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  • Which Kindles Have Text to Speech?

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    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…
  • "If you copy from one author, it’s plagiarism. But, if you copy from many, it’s research."

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    31 Mar 2014 | 8:20 am
    “If you copy from one author, it’s plagiarism. But, if you copy from many, it’s research.” - Wilson Mizner (read inSteal Like An Artist
  • 10 Ways To Lose Great Church Staff Members

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    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
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  • Church Marketing Podcast: Sneak Peek With Gerry True, Part 2

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    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)…
  • Why God doesn’t want you to have a personal relationship with him

    Adrian Warnock
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    15 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Wait, so I have finally become a heretic right with a headline like that, right? It is perhaps a slight overstatement of my point but if I added the word “only” then I hope you would see my point entirely. A couple of days ago an article was going around the internet proposing that the [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
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  • 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…
  • 3 Simple To-Dos for a Better Easter

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Yesterday we remembered Christ’s triumphant march into Jerusalem with waving palm branches. And so begins the inevitable march to Easter, your last-minute, last-ditch effort to get everything done during Holy Week and before Easter Sunday. It can be a crazy week for church communicators, and honestly, it’s too late to launch anything new. So we’ve got three simple things to help you out this week: Prayer, Peace & Post Personally. 1. Prayer First and foremost, this is a good time to pray. One of the first things West Ridge Church communications director Phil Bowdle…
  • Church Marketing Podcast: Sneak Peek With Gerry True

    Dave Shrein
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:21 pm
    How far ahead did you plan for Easter? In this sneak peek episode of the Church Marketing Podcast, Minister of Communication Arts at Oak Hills Church, Gerry True shares that his team begins planning for Easter three to four months before the big day – but that wasn’t always the case. How do you help move your team from planning week to week to suddenly being 6 to 8 weeks planned out? It doesn’t happen over night but there is a secret sauce to making it happen. SUBSCRIBE TO PODCAST RSS SUBSCRIBE THROUGH iTUNES SUBSCRIBE VIA EMAIL UPDATES Show Links Mountain Park Community…
  • Getting Started Quotes

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Last month we released the new ebook series Getting Started in Church Communication. It’s a series of three ebooks that are available separately or collected into a handy 3-in-1 volume (which saves you $2). The ebooks cover the basics of launching or redesigning a website for your church, everything you need to know about writing copy, and how to land a job and get started as a new church communicator. Check out some of the quotes from the ebooks and buy your copy today. “You can tweet about what time church starts, or you can tweet about how Jesus changed your life.”…
 
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  • 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…
  • The Secret to Good Customer Service

    Greg Atkinson
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:26 am
    Today’s blog post is a guest post from Tom Harper. Tom is president of Networld Media Group, a publisher of online trade journals and events for the banking, retail, restaurant and church leadership markets (including the mega-blog www.ChurchCentral.com). He is the author of Leading from the Lions’ Den: Leadership Principles from Every Book of the Bible (B&H). Here’s his post:“‘You bring stolen, lame, or sick animals. You bring this as an offering! Am I to accept that from your hands?’ asks the LORD.” – Malachi 1:13bA few years ago, I signed up for a new online banking…
  • Why Do So Many Pastors Leave The Ministry?

    Greg Atkinson
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
    The following is a book excerpt from my friend, Bo Lane’s new book Why Pastors Quit. Read on…As we were driving home the other day, my wife, Melissa, made a passing comment that caused me to reflect on my time as a pastor. She said, “God called you to be a pastor.” Before I thought twice, I blurted out a response: “But did He really?”Melissa leaned back, as if God was about to strike our car with lightening and send me down to a fiery pit of eternal damnation. I smiled.“Maybe God make a mistake,” I said, “or maybe I was just listening to all the wrong…
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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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  • 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.
  • The Present Future of Digital Technologies

    djchuang
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    At a Leadership Network collaborative event for churches strategizing about “What’s Next”, I made a presentation titled “The Present Future of Digital Technologies.” I did the 15-minute talk twice. Listen to either 1 of 2 audios and follow along with the slide deck for a useful framework to thinking strategically about how to use current & emerging technologies for current & future opportunities. Version 1 Version 2 Honored to be presenting with Nils Smith (OnlineChurch.com) during these sessions. I don’t think he had slides; I do have an upcoming…
  • Will churches help to erase shame about mental illnesses?

