renowned author and speaker Dr. Tedd Tripp discusses formative instruction: how to give our children a worldview rooted in the truth of God's word. This message is from the 2008 Biblical Parenting Conference at Mars Hill Church.
  • Best Books: Finally Alive

    Mark Driscoll
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    In our “best books” series, we have been focusing on essential reading for Christian leaders. This week’s pick: Finally Alive, by John Piper. Like many, I have known and loved Dr. John Piper for many years. He is rightly appreciated for his extensive ministry of preaching, teaching, and writing. One of my favorite books by Dr. Piper is Finally Alive. Unlike many of his books, this one is relatively short with few footnotes or technical words. It is a book the average person can read and comprehend. In it, he covers the issue of regeneration. This is a massively important…
  • Urgent: Washington Wildfire Relief Effort

    Sutton Turner
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    My family and I have been vacationing in Eastern Washington this summer. While here, we saw the skies turn blood red and felt the evening winds pick up, as massive wildfires continued to devour over 250,000 acres of land (at current count)—an area nearly four times the size of Seattle. Homes have been burned to the ground, so many families have lost everything and are now homeless. Washington State’s largest wildfire Eastern Washington’s economy is largely agricultural and based on their fruit production. Many people in these towns are farmers and make their living from the…
  • Marriage and ministry: Lot & his wife

    Mark Driscoll
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
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    KemMeyer.com

  • "There is no such thing as ‘society’ — only individual men, women and families...."

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
    “There is no such thing as ‘society’ — only individual men, women and families. There is no such thing as society; there are people.” - Margaret Thatcher paraphrase. Full quote: ‘I think we have gone through a period when too many children and people have been given to understand “I have a problem, it is the Government’s job to cope with it!” or “I have a problem, I will go and get a grant to cope with it!” “I am homeless, the Government must house me!” and so they are casting their problems on society and who is society? There is no such thing! There are individual…
  • Big reveal. Where I've been hiding.

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Don’t you hate manipulative, self-important headlines like that? (Yes, I do. I really, really do.) Yeah, me too. But, I click them all the time. If you’re reading this, I have a hunch you do, too. Anyway, I’m glad you’re here. (Alright. Since you’ve got me here. Answer the question. Where have you been hiding? I haven’t seen or heard anything from you in, like, for-eva.) I haven’t been hiding, but that seems to be the theme of the most-frequently asked question I get these days: “What happened to you? Where have you been?” Here. I’ve been right here.  (Can’t you at…
  • You only had one job. (I have days like this.)

    19 May 2014 | 9:18 am
    You only had one job. (I have days like this.)
  • bobbycaputo: Andrew Knapp’s Photographs Of Hide and Seek With...

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    bobbycaputo: Andrew Knapp’s Photographs Of Hide and Seek With His Dog There’s a dog in every one of these photographs. Do you see it? Based on a famous game, Andrew Knapp and his border collie Momo find a variety of places to play hide and seek. Urban areas, grassy parks, graffitied walls and rocky terrain are just some of where you can spot Momo (or at least try). Knapp and his furry friend play this ongoing game called Find Momo with the fans of their blog around the world. (Continue Reading)
  • 5 metrics you need to know to give a great presentation

    3 Apr 2014 | 10:53 am
    1.5 seconds the amount of time you have to make a positive first impression.  2.5 minutes the average audience attention span (down from 12, then 5 in past ten years) 150 average number of times the average American checks his/her phone in 24 hour period 12 maximum number of words that should be projected on your screen at a time 100 percent of your audience will appreciate your speech ending on time via Noah Zandan, CEO of Quantified Impressions
 
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    ChurchCrunch

  • Build Your Influence with a Social Media Kingpin

    KC Procter
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:16 am
    Whatever your goals are in life, increasing your influence plays a crucial role. Without the ability to influence the actions, behaviors and beliefs of others we can never hope to change the world. One of the best steps you can take to increase your influence is to connect with other influencers. I recently had the opportunity to interview Justin Wise, a kingpin in the intersecting world of social media and the Church. (NOTE: If you want to cut to the chase, Justin is holding a free training titled “Build Your Influence” this Wednesday, July 30th from 1-5 PM Eastern. Click here…
  • Sparrow — My New Favorite Gmail Desktop App

    Eric Dye
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    First, I tried Inky. Then, Postbox. And now, I’ve given Sparrow a few weeks to prove itself. For those that may have missed my previous reviews (here and here), I’ve been trying to get my email under control so it no longer controls me. I’ve had a few things in mind as I try them out. All my email accounts are through Gmail and I want to keep each of the accounts separate through Google’s online Gmail interface, but I also want the ability to use a unified inbox when I need to. The purpose of finding such a desktop app is to make my email workflow faster and more…
  • How Many Android Browsers Are There?

    James Cooper
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    As a web developer I’m used to testing sites on a range of different systems and browsers. There’s of course the good old desktop and laptops with many a different browser and screen size. However, it’s mobile when things get really interesting… With iOS there’s a few different sizes and browsers bit Apple have kept things pretty simple – but Android – that’s a whole other ball game! Check out this set of slides about the history and state of the Android Browser: Does your brain hurt – mine does! Also, due to the more flexible nature of…
  • 10 Signs You Are Failing As A Church Blogger

    Jeremy Smith
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The idea of creating a list of do’s and dont’s is not very appealing. Honestly, the very thought of parroting something that has already been said online is actually revolting for me. My heart does not reach for any old bloggers, but for the church to do blogging well. Instead, I’d like to share with you some of my own experiences with church blogging as well as the views of others. I actually crowdsourced the first half of this list, asking for their thoughts and some of them shared their own. So below is a list of ten signs you are failing as a church blogger. You…
  • Working on My Novel

    Eric Dye
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I don’t know if I want to laugh or cry. Working On My Novel is a book written by Corey Arcangel on the difficult process of — as I am sure you can imagine — writing a novel. It is a collection of tweets from the many aspiring writers. Some funny, others sad, but all coming from those trying to write a novel. Can you identify with any of these excerpts from the book? As someone who is trying to bring their own novel together, I found it funny, sad, but mostly inspiring. It turns out that the novel idea of writing a novel takes more than just the interest of becoming a writer, but…
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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

  • Don't Let Troubles Trouble You

    Mark Wilson
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    Don't let troubles trouble you. Problems are opportunities in disguise!Some of us are blessed with dozens of such opportunities. Perhaps you would like give a few of them to somebody else.We shouldn't really think it's strange when trials come. That's merely a part of the human condition. Trouble comes to everybody. Jesus Christ, himself, said, "In this world, you WILL have tribulation."The more responsibility you have, the more difficulty you will encounter. If your life is full of struggles, it means you are doing something right. A wise old bard once said, "You know when you are on the…
  • Joy is Serious Business

    Mark Wilson
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Joy is serious business! It is the natural state of the soul. Joylessness is like a toothache, which indicates an internal cavity -- or worse.When we realize the joy has evaporated -- it's time to do some inner heart examination. Where did it go? What toxins have entered my soul, resulting this negativism? What must I do to recapture the joy? Leaking seems to be a part of the human condition. We're all a bunch of "joy leakers!"One lady tearfully prayed, “Please fill me with joy again!" Her husband, overhearing her request, prayed, "Don't do it Lord! She leaks!"It might be a good idea to…
  • Go Fishing and Leave the Universe to God

    Mark Wilson
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    "This day you and I will discuss the governance of the universe."said Philip Melancthon to Luther.Martin Luther responded, "This day you and I will go fishing and leave the governance of the universe to God."
  • I Measure Every Grief

    Mark Wilson
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    A poem by Emily Dickinson:I measure every Grief I meetWith narrow, probing, Eyes –I wonder if It weighs like Mine –Or has an Easier size.I wonder if They bore it long –Or did it just begin –I could not tell the Date of Mine –It feels so old a pain – I wonder if it hurts to live –And if They have to try –And whether – could They choose between –It would not be – to die – I note that Some – gone patient long –At length, renew their smile –An imitation of a LightThat has so little Oil –I wonder if when Years have piled –Some Thousands – on the Harm…
  • 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…
 
