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  • Join Us for 4/30 Lunch for Launch of ReGenerant Network

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    djchuang
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    Pastor Ray Chang and I will be in Orlando next week at the Exponential East 2014 conference, the mother of all church planting conferences, and on Wednesday April 30th, we want to invite you to a free lunch (sponsored by Ambassador Network and EFCA – Evangelical Free Church of America) to experience the public launch of ReGenerant Network and to hear the vision of Ambassador Network‘s ReGenerant initiative. ReGenerant Network is not just for any church planter, this is focused on multi-Asian/multi-ethnic church planting by Asian American pastors and/or those intentionally…
  • Why Your Church is Probably Operating at Less than 50% Effectiveness

    Will Mancini
    Will Mancini
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Most of you will disagree with what I am about to suggest. Nevertheless, I will try my best to share with you what I’ve learned over the last 13 years. Keep in mind that this post title is not a theory; it comes from a front row seat watching real transformation of senior pastors, their staff, their lay leaders, and eventually their entire congregation. First, I’ll share the problem and give some quick illustrations of churches in the transformation process. Secondly, I will give two analogies to reinforce my point. THE PROBLEM The problem is that most churches have a general sense of…
  • Welcome to “No Church” – 4 Steps To Reversing Your Negative Church Messaging

    Will Mancini
    Will Mancini
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Almost without exception, churches somewhere utilize negative messaging for very practical reasons. After all, someone parking in the wrong spot can create havoc. So it’s quite natural to put up a sign that says, “No Parking Along Curb.” But is that the only way to get the intended result? The question is worth asking because studies show the impact of negative verses positive messaging on the brain. Negative messaging narrows your thought activity and focuses on actions related to the message. Positive messages on the other hand, broaden your thinking and create openness.
  • Should Christians surrender the cultural war?

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    22 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    God has entrusted us with the most outstanding nation in the history of the world. The United States' freedom, technology and wealth have enabled the dissemination of the gospel throughout the world. …Read more...
  • 4 Tips for Church Budgeting

    Managing Your Church
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Help for avoiding budgetary headaches.
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  • Church Marketing Podcast: Sneak Peek With Josh Burns, Part 2

    Dave Shrein
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:49 am
    So just joking about the whole “final sneak peak episode” thing. It was our intent to hold off on pushing out any new content until our first full length episode next month, but—as church communicators all know—things change. This sneak peek episode is in response to a request made in the comment section of a previous episode requesting information on Facebook and Facebook Ads. Josh Burns and I discuss our experience with ads as well as some best practices for getting started and using ads in the church world. Request for All Listeners: We are preparing content for our May…
  • How to Use Social Media to Enhance Live Events

    Caroline McCain
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    If there has been a main focus for me these last eight months, it has been social. I’ve focused as much as I can on our social efforts, and I was so happy when we brought on an intern in January to help with social media. We had a couple major events over the last six weeks, and I wanted to add social media to the mix for two main reasons. One, I believe when events incorporate engagement, they are more fun and more effective. Secondly, a live event gives you the opportunity to capture more leads (as in, get more Twitter followers). We did a trial run with the first event, and then the…
  • Stephen Colbert on Extreme Measures for Boosting Church Attendance

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    It’s been a long build-up to Easter and a crazy Holy Week and church communicators everywhere are exhausted. What some of us need this week is the encouragement and challenge that creative arts pastor Kelvin Co shared last year when he encouraged us to celebrate, evaluate, reset and recharge in his post Easter Is Over, Now What? That’s all well and good, but some others of us need something else during this week’s post-Easter crash. How about some Stephen Colbert? “People aren’t going to church. Evidently, somebody blabbed about the ‘God is…
  • Church Marketing Podcast: Sneak Peek With Gerry True, Part 2

    Dave Shrein
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    Anyone trying to put a bow on Easter planning and execution? As promised, we have the second half of our conversation with Gerry True (check out the first half of the conversation with Gerry). This is our final sneak peek episode before our full length episodes launch next month. In this quick episode we talk how to cater a message to your audience, balancing service times and attendance, knowing your audience and an item of recommended reading. We also offer an Easter prayer for church communicators. If you’re tight on time as you prepare for Easter, skip ahead to this prayer (10:14)…
  • I Must Be Doing This Wrong

    Kelley Hartnett
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    My official unofficial title is, “The Accidental Director of Communications.” Working in church world was absolutely not what I had planned when I signed $30,000 in promissory notes for a graduate degree in something that had nothing to do with church or marketing. I don’t have a public affairs background, graphic design training or theological anything. Regardless—long story short—here I am, in my ninth year of working for the church. Given my lack of “professional training,” I spent the first two years of my church communication career with a prevailing sense of “I must be…
 
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  • Why Passion Matters

    Greg Atkinson
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:48 am
    God has wired you uniquely and specially—your DNA and what makes you tick is different from mine and those around you. God has a personal plan for your life (Jer 29:11). Often, when God wants to use you for something significant, he will give you a passion for a cause or area of ministry. This is the H or “heart” in your SHAPE profile by Rick Warren. Mark Waltz of Granger Community Church says, “Every person has a fondness for a certain cause, need, or group of people. This is reflected in our conversations and is deeply tied to our emotions.” God will put his finger on something in…
  • Easter Perspective

    Greg Atkinson
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:54 am
    This Easter was different and in a good way. Usually over the past two decades of local church ministry, I’ve worked 80 and 90 hour weeks leading up to Easter Sunday. I’ve done Maundy Thursday services, Good Friday services, Easter Sunrise services, Passion Plays, and multiple Easter worship experiences. I’ve produced countless services, videos, stage sets and highly attractional services.This year was wonderful. I had no stress leading up to Easter. I spent quality time with my family. I was with my family Sunday morning as they looked through their Easter baskets. I…
  • DJ Chuang Discusses Social Media and the Church with Greg Atkinson

    Greg Atkinson
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:16 am
    I was honored to be a guest on my friend DJ Chuang’s Social Media Church Podcast this past Tuesday. We did a special live show to coincide with the special Pre-Release Party of my new book Strange Leadership, which has been in the Top Ten of the Church Leadership category on Amazon ever since Tuesday! Here are the show notes:Listen to the wide span of insights from Greg Atkinson - pastor, consultant, and Editor of Christian Media Magazine. He’s also author of a new book, Strange Leadership: 40 Ways to Lead an Innovative Organization. Topics we covered include: how to encourage…
  • Strange Leadership: 40 Ways to Lead an Innovative Organization

    Greg Atkinson
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:19 am
    I have a brand new book that releases worldwide on Tuesday, April 29th, but we are asking as many as will to pre-order it today. I’ve been traveling, teaching and researching the subject of innovation in a Biblical context for the past 6 years. The result of this work is this new book entitled  Strange Leadership: 40 Ways to Lead an Innovative Organization.Some friends came up with the idea to have a Strange Leadership Pre-Release Party for him today. Greg will be doing special promotional and pre-release stuff all day today, including an interview and live Google Hangout with CMM…
  • Join the Strange Leadership Pre-Release Party!

    Greg Atkinson
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:33 pm
     This Tuesday, April 15th (Tax Day), some friends of mine are throwing a Pre-Release Party for my new book Strange Leadership. We’ll be doing some fun stuff, giving away cool stuff and I’ll be a guest on a couple of live podcasts talking with church leaders about the book. I don’t want you to miss out on a thing, so go HERE to join the Pre-Release Party. Join in the fun and thanks for your support!To read more details about the book and look around the book website, go here: StrangeLeadership.comMonday, be sure to check out my first video podcast about the book on the…
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  • 6 Ways Technology Helps Make Disciples

    Kent Shaffer
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:06 am
    Technology is a tool that when used well extends our natural reach and ability. In fact, these words are an example of how the internet and text can extend far beyond the reach of my voice. At the same time, when used poorly, technology can enslave its users. We’ve all seen people become obsessed with checking their phones or taking on more tech than they can handle. I’ve been that person. So how do we use technology well for ministry? How do we discover that sweet tension between doing just enough to reach our full potential but not so much it bogs us down? Software like Church…
  • 9 New Focuses of Open Church

    Kent Shaffer
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
    As I mentioned in Open Church’s 2013 Recap, the direction of Open Church took several dramatic turns this past fall. Originally, Open Church was intended to be a platform that aggregates and distributes free resources. Now after much prayer and traveling to listen to needs around the world, Open Church has identified 9 needs that would change how resources are created, distributed, and accessed. Moving forward requires better relationships with each other. Open Church is not so much its own platform but rather 9 collaborative initiatives working behind-the-scenes to empower other causes…
  • Revamped Top Church Blogs List

    Kent Shaffer
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    The 11th edition of the top church blogs list is out. But it is no longer called the top church blogs. In fact, the name, the criteria, and the metrics have all been revamped for the better. The previous topical scope prevented too many great blogs from being included. It is now 300 blogs, which includes 157 new additions to the list! Visit the Top 300 Christian Blogs for Ministry.The post Revamped Top Church Blogs List appeared first on churchrelevance.com.
  • Some Resources to Consider

    Kent Shaffer
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Special thanks to March’s sponsors: Church Management Software: Active Faith // Church Community Builder // Church Office Online // Elexio // Shelby Systems 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 Relevance, check out our sponsors page for the latest rates, options, and traffic stats.The post Some Resources to Consider appeared first on churchrelevance.com.
  • What Ministry Conferences Are You Attending in 2014?

    Kent Shaffer
    11 Mar 2014 | 4:14 am
    Church Relevance’s list of 2014 church conference recommendations has been updated to about 65 ministry conferences. There’s no way it includes all of the conferences worth considering. 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? appeared first on churchrelevance.com.
 
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  • Join Us for 4/30 Lunch for Launch of ReGenerant Network

    djchuang
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    Pastor Ray Chang and I will be in Orlando next week at the Exponential East 2014 conference, the mother of all church planting conferences, and on Wednesday April 30th, we want to invite you to a free lunch (sponsored by Ambassador Network and EFCA – Evangelical Free Church of America) to experience the public launch of ReGenerant Network and to hear the vision of Ambassador Network‘s ReGenerant initiative. ReGenerant Network is not just for any church planter, this is focused on multi-Asian/multi-ethnic church planting by Asian American pastors and/or those intentionally…
  • 3rd Annual Asian American Christian Counseling Symposium

    djchuang
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    Understanding Biblical + Theological Foundations of Counseling + Spiritual Maturity in Asian American Cultural Context The Third Annual Asian American Christian Counseling Symposium Saturday, May 17, 2014 – 8:30am to 12:00pm Evergreen Baptist Church of San Gabriel Valley (323 Workman Mill Road, La Puente, CA 91746) This year Dr. Jenny Pak, Associate Professor at Biola University’s Rosemead School of Psychology is our guest Symposium speaker. Dr. Pak comes to us with many years of professional consultation and counseling experience in both community mental health and ministry settings.
  • Which Kindles Have Text to Speech?

    djchuang
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Not every version of the Amazon Kindle has the text-to-speech function. These are the current Kindles listed at amazon.com that can read text aloud, so you can consume content with your eyes closed! (I just wanted to find a short list like this, is that too much to ask? This list is up-to-date as of 04/15/14) These 4 Amazon Kindle Fires have Screen Reader, featuring “IVONA’s award-winning natural language text-to-speech voice” :: Kindle Fire HD 7″ Tablet Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Tablet Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ Tablet Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ Tablet And, this Amazon…
  • Our Schedule for the 2014 OC Easter Tour

    djchuang
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:17 pm
    We the Chuang family have a tradition of multi-churching during the 2 biggest Christian holidays of the year, Easter and Christmas. Here’s a schedule of church worship services around Orange County, California, that I charted out with 18 churches that had multiple service times for Easter weekend:: This is our proposed agenda for the Chuang Family 2014 OC Easter Tour (with 8 stops): 4/17 Thurs 7pm @ An Easter Together 4/18 Fri 12pm @ St. Andrew’s Episcopal Irvine + 2pm @ ROCKHARBOR Costa Mesa + 6pm @ Ev Free Fullerton 4/19 Sat 4pm @ Saddleback Lake Forest + 6pm @ Mariners Irvine…
  • Christian Hackathon near San Francisco 5/30-6/1 2014

    djchuang
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    Code for the Kingdom is a weekend Hackathon and an on-going ecosystem where global issues are tackled with a Christian perspective. If you are passionate about impacting the world, join this super-charged event May 30-June 1 in Redwood City, CA, and experience the creativity of an entrepreneurial community to address the challenges confronting our society, churches, and spiritual lives. The post Christian Hackathon near San Francisco 5/30-6/1 2014 appeared first on djchuang.com.
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  • What is your anxiety cutting you off from in your life?

    Rhett Smith
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    When I was 11 years old and began to experience traumatic grief from the death of my mom from breast cancer after a five-year battle — my anxiety manifested itself in the form of stuttering. And stuttering, or my fear of making a fool of myself in front of my classmates cut me off from many aspects of life. It cut me off from participating in the joy of reading out loud in class (something I loved to do before her death). It cut me off from engaging in school activities where I would have to be in front of people talking such as being in plays, or music, or spelling bees. It also cut me…
  • Four possibilities that your anxiety could be a symptom of?

    Rhett Smith
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Did you know that anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States for people age 18 and over? Or that affects 40 million adults (18% of the US population)? Did you know that only 1/3 of people who struggle with anxiety actually get help? And that women are 2x as likely to be affected?   Those are some staggering statistics, and just some of the information that I shared with families this last Sunday at Irving Bible Church’s Parenting at IBC. One of the things that sticks out to me when I look at those statistics is that those are only the people who have actually…
  • Be the ‘Life-Giving’ Man That You and Others Deserve

    Rhett Smith
    21 Mar 2014 | 7:12 am
    Are you a ‘life-giving’ man? That is a question that I am often asked. It’s a term that I began to talk about in my last book, What it Means to be a Man. But I’ve begun to explore it more fully in the last 6 months and it is the focus of my online program for men. I’ve learned a lot, and the 6 men who just finished my course taught me a lot. If you are interested in becoming a ‘life-giving’ man then think about joining my next group of men going through the course from April 8, 2014–June 6, 2014. I’m taking 6-8 men into this next course…
  • Are you feeling burned out? Try self-care.

    Rhett Smith
    17 Mar 2014 | 9:25 am
    I just made it through a season where at moments I felt like I was on the verge of burnout. It just felt like a period of time when really big stuff…stuff bigger than usual was being juggled, and I was doing my best not to drop everything. Some of those things were: I was in an intense season of personal growth as I was participating in an 8 week online coaching program. I was also in in the midst of launching my online men’s group. I was training for the Dallas Marathon which was cancelled due to bad weather, but also for my first 50k Ultramarathon (which I did finish on February…
  • 3 Things to Practice When Taking the Risk to Ask for What You Desire in Your Relationship

    23 Dec 2013 | 3:21 pm
    I’ve been working with couples for a long time. And one of the most frighteningly, vulnerable moments that I watch most couples experiencing — is that moment when they have to take the risk and ask their partner for what they need/want/desire in the relationship. They may desire to have more help around the house. They may want more sexual intimacy in the relationship. They might need more help with the kid’s homework. Or maybe they just want their spouse to turn off the TV and put the phone and computer away in order to connect emotionally. I’ve heard couples ask…
 
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  • Realm: An Overview

    Eric Bryant
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:58 pm
    At Gateway Church in Austin, we went through a series on the spiritual realm. The Scriptures tell us our prayers can move the spiritual realm, and forces in the spiritual realm can move us – for better or worse. You can watch the entire series at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. Here are the six messages in the series: Realm: Open the Door by John Burke Realm: Draw Near by Ted Beasley Realm: Hearing God by John Burke Realm: Evil is Real by John Burke Realm: Temptation by Rick Shurtz Realm: Fight Evil by John Burke These messages will help people who follow Jesus grow in their faith, and…
  • Austin, Sacramento, Las Vegas, and Comedy

    Eric Bryant
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    You or anyone you know near Austin, Sacramento, or Las Vegas? If so, check out these events where I will be speaking: Gateway Church (South Campus at 9:30am and 11am) April 20th Conversational Sundays at the Zhi Tea Gallery in Austin (purchase tickets here) April 27th     Thrive Conference 2014 (Sacramento, CA) May 1-3 Lead Well Conference (Canyon Ridge Church, Las Vegas) May 2-3 Gateway Church (South Campus at 9:30am and 11am) May 11th Gateway Church (South Campus at 9:30am and 11am) May 18th Mustard Seed – Comedy and Fajitas (Reserve free tickets for Austin event)…
  • Easter Weekend at Gateway Austin

    Eric Bryant
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    We have a lot of great things going on Easter weekend at Gateway Church for the whole family. April 18 – Good Friday | McNeil Campus 6:30 PM Lost & Found | family service Experience the profound meaning of Good Friday with your children during a family-friendly, inspiring service. Childcare will be provided for children birth thru 4 years old. 8:00 PM The Good Friday Experience | appropriate for children 10 and older Engage your heart, mind and spirit around the significance of Jesus’ death on the cross during a powerful service. There will be no childcare provided.  April 19,…
  • “Realm – Fight Evil” by John Burke

    Eric Bryant
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:56 pm
     At Gateway Church in Austin, we concluded our series on the spiritual realm. The Scriptures tell us our prayers can move the spiritual realm, and forces in the spiritual realm can move us – for better or worse. You can watch the entire series at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. Each week, there are Next Steps to help us apply the message to our lives. John Burke shared some of the following insights: “Today I want us to understand how to fight evil. You can’t fight evil if you don’t understand how evil works. Just consider the evil I can manipulate you to do if you just…
  • “Realm – Temptation” by Rick Shurtz

    Eric Bryant
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
     At Gateway Church in Austin, we continued a series on the spiritual realm. The Scriptures tell us our prayers can move the spiritual realm, and forces in the spiritual realm can move us – for better or worse. You can watch the entire series at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. Each week, there are Next Steps to help us apply the message to our lives. Rick Shurtz spoke at the McNeil campus, I spoke at the South Campus. We shared some of the following insights: “On the one side, we know what’s good and right and helpful. On the other, we’re drawn to the quick fix, escapism,…
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  • Easter Podcast: “I Have Seen The Lord”

    Chuck Warnock
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    On Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, I preached an Easter message from the Gospel Reading for the day, John 20:1-18. Mary Magdalene’s testimony to the other disciples was, “I have seen the Lord.” In this message I explore the idea that it isn’t enough to have seen only Jesus the baby of Bethlehem, or Jesus the miracle worker, or even Jesus the crucified. We must also see Jesus the risen […]
  • Palm Sunday: A Service of Lessons and Prayers

    Chuck Warnock
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    For this Palm Sunday, we took a different approach. We combined elements of the Liturgy of the Palms about the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, with elements of the Liturgy of the Passion. This enabled us to move from the joyous crowds which greeted Jesus on his entry into Jerusalem, to the vengeful crowd that cried, “Crucify him!” We took this approach because many in our congregation will not […]
  • Losing Our Religion Online

    Chuck Warnock
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    The more we’re online as a society, the less religious we are. That’s according to MIT’s Technology Review which features a new study by computer scientist Allen Downey of the Olin College of Engineering. Downey concludes that “Internet use decreases the chance of religious affiliation.” Downey’s study analyzed statistics from 9,000 respondents to the University of Chicago’s General Social Survey in 2010. In 1990, only about 8 percent of the U.S. […]
  • Lenten Sermon: An Incurable Blindness

    Chuck Warnock
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    On the fourth Sunday in Lent this year, the lectionary reading from the New Testament was John 9:1-41, the story of the man born blind. Here’s the message I preached last Sunday:Filed under: John, Lectionary Yr A, Lent, podcasts, Sermon Illustrations, Sermons, Worship
  • 5 Evangelical Trends for 2014

    Chuck Warnock
    31 Dec 2013 | 8:13 am
    In keeping with end of the year predictions, here are mine. Of course, several years ago I predicted $5 per gallon gas. Thankfully, we never got to that point. But in light of my obvious fallibility I’m framing my prognostications in the familiar “what’s in and what’s out” categories. Here’s what I think (and hope) are in and out for 2014: 1. Out: Celebrity Christians. In: Communities that model love […]
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  • How Much of a Difference Does Ranking #1 Make?

    Kurt Steinbrueck
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Everyone wants to rank #1 in the search results, but does it really make that big of a difference?  What if you are ranked second or third?  What if you are ranked first, but on the second page of results?  How big of a difference does it make? It makes a huge difference! According to recent study by Chitika, the first position search results had a click through rate (CTR) of 32.5%, the second position had a CTR of 17.6%, third was 11.4%, while every other position was under 10%. They had a previous study in 2010 that showed similar results. In 2011, a study by Optify, also showed similar…
  • Google Glass plus Google+ Hangout Give Veterans a Hero Tour

    Paul Steinbrueck
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    The World War II memorial wasn’t built until 2004 and, sadly, most World War II veterans won’t live long enough or have the ability to see it. But new technology is changing that. Veterans United is now using Google Glass and Google+ Hangouts to provide virtual “Hero Tours” to veterans who want to see their memorials but can’t travel. Have a look at this video in which Sarah Hill provides veterans with a virtual Google Glass tour… Great idea isn’t it? Kudos to Sarah and Veterans United for this creative use of technology! I learned about Hero Tours yesterday as Jason Wiser…
  • Do your website’s images pass the ugly test?

    Mark Steinbrueck
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:39 am
    Have you ever shopped for a house or condo? I remember when my wife and I were shopping for our home.  There were some houses that looked very nice at first glance but when we visited the home we found the yard was not well kept, the paint in the interior was poor, and some of the details of the home were poorly maintained.  So even though it was obvious that the home owners spent time in keeping some of the home looking good, their hard work was overshadowed by the shortcomings in other areas. A website is very similar to a home.  You may have a great looking design, template, or theme…
  • Video: It’s Friday… But Sunday’s a Coming

    Paul Steinbrueck
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Today, Christians around the world remember Good Friday.  But back on that first Good Friday, most people didn’t consider it to be very “good.”  In fact, on that day, followers of Jesus probably considered it the worst day ever. It’s amazing what a little perspective brings, isn’t it? Here’s an excellent video to help put Good Friday in perspective… If you like this video/post, please share it on social media. For me, the video not only puts Good Friday in the proper perspective (with Easter Sunday coming), but it also serves as a reminder that even…
  • Nearly 80% of People Who Do This Convert

    Kurt Steinbrueck
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    There’s a new study that has come out which showed that a huge percentage of people who did one simple thing converted, usually that same day.  What is it? I’ll tell in today’s video. In other news, Bing launched their new voice interactive assistant which they are calling Cortana.  It works much like Siri on the iPhone.  Cortana is available on Windows phone 8.1.  I’ll tell you all about that and about what Yelp, Bing, and Google have been up to in the past month in this month’s SEO Update video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlBBIjcAOmA “Hi, I’m…
 
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    Ron Edmondson

  • I Say This In Love…

    Ron Edmondson
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    “I say this in love…” You can injure a lot of people with that term. “I say this in love” has caused a lot of damage over the years. In marriage… In church relationships… In work situations… In families… It can be in person or online. It’s often the start of some of the “best” gossip — or unfair judging. Certainly some very hurtful criticism begins this way. I’ve been the recipient of this kind of “love” and sometimes it doesn’t seem very loving to me. Sometimes people seem to think they can say anything…
  • Why We Celebrate High Attendance Numbers

    Ron Edmondson
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    We are celebrating our Easter number this week. It was a incredible day. Whenever we talk about celebrating an attendance number, I hear the same questions — why celebrate a number? Do numbers really matter? Isn’t it about glorifying God — whatever the number? Well, yes, it is about glorifying God — regardless of the number. In fact, our staff set a number we thought we might reach — a stretch goal — made preparations towards reaching that number, worked hard, prayed continually, led the church to do the same, but then we consistently reminded each other…
  • 7 Ways to Attract First Chair Leaders to a Second Chair Position

    Ron Edmondson
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    I was asked a great question recently while visiting with a group of leadership students from a nearby Christian college. How do you attract (and keep) “first chair” type leaders into a “second chair” position? These young leaders are ambitious. They are ready to make their mark on society. Most are studying for ministerial positions within the church. I always advise young leaders, if they can, to sit under a seasoned leader for a while, learning all they can, before they venture out on their own. I had just offered this advice which prompted the question. I realize…
  • 7 FAQ’s About Visiting Church Easter Sunday

    Ron Edmondson
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    Visiting a church for the first time, or after not having been for a while, can be intimidating at times. You often don’t know what to expect. You’d love to ask, but you’re not sure who to ask or even if your question sounds silly. It’s not. Probably others have the same question as you. I was asked a question recently about what someone should wear Easter Sunday if they visited Immanuel. It was such a great question, because it made me think. What if someone didn’t come, because they didn’t know the answer? I get that. It would almost be easier not to…
  • My Top 7 Goals to Accomplish on Easter Sunday

    Ron Edmondson
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    Easter. It’s a time of year when churches have an opportunity second only to Christmas in attracting visitors. Hopefully all of God’s churches will be packed Easter Sunday. That’s my prayer. We’ve had months of praying, planning and preparing. We’ve done all we can do, but God is ultimately in charge of all that happens in our church — and yours. I’m often asked, however, what I hope to accomplish on Easter Sunday — such an important day in the life of any church. It could seem overwhelming if we try to accomplish too much in one day, so what do…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • For When You Feel Far From God

    Anne Marie Miller
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    I know I’ve probably said these things a million times before. I feel so far away from God. Those were the years where I went far from God. My friend, he’s just so far from God right now. Maybe it’s you. Maybe you’re in a season where God feels separate, distant, unreachable. Maybe your son or your daughter, your sister or you mother or you uncle or your best friend or your spouse has gone off track. By Holly Marlin It dawned on me recently that we can’t be far from God. I’ve seen it on bumper stickers and t-shirts and heard it in sermons: “If you…
  • For When You Want to Feel Like Everyone Else But You Can’t No Matter How Hard You Try

    Anne Marie Miller
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:25 pm
    You try. You try and you try and you try to fit in. Everywhere you look, something or someone is telling you what you should be doing (so that you fit in). I say “(so that you fit in)” because it’s not overtly said… Especially in the church, Christian, faith-based world. Nobody would ever come right out and say:   “You should decorate your house like this.” “You should do your hair this way.” “You should use this phone.” “You should wear this style of jewelry.” “You should read these authors.”…
  • We Saw Them Become Orphans

    Anne Marie Miller
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    It was our fourth time to Africa, but our first time to go as a pair. Tim was hired by The Alliance for Children Everywhere to write some scripts, shoot some video, and edit it for a curriculum churches and schools will use back in the states that will help raise awareness and funds for their work in Zambia. What does ACE do? Rescue children who would otherwise die. That’s what their website says, point-blank. They do a lot more than that, but that’s a pretty big first step. About a week before the trip, I learned we’d be staying in The House of Moses, the rescue center…
  • Praying for Peace this Lenten Season

    Anne Marie Miller
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Prayers this Lenten season especially for peace. [A Ukrainian woman stands with a white flag and an icon in front of the riot police line during a temporary truce. Photo Credit: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA.] The post Praying for Peace this Lenten Season appeared first on Anne Marie Miller.
  • Friday Prayer – Let’s Pray for Each Other

    Anne Marie Miller
    28 Feb 2014 | 11:30 am
      It’s Friday! Another week! We made it! Have any prayer requests or things you want to share about where you’ve seen God work in your life? For us, could you pray for me as I am still sick. It’s on and off now, but every few days the flu symptoms come back for a couple of days. Then I’m fine for a while. Tim and I are going to Zambia to work with The Alliance for Children everywhere March 26-April 8. Please pray we raise the funds we need to raise ($1700) and for our health and hearts as we prepare to head over there. How can we pray for you? The post Friday…
 