    djchuang
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    Excerpt from “Can Churches Separate Mental Illness and Shame? Rick Warren confronts one more “last taboo.”” – cover story in Christianity Today by Christine A. Scheller (3/31/14):: “In some Asian populations, we know there are not even words for therapy or suicide…” The post Will churches help to erase shame about mental illnesses? appeared first on djchuang.com.
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  • 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…
  • Sex, Intimacy and Belonging in Marriage

    16 Dec 2013 | 9:06 am
    “A sociologist once observed that the prevalence of intimacy themes in mass media, pop psychology, and ‘alternative lifestyles’ suggests that were driven by hunger for intimate union. It may look like this on the surface, but my clinical work helped me realize that there’s actually something else going on. We’re driven by something that makes us look like we crave intimacy, but in fact we’re after something else: we want someone else to make us feel acceptable and worthwhile. We’ve assigned the label ‘intimacy’ to what we want (validation…
 
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  • 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,…
  • “Realm – Evil is Real” by John Burke

    Eric Bryant
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:37 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. John Burke shared some of the following insights: “Today we’re gonna talk about a very controversial topic—Evil. Some people think there’s no such thing as evil—it’s all good.  I think they’re either very sheltered…
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  • 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 […]
  • Duck Dynasty and The Beverly Hillbillies

    Chuck Warnock
    20 Dec 2013 | 5:35 pm
    The Christian outrage over A&E’s dust-up with Phil Robertson missed an opportunity to protest the media’s portrayal of Christians as freaks. I am not saying that Phil Robertson and the Duck Dynasty cast are freaks, despite their ZZ Top beards and relentless camo attire. What I am saying is that Duck Dynasty is just another media portrayal of Christians as bizarre, redneck, and unsophisticated. Duck Dynasty is the reality TV […]
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  • 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…
  • Is Your Website Out of Date?

    Mark Steinbrueck
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    So, you’ve built a website.  You are feeling pretty good about how it looks and the information on it.  You have announced it in emails and verbally you have invited everyone associated with your organization to visit and check out this new hub of communication. Now that you have this major accomplishment under your belt, you start focusing on other projects.  Days and weeks past, then you realize that it has been over a month since you put new information on your website.  The homepage now talks about events that happened weeks ago and has information about a sermon series or…
  • Funny Video: Don’t Forget Who’s Listening

    Paul Steinbrueck
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:41 pm
    In last Friday’s post, The Importance of Precise Communications, I shared with you a funny little video that demonstrated the importance of clearly asking for what you want. Since that resonated with a lot of you, here’s another short, funny video that demonstrates how important it is to know your audience.  Have a look and a laugh… Keep in mind that in this era of social media, lots of people may be “overhearing” your conversations. Think about that before you complain about your work, share pictures from a party, vent after an argument, express your political…
  • Increase Conversions Up to 19% in One Simple Step

    Kurt Steinbrueck
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Whether you are a business trying to sell products and services, a school trying to get new students, or a church trying to get new visitors, we all want our websites to convert people.  By that I mean that businesses want visitors converted to customers, schools want visitors converted to students, and churches want online visitors converted into off-line visitors and eventually…members. Getting More Conversions The task of increasing conversions can appear to be a daunting one.  There’s no shortage of information and recommendations of how people should go about increasing…
 
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  • 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…
  • Releasing an Employee for Less Obvious Offenses

    Ron Edmondson
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:55 am
    One of the hardest decision a leader makes is to release someone from employment. I’ve only known a few very callous people who weren’t extremely bothered by having to fire someone. Making any kind of employment decision comes with the sobering reality, regardless of what the person did wrong, that the decision will likely impact others who are many times innocent in the offense. I’ve heard good leaders say repeatedly that we should “hire slow” and “fire fast”, but that’s much easier to say than it is to do. When the offense is clear, due proces…
  • Romans 6 Sermon – Core Series

    Ron Edmondson
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:42 am
    Core :: Romans 6 from ron edmondson on Vimeo. Related posts: Romans 4 Sermon- Core Series Romans 5 Sermon – Core Series Relationship Series – Marriage Sermon Relationship Series: Parenting
  • 10 Reasons David Is Called “A Man After God’s Own Heart”

    Ron Edmondson
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Acts 13:22 says, “After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.‘” Previously I posted on this truth of David being a man after God’s own heart. (You can read that post HERE.) The following words describe the heart of David as seen in his own writings: (All verses New International Version) Humble – Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath.
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  • 7 Warning Signs That Your Church has Ministry Silos: The Preview

    Tony Morgan
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
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  • Resources To Get You Unstuck

    Jason Vernon
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
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  • 10 Ways To Lose Great Church Staff Members

    Jason Vernon
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
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  • Vital Signs: 3 Bad Tests Pastors Use to Measure Ministry