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    challies.com - Informing the Reforming

  • A La Carte (July 29)

    Tim
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:41 am
    Here are today’s Kindle deals: A Model of Christian Maturity by D.A. Carson ($2.99); Connected by Erin Davis ($4.99); Holman Quicksource Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls by Craig Evans ($2.99); Redeeming Church Conflicts by Tara Barthel ($1.99); Holman Quicksource Guide to Christian Apologetics by Doug Powell ($2.99); Holman Quicksource Guide to Understaning Creation by Mark Whorton ($2.99); Which Bible Translation Should I Use? by Andreas Kostenberger ($3.99). An Open Letter to the Caliph - Tim Keesee has penned an open letter that is worth reading. “You and your…
  • When God Loves Me Too Much

    Tim
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    I saw it the other day. I saw that thing I want, that thing I am sure I need, that thing that holds the key to my happiness. With it I will be complete. Without it I will always be lacking. And there it was, right before me. I saw it. I longed for it. I felt that longing, that desire, in my chest, or was it my stomach? Did my heart really skip a beat? There it was, so close, but it wasn’t mine. It was there, yet just out of reach. In that very moment the thought flashed through my mind: If God really loved me, he would give it to me. God doesn’t love me enough to let me have it.
  • A La Carte (July 28)

    Tim
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    Here are some new Kindle deals for you: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit by Bruce Ware ($1.99); Engaging with the Holy Spirit by Graham Cole ($0.99); Walking in the Spirit by Kenneth Berding ($0.99); The Holy Spirit by Kevin DeYoung ($0.99); He Who Gives Live by Graham Cole ($2.99); Resolving Everyday Conflict by Ken Sande ($1.99); Worship Leaders, We Are Not Rock Stars by Stephen Miller ($3.99); How to Read the Bible in Changing Times by Mark Strauss ($1.99). (Also, today’s Gold Box deal is a tempting one: The Blu-ray extended editions of The Lord of the Rings…
  • Time Is Running Out

    Tim
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Today I have the privilege of preaching, and preaching to many who do not yet know God. These words from Philip Ryken (drawn from his excellent commentary on Luke) have added urgency and motivation. Here he explains Luke 13:22-30, where Jesus explains that many will seek to enter and will not be able. What terrible suffering there will be for everyone who gets shut out from God’s kingdom. To make sure we know what is at stake, Jesus speaks with perfect clarity: “In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in…
  • Weekend A La Carte (July 26)

    Tim
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    Vacations are [almost] always wonderful, but home is always best. As good as it was to be away for a while, it was even better to get back to my home and my routine and my normal life. I guess I’m kind of a boring person, but I value such things! Anyway, here is some recommended weekend reading for you: This week saw the release of the first trailer for the forthcoming 50 Shades of Grey movie. Aimee Byrd says the whole phenomenon is 50 Shades of Strange, and especially when Christian women are unabashed in their love of the books. My kids and most of their friends are obsessed…
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    Desiring God Blog

  • Three Ways Our Deeds Relate to Our Salvation

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    One effect of close attention to Scripture is that sweeping generalizations become problematic. This is notably true of the way our works (including our attitudes and words and behavior) relate to our salvation. The biblical texts relating to this issue are many and diverse, but not contradictory. If you take any one of them and treat it as the whole picture, you will almost surely lead people astray. For example, Paul rejoices that we are “justified by faith apart from works of the law” (Romans 3:28). I take that to mean that anything we bring to Christ other than faith has no part in…
  • A Letter to the Caliph

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Background: The latest headline-making iteration of Islamic terror is the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), which split with Al-Qaeda in 2010 because (believe it or not) Al-Qaeda was too timid in their use of violence and too slow in implementing a trans-national Islamic state known as a Caliphate (from the Arabic for “succession”). Considered the successor to the Prophet Mohammed, the Caliph is the political and spiritual leader of the world’s one billion Sunni Muslims (at least in theory). The ISIS commander, who goes by the nom de guerre Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi, has declared…
  • What Is a Disciple?

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    When Jesus speaks we listen. That makes sense, right? Jesus is the one to whom all authority in heaven and earth has been given (Matthew 28:18). Jesus is the one of whom it will be said, forever, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” (Revelation 5:12). He’s the one to whom every knee will bow (Philippians 2:10) — the one by whom all the tribes of the earth will wail (Revelation 1:7), and from whom the fury of God’s wrath will be executed (Revelation 19:15). Jesus has that kind of supremacy — so what…
  • Worship in the Dark

    26 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    “Psalm 88 isn’t like the others,” a friend recently remarked. “Most psalms end on the high note of hope, but not Psalm 88.” It’s true. This psalm is different. The concluding words aren’t what we’d expect. They’re not what we’re used to. To be sure, the psalms are full of laments, oftentimes raw and intense, but they at least end hopeful. Psalm 88, though, begins in pain: “I cry out day and night before you” (verse 1), and then ends in pain: “My companions have become darkness” (verse 18). Why Are You Here? “My companions have become darkness” — or as the…
  • Danger: Ministry Idolatry

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
    It may be the sneakiest form of idolatry — and the deadliest. The deceptive thing about idolatry in general is that it is not just the overt worship of graven images, but anything that stands in God’s place. But in particular, take note of the subtle way that God’s good gifts can take a poisonous grip on our sinful hearts. It’s not just the statues of Baal and the Asherah poles, but our favorite pastimes, our finances, our health, and our family that threaten. And perhaps deadliest of all, even Christian ministry. Ministry idolatry is not just a threat to those who are in fulltime…
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    Pastor Steven Furtick

  • The Destructive Power of Our Impulsive Decisions

    webteam
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:13 am
    As believers in Christ, we have a birthright — a spiritual inheritance received through the Holy Spirit. But sometimes, we turn our focus on the immediate gratification of momentary pleasure. In part two of #DeathToSelfie, Pastor Steven uses the story of Esau to show us how often we choose to trade our future for something fleeting and worthless. Yet through the grace of Jesus, we can be restored as firstborn children in our Father’s eyes, no matter what we’ve chosen in the past.
  • Student Takeover Camp

    webteam
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Student Takeover 2014 will be unlike any Student Takeover in the past. August 6-8, we’re bringing together over 1,000 students from all of our Elevation locations for Student Takeover Camp. Elevation Worship, speakers, groups, the blob, ropes courses, and more will be packed into three exciting days. Then, that weekend, our students will take over every Elevation location, serving their community, and being a part of that weekend’s worship experience. Don’t miss the summer’s most anticipated event. Sign up your middle or high school student today.
  • Elevation Creative: How To Take A Selfie

    webteam
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Whether you already think you know everything there is to know about taking a selfie, or you’re new to this modern digital art form, for the opening element of #DeathtoSelfie Week 1 our creative team staged an interactive live element combined with a tongue-in-cheek ‘How To” video and a live selfie photo stream to help us capture the perfect shot of our favorite subject – ourselves.
  • 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.
 
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    Adrian Warnock

  • The problem of good

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:40 am
    This article from Ann Voskamp is so helpful, and so important. I encourage you to read it all. Ann is a gift to the global Church and she is really onto something in her writings. So after dinner, she picks coneflowers in the garden. Cradles the long stems in her apron skirt, carries them up [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Hope Reborn now available on Amazon UK

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    I would really appreciate it if you are a Facebook user if you would like and share this post on your own page. You can now pre-order Hope Reborn from both Amazon Uk and the Hope Reborn website. Read the free sample chapter Post by Hope Reborn – How to Become a Christian and Live [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • 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
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • Happy Anniversary Molly!