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  • God May Not Have Woken Up…

    loswhit
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    Hey son… I woke up this morning to you sticking your finger in my right nostril. I didn’t open my eyes because I was intrigued as to your intentions. You were doing it very lightly as if not to wake me. You moved to my eye lids. Rubbing them lightly. You then traced your finger down to my lips. You plucked them like someone would a bass guitar. I heard a giggle. Then your tiny finger traced its way to my ears. My ears are really ticklish so it took all I had to not bust out laughing. But I was intrigued. And then yes…you traced your way around the maze in my earlobe like the race car…
  • Booking Dates :: June/July/August

    loswhit
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    April 19-20 :: RVC – Fresno, CA April 24-25 :: Press Tour – NYC, NY April 27 :: Crosspoint.tv – Nashville, TN April 30-May 2 :: Catalyst Dallas – Dallas, TX May 3-4 :: The Crossing – Las Vegas, NV May 10-11 :: VCC – Visailia, CA May 25 :: Crosspoint.tv – Nashville, TN June 1 :: The Crossing – Las Vegas, NV June 14-15 :: New Spring Church – Anderson, SC June 23-27 :: Crosspoint Kids Camp (#BestWeekOfTheYear) June 30 :: 100 Huntley Street – Toronto, CA July and August are filling up fast but I have a few openings. The above dates are a…
  • Admission. I Drink And Drive.

    loswhit
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    [Don't skip past the gif above this.  It may be the most powerful thing you see today] Gotcha.  I actually don’t drink and drive.  I do something worse. I text and drive. I have gotten so much better in the last year. It’s made me safer and the people around me safer. Just allowing my drive time to be a time of silence. I don’t even turn the radio on. It’s almost the most refreshing time of my day. The silence in the car. But after a while the urge to connect comes at me quite similar to a drug addict in need of a hit. Because let’s be honest, it is a drug,…
  • Dear Ragamuffinsoul.com THANK YOU and a few pics!!!

    loswhit
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    I don’t know a better place to say all this than here. Where it all began. Ragamuffinsoul.com Listen. As of this morning…7 Days later… We are sitting at #2,464 in Books on Amazon.com. And we are still in all the best seller categories the book lives in on Amazon. To let you know how amazing this is… IT’S FREAKING AMAZING. There has been ZERO drop off in a week of sales and this tells me one thing. People like the book. And it is like a shot of air straight into a drowning man’s lungs. I’m hearing stories on how this book is spreading like wildfire and…
  • I Just Got Cussed At And Forgot To Look At My WWJD Bracelet

    loswhit
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    I’m at my gate at the airport in Orange County. I get called to said gate counter at airport in Orange County. I give gate agent my name at said gate at airport in Orange County. Man leaning against counter at said gate at airport in Orange County snaps at me…”UM. DON’T CUT IN FRONT OF ME @$$****”. I snap back at man leaning against counter art said gate at airport in Orange County…”I didn’t see you man. Call me that again and see what happens…” Insert break here… 1. “See what happens?” Seriously? Who am I Chuck Norris? 2. Jesus Christ was obviously ALL OVER ME, er,…
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  • Ending Corruption for Lent

    tallskinnykiwi
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
    While some Christians are giving up chocolate for Lent, which is all very well, others are seeking to end global corruption, bribery and corporate greed. Here is an Easter reflection on corruption from the Bible Society called Thirty Pieces of Silver [PDF]. Its a hot topic and one which involves a penetrating look inside our […]
  • A quick interruption of my blogging sabbatical.

    tallskinnykiwi
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Long time no blog.  My blog break has been good for me. I feel like I am learning to be quick to listen and slow to speak which has to be a good thing. But, to interrupt my break, and so you don’t completely forget me, here is a little update from me. Our family […]
  • Waitangi Day: Remembering a Transplanted Christianity

    tallskinnykiwi
    5 Feb 2014 | 11:52 am
    I was hoping to be in the north of New Zealand today to celebrate Waitangi Day with friends and colleagues but instead I will be at the DeLight Festival in Takaka.  Apologies to the NZCM gang at the Congress who I enjoyed meeting with 3 years ago in Waikanae. Hope it goes well. I did, […]
  • Poverty: The Catholics are taking the Protestants to church.

    tallskinnykiwi
    7 Dec 2013 | 10:14 pm
    “I want a Church which is poor and for the poor.”  Pope Francis said that last month, in his awesome document that you should have read already. Its called Evangelii Gaudium, Apostolic Exhortation. Download the PDF. So the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is coming up in 2017 and, based on the last weeks […]
  • Nothing coming down. Nothing going up.

    tallskinnykiwi
    7 Dec 2013 | 4:15 pm
    I just watched a very unfortunate recent video by our dear brother John Piper. I really don’t think he saw how his words could be misconstrued in the wrong hands. Hopefully it has been taken down by now or at least will be in the next few hours. Nothing is coming down, except his video. […]
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    Church website, communication and networking ideas

  • Suggestions for Google #2

    David
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    I use Google+ to automatically backup my photos from my Android phone and it works very well.  It also backs up my videos as well, which is fine for small family clips, but why doesn’t it back them up to Youtube or give me a choice to back them up as (initially hidden) Youtube videos? That way, if I then want to upload the video to Youtube to monetise it, I need to re-upload it, which seems like a waste of everyone’s resources.
  • Suggestions for Google #1

    David
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    I have a work email address, that is hosted on Google Apps for Business and I have a personal email address that is also hosted on Google Apps. I have a Google+ account that is linked to my personal address, but I don’t want to set up another Google+ account for my work address, I just want one Google+ account. Suggestion to Google: let me link the two email addresses together under one Google+ profile, so that anything shared with my work address or anyone who has my work address in their address book can find my proper Google+ account easily.
  • Kinetic Church

    christophermiller
    14 Aug 2008 | 7:34 am
    Kinetic Church is a church in Atlanta Georgia (USA) and meets in a movie theatre.  Each week they set up everything for church and then take it down again and put it into a trailer.  One week they had their stuff stolen.  They made a really nice response that showed grace and a true Christ-like response.  Here’s the link if you want to see it.  Really cool.  They even invited the person that stole their stuff to come to their church. The church received a donation from a local company to put up billboards around the town.  The billboards read the following: Kinetic Church…
  • Mend the Gap – a book review

    David
    14 Aug 2008 | 6:27 am
    I have just finished reading a new book by Jason Gardner, Youth Project Researcher of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (and a member of my extended family), I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to any Christian as the issues it covers relate to the whole of the church body and the relationships within it, but particularly to those wishing to change and shape church leadership. Below are a few comments; Jason Gardner begins by carefully examines society and in particular the nature of young people and their relationship to adults over the last 100 years and looks at…
  • Explaining the world of reality TV to children

    David
    14 Aug 2008 | 4:31 am
    How do I explain this advert to my 7 year old? It is barely 100 yards from our front door. Totally Calum Best MTV poster advert If there is stuff on the news about celebrities and their relationships on the news, I can explain it as a boyfriend/girlfriend type thing without the need to discuss what they may or may get up to, but this is a bit different as there is purely about sex. You can see more info on the MTV site. Pretty poor TV by all accounts, but why the advertising stuck in our faces?
 
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  • When You Feel Helpless

    Pete Wilson
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    The other day I stood in line at my local coffee house. I was in a curious mood and just watched the four or five people in front of me as we stood in this unusually slow line. Their body language and facial expressions said it all. There were hands on the hips expressing disgust at the current inconvenience, some were rolling their eyes as they glanced up momentarily from texting on their cell phone and there was the predictable looking at the watch and then looking at the line and then looking back at the watch. Most of us do not like waiting for anything.  We live in a day of fast…
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  • 20% off – The New Guy OOPS Sale!

    Amber Cassady
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:32 pm
    SAVE! 10% 20% on almost everything! *HURRY! offer expires 11:59pm mdt on 4.30.2014 and excludes: live curriculum, group magazine, parent connect. SHOP NOW
  • POWER: On The Go!

    Brandon Early
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    The moment I got my first iPhone I purchased the Scosche flipSYNC Keychain cable. If you are still using an iPhone with 30 pin dock connector you should pick up the flipSYNC. But Apple has moved on and a new Lightning dock has arrived for the iPhone…and iPad…and iPad Mini…and iPad Air…and Apple iWatch…Oops (TM) Top [...]
  • April’s NEW Youth Ministry Resources

    Amber Cassady
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    Hey Simply Insiders! There are some amazing newly added resources on SimplyYouthMinistry.com that you need to know about! Static Jedi - by Eric Samuel Timm The Art of Hearing God Through the Noise Life is a dangerous place when we are stripped of our ability to hear God clearly. During His time here on earth Jesus [...]
  • Oh, That’s Why.

    Kurt Johnston
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Too long for a tweet….so a very short blog post. I often wonder why God has kept me involved in junior high ministry for so long, and if he allows questions when we get to Heaven, I’m sure it’s one I’ll ask. At a recent Junior High event, while running games: Katie Edwards: “Blue team, [...]
  • Preparing College Mission Trips

    Chuck Bomar
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:41 pm
    College ministry in the summer can be an interesting beast to tame. Some of our ministries aren’t really affected by the summer months, others blow up with all their college students coming back home, while others go dormant because students go back home. But one thing is common across the country when it comes to [...]
 
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  • Who Should Pick the Music?

    Michael Lawrence
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    “I just want to know who’s in charge?” That sentence brought light to my situation. I had just preached my candidating sermon, and was about to grab a brief lunch before Q&A with the congregation. But instead of eating, the chairman of elders and the interim executive pastor whisked me to a back room for a hastily convened meeting with the pastor of worship. He didn’t beat around the bush but got right to the point: If I was called as lead pastor, who would decide what happened in the Sunday morning service prior to the sermon? Who would pick the music? Who would…
  • Why We Sing

    Jonathan Leeman
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:43 am
    At my church’s Sunday gathering, the preacher and everyone leading the service sits on the stage facing the congregation. In the past, I’ve been tempted to wonder if they’re really worshipping, or just looking around. Doesn’t someone who is really worshipping close his eyes, put up his hands, and wear an expression of rapture? At least that’s what I wondered until it was me sitting on stage, looking at the congregation. When the singing begins, I’m beholding God’s people praise God. And it’s unbelievable! WHAT I BEHOLD Some eyes are closed and…
  • Pastors’ Forum: What do you do and not do to accommodate ethnic diversity in your worship service planning?

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Answers from Dave Furman, Kevin Hsu, Paul Martin, John Onwuchekwa, and Juan Sanchez   Dave Furman I will never lose the gospel for the sake of unity in diversity, but I will preach the unadjusted gospel consistently. I will never water down theology to a lowest common denominator in order to accommodate more people and cultures, but I will consistently preach rich doctrine as seen in Scripture. I will never focus on things in our worship gathering in order to please any specific culture, but I will instead focus on things that all Christians do: We practice the sacraments (baptism and…
  • My Congregation Barely Sings; How Can I Help?

    Jonathan Leeman
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Spend some time with members of a Khosa church in South Africa, and you will quickly discover how wonderfully they sing. No instruments. No microphones. One individual leading, the rest following. Many hands clapping. And how they join their voices in full-throated praise! This article is not written for them. It’s written for a traditional Western church. Westerners are accustomed to professional-quality and performance-oriented music. And for better or worse, this affects what Christians expect musically when we walk into the church gathering. Unless a church deliberately pushes in an…
  • The Two Paths Out of Trials

    Jonathan Leeman
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    There are two paths for people to take in the midst of trials. They can take the path of self-reliance or the path of trusting in God. The path of self-reliance sometimes sounds like angry recriminations against God, sometimes an upbeat can-do attitude. But in both cases God is rejected. Maybe he didn't cause the trial, but he surely could have prevented it. So he is charged, convicted, and imprisoned. The path of trusting in God, admittedly, is difficult. It takes a childlike humility, like staring down at a piece of loathsome brocolli but trusting your mother when she says it's good…
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  • 40 Years of Disruption

    John
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    Amazing to see how far they’ve come and how long they have stayed the course. Inspiring and moving. The post 40 Years of Disruption appeared first on John Saddington.
  • The Day I Was a Shark

    John Saddington
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:50 pm
    One of the posters in the entrance! I had the pleasure of being a “Shark” in a school competition that was modeled after ABC’s Shark Tank show. Hosted by Mount Vernon Presbyterian School I was 1 of 4 Sharks who observed, gave feedback, and “grilled” young 5th grade entrepreneurs and their businesses live. What a show! What an amazingly talented group of kids! I couldn’t believe how well they had prepared as well as how put together their slides were from their origin stories, founder bios, product overview and demo as well as financial business model and…
  • It’s Okay to Add Brakes

    John Saddington
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:12 pm
    I was having one of those really decent conversations with a friend today over a cup of iced coffee (I believe he was having iced tea though…) and we were comparing notes about how we have found the balance between life, the work that we do, and our families that sometimes get the short-end of the stick (if we’re completely honest with ourselves). Since both of us work with ton of entrepreneurs and startup organizations we both have often been asked to share our thoughts on how to accelerate growth, maximize resources, and to find opportunities to actualize revenue and profit.
  • That Type of Guy

    John Saddington
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Non-alcoholic in the front and the fun in the back. I observed my father become an incredible leader as he worked his way up from the rank and file to become an executive in a company that does more than $70B a year in revenue. And our family moved as his career grew and went with him even when it meant moving a family of 7 internationally to Japan. I saw him in a variety of roles and although he worked hard and oftentimes late I do not remember him missing much of the weekly family events – he may have missed a few of my soccer games here and there but I can’t actually remember a…
  • Goodbye 465

    John Saddington
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    It seems like only yesterday that we first walked into our sweet Craftsman style home in Candler Park nearly 3 years ago. We’ve enjoyed every moment there and have made some incredible memories with our neighbors and our friends who live in the area. The house has also bore witness to a variety of life-changing events – ups, downs, and side-to-sides. We have laughed, cried, danced, mourned, and everything else in-between. A home is truly a sacred place. For those curious we aren’t moving too far and we’re going to be staying in the same school district. We’ll…
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  • You Make Me Brave – Bethel Music

    Editor
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:13 pm
    You Make Me Brave Bethel Music Available April 22, 2014 iTunes | Website | Facebook | Twitter Bethel Music follows the success and impact of their first all-studio release Tides with a unique and no-less-powerful project, You Make Me Brave. The CD and companion video chronicle the worship experience during a 3-day women’s conference held at The Civic in Redding, California in August. As the event was planned and executed, organizers realized it was transcending a typical church conference. Words were changing lives. Songs were moving hearts. Worship was erupting as voices were lifted and…
  • Top Upbeat Praise & Worship Songs 2013

    Editor
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:32 pm
    A common question we receive here at The Worship Community and a very highly searched term in general is: What are the top fast and upbeat praise and worship songs? It seems there are times when we just struggle to find that perfect “top of the setlist” opener that will not only break the ice but also sincerely call people to worship effectively. Well, we scoured the the top 25 lists from August 2012 through February 2014 and came up with this list of upbeat songs. We’ve included songs that could also be considered “moderate (medium) tempo” because with enough energy and the proper…
  • Sunday Setlists #300

    Editor
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    Share your worship confessionals, recaps, and setlists for the week of: Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014!! Welcome to the 300th 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…
  • Carlos Whittaker Brings ‘Moment Making’ to the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast

    Editor
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Here’s a neat story about friend of TWC, Carlos Whittaker. Nashville, TN (April 18, 2014) – Carlos Whittaker, Author of “Moment Maker” featured as musical guest at Monday’s annual event with attendees President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, among others. Carlos Whittaker lives his life for good moments. On Monday, April 14, Carlos experienced a monumental moment – performing at the annual Easter Prayer breakfast at the White House. The event was hosted in the East Room of the White House and included attendants such as President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe…
  • Calvary Covers It All

    Editor
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:06 am
    The single Calvary from Hillsong Live’s upcoming album in July is available for free download (below). From the Hillsong Live website: “Whilst Jesus is always at the centre of all we do as a church, at Easter time this is especially so. This year we’ve already begun our special focus on His incredible grace. Reuben Morgan and Jonas Myrin have written a beautiful song that has focused our hearts and worship on all that Christ’s death at Calvary accomplished. We’ve been singing it in our services and it’s been such a unifying expression of the grace and forgiveness…
 
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  • After 20 Years...a Change is Ahead

    Tim Stevens
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Granger Community Church newsletter from September 14, 1994 Twenty years ago this month I sat in a conference room in Mishawaka, Indiana. The Granger Community Church personnel committee, led by Phil McMartin, was interviewing me for a position.It was 1994, I was 26-years old, sitting there in a suit and tie, my wife seated next to me with big hair and a very nice floral dress. We were dressed to impress.At one point, Phil asked me what my ultimate dream was for this job. Without hesitation, I pointed at Mark Beeson and said, “I want to put feet to his dreams.”And that’s what I have…
  • Don't Call Me A Christian

    Tim Stevens
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    See if you identify at all with this 3-minute video...This was an amazing video put together to launch our recent series, "Don't Call Me a Christian." In my opinion, this series was in the top 5 best series we've ever done at Granger. So proud of the team.Produced by Adam Tarwacki and Dustin Maust, written by Kristin Baker, performed by Ben Little.HD download available for purchase from WiredChurches.com for $30.
  • Let's Give Away $1 Million

    Tim Stevens
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    When Faith and I first were married, we spent a lot of time talking about goals for our life together. One of our seemingly outlandish goals was to give $1 million away for the work of the kingdom and the Church. "Wouldn't that be cool?" we said. Now...get the picture: Together we were making $17,000 a year. We had one car that had been given to us. We had purchased a bed (pretty important for a newly married couple), and had been given a couch and couple of chairs. That's all we owned. We lived in a small apartment and paid $250 a month for rent. Oh, and we…
  • Being Rich Isn't a Sin

    Tim Stevens
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Money.Loot. Moola. Scratch. Greenbacks. Dough. Bank. Benjamins. Wad. Shekels. Bills. Dead presidents.However you like to refer to your money, our lives all revolve, to some degree, around money. You might say yours doesn’t, but without money we can’t feed our kids or pay the bills or help a friend.I posted a letter earlier this year from a person who received food from the church. They wrote, “To me, it’s exhausting. Worry, doubt, bills, food, clothing, transportation…” You could just hear the fatigue in her words.Much has been written about the poor. I want to write today about…
  • "It Made Me Ashamed To Be A Christian..."

    Tim Stevens
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is something powerful about the vulnerability of a leader. When a pastor or church leaders stands up and says, "Sometimes I doubt too" or "Christians drive me crazy" -- it connects them to just about everyone listening. Because we've had those thoughts, and sometimes we wonder if it is okay.As we continue our weekend series "Don't Call Me a Christian" -- several of our pastors and leaders told stories about times when they were ashamed of how Christians acted toward them or others.This video is worth 6 minutes of your time...
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  • 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…
  • Guest Blog: When Broken Becomes Beautiful

    Natalie
    21 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    When I looked down at Elias, his newborn body molded to my arm, I couldn’t help but question his life. He wasn’t the story I planned for. He wasn’t what I dreamed of or even wanted. I cried and felt an overwhelming amount of guilt as these thoughts saturated my mind. The day I found out my son had Down syndrome, was the day I became a different person. I questioned God. I was angry with God.Today, I am thankful that God new exactly what I needed. He had to break me down, even if it was through my own flesh and blood.I had never questioned God with his direction in my life before…
  • New Book: The Six Hats of the Worship Leader!

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    3 Mar 2014 | 6:49 am
    I am excited to announce that my new e-book The Six Hats of the Worship Leader is published! On Amazon.com, the book is a Best Seller in Christian Leadership and is available for download. Any church leader who influences worship will gain insight and help in taking their weekend services to the next level. You can wear a hat, share a hat, or give a hat away. Here's a short video trailer for the book:
  • Story: I needed a drummer so I made one

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    11 Feb 2014 | 11:44 pm
    I want to tell you a little story about what God does when you invest in people. Truly, when we believe in someone and give them courage to take a step it seems that step leads to more than we initially imagine. My life would not be the same if it were not for my parents, mentors, friends and others who encouraged me along the way.As a young worship leader in my 20s, I returned back to my home church in the aftermath of a church split that laid waste to the ministry. This story is not about that, but it gives a clue as to why such a young person as I was given responsibly in such a large…
  • A Renaissance Redneck in a Mega-Church Pulpit: Randy Elrod

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    5 Feb 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Today my friend and creative mentor Randy Elrod published his memoirs. A Renaissance Redneck in a Mega-Church Pulpit launches today during one of my favorite annual events, the Re:Create Conference in Franklin, Tennessee. This book is a very compelling and honest look at a creative leader's journey. You may not be able to agree with all of what is said in this book, but not reading it as a leader in the church would be a mistake!Here are what other's are saying about Elrod's new book:“Randy Elrod draws you into his tapestry of Appalachian mystery, poverty, and backwoods religion…
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  • Three Steps For Easy Ministry Management

    Bill Reichart
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Guest Post by Laura IancuKeeping up with all the daily tasks of maintaining a congregation is hard enough. But when you want to implement new projects and activities, things get even more complicated. Thus management becomes one of the main skills which a church leader needs. Some have adapted and understood that the key was to find some tools to ease their work.Establish your prioritiesSo the first step would be to find what works for you, which are the areas that need enhancement and what kind of tool would you like to use. Most people tend to adopt online tools.
  • Why Unplugging May Be Good For You

    Bill Reichart
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:26 pm
    I have had several conversations recently with friends that have talked about their journey with unplugging. Unplugging from tech. Unplugging from social media. Unplugging from T.V.  Some people have done a complete fast for a season, while others have simply throttled down their online activities. And I can't think of a person who said that they regretted doing it. Personally, I have during different seasons taken a break from social media and online activities, and I know that it can be very hard - especially that withdrawal time. But at the same time it can be very rewarding.Here are…
  • Great Ebook Deals!

    Bill Reichart
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:29 pm
    You don't want to miss this great ebooks at a super great price!Accidental Pharisees by Larry Osborne$3.99Center Church by Tim Keller$3.79For The City by Darrin Patrick and Matt Carter$3.99Innovations Dirty Little Secret by Larry Osborne$3.79The Gospel Commission by Michael Horton$3.99
  • How The World’s Most Creative People Lived Their Day

    Bill Reichart
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Perhaps you've thought of them as creative superheroes? Well they're not, they are normal people with typical routines like you and me. With this infographic below you'll see how some of the most creative people, who have ever lived, went about their day.(click for larger)(ht: ChurchMag)
  • Great Leadership Helps Others Succeed

    Bill Reichart
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Philip Nation's thought certainly reflects a significant facet to great leadership - which is a willingness to go unnoticed while those you lead are successful and shine. Yet let me suggest a addendum to that thought.Behind that willingness to go unnoticed is a fundamental desire of a great leader to seek to make those on their team successful. A great leader doesn't merely demand that the team main function is to make themselves look good and succeed. Rather, a great leader seeks out how to coach, lead, direct, encourage, resource, cheerlead and pray for their team member's success and…
 
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  • NOAH: Beyond the thunderdome… A Review

    Joel Klampert
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    Please note this review is riddled with spoilers… however you may not care. I went to see Noah last night with a group of guys. When I originally saw the trailer I remember thinking “wow… that’s kinda interesting… Russell crow doesn’t look 600 years old…I’ll wait for redbox”. Then blog after blog of Christians condemning the film before even seeing it made me automatically want to go check out the film. Some may see that as wrong motives, but I am convinced the church is great at condemning things that they haven’t seen first or…
  • Paul Baloche: LIVE review

    Joel Klampert
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:35 am
    Paul “THE MAN” Baloche has a new album which releases April 1st. If you are in the church or in ministry at all and don’t know who Paul is I will be praying for you. The reality is if you have heard ANY song in the church, most likely he either wrote it, co-wrote it, or the author was thinking about how awesome Paul is when they wrote it. So that being said, if you haven’t figured it out yet, Paul is one of the most prolific writers/worship leaders we have out there. What sets him a part is his humility. I have had the pleasure of working with Paul at a worship…
  • My top Two ways to do Christianity wrong

    Joel Klampert
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:16 am
    Today, as I sat in the waiting room at the doctors office, I began to think thru some thoughts on Christianity. I have seen churches remove crosses because they wanted to make sure people feel comfortable. Some have decided communion is no longer valid and a bit creepy because it mentions the blood and flesh of Jesus. Then there are the christians that have learned to profess something they aren’t willing to walk out. Christians that are 100% on point to biblical text, but at the expense of loving others. Too often I have seen the church stand up for truth and then use that truth as a…
  • Shadow God

    Joel Klampert
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:01 am
    One of my favorite things in life is taking a hike. Not up a mountain where I’m too dead to enjoy it but a hike nevertheless. I guess you can say I prefer lazy, I don’t need an oxygen tank, hiking. I see God in the walk, in the elegance of the trees, in the shade of the overhanging foliage and in the bazillions of creatures all around. I have a love-hate relationship when my family is with me while hiking though. I love having them with me but the older ones seem to lag behind and yell a lot scaring all the cool woodland creatures away. Any chance at seeing a hawk or scurrying animal…
  • Parkers Mercy Brigade by Kristen Gilles

    Joel Klampert
    18 Mar 2014 | 4:47 am
    This video is a preview of an upcoming album from my friends Kristen and Bobby Gilles. It is an album born out of the confusion, pain, and hope of a couple trying to worship God after losing their baby. Much like Steven Curtis Chapman’s album, “Beauty Will Rise”, it weaves hope and grief in an intoxicating way, but also makes it way to personal to review affectively. The church needs albums like this. The church needs people like this. Those who are not afraid to ask the tough questions and show that while they are still in pain, that there is hope and we worship a loving…
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  • This One Simple Mistake Cost Me $252 In Bank Fees Last Week

    Bob
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    I am kicking myself over this. I try to find the good in every situation and the good I see in this one is that you will hopefully be able to avoid the mess that I found myself in last week. Let me start by saying, I don’t even remember the last time I bounced a check – it has probably been 5-7 years.  I pretty much stopped bouncing checks once I started using my bill-payment schedule. Anyway,  last week I had to mail a large check to the IRS to pay my estimated taxes. And for some reason I forgot to transfer the funds from my savings to my checking account. Bad move Bob. Bad…
  • Why Should You Buy Disability Insurance?