    Jason Vernon
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
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  • “Easter Service Planning” And Other Top Posts From March

    Jason Vernon
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
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    Ragamuffin Soul

  • 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,…
  • Some #MomentMaker Images For You To Spread Today!!!

    loswhit
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
  • Today Is The Day!!! #MomentMaker Book Launches And I Need YOUR HELP!

    loswhit
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:25 am
    Well Ragamuffinsoul.com.  The day is finally here. The day that YOU helped me build. Without you guys this would not have happened and so I say thanks again.  It’s time to flex. I’m not daydreaming about  best seller lists.  But I am day dreaming about people that stop existing and begin THRIVING. That is what this is all about. You guys helping others become MOMENT MAKERS. And you can. Today…I would LOVE for you to do something for me. Well actually Some THINGS 1. Would you please think about buying my book from a book store in your area or from an online outlett like…
 
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    Tall Skinny Kiwi

  • 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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    Pete Wilson

  • 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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  • Let’s Talk Youth Ministry!

    Kurt Johnston
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    “Let’s Talk Youth Ministry”, the short little video blog that me and my friend A.C. (who has written some great blog posts on this very site) have done very sporadically is gonna start taking itself a bit more seriously. Starting next week we will have a new, 15-20 minute post every Wednesday. It will be [...]
  • 30-Hour Famine LIVE Curriculum

    Amber Cassady
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    Simply Youth Ministry teamed up with World Vision to create a 4-week LIVE Curriculum that can be downloaded for FREE by registered 30 Hour Famine participants and used by leaders as they prepare students for the event. If you are unfamiliar with World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine, I recommend you check out this incredible opportunity [...]
  • Good Friday Resources for Less Than $1.00!

    Amber Cassady
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    Happy Easter Week Simply Insiders! Hope you are having a blessed week leading up to Good Friday tomorrow and Easter Sunday this weekend. Wanted to let you in on 2 amazing Good Friday Resources that are only 0.99 on the new $5 Youth Ministry Store! Good Friday Scripture Reading - $0.99 Use this dramatic reading straight [...]
  • Millennials and Money

    Chuck Bomar
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    We all grow up being told we “can do whatever we want to” if, in fact, “we work hard enough.” As we grow, we think if we can just jump through the hoops of education then we will be prepared for the workforce. But if that was true, why do companies have ongoing training programs? [...]
  • What’s Your “Relationship Status” With Jesus?

    Leneita Fix
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    I suppose it’s sort of the new version of the “put your oxygen mask on first” story that we have heard a bizillion times. You know the airline attendant will always runs through the safety precautions before a flight.  They inevitably make the statement, “In the event of unexpected pressure drop in the cabin an [...]
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    9Marks Blog: Building Healthy Churches

  • 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…
  • Music and Meaning

    Ken Myers
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Editor’s note: We asked Harold Best and Ken Myers the same three questions: Can God employ any musical form for redemptive purposes? Even if God can employ any musical form redemptively, are some musical forms spiritually or morally “better” than others? Are some musical forms “better” for the sake of the gathered church? Click here for Best’s answers. Myers answers the questions not specifically but broadly: In a letter written in 1955, Flannery O’Connor remarked, “If you live today you breathe in nihilism….It’s the gas you…
  • Music and Meaning

    Harold M. Best
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    Editor’s note: We asked Harold Best and Ken Myers the same three questions: Can God employ any musical form for redemptive purposes? Even if God can employ any musical form redemptively, are some musical forms spiritually or morally “better” than others? Are some musical forms “better” for the sake of the gathered church? We'll publish Myers' answer tomorrow. Best’s answer is below: My answers to these questions derive from principle, not the music I love, like, tolerate, or loathe. CAN GOD EMPLOY ANY MUSICAL FORM? Can God employ any musical form…
 
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    Human3rror

  • Getting Featured in the Apple App Store

    John Saddington
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    It’s been an interesting week for me to say the least and I have not yet quite figured out how to process most of it but a large portion has been related to my iOS app Pressgram and the fact that it has been featured by Apple as one of the App Store as one of the “Best New Apps” – an incredible honor on one hand and super-humbling on another. It’s hard to express in words the emotion easily as many consider this position to be somewhat the “Holy Grail” of the iOS world and even for myself I feel the tension between wanting to buy into the hype of it…
  • A Little, Precious Leg Cast in Purple