    Steve McCoy
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    Molly and I have been married now for 21 years. She is a joy to my heart and the harder life gets and the more she has to endure, the more amazing she is to me. Somebody pinch me. I think I'm dreaming. Read my essay from last year: The Wedding Vows 20 Years Later.
  • Cheap Kindle Books 7.22.14

    Steve McCoy
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    Glorious Ruin by Tullian Tchividjian (FREE)One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian ($3.74)The Storytelling God by Jared Wilson ($0.99)Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick ($1.99)Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson ($1.99)John A. Broadus: A Living Legacy by David Dockery & Roger Duke ($0.99)Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper ($1.99)The Cross and Christian Ministry by D.A. Carson ($1.99)To Live is Christ To Die Is Gain by Matt Chandler ($2.99)The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever ($3.49)Exiles by Michael Frost ($3.03)      The Road to Missional…
  • "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.
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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

  • “and now it’s time to dismiss the seniors for their service…”

    paulthinkingoutloud
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    In today’s worship-team driven, seeker sensitive, multi-site, mega-churches, participation is increasingly a young man’s game. Relevance is achieved through having relevant communicators, so those of us who’ve been around a bit longer are often forced to listen to sermons being taught by speakers who seem to be barely out of high school; speakers whose primary qualification seems to be that they are standing at the front of the room.* Three years ago, I wrote about supporting the youth in your church in their various endeavors. Days later, I wrote what you’re now…
  • Church Music: When to Get out of the Way

    paulthinkingoutloud
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:14 am
    So there I was last week, sitting in the large auditorium on the grounds of a denominational campground. We were just coming up to the message, and the person chairing the service remarked about the great acoustics in the place and suggested we stand and sing the simple, one-word chorus, “Hallelujah” acapella. He started us off, but then, instead of going off-microphone, like you do in these situations, he just kept wailing into the mic, with the result that while we got to hear a bit of what it might sound like if it was just the sound of our voices, we mostly got to hear the…
  • #WeAreN

    paulthinkingoutloud
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Those of you reading this in late July or early August 2014 will notice a symbol in the upper right of this blog that you may not recognize. Cathy Lynn Grossman of Religion News Service explains: #WeAreN is sweeping the Christian Twittersphere as churches, organizations and individuals change their avatars to the Arabic letter “Nun.” It’s the symbol for “Nazarene,” or Christian, used by Islamic State militants in Iraq to brand Christian properties in Iraq as part of their effort to drive out an ancient Christian community with threats to convert or die. Today, the trending avatar…
  • When Heroes Lose Their Honor

    paulthinkingoutloud
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    I do not believe I would be in the place I am today spiritually were it not for the great influence of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) and the role I got to play in helping introduce the genre to a nation that was hesitant to accept it.  The people I met, the songs and scriptures they were based on, the communities, the whole movement of it all; each of these contributed to my spiritual nurture in ways for which I will be forever grateful. In general, Larry Norman is considered to have started the thing — referred to as the “father of Jesus music” or even…
  • Evangelism for Non-Evangelists

    paulthinkingoutloud
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    I’m almost certain that if I lived in Hayward, Wisconsin, Mark O. Wilson would be my pastor. I thoroughly enjoyed his book Filled Up, Poured Out (reviewed here) and his newest, Purple Fish: A Heart for Sharing Jesus was a delight to read. Christian non-fiction (i.e. doctrinal) books are not expected to be this much fun. Here’s the difference: Mark Wilson is not dealing in theoretical evangelism. He’s a practitioner, with anecdotal accounts of the principles he believes in bearing results. In fact, to be honest, this is more a book of very short (i.e. many are single…
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • Fruit Punch Object Lessons

    Mimi Bullock
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    Looking for a power-packed object lesson? Reach for the fruit punch! You can blend fruit punch from a packet or buy a bottle of pre-mixed punch. When working with this colorful juice, remember that it can stain your skin and clothing. If you enlist the help of a child, have an apron handy to protect his clothing. Keep extra punch handy to serve up during snack time. Sweet or Unsweet This object lesson illustrates how God doesn’t want us to speak both bad language and His holy words. God wants us to use our mouth lift people up with encouraging words, not curse them. Here’s the verse I…
  • Bible Lesson – Putting Others Before Ourselves

    Brittany Bradshaw
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    In our culture, competitiveness is a part of everyday life. Our children value being the best at whatever it is they are doing.  It is good that children strive to always do their best, but the Bible teaches us to be humble and to always do for others without thinking of ourselves.  This lesson will help children understand that they need to put others before themselves. Lesson Title:   Putting Others Before Ourselves Bible Reference:  Mark 9:33-37 Target Age Group: Preschool to Elementary Learning Context: Sunday School Target Time Frame: 45 minutes Focus Verse: “If anyone wants to be…
  • 6 More Things That Drive a Children’s Pastor Crazy

    Mimi Bullock
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    When I penned my recent article, 10 Things That Drive a Children’s Pastor Crazy I had no idea that I’d be starting such an expansive conversation. However, I am glad we can talk and share with one another and hopefully, encourage a children’s pastor who may be asking, “Does anyone understand?” To those passing by these posts and subsequent comments, (including parents and other ministry workers) please don’t doubt our commitment to your kids. We love them—and we love you! Still, it won’t hurt our feelings if you feel compelled to Share, Like or Pin these articles. You know,…
  • Micah Bible Coloring Page

    Mandy Groce
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    This free coloring page is based on the book of Micah. It’s one part of our series of illustrations for each individual book of the Bible. Click here to download the print friendly PDF version. We’ve also uploaded the image in JPEG format. The illustration shows a young boy gathering sheep in a pin. There are two Bible verses included in the illustration. These are just partial quotes to give the children something to remember from the content of the book. Micah 6:8 … to act justly and to love mercy… Micah 2:12 … I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel.
  • Bible Puzzle: Noah’s Ark Maze

    Shirley McKinstry
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    After Noah built the ark, God caused at least two of each kind of animal to go into the ark. In this maze children draw lines leading the animals to the ark. Click here to download the printable PDF worksheet. This is part of a series called Bible Puzzle with a variety of different puzzles. Besides pencils, some need Bibles, crayons, and/or scissors and glue. Some are easier or harder than others. If you’re teaching a unit on Noah and the Ark, our website has many free resources that can help. Don’t miss this video story or Mandy’s coloring page about Noah’s Ark.
 
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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: 2 Build A Boat

    paulwnewell
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:51 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…
  • 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…
 
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    Kevin Campbell

  • THREE Marriage Potholes Every Marriage Faces

    Kevin Campbell
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:28 pm
    We started our FAMILY Vacation series on Sunday at Elevate Church.  Throughout this series, we are learning how to travel through life’s challenges. This week we looked at THREE Marriage Potholes every marriage will face. When your car hits a pothole, it can create misalignment or a flat tire.  In the same way, these marriage potholes can create misalignment and cause you to drift to places you never thought you would end up. Check out week one of Family Vacation: Related posts: Family Vacation This Sunday! Marriage and Lies Potholes for Church Planters
  • 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
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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

  • 6 Things Leaders should avoid that will poison your Team

    bradlomenick
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    I’ve been reminded recently of the constant tension on a team. And…. the Tension is Good. We talked about this and leaned into this phrase before, and actually dealt with it as an event theme back in 2010 at Catalyst Atlanta. The right kind of tension is important for teams, as well as for individuals. It stretches and shapes and allows for growth. But there are other things that can creep into a team and poison it quickly. Things that sneak up fast and before you know it, start to define the team and take everyone off course. In the wrong direction. Headed the wrong way. Here are…
  • 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.  
 