    Jason Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    A few years ago I realized the importance of having good disability insurance. If something were to happen to me, if I became disabled, and was unable to work, my family would face a significant financial hardship. According to David Bach, in his book Smart Couples Finish Rich, 60% of Americans lack any form of disability insurance. The reality is that my wife would have to go back to work and provide for me and our two children. But beyond trying to replace my current income, she might be responsible for additional healthcare costs and potentially place our children in a daycare when they…
  • 24 Excellent Scriptures about Business

    Bob
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    It never ceases to amaze me how relevant the Bible still is even with some of the books being thousands of years old. Solomon said there is nothing new under the sun and he was right. Methods may change, but thousands of years ago people were still people dealing with issues just like we do. I did some digging to find some scriptures about business, because I want to do business the right way. So whether you are a business owner, an employee of a business, or just buy stuff from businesses (that covers just about all of us – right?) there is some wisdom to be received from these scriptures.
  • 10 Creative Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

    Bob
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    It seems like until Pinterest came around, everyone decorated Easter eggs exactly the same way: with the vinegar and colored tablets. And while you can exercise a little creativity with that dye method, why not explore some other ideas for decorating eggs this year? These are some ideas that we found and be sure to let us know which ones you like best in the comments below! Washi Tape Easter Eggs Source: Pinterest Drizzled Easter Eggs Source: Pinterest Glittered Easter Eggs Source: Pinterest Hand-painted Easter Eggs Source: Pinterest Gold-penned Eggs Source: Pinterest Electrical Tape Eggs…
  • 6 Things You Can Buy That Will Pay for Themselves in a Year

    Bob
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    I really get a kick out of doing little things that will pay big dividends. So each of these six items offer a little bit of that promise. Put a few bucks in now and save more! What I love about it is that you can run out and buy everything mentioned here and actually be richer in a year! Yes, you are welcome! 1. “SmartStrip” Surge Protector If your computer setup is anything like mine you have an overflowing surge protector behind your computer desk that is powering all kinds of peripheral computer devices. This is where the SmartStrip starts to shine. Whenever you power down…
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  • Looking for LESS of This to Be News!

    pkuzma
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:07 pm
    In case you haven’t heard already, Bob Coy, pastor of one of the US’s largest megachurches, resigned this weekend due to a moral failure. We don’t know the details, and honestly don’t need to. However, It’s another day to say that we at Pastor For Life are STILL believing for the day when LESS of this will be news! If you’re a Pastor in a difficult place. let us know, and let us get you to a place where you can get help!
  • How’s Your Sleep Hygiene?

    pkuzma
    30 Jan 2014 | 9:15 am
    We all hear of the importance and benefits of good sleep each night, yet it seems few of us get it. Here are some helpful thoughts toward improving this vital area of health: Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
  • Taken a Look at Your Work Hours Lately?

    pkuzma
    29 Jan 2014 | 9:23 pm
    NBC News did a short piece tonight on the price we’re paying because of overwork. It doesn’t mention those in ministry, but it might as well. Pastors are as susceptible, if not even more so, than non-Pastors, especially given that most of us work through the weekend. Watch and be challenged: Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
  • Reducing the Rate of Pastoral Suicides

    pkuzma
    17 Dec 2013 | 12:53 am
    Suicide is not a new issue by any means. When a family member of a pastor commits suicide, we’re certainly sad and feel for the pastor and other family members. When a pastor commits suicide, now THAT we don’t expect. It’s a bit more deeply disturbing to most I’ve talked with about it. We were all shocked and saddened when Rick & Kay Warren’s son, Matthew, committed suicide last April. I’ve been encouraged by the way the Warren’s held on to their faith AND how they’ve admitted to struggling honestly and even publicly. Even though they took a…
  • Getting Our Arms Around Rick Warren’s Story

    pkuzma
    11 Apr 2013 | 7:06 am
    I am daily amazed and inspired at how Rick Warren is being real and yet still faith-full amidst his grief over the suicide of his 27 year old son, Matthew Warren. He could run and hide, but that’s not Rick. He could shut the world off and remain private. Nobody would blame him. Instead, he’s chosen to remain vulnerable and honest about the back story of Matthew’s lifelong struggle with mental illness. I can appreciate his recent tweet and Facebook post that said: It was Matthew’s story to tell. For me, as my own son has battled mental illness, I’ve been public…
 
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  • Links I Like

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Links I Like is a collection of blogs, articles and books I’ve come across recently and thought they were worth sharing. Click here for past Links I Like. Dallas Willard on There’s no such thing as casual sex. Al Mohler on God and the Gay Christian? A response to Matthew Vines. Recently a new book by Matthew Vines was released claiming to present a biblical case for same sex marriage. Albert Mohler, along with James Hamilton, Denny Burk, Owen Strachan, and Heath Lambert, have produced a free eBook offering a response to the biblical, theological, historical, and pastoral issues…
  • 5 Ways to Live When You’re Tired

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:13 am
    It’s the week after Easter. As a pastor, you are tired. Mentally, spiritually, physically, emotionally and relationally. There’s a good chance that you have been preaching almost every week since January 1st. The summer isn’t here yet, so you know it will be a little bit longer before you get a week off of preaching. The problem is this: you have very little left to give mentally, physically, emotionally, relationally, but most of all, spiritually.  In light of this reality, let me give you ___ ideas to finish the ministry year strong. Take care of your soul. Pastors…
  • Cheap Kindle Books [4.22.14]

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    Here are some great leadership books: Exponential: How to Accomplish the Jesus Mission by Dave Ferguson & Alan Hirsch ($3.99) On the Verge: A Journey Into the Apostolic Future of the Church by Dave Ferguson & Alan Hirsch ($3.99) DiscipleShift: Five Steps That Help Your Church to Make Disciples Who Make Disciples ($3.99) Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture by Brandon Hatmaker ($3.79) Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret: Why Serial Innovators Succeed Where Others Fail by Larry Osborne ($3.79) Accidental Pharisees: Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity, and the Other…
  • Fixing What’s Wrong with Your Church

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:12 am
    I remember when I was in my 20′s looking for a new church job after seminary and one of my professors told me, “Find a church that you would attend if you didn’t get paid to be there.” Let me ask it another way for pastors, “Would you attend your church if you didn’t get paid to be there?“ The answer for many pastors is a resounding, “No.” You cannot fix anything at your church, you can’t make lasting change until it is clear you want to be there.  Here’s why it matters: You aren’t bought in. If you don’t want to…
  • Links I Like

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Links I Like is a collection of blogs, articles and books I’ve come across recently and thought they were worth sharing. Click here for past Links I Like. Tim Challies on The preacher’s cheat sheet. Preparing a sermon is one of the most gratifying and the most difficult tasks you’ll ever face. There is joy in finding meaning in the text, in finding structure, in developing just the right outline, in discovering the perfect illustration. But there is also labor and, at times, intense spiritual warfare.  Bob Russell looks back at 40 years of ministry and says what he would do…
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  • Should Christians surrender the cultural war?

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    God has entrusted us with the most outstanding nation in the history of the world. The United States' freedom, technology and wealth have enabled the dissemination of the gospel throughout the world. …Read more...
  • Ready enough

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:17 am
    I heard a line in a movie recently and I cannot get it out of my head. At just nine words long, it might be one of the most efficient leadership lessons I have ever heard. And, the film on the whole …Read more...
  • Don’t fall for every wise word you hear

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    Leadership Principle #51: Don't idolize the human wisdom you read, hear, or experience. Be enough of a leader to question it or only apply a piece of it."I am saying this so that no one will deceive …Read more...
  • The Vision Statements of 13 Great Leaders in the Bible

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    In a previous post, I introduced the powerful concept call the Future Perfect Paradigm. I am continuing this series by looking at the vision statements or the future perfect of 13 biblical leaders. …Read more...
  • My Lard, isn’t God good?

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    I was born in Pennsylvania, in a community of 8,000 just three miles east of the chocolate town of Hershey. My dad worked 40 years and one month making Hershey candy. Hershey was considered a good …Read more...
 
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    ChurchCrunch

  • Unmark: Do Something with Your Bookmarks

    Eric Dye
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    How many bookmarks do you have? For some of us, we collect bookmarks like some kind of obsessed Beanie Babies collector. While I have a few different strategies in how I manage my bookmarks, clip content to blog about or collect links to read later, I am always on the lookout for something better. That “something better” I will be trying is Unmark. Unmark is a really cool online app that is deigned to help you actually do something with your bookmark collection, instead of simply hoarding them in your browser basement. Check it out: Unmark How do you like that fancy-shmancy animated…
  • Best April Fool’s Prank Ever? [Video]

    Jeremy Smith
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    My heart is in youth ministry which means I can exegete with the best of them, I am there to sit down with teenagers who are struggling with finding their identity, and I can work with parents who feel helpless communicating with their children. Yet I have a humorous side that always comes out when I hang out with high schoolers or am living life with volunteers. Honestly, if Jesus had access to a whoopie cushion, I believe that He would use it and then make a life-giving, life-changing parable out of it. The prank below is good. Google has nothing on this April Fools prank. The Internet can…
  • Using Caution with Social Media

    Jeremy Smith
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Social media is but a form of communication for us to be able to engage people in a different medium where people are. When used well, this web application can be the instrument of major success with increased attendance at your events, more visibility for your church, and clever ways to celebrate your staff, volunteers, and the work your congregation is doing. But as with any tool, there are unique and sometimes perilous barriers to using social media safely. James Franco James Franco is just one of a series of people getting caught using social media wrong. He believed that his line of…
  • Church Podcasting in 7 Steps [Infographic]

    Chip Dizárd
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I am a big fan of podcasts and I recently relaunched my podcast.  I used to think creating a podcast was a complicated process, but after helping a pastor friend create a podcast in less than a week I decided to break the process down into 7 actionable steps: [Click for Larger] Do you or your church have a podcast? Share the link in the comments below. If not, join me for a free webinar entitled, Podcasting for Pastors and learn how to create, promote and sustain a ministry podcast (and don’t forget to check-out the ChurchMag Podcast, too). [Image via brainblogger via Compfight cc]…
  • Decimate Writer’s Block: Never Run Out of Blogger Fuel

    KC Procter
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    You are sitting at your desk staring at a blank screen. A deadline is looming and your to-do list is growing like a hoarder’s collection of newspapers. You put your hands on the keyboard and lightly tap your fingers in hopes that somehow words will appear on the page in coherent sentences. Nothing happens. Nothing. There are no words. There are NO WORDS!! What do you do? You’re a writer/author/blogger and words are your currency. You can’t live without words. And yet there are no words?! Oh, the humanity!! But never fear. Calamity is easily averted. As a blogger…
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  • The Real and the Raw About Your Pastor – by Amber

    Zak White
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Its Amber, Pastor Zak’s wife and I am taking over the blog today! I know our pastor better than anyone (I had better…especially after thirteen years of marriage!) I thought it would be fun to share some of the real and the raw about who our pastor is… Revolution Church, here are some things you might not know about your pastor: He is a HUGE Romantic (he writes me a love note each week and places it in a different place…O’So special to me!) He still dates me like he did in high school. He plans every date and takes me out at least every other week. He wants to model what it…
  • Easter at Revolution Church

    Zak White
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Here are some great ways to share about Easter at Revolution Church! REV YOUR PROFILE Click these images to save on your phone or computer and post on Facebook, twitter, pinterest and instagram: Click this image to save it and use it as your Facebook cover photo leading up to Easter: REV YOUR RIDE Be a driving billboard for EASTER at REV! Download this WINDOW POLISH PASS and place it on your dashboard when you head to church on April 6th or April 13th. We’ll have a team of volunteers in the parking lot ready to polish your car’s back window with ”Easter at REV – REVYOURLIFE.COM”…
  • REV VOW: Whitney Watson

    Mallory Dorrough
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:06 pm
    This weeks’ REV VOW is Whitney Watson. She serves in Rev Kids as a pre-school leader. She is the mother of two kids who serve along side of her. She goes above and beyond to help wherever she’s needed. She is showing our kids what it means to be heart and soul for the house. Whitney, It is an honor to serve with you at Revolution Church. You are our REV VOW!!!      
  • REV VOW: Ryan Doyle

    Mallory Dorrough
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:12 am
    This weeks’ REV VOW is Ryan Doyle. Ryan has been serving in Guest Services on our Street Team for two years. Ryan is married with two great kids. He is a found person that finds people. He always has a smile on his face and a great attitude! Ryan, It is an honor to serve with you at Revolution Church. You are our REV VOW!!!        
  • REV VOW: Daniel Groce

    Mallory Dorrough
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    This weeks’ REV VOW is Daniel Groce. He serves on the Rev Creative Team as one of our Stage Crew aka Ninjas. Although you may not ever see him because most of what he does is behind the scenes, he has a heart of gold and a willingness to serve the house any way he can. Daniel, It is an honor to serve with you at Revolution Church. You are our REV VOW!!!        
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  • In the Valley of Trouble, Dig a Well

    Mark Wilson
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:17 am
    "Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee, in whose heart are the ways of them, who passing through the valley of Baca, make it a well; the rain also fills the pools. They go from strength to strength—every one of them in Zion appeareth before God."--Psalm 84:5-7 (KJV)Some time ago, after I'd preached on this verse, my friend, Jim Burmeister, loaned me a casette tape by Jack Hyles on the "The Valley of Baca."Jack Hyles was snortin', yellin', narrow minded, independant, fundamentalist Baptist preacher. But a few years ago, he went home to glory and his rough edges have…
  • A Beautiful Prayer to Begin the Day

    Mark Wilson
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:23 am
    "Almighty and everlasting God, who is always more ready to hear than we to pray, and eager to give more than either we desire or deserve; Pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy; forgiving us those things that weigh down our hearts, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.-- Leo the Great
  • Just Wait Until Tomorrow

    Mark Wilson
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    A few years ago, after the last of four exhilarating Easter worship services, I turned to my elder associate, Pastor Ben, and joyfully proclaimed, “Isn’t this fabulous? I can’t imagine it getting any better! Being a pastor is pure joy!”Pastor Ben grinned wryly and replied, “Just wait until tomorrow.”Sure enough, Monday was another story. Pastoral counselor, Arch Hart, calls Monday “adrenaline letdown day.” Preaching and teaching pastor, Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church, talks about “bread truck Mondays,” when the fantasy of delivering bread is far more appealing than…
  • Looking for Jesus in the Gravy

    Mark Wilson
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    A little girls seemed particularly interested in the gravy boat during Easter Dinner.  She examined it carefully stirring slowly -- as if she was searching for something."What are you doing honey?" her mother inquired."Looking for Jesus.""Why are you doing that?""Because we sang about it in church this morning -- low in the gravy lay Jesus my Savior."
  • What Did Jesus Mean By "It is Finished"?

    Mark Wilson
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    “It is finished.”Those were the words Jesus Christ uttered as he hung, dying, on the cross. “It is finished!” What could he have possibly meant?Failure Words?At first glance, one might wonder if these were words of despair – quitting words. “It is finished! It’s a hopeless cause. I’ve failed. I quit.”It would certainly be understandable if that’s what Jesus meant. Just think: he suffered the greatest injustice in human history. He lived a spotless life, but was sentenced to a traitor’s death.He came to love – but was hated.He came to help – but was rejected.He came…
 
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  • The False Teachers: Benny Hinn

    Tim
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    A few weeks ago I set out on a series of articles through which I am scanning the history of the church—from its earliest days all the way to the present time—to examine some of Christianity’s most notable false teachers. Along the way we have visited such figures as Arius, Joseph Smith, Ellen G. White and Norman Vincent Peale. Today we turn to one of the most outrageous charlatans of our time, a man who claims to have healed countless people. His name is Benny Hinn. Benny Hinn Toufik Benedictus Hinn was born on December 3, 1952 in Jaffa, Israel (modern-day Tel Aviv), the son…
  • A La Carte (April 23)

    Tim
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:18 am
    Retweeting Compliments - Nathan Bingham: “The question of whether it is acceptable to retweet compliments on Twitter is nothing new and quite an old question in terms of internet years.” Should a Christian retweet compliments others pay him? Bart Ehrman’s Latest - Here’s a long but enlightening article on Bart Ehrman, focusing on his latest book. A Historical Adam - Nathaniel Claiborne is blogging his way through Four Views on the Historical Adam. Reading the series is a good way to orient yourself in the debate. (Hey, Nathaniel, how about linking each post to the…
  • Four Blood Moons

    Tim
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:59 am
    I most often read Christian books that appear to offer the opportunity to grow in knowledge and obedience to the Lord, but occasionally I see one soaring up the bestseller lists or otherwise making an impact and decide to read it just to see what the fuss is all about. Such was the case with John Hagee’s Four Blood Moons. The book has lingered near the top of the Amazon charts for a few weeks now and has received nearly one thousand five-star reviews. For those reasons I decided I would give it a read. We have just experienced the first of a series of four lunar eclipses. Acccording to…
  • A La Carte (April 22)

    Tim
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:34 am
    Here are today’s Kindle deals: Accidental Pharisees by Larry Osborne ($3.99); The Church by Mark Dever ($0.99); Gospel Commission by Michael Horton ($3.99); Center Church by Tim Keller ($3.99); For the City by Darrin Patrick & Matt Carter ($3.99). Are We Expecting Too Much or Too Little? - Are we expecting too much or too little from church? Churchy Gimmicks - The new issue of Credo magazine looks like a good one. It’s free for the download! There’s also a new version of Themelios available. Heaven Is Scary … For Real - I’m glad to see this…
  • A Cost Of All This Preaching?

    Tim
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    I am one of those New Calvinists, I guess, which means I am part of a crowd that values preaching, and expository preaching in particular. Of course I was an Old Calvinist before I was a New one and was raised in a tradition that valued preaching just as highly. For my whole life I’ve been around preachers and preaching. I spent a good bit of time last week pondering the nature of God’s Word and thinking specifically about Paul’s mandate to Timothy: “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.” That’s a passage about…
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  • Sinner, Come Home

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:45 pm
    My heart was already full as John Piper began his message that would close the recent Together for the Gospel conference. I prayed that God would use his message to implant a passion within our hearts that would shape our lives and ministries for the length of our days. I was very moved by John’s faithful, careful, and precise exposition of Romans 9. He pointed us to the infinite grace of God and to the assurance of his sovereignty and then pointed us to Paul’s agony over the lostness of his own people, his “kinsmen according to the flesh.” Are we driven by the same agony when we see…
  • How I Almost Became a False Teacher

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    What does a false teacher in the church look like? Some of them are easy to spot. Health-and-wealth, prosperity preachers hardly require any effort at all. Those who ignore or sneeringly distort the Bible also are fairly obvious. But what if they look like me? What if they attend church regularly, read the Bible, encourage their children to participate in Sunday School and Wednesday evening services, lead family devotions, pray, support missionaries, volunteer? What if, by most visible accounts, they are healthy Christians? The problem is: that isn’t the whole picture. When disability…
  • Grow in Grace at the Table

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:45 pm
    The Lord’s Supper is an extraordinary meal. To be sure, it is simply an ordinary means of God’s grace to his church, but as eating and drinking go, it can be an unusually powerful experience. Along with baptism, the Supper is one of Jesus’s two specially instituted sacraments for the signifying, sealing, and strengthening of his new-covenant people. Call them ordinances if you please. The true issue is not the term, but what we mean by it, and whether we handle these twin means of God’s grace as Jesus means, to guide and shape the life of the church in her new covenant with the…
  • The Universe Is Saying Something

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Earlier this year, the earth tried to tell us something: it doesn’t like Corvettes. At least that’s the interpretation given by ABC news analyst Matthew Dowd, who suggests the universe is sending us a message. Maybe he’s right. Perhaps the earth was unhappy with the materialism of the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and therefore opened up a sinkhole large enough to swallow several collectible sports cars. Or maybe it’s just an unfortunate byproduct of building over Kentuckian limestone formations. The comments for the online posting of the article demonstrate that much of…
  • An Excellent New Book on Justification

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    If a thoughtful layman asked me what he should read to understand the doctrine of justification in relationship to the New Perspective on Paul, I would send him to Stephen Westerholm’s new book, Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking a Pauline Theme (Eerdmans, 2013). I enjoyed this book so much I found it difficult to put down. It is constructive. That is, it builds a clear and positive view of what justification is, rather than simply criticizing other views. For that reason, it provides a good introduction to the doctrine of justification itself for those who may not be clear on what Paul…
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  • Are you a ‘Frustrating Leader’?

    Todd Rhoades
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Do you frustrate your team? Perhaps your the pastor of a large church, or supervise a large team.  Do your team members find you frustrating? Or maybe your the pastor of a smaller church.  How does your board find working with you?  Is the relationship frustrating to them? My friend Brian Dodd recently posted a list of the 10 characteristics of leaders who frustrate the heck out of people.  See if you fit any of the characteristics: The Most Frustrating Leaders Are Not Available The Most Frustrating Leaders Do Not Put In The Proper Amount Of Effort The Most Frustrating Leaders Have A…
  • Post Easter Blues. And why you can’t stop now.

    Todd Rhoades
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:22 am
    Whew! Easter is over. For many dynamic churches, this meant extra services and quite possibly the highest attendance of the year. And now that it’s Monday morning, you’re probably exhausted. But you can’t stop now. You see, it’s pretty easy to get people to come to church on Sunday.  But I think your main goal is getting them to return the week after Easter. Many of the crowd you saw yesterday won’t be back. Ever.  And some won’t be back until Christmas. And most of us didn’t accept Christ the first time we heard the gospel. Which makes the week…
  • A Startling Wake Up Question for Every Church Leader: WHY ARE YOU HERE?

    Todd Rhoades
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    Michael Wolff is a designer and creative advisor for brands around the world. Warning:  This is not a ‘Christian Video’. But Michael asks a great question that every church leader should ask:  Why are you here? He contends that the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ aren’t nearly as important as the ‘why’. This is worth 20 minutes of your time… not because you’re agree with all of it and say ‘amen’… but because it will challenge and shape you: Thoughts? Todd Read more here…   The post A Startling Wake Up…
  • Should the church be a country club or a hospital?

    Todd Rhoades
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:07 am
    What do you think of this quote from Michael Trimmer? If anything, it seems like the church has done a really great job of making itself look like an exclusive club for the morally and spiritually immaculate, rather than a spiritual hospital for the walking wounded in which broken people struggle against sin on a daily basis. Should the church be more like a country club or more like a hospital? Read more here… What, if anything, is missing from this equation? Todd The post Should the church be a country club or a hospital? appeared first on ToddRhoades.com.
  • God has a bad credit score (and he’s ‘extremely frustrated’)

    Todd Rhoades
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    It’s true. God has a bad credit score. God Gazarov is a Russian native who was named after his grandfather (who was probably named after… uh… God). God has a problem.  It seems that credit rating company Equifax is giving him a bad credit score because of his first name.  (Two other credit rating companies give him a very high score). The end result: God was declined for a loan for a new Infiniti last year. (Of course, God would want to buy an Infiniti… it only makes sense). When he tried to get Equifax to change the glitch in their system, someone told him he might…
 
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    Pastor Steven Furtick

  • Elevation Creative: To God Be the Glory

    webteam
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:19 am
    Through Christ, God has brought us near. Because of what Jesus has done for each of us on the cross, we don’t have to reach out to find God, because He has reached out to us. And as believers, He has placed His glory within us. To open our 2014 Easter worship experiences, our Production, Worship, and Creative teams presented a multi-sensory performance element built upon the classic hymn “To God Be The Glory”, helping us celebrate and remember the power of Christ in us – the Hope of Glory.
  • The Potential We Forget We Have

    webteam
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Bible says Christ is in us, but what does that mean? If we compare ourselves to the heroes and scholars of the Christian faith, most of us would say we don’t really measure up. We see our shortcomings and our challenges and where we fall short. But in this clip from our series The Prodigy in Me, Pastor Steven reminds us that as believers, we all have the potential to do incredible things for God’s glory when we draw from the One who lives in us.
  • What Jesus Offers Us Instead

    webteam
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    Inside all of us there is a longing for something. A deep passion to fill our lives with purpose and meaning. We chase the world and all it offers, but our own pursuits always fall short, reminding us of a thirst for something more. And in the meantime, our mistakes and missteps have left us broken and ashamed. But no matter where we are or what we’ve done, Jesus has a way of working in our lives to point us to Himself – and what He can offer us instead. This Easter, in part one of our series The Hope of Glory, Pastor Steven uses the story of the woman at the well to show us the…
  • You Can’t Follow Jesus

    webteam
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.” Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? John 13:36-38 The propelling force behind Peter’s denial wasn’t his lack of faith. Otherwise he wouldn’t have made the claims he did. It was his overestimation of his faith. He believed he was ready to die for Jesus. But he wasn’t, and Jesus knew it. So Jesus said the unthinkable: you…
  • Easter At Elevation

    webteam
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Easter. It’s far more than just eggs and pastels and dressing up and going to church. It’s the promise of our salvation. It’s the church’s rescue mission to reach a lost world with the Gospel. And just like in years past, this Easter we’ve created an unforgettable worship experience that remembers the power of the cross and celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. We would love for you to join us. Click here to see all locations and times and invite your friends and family.
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    Adrian Warnock

  • Adrian interviewed on BBC London Easter 2014

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:40 am
    This morning I popped out of Church near the beginning of our second service to be interviewed for BBC London. I thank God for a great morning at Jubilee, and I was glad that I was also able to speak about the real meaning of Easter to many who were not in church today: The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Let’s Make Every Sunday Resurrection Sunday

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    This article was posted on the Crossway Blog, the publishers of my book Raised With Christ. Sunday’s Coming! This week, the attention of every Christian begins to turn towards the vibrant celebration that Easter Sunday will be. Even as we approach Good Friday, we do so with the sure and certain knowledge that, to quote [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Interview with God’s Not Dead actor Benjamin Ochieng at the London Premiere

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Just two days to wait before we can see this wonderful movie in British cinemas. Go buy your tickets now! This was the third of my interviews that I filmed last week at the UK premiere: The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • GUEST POST: Was Jesus really crucified on a Wednesday?

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:50 am
    Other useful Easter resources: Did Jesus rise from the dead? I believe in Jesus: a sermon on the Trinity and the Resurrection A Good Friday Sermon A sermon on Jesus’ Resurrection and its implications for us (Romans 4:25)   Those of you who have been reading Christian blogs for almost ten years will no doubt [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Spare a thought for preachers this week: Easter Sermon ideas

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    For most churches, Easter Sunday will be one of the biggest services of the whole year. It is one of those times that people will come out to church. And so you would think that preachers would be relishing preaching this Sunday. Most will. But it can be harder than you think to come up [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • Hello, John Piper

    Steve McCoy
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    Unfortunately too many who view the world through social media lenses know John Piper more for his "Farewell, Rob Bell" comment more than most anything else. I've been blessed by Dr. Piper's ministry for years. First discovering him through Desiring God and then a mad scramble to read the rest of his key books (Let the Nations Be Glad, Future Grace). Then Bruce Ware let me borrow boxes of John Piper sermon tapes, which I devoured while at work during seminary years. I heard Piper speak at Southern Seminary where he called the seminary dangerous because it's beautiful and safe. I asked…
  • $5 April Albums Part 2

    Steve McCoy
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Nice list of cheap albums on sale for a short time...Wilco: Being There (a double album!)Arcade Fire: The SuburbsBob Dylan: The Freewheelin' Bob DylanJack White: BlunderbussNickel Creek: Why Should The Fire Die?LCD Soundsystem:  & This Is HappeningWye Oak: CivilianBuilt to Spill: Perfect From Now OnThe Raconteurs: Broken Boy SoldiersThe Avett Brothers: I and Love and You ($3.99)Chevelle: Wonder What's NextHidden Orchestra: ArchipelagoDawes: Nothing Is WrongThe Dead Weather: Sea Of CowardsSimon & Garfunkel: Sounds of SilenceJohnny Cash: The Number Ones & The…
  • Champs: "Down Like Gold" Acoustic

    Steve McCoy
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Really want to get my hands on the Champs album, Down Like Gold, but it's not in the U.S. yet. Here's something to obsess over until it gets here. Love.
  • How Frozen Should Have Ended

    Steve McCoy
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Goodness, yes. Don't miss bonus scene just over halfway through.
  • Streaming -- The Menzingers: Rented World

    Steve McCoy
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    I couldn't get enough of The Menzingers' debut album, On The Impossible Past. Outstanding. High-energy. And now we get to see what they do next as Rented World is now STREAMING FREE before they release it next Tuesday (22nd). Here's their first single, which makes this punk happy...
 
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    Worship Matters

  • Will the Sunday After Easter be a Letdown?