    John Saddington
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:28 am
    A sad reality. A “spiral” break from her ankle up to that jut. I wanted to capture this because it was a definite “Family First” and it captures pretty perfectly what’s happening at a meta level for our family at large. We are definitely in a state of flux and many things have changed over the course of the first-half of this year and many times I’ve just thought to myself how broken things are and how desperately I’d love them to be fixed. And I am incredibly impatient when it comes to finding solutions to problems and I hate waiting. At least 4…
  • On Mortification and Leadership

    John Saddington
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    Every so often I will spend time doing a 2 day detox using something simple like Arden’s Garden’s concoction that includes grapefruit, oranges, and lemons. The goal is to consume nothing more than 2 gallons of liquid for 2 days (no food!). This periodic form of fasting helps cleanse the body and it does a serious number on me in all forms – emotionally, psychologically, and physically. I get incredibly moody and I become a terribly moody person; in other words, I am pretty much a nightmare to live and work with. And even though I know this it’s almost impossible for…
  • Not Worth Working For

    John Saddington
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    I had a quick conversation with my father the other night right after I had learned that my youngest had fallen off of our zipline in the backyard and really busted up her ankle and leg. I had just landed in Houston to spend 4 days with the local team here to help launch our new campuses as we take over the great state of Texas (and eat some great Texas-sized food) and my family needed me back home asap. Ah, what to do, what to do! I’d be lying to you if I didn’t admit that I did hesitate for a moment as I thought through my options; shoot, I was really excited about hanging with…
  • Planning is Guessing

    John Saddington
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Building a successful product and company takes a lot of effort, a lot of sacrifice, a lot of incredible execution and, if we’re honest with ourselves, a whole truckload of luck. We can have the best laid and strategic plans as well as the most tactically-defined roadmap but in the end the future is just as unknown as what you are going to have for lunch today (or tomorrow). You see, the simple truth is this: Planning for your startup is as good as guessing. I’ve had more than a handful of ventures at this point and I’ve seen this truth work itself into every single…
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  • Give a Gift. Advance a Ministry!

    Terrace Crawford
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    I’m pretty excited to announce this.  I love resourcing leaders.  I also love getting others involved in resourcing leaders.   So recently I’ve put together a kit to help encourage and advance other leaders and their ministries. What the Kit … Continue reading →
  • The Top 20 Movies of All Time

    Terrace Crawford
    2 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In anticipation of the Oscars later tonight, I found myself checking out the Top 20 movies of all time on IMDB, a very popular hub for Movie, TV and celebrity content. There were several movies I wasn’t surprised landed on there…but … Continue reading →
  • Check Out The Brand-New @D6Family Website!

    Terrace Crawford
    24 Feb 2014 | 11:10 am
    My D6 Family just launched a brand-new website for all their resources, including their conference!   Go check it out — www.d6family.com.  And make plans to attend their conference this fall!  They offer 2 great conference locations — Dallas and … Continue reading →
  • You Tubesday: A Honest Facebook Movie

    Terrace Crawford
    11 Feb 2014 | 8:03 pm
    If you were on Facebook at all last week chances are you watched one of the Facebook movies your friends posted titled “A Look Back.”  None were quite as good as the one Tripp and Tyler created for their YouTube … Continue reading →
  • A Gentle Nudge for Parents of Teens …

    Terrace Crawford
    9 Feb 2014 | 11:53 am
    Sometimes it’s a last ditch effort to let Parents know you’re super serious about helping their teen that works. I literally just sent this message to our parents (just 4 hours from our Sunday Evening experience). “Hey Parents (of teens)! … Continue reading →
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    TheWorshipCommunity.Com - Worship Leader Resources, Articles, Forums

  • 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…
  • Simple Guitar Capo Chart for Transposing Songs

    Editor
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Hey, not all of us can be Phil Keaggy or Lincoln Brewster when it comes to guitar chops, so the next best thing is getting a little help from a capo when it comes time to play in those slightly tougher for guitar keys. The word capotasto (capo for short) literally means ‘head of the fretboard’ and comes to us down through history from as far back as the early 1600s. A capo is placed across the strings to shorten the length and thus raise the pitch. The most common usage of the capo is to raise the pitch of a fretted instrument so that a player can play in a different key using the…
  • Song That Should Be On Your Radar: Called Me Higher by All Sons & Daughters

    Editor
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:16 pm
    The story of All Sons & Daughters begins in 2010 with artist David Leonard (Jackson Waters, NEEDTOBREATHE) wanting to spend less time traveling and more of it in real relationship with his local spiritual community at Journey Church. David connected with Leslie Jordan, part of the creative staff at the church, and the two began writing songs together, including the popular “All the Poor and Powerless.” Quickly realizing that they shared a similar style of leadership and desire to foster authentic connections in the church through a transparent form of worship, David and Leslie…
  • Sunday Setlists #299