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    TeamRCIA

  • Episode 83: A three-part template for telling the core message of Jesus

    Jen Pardo
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    In this episode, Nick and Diana explore a three-part model for evangelization. In the “Did you know?” section, we look at the rights that catechumens have once they become catechumens. Also, we answer a question about how many different groups … Continue reading →
  • 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 →
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    Brandon A. Cox

  • Everyone Lives By Their Values

    Brandon
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    A few years ago, we heard the term “values voters” thrown around a bit in the media to refer to those who were voting for political candidates primarily on the basis of moral issues, as if the other voters weren’t voting based on their personal values. What is sometimes misunderstood is that we all act out our values. Whatever we give our attention and affection to, we value. And what we value determines how we make decisions. The question is, where do we get our values to begin with? People who follow Jesus as His disciples should form their values to align with His. But…
  • Dare to Be More Than a Copy

    Brandon
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:46 am
    The world around us lives by values that are the product of its dominant philosophies such as materialism (“things” matter more than anything), humanism (we are all basically good without God’s help), and secularism (the majority determines right from wrong without God’s Word). Each of these, and many other false ways of thinking, results in decisions and behaviors that lead nowhere good. Paul told us, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know…
  • When You Go with the Gospel, You Never Go Alone

    Brandon
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    There is no feeling on earth like the feeling of helping someone find Jesus and trust Him for the very first time. Sometimes, in our talk about “missions,” we forget that this is really what missions is all about. Going to every nation starts with going to the next person with the good news. The problem is, there is a natural intimidation factor when it comes to sharing our faith. I think talking about our faith should come as naturally as talking about any other deeper subject and it should happen in the context of a conversation that turns toward spiritual things somewhat…
  • 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…
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    Biblical Preaching

  • Goodreads Book Giveaway (UK)

    Peter Mead
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:08 pm
    If you are in the UK, please click here to enter the book giveaway on Goodreads.  By the way, this is a useful site to engage with if you read books.  The more of us preachers who get on there, the more we can benefit from each other’s mini-reviews, ratings, etc. If you are in North America, there will be a book giveaway closer to the release date of Pleased to Dwell (slightly later than UK release date).
  • The Danger of Preaching Flat

    Peter Mead
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    Sometimes we can’t wait to get the Bible open and preach.  Other times it is a battle to get to the preaching moment.  But one of the most dangerous times is when it just feels flat. I didn’t preach last Sunday and I am not preaching this Sunday.  So perhaps it is a safe time to write about this danger.  On the dashboard of our ministry life we need to have a light that flashes when we are preaching flat.  What causes it?  What should we do? Here are some possible causes: 1. Physical Fatigue – driven personalities, parents of young children, stressed church leaders . .
  • Sowing to the Spirit?

    Peter Mead
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:16 am
    In Galatians Paul makes multiple references to keeping in step with the Spirit, being led by the Spirit, etc.  What does this mean for your listeners?  What does this mean for you?  This post, hosted on Cor Deo, is a short introduction to a vital, yet neglected, subject.  Please click here to go there.
  • Ministry Wilderness Temptations

    Peter Mead
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:14 am
    In ministry we face many temptations.  In this post, hosted on the Cor Deo site, I ponder some of the significant temptations facing younger, middle-aged and older ministers.  Click here to go to the post.
  • 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…
 
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  • New Currciulum from Hillsong Kids

    samluce
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    My friends over at Hillsong are about to release the newest installment of their curriculum. They do a phenomenal job, excellent content we use their stuff every summer. Be on the lookout it’s hitting digital shelves in August. Here’s what we know so far - It’s a 9 week curriculum It includes elementary/primary and preschool/toddlers (first time) It’s all about Faith, Hope and Love It will be physical (DVD) and digital (download) Large group/small group (same format as previous curric.) Over 7 hours of media content! (this kinda blew my mind when we added it up!) New website…
  • 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…
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  • Contribute To My Upcoming Book Project: 555 Social Media Marketing Tips

    Kenny Jahng
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    The “New Year”is half over! – and it’s time to think ahead about what BHAG’s you can accomplish in 2014. One of my goals is to publish a series of books (most on the Kindle platform) to help more individuals, non-profits and ministry leaders ramp up their communications efforts. For one of them, I am inviting you to become a contributor in an effort to help empower more people to harness the power of social media for their own cause. Simply submit your contribution below to get started! Loading…
  • Big Church vs Small Church: Does HOW You Say & WHAT You Say Matter?

    Kenny Jahng
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Neat research on some of the key differences between how larger churches and smaller churches communicate with their communities. Take a look: This makes me wonder – should larger churches take a stab at being more interactive? Allowing the voice to be more personal? Being more open to “cluttering the feed” with content regarding specific ministries (vs only church-wide relevant content)? Thoughts? Leave a comment below.
  • 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…
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  • Jesus loves your ministry more than you do

    Kenny
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    After leading children’s ministry for almost 20 years, I’ve learned something very significant that is sometimes easy to forget. Chaotic and hectic can become the norm and you find yourself saying, “things should slow down soon” but you know that they never do. Stress mounts and we find ourselves on the verge of a mental/emotional meltdown… and this just describes a typical Monday. That would be funny if it wasn’t so close to being true. Here’s a reminder for you: Jesus loves your ministry more than you do. Relax. Take a breath and think about that…
  • Don’t let stupid become normal

    Kenny
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    I had this idea yesterday that made me both laugh out loud and cringe at the same time. I was talking with a new staff member about a room in our kids building. For as long as I’ve been at Gateway, this room has been a volunteer room. It’s where volunteers check-in, where we have quick volunteer meetings and it’s also where we do volunteer orientations. It used to be an early childhood environment called “Mini-Mess Hall.” I know, weird. It had this theme of mice cooking… I know, not any better. Regardless, it’s been a volunteer room for more than 6…
  • Your kid needs counseling

    Kenny
    3 Jun 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Seriously, your kids need counseling and this isn’t meant as an insult to you as their parent. Yesterday I wrote about how failure as a parent is inevitable. Parents can’t be awesome all the time. Even the best parents miss the mark and cause damage that lasts. Recently my wife and I have come into contact with several incredible families with messed up kids. These kids aren’t necessarily messed up because of bad parenting, but because people are broken and things happen. Sometimes this is unavoidable. As a result, my wife and I had a brilliant idea. We’re working hard…
  • Failing as a parent

    Kenny
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:29 am
    Are you ready for a full dose of reality? Failure as a parent is inevitable. Stop living in a dream world, you’re probably not as great of a parent as you think you are. I don’t mean to come across as negative, but time has a way of revealing how things really are… or will be. Recently I’ve become aware of several parenting “misses.” I’ve encountered multiple people who have experienced total parenting failures, either as parents or as kids of parents. You’re probably thinking, “why is this such a surprise? Just take a walk around your…
  • Culture versus strategy

    Kenny
    30 May 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Michael Warden, a gifted leader within our community wrote a powerful post about emotionally intelligent leaders several months back. I recently pulled it out again to see what areas I can work on personally. One point continues to resonate with me. Emotionally intelligent leaders value culture over strategy. Michael describes it this way: You’ve probably heard the common phrase of “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” If the strategic goal is the new country we’re sailing toward, then the organizational culture is the ship that’s carrying us there. Emotionally intelligent leaders…
 
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  • The People Behind 'God's Not Dead' Are Giving 'Fifty Shades' Some Christian Competition

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:49 pm
    One of the unbreakable rules of the universe is that if mainstream culture finds a successful product, Christian culture will find a way to counterprogram it. Less than a week after the Fifty Shades of Gray spewed onto the Internet, warning the people of earth they only had until Valentine's Day 2015 to prepare for its theatrical release, a faith-based film has arisen from to give it some Christian competition. The movie is called Old Fashioned (which might be a little on the nose), it's from the same people who gave us God's Not Dead and it's releasing the same day as Fifty Shades. According…
  • No, Michele Bachmann Did Not Suggest Labor Camps for Immigrant Children

    admintyler
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:09 pm
    These stories are getting a little too common. Over the weekend, fake news site KCTV7—which posts these types of lies for the sheer joy of watching the world burn—"reported" that Michele Bachmann was advocating putting detained undocumented immigrant children into what she (the site) called "Americanization Facilities" where they would spend "half of their day working, and the other half learning what every child should learn, and that's English." Of course, the congresswoman had said no such thing, but that didn't stop several sites—among them, Daily Kos and Think Progress—from…
  • Does Going to Therapy Mean I Have a Lack of Faith?