    Bob Kauflin
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:20 am
    Many pastors, music leaders, and production personnel are breathing a deep sigh of relief after this past weekend. After all the planning, strategizing, prayer, preparation, and practice, the Easter weekend service(s) finally happened. Everything (for the most part) came together and people were well served. The music was moving, the preaching powerful, and the effect exhilarating. And throughout the world, thousands of people were baptized and saved for the glory of God. But you may be starting to wonder what you’re going to do next Sunday. Maybe you’re even asking…
  • Resources and Reflections from WorshipGod UK: Called to be Faithful

    Bob Kauflin
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    It’s been over a month ago now that we finished up our first WorshipGod UK conference, Called to Be Faithful. This has been one of my favorite themes for a WorshipGod conference because it speaks so directly to how we should approach ministering the gospel in song. We aren’t called to be amazing, or popular, or cool, or technologically savvy, or better than the church down the street. We’re called to be faithful. God has revealed the mystery of the gospel to us and he now calls us to faithfully steward the unsearchable riches of Christ. You can download the main sessions by…
  • And the Winners of “30″ Are…

    Bob Kauflin
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    Yesterday people had an opportunity to win a pre-release copy of 30: Three Decades of Songs for the Church by leaving a comment describing their favorite Sovereign Grace Music song. When we’re writing songs and putting albums together we always pray God would use our music to magnify the glory of Christ and the gospel to strengthen the church. As I read through the comments I was moved to hear how God has been doing just that in specific ways. It was difficult, but I picked 5 winners based on content and then chose 5 at random. Here are the 5 stories I picked, with a few thoughts on why…
  • Win a Pre-Release Download of “30″

    Bob Kauflin
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:30 am
    We’re pretty excited about our new album, 30, available for pre-order tomorrow for only $7. It’s a collection of 14 more well known Sovereign Grace songs that some of our friends have recorded for us, including Paul Baloche, Kristyn Getty, Austin Stone Worship, Aaron Keyes, Matt Papa, Matt Boswell, and more. You can find more details here. The official release is next Tuesday, April 8, at the Together for the Gospel conference. CDs will be available from the Sovereign Grace Online store starting Tuesday, April 15. But you can enter to win a free download today and hear it before…
  • Coming Soon – 30: Three Decades of Songs for the Church

    Bob Kauflin
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:23 am
    30: Three Decades of Songs for the Church is the newest album from Sovereign Grace Music. The idea for this album came as we were talking about how we might celebrate God’s faithfulness to Sovereign Grace Music for the past thirty years. It was in 1984 that we released our first project, a live cassette, entitled Mighty God. Since that time we’ve recorded over 60 projects and over 500 songs.  Those include 3 kids CDs, 1 rap album, 4 Spanish CDs, a remix album, and a slew of worship albums. Neil DeGraide, a member of Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, a great musician, and a…
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    Deep Thoughts by Gman

  • Lessons from the Skating Rink that the Church can Learn From.

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    (Inspired by a conversation I had with Evelyn Cronin)1. Never Skate alone2. Conversation is always Welcomed.3. Lots of Food, Lights and seats equals delights.4. The more people know the songs; the more they will sing along.5. People of all ages like to try something new.6. There are no Generation gaps on the rink. People of all ages are either skating or encouraging one another.7. Encouragement goes a long ways.8. Everyone knows why they are there.9. There is always room for improvement.10. When someone falls down - there is always someone there to help them back up.11. Skating friends make…
  • Why Hospital Visits are Important?

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    It seems to me that hospital visitation is a rare and lost art in ministry. Unless it is an extreme emergency ...not very many ministers seem to go on hospital visits anymore. (They seem to delegate it to their leaders)Here are some reasons that hospital visits are still important in ministry:1. There is nothing like the ministry of presence. Communicating that you care and are there for someone.2. It is an opportunity to share Good News. Share the Scriptures. God's Word will not come back void.3. Prayer changes everything. There is power in prayer. It gives Hope.4. Have short visits. The…
  • Things I've learned about Hosting Groups at your church Facility.

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:09 am
    1. Have a contract. Stating what the expectations are and what can and cannot be done.2. Have a Usage Form. Similar to contract and gives the duties and fees etc.3. Be Consistent. 4. Make sure well used. Facility is no good if empty most of the week.5. Opportunity to reach out to the community.6. Possible Groups: Adult Day Care (We had a group called: Grace place); Scouts (Girls/Boys); Care-a-van (Medical services); Government (We're a polling place); Gym - exercise groups - zumba, yoga etc7. Can be an outreach as a service to people. Don't view as a project or people to automatically be…
  • Honest Trailers - Frozen

    5 Apr 2014 | 6:29 pm
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  • Fight Church Official Trailer

    4 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
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    Thinking Out Loud

  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    Promised you last week when we did a feature on Kevin Frank there would be one more panel in it for you (see Genesis 8:20) … Time once again for things on Christian blogs and news feeds you may have missed and some you’ll now wish you had. Clicking anything below will take you to PARSE, which paid $1,000,000.00 for exclusive rights to this weekly feature, plus a third-round draft pick. Though still imprisoned — and now hospitalized — in Iran, Saeed Abedini offered Easter prayers for Christians around the world. James MacDonald is joining the ranks of the…
  • The Touch of the Master’s Hand: Revisited

    paulthinkingoutloud
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:07 am
    Not exactly the way you remember it…   It was battered and scarred, And the auctioneer thought it Hardly worth his while To waste his time on the old violin, But he held it up with a smile. “What am I bid, good people”, he cried, “Who starts the bidding for me?” “One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two?” “Two dollars, who makes it three?” “Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three”, But, No, From the room far back a grey haired man Came forward and picked up the bow, Then wiping the dust from the old violin…
  • John Ortberg: The Care and Feeding of the Soul

    paulthinkingoutloud
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    Reviewing John Ortberg’s Soul Keeping has been like getting back in touch with an old friend. Although I never heard John live at any of the times I was at Willow Creek, I am a huge fan of his writing. Media such as the If You Want To Walk On Water You Have To Get Out of The Boat DVD small group series revolutionized my thinking about how video-based resources can revitalize home Bible studies. Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You (Zondervan) is truly five books in one. From the first chapter, you realize instantly that this book is in part a tribute to…
  • Just One Day Left!

    paulthinkingoutloud
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Well, that’s two major events in the life of Christ celebrated…only one left to go… I Thes. 4:16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
  • The Pastor in the Movie “Heaven is for Real”

    paulthinkingoutloud
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:52 am
    Throughout all the success of the Heaven is for Real book, and with attention now being refocused because of the movie, I am sure that Todd Burpo’s phone, if he dares to still have one, is ringing off the wall. (A dated reference to wall phones, in case you’re wondering.) The appearances and interviews that the family has done prior to film release have been very tightly controlled and for anyone else, access is a total impossibility. Even the Christianity Today review of this past week contains the phrase, “Burpo responded to questions sent through the film’s…
 
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • Bible Puzzle – New Testament Letters Word Find

    Shirley McKinstry
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:36 am
    This word find contains all 21 letters in the New Testament. It also classifies them by Paul’s letters to churches, Paul’s letters to individuals, and general letters. It could be used for any lesson about New Testament letters or their writers. Click here to download 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. Related: This activity sheet would be a good complement to our Books of the Bible Bingo game. For a song, the kids will enjoy the Bible…
  • Fun Ways to Find New Ministry Volunteers

    Mimi Bullock
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    It’s spring–time to refill those volunteer vacancies. What’s your strategy for filling those spots with excited, faithful volunteers? Bringing in new faces can feel like a full time job and it can require a bit of skill and patience. Why not make it fun? This year, approach your challenge with a few new tactics. Now recruiting friends! Birds of a feather flock together. People love doing things with friends, including volunteers. Invite “besties” in your church or community to work together in your children’s ministry. Let friends work the snack bar…
  • Object Lessons About Self Control

    Mimi Bullock
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:42 am
    I believe God designed us to learn self-control during early childhood but for a number of reasons, this doesn’t always happen. Let’s be honest–some children have stronger wills than others and insist on touching the “hot stove” even when they are told not to.  Poor impulse control can manifest in different ways–constant interruptions during conversations, throwing a fit, ignoring instructions or grabbing everything that interests them. Overcoming all these impulses requires self-discipline or self-control. Since children are naturally impulse, this can…
  • Lesson: He Will Come Unto Us Like Rain

    Brittany Bradshaw
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    Lesson Title:   He will Come Unto Us like Rain Bible Reference:  Hosea 6:1-3 Target Age Group: Preschool to Elementary Learning Context: Sunday School Target Time Frame: 45 minutes Memory Verse: “And he shall come unto us as the rain.” Hosea 6:3 Gospel Connection: Sometimes in life we allow ourselves to drift further apart from God than we should.  We are sinners simply because we are human and it is a part of our nature.  This passage references the fact that God sometimes punishes us when we sin, but God will forgive us if we repent.  He does not leave us forsaken but comes to us…
  • The Seven I AM Statments of Jesus- Lesson #3

    Tara Tegard
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    Lesson Three: The Light of the World Main idea: Jesus is the light that shows us the way out of our dark sin. Teacher preparation: Read Scripture references, Exodus 13:17-22, John 7-9, Revelation 21:23-25, Leviticus 23 Gather: Bible, dry erase markers or chart paper and markers, clear contact paper, colored tissue paper (lots of blue and green, and a few pieces of other colors), black permanent markers, scissors Take time to meditate on this week’s Scripture and think about your own life. In what ways are you still choosing to walk in spiritual darkness? Are there any “secret sins” you…
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  • Thoughts on “Heaven is For Real”

    Matthew Starner
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    David Platt shares some great thoughts on “Heaven is For Real” – the book and the upcoming movie. Have you read the book or will you see the movie? Share your thoughts below!
  • Trying to Find Jesus a Wife

    Matthew Starner
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    Image: Harvard Divinity School Back in 2012, a few fragments of papyrus were discovered that seem to indicate that Jesus had a wife. One of them reads, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’” and another says, “As for me, I dwell with her in order to…” – although the speaker in the second line is not named. They were largely dismissed as modern forgeries (not as “new” but within the last few hundred years) when they were discovered, but recent testing has shown them to be much older. If you’ve heard about it on the news or online,…
  • Holy Week: The Gospel in Real Time

    Matthew Starner
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Holy Week, the week beginning with Palm Sunday (also known as Passion Sunday) and Easter Sunday, is a unique time in the church. The rest of the year, we move quite quickly through the life and ministry of Jesus. In December, we spend 4 weeks leading up to Christmas and Christ’s birth. A couple of weeks later, we’re at Epiphany and we move right into Jesus’ life and ministry. In a matter of a few weeks, we cover a span of 30+ years of time. After Easter, we move to Pentecost and then again to the ministry of Jesus, often moving around in the timeline of Scripture. But in…
  • What Are You Doing With What You Have?

    Matthew Starner
    20 Mar 2014 | 1:43 pm
    As I was driving from one meeting to another yesterday, I did something a little unusual and actually had the radio on – usually when I’m in the car I make the phone calls that I need to (hands-free, of course!) On the radio, the DJ was talking about the Academy Awards from a couple of weeks ago and who had the most expensive outfit that night. That “honor” went to Cate Blanchett who wore a total of $18.1 million between her dress and jewelry that night to the awards. His commentary on that fact was, “Wow, isn’t that cool!” Sadly, there was no hint of…
  • Creation From God’s Perspective

    Matthew Starner
    12 Mar 2014 | 5:34 pm
    With the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye debate causing a bit of a stir and getting some attention from the world inside and outside of the church, there has been a little more talk about creation and the beginning of everything. I picked up a book last week that had been in my shopping cart online for a little while now, and I’m so glad that I did! In the Beginning, God: Creation from God’s Perspective by Joel Heck is a short but powerful book about creation, the Bible and why what we believe about the beginning of it all really matters. Throughout nearly all of human history, Creationism…
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    Man of Depravity

  • Lessons from Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Work Never Ends

    Tyler
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    Bonhoeffer Series: Part One || “A Story About Coming Home” Part Two || “Disembodied Christianity” Part Three || “A Foundation in the Word” (Today’s post is the last in this series, though I have no doubt we will revisit the ministry of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the future.) In 1943, after a failed assassination attempt on Hitler by a group Dietrich Bonhoeffer was associated with, the Gestapo began an intense purging of anyone connected to the attempt. Those associated with this attempt, as well as other attempts, were arrested and killed. This, of…
  • Lessons from Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Foundation in the Word

    Tyler
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    Bonhoeffer Series: Part One || “A Story About Coming Home” Part Two || “Disembodied Christianity”  — As quickly as the Third Reich began its rule of Germany the Jews were put on notice. And immediately the German Church was thrust into the spotlight. Would the church follow the state, or would it choose to honor God’s Word? The German Christians chose to honor The Führer (meaning “leader” in German, a term used for Adolf Hitler) first, rather than the True Führer. They twisted the Bible to support their position, allowing their supposed…
  • Lessons from Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Disembodied Christianity

    Tyler
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    Bonhoeffer Series: Part One In the last post we looked at Dietrich’s decision to forgo an opportunity for safety in the US, opting to return to Nazi Germany where his safety would be greatly endangered. Yesterday marked the 69 year anniversary of his death in a concentration camp, so it seems fitting to look at what led him to abandon the opportunity for safety. In looking at his life as a whole, the decision is so completely unsurprising, because it reflected a deep-seated belief he had about God. Disembodied Christianity. These two words are mutually exclusive. They do not make sense…
  • Lessons from Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    Tyler
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    On our vacation not long ago I read the biography entitled Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. It’s by far the longest book I’ve read (around 550 pages depending on the format you read it in). I’ve never been a big biography reader, but to say this book left its mark on me would be a profound understatement (not really the book actually, but the legacy of Bonhoeffer’s life). (On a side note, I highly recommend the practice of reading at least one book on vacation. Make it a type of book you enjoy reading, maybe even story focused so it doesn’t feel like…
  • What I’m Feasting On

    Tyler
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Back when I first started blogging I shared my favorite links each week in a post titled Fortuitous Bouncing. How many of you remember those days? Life has gotten busier and I don’t have the time to put together a great list each week, but every few months I’ll put together a post highlighting what I’ve been reading, watching, and listening to (here’s the last one from December). Books Facing Leviathan: I had the privilege of reading and endorsing this book at the end of last year. It released a month ago. Because Mark lives in Australia he might not get the…
 
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  • Ministry as a Family (the ONLY way I know to do it)

    Stevan
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    I’m working from my “mobile office” today and am reflecting on the whirlwind of Easter-prep over the past several weeks. As I am debriefing myself on the Easter-happenings I can’t help but be overwhelmingly thankful for each of the other three members of my immediate family that God has so richly blessed me with. We took and I posted this family photo on Easter Sunday with the caption, “I’m so proud to serve Jesus with this team!” – and that couldn’t be more true! It really is a blessing to know that our family-team is ALL-IN to make MUCH…
  • Flying over Renfrew Park

    Stevan
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:18 pm
    We’re so glad we made the trip to Waynesboro, PA and the Renfrew Museum & Park this afternoon for their 20th Annual Fun Fly event! We took some fun kid-photos, toured the museum, met some great people, the kids built their own kites, and I even got the chance to launch my GoPro up into the air attached to a 12-foot delta kite whose owner was more than willing to let me do so! The video footage was anything but stable, but I did manage to snag a few great (in my opinion) still images! Here’s a short video from a few hundred feet above the Museum and Park – And here are…
  • The Older Brother In All of Us

    Stevan
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:43 am
    My buddy Mike Foster blogged this powerful reminder today on the same day I watched the following video from NewSpring. Both are well-worth your time. Video – Mike’s blog post.
  • Sand Art Worth Sharing

    Stevan
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:23 am
    I don’t have time to watch all 15-minutes of this video, but I can already tell you that this will be Chromecasted onto our television at the next opportunity we have to entertain guests! Amazing:
  • The Good Life

    Stevan
    6 Mar 2014 | 11:22 am
    Just because it’s not happening here doesn’t mean it’s not happening.
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    ChurchForFamily Sermons

  • Bringing Home: The Power of Easter

    paulwnewell
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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 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 Presence Faith Advent Hope Joy Celebration Redeemer…
  • BIG WORDS Part Four: REDEMPTION

    paulwnewell
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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 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 Presence Faith Advent Hope Joy Celebration Redeemer…
  • Big Words Part Three: LIGHT

    paulwnewell
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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 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 Presence Faith Advent Hope Joy Celebration Redeemer…
  • Big Words Part Two: WORSHIP

    paulwnewell
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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 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 Presence Faith Advent Hope Joy Celebration Redeemer…
  • Big Words Part One: SALVATION

    paulwnewell
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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 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 Presence Faith Advent Hope Joy Celebration Redeemer…
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    Kevin Campbell

  • REST From The Burdens Of Life

    Kevin Campbell
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    We started a series on Easter Sunday at Elevate called REST. It is based on Psalm 23.  I really do believe this series will be the most impactful series we’ve ever done at Elevate. I am praying it helps many find REST that only God can provide! “REST begins when I TRUST God with burdens I was never intended to carry.” Watch the first message in this series to get a fresh insight on Psalm 23 and find out what it will take to experience REST: Related posts: Life Change Story At Elevate GOOD FRIDAY: No Resurrection Without The CROSS Mexico: Making A Difference
  • Life Change Story At Elevate

    Kevin Campbell
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    I LOVE when God moves in a family at Elevate Church and changes lives!  We are blessed to be a blessing. Here is a real life example of how God is doing this at Elevate: Related posts: Mexico: Making A Difference This Makes It All Worth It Beach Baptisms – Life Change!
  • GOOD FRIDAY: No Resurrection Without The CROSS

    Kevin Campbell
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last Sunday I shared a message called Jesus Is LOVE. There is no resurrection without the CROSS. If you ever doubt God cares, look at the cross! If you ever doubt God’s love, look at the cross! If you ever doubt if anyone understands what you are going through, look at the cross. The CROSS brings meaning to the mess of our lives! Watch this message as we reflect on what Jesus did for us on GOOD FRIDAY:   Related posts: When We Are Like Jesus It’s Good Friday: Consider HIM! Good Friday
  • Mexico: Making A Difference

    Kevin Campbell
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    We are blessed to be a blessing! I am so proud of our Elevate team who went to Mexico a few weeks ago to BLESS a family in need. Check out this recap video of their time in Mexico: Related posts: Elevate Church, YOU Are Making A Difference! Making a Difference Video: Elevate Groups Making A Difference
  • Get Ready: EASTER At Elevate!

    Kevin Campbell
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Join us this Sunday for one of the greatest days of the year – EASTER Sunday! We will celebrate our risen Lord with: - Worship and Easter Message: New Series called REST – Psalm 23. - Coffee Bar for specialty drinks - Easter Treats for everyone - EGG HUNT and Inflatables for the kids after the Service PRAY & Invite:  Please be in PRAYER for this incredible opportunity we have to REACH many people for Christ! INVITE as many people as you possibly can this Sunday. This is one of the greatest opportunities all year for someone to say YES to your invitation. Ask them today!
 
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    Worlds of Wow Blog

  • Making A Wish!

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

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

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:54 am
    We love this whimsical children's ministry design!  Our friends at Cross Timbers Community Church succeeded in communicating they love their "Littles"!We will soon be adding 'wow' to their brand new elementary space!  Stay tuned...
  • Everyone Needs A Treehouse...

    3 Apr 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Working with First Baptist Church of West Monroe was like working with family!  We had such a great time transforming their children's ministry space into a life-sized indoor treehouse.  First West is sure to engage kids and families the moment they walk in at the first sight of the children's ministry check-in - you truly are entering a place designed just for kids!
  • Good To Hear...

    26 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    We love hearing from our previous customers!  Recently Temple Baptist Church in Ruston, LA messaged us...We are continuing to LOVE our space and everyone is so impressed with the area.  It truly has been amazing!
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    Digital Evangelism Issues

  • Understanding media and evangelism – Phil Cooke conversation video

    siskin
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    [Please Share] Lots of challenging wisdom from Phil Cooke | @PhilCooke, author of Creative Christian Media, on creatives, media, culture, storytelling, film, evangelism and effective communication. Here are 18 minutes of high-value insights – do make the time to watch over the weekend. A Conversation With Phil Cooke from Future of the Church on Vimeo. Subscribe, share & re-use . . . GET UPDATES BY EMAIL & TWITTER Get our blog posts by email, two or three times a week: Feedburner email | + Feedly RSS or by Twitter: HELP! How Internet Evangelism Day can help YOU and your church.
  • Latest Qualman ‘Socialnomics’ video short released today

    siskin
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    [Please Share] Erik Qualman has done it again. Released his latest annual iteration of his view of the state of social media, as a 3-minute YouTube summary: Watch on YouTube Subscribe, share & re-use . . . GET UPDATES BY EMAIL & TWITTER Get our blog posts by email, two or three times a week: Feedburner email | + Feedly RSS or by Twitter: HELP! How Internet Evangelism Day can help YOU and your church. Please help us: complete this short digital outreach questionnaire and get free ebook Tweeting Church. Please also share this post on Facebook, Twitter and Google +1 using the one-click…
  • Collaboration leverages effectiveness for gospel: video and free ebook

    siskin
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    [Please Share] See what can happen when mission agencies collaborate AND use digital effectively, in this video by Create International, producers of films for the Majority World: listing. (Other related groups that may help you: Visual Story Network and Mobile Ministry Forum.) Of course, collaboration is vital in any area of ministry, in whatever location: “All of us are smarter than one of us.” The definitive book to read is Well Connected – Releasing Power, Restoring Hope Through Kingdom Partnerships by Phill Butler, available as a free PDF download. He is a member of the…
  • Free ebook: Why Every Leader Must Blog

    siskin
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    Blogger Rodlie Ortiz is offering a free ebook to all those who follow his blog. In his book Why Every Leader Must Blog: 7 Reasons To Start Now & 11 Tips To Get You Started, his contention is an established one – that what we sit down to consider, think around, and write about, we understand and remember far better. That’s why you used to write essays at school and college, remember? It’s one reason why people keep journals or diaries, or even take notes during sermons. So he is suggesting that Christian leaders will benefit themselves considerably by writing for others!
  • Using hashtags effectively: infographic

    siskin
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    Helpful infographic from Huffington Post on using hashtags effectively: Subscribe, share & re-use . . . GET UPDATES BY EMAIL & TWITTER Get our blog posts by email, two or three times a week: Feedburner email | + Feedly RSS or by Twitter: HELP! How Internet Evangelism Day can help YOU and your church. Please help us: complete this short digital outreach questionnaire and get free ebook Tweeting Church. Please also share this post on Facebook, Twitter and Google +1 using the one-click links below. You can also automatically syndicate our blog posts to your Facebook Wall (and/or your…
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    Brad Lomenick

  • 12 Tips to Help You be a Better Speaker and Communicator

    bradlomenick
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    1. End on time. So simple, but so hard for so many speakers I know. 2. Don’t ask if people can hear you. They can. And if they can’t, the sound guys will turn up your microphone. This is incredibly distractive. 3. Avoid open ended questions with your audience. Those can be incredibly awkward if no one responds. For example, “are you fired up?” If no one answers, or even one person, you’re off to an awkward start! 4. Always thank your host or sponsor. It creates connection, and also shows that you are actually aware enough to know who’s behind the event or…
  • Young Influencers List, April edition

    bradlomenick
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Here you go, the April edition of the Young Influencers List. You can see all the past month’s editions here. 1. FEDEL- real name Anthony Flagg, hip hop artist, rapper, spoken word poet, and speaker from Tulsa. 2. Jay Argaet- art and global communications director at Hillsong Church in Sydney. Great instagram follow! 3. Hannah Brencher- founder and creative director of More Love Letters, along with a blogger. Featured on TED, Oprah and elsewhere. 4. Shannon McNevan- founder and executive director of Republic Live and Boots and Hearts Festival, the largest country music festival in…
  • Great Leaders are committed to the Insignificant

    bradlomenick
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    As Leaders, we live for the moment. The big moments that are memory makers. The home runs. The winning “touchdown.” The deal that launches our organizations or business to the next level. The significant benchmarks in life that define us and shape us. The times that people will talk about for years to come. When the adrenaline is dialed up and we step in. But ultimately, faithfulness looks most like being disciplined and faithful to the small things in life and leadership. Great leaders are committed to the Insignificant. The making of a leader takes time, and I believe is…
  • One of the great Leadership Corruptors

    bradlomenick
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    POWER. One of the great corruptors of leaders. We all deny it in public, but struggle with its pull over us in private. If you recall, it was one of the temptations of Jesus while in the desert for 40 days. Actually the 3rd temptation he faced. “I will give you all the kingdoms of this world in their splendor,” the demon said to Jesus (Matthew 4:9). Power is intoxicating. Throughout history, leaders have given in to the temptation of power- whether political, military, economic, or even moral and spiritual power- even though many continued to speak and lead and influence in the…
  • 8 Ways to Honor Your Leader

    bradlomenick
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:40 am
    Leading is not easy. And it’s even more difficult if those on your team aren’t equipped well to follow. We all have leaders that we work with, for and around. And every leader I know values being honored and respected. Honor is a really big thing. And incredibly important as it relates to being part of a team. And especially relevant to young leaders, many of whom are working for leaders who are older than them. Here are some ways to honor your leaders: 1. Pray - a huge one. Pray for wisdom, for clarity, for compassion and for a clear vision for your leader and leaders.
 
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    TeamRCIA

  • Episode 69: Are you making these six mistakes in your RCIA?