    Editor
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    Share your worship confessionals, recaps, and setlists for the week of: Sunday, April 13, 2014!! Welcome to the 299th consecutive week of “Sunday Setlists!” Share your experiences from your worship gatherings. How’d it go this weekend? What songs did you sing? What creative elements did you incorporate into your service? Any special readings, videos, or songs? Join others from all over as we share our Sunday Setlists! Click here to receive an email reminder each week to participate. Click here to view the archives of “Sunday Setlists” posts. To participate: 1.
  • 7 Rules for Congregational Singing

    Editor
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    In 1761, John Wesley penned these iconic guidelines for corporate singing for church congregations who would be singing out of the Select Hymns with Tunes Annext hymn book. Believe it or not, in the 18th century it was fairly cutting edge to sing the hymns that we know and love today. So, with a heart towards helping people express their worship through song, Wesley added these directions to the beginning of this hymnal. As a worship leader (and a worshiper) these rules seem a little archaic, but if you really look at them, there is a lot to be gleaned from them. The original rules are bold,…
 
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    LeadingSmart.com

  • 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...
  • Hey Parents...Environments Matter

    Tim Stevens
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:15 am
    If your kids are older, it's probably too late. You either did this right or you did it another way. But if you have little kids at home, listen up...Faith and I have four children, ages 13, (almost) 17, 19 and (almost) 21. I'd love to share parenting stories from our failures and successes, but one that comes up over and over is how important environments are.I think everyone would admit that there is a point in a teen's life when the influence of his/her parents becomes less, and the influence of his/her friends becomes greater. I've talked to tons of parents, and through my…
  • This is What We Think of All The Churches Around Us

    Tim Stevens
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:30 am
    There are hundreds of churches in the area around Granger Community Church, including Clay United Methodist, River Valley, Harvest Bible Chapel and St. Pius. Here is what we think of them...
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    Ministry Best Practices

  • 16 Leadership Lessons From A 4-Star General

    Bill Reichart
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Excerpted life and leadership lessons from General Stanley McChrystal's memoir: My Share of the Task.Here is a sample (from Farnam Street Blog):4. Leaders take us to where we’d otherwise not go.Although Englishmen rushing into the breach behind Henry V is a familiar image, leaders whose personal example or patient persuasion causes dramatic changes in otherwise inertia-bound organizations or societies are far more significant. The teacher who awakens and encourages in students a sense of possibility and responsibility is, to me, the ultimate leader.5. Success is rarely the work of…
  • Son Of Man

    Bill Reichart
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    “Son of Man” is a wordless film that connects scenes of Christ's life, death and resurrection in order to immerse the viewer in the beauty and single-mindedness of Christ’s work on earth. A beautifully crafted and inspiring film to use this Passion Week in your church. (link to purchase)
  • 5 Things To Pray For Your Congregation

    Bill Reichart
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    from GoodBook blog:I don't wish to make you squirm. I certainly don't want to make you feel guilty. But let me ask you a question: When was the last time you prayed for your congregation? I don't mean praying for specific individuals or events within the congregation but prayed for the congregation as a whole? If you're anything like me, it's the sort of thing that can easily fall off our prayer-lists ... or not even make it on to them in the first place. But our congregation is our family. It's full of the people who the Father has deliberately chosen - the people who God is using to make us…
  • Passion Week Infographic

    Bill Reichart
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    from ChurchMag:Passion Week is the week starting on Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday when Christ arose from the grave.Josh Byers has put together this cool infographic, cross-referencing each event during Passion Week with scripture — including major location changes “as well as the relative possible timing of the Last Supper, Trial and Crucifixion.”(click on graphic for larger view)Grab the high-res printable file for printing or purchase a physical copy on Josh’s website.
  • A Powerful Easter Illustration

    Bill Reichart
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    On the morning that Jesus rose from the dead, the angels asked a profound question that can still be asked of us today. In this motion graphics piece, we are reminded that Jesus is no longer in the grave- He is here with us! Used as a service opener or part of the worship set, this will be a great part of your Easter service.
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    Klampert | Rambling from a klampert

  • 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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  • 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…
  • What Does “Storing Up Treasure In Heaven” Mean?