    eddiekaufholz
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    "Would going to therapy be relying on the doctors to heal me instead of God?" I recently went through a traumatic event and my doctor recommended that I spend a few months in psychotherapy. But I've heard some Christians say that psychotherapy has very different principles than God. I am studying the Bible and praying for healing. I really want to follow God. Would going to therapy be relying on the doctors to heal me instead of God? -Melissa
  • Trailer: 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Strap yourselves in, halflings. Here's the first trailer for the final installment in Peter Jackson's return to Middle-Earth ...
  • Watch a Couple Thieves Try to Mug the Wrong Convenience Store Clerk

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    Mayura Dissanayake is a convenience store clerk in Houston, Texas who seems like a nice, mild-mannered guy. Just don't try to rob his friends. That was the mistake two alleged bandits made when they tried to rob Dissanayake's friend and co-worker as he was returning to the store. Dissanayake saw what they were doing and flew into action. Oh, also, Dissanayake has a decade's worth of experience as a semi-pro mixed martial arts fighter was Sri Lanka's national MMA champion five years in a row. Yes, there's a video. Yes, it's worth a watch ...
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  • Jonah and the Great Big Fish

    David
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    Undoubtedly from the title, you can ascertain that “Jonah and the Great Big Fish” is a children’s story book about the story of Jonah. Rhonda Gowler Greene is sticking true to the original Hebrew in that Jonah wasn’t necessarily swallowed by a “whale” and as a Bible scholar I appreciate that. This book was first released in 2007 with Santiago Cohen as the Illustrator, now to be re-released July 29, Zonderkids has acquired a new illustrator Margret Spengler. I went back to look at the earlier illustrations and they were much more stylized (almost like…
  • 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…
 
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    Serving Strong

  • What Happened To Me This Morning

    Scott
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:49 am
    What happened to me this morning was a result of a couple of weeks of trying out something new. The night before, I had failed to set my alarm clock for the 5:00 am. This is the time I have chosen to get up to begin my day. (a little background: I am not a […]
  • A Slight Shift In Focus Makes All The Difference

    Scott
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:41 am
    Ever heard someone say, “Money is the root of all evil”? Yet you know the truth. It’s, “The LOVE of money is the root of all evil.” Slight change in perspective makes all the difference. Same is true with the fruits of the Spirit. Ephesians 5 lists nine qualities worth striving after. Yet I don’t […]
  • Of Fear And Frogs

    Scott
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Fear. You dwell on it when you don’t understand it. It debilitates. It frustrates. It leaves you hanging as you dangle off the edge of reality. Someone famous once said, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” Someone more famous once said, “Don’t lean on your own understanding.” But fear diminishes when faced head […]
  • Jesus Goes To Starbucks

    Scott
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Every once in a while, God puts you at the table of someone who embodies the characteristics of His Son. Since I strive to be like Christ, this is indeed very helpful because it makes Jesus visible. That happened to me just now. As I write this blog post, I am sitting in my car […]
  • Buildings Are Tools

    Scott
    11 Jun 2014 | 3:28 pm
    As CEO of Cogun, I want to add a new category to this blog for those of you in ministry leadership who run into challenges of ministry space and facilities. This post speaks to the heart of all we do as a team to surround the local church/ministry/school for better expansion facilities. Many years ago […]
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  • 14 Commandments of Video Preaching

    Jim Tomberlin
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    [Editor's Note: This article by Jim Tomberlin first appeared on CTT back in 2012. It's advice is still current today - we hope it helps you understand the in's and out's of video preaching.] Of the estimated 8,000+ multisite churches in North America, half deliver their sermons by way of video and the other half utilize live-in person teaching.   With this many people worshiping and receiving spiritual instruction in this manner, it is very important to keep these “commandments” in mind when delivering sermons live as well as via video. 1. Thou Shalt Omit References to Time, Day,…
  • Are Responsive Websites Worth the Hype? [Infographic]

    Lauren Hunter
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    Responsive web design is all the rage. It’s seems every new content management system or WordPress theme is now responsive to meet the needs of people viewing a website on any kind of device. According to WikiPedia.org, “Responsive web designRWD) is a web design approach aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from mobile phones to desktop computer monitors).” So is Responsive web design worth the hype? Considering that 29% of people…
  • 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…
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  • Product Videos in 1-2-3

    Mattofact
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    In-house design and creative teams are charged with making killer videos all the time, but where do we start? What story do we tell? What emotions do we evoke? Where do we shoot it? A great place to start is with a customer having a great experience with the product. Catch the reality of your product or service from the view point of the person using it. Here’s three easy steps to do that. 1. Back to life, back to reality. Feature a real user and get their honest feedback. 2. Show and tell. Show how it works. Don’t over-show how it works. You have a smart product and the buyers…
  • 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…
 
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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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  • Everyone Lives By Their Values

    Brandon
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    A few years ago, we heard the term “values voters” thrown around a bit in the media to refer to those who were voting for political candidates primarily on the basis of moral issues, as if the other voters weren’t voting based on their personal values. What is sometimes misunderstood is that we all act out our values. Whatever we give our attention and affection to, we value. And what we value determines how we make decisions. The question is, where do we get our values to begin with? People who follow Jesus as His disciples should form their values to align with His. But…
  • Dare to Be More Than a Copy

    Brandon
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:46 am
    The world around us lives by values that are the product of its dominant philosophies such as materialism (“things” matter more than anything), humanism (we are all basically good without God’s help), and secularism (the majority determines right from wrong without God’s Word). Each of these, and many other false ways of thinking, results in decisions and behaviors that lead nowhere good. Paul told us, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know…
  • When You Go with the Gospel, You Never Go Alone

    Brandon
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    There is no feeling on earth like the feeling of helping someone find Jesus and trust Him for the very first time. Sometimes, in our talk about “missions,” we forget that this is really what missions is all about. Going to every nation starts with going to the next person with the good news. The problem is, there is a natural intimidation factor when it comes to sharing our faith. I think talking about our faith should come as naturally as talking about any other deeper subject and it should happen in the context of a conversation that turns toward spiritual things somewhat…
  • 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…
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    The Navy Christian

  • The Weight Loss Journey: The After-effects

    Dan Smith
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:29 am
    I've been fighting the urge to have a blow out on my weight loss journey lately. It's been a roller coaster ride that had ups (where I made decent choices or worked out and felt good about myself) and severe dips (where I jumped off the wagon and ate more than I should have or skipped a workout). Of course, those dips brought with them a new sense of guilt and feelings of failure. As I got home
  • My Weight Loss Journey: Before and After Photos

    Dan Smith
    7 Jun 2014 | 7:26 pm
    I mentioned in my last post that I had ballooned up to 260 pounds after my surgery and even had to buy a new shirt for my uniform. That was a very bad time for me, and I thought it might be nice to show the contrast in those two "Dan Smiths." In the photo below, I was at a good friend's retirement ceremony. And I was embarrassed. Here I was, celebrating the distinguished career of a fellow
  • On my Weight Loss Journey

    Dan Smith
    1 Jun 2014 | 6:46 pm
    My name is Dan Smith and I really love food. There...I said it. The fact is that I also like working out. I was working out so hard, in fact, that last July I pushed myself too far and tore my scapholunate ligament. I'll write about that someday because I have a lot (and I mean A LOT) of lessons learned for anyone going through that injury. Actually, that injury is the crux of the reason for
  • Simplicity or Riches?