    Jen Pardo
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    In this episode, Nick and Diana discuss six fatal errors that quash your RCIA process. Next, they offer three bites of Sunday Brunch that give you a recipe for discussing the 2nd Sunday of Easter. And don’t miss the answer … Continue reading →
  • How to discover the best RCIA leader for your parish

    Nick Wagner
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:52 pm
    When you vote for a politician, you are choosing him to lead you and your community. When you go to the doctor, you are choosing her because she can lead you to good decisions about your health. When you want … Continue reading →
  • Episode 68: Five tips for mystagogical preaching and teaching

    Jen Pardo
    12 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    In this audio, Diana and Nick teach you how to be a rock-star mystagogue by using techniques from the golden age of catechesis. And we give you three somewhat bigger bites to chew on in our Sunday Brunch as we … Continue reading →
  • Six things that are probably wrong with your RCIA — and how to fix them

    Nick Wagner
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    Sometimes I fantasize about being the RCIA Czar. I don’t really want to be a czar. I just wish parishes could get closer to the vision of what the Second Vatican Council had in mind when it called for the … Continue reading →
  • Episode 67: Eight ways to take Easter home

    Jen Pardo
    5 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    In this episode, Nick and Diana offer some tips for celebrating the Easter season in the domestic church. And during the Sunday Brunch, you will get three bite-sized catechetical morsels for Palm Sunday. And the whole thing leads off with … Continue reading →
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    Brandon A. Cox

  • This Coming Weekend: How to Have Hope Every Day

    Brandon
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Easter offers us hope for the forgiveness of sin and for eternal life. But there is more! God offers us some huge reasons to have hope every single day! In part two of Why We Hope, coming up this Sunday at Grace Hills, we’ll look at the three big gifts Jesus gives today to help us live with hope every day no matter what: His Word (the Bible) His Spirit (the Holy Spirit) His People (the Church) We’ll define and discover how to take full advantage of each. You can always help us spread the word by visiting our Facebook page and clicking “Like” on the current weekend…
  • Leading In the Afterglow of a Big Sunday

    Brandon
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:20 am
    I was humbled by the words scribbled on the back of a communication card this past Sunday: This was my first time to church. I have struggled most of my life and just find myself in the worst situations. Listening to your sermon gave me a lot to think about and I am ready to let Jesus help me find the way. I had a follow-up conversation with this young man after the service was over and I was moved by his honesty about his past and present struggles. We make it clear at Grace Hills that all of us are broken and any of us can find healing in a relationship with Jesus. That healing process just…
  • Facebook Is Making Online Outreach a LOT Harder: 6 Ways Churches Can Still Use It Well

    Brandon
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:22 pm
    The gospel did okay before Facebook, and will do just fine without it. But plenty of churches and organizations like mine have found Facebook to be an incredibly useful tool for getting the word out about Jesus and His people. We’ve devoted time, energy, and even financial resources to gathering a community of fans who read posts, click links, and pass things along to friends. Now however, Facebook is changing in ways that are bringing the pain to brands of all kinds, including churches and Christian organizations. In short, they’re changing their algorithm so that the content…
  • In a Culture War, There Can Be No Truce Nor Victory, So…

    Brandon
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:22 am
    Hobby Lobby went to court. World Vision changed its hiring policy. Then they changed it back. The President visited the Pope. It’s been a big week – not for the kingdom, but for western evangelicalism. And it hasn’t been pretty. The church is called, in Scripture, the “pillar and ground of truth,” so I believe we have a responsibility to be a voice for God’s truth in the middle of a society that doesn’t recognize or understand Him. That being said, I don’t believe our objective is to reform society as much as to offer redemption from sin, or to…
  • The Truth of the Bible Still Matters, and It Always Will

    Brandon
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:06 am
    The Bible is literally true. If I just lost you, that’s okay. I get that this may come across as a weird statement to anyone reading who is 1) not a Christian, 2) a new Christian, or 3) a “progressive” Christian who disagrees. And it’s downright laughable to the skeptic who denies it on scientific or historical grounds. I’m okay with that. I made a rather significant decision when I was seventeen years old. I was struggling with God’s calling on my life and my father-in-law gave me a copy of W. A. Criswell’s autobiography, Standing On the Promises.
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    Build the Church

  • Build the Church 427

    12 Apr 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Get ready for great artists and old favorites. Today hear Vice the Monster and Once Blind and Build the Church fav's Eowyn and Sonia V.Enjoy today's music! MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • Build the Church 428

    12 Apr 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Another podcast loaded with Build the Church favorites. Today hear the music of Three Cord Wonder, Spoken, Rachanee and The Canvas Waiting.Enjoy today's music. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • Build the Church 429 - Slaves Wage

    12 Apr 2014 | 3:18 pm
    We have an extra special Build the Church for you today. Today we feature the music of Slaves Wage from Arlington, Texas. Be sure to turn up the speakers for this "blow your speakers" episode.Enjoy today's Build the Church. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • Build the Church 430

    12 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Ok, it really is time to blow the speakers. Today on Build the Church we feature the hard driving sounds from the stable of Retroactive Records. Today hear the hard rock and metal sounds of Bride, Deliverance, Grave Robber, Main Line Riders and Ultimatum.Enjoy the podcast, you have Build the Church's permission to blow a speaker. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • Build the Church 431

    12 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Today's Build the Church will not disappoint! Get ready to crank up the speaker for Theory in Motion, Nine Lashes, Trey Mills, Walking Ashland and Jae Stevens Live! Enjoy the podcast. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
 
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    Biblical Preaching

  • With Me: Luke’s Easter Narrative

    Peter Mead
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:41 am
    I have just written a blog that underlines one of Luke’s tools in his Gospel writing – he loves to use pairs.  Actually, he uses them for two reasons and if you are preaching from Luke this Friday or Sunday, you should be aware of this key feature in his wonderful Gospel.  To read the article, click here.
  • Guest Series: Preaching Wisdom – Part 6

    Peter Mead
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:19 am
    Guest blog: My good friend, Huw Williams, has offered this series on preaching wisdom literature.  Huw is the pastor of the International Church in Torino, Italy, where he lives with his wife and daughter.  Here is his personal blog.  Thanks Huw! _________________________ And to finish off the list . . . 6. Be aware of who is truly wise. Step back and think of wisdom literature as a whole genre for a moment, consider the dynamic that is going on. In it’s simplest form it is this – a wise person is offering his wisdom to someone who is less wise. Remember this is not the same as…
  • Guest Series: Preaching Wisdom – Part 5

    Peter Mead
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:16 am
    Guest blog: My good friend, Huw Williams, has offered this series on preaching wisdom literature.  Huw is the pastor of the International Church in Torino, Italy, where he lives with his wife and daughter.  Here is his personal blog.  Thanks Huw! _________________________ Continuing the list of areas for special attention, so far we have had beware of self-improvement, beware of making promises out of proverbs, and preach thought units.  Last in the list: 4. Consider what it means to preach a reflective genre… reflectively. We have already seen that wisdom literature requires…
  • Guest Series: Preaching Wisdom – Part 4

    Peter Mead
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:12 am
    Guest blog: My good friend, Huw Williams, has offered this series on preaching wisdom literature.  Huw is the pastor of the International Church in Torino, Italy, where he lives with his wife and daughter.  Here is his personal blog.  Thanks Huw! __________________________ 4. Areas for special attention So let’s try and get down to nuts and bolts. What practical steps can we take to try and improve our preaching of wisdom literature? 1. Beware of self-improvement. It is all too easy to focus on the fact that Job ended up with more stuff at the end of the story than he had when it…
  • Guest Series: Preaching Wisdom – Part 3

    Peter Mead
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:11 am
    Guest blog: My good friend, Huw Williams, has offered this series on preaching wisdom literature.  Huw is the pastor of the International Church in Torino, Italy, where he lives with his wife and daughter.  Here is his personal blog.  Thanks Huw! _________________________ 3. Be aware of the challenges in preaching wisdom literature. I’ve already mentioned some of the challenges in teaching wisdom. But there are other challenges – how about the theological question of preaching wisdom literature? Think of some of the big Bible themes – creation, sin, promise, redemption, and so…
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    samluce.com

  • The gospel and our feelings

    samluce
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Americans love the New Testament Jesus. I have read many blog posts over the past few weeks that talk about feelings, that paint Jesus as this hippie that talks about love all the time, unlike his grumpy dad who kills everyone in the Old Testament. The Old Man is harsh and Jesus is squishy and awesome. It just feels right. The problem with so many Christians is our reaction to legalistic judgmentalism isn’t to turn to Christ, who is both Just and Justifer instead we end up falling on the other side of the horse to squishy liberal theology of feelings. Lewis says this in “The…
  • The hidden blessings of smaller and having less.

    samluce
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:48 am
    I love the United States, but one of the things I have come to notice through spending time in other countries is we are obsessed with extra-large everything. Nothing is exempt from our obsession, from sodas to cars to the homes we live in, we are hypnotized by truth we hear seemly all around us Bigger is always better. But is it really? Growing up both my parents worked very hard but we never had big cars or big houses and never took big vacations. And you know what me and my siblings turned out just fine. Actually as I look back over my childhood you know what I remember with fondness? The…
  • How to export highlights from your Kindle.

    samluce
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
    I love to read but one of the things that kept me from reading books on a kindle was I could not export my favorite quotes from a book I was reading. I could only share those quotes on social media. So for a while I shied away from kindle and chose to real paper read books. I would highlight the book then go back and type all the highlights by hand, a tedious task for sure. I then discovered https://kindle.amazon.com/your_highlights  If you have a kindle account you simply log in and see all the books you have highlighted. Starting with the most recent book you highlighted. If you would like…
  • Free Bible Lesson Mark: Book of the servant

    samluce
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    The Gospel Of Mark – Book of the Servant Key Point – We must serve others just like Jesus. Memory Verse – Philippians 2:7 “7 But he gave up his place with God and made himself nothing. He was born to be a man and became like a servant” Bible Story/Children’s Sermon –  (1 Samuel 16) David watching the sheep when Samuel came to anoint the king. David was serving his father and was blessed because of it. Explain that as a Christian we must follow Jesus. We must do everything He did. (Have some kids come up and instruct them to follow you and do what they do.) Jesus ultimate…
  • How I save 3 to 4 hours a week.

    samluce
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    I stumbled upon Sanebox a few weeks ago and it has been a game changer for me. I am by no means a super power email user but I get my fair share of emails every week. I would spend a few hours a week archiving old and information only emails. One of the common problems was important emails would get pushed off the important front page of my gmail account. Getting pushed of the front page would push it from my mind and many important emails would get lost or delayed because it was out of sight out of mind. Here is the problem I didn’t want to delete them because I needed them for…
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    Children's Ministry Online

  • Large Group Programing Excellence

    Kenny
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    This last year we made some significant changes to the way we teach elementary kids on Sunday morning. We went from a team of 10-12 that covered production in two environments for three services to a team of nearly 40 for a well-executed service in one environment for three services. It has been a game changer. However, when we were getting ready to launch, it was very difficult to find any video resources that showed what a highly executed elementary service could look like. I contacted several churches and no one had any kind of video, which is funny to me. Since we relaunched in January,…
  • A new check-in comes to town

    Kenny
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    Last night someone sent me a link to the video posted below. I had no idea this was coming, but I’m very excited about it. Planning Center Online, the creators of the absolute best service planning software has just launched check-in software. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting this but I think that this could be a game changer. I found Planning Center Online shortly after it came out. I personally didn’t have a need for it as I wasn’t planning services in a way that the software would help me. However, I was intrigued by how it scheduled volunteers. I exchanged emails with…
  • Easter Resources: Mini movies, videos and countdowns

    Kenny
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    Okay, Easter is only 26 days away now… you better get busy. Yesterday I shared a bunch of free (and links to high quality paid) graphics and slides to enhance your Easter experience. Today, I’d like to share some incredible media that could enhance your Easter services in a major way. The resources I’ve gathered below are from Worship House Media and Worship House Kids. There are literally hundreds of other resources on their respective sites. It’s a great time to be in ministry, so many great resources to choose from. The Son Rose Theatrical “trailer” for…
  • The Desk

    Kenny
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Last night, Chris Parker, the student pastor at Gateway wrote a blog post that totally inspired me and I knew that I had to write this post today. When I first took the job at Gateway six years ago, a reference told me that one of the “negatives” about Gateway was the office space. There just wasn’t enough. Many years later, we’re an even larger staff with the same amount of space. About a year ago, a decision was made to radically transform the offices. The idea was to transition to a highly collaborative office space. The private offices on the perimeter of the…
  • Easter Resources: Graphics & Slides

    Kenny
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:09 am
    Easter is 27 days away. Do you know what you’re doing yet? Do you need some help? Looking for some resources to enhance the plan you’re trying to execute? It’s good to know that we don’t always have to re-invent the wheel. There are others who have been in your shoes and have created beautiful resources and have made them available for free and for purchase. This week I’m going to connect you to some incredible Easter resources. There is still plenty of time, so hopefully some of these resources will meet your needs! One of my all time favorite resource sites is…
 
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • Google Maps Unveils New Time Travel Feature

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Google Maps has begun rolling out a new feature that allows users to look at various routes since they first started being photographed in 2007. Because Google frequently updates its Street View images, for many roads, several past versions exists. Though it’s not available for everyone just yet, The Wire has compiled some really compelling before-and-after shots of Street View locations that look completely different than they did just a few years ago ...
  • Report: Fast Food CEOs Make 1,000 Times More than Their Employees

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    According to this report, the “CEO-to-worker pay ratio” in the fast food industry now represents the greatest disparity in the entire U.S. economy at 1,000-1. As NPR notes, fast food CEOs compensations have quadrupled in the last 14 years, while most restaurant workers make just $9 per hour. Another recent report found that more than half of all fast food employees utilized, or have family members using, government assistance programs like food stamps. Last year, the CEOs of YUM! (which owns Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut), McDonald’s and Chipotle combined to make more than $43 million…
  • Always Check the Rules Before You Eat Your Record-Setting Shark

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    A few weeks back, fisherman Joey Polk caught an 805 lb. shark and threw it in the back of his truck, as is the style of the times. (Yes, this happened in Florida.) Polk was so excited about catching a record-setting shark that he decided to commemorate the catch by chopping it up and grilling it, which is too bad, because that's against the rules of the Land-Based Shark Fishing Association(?). It means Polk's catch won't be recorded for posterity, and the record holder will remain Earnie Polk—Joey's cousin. He caught a 725 lb. mako back in 2009 and, yes, he also ate his shark. But that was…
  • The Story of the Restaurant that Produces Zero Trash

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    For nearly two years, the Sandwich Me restaurant in Chicago has produced zero waste. The slightly more than eight pounds of trash it did create during that time was given to an artist, who turned it into a sculpture. In this short video from NationSwell, owner Justin Vrany explains his passion for food and community, as well as, his unwavering dedication to sustainability ...
  • The Unexpected Backlash Against Onscreen Sex

    admintyler
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    Both on film and television, sex continues to sell. But are viewers still buying it? Last Sunday, Game of Thrones fans were treated to a deeply unpleasant scene that stood out even in a show known for deeply unpleasant scenes.
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  • Job: Why do bad things happen to good people?

    David
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    My Mother in law had a bird feeder in her backyard and when Joanna and I were staying with her we would fill it from time to time, especially if it was something that Declan wanted to do. But it didn’t always have food in it. And when the bird feeder was empty, of course you would watch birds fly over to it, look for food and then fly away and it made me wonder… do the birds ever consider why it’s empty? Do they look for patterns or connections? Do they notice that it’s only filled on Sunday, or that it doesn’t have food when it’s raining, and more…
  • Noah and the Mighty Ark

    David
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    As a pastor and Father I am always looking for Children’s books that tell bible stories for my two young sons. Originally, I had purchased this book for my older son, but I think a very young child could appreciate this book just as well, because it’s all about the bright and beautiful pictures. Noah and the Mighty Ark Of course this book retells the story of Noah’s ark – which admittedly can be a hard subject matter for little ears. Despite what is painted on nursery walls, the story of Noah is not for children. I think the author does a wonderful job of shielding…
  • Soul Keeping

    David
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Perhaps for me this is mistitled, I would have chosen “Soul Keeping; my life spent with Dallas Willard.”  Mr. Willard died May 8, 2013 and the author of Soul Keeping, John Ortberg spent many years under his tutelage. And so for as much as this book is about nurturing your soul, it’s also a memoir of much of what Willard taught the author. Soul Keeping: Caring For the Most Important Part of You The first half of the book is an overview of what Dallas Willard taught the author and the second half of the book focuses on the need for a healthy soul. We have Christian…
  • My Redeemer Lives

    David
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    When Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, died suddenly in his Graceland mansion in August 1977, his father, Vernon Presley, wanted to honor his son’s last request to be buried on the grounds of his home. However, the Memphis city council wouldn’t make an exception to the law prohibiting burials on private property. So, Elvis was originally buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis. But the story goes, that Elvis’ father hired a man named Ron Tyler to steal Elvis’ body. Well, actually that’s only partially true, in truth he hired Ron Tyler to…
  • Out of the Depths

    David
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Edgar Harrell has written a book “Out of the Depths” about the men who survived the sinking of the U.S. Indianapolis during World War II. And I think this book touched on one of my biggest fears, being alone – adrift at sea – abandoned in shark infested salt water for five days and nights with no hope in sight. This book is about the faith and hope we have in God that enables us to have courage in dark times. But Edgar Harrell is not simply an author recording events, Edgar was actually a young marine who was aboard that ship when it sunk. He is a survivor. Reading…
 
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  • Serve Strong: An Interview With Author Terry Powell (part 1)

    Scott
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:44 am
    Recently, I was approached by Terry Powell who wrote the book Serve Strong. You can imagine the common thinking just by the title of the book and the title of this website/blog resource. I asked Terry if he would mind responding to an interview for you. He has graciously consented. For more information on Terry, […]
  • Learn The One True Sign Of Integrity

    Scott
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    Darkness. You’re alone. You’re faced with a decision. Option one: cheat. Option two: do the right thing. The one true sign of your integrity as a leader depends on the choice(s) you make when no one is looking – when there’s no one to impress – when there is no chance of reprisal, no chance […]
  • Jennie Is My Jesus

    Scott
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    From the 23rd Psalm: I will fear no evil for you are with me. If you’re a people person it’s likely to come easy for you to imagine Jesus walking beside you throughout the day. You love to be with people and can identify with the idea that you are not alone in this world. […]
  • Silence For Nothing

    Scott
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    I pause. The iPad is off. The phone set to do not disturb. Sitting in silence. Doing nothing. Letting thoughts flow in one side and out the other. No judgments – just observation. Heart rate lowers. Breathing becomes meaningfully rhythmic. The world gets smaller. Problems take their place behind the shadow of the Answer. A […]
  • Carpe Manna

    Scott
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    What’s the significance of manna? Sure, it fed the people running from Egypt and toward the promised land. It kept them nourished even when they had no clue what it was. But the most significant thing about manna was that it was daily, only. Tomorrow, today’s manna would be no good. Yesterday’s manna today was […]
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  • 3 Simple Maintenance Tips for Your Check-in Station

    Alex Smith
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Basic actions can help keep check-in running smoothly on your computers, and, therefore, for your organization. Actions such as consistently cleaning your printers, running operating system updates, and maintaining an anti-virus program, can keep things running smoothly when it’s time to check children in. Follow these tips to make sure your check-in stations are ready to roll before the families start lining up. 1) Keep Your Label Printer Clean A clean label printer is a happy label printer. Well, maybe we can’t speak to its actual happiness, but periodically cleaning your printer will…
  • 5 Instagram Ideas for Churches [Free ebook]

    Lauren Hunter
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    We want to set you up for success on Instagram, so we have come up with some great Instagram ideas for your church to use it well. Note that some of these ideas are perfect for large churches and others setup for small ones. 1. Promote a Sermon Series One of the best uses of Instagram is the ability to promote sermon series through graphics or 15 second video bumpers. If you have a graphic that is used for Sunday sermons that is put onto the projector slide, why not post that on Instagram a week or two before you start the series. If you have the video capacity (i.e. everyone with an…
  • 10 Easter Resources To Make Your Sunday Better

    Jeremy Smith
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:55 am
    The Easter service is coming up on us fast and if you do not have the whole thing finished and polished, we want to give you guys some great Easter resources to make your service that much better. Here are 10 resources that will cover all parts of your church’s Easter Sunday service, including free motion graphics, small groups to watch the streaming sermon, mini movies to help lead into your sermon, and more. 1) Easter Graphic Set This is a great cost-effective graphic set for any church that is low on a budget but does not have the time or manpower to put together a graphic set for…
  • Connecting Your Church’s Digital Presence to Ministry Effectiveness

    Steve Caton
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    As someone who works in ministry but also values technology, you understand why having an effective digital presence is critical for churches. However, there are probably people in your church who don’t understand why your church’s website is so important. Despite the fact that 70 percent of your church’s first-time guests will visit your website before they decide to attend, some church leaders can’t make the connection between your digital presence and ministry effectiveness. This can be a tough change for some leaders because they remember a day when churches didn’t have websites…
  • Internet Consumption Around the World [Infographic]

    Lauren Hunter
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    It’s slightly alarming that 2013 marked the first year that there are more mobile internet devices than humans. Crazy to believe this, yet look around your house and you’ll probably see the stats are true. Between myself, my husband, and our four kids (who are not all old enough to own their own devices) we have two smartphones, an iPad, two Kindles, three computers, and two iPods–that’s eight internet devices! That’s not even counting old devices that have been tossed in a drawer never to see the light of day again. How do you consume the internet? Fixed…
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  • Wisdom position

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

    Mattofact
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:52 pm
    In 2009 I launched a business to help churches, ministries, and businesses in the Christian space with their marketing and social media plans, content strategies, and management. With the help of one of my long time friends and favorite designers, Rachel Parks, we launched IceCream Social Experts. Images of the site are below. We had a good run, working with major artist, ministries and churches around the world. But, the old saying is true – those who don’t change die. It was time to shut the site down and start fresh. For all the companies, friends and churches that we have…
  • Source of strength

    Mattofact
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:34 am
    Be strong. You have a great support team that brings the promise of hope.
  • 3D Recreation of classic art

    Mattofact
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Killer classic art 3D rendering from Hungarian artist Ekho. Budavár visszavétele 3D from ekho on Vimeo. If you think for a minute this challenge from his wife was an easy thing to do, you should view his behance page or blog for the project details. Looks like he had to literally rebuild the painting and recreate most all of the figures.
  • A Second A Day Video

    Mattofact
    12 Mar 2014 | 7:29 pm
    A day in the life of an average young girl – one second at a time for a year. The message is powerful and the truth is undeniable.
 
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  • How To Get The Church On Board With Vision

    artie
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    You spend some great time with God. You really feel you know what the next step of Kingdom growth for your church should look like. You begin to move in that direction and earnestly try and get buy in, just to be met with disappointment and frustration. This happens all too often when a leader fails to establish a “Vision Protection” team. Think back to Jesus’ day. He had a vision protection team. It had 3 parts… 1 – John (the 1) This is a very influential person in the church. They have a lot of maturity and pull with those in authority. This is like the first person…
  • 3 Keys That Will Take You Further

    artie
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    I watched Diana Nyad recently tell the story of her historical swim  from Cuba to Florida. It was an inspiring story and she shared a few of the reasons that allowed her to accomplish a feat many tried before her, but all met with failure. Here are a few of the “strategies” she mentioned. 1- Recruit Winners Diana praised her “world class” team for protecting her from everything from killer jelly fish to sharks and pushing her further than she ever dreamed. It’s not a secret that bringing the best team with you will push you! Look for those who can push you the most in what God has…
  • 4 Attitudes of a Productive Team

    artie
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:24 am
    My father in law taught me a lot about bees before he died. He raised them and harvested their honey for years. And they never ceased to amaze him for all those years. Bees are amazing, but they have four main objectives: They will build a hive, protect the hive with force, sustain themselves with honey, and reproduce. The teams in our churches desperately need to keep these four qualities in the fore front of their minds. 1- Productive Teams: BUILD We can never forget our mission: Build the Kingdom of God by brining new believers in and helping them grow up and become like Jesus. Our mission…
  • Caveman Church Leader

    artie
    14 Mar 2014 | 4:40 am
    Say what you want about the large bearded man rockin the Wooley Mammoth suit and carrying that big beatin stick, but he knows how to survive! We can learn something from our caveman cousin about the art of surviving and growing in some difficult situations… Like, church! I see four skills the caveman developed that would be of great value to church leaders… 1- Stalk and hunt We have to know our prey. We need to know what we can actually take down, know where it can be found and develop the skills to get close. We have to have reasonable expectations of our team and church. We have…
  • 5 Traits of the Most Magnetic Leaders

    artie
    10 Mar 2014 | 5:25 am
    1. They ask caring questions They ask questions that go far beyond superficial interest. They draw me out with pointed questions that show they genuinely care about me and it never sounds scripted. 2. They listen to me They allow me to fully vent or explain without making me feel on I’m on “the clock” with them. They demonstrate their authenticity by giving me their time (Their most valuable asset), without complaint. 3. They give… knowing it can’t be returned They are genuine and sincere givers. They share ideas that cost them years, dollars and blood. But, they pay it…
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  • This Coming Weekend: How to Have Hope Every Day

    Brandon
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Easter offers us hope for the forgiveness of sin and for eternal life. But there is more! God offers us some huge reasons to have hope every single day! In part two of Why We Hope, coming up this Sunday at Grace Hills, we’ll look at the three big gifts Jesus gives today to help us live with hope every day no matter what: His Word (the Bible) His Spirit (the Holy Spirit) His People (the Church) We’ll define and discover how to take full advantage of each. You can always help us spread the word by visiting our Facebook page and clicking “Like” on the current weekend…
  • Leading In the Afterglow of a Big Sunday

    Brandon
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:20 am
    I was humbled by the words scribbled on the back of a communication card this past Sunday: This was my first time to church. I have struggled most of my life and just find myself in the worst situations. Listening to your sermon gave me a lot to think about and I am ready to let Jesus help me find the way. I had a follow-up conversation with this young man after the service was over and I was moved by his honesty about his past and present struggles. We make it clear at Grace Hills that all of us are broken and any of us can find healing in a relationship with Jesus. That healing process just…
  • Facebook Is Making Online Outreach a LOT Harder: 6 Ways Churches Can Still Use It Well

    Brandon
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:22 pm
    The gospel did okay before Facebook, and will do just fine without it. But plenty of churches and organizations like mine have found Facebook to be an incredibly useful tool for getting the word out about Jesus and His people. We’ve devoted time, energy, and even financial resources to gathering a community of fans who read posts, click links, and pass things along to friends. Now however, Facebook is changing in ways that are bringing the pain to brands of all kinds, including churches and Christian organizations. In short, they’re changing their algorithm so that the content…
  • In a Culture War, There Can Be No Truce Nor Victory, So…

    Brandon
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:22 am
    Hobby Lobby went to court. World Vision changed its hiring policy. Then they changed it back. The President visited the Pope. It’s been a big week – not for the kingdom, but for western evangelicalism. And it hasn’t been pretty. The church is called, in Scripture, the “pillar and ground of truth,” so I believe we have a responsibility to be a voice for God’s truth in the middle of a society that doesn’t recognize or understand Him. That being said, I don’t believe our objective is to reform society as much as to offer redemption from sin, or to…
  • The Truth of the Bible Still Matters, and It Always Will

    Brandon
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:06 am
    The Bible is literally true. If I just lost you, that’s okay. I get that this may come across as a weird statement to anyone reading who is 1) not a Christian, 2) a new Christian, or 3) a “progressive” Christian who disagrees. And it’s downright laughable to the skeptic who denies it on scientific or historical grounds. I’m okay with that. I made a rather significant decision when I was seventeen years old. I was struggling with God’s calling on my life and my father-in-law gave me a copy of W. A. Criswell’s autobiography, Standing On the Promises.
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    The Navy Christian

  • 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
  • Living in Light of the Coming Rapture

    Dan Smith
    18 Mar 2014 | 4:30 am
    It's official! Living in Light of the Coming Rapture is going live! It will hit the book shelves (Amazon.com, that is) at the end of March or early April. I expect it to be available on Kindle at the same time. Within the next several months, it will be available at Barnes and Noble, Kobi (for Sony Readers) and iBooks. I've sent the book out to a few folks for review. If you're interested in
  • Taking the Rapture Live

    Dan Smith
    10 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    I've been struggling for awhile about publishing my work on the rapture and living by it. I grew up with the idea that the rapture could happen at any time, and I still believe it could. For some reason though, I'm afraid to release my writing into the world. The world, at least the Christian world, is more hostile to the idea of the rapture than it was when I was a kid, or maybe I just never
  • A Little God like Me

    Dan Smith
    13 Feb 2014 | 4:32 am
     I'm reading a book called Gods at War, by Kyle Idleman. In this book, Kyle talks about the idols in our lives. He cuts through the, "I don't make idols argument" pretty quickly and really exposes us for who we are...I should say who I am. I'm also reading through the Bible right now and passed through Exodus 20 a few days ago. It was a painful read. It was a painful read because I know I have
  • Letters from Mom: A Tribute

    Dan Smith
    5 Feb 2014 | 7:07 am
    One of the things that we talked about at the funeral, between my aunt and myself, was how my mom used to write letters to people. In an age when everyone uses blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and email, her letters seemed archaic and out of touch. Yet at her funeral it was one of the things that people most remembered. My brothers, our father, and I buried mom a little over a week ago. When I got
 
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    Mark Batterson

  • Seven Prayer Circles for Parents

    Mark Batterson
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    I want to be famous in my home. That is the deepest desire of my heart and the greatest challenge of my life. Nothing is more discouraging or rewarding than being a parent.  I’ve made tons of mistakes, but I’ve also learned that prayer covers a multitude of sins. You’ll never be a perfect parent, but you need to be a praying parent. I genuinely believe that prayer turns parents into prophets who shape the destiny of their children. In Praying Circles Around The Lives of Your Children I share seven tips, seven circles. They range from praying a hedge of protection around…
  • One Million Praises

    Mark Batterson
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    When I was twenty-two years old I felt called to write.  One day I said to Lora, “I’m going to write a book that sells a million copies.” I don’t know if she believed me. I don’t know if I believed me. To be honest, it wasn’t very believable. I was in graduate school at the time and I took a career assessment that showed a low aptitude for writing. But God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.It took me thirteen years to write my first book, a self-published book that sold all of 4,641 copies. But you can’t despise the day of…
  • City Fathers 2014

    Mark Batterson
    21 Jan 2014 | 2:04 pm
    The next installment of City Fathers is right around the corner!  I believe FEBRUARY 4 will set the tone for 2014. If you haven’t registered yet, click on cityfathers.org. And don’t come by yourself. Bring a friend. Bring your staff. The one-day conference is FREE and we’re also giving a FREE GIFT to every registrant–a copy of the ALL IN book + DVD. Here’s the heart behind CITY FATHERS: we need to give honor where honor is due.  I’m so grateful for those leaders who have planted seeds in our city for many years!  Our four speakers have a cumulative…
  • Ten Steps to Setting Life Goals