    Jason Topp
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    What could be better than the American Dream? A steady job, money in the bank and a hefty 401(k) for retirement – coupled with a nice house in the ‘burbs, a white-picket fence, two kids and a dog, a swagger wagon for mom and a sedan for dad. Life couldn’t get any better than that, right? Isn’t There More to Life? I mean, do we just go through life trying to reach the next promotion so we can move into a better neighborhood with a better school system so our kids can do better than we have done? I often think about what Jesus might say regarding the American Dream. Would he…
  • Your Tax Refund: How You Should Use It and Why You Should Lose It

    Guest
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    If you are like the majority of Americans, you have already or are expecting to receive a tax refund (where’s my tax refund?).   So what exactly is a tax refund? It is NOT winning some sort of income tax lottery, nor is your Uncle Sam sending you some special “government money”.  It is simply a refund.  Because you overpaid your taxes, the government, after keeping your money all year long, is giving it back to you. What should you do with it? It depends, but answering the following questions will establish your priorities: Are you behind on any payments? If so, get caught up…
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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 for Your Weekend Reading

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    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. Mark Driscoll on 3 pieces of advice for Easter. Please pray for your preacher this week. This is not a normal week for them. They have already been running hard since the new year started and are exhausted, overwhelmed, and probably have a lot going on in their personal life that is taking their energy in addition to the ministry. Give them some grace and space. Encourage them. Let them know you are praying for them. Do all you can to…
  • 5 Things a Pastor MUST Do on Easter

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:48 am
    Sunday is the super bowl of the church year. We love Easter. It is the hope of our salvation and our world. In most churches, attendance will be higher than any other time of the year. Most unchurched people will be there than any other week of the year. Here are 5 things a pastor MUST do on Easter: Check your heart. Confess your sins, keep yourself pure going into Easter. Make sure your heart is ready for what is ahead. Talk about the resurrection. You will be tempted to be cute and talk about something else for fear everyone knows about the resurrection. Don’t. The resurrection is…
  • Easter @ Revolution Church

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    If you could change one thing in your life and you knew it would work and knew it would be the right thing, what would it be? Everybody has something they want to change, something they wish were different. It isn’t that we can’t think of something. Our problem even isn’t a problem of desire to change. The problem for many people is that they change the wrong thing.  Sunday we are kicking off a brand new series on the book of Galatians called Change. We will be looking at Galatians 1:1 – 5 if you want to read ahead and looking at how Jesus rescues us. But to…
  • New Song for Easter | Grace So Glorious

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    So excited for Paul to teach this song on Sunday: Listen to it and come ready to sing loud. If you want some great worship music, check out these albums from the writers of this song, Elevation Worship: Only King Forever, Nothing Is Wasted, For The Honor, and Raised to Life. Related articles New Song for Sunday: Pursuit What You Need to Know to Make Easter Great at Revolution Dear Worship Leader One of a Pastor’s Most Important Public Tasks One Way to Make Church Memorable Filed under: revolution church, video, worship Tagged: Christ, christianity, Contemporary worship music,…
  • Questions Every Blogger/Writer MUST Answer

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:12 am
    A couple of weeks ago I wrote about why every leader and pastor should blog. If you decide to blog, here are a couple of things you need to think through: Why. Most people struggle with what to blog about, more on that in a minute. Why are you blogging? Why is it worth your time? If your goal with blogging is to build a platform to write a book, that’s a poor reason. Do you want to help people? Serve people? Get better at writing? Be famous? It is important to have a stated goal when it comes to your blog. Not everyone should blog. If you don’t have a compelling reason to start…
 
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  • 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...
  • 6 techniques to avoid BS (broad speculation) in your staff meetings

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:31 pm
    You don't have to sit through too many church staff meetings to realize that maybe—just maybe—nothing will get done. Fellowship, bonding, team building, and even Lectio divina have their …Read more...
  • Why Passion Matters

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:15 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 …Read more...
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  • Are Digital Devices Destroying Relationships? [Infographic]

    Jeremy Smith
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Have you ever used your phone to text someone or update your Facebook status while having a conversation with someone? Maybe you were brave enough to do it during work and in a meeting with your boss? Have you had arguments due to phone use? The infographic below labels this disrespect for face-to-face conversations and “in real live” meetings as Electronic Displays of Insensitivity or EDIs. While it would be funny to mock these situations, people really do have problems with technology and it threatens people’s employment and relationships. Here are three key stats from the…
  • Doctor Who LEGO Kit

    Eric Dye
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Please take my money, now. Just add this to my LEGO dream list. [via Oh Gizmo!] The post Doctor Who LEGO Kit appeared first on ChurchMag.
  • Hello Bar for Church Websites