    Dan Smith
    8 May 2014 | 3:52 pm
    I'm a sailor. I enjoy the fresh salt air of the ocean and the sound of the sea being cut in two by a ship at high speed. I even enjoy the smells of an engine exhaust  as the bridge orders up more speed, and the feel of the ship beneath me as her engines and gears respond. It makes me happy. About a year ago, while I was waiting (im)patiently for my commission to Chief Warrant Officer, I
  • Resurrection Notes Mark 16

    Dan Smith
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:34 am
    The story of the resurrection is a sermon that preaches itself. It tells you all you need to know to receive a renewed hope of God today. My job this morning will be to stay out of the way as best I can. Instead of taking over for the text this morning, I will simply supplement information when I feel it is necessary and present the precious story of Christ’s resurrection to you. Here then, is
 
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  • “Growing in God” Tag Team in Brooklyn, Soho and Union Square

    Jessi Marquez
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    Liberty Church believes in equipping the saints to do the work of the ministry. On Sunday, July  20th 2014 each one of our New York City communities had a tag team preaching. During the tag time, each community got to hear a 10 minute message on “Growing in God” from leaders in their community. It […] Related posts: “Good Success” Paul Andrew – Podcast “Heaven Without Hell” Rhema Trayner – Podcast “Extravagant” Paul Andrew – Podcast
  • 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
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  • 5 Terrible Small Group Ministry Ideas to Avoid at ALL Costs

    Mark Howell
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    There are a few things that seem so right at the time…but really are terrible ideas and should be avoided at all costs. Here are 5 Terrible Small Group Ministry Ideas to Avoid at ALL Costs Waiting until next year.  This is a truly terrible idea!  Every year, every ministry season is a gift from God.  Waiting until next year is what the third servant did in Matthew 25!  We can provide all kinds of rationales: Waiting will give us more time to prepare We’ll be better trained Our foundation will be stronger Etc. When we wait until next year we assume that unconnected people will…
  • Enlist Your Congregation in the Mission with “Life on Mission”

    Mark Howell
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
    Had an opportunity to preview a new church-wide campaign from Tim Harlow (produced by Lifetogether and published by Pastors.com).  Life on Mission: God’s People Finding God’s Heart for the World is a 6 week campaign that “offers clear Bible teaching designed to empower you to share your faith with people right in your own neighborhood.” If you’re not familiar with Tim Harlow, he is the senior pastor of Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park, Illinois, one of the fastest growing churches in America for 7 of the last 10 years.  I had the great privilege of…
  • 7 Ways to Add Prayer to Your Church-Wide Campaign Preparation

    Mark Howell
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    I’ve written about the importance of prayer in your church-wide campaign, but I haven’t let you in on some of the best prayer ideas that I’ve come across.  See also, Note to Self: Don’t Forget to Pray for Your Church-Wide Campaign. 7 ways to add prayer to your campaign preparation: Challenge your staff and other key leaders to pray daily for the campaign.  This may go without saying, but involving your staff and key leaders (elders, deacons, etc.) in praying daily will be a unifying experience. Invite your staff and other key leaders to meet together in the morning…
  • 10 of the Most Overused Small Group Ministry Buzzwords

    Mark Howell
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    Ever heard someone use a word or a phrase and there was something about the way they said it that made you realize…they didn’t know what it meant?  I remember when a friend of mine kept talking about the long tail (a business term) and ecosystem (or some other buzzword, I don’t remember) and it was so obvious to everyone else that he had no clue what either of the words actually meant!  To use a now ancient buzzword…it was emperor’s new clothes obvious. Think there are buzzwords that we use and sometimes don’t actually know what they mean?  Or sometimes…
  • 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…
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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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    CharlieWhitlow.com | Pastor Charlie Whitlow's Blog

  • A Brief History of Community Church

    Charlie Whitlow
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    September of 2012, Community Church turned thirty years old. It all started when Arlie Whitlow moved his young family of four from a small country town in South Carolina to a suburb thirty minutes outside of Washington, DC. Pastor Arlie, an enthusiastic, highly relational and entrepreneurial personality, began canvassing Loudoun County, gathering people who would become a new congregation. It was a total risk. There was no denominational backing or support from a larger church. A local businessman did promise Pastor Arlie a salary while he got the church ‘up and running.’ However, this…
  • 5 Question Test: Am I Walking in Total Forgiveness?

    Charlie Whitlow
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    Today, in the message “The Advantage of Forgiveness,” I mentioned that I’d post five questions that I encourage each one of us to use to test if we’re walking in total forgiveness towards others. Here they are: Does remembering a particular event trigger a strong emotional reaction? When you think of a particular person do you feel “okay” about them with no hint of lingering hurt, bitterness or anger?  Can the offending party be thought of with a sincere desire that good things will happen in his or her life? Can you honestly believe & pray for them to succeed…
  • Prayer of Thanks for Health

    Charlie Whitlow
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    Lord, thank you for health. I don’t sincerely thank you often enough or acknowledge the blessing & benefit of good health. Thank you. For as long as I have it, I thank you. When my physical body is sound & alert; free from the distractions of pain & sickness, I can live & move & serve you more wholly. Thank you. I am reminded of how dependent I am—of how weak I truly am. One infection, one virus, one sore throat, one cold sends me to my knees; to my bed needing rest, needing care, needing hydration, needing nutrition. Lord, how truly needy I am! The world keeps groping…
  • Top 10 Qualities to Look for in a Mate

    Charlie Whitlow
    16 Feb 2014 | 2:30 pm
    1.Faith.  Is he/she serious about their commitment to Christ & His church? 2.Self-image.  Does he/she have a healthy self-esteem? 3.Considerate.  How does he/she respond to differing ideas especially to those in authority? 4.Forgiven.  Does he/she have a clear conscience? Is their unresolved issues in his/her past–is there baggage? 5.Calling.  Does he/she have a clear purpose in life? 6.Frugality.  Does he/she have evidence of managing their $ well. Does he/she have anything in savings? 7.Etiquette.  Is he/she friendly or flirtatious? 8.Friendships.  Who does he/she hang out…
  • A Church’s Investment in Loudoun County

    Charlie Whitlow
    15 Feb 2014 | 6:49 am
    The Community Church or “the big church on 7,” as local residents commonly refer to it is a visible landmark in Loudoun. Now, it’s not common to think of a church in terms of its economic benefit but when it is one of the county’s top employers it just makes sense to at least consider it. So, whether you’re religious or not, let’s go there for just a moment. Here’s the question. What if Community Church picked up over night and crossed the river for Maryland? One day there’s the $25 million church campus, a monument in Loudoun, abuzz with activity and the next day it’s…
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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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  • Ways To Make Church Better

    Rob Shepherd
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:27 am
    There are no perfect churches. There are some amazing churches. There are some okay churches. And there are some cray cray churches. What all churches have in common is that they are imperfect. They all have issues. All. Of. Them. It’s tough to give advice to churches because God uses so many different types of churches and people. I’ve seen God move in traditional churches, country churches, mega churches, church plants, seeker churches, orthodox churches, reformed churches, and every other church in the book. So this is not an advice post. It’s more of a brainstorm session…
  • Alternatives To The Traditional Selfie: Guest post by Stephen Haggerty

    Rob Shepherd
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:16 am
    Today’s guest post is by the imfamous bearded wonder Stephen Haggerty. Stephen is an amazing worship leader and a great friend. Hope you enjoy his post! ______________________ People love to hate on selfies. I don’t know whether it’s the duck face, the from-the-sky camera angle, or just the fact that they seem to be everywhere you turn, but they get hated on more than Nancy Pelosi at a Fox News convention. The truth is, the selfie isn’t given a fair shake. For being such a despised staple in the social media community, the selfie has more variations than any other type of post I…
  • Follow The Leader: A Guest Post By Amber Amezcua

    Rob Shepherd
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:51 am
    Today’s Guest Post is from Amber Amezcua. Amber is the Director of Tots and Kids at Next Level Church. She is a creative guru, leader, and friend. Enjoy today’s post from Amber. ____________________ One of my favorite books is The Tale of Three Kings. In it, Gene Edwards tells the story of three kings, Saul, David and Absalom. Why do I love the book? It’s simple, easy to read, exposes the heart of each three kings, and challenges me to examine my own heart. Since this is the first time I’ve guest posted on robshep.com, I wanted to use my words to encourage those of us who are…
  • Negativity: A Guest Post By Crystal Carter

    Rob Shepherd
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Today’s Guest Post is from Crystal Carter. Crystal is full of awesome. She’s a behavioral specialist by trade and in her spare time she is donating her time as the newest staff member at Next Level Church. I hope you enjoy today’s guest post. _______________________ We live in a very negative culture. Turn on the news at any given moment and you can expect to be bombarded with stories of violence, crime, and tragedy. When someone wrongs us, what’s the first thing we often do?… We tell someone about it! Whether it’s a Facebook status update, a tweet, or a phone…
  • Back To The Future: A Guest Post By Mim