    Mark Batterson
    23 Dec 2013 | 7:49 am
    As we approach 2014, I review my life goal list and prioritize a few of them that I want to accomplish in the new year. You can find the 113-goal list in The Circle Maker and a more detailed description of these ten steps. 1. Start with Prayer If you set goals in the context of prayer, there is a much higher likelihood that your goals will glorify God, and if they don’t glorify God, then they aren’t worth setting in the first place. So start with prayer. 2. Check your Motives If you set selfish goals, you’d be better off spiritually if you didn’t accomplish them. That’s why you need…
  • The 40-Day Prayer Challenge

    Mark Batterson
    2 Dec 2013 | 3:55 pm
    As we approach 2014, I start thinking about our prayer strategy as a church. We try to leverage both the New Year holiday and Lent as a time of corporate prayer and fasting. And that’s one reason why I wrote the sequel to The Circle Maker titled Draw the Circle: The 40-Day Prayer Challenge. It’s a full-length book, but it’s broken into a 40-day format. You can read it solo, but I think it’s best to read it with family, friends, a small group or church. If you’re looking to jump start your prayer life or take it to the next level, take the challenge in 2014. To…
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  • “Life and Death” Paul Andrew – Podcast

    Molly
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:15 am
    “Oh death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?” What is our response to Christ’s crucifixion, and why does it still matter to us, thousands of years later? Paul Andrew preached this special Easter message, “Life and Death” at our services in Brooklyn, Soho, and Union Square on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. […] Related posts: “Extravagant” Paul Andrew – Podcast “Healer” Rhema Trayner – Podcast “But It’s More Than That” Paul Andrew – Podcast
  • Liberty Sisterhood Gathering on May 2nd

    Jessi Marquez
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    On Friday May 2nd, the women from all 3 Liberty Church Communities will gather at St. Paul’s German Church in Chelsea to hear a panel of our very own women share their personal stories of freedom. Come and cheer these women on as they share their journey to freedom thus far. There will be worship, […] Related posts: Liberty Sisterhood Relaunch – Fri Sept 14th Liberty Sisterhood Launch – Thur Sept 29th Liberty Sisterhood
  • Spring Missions Team Visiting Liberty Zimbabwe Leaves Today

    Jessi Marquez
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Our Spring Missions Team left on Monday to join our Liberty Zimbabwe team in Africa!  From April 21-April 30, they will be partnering with Children’s Cup and the Celebration Church Network as well as investing into Liberty Church Zimbabwe in Sauerstown. Please join us as we pray for a successful trip in Kingdom building! From […] Related posts: Zimbabwe Trip: Gallery Spring 2014 Missions Trip: Zimbabwe Information Session – Zimbabwe Missions Trip
  • Good Friday + Easter Sunday – This Weekend

    Jessi Marquez
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    With Easter right around the corner, we hope you’ll join us as we gather to celebrate Good Friday and Easter Sunday together as a church. We’ll be having a special Good Friday service on April 18. We’ll be gathering at Scholastic Theater (557 Broadway) at 7pm to remember Jesus’ death, share communion, and prepare our […] Related posts: Good Friday + Easter Sunday Services Easter Services At Liberty Church Seven Signs of a Pharisee Spirit – Paul Andrew
  • Welcome to the Team

    Jessi Marquez
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    We’re thrilled to announce that Matt Sadler has joined the staff of Liberty Church this week as our new Central Ministries Director! Matt brings a wealth of skill and experience to the team and has taken on an enormous role as he develops our Central Ministries across Liberty Church. Matt & Dawn Sadler are already […] Related posts: Central Ministries Director: New Staff Opportunity Introducing Our Lower Manhattan Pastors Matt Keller – June 23rd
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  • Small Group Ministry Myth #3: Leaders and Members Know Best What to Study

    Mark Howell
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Note: This is part 3 of a 5 part series.  You can read part 1 right here. —————————————————————————– I love the Discovery Channel show MythBusters.  The show has a simple premise: The MythBusters team “proves and disproves urban legends and popular misconceptions using a signature style of explosive experimentation.”  The myths and misconceptions that get tested range from the absurd (can you herd cats?) to the profound (could Luke…
  • Small Group Ministry Myth #2: Effective at Connecting and Ineffective at Discipling

    Mark Howell
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Note: This is part 2 of a 5 part series.  You can read part 1 right here. ————————————————————————– I love the Discovery Channel show MythBusters.  The show has a simple premise: The MythBusters team “proves and disproves urban legends and popular misconceptions using a signature style of explosive experimentation.”  The myths and misconceptions that get tested range from the absurd (can you herd cats?) to the profound (could Luke…
  • 5 Small Group Ministry Myths that Need Busting

    Mark Howell
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    I love the Discovery Channel show MythBusters.  The show has a simple premise: The MythBusters team “proves and disproves urban legends and popular misconceptions using a signature style of explosive experimentation.”  The myths and misconceptions that get tested range from the absurd (can you herd cats?) to the profound (could Luke Skywalker really swing himself and Leia across a chasm with only his belt-rigged grappling hook). Very fun. But you know…sometimes I run across a small group ministry myth that really needs to be busted.  You know what I’m talking…
  • Dilbert on Leading by Example

    Mark Howell
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Sometimes…the truth hurts and you have to laugh. Top 10 Posts for March, 2014 2013's Most Popular Articles Here Are My Favorite Posts        Related StoriesTop 10 Reasons Leprechauns Rarely Join a Small GroupDilbert on Hiring the Right PeopleTop 10 Signs It’s Time to Abandon Your Small Group Strategy 
  • Two Things to Know about the Primary Point of Connection in Your Church

    Mark Howell
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    What’s the primary point of connection in your church?  Is it the weekend service?  This is a no-brainer question in most 21st century Western churches.  The primary way a person is connected is to the Sunday morning worship service (or Saturday night) of a particular local church. Hear me on this.  I’m not suggesting that is a legitimate point of connection.  I’m only saying that the weekend worship service is the primary point of connection (weak though the connection is) for most members and attenders in our churches. With me?  Isn’t that how it is in your…
 
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  • 2 Apr 2014 | 4:16 pm

    Paul Clark
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:16 pm
    NEW OFFICES OF A1 JOBS LIMITEDwww.a1job.co.uk31 March 2014.Today, after 8 years in Coatbridge,  my company, A1 Jobs Limited moved to a much larger and newly refurbished office in Glasgow city centre. On the corner of Hope Street and Gordon Street it looks directly onto the entrance of Glasgow Central Train Station and the location is ideal for commuting and access throughout Glasgow.A1 Jobs are a recruitment agency specialising in a few areas, including Technical & Engineering,  Oil & Gas, Construction,  Industrial,  Driving, Removals, Renewables, Commercial and…
  • Danny Kane 10 Year Memorial

    Paul Clark
    16 Mar 2014 | 11:36 am
    Danny Kane was amongst the most inspiring individuals it has been my good fortune to have known.Sadly, Danny lost his fight to cancer on 12th March 2004 and left behind many happy memories. This is a small tribute to him 10 years on.PLANNING A MEMORIALSo how to plan a memorial for Danny? First ask, what did Danny love most? Well...Danny was an enthusiastic amateur rocketeer. With that in mind, Lucie (my daughter) designed her own rocket as a tribute to him. You can see Lucie's rocket in the pictures,  propped up against Danny's gravestone. Thanks for this Lucie. It beats flowers and I'm…
  • Review - Knack on Sony Playstation (PS4)

    Paul Clark
    21 Jan 2014 | 4:35 pm
    The Hero of the hour - Nik Knack PaddywackOVERVIEW AND GAME SYNOPSIS:OK, First things first. I am reviewing my first purchase for my new PS4. My most recent games consoles are a PS4 and a Nintendo Wii, so I know I am comparing 2014 gaming consoles with something rather more dated. Any game (in terms of graphics and sound would look good in this light) but I will attempt to give my honest opinion.The game itself revolves around the character named Knack. Knack was created from ancient relics and stones and he comes in various shapes and sizes, all depending on where he is in his adventures,…
  • 76 Trotters Lane

    Paul Clark
    23 Nov 2013 | 11:52 am
    DR WHO AT 50"76 Trotters Lane" The Three Doctors Davidson, Pertwee and Smith AKA William, Paul and Lucie venture out into this cold planet called Glas-gow to seek out Davros, the ringleader of the Daleks. Paul in "Pantomime"William, the quintessential Englishman - Bowls em overLucie, Leaving the TardisHaving successfully guided the tardis into Glas-gows Merchant city, many alien lifeforms were checked. Some had mysteriously taken on the image of Bins and Car Parking meters.We then took the Tardis and landed right in the midst of a shopping district these Glas-gwegians call "Buchanan…
  • France - Holiday 2013 (8 july)

    Paul Clark
    12 Jul 2013 | 4:58 pm
    Another hot and sunny day, So we planned that today would be a "long lazy hazy summer day" lazing about in the Gite garden.And that's what we did.Little Gecko who lived outside our front doorEarly in the morning (well close to 11) we walked to the Gite Garden where the pool is armed with out books, swimming cozzies, magazines, headphones, cold drinks, towels and suncream.Isn't lounging out in 30 degrees wonderful when you have all that and a cool pool to yourselves?I was (am) reading The authorised biography of Graham Chapman. I would recommend that you pick it up and learn something of this…
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  • 3 Types of Young Adults in Your Church

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo Credit: Rollan Budi (Creative Commons)There are three key elements for a young adults ministry at your church. So what is a young adult? We hosted a "young adults" Christmas banquet this past year at our Church, with a table of 18-year-olds who had just graduated from high school, and 30-year-olds who were already in grad school or well into their careers. Are they both welcomed to the table? Absolutely. But they're also in very different stages of life.What does it mean to be an adult? Is adulthood an arbitrary age? I remember my college professor in adolescent psychology class…
  • 6 Predictions for the Future of Youth Ministry

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    First, a disclaimer: I really have no idea what I'm talking about here. I haven't done any official research, worked on a PhD for these predictions, or examined data. This post is entirely anecdotal and from personal observation, experience, and conversations from leading and learning in youth ministry for a decade in American and Canadian contexts. I'm going to throw these six predictions out there and just see what the youth ministry tribe thinks:Here's my forecast for what North American youth ministry will look like in ten (10) years...1. The range for a youth ministry will be from age 8…
  • On Still Being an Evangelical, Even When I Don't Want to Be

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    What comes to mind when you hear the word "evangelical?"Christian. Conservative. Good morals. Family values. Those are all fairly positive things. But let's be honest, we could make a less-positive list:Judgmental. Hypocritical. Narrow minded. Anti-gay. Pro-gun. Anti-culture. Angry Bible-tumping doctrine police.When World Vision made a public spectacle a few weeks ago of their indecisiveness about hiring openly gay employees, it put the nail in the coffin for many who were on the fence about the evangelical way. Thousands of people dropped sponsorships of children in favour of taking a…
  • Remembering Twice

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me.When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted.I remembered you, God, and I groaned; I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak.I thought about the former days, the years of long ago;I remembered my songs in the night. My heart meditated and my spirit asked:“Will the Lord reject forever? Will he never show his favor again?Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his…
  • On Filters, or How Instagram is Making Me More Honest

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    An Instagram photo of my daughter playing in our neighbourhood #filteredI'm on Instagram (find me here) and love the idea of being able to edit and share the snapshots from my life with friends and family. Plus, I get to explore the various pictures from around the globe and stay a bit more connected with my long-distance friends and family. Even though I'm not enthusiastic about the constant stream of selfies, pictures of various dinners, or the increasing number of hashtags, one of these latter designations stands out to me:#nofilterThrough the built-in filters and editing tools on…
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  • 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…
  • Help for the Modern Family

    Charlie Whitlow
    7 Feb 2014 | 4:30 am
    In the month Febraury, I’ll be speaking on marriage & the family again. & I’m inviting you. The series is called “I Want a New Family.” Some of the topics include: The 4 Most Important Questions a Guy Will Answer 8 Questions to Ask Before You Tie the Knot 5 Marital Myths Keys to a Marriage that’s Built to Last So, whether you want a new marriage or new kids or you’re simply interested in experiencing a life-giving church, I promise you—you’ll experience something in church that you cannot get anywhere else. So, consider yourself personally invited. We have 3…
 
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    Paul Clark
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:16 pm
    NEW OFFICES OF A1 JOBS LIMITEDwww.a1job.co.uk31 March 2014.Today, after 8 years in Coatbridge,  my company, A1 Jobs Limited moved to a much larger and newly refurbished office in Glasgow city centre. On the corner of Hope Street and Gordon Street it looks directly onto the entrance of Glasgow Central Train Station and the location is ideal for commuting and access throughout Glasgow.A1 Jobs are a recruitment agency specialising in a few areas, including Technical & Engineering,  Oil & Gas, Construction,  Industrial,  Driving, Removals, Renewables, Commercial and…
  • Danny Kane 10 Year Memorial

    Paul Clark
    16 Mar 2014 | 11:36 am
    Danny Kane was amongst the most inspiring individuals it has been my good fortune to have known.Sadly, Danny lost his fight to cancer on 12th March 2004 and left behind many happy memories. This is a small tribute to him 10 years on.PLANNING A MEMORIALSo how to plan a memorial for Danny? First ask, what did Danny love most? Well...Danny was an enthusiastic amateur rocketeer. With that in mind, Lucie (my daughter) designed her own rocket as a tribute to him. You can see Lucie's rocket in the pictures,  propped up against Danny's gravestone. Thanks for this Lucie. It beats flowers and I'm…
  • Review - Knack on Sony Playstation (PS4)

    Paul Clark
    21 Jan 2014 | 4:35 pm
    The Hero of the hour - Nik Knack PaddywackOVERVIEW AND GAME SYNOPSIS:OK, First things first. I am reviewing my first purchase for my new PS4. My most recent games consoles are a PS4 and a Nintendo Wii, so I know I am comparing 2014 gaming consoles with something rather more dated. Any game (in terms of graphics and sound would look good in this light) but I will attempt to give my honest opinion.The game itself revolves around the character named Knack. Knack was created from ancient relics and stones and he comes in various shapes and sizes, all depending on where he is in his adventures,…
  • 76 Trotters Lane

    Paul Clark
    23 Nov 2013 | 11:52 am
    DR WHO AT 50"76 Trotters Lane" The Three Doctors Davidson, Pertwee and Smith AKA William, Paul and Lucie venture out into this cold planet called Glas-gow to seek out Davros, the ringleader of the Daleks. Paul in "Pantomime"William, the quintessential Englishman - Bowls em overLucie, Leaving the TardisHaving successfully guided the tardis into Glas-gows Merchant city, many alien lifeforms were checked. Some had mysteriously taken on the image of Bins and Car Parking meters.We then took the Tardis and landed right in the midst of a shopping district these Glas-gwegians call "Buchanan…
  • France - Holiday 2013 (8 july)

    Paul Clark
    12 Jul 2013 | 4:58 pm
    Another hot and sunny day, So we planned that today would be a "long lazy hazy summer day" lazing about in the Gite garden.And that's what we did.Little Gecko who lived outside our front doorEarly in the morning (well close to 11) we walked to the Gite Garden where the pool is armed with out books, swimming cozzies, magazines, headphones, cold drinks, towels and suncream.Isn't lounging out in 30 degrees wonderful when you have all that and a cool pool to yourselves?I was (am) reading The authorised biography of Graham Chapman. I would recommend that you pick it up and learn something of this…
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  • Jesus Greatest Agony = Jesus Greatest Opportunity To Show His Love

    Kevin Beers
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    The greatest agony Jesus could ever experience unlocked the greatest opportunity He would have to show His love for you and me. As Jesus neared death on the cross, He was forsaken by His Father so you and I wouldn’t have to be.  GREAT ARE YOU LORD – All Sons & Daughters (performed by Mic Turner & Jessica Cox) Verse 1 You give life You are love You bring light to the darkness You give hope You restore ev’ry heart that is broken And great are You Lord Chorus 1 It’s Your breath in our lungs So we pour out our praise We pour out our praise It’s Your…
  • Creating Compelling Messages

    Kevin Beers
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Pastor/Leader, are your gatherings on Sunday compelling?  Are you teaching and reaching people in and outside of your church? After all, our church services on the weekends are competing with every other option people have to invest their precious time.  They could be golfing, sipping coffee at Starbucks, reading a book, watching TV or even sleeping in. We can shout and teach the words of Jesus all we want, but if we don’t compel people to come in and listen, our message is fruitless (see Luke 14:23). I believe there are 3 key components to a successful weekend service that will…
  • Why Do I Blog?

    Kevin Beers
    11 Nov 2013 | 2:00 pm
                                Why do I blog? - Because I love my church but can’t personally connect to everyone who calls me ‘pastor’.  The people of The Wesleyan Church of Hamburg deserve everything I’ve got. This is one more way to give it. - Because ministry, life and leadership are better when learning is shared. - Because I’d rather offer my journey than just give my conclusions. - Because I need to practice being generous, not just with my money, but with my heart, too. - Because the Church/Kingdom/World is…
  • Close Encounters Message Recap w/ Reading Plans

    Kevin Beers
    23 Jun 2013 | 8:00 am
    Here is a summary of my message this past weekend entitled “Close Encounters”: “The primary way that we can have a Close Encounter with God is through His Word.” The Bible describes itself as (a): Sword (Ephesians 6:17/Hebrews 4:12) Honey (Psalm 119:103 & Psalm 34:8) Lamp (Psalm 119:105 & 130) 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT) says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.  It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his…
  • 2 of 7 Deadly Sins of Leading Volunteers

    Kevin Beers
    17 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am
                              Sin #2: Not Having Fun Volunteering in the church should be life giving, but too many times, it’s life draining. Joy, passion and energy become monotonous repetition of tasks. People show up because they are supposed to, not because they want to. Why can’t volunteering be fun? Why can’t people enjoy coming to church and serving with their fellow teammates? Why can’t people have a good time AND meet needs? We believe it’s possible. Get creative and make volunteering fun again. Inject…
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  • How To Get The Church On Board With Vision

    artie
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    You spend some great time with God. You really feel you know what the next step of Kingdom growth for your church should look like. You begin to move in that direction and earnestly try and get buy in, just to be met with disappointment and frustration. This happens all too often when a leader fails to establish a “Vision Protection” team. Think back to Jesus’ day. He had a vision protection team. It had 3 parts… 1 – John (the 1) This is a very influential person in the church. They have a lot of maturity and pull with those in authority. This is like the first person…
  • 3 Keys That Will Take You Further

    artie
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    I watched Diana Nyad recently tell the story of her historical swim  from Cuba to Florida. It was an inspiring story and she shared a few of the reasons that allowed her to accomplish a feat many tried before her, but all met with failure. Here are a few of the “strategies” she mentioned. 1- Recruit Winners Diana praised her “world class” team for protecting her from everything from killer jelly fish to sharks and pushing her further than she ever dreamed. It’s not a secret that bringing the best team with you will push you! Look for those who can push you the most in what God has…
  • 4 Attitudes of a Productive Team

    artie
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:24 am
    My father in law taught me a lot about bees before he died. He raised them and harvested their honey for years. And they never ceased to amaze him for all those years. Bees are amazing, but they have four main objectives: They will build a hive, protect the hive with force, sustain themselves with honey, and reproduce. The teams in our churches desperately need to keep these four qualities in the fore front of their minds. 1- Productive Teams: BUILD We can never forget our mission: Build the Kingdom of God by brining new believers in and helping them grow up and become like Jesus. Our mission…
  • Caveman Church Leader

    artie
    14 Mar 2014 | 4:40 am
    Say what you want about the large bearded man rockin the Wooley Mammoth suit and carrying that big beatin stick, but he knows how to survive! We can learn something from our caveman cousin about the art of surviving and growing in some difficult situations… Like, church! I see four skills the caveman developed that would be of great value to church leaders… 1- Stalk and hunt We have to know our prey. We need to know what we can actually take down, know where it can be found and develop the skills to get close. We have to have reasonable expectations of our team and church. We have…
  • 5 Traits of the Most Magnetic Leaders

    artie
    10 Mar 2014 | 5:25 am
    1. They ask caring questions They ask questions that go far beyond superficial interest. They draw me out with pointed questions that show they genuinely care about me and it never sounds scripted. 2. They listen to me They allow me to fully vent or explain without making me feel on I’m on “the clock” with them. They demonstrate their authenticity by giving me their time (Their most valuable asset), without complaint. 3. They give… knowing it can’t be returned They are genuine and sincere givers. They share ideas that cost them years, dollars and blood. But, they pay it…
 
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  • Keeping Our Focus on Evangelism

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

    Think Eternity
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    Picture by Diogo Tavares, Creative CommonsYears ago as I sat in my office at Muscle & Fitness magazine, I was editing an article that needed to get out the door ASAP, when I heard a noise from across the indoor atrium. It was Joe Weider - the founder of bodybuilding and fitness - leaving his office for the night. At the time, Joe was in need of a walker as well as a nurse to get around. As he walked out of his office, I watched him as he made his way down the hall and directly in front of a bronze statue of himself from his younger prime - arms folded, chest puffed, chin…
  • Preacher, Be Gentle

    Think Eternity
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:36 am
    Mark Driscoll, a Pastor of a large church in Seattle shared recently that his "angry young prophet days are over," and he wants to be "more of a spiritual father" in the way he teaches and writes. No matter what you think of Driscoll, I long for this concept to be picked up by preachers everywhere. I believe that churches and believers would be even more engaged and would grow if the Pastor and visiting preachers would focus on being more gentle in their presentations of God's Word. I have a long history with the church - for decades I have enjoyed (and sometimes endured) preachers of all…
  • Why leaders must shake up their spiritual bearings by Scott Cochrane

    Think Eternity
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:43 am
    When was the last time you had your spiritual bearings shaken up in your leadership? Whether you’re aware of it or not, every leader is guided by a set of spiritual bearings. They’re the set of values, commitments and deeply held truths that help you navigate decisions, devise strategies, and execute plans. They determine what you do as a leader, why you do it, how you do it, and ultimately they determine your legacy as a leader. And sometimes, those bearings need to be shaken up. Let me give you an example of what I’m talking about. Years ago I was reading through the Old…
  • The Futility of Faith in the Resurrection by Jonathan Dodson

    Think Eternity
    23 Mar 2014 | 5:55 pm
    In a season of the year when people are talking about faith, it’s important to acknowledge that what we mean and what others hear don’t always line up.  The word “faith” often brings to mind negative connotations such as: irrational religion, wishful thinking, and even blind belief. The Apostle Paul actually talks in terms of futile faith: “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile…” (1 Corinthians 15:17)  It’s futile to believe in Jesus but not in his resurrection. But that’s exactly what a lot of people have…
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  • When Good Jacks You Up

    Rob Shepherd
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:20 am
    I do not know why I’ve been thinking about this quote by Jim Collins so much. It’s from his book Good to Great. I hear it’s an amazing book. I’m still waiting on the movie. I like watching movies way better than reading books. The quote is so true. In life it is easy to say, “This is good enough.” It is often the fact that we settled for good enough that separates us from greatness. Right? I agree with that in the work-force, and or the Star Wars Force. In work good is settling when you could be great. In Star Wars good can get you killed. My buddy Dan…
  • Parenting Lesson From Fired NBA Coaches

    Rob Shepherd
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:37 am
    I struggle writing posts with parenting advice because my kids are only 3 years old. I feel pretty good about our parenting skills, but the true test will be when my kids are adults. At that point we will see just how jacked up they are. All of us are somewhat jacked up. I’m hoping that my parenting theories will help my kids be a little less jacked up than the average bear (said in the voice of Yogi the Bear). Here is one of my theories that I’m testing out. It comes from the NBA. I like the NBA. Even though my Lakers stinketh this year I still like it. I had to go King James on…
  • Holy Wow

    Rob Shepherd
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:15 am
    I needed a day to reflect on this past Sunday. It was a special day. A very special day. Holy Wow! If you are new to the blog let me catch you up to speed. My church was given a free church building. Fully furnished. We took 5 weeks to paint, tear down walls, and make it our own. We decided to have our first services in that building on Easter Sunday. Now before it get to all of the good stuff you should know it was not a perfect day. We had a Gremlin in our projector that caused a line to move up and down our screen. Nobody officially said it was a Gremlin, but me. Nobody could figure out…
  • Mind Dump

    Rob Shepherd
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:44 am
    My brain is constipated with random thoughts. It’s time to free up some space with another Mind Dump… So Easter was Sunday. Easter is awesome! Easter is awesome but I feel like it’s having a little bit of an identity crisis. Easter, you are not Christmas. You will never be Christmas. Instead of feeling jealous because opening presents is way cooler than opening eggs just embrace it for what it is. Stop trying to force gifts on us. Kids Easter baskets used to contain some candy. That was exciting. You have Cadburry Eggs for crying out loud. Now a days I see Easter baskets…
  • Next Level Update

    Rob Shepherd
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:38 am
      Easter and the grand opening of our building all in one Sunday. It must be time for another Next Level Update… My mom sent me an email containing the first blog post I ever did about planting a church. I think that in light of what we are experiencing it was amazing to read. Here is a caption of it for you… “In this economy it is stupid to plant a church. Without having a large group of people going with you, it’s stupid to plant a church. Some would say that while there are so many churches that it’s stupid to plant a new church. In fact one person said of me…
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  • Special events

    Richard Wilson
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    This weekend there were two special events, that we hope will become regular (monthly?) happenings in the future. On Good Friday there was a church service for Pakistani. This is a development of what God has been doing in the church lately, bringing Pakistani Christians to us, so the service was for them, for other Pakistani at Trento, some from churches in other cities, as well as some from other countries that wanted to participate. Pray that we will continue to grow in our witness to Pakistani, as God leads us, to build up his church both here and in Pakistan. The following day, there was…
  • In Croazia

    Richard Wilson
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The biennial conference that we were at last week was one of the more helpful for me for a while, mainly because the children are a bit older and a bit more autonomous, which meant that Pinuccia and I were a freer to participate and for relationships with the other missionaries. That was true especially in the first half of the week; in the last few days half the family was sick. But in between bouts of fever, head and throat aches, and vomits, Pinuccia and I managed to sneak out for 20 minutes to watch the sun set over the sea (one of Pinuccia’s favourite activities, as they get great…
  • Prayer

    Richard Wilson
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:46 pm
    In a few hours’ time, the whole family will be going to Croatia for the biennial conference of the mission. Pray for a helpful time for us, and that we will be a help to others, and energy to get through it as we are all coming out of an extended period of sicknesses and tiredness. A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the Pakistan member of the church here whose son had been kidnapped. The son was found a few days ago, but had been beaten up and left for dead on the side of the road. He is now in hospital in Pakistan. Continue to pray for him and his family.
  • Working with children

    Richard Wilson
    30 Mar 2014 | 2:04 pm
    My Sunday today was dedicated to the Sunday School, and more of the Sunday School than usual. As we move towards the end of the school year, we tend to do some activities together for the two older classes, preparing for the transition of some of them to the next class after the summer break. So in the morning there was a lesson for the two classes together, which I did, and in the afternoon we had an outing together. It was supposed to be an afternoon on the snow at the beginning of the month, but it got postponed a couple of times and become the first picnic of the year. Despite the arrival…
  • Prayer for Pakistan

    Richard Wilson
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:59 am
    A couple of prayer points from our church I wanted to share more widely: 1. Today, one of the church members (who pastored a church in Pakistan before have to flee the country) will be speaking at the United Nations at Geneva on religious liberty in Pakistan. 2. Another member of the church, who also had to flee Pakistan leaving his family behind, had his son kidnapped last week.
 