    Daniel Flucke
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    What’s the single most important thing you want visitors to see on your church website? Often, there might be a specific announcement you’d like to draw attention to. For instance, if there’s a major fundraising event, or perhaps a concert coming up, you want visitors to be instantly aware of it when they land on your site. Of course, you could change the front page, but you also want new visitors to see whatever main content you have their. Also, changing the front page every time something happens is a pain. And what if someone lands on an interior page? Say, “Hello” to Hello Bar.
  • Church Tech Snack Pack #028

    Eric Dye
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I know that most of you are getting ready for Easter services, but don’t forget to stop for a moment and reflect why you are doing what you are doing. Because Christ. Now … game on! (Enjoy the links my friends) Brilliant Easter outreach poster Because Easter. 10 Ways To Be A Welcoming Church While some of these are too late for Easter, these are ten things churches need to be doing every week. 10 Easter Resources To Make Your Sunday Better Need a last minute resource? Here’s where to start. Don’t Miss This Week! An awesome reminder from Mike Sessler. Podcasting for…
  • Good Friday [Music]

    Eric Dye
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Josh Garrels is one of my favorite artist, so when I was thinking about what I wanted to share in remembrance of Good Friday, I decided I would share his song, ‘Good Friday.’ Seems fitting. I  hope you enjoy this song as much as I do. Good Friday by Josh Garrels Can't see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! [YouTube] While this video isn’t a high-end production like this Josh Garrels video “White Owl”, it was put together with love for First Presbyterian Church of Jesup, IA by Kathleen Sheets. Thank you, Kathleen. You did a great job. [If you liked the featured…
 
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    Zak White

  • 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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  • 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…
  • By Any Means

    Mark Wilson
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Since I read mysteries and action/adventure novels for fun, I was delighted recently to land a free preview copy of Chris Culver's new book, By Any Means via Net Galley.Chris Culver, a masterful storyteller, did not disappoint.  He grabbed my attention by the opening lines and kept me burning the midnight oil to see what would happen next.While investigating a double homocide, Ash Rashid, an unconventional police officer in Indianapolis, finds himself embroiled in controversy and danger as he uncovers an international human trafficking ring.   A "make it up as you go" kind of…
  • Praying the Seven Last Words of Christ

    Mark Wilson
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    It is significant that Jesus prayed from the cross. Here he was, experiencing the worst torture a human being can endure, and through it all – he prayed. Most of us, in that moment of anguish, would succumb to the suffering, and our prayers would be diminished to one word: “Help!” Looking back upon the worst moments of my life, I’d have to say “Help!” is the most sincere prayer I’ve ever uttered. Yet, Jesus went beyond a prayer for help at Golgotha. His prayers from the cross reveal the intensity of his pain – yet, a deep love pouring from his heart. Instead of being…
  • Beneath the Snow, Flowers Grow

    Mark Wilson
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    Black and white winter tends to chill us to the bone. Summer joys lie torpid in thick ice. Hopes hybernating.Frozen in distant memory banks, spring flowers lie far beneath.One wonders whether May will show her lovely face again.But she willShe will! She always does!Every spring, she springs, and sings, and brings new life.The multi-colored days, pinioned by the bitter greys, will soon burst forth in light,Winter is only temporary.  Beneath the snow, flowers grow.
  • Fix Your Attitude

    Mark Wilson
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:34 am
    "Smile and the world smiles with you."Psychologist, Daniel Goleman, did a study on the "bottom line performance" of companies and discovered the thing which influences a company's bottom line performance more than anything else is the mood of the leader.Hmmmm.  Now, that's interesting. If you are a leader, and everything is a big mess, don't fix the blame -- fix your attitude! This applies in business, school, sports teams, church, and home. If you don't like what's going on around you, it's time to change what's going on within you!"A cheerful heart is good medicine", Proverbs…
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  • Free Stuff Fridays

    Tim
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by a first-time sponsor: Lamplight Prints. Lamplights was founded in 2013 by two women who love Jesus, love His Word, and love their families. As part of their desire to do what Deuteronomy 6 instructs, they wanted to find interesting and attractive ways of placing Scripture in their home. They put together a great and ongoing collection of prints based around Bible verses. There will be 5 winners this week, and each winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to purchase anything they want from the Lamplight Prints store. Here are…
  • The Preacher's Cheat-Sheet

    Tim
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    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. I am a relative newcomer to preaching and as I’ve prepared sermons I’ve relied on others to teach me how to pray and how to prepare. Here are two lists that have been very helpful to me. I combine them into what I affectionately call my Preacher’s Cheat-Sheet.
  • A La Carte (April 18)