    Rob Shepherd
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:42 am
    Today’s guest post goes by multiple names. To some she is Dr. Shepherd. To others she is Marcia. To her family she is Mim. If you are a friend of the blog there is not doubt you’ve benefited from her wisdom in the comment section. _____________________________________ How far back can you go? In terms of just one simple invention, how many of these do you remember? A real-time operator who said, “Number, please?” Party lines Rotary dials Answering machines with recording tapes Cell phones with antennas It is sometimes fun to take a stroll down memory lane to laugh at our past…
 
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    News and prayer information from Richard and Pinuccia Wilson

  • 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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    Will Mancini

  • Choose Your Fuel: Vision, Hype, Busyness or a Building Project

    Bob Adams
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Mike Gammill is one of our Lead Navigators at Auxano. He recently completed a campaign with San Marcos Community Church in San Marcos, TX. The Vision Clarity impact and unique Campaign story will inspire you. In the summer of 2013, San Marcos Community Church was in the church plant doldrums. As a twelve-year-old plant they really weren’t a “plant” anymore, but their base of mission and worship was still a leased facility. They did own land a couple of streets over. They owned a building too, but it was a metal prefab building and was, literally, in storage. Their dreams of permanent…
  • 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 communication audits onsite through our Vision Framing work and our 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…
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  • Zero

    Alastair Vance
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
  • New Original Song: With All Of My Heart

    Alastair Vance
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    I wrapped up a new song last night. I’ve been sitting on this one for a while, having only one verse and a chorus. It wasn’t until recently when I was inspired by a verse in Ruth, that I sat down to complete this version of the song. I wrote three further verses a couple of nights ago. Then last night it all came together: the original verse became the chorus and the original chorus became the pre-chorus. I’ll try to make a video of this when I polish it up a bit more. Let me know what you think (listen below). This draft is recorded in Garageband, with a Focusrite audio…
  • Video: Guiding Light by Foy Vance (Cover)

    Alastair Vance
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Well the road is wide, And waters run on either side, And my shadow went with fading light, Stretching out towards the night. ‘Cause the Sun is low, And I yet have still so far to go, My lonely heart is beating so, Tired of the wonder. But there’s a sign ahead, Though I think it’s the same one again, And I’m thinking ’bout my only friend, And so I find my way home. When I need to get home You’re my guiding light, You’re my guiding light. Well the air is cold, And yonder lies my sleeping soul, By the branches broke like bones, This weakened tree no…
  • Video: Come As You Are by Crowder (Cover)

    Alastair Vance
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Come out of sadness from wherever you’ve been Come, brokenhearted let rescue begin Come find your mercy, O sinner, come kneel Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can’t heal Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can’t heal Lay down your burdens Lay down your shame All who are broken Lift up your face O wanderer, come home You’re not too far So lay down your hurt, lay down your heart Come as you are There’s hope for the hopeless And all those who’ve strayed Come sit at the table Come taste the grace There’s rest for the weary Rest that endures Earth has no sorrow…
  • 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)
 
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  • Scripture Memory verses: hiding God’s Word in our hearts

    Authentic Christian Living team
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    David wrote Psalm 119 and included a powerful example for us: when we know God’s word (hide it in our hearts) we recall it in times where we are tempted to sin.  I know this to be true in my life. Moments when I’m discouraged I remember verses about how treasured I am, and that […]Author informationAuthentic Christian Living teamThe post Scripture Memory verses: hiding God’s Word in our hearts appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
  • 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.
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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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  • A Pocketful of Prayers: Psalms, iPhones and Pain (@darrenrhill)

    Darren Hill
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
      Psalm 23 When Apple launched the iPhone they changed the landscape of the mobile phone market. There were internet enabled devices in existence, however it was Apple’s trendsetting device that, well, set the trend. The iPhone, and the majority of all following smartphones, are more pocket computers than communications devices. Now you can read, write and do arithmetic, along with updating your social networks, taking the ultimate selfie and gambling on myriad in-play odds. As WiFi, 3G and 4G become common, YouTube browsing and video uploading are part of everyday life. Our smart…
  • ’40′ (@changingworship)

    Robb
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    The Psalms show us the breadth of human experience brought before God. They have inspired and comforted God’s people for millennia. Songs that continue to speak to a modern world. 40 has been played live by U2 on more that 400 occasions. The crowd go wild and continue singing it for minutes unaccompanied when the band have left the stage. That is the power of God’s songs. I will sing, sing a new song….   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB4kxMj0-IE
  • “I will have my vengeance” (@NedLunn)

    nedlunn
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    St. Benedict writing the rules. Painting (1926) by Hermann Nigg (1849–1928). I have been reading, meditating and reflecting on the Rule of St. Benedict since the start of this year. I have taken one chapter from the Rule each week and digested it to direct my reflections on parish ministry and its relation to a personal call to a new-monastic vocation. There’s a collection of 12 chapters which direct the Benedictine community on how to pray the daily offices. A lot of these chapters instruct them how many psalms are to be said at any service throughout the year. In chapter 10: how the…
  • #Bookshelf: Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst

    bigbible
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Title: Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst Author: Bex Lewis Publisher: Lion Hudson Date: 21 February 2014 Length: 256 pages Abstract: Digital technology, social media and online gaming are now a universal part of childhood. But are you worried about what your children might be doing online? What they might come across by accident? Or who might try to contact them through Facebook or Twitter? Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, teacher, or youth leader, you will want children to get the most out of new technology. But how do you tread the…
  • #Bookshelf: The Scent of Lemons: Technology and relationships in the age of Facebook

    bigbible
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Title: The Scent of Lemons: Technology and relationships in the age of Facebook Author: Jonah Lynch Publisher: Darton Longman & Todd Date: 2 October 2013 Length: 82 pages Abstract: “Touch, scent, taste. Three of the five senses that cannot be transmitted through technology. Three-fifths of reality, sixty percent. This book is an invitation to notice that other sixty percent”. In The Scent of Lemons Jonah Lynch considers if technology is stealing something essential from us in return for all it’s marvellous gifts. He writes: “I feel the urgent need to clarify my…
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  • Jesus loves your ministry more than you do

    Kenny
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    After leading children’s ministry for almost 20 years, I’ve learned something very significant that is sometimes easy to forget. Chaotic and hectic can become the norm and you find yourself saying, “things should slow down soon” but you know that they never do. Stress mounts and we find ourselves on the verge of a mental/emotional meltdown… and this just describes a typical Monday. That would be funny if it wasn’t so close to being true. Here’s a reminder for you: Jesus loves your ministry more than you do. Relax. Take a breath and think about that…
  • Don’t let stupid become normal

    Kenny
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    I had this idea yesterday that made me both laugh out loud and cringe at the same time. I was talking with a new staff member about a room in our kids building. For as long as I’ve been at Gateway, this room has been a volunteer room. It’s where volunteers check-in, where we have quick volunteer meetings and it’s also where we do volunteer orientations. It used to be an early childhood environment called “Mini-Mess Hall.” I know, weird. It had this theme of mice cooking… I know, not any better. Regardless, it’s been a volunteer room for more than 6…
  • Your kid needs counseling

    Kenny
    3 Jun 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Seriously, your kids need counseling and this isn’t meant as an insult to you as their parent. Yesterday I wrote about how failure as a parent is inevitable. Parents can’t be awesome all the time. Even the best parents miss the mark and cause damage that lasts. Recently my wife and I have come into contact with several incredible families with messed up kids. These kids aren’t necessarily messed up because of bad parenting, but because people are broken and things happen. Sometimes this is unavoidable. As a result, my wife and I had a brilliant idea. We’re working hard…
  • Failing as a parent