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  • Welcome to “No Church” – 4 Steps To Reversing Your Negative Church Messaging

    Will Mancini
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Almost without exception, churches somewhere utilize negative messaging for very practical reasons. After all, someone parking in the wrong spot can create havoc. So it’s quite natural to put up a sign that says, “No Parking Along Curb.” But is that the only way to get the intended result? The question is worth asking because studies show the impact of negative verses positive messaging on the brain. Negative messaging narrows your thought activity and focuses on actions related to the message. Positive messages on the other hand, broaden your thinking and create openness.
  • Why Your Church is Probably Operating at Less than 50% Effectiveness

    Will Mancini
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Most of you will disagree with what I am about to suggest. Nevertheless, I will try my best to share with you what I’ve learned over the last 13 years. Keep in mind that this post title is not a theory; it comes from a front row seat watching real transformation of senior pastors, their staff, their lay leaders, and eventually their entire congregation. First, I’ll share the problem and give some quick illustrations of churches in the transformation process. Secondly, I will give two analogies to reinforce my point. THE PROBLEM The problem is that most churches have a general sense of…
  • The Vision Statements of 13 Great Leaders in the Bible

    Will Mancini
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:37 pm
    In a previous post, I introduced the powerful concept call the Future Perfect Paradigm. I am continuing this series by looking at the vision statements or the future perfect of 13 biblical leaders. What is the future perfect paradigm? The Future Perfect Paradigm is simply looking at everything today through the lens of a powerful future perspective. The more clear and powerful the future perspective, the greater the impact it can have on the way you look at today.  The summary chart below is taken from work by Robert Clinton and only slightly tweaked and expanded. We will continue to…
  • Smiling is Not Enough: The Top Ten Mistakes Your Volunteers Make Welcoming Guests at Church

    Will Mancini
    17 Mar 2014 | 7:18 am
    The team at Auxano enjoys playing the role of “secret worshipper” when we take a church through our visioning process called the Vision Pathway.  We call it a guest perspective evaluation. As I prepare to debrief a church again tomorrow, I want to share some general insights on welcoming ministry and hospitality for guests. Here are the top ten mistakes I see when volunteers are helping me as a first time guest: #1   Volunteers have not thought in advance about my next step as a guest so they don’t know how to guide the conversation with me.  #2   Volunteers  are…
  • What’s Your Future Perfect Paradigm? Exploring a Powerful Ministry Tool

    Will Mancini
    10 Mar 2014 | 2:32 pm
    What if there was a simple way of thinking about your day today, that could radically transform it? The term “future perfect paradigm” originates from the work of Stanley Davis in the eighties. He used the term as a framework in strategic planning. Even though the term may sound like just another cool way to talk about vision, Davis brought some unique and helpful thoughts to the study of vision and planning. I will explore a few key ideas from Davis in a series of posts. In addition, I want to expose you to some of Robert Clinton’s adaptation of Davis’s work as the…
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  • STORYCHURCH Set List – EASTER 20 APR 2014

    Alastair Vance
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    It was a big day for STORYCHURCH yesterday. We ran two services for the first time ever and saw record attendance for a Sunday.  Much more importantly, we also saw lives changed and connected with Jesus. I was really surprised to see so many people come out to our early service. It was an amazing day and I’m so thankful to be part of it. We could not have done it without our amazing team of volunteers, from the parking lot, to greeting, to kids ministry, throughout the main service and everywhere in-between. I want to give a special shout-out to our worship and media team volunteers…
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 13 Apr 2014

    Alastair Vance
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:12 pm
    My Guardian – Ben Cantelon (F) Like A Lion – Daniel Bashta (B) God With Us – Mercy Me (B) How He Loves – John Mark McMillan (B) You Never Let Go – Matt Redman (B)
  • This Week’s Sources Of Learning – 18 Apr 2014

    Alastair Vance
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Here are a selection of podcasts, blog posts and books that I’ve been learning from this week. You can view all of these weekly posts here. I’m always looking for fresh podcasts/books/music, so if there’s any that you particularly enjoy, let me know. Podcasts Signs You’re an Overwhelmed Leader – Perry Noble Leadership Podcast Leading A Team Meeting – Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast Inteview with Dabo Swinney – Perry Noble Leadership Podcast Books Completed Jesus > Religion – Jefferson Bethke  Completed Simply Strategic Volunteers: Empowering People For…
  • Is technology eroding our relationships?

    Alastair Vance
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    This new piece of artwork from Banksy says so much about relationships today. In one hand, the modern smartphone is an amazing device that keeps us all connected, available and organized, among many other things. On the other hand, it can be a barrier to meaningful, distraction-free dialog with people you are actually present with. Lately I’m becoming increasingly frustrated with its place in my day-to-day life. It’s often more of a hindrance and a distraction, rather than helping me achieve more (or in fact anything). Has anyone else been feeling like this recently?  What steps…
  • Pollen

    Alastair Vance
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I do not like pollen, no, not one little bit. To put it quite mildly, I’m sick to the teeth of it. My eyes, they stream water and make my skin raw. A coat on my lenses prevents me seeing at all. I know it’s just nature trying its best to procreate. But does it really have to go and cover me in it?
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    What I Learned Teaching Sunday School

  • Christians are Pilgrims Looking Forward to their Real Home

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    This is still from the Sunday School lesson I prepared using Steve Berger's book "Between Heaven and Earth."Peter in 1 Peter 1:1 calls the people he’s writing to pilgrims. We, as believers are not earth-dwellers; we are pilgrims. We are people who are not in their real home. The dictionary says a pilgrim is a stranger, not simply passing through, but a foreigner who has settled down, however briefly, next to or among native people. Abraham knew it too. Here’s what the book of Hebrews says about him:Hebrews 11:9-10, 13-16 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a…
  • What You Do Now Matters For Eternity

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    If we keep our minds set on this temporary life we are caught in Satan’s trap. Jesus said:Matthew 6:19-20 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Jesus is telling us not to be earthly minded! He wants our hearts focused on heavenly treasure! Paul went on in 2 Corinthians 5:10 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is…
  • For a Christian, to Die is Gain.

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Here are some verses that show dying is indeed gain for the child of God:Revelation 21:3-7 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy…
  • Lesson from Between Heaven and Earth by Steve Berger

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    I began teaching a lesson to the Women's Bible Class today using the book Between Heaven and Earth by Steve Berger. I'll share it over the next few days. Today’s believers think little about heaven and much about the comforts, challenges and distractions of this life. But Colossians 3:1-2 says, Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.We must have a heavenly mind-set even while God leaves us on earth, to make a difference in…
  • Review of the Book Between Heaven and Earth by Steve Berger

    10 Mar 2014 | 5:15 pm
    I received a copy of this book from Bethany House to review and I have to say it’s one of the best Christian books I’ve read in a long time. In fact I’m busy writing up a Sunday School lesson from it to teach a Women’s Bible Class.When I started reading I thought the whole thing would be about what heaven is like and what we’ll be doing there. But that’s really a small part of it. Steve Berger’s focus is to get us to see what heaven will be like, yes, but so that it will change the way we view life here on earth. That knowing about heaven will get us to see our mission and the…
 
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  • Issue 3: Holy Week

    Mobile Ministry Magazine
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    This issue of Mobile Ministry Magazine (MMM) is deliberately begin set against the backdrop of Holy Week. The tools and technology should always take a backseat to the faith and its impacts, but as we find even in this famous week – the tools used (the whip, crown of thorns, nails, cross, and stone) speak just as loudly as the participants in the story. Discover In remembrance of this week, we want to once again highlight a few pieces we’ve posted previously around this time of year – looking at the story of the end of Holy Week/Passion Week through the lens of mobile.
  • Issue 2: Envisioning

    Mobile Ministry Magazine
    10 Mar 2014 | 12:02 am
    Welcome to the second issue of Mobile Ministry Magazine (MMM) simply titled Envisioning. There was a decent response from the year’s first issue and so we are going to continue down the same path with this package of observations and insights from the mobile ministry (#mobmin) space. Discover One of the questions that MMM has gotten since its inception has been “why is there not just one single place where folks can find out everything about mobile ministry?” Part of that reason is because there’s not really been all that many places. Thankfully, times have changed…
  • 2014 Issue 1: Making It Simple

    Mobile Ministry Magazine
    4 Feb 2014 | 4:00 am
    Welcome to a refreshed Mobile Ministry Magazine (MMM). Starting this year, we are going back to the simplicity of the issue format. Each month we will be hitting on those points where you can discover, observe, relate, or be released into mobile ministry (#mobmin) efforts. It’s a packed issue, let’s get into it. Discover If you didn’t know how to connect to mobile ministry events happening around the world, now you do. The #mobmin Event Calendar is an easy-to-subscribe listing of events happening in and around mobile ministry. Its not every tech event, just those which might…
  • 2014, Going the Route of Disruption

    Mobile Ministry Magazine
    3 Jan 2014 | 3:00 am
    The past years have been incredibly hard. Going at it with MMM as a primary effort has been all kinds of hard. I’ve had to move a few times, deal with the good and bad of working on collaborative projects, reject a few speaking gigs (because they wouldn’t pay), and accept a few others not knowing how I’d get there. Suffice to say, there’s a part of me that wishes that it was possible to have kept the pay from the old job while doing this – but I think I might have prayed too long and too hard and didn’t see the wisdom there. As such, 2013-14 has been a year…
  • Mobile Ministry 2013 Notables

    Mobile Ministry Magazine
    29 Dec 2013 | 11:06 am
    At the end of the calendar year, its customary to have all kinds of lists going about where you summarize important things, or make notes towards what should be coming in the new year. To a degree, we’ll keep with that – we’ve got some resolutions to report on – but I do want to note a few folks who came to mind as having some kind of neat positive and disruptive effect towards moving #mobmin forward this year. We’ll just note them by their Twitter handles: @jrgifford @tck2g @joelsam @brettq @heidiacampbell @renewoutreach @indigitous @issacharsummit @mobmin Like…
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    the mayward blog

  • 3 Types of Young Adults in Your Church

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo Credit: Rollan Budi (Creative Commons)There are three key elements for a young adults ministry at your church. So what is a young adult? We hosted a "young adults" Christmas banquet this past year at our Church, with a table of 18-year-olds who had just graduated from high school, and 30-year-olds who were already in grad school or well into their careers. Are they both welcomed to the table? Absolutely. But they're also in very different stages of life.What does it mean to be an adult? Is adulthood an arbitrary age? I remember my college professor in adolescent psychology class…
  • 6 Predictions for the Future of Youth Ministry

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    First, a disclaimer: I really have no idea what I'm talking about here. I haven't done any official research, worked on a PhD for these predictions, or examined data. This post is entirely anecdotal and from personal observation, experience, and conversations from leading and learning in youth ministry for a decade in American and Canadian contexts. I'm going to throw these six predictions out there and just see what the youth ministry tribe thinks:Here's my forecast for what North American youth ministry will look like in ten (10) years...1. The range for a youth ministry will be from age 8…
  • On Still Being an Evangelical, Even When I Don't Want to Be

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    What comes to mind when you hear the word "evangelical?"Christian. Conservative. Good morals. Family values. Those are all fairly positive things. But let's be honest, we could make a less-positive list:Judgmental. Hypocritical. Narrow minded. Anti-gay. Pro-gun. Anti-culture. Angry Bible-tumping doctrine police.When World Vision made a public spectacle a few weeks ago of their indecisiveness about hiring openly gay employees, it put the nail in the coffin for many who were on the fence about the evangelical way. Thousands of people dropped sponsorships of children in favour of taking a…
  • Remembering Twice

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me.When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted.I remembered you, God, and I groaned; I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak.I thought about the former days, the years of long ago;I remembered my songs in the night. My heart meditated and my spirit asked:“Will the Lord reject forever? Will he never show his favor again?Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his…
  • On Filters, or How Instagram is Making Me More Honest

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    An Instagram photo of my daughter playing in our neighbourhood #filteredI'm on Instagram (find me here) and love the idea of being able to edit and share the snapshots from my life with friends and family. Plus, I get to explore the various pictures from around the globe and stay a bit more connected with my long-distance friends and family. Even though I'm not enthusiastic about the constant stream of selfies, pictures of various dinners, or the increasing number of hashtags, one of these latter designations stands out to me:#nofilterThrough the built-in filters and editing tools on…
 
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  • Did You Celebrate Easter, Today

    Sele Mitchell
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Did you celebrate Easter today?  Yes, I know that Easter was this past Sunday.  I also know that most of you probably attended church this past Sunday, just as I did.  After all, Easter is typically the holiday that sees the most attendance at churches across the world. I also know that there have been many blog posts written this week about experiences that were shared this past Sunday.  However, I have waited to write this post until now because my question is different.  Did you celebrate Easter today? One thing that has always stood out to me about the Easter story is the change in…
  • Thief

    Sele Mitchell
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:54 am
    Today’s video is a repost of one that I posted a couple of years ago. This week’s Video of the Week was actually put together by my son a couple of years ago.  In this powerful video, Jason takes scenes from the movie “The Passion of The Christ” and combines them with the song “Thief” by Third Day to remind us of what Jesus did for us almost 2000 years ago.  I thought it was an appropriate way for us to celebrate this Good Friday.
  • Giddy with excitement

    Sele Mitchell
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Thanks to my loving wife, Row 1 Seat 1. Waiting for show to begin. They say Tim Hawkins might even show up.
  • I’m Back and So Is Tim

    Sele Mitchell
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:10 pm
    I know that I have been hiding under a rock for the last few months, but there is no better reason to come out from hiding than a good old Video of the Week. In honor of this upcoming weekend, today’s video features my favorite Christian Funny Man, Tim Hawkins. As a Christmas present to each other, my wife and I bought tickets to go see Tim since he was to appear about 45 mins from our home.  We purchased these tickets over 6 months ago and have been waiting to “open our Christmas present” and share a great evening out with each other. So tomorrow night, my wife and I will…
  • The First Christmas Carol

    Sele Mitchell
    18 Nov 2013 | 12:50 am
    What happens when you combine the Gospel of Luke and Charles Dickens? The result is a delightful new look at the events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. This is exactly what happened when Marianne Jordan sat down several years ago to write a Christmas play for the church youth drama team. Now Jordan has expanded this script into a book that allows us all to experience the miracle of Jesus’ birth through a different set of eyes. The First Christmas Carol – a miser, a manger, a miracle by Marianne Jordan, published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina’s, is a fun…
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    The BIGBible Project

  • #BIGRead14: Breeze (Read by @kalonami)

    bigbible
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    http://seedresources.com/view/images/field_of_wheat_in_the_breeze When there is no breeze, leaves rest as if they’d never move. Smoke rises thin and vertical, a pencil plume in the sky. When there is no breeze, mist smothers the valley, clouds hang heavy, humidity swells. When there is no breeze, birdsong travels, footfall thuds, a scratching squirrel is an excitement. When the breeze comes, faces turn up, eyebrows quicken, heartbeat moves from bass to snare. When the breeze comes, mist disperses, clouds move, humidity departs. When the breeze comes, water ripples, hair ruffles, cheeks…
  • #BIGRead14: Joy (Read by @partakers_dave)

    bigbible
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    http://seedresources.com/view/images/gospel-words-joy I have a sinking feeling that when I look back over my life, from the distance of great years, or the moment when I know the crash will be fatal, or the seconds when the heart beats its own destruction, or stroke blanks the mind, or while watching the dread film of life as salt water fills my lungs . . . that, on reflection, my life had a deficit of joy. The feeling comes not on the bad days, not on the days of hard work, straining effort, not on the days where compassion is stretched, nor even on the many days of ordinary failure. It…
  • Some thoughts on personal, trusted recommendations (@headphonaught)

    headphonaught
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    As part of my Lenten journey, I have been meditating on consumption and have taken, or at least tried to take, time out from buying music, films and books. http://www.seedresources.com/view/images/ipod-music-player-and-radio-docking-station-with-apple-itouch-do I’ll be upfront and say I failed on a number of occasions … a CD here or a download there … but I have tried to focus on what I currently have rather than wistfully dream about that which I don’t have. One thing that is apparent when I consider what I have is how I got to know about the music … or the film…
  • #Luke2Acts : A Shared Bible Study on Twitter

    bigbible
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Image purchased by @digitalfprint from iStockphoto Starting this Wednesday, April 23, a new shared Bible study is starting on Twitter. We will be reading a chapter every day, from the beginning of the gospel of Luke until the end of the book of Acts. All that you need to do to take part is read the daily chapter and join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #Luke2Acts. Some participants may also want to get involved in the study on their blogs. We would love if you could be involved! A couple of years ago, I took part in a similar shared Bible study created by my Twitter…
  • #BIGRead14: Reconciliation (Read by Bethany Bennett)

    bigbible
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    http://seedresources.com/view/images/unity-tree We are standing apart. too far apart to touch – thank goodness. We face each other but don’t see the face. We look over. We look through. We look at. We look beyond. We look askance. What! There is a gulf here. A chasm. A fjord. A grand canyon. A sea. Tectonic plates below us, moved by forces unknown and unstoppable, pull us apart inexorably. Perhaps it is for the best. If we are distant enough avoidance will take no effort, bring us the peace of forgetting. Let this not be! I cannot ‘Amen’ my own prayer. I see no future if I turn my…
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    Children's Ministry Online

  • Large Group Programing Excellence

    Kenny
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    This last year we made some significant changes to the way we teach elementary kids on Sunday morning. We went from a team of 10-12 that covered production in two environments for three services to a team of nearly 40 for a well-executed service in one environment for three services. It has been a game changer. However, when we were getting ready to launch, it was very difficult to find any video resources that showed what a highly executed elementary service could look like. I contacted several churches and no one had any kind of video, which is funny to me. Since we relaunched in January,…
  • A new check-in comes to town

    Kenny
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    Last night someone sent me a link to the video posted below. I had no idea this was coming, but I’m very excited about it. Planning Center Online, the creators of the absolute best service planning software has just launched check-in software. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting this but I think that this could be a game changer. I found Planning Center Online shortly after it came out. I personally didn’t have a need for it as I wasn’t planning services in a way that the software would help me. However, I was intrigued by how it scheduled volunteers. I exchanged emails with…
  • Easter Resources: Mini movies, videos and countdowns

    Kenny
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    Okay, Easter is only 26 days away now… you better get busy. Yesterday I shared a bunch of free (and links to high quality paid) graphics and slides to enhance your Easter experience. Today, I’d like to share some incredible media that could enhance your Easter services in a major way. The resources I’ve gathered below are from Worship House Media and Worship House Kids. There are literally hundreds of other resources on their respective sites. It’s a great time to be in ministry, so many great resources to choose from. The Son Rose Theatrical “trailer” for…
  • The Desk

    Kenny
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Last night, Chris Parker, the student pastor at Gateway wrote a blog post that totally inspired me and I knew that I had to write this post today. When I first took the job at Gateway six years ago, a reference told me that one of the “negatives” about Gateway was the office space. There just wasn’t enough. Many years later, we’re an even larger staff with the same amount of space. About a year ago, a decision was made to radically transform the offices. The idea was to transition to a highly collaborative office space. The private offices on the perimeter of the…
  • Easter Resources: Graphics & Slides

    Kenny
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:09 am
    Easter is 27 days away. Do you know what you’re doing yet? Do you need some help? Looking for some resources to enhance the plan you’re trying to execute? It’s good to know that we don’t always have to re-invent the wheel. There are others who have been in your shoes and have created beautiful resources and have made them available for free and for purchase. This week I’m going to connect you to some incredible Easter resources. There is still plenty of time, so hopefully some of these resources will meet your needs! One of my all time favorite resource sites is…
 
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    Art Lessons From God

  • 3 Income Streams for Comics and Graphic Novel Creators

    tsnipes
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Some of the most hard working artists and writers I’ve known have been comics/graphic novel creators. Many strive for the success of working with one of the major comic publishing houses or seek the success of sales from their own book. I want to share what may be hidden income potential that my comic/graphic novel … Continue Reading → Related posts: Pt 2: How to Make Money from Your Book…Without Selling a Single Copy In PART ONE, we learned that you can make money... How to Make Money from Your Book…Without Selling a Single Copy The question came up: Can you really…
  • 2 Proven Ways to Find Time to Get Stuff Done

    tsnipes
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:36 pm
    You’ve heard me say this quite often: People today have more distractions, more interruptions and less time than ever before. So it’s no wonder that finding the time to grow your creative business is a struggle. And often, trying to connect with potential customers, current customers and everyone in between can be a challenge with … Continue Reading → Related posts: STOP SELLING ART: Sell Emotion, Sell YOU I bought a pair of classic Converse All Star sneakers... If Your Creative Business Is Not On Facebook, You’re Already Losing Customers As a business, you must…
  • 3 Ways to Make Money From Your Book Concept …Without Selling the Book

    tsnipes
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    This video was done quick and on the fly because I felt I HAD to get the in formation to you quickly! Take a look and then do a version on your own. Do a couple of versions! You’ll see you’ll tap into a lot of cool ideas that we’ll pass on to others! Related posts: 16 Ways Artists & Designers Can Make Money in a Down Economy The following is a SNEAK PREVIEW from my e-book, “The... Pt 2: How to Make Money from Your Book…Without Selling a Single Copy In PART ONE, we learned that you can make money... 3 Ways to Make REAL Money From Your Talent (Infographic) This…
  • This One Practice Helps Creative People Control Their Day

    tsnipes
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:08 pm
    I have noticed that many of you are like me. We are all time starved. We have more distractions, we have more interruptions and we have less time than ever before. Here’s one quick and easy, simple step that I try to use daily that saves time for me all day and helps me get … Continue Reading → Related posts: 5 Mistakes Many Artists Make: Number 1 An excerpt from one of the most popular chapters of... A Prophetic Message from God to You Not to get too “spooky” on you, but I believe... My NEW and IMPROVED TV Network for Creative People I NEED YOUR HELP: Many of…
  • Does What I Created Belong to God…or to Me?

    tsnipes
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:19 pm
    The following was inspired by an attendee of a recent workshop I presented for a group of emerging writers and artists. Our group talked about how hard it is at times to take constructive criticism. How we often hold our creative ability so closely and so tightly to ourselves as if it’s “our baby”. As … Continue Reading → Related posts: Can You Turn Your Hobby Into a Real Business? You and I have talked here often about whether or... Did God Give You the Desire to Teach? One of the things I’ve seen many artist succeed in... 7 Biblical Scriptures To…
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  • The gospel and our feelings

    samluce
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Americans love the New Testament Jesus. I have read many blog posts over the past few weeks that talk about feelings, that paint Jesus as this hippie that talks about love all the time, unlike his grumpy dad who kills everyone in the Old Testament. The Old Man is harsh and Jesus is squishy and awesome. It just feels right. The problem with so many Christians is our reaction to legalistic judgmentalism isn’t to turn to Christ, who is both Just and Justifer instead we end up falling on the other side of the horse to squishy liberal theology of feelings. Lewis says this in “The…
  • The hidden blessings of smaller and having less.

    samluce
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:48 am
    I love the United States, but one of the things I have come to notice through spending time in other countries is we are obsessed with extra-large everything. Nothing is exempt from our obsession, from sodas to cars to the homes we live in, we are hypnotized by truth we hear seemly all around us Bigger is always better. But is it really? Growing up both my parents worked very hard but we never had big cars or big houses and never took big vacations. And you know what me and my siblings turned out just fine. Actually as I look back over my childhood you know what I remember with fondness? The…
  • How to export highlights from your Kindle.

    samluce
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
    I love to read but one of the things that kept me from reading books on a kindle was I could not export my favorite quotes from a book I was reading. I could only share those quotes on social media. So for a while I shied away from kindle and chose to real paper read books. I would highlight the book then go back and type all the highlights by hand, a tedious task for sure. I then discovered https://kindle.amazon.com/your_highlights  If you have a kindle account you simply log in and see all the books you have highlighted. Starting with the most recent book you highlighted. If you would like…
  • Free Bible Lesson Mark: Book of the servant

    samluce
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    The Gospel Of Mark – Book of the Servant Key Point – We must serve others just like Jesus. Memory Verse – Philippians 2:7 “7 But he gave up his place with God and made himself nothing. He was born to be a man and became like a servant” Bible Story/Children’s Sermon –  (1 Samuel 16) David watching the sheep when Samuel came to anoint the king. David was serving his father and was blessed because of it. Explain that as a Christian we must follow Jesus. We must do everything He did. (Have some kids come up and instruct them to follow you and do what they do.) Jesus ultimate…
  • How I save 3 to 4 hours a week.

    samluce
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    I stumbled upon Sanebox a few weeks ago and it has been a game changer for me. I am by no means a super power email user but I get my fair share of emails every week. I would spend a few hours a week archiving old and information only emails. One of the common problems was important emails would get pushed off the important front page of my gmail account. Getting pushed of the front page would push it from my mind and many important emails would get lost or delayed because it was out of sight out of mind. Here is the problem I didn’t want to delete them because I needed them for…
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  • 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…
  • Hide/Show Desktop Icons on Mac OSX

    Jeff Mikels
    12 Mar 2014 | 3:42 pm
    I get distracted easily, so I wrote a little script to toggle the visibility of the desktop icons on Mac OSX. Here it is: #!/bin/bash CURRENT=$(defaults read com.apple.finder CreateDesktop) defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop $((! $CURRENT)) killall Finder Just run this script and if the icons are on your desktop, they will all disappear… if you have already hidden them, run this script to get them back.
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    19 Dec 2013 | 6:40 pm
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  • Simple ‘watch’ command for Mac OS X

    Jeff Mikels
    26 Nov 2013 | 5:34 pm
    I’ve been disappointed that the Mac OS doesn’t provide a watch command. It’s a very useful command, so its absence from the operating system has always baffled me. Well, after using simple bash before, I finally implemented a better replacement in python. Here is version 0.1 #!/usr/bin/env python import os import time import datetime import sys INTERVAL_SECONDS = 2 if len(sys.argv) == 1: print ('USAGE: %s command' % (sys.argv[0])) if __name__ == '__main__': args = sys.argv[1:] cmd = [] for item in args: item = item.replace('"', '\\"') if ' ' in item: item = '"%s"' % item…
 
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    TimSchraeder.com

  • About That Tweet

    Tim Schraeder
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:47 pm
    About three weeks ago I tweeted this… On World Vision: What hurts the most is the thousands of LGBT Christians like myself who still struggle to find their place in the church. — Tim Schraeder (@TimSchraeder) March 27, 2014   …and 2 days later followed-up with an interview about it here. Now that the dust has settled a bit, I thought it would be a good time to say a few things. I’ve gone back and forth about whether or not I should say or write anything about it on my personal website. I had mixed emotions, after all, this site has moved from being a personal blog…
  • #FTW :: The Conference Call in Real Life Video

    Tim Schraeder
    23 Jan 2014 | 2:06 pm
    In my groggy early morning scan of my social media feeds [code for: still in bed, half awake and squinting at my iPhone screen because the sun was hurting my eyes], I saw post after post after post about A Conference Call in Real Life.  It was hard to miss... The Dreaded Nightmare of a Conference Call In Real Life [VIDEO] http://t.co/sm4TXZKigt — Mashable (@mashable) January 23, 2014 A Conference Call in Real Life - Too much synergy to handle http://t.co/cyYZaFFmjm @trippandtyler — CollegeHumor (@CollegeHumor) January 23, 2014 If you haven't watched it yet, do yourself a favor and check…
  • Year in Review

    Tim Schraeder
    31 Dec 2013 | 8:32 am
    Dang. It’s already New Year’s Eve? 2013 has been a remarkable year and I’m going to attempt to try and condense it into a few paragraphs worthy of a blog post version of a Christmas letter. If there’s one word that I could use to sum up 2013 it would be the word HOPE.  I’ll be honest and say that 2013 began with some uncertainty for me.  I had disengaged from church-related work for a season and was working with ‘marketplace’ clients. I’ve learned that my heart and passion for work is in large part driven by a desire to work with cause-based…
  • When Social Media Unites

    Tim Schraeder
    18 Nov 2013 | 1:08 pm
    When tragedies strike, social media can unite people to do good. I learned that firsthand yesterday. Yesterday afternoon I scrolling through my Facebook News Feed when I saw a message from my sister-in-law trying to contact her family members:   I instantly started searching a bit more to discover that some bad storms had hit my hometown of Peoria, Illinois. I tried to call some of my family but couldn’t get through. Then I heard the worst, a large tornado had touched down right outside of Peoria in Washington, Illinois. My brother and his family, aunt, many friends live there. And…
  • Surprised & Delighted :: When Social Media Wins

    Tim Schraeder
    18 Oct 2013 | 10:25 am
    Social media has forever changed the landscape of how businesses maintain relationships with their customers. With an active presence on social media, a business has 24/7 connection to their customers and a way to have a relationship that goes beyond one-time transactions. Businesses that succeed at social media not only provide relevant content to their followers, but use it to invest in a relationship with them. Caring for your customers through social media doesn’t mean that you’re just answering their questions or replying to a crisis, it also means taking the time to get to…
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    What Christians Want To Know

  • Top 20 Christian Quotes For and About Teachers

    Pamela Rose Williams
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Anyone who attends school has memories of great and not so great teachers. I won’t name my least favorites, but I know my favorite teacher was the one I had in 5th grade. How do I remember that long... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 6 Christian Destinations To Visit In The United States

    Derek Hill
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The United States has many vacation spots to get away to. You could take your family to a nice beach or a fun theme park, but have you ever considered taking a trip to a Christian destination? This... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 7 Important Christian Artifacts

    Robert Driskell
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    One would think that, if Christianity were true, if God really exists, and Jesus really did walk the earth, there should be evidence, physical evidence, of this truth. Well, it just so happens that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why Easter is So Special To Me

    Crystal McDowell
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    What makes Easter different from every other holiday including Christmas? Answer: the resurrection of Jesus! Easter brings new hope and life to my heart every year. It’s less complicated than the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Who Were The Spirits in Prison In 1 Peter 3? Why Was Jesus Preaching To Them?