    Kenny
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:29 am
    Are you ready for a full dose of reality? Failure as a parent is inevitable. Stop living in a dream world, you’re probably not as great of a parent as you think you are. I don’t mean to come across as negative, but time has a way of revealing how things really are… or will be. Recently I’ve become aware of several parenting “misses.” I’ve encountered multiple people who have experienced total parenting failures, either as parents or as kids of parents. You’re probably thinking, “why is this such a surprise? Just take a walk around your…
  • Culture versus strategy

    Kenny
    30 May 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Michael Warden, a gifted leader within our community wrote a powerful post about emotionally intelligent leaders several months back. I recently pulled it out again to see what areas I can work on personally. One point continues to resonate with me. Emotionally intelligent leaders value culture over strategy. Michael describes it this way: You’ve probably heard the common phrase of “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” If the strategic goal is the new country we’re sailing toward, then the organizational culture is the ship that’s carrying us there. Emotionally intelligent leaders…
 
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  • 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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  • New Currciulum from Hillsong Kids

    samluce
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    My friends over at Hillsong are about to release the newest installment of their curriculum. They do a phenomenal job, excellent content we use their stuff every summer. Be on the lookout it’s hitting digital shelves in August. Here’s what we know so far - It’s a 9 week curriculum It includes elementary/primary and preschool/toddlers (first time) It’s all about Faith, Hope and Love It will be physical (DVD) and digital (download) Large group/small group (same format as previous curric.) Over 7 hours of media content! (this kinda blew my mind when we added it up!) New website…
  • 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…
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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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    What Christians Want To Know

  • 5 Life Lessons I Learned From Studying the Book of Hebrews

    Jack Wellman
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Book of Hebrews can teach us much about Jesus Christ, our High Priest. What are five “take aways” from my studying this book which I call “life lessons?” The Book of Hebrews This book... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Christian Tips For Supporting A Friend With Cancer

    David Peach
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    When your friend receives the news of having cancer, how should you respond? It seems like cancer is being diagnosed more and more these days. The longer we live, the greater the likelihood that one... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 7 Tips For Making Decisions In Times of Difficulty

    Crystal McDowell
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    All of us have to make tough decisions at some point. We don’t want either extremes of passivity (hoping it will all just go away in time) or impetuosity (rushing impulsively regardless of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • You Shall Not Worship Idols: Lesson and Life Application

    Robert Driskell
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Second Commandment reads like this, “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Does A Spiritual Mentor Do In The Life Of A Christian?

    David Peach
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    There are many examples of spiritual mentors in the Bible. While the word mentor is not used in the pages of Scripture, the concept of a mentor is evident in the life of Christ with His disciples.... [[ 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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  • What ever happened to Dad’s chair?

    revtrev
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    Some of my earliest memories are of a game my grandpa and I used to play. He’d be out of the living room and I’d crawl on to his green-leather chair. I’d wait for him to come into the room. There was always a sideways look and then a methodical walk to where I sat. […]
  • What we all need to experience real grace

    revtrev
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    Can we trust the body? Last week we looked at some of the problems of togetherness. Trusting the body is one of the toughest truths to live out. We can almost convince ourselves we can trust the Bible…and if you don’t I suggest you take the time do so. We can learn with patience and […]
  • 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 […]
 
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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

  • Jenga faith should be welcome

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:47 pm
    A few weeks ago I heard the best description of how “emergent faith” is developed and the primary reason to those between the ages of 12-25 walk away from God and the church. In fact, it's so good that I'm taking all the young adults at church through it individually.It all has to do with the game Jenga.You know the game...It isn’t complex. You begin with a tower made of 54 finger-sized wooden blocks. In turn, you remove a block, placing it on the top of the tower. With time, this become increasingly difficult and, inevitably, someone losses the game once they knock the tower down.
  • The glasses affect your view

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    The way you view a crying baby will change depending if you see children as a blessing from God or as an entity tainted by the curse.The way you view teens will change depending if you see them as someone exploring and realising their faith development or as troublemakers-who-are-up-to-no-good.The way you allow your daughter to date will be affected by the way you view teenage boys/men.The way you view church will change depending on your ecclesiology.The way you view others will depend on your understanding of creation and the "Image of God" everyone does or doesn't posses.The best questions…
  • Pilgrim 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.
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • The Restorative Power Of Vacations

    Fr. Peter
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    In the computing world, when it seems all hope is lost, one simply hits the ctrl, alt, delete keys and the computer resets and all is back to normal.  Sure, you might lose whatever you were just working on, but work can now continue.  Vacation works the same way – they reset our lives. I have just returned from a two week family vacation in Florida, I know, who goes to Florida in July?  My family gathered in Cocoa Beach for a family reunion.  We restarted this tradition a few years ago and now the family gathers every two years in a different place to meet and have some fun…
  • Yvonne

    Fr. Peter
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:04 pm
    I was ordained to the priesthood 10 years and in that time many people have moved in and out of my life.  Some stayed around for a while and others came in and moved out.  Yvonne was one of the ones who came in and stayed. For the last few years, here at St. Michael, we have been running a meal for people in the community.  All sorts of people come to the meal and we have really established a great community spirit.  Yvonne used to come to the meal and she would sit opposite the kitchen, she always had a kind word to say and her simile would light up a room even under the darkest of…
  • The Work of a Leader Begins at Liturgy

    Fr. Peter
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    By Andrew Estocin “Let no man’s place, or dignity, or riches, puff him up; and let no man’s low condition or poverty abase him. For the chief points are faith towards God, hope towards Christ, the enjoyment of those good things for which we look, and love towards God and our neighbor.” (St. Ignatius of Antioch) Discussions about leadership appear everywhere in American Orthodoxy. Today, there are countless paid professionals, webinars, and conferences that all claim to improve Orthodox Christian leadership. Despite these efforts and countless dollars spent, Orthodoxy in America is…
  • 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. …
 
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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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    Jonathan Herron

  • Really?! (an exciting update on my book, Comedy-Driven Leadership)

    Jonathan Herron
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    When I signed my first book contract two summers ago, I was initially filled with a rush of excitement.  I mean, getting a book contract is a crazy-big deal, right? Then the adrenaline and euphoria subsided. Instead of looking forward with enthusiasm, I started hearing whispers of fear in my head. I’m sure you’ve experienced those whispers too: “Your ideas suck.” “Nobody will care about it like you do.” “Why bother trying.” With encouragement from my wife and publishing team, I pushed forward through the manuscript editing process. New title.
  • 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.
 
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    Tru Ministry

  • A Letter To My 13 Year Old

    courtney.wilson
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:03 am
    For all of you leaders and Spiritual Parents who hear the warnings of your children growing up and becoming teenagers, I share with you a letter I write to my own 13 year old…   Dear 13 year old son, We’ve been waiting for you to turn 13 – to be a teenager.  We aren’t sure why, it’s just that everyone seems to say “Oh just wait until they turn 13″ or “Watch out for when they are teenagers!” In a warning tone.  I wondered if I would need to set up traffic cones around you – you know, to warn others that you were now 13 and…
  • Abundance and Dysfunction

    courtney.wilson
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:47 am
    “When we go after Jesus we get the abundant life, when we go after the abundant life we get dysfunction.” – Michelle Anthony This quote by Michelle Anthony haunted me when I wrote it down during her session about her forthcoming book at The Gathering in Chicago.  I live in an area of abundance.  For the most part, my ministry is full of families that – at least from the outside – experience abundance.  But the more I considered this thought, I realized that while they may have full lives, they may at times lack in abundant life.  Conversely, those that seem…
  • 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…
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    Proclaim Blog

  • Proclaim Charts: Top 10 Worship Songs on July 20

    Naomi Deviny
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Each week, we publish the top 10 most-played songs from weekend services around the world and point out tracks that are rising fast on the charts. Check back every week to learn which worship tracks are hot. “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” ” Revelation Song “ “How Great is Our God” “Cornerstone” “Blessed Be Your Name” “Our God” “Mighty to Save” ” In Christ Alone” “This is Amazing Grace” “Lord I Need You” A Song that Sings Not only has “10,000 Reasons (Bless the…
  • 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…
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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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