    Jack Wellman
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    What does it mean that Jesus went and proclaimed or preached to the spirits in prison in 1 Peter 3?  Did Jesus preach the gospel to those spirits in prison?  Were these spirits men or demons? First... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Thoughts on “Heaven is For Real”

    Matthew Starner
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    David Platt shares some great thoughts on “Heaven is For Real” – the book and the upcoming movie. Have you read the book or will you see the movie? Share your thoughts below!
  • Trying to Find Jesus a Wife

    Matthew Starner
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    Image: Harvard Divinity School Back in 2012, a few fragments of papyrus were discovered that seem to indicate that Jesus had a wife. One of them reads, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’” and another says, “As for me, I dwell with her in order to…” – although the speaker in the second line is not named. They were largely dismissed as modern forgeries (not as “new” but within the last few hundred years) when they were discovered, but recent testing has shown them to be much older. If you’ve heard about it on the news or online,…
  • Holy Week: The Gospel in Real Time

    Matthew Starner
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Holy Week, the week beginning with Palm Sunday (also known as Passion Sunday) and Easter Sunday, is a unique time in the church. The rest of the year, we move quite quickly through the life and ministry of Jesus. In December, we spend 4 weeks leading up to Christmas and Christ’s birth. A couple of weeks later, we’re at Epiphany and we move right into Jesus’ life and ministry. In a matter of a few weeks, we cover a span of 30+ years of time. After Easter, we move to Pentecost and then again to the ministry of Jesus, often moving around in the timeline of Scripture. But in…
  • What Are You Doing With What You Have?

    Matthew Starner
    20 Mar 2014 | 1:43 pm
    As I was driving from one meeting to another yesterday, I did something a little unusual and actually had the radio on – usually when I’m in the car I make the phone calls that I need to (hands-free, of course!) On the radio, the DJ was talking about the Academy Awards from a couple of weeks ago and who had the most expensive outfit that night. That “honor” went to Cate Blanchett who wore a total of $18.1 million between her dress and jewelry that night to the awards. His commentary on that fact was, “Wow, isn’t that cool!” Sadly, there was no hint of…
  • Creation From God’s Perspective

    Matthew Starner
    12 Mar 2014 | 5:34 pm
    With the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye debate causing a bit of a stir and getting some attention from the world inside and outside of the church, there has been a little more talk about creation and the beginning of everything. I picked up a book last week that had been in my shopping cart online for a little while now, and I’m so glad that I did! In the Beginning, God: Creation from God’s Perspective by Joel Heck is a short but powerful book about creation, the Bible and why what we believe about the beginning of it all really matters. Throughout nearly all of human history, Creationism…
 
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    The Long View

  • Global Diagram 1: The impact of Christianity on corruption

    Justin Long
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Download high resolution PDF from Gumroad (free). Here begins a new series of diagrams (for which I was inspired by the original work done in the World Christian Encyclopedia and the AD 2025 Global Monitor). Data source: the Atlas of Global Christianity. Click the image above for the full size version of the diagram. Or, click to Gumroad to get an archive with a full size PDF and a full size JPEG (free download). What do you think of the implications of the data? (I have my own thoughts; Global Diagram 2 will be released early next week.)
  • One man band

    Justin Long
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Super empowerment is a big factor now: technology tools that enable single individuals to do significantly more than they ever could before. Super empowered criminals can use tech to harvest millions of credit card numbers… to deploy weapons that kill thousands if not tens of thousands… to stalk every action of an individual target… to infect millions of computers and harness them for criminal activities. Super empowered do-gooders can use tech to raise thousands of dollars for social justice projects… to provide ideas and information that inspire and equip…
  • Post-Easter

    Justin Long
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    Saturday night was the absolute bottom for humanity. Sunday morning brought an infinite “up” that will not end. Everything is better after Easter.
  • The world’s greatest evangelist?

    Justin Long
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    After watching this, consider that globally, three times as much church growth comes from children in Christian homes as from conversion, and think about the role of the “world’s toughest job” in global church growth.
  • Timelines for Closure

    Justin Long
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Consider the following, backing up from the goal: +2 years to find a person of peace, once working at a CPM strategy +2 years to for language/culture acquisition, before strategy & after arrival +6 months to 2 years to raise $ and get on the field, once mobilized ?? how long to mobilize? In other words, if we had all of the workers we needed now in the pipeline, we would be most likely 8 to 10 years from the initial disciples for a CPM among each people group (and this doesn’t count how long it takes to mobilize workers, or to get from the first person of peace to the first…
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    The Inclusive Church

  • Orange Conference Update and Live Stream

    AmyFentonLee
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    We kick off Orange Conference one week from today.  If you can’t attend OC14, check back here next Wednesday and Thursday, as we’ll be posting notes and handouts from several Special Needs Track workshops. You can also follow the Orange Conference Live Stream. I’m working with the Live Stream team to (hopefully) schedule special needs ministry interviews on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. OC staff will release the tentative Live Stream schedule on the Orange Leaders Blog early next week. If you are attending OC14, you need to dress comfortably and know about the following: Special…
  • Three Crosses

    AmyFentonLee
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Today’s guest post comes from an email that was sent out this morning to all the families participating in Woodmen Valley Chapel’s “Access Ministries” Special Needs Ministry.  Dear Friends,     This morning as I ran to our Father, I fought to release the heaviness and confusion I was wrestling with in my heart and mind. I spent time asking questions and forgiveness and praying prayers of hope for my family and our story. I got to a place where I could still my heart and my mind and my body and asked, God what is the message you want for me today? I looked down and…
  • Special Needs Ministry First Year Goals

    AmyFentonLee
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    In 2013 Mount Paran Church (Atlanta, Georgia) created a staff position to oversee special needs inclusion for all of its family ministry environments. Jillian Palmiotto, a former special education teacher and longtime children’s ministry volunteer, became the church’s first Family Ministry Special Needs Ministry Coordinator. A couple of weeks ago the newly named “Unlimited” Special Needs Ministry opened a sensory room. The room serves as a wonderful alternative environment for students who can benefit from the space during any part of their church experience. I was…
  • Autism and the Church

    AmyFentonLee
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Have you ever heard of a church that turned away a little boy because he had red hair? What if a mother was greeted at the children’s ministry check-in with news her redheaded son had to go back home? No, you can’t imagine. If any church ever sent home a child because of their natural hair color it would make the evening news! Now, have you ever heard of a church that turned away a little boy because he was on the autism spectrum? What if a mother was greeted at church check-in with the news that her son with autism couldn’t be accommodated? Yes, you can imagine. It happens. Did you…
  • Special Needs Ministry: An Interview with Meaghan Wall

    AmyFentonLee
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:40 am
    Earlier this month Colleen Swindoll Thompson interviewed Meaghan Wall on Insight for Living’s Special Needs Blog. The interview video is simply too good not to share. Many of you know Meaghan from this blog or her Orange Conference workshops. Meaghan is the Pastoral Leader for Special Needs at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas. This video is helpful for students pursuing the career path of a special needs ministry leader or for churches on the hunt to hire the right person. And Parents, this interview gives great guidance on navigating the sometimes difficult church…
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  • Challenging Thoughts for a Monday…

    Trevor Lund
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:41 am
    It’s the holiest of days…Easter Monday. (My tongue is in the side of my cheek.) As I write this, I’m listening the video I’ll post below. It’s a challenging thought for a Monday. I’d appreciate hearing your thoughts on it. Are we in a reformation? What do you think? Tell me in the comments.  
  • I just have to brag on my daughter…

    Trevor Lund
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    My daughter Taya is an amazing young women. She turned 16 this week and wanted to have a party with her friends. We had too many kids too long in too small a place – but it was great. Taya asked that instead of presents, people could help her donate to the International Justice Mission […]
  • What’s up with Noah?

    Trevor Lund
    29 Mar 2014 | 9:36 am
    There’s a debate raging once again in the Christian world. This one is stirred up by people who know how to get press. How can the movie Noah be so contrary to the Biblical account? First off, I haven’t seen the movie. I’ve heard the reviews from Christians raging against atheist directors, too much of […]
  • I’m going to do it…

    Trevor Lund
    29 Mar 2014 | 9:03 am
    I’m going to do it… So many people have been saying, “I want to read the book a publisher told you would send people to hell.” that I need to release it to the public. I mentioned it in my book “Hope in Transition“. I haven’t looked at it for a while. I wrote it […]
  • Cool kid, cool dad, what more could you want?

    Trevor Lund
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:09 pm
    This post was originally from Huffington Post It is far too cool not to share with my readers. It’s clips like this that make me want to learn so much more. I know enough to know why most of these are only a few seconds long. Daniel is going to be the best Dad on […]
 
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    Ramblings on the Way

  • Are we worth half a million bucks?

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:31 pm
    I'm extremely grateful that I work for a church, full time, in youth ministry. I'm grateful that I get to do something which I enjoy and find meaning in and I'm grateful because my family like to eat.I don't know what the average full-time youth minister/pastor is paid per year. For the sake of this article I'm going to say $40,000 (that is about on par with what I found here and here).With longevity being important and youth ministry being cyclic (getting in a new generation of kids every six years), I wonder, after a dozen years, does a church get a HALF A MILLION…
  • REPOST: Why do we call Good Friday Good?

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:16 pm
    A day when a completely good...Absolutely innocent man...Was betrayed by one of His closest friends...Abandoned by all...Endured a fixed court case...With false witnesses...With no presumption of innocence...Held under the cover of darkness...Prosecuted by the wrong person...With no defense entered or allowed...Was beaten...Spat on...Whipped...Tortured...Overlooked for a murderer...Who heard those who previously cheered for Him now cry out for His execution...Who had to personally transport His death implement...Held to it by five inch long nails...Stripped naked...Mocked by those…
  • Losing the church in the "divorce"

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Year 6...Year 7...Baptism/Confirmation...Year 9-10...Year 12...First year university...Getting married...Once you become a parent...I've written about the drop out points in youth and young(ish) adult ministry before. LotsSome drop out point are caused by life change...Ending primary school. Starting high school.Starting higher education.You "graduate" from a group.Moving out.Starting a family.Others develop relationally...Your friendship group changes.You get married.In this later category, another reason can emerge.Breaking up.Whenever a church-going couple break up, it's not…
  • The six statements of Easter

    12 Apr 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Just like the entire bible can be summed up by five meals, the story of Easter can be summed up by six statements. Hosanna!Crucify Him!My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?It is finished.Surely this man was the Son of God!He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.Over the next week-and-a-half I'll be reflecting on each of them at Tiny Bible Bits. You can check it out here.
  • Restored perspective

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    This week the I was scheduled to speak at three primary school Easter scripture services. I was only able to appear at two.Yesterday it took me 2.5 hours to get to work.Normally it takes 55 minutes.As I was stuck in a massive traffic jam, eventually backtracking and AGAIN getting slammed by a plethora of cars, I started to stress.As the minutes ticked away, the moments of the morning drifted past.First, I was going to be late to setting up our church for the latter scripture service. Then I had to call my minister, who was helping me set up, and tell him that he would need to set up…
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  • Pascha Encyclical of Archbishop Nicolae

    Fr. Peter
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    PASTORAL LETTER ON THE FEAST OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION 2014 † NICOLAE by the mercies of God Archbishop of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas To our Beloved Clergy and Orthodox Christians peace and holy joy from Christ the Risen Lord, and from us hierarchical blessings. I await the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come (The Creed). Most Reverend Fathers, Beloved Faithful, Christ is risen! For 2000 years we have greeted one another on this holy morning with these words, which proclaim a great miracle, the victory of life over death, a miracle that…
  • Sunday Links Roundup

    Fr. Peter
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    Here are links to a few things I have been reading this past week. Boston 1775 ~ The “No King But Jesus” Myth The Junto ~ Yes, Virginia, there was an American Enlightenment The New York Time Opinionator ~ Passover in the Confederacy Sons of the American Revolution ~ Dedham man to get belated recognition for service in the Revolution Glory to God for all Things ~ Judas Loves Money Emerging Civil War ~ ECW Weekender: The Civil War Horse Memorial Boston 1775 ~ William Dawes Tells a Good Story The Way of Improvement Leads Home ~ “Is Blogging Scholarship?” The Video is…
  • The Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom

    Fr. Peter
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    If any man be devout and loveth God, let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast! If any man be a wise servant, let him rejoicing enter into the joy of his Lord. If any have laboured long in fasting, let him how receive his recompense. If any have wrought from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward. If any have come at the third hour, let him with thankfulness keep the feast. If any have arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings; Because he shall in nowise be deprived therefore. If any have delayed until the ninth hour, let him draw near, fearing nothing.
  • Top Posts of the Past Week

    Fr. Peter
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Here is a list of the most read posts this past week at Shepherd of Souls Heartland ~ A Review 10 Tips for Holy Week and Pascha Sermon ~ Take up Your Cross Southbridge in the Civil War 1861 Holy Monday ~ Bridegroom Matins Great and Holy Friday ~ The Royal Hours Great and Holy Wednesday ~ The Hymn of Kassiani Great and Holy Friday ~ Taking Down from the Cross Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday) Great and Holy Friday ~ Lamentations at the Tomb The post Top Posts of the Past Week appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Great & Holy Saturday

    Fr. Peter
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:10 pm
    On Saturday, the high priests and Pharisees gathered together before Pilate and asked him to have Jesus’ tomb sealed until the third day; because, as those enemies of God said, “We suspect that His disciples will come and steal His buried body by night, and then proclaim to the people that His resurrection is true, as that deceiver Himself foretold while He was yet alive; and then the last deception shall be worse than the first.” After they had said these things to Pilate and received his permission, they went and sealed the tomb, and assigned a watch for security, that is,…
 
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  • EASTER REWIND

    Jonathan Herron
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    A bloodstained cross reminds us that God is willing to save. An empty tomb that He is able. That’s what Easter is all about and why we focus so much time, energy, and focus on amplifying our reach!  My thinking heading into this past Easter weekend was simple: the more connections we could make with people far from God throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region, the more opportunities we will have to connect them to the gospel. The results of God’s leading combined with our feeble efforts this past Easter weekend were AMAZING.  Here’s how it all went down… FRIDAY Good…
  • Amplify Your Message

    Jonathan Herron
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    This morning I had a BLAST being a guest on 96.1 WHNN’s Johnny Burke and the Morning Crew.  The radio team had a great sense of humor comparing our Egg Drop to WKRP’s infamous Turkey Drop and allowed me to share a bit about Easter at Life Church.  I’ll be on the air again Friday with Scott & Mandee in the Morning on Mix 106.3 FM. As we jet toward one of the busiest weekends of the year for Life Church, I sometimes get asked why our church focuses so much time and resources on radio, invite cards, and Facebook advertising. Great question!  I believe that the greatest…
  • PHOTO ESSAY

    Jonathan Herron
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
  • Life Church’s Easter Egg Helicopter Drop

    Jonathan Herron
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    It’s back!  We had so much fun last year that we’re doing it again… BIGGER + BETTER!  Life Church’s 2nd Annual Easter Egg Helicopter Drop returns to SVSU on Saturday, April 19th at 11am.  You can AVOID THE LONG LINES by registering NOW on our website! This year’s FREE region-wide event will feature: Giant inflatable bouncers Live appearances from the Mix 106.3 team Fun giveaways Helicopter safely dropping plastic eggs from the sky 3 age-appropriate fields for ages 2 – 10. Thousands of plastic eggs filled with candy and mini-toys Registration opens at 10am on…
  • You Will Create a Culture by Default or Design

    Jonathan Herron
    30 Mar 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Walt Disney was right.  Every leader creates a culture within their organization either by DEFAULT or by DESIGN.  Leading by default passively uses the phrase, “We’ve always done it this way.”  Leading intentionally by design boldly declares, “This is what we’re about.” Genesis 11:6 says, “Look!” He said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them!” God flat out says that if we are all on the same page speaking the same language, we can become an unstoppable…
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  • Brittani Singing With Texas Bible College

    Ryan Scott
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Brittani wrote an amazing song a couple years ago for a live worship album we did with our church in Tennessee. You can download that album here, which contains a few more original Apostolic songs from Brittani and Phillip Frazier. Texas Bible College picked up Only One and put it on their 50th Anniversary Album, inviting Brit to sing it with them as an Alumnus. If I was any prouder of her it would probably be a sin.
  • Back to Square One

    Ryan Scott
    23 Feb 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Today I walked around Seattle. It was time for Bible Study, and there was no one to teach. So I started walking. Today was the same as many Sundays before, but for some reason, today, it mattered. After an exciting start to the year, and having 5 in one meeting and 4 in several, it seemed like momentum was on our side. Then, we were back to zero. Plans fell through, and I felt like the weight of the world struggling against anything and everything I tried to do. In short, I was discouraged. So I walked. Soaking wet from the rain and nearing home, we passed by a church service in a store…
  • I Gotta Get the Bread and Milk!

    Ryan Scott
    5 Dec 2013 | 4:24 am
    For everyone that lives in fear of the snow…  
  • Are you lonely? Maybe it’s social media

    Ryan Scott
    2 Dec 2013 | 10:43 pm
    Social media is a wonderful invention. Friends and family members can keep in touch and informed of their loved ones better now than at any time in history. Today, we’re notified anywhere, and everywhere, anytime someone we “follow” posts a new update.  We can even track their eating habits as, for some odd reason, folks have decided it’s interesting to broadcast pictures of their meals. The effect of social media, however, was unanticipated in the forming years of Facebook and Everyone’s Connected. Now, for the first time in history, people have the ability to…
  • Take the hats off when you pray, boys.

    Ryan Scott
    14 Nov 2013 | 9:39 pm
    “RD… take your hat off!”  Those words rang out many times in my younger days. It’s probable that the frustration of hearing those words is why I don’t wear hats (or caps) very often these days. My Grandfather was a lot of things but one of his most endearing, and many times frustrating, traits was persistence. I don’t know how many times I was yelled at for having a cap on at the table. I would be reminded that, in earlier years, men would take their hat off the moment they stepped indoors. It was disrespectful not to remove your hat, especially when you…
 
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  • Unlikely Friendship

    courtney.wilson
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    “Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .” – C.S. Lewis Neither one was known for making friends – both lived with the burden of a super brain, or as it is commonly referred to, special needs – even more specifically, autism and aspergers.  Only 15 minutes into the service, both had worn thin the understanding of the leaders in a room swimming with kids.  David’s day had obviously been a rough one, as acting out was actually out of his element, and Kevin was at his usual…
  • Unintentionally Unintentional

    noah.hutchison
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    It is April, and often our New Year’s resolutions to “Become a Better You” and “Live Your Best Life Now” don’t always pan out like we planned them too. It’s not that we didn’t have a great goal or even a good path to take. However, it seems that a lot of us just don’t meet those goals and then it’s over until next year. I have a name I like to give to this pitfall and it’s called being Unintentionally Unintentional. Many people are goal setters, with type A personalities, and have perhaps a score of a 30 on some areas of your Myers…
  • Why Leaders Need to Play in the Forest

    gary.webb
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    There was a time I thought that spending time recreationally was non-productive.  I now know that my productivity is directly proportional to the quality of my recreation. I admit it, I love to play in the woods.  One of my absolute favorite pastimes is deer hunting with my bow and arrow high above the forest floor.  Every summer, usually in late August, I look forward to the weather turning cooler, the leaves changing color, and my work calendar to cooperate with my recreational desires.  I set my tree stands, strategically place my trail cameras, and I shoot arrow after arrow practicing…
  • Naked Truth

    courtney.wilson
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    I admit, “the talk” has been danced around in every possible way at our house as my oldest son is smack dab in the middle of middle school.  I dodged it for years with him in a Christian school, but when locker room changing and public middle school hit him – I knew avoiding was no longer an option.  In the interest of full disclosure, although I told myself that the groundwork we laid in having good identity discussions for the past three years would make this easy, I ended up replicating a talk I saw in the TV show Parenthood while I was cutting his hair one night in our…
  • Kingdom Glimpse

    courtney.wilson
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    I recently had the pleasure of sitting with an older gentleman named Dave, who has given his entire life to ministry to kids.  He was employed by a national ministry and continues to serve with them, passionately talking to churches about ministry to children.  As he spoke and told me stories about his years in ministry, he recalled certain instances, certain kids, and certain moments of clarity and learning with the hundreds of kids he had led in groups.  He smiled a distant smile as he talked about a group of boys who had stayed together over a few years and shared game times and trips…
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    Proclaim Blog

  • Experience the National Worship Leader Conference

    Ryan Nelson
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Worship Leader Magazine is bringing some of the biggest names in worship music to Washington, DC, and they’re inviting you to join them. Right now, you can save 10% on registration when you use code PRCM10 at checkout. Sign up for the conference today, and get ready to learn from some of the world’s leaders in worship ministry. Use code PRCM10 to save 10% on your registration. Study with Logos. Present with Proclaim. These two tools together can save you hundreds of hours, freeing you up to focus on the important work of the ministry. See the timesaving power of Logos 5 at…
  • Free Music from Essential Worship

    Ryan Nelson
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Essential Worship is a new community-centered resource for worship teams. EssentialWorship.com is full of new songs, tutorials, set lists, charts, and other vital tools for worship leaders—but it’s more than just tools. Essential Worship states: “We believe that true worship—the messy, vibrant, life-changing kind—is always the result of relationship. That’s why [Essential Worship is] an open door to new conversations about the way we worship. It is a place to be heard and a place to listen, a place to be known and a place to explore.” Essential Worship features artists…
  • Proclaim Charts: Top 10 Worship Songs for Easter 2014

    Ryan Nelson
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Each week, we publish the top 10 most-played songs from weekend services around the world, and point out any tracks rising fast on the charts. This weekend, churches amped up their worship for Good Friday and Easter. Good Friday 2014 “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” “The Wonderful Cross” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” “In Christ Alone” “The Old Rugged Cross” “Jesus Paid It All” “Nothing but the Blood” “Lead Me to the Cross” “The Power of the Cross” “Jesus Messiah”…
  • Help Us Help You: Review the Remote App

    Jason Hickerson
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Proclaim Church Presentation Software is all about making your professional presentations easier.  We want your presentations to look great and communicate clearly.  The Proclaim Remote app gives you the freedom to control your presentation from anywhere—even on stage. In February, we gave you an in-depth look at the remote app. The app turns your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Android device into a remote control for your presentation—letting you pause the service, skip slides, backtrack, pull up your church’s logo, or access your notes, right where you are. Download the Proclaim…
  • This Week in Proclaim: April 18

    Ryan Nelson
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    Subscribe to the Proclaim YouTube channel for a weekly update on the latest Proclaim news. This week, Pro Media got a major update. We added 27 new packs of art, giving you a grand total of 82 packs to enjoy. Not only that, but you can now try Pro Media free for 30 days! Just use the coupon code PROMEDIANOW to get complete access to everything in Pro Media for 30 days—for free. But the code is only good through Easter, so use it soon! This week’s top three songs are “10,000 Reasons,” “How Great Is Our God,” and “Mighty to Save.” “All Because of Jesus” rose 100 spots this…
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  • Why I Wrote Here & Gone

    Blake Mankin
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    Next month, I’ll be releasing my third EP. It’ll be called Here & Gone, and it’s a handful of songs I’ve poured my heart into. I’ve had some incredible friends that have helped me pull this off, and I’m grateful they’ve served generously to make it possible for me to keep creating songs.   Music is one of those things that helps me articulate ideas in a way no other medium can. It’s a canvas that offers a different palette of colors to choose from. And with Here & Gone, I painted in a way I haven’t before. I’ve been…
  • Why Your Home Should Have an Open Door Policy

    Blake Mankin
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    photo credit: Lee Cannon via photopin ccGrowing up, my family had an open door policy. This meant that anyone was welcome. It meant the house could be a wreck and people could still come over. It meant the refrigerator didn’t just feed our immediate family, it also fed our extended family–included neighbors and friends. I didn’t know just how impactful this philosophy was until I was at lunch recently with a friend I’ve known most of my life. He told me he wanted to model his future family with the same idea in mind. The open door policy changed his life, and it made him want to…
  • What We’ve Learned Living in a Garage

    Blake Mankin
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:42 am
    Meagan and I live in a garage that’s been converted into a place to live. It’s about 450 square feet and is essentially a studio apartment. Our neighbor down the road actually used to live in it, and he installed small windows and a kitchen. We weren’t quite sure how it would go getting our marriage kicked off living in a place this small, but we were excited for the adventure. And let me tell you–it’s been amazing. People sometimes wonder how we do it. They ask us how we manage with what they might think is a space for ants. Honestly, it’s hard to imagine doing anything else…
  • Six Things You Need to Know About Life After College

    Blake Mankin
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    photo credit: kevin dooley via photopin cc The day after graduation can feel like an identity crisis. I remember sitting there thinking about how anti-climactic it felt to walk across a stage and get a diploma. How it seemed like college happened in a blink of an eye. I had worked so hard to graduate, and there I was–having an existential crisis. I had no idea what the next few months/years/decades would hold for me because I hadn’t locked down a job and I felt scared, unsure of myself, and in limbo. To some extent, sadly, this uncertainty remains true even today. But the decisions up…
  • Ten Quick Tips to Start Your Work Week

    Blake Mankin
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    photo credit: Ian Sane via photopin cc Welcome to Monday. Another week is upon us, and we have some decisions to make. Will we go all in? Will we choose to press into the adventure God is inviting us to experience? When Friday rolls around, will we be able to say we gave it our all? Will we be able to say we focused, pressed in, created, invested in relationships, poured ourselves out, and rested? Here are ten quick tips to remember as you move through work this week: 1) Don’t look for your worth in your job title. Your position doesn’t define you. What God thinks of you defines you. And…
 
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