    Tim
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here are a few Kindle deals for you: The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung ($0.99); From Glory to Golgotha by Donald MacLeod ($2.99); A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D.A. Carson ($3.99); Preaching to a Post-Everything World by Zack Eswine ($3.99). And don’t forget yesterday’s penny deals: The Work of Christ by R.C. Sproul ($0.01); Old Story New by Marty Machowski ($0.01); Saved Without a Doubt by John MacArthur ($0.01). Oprah, Rob Bell, And Faux Self-Empowerment For The Self-Centered - This is quite an article, and one well worth reading. Heaven Is…
  • Missing Jesus

    Tim
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:59 am
    Now this is a sweet little book. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I began reading Missing Jesus. The names Charles and Janet Morris were not ones I recognized immediately, though I had heard of their radio program HAVEN Today and think I may have been a guest once. What I found was a book that came like a cold cup of water on a hot day. The book begins with the premise that sometimes we all feel like we’re missing something. We have put our faith in Christ and we are following him, attempting to live in obedience to him, and yet something still seems to be missing. We’re…
  • A La Carte (April 17)

    Tim
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:34 am
    Here are some excellent Easter-related books: The Cross in the Experience of Our Lord by R.A. Finlayson ($2.99); 14 Words From Jesus by James Boice & Philip Ryken ($2.99); The Unexpected Jesus by R.C. Sproul ($3.99); The Work of Christ by R.C. Sproul ($0.01); Old Story New by Marty Machowski ($0.01); Saved Without a Doubt by John MacArthur ($0.01). Jesus’ Thirst and Our Spiritual Rehydration - Wow! “In a startling way, Jesus inserted Himself into His parable of the rich man and Lazarus. In hell, the rich man cried out for mercy, pleading for Lazarus to ‘dip the end of his…
 
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  • Jesus Between the Criminals

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Crucifixion in the ancient world was intended to take as long as possible. No vital organs were damaged, so it took two or three days to die, often from shock or asphyxiation, as muscles used for breathing grew weak. Luke 23:39–43 is a conversation between Jesus and the criminals crucified alongside him, and it is in the Bible because crucifixion was slow. There was time to talk. This conversation is surely one of the most extraordinary in the Bible. It shows us the similarities of these three dying men, and yet, at the same time, how very different Jesus is. The First Criminal The first…
  • It Is Finished (Good Friday)

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    It is Friday, April 3, A.D. 33. It is the darkest day in human history, though most humans have no clue of this. In Rome, Tiberius attends to the demanding business of the empire. Throughout the inhabited world, babies are born, people eat and drink, marry and are given in marriage, barter in marketplaces, sail merchant ships, and fight battles. Children play, old women gossip, young men lust, and people die. But today, one death, one brutal, gruesome death, the worst and best of all human deaths, will leave upon the canvas of human history the darkest brushstroke. In Jerusalem, God the Son,…
  • It Is Well with My Soul

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    God has given us a merciful gift in music authored in the midst of great tragedy. A song often has the power to express and comfort pain when words alone feel empty. Again and again, “It Is Well” has met and carried saints through the worst kinds of suffering, reminding us of the deep, abiding, sovereign Well at the bottom of our joy and life. Recently, we recorded Jimmy Needham singing “It Is Well.” It’s a track from his latest album, The Hymn Sessions. At the three-minute mark of the video below, John Piper tells the moving story behind the hymn. Horatio Spafford lost his four…
  • The Greatest Prayer in the World (Maundy Thursday)

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:45 pm
    It is Thursday, the night before Jesus’s crucifixion. This evening has been laden with teaching (John 13–17), shocking with foot-washing by the greatest for the least (John 13:3–20), epoch-making with the institution of the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 26:20–30; Mark 14:17–26; Luke 22:14–20), and pivotal with the departure of Judas (John 13:30). Now Jesus and the eleven have gone to the Garden of Gethsemane (John 18:1; Mark 14:32). Here Jesus prays the greatest prayer in the world. What hung in the balance was the glory of God’s grace and the salvation of the world. The success of…
  • When Envy Turns Deadly

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Holy Week is a wonderful time for meditation and reflection. In addition to prayerfully considering the actions of Jesus in his triumphal entry and his temple cleansing and cursing, it’s worth reflecting on the actions of some of the other key players in the climax of God’s redemptive drama. When we consider the motives and deeds of the Jewish leaders, not only do we see the unfathomable wisdom of God in accomplishing his purposes through lawless men, but we also gain a clearer view of the evil lurking in our own hearts. Jesus came as life for the world, bringing light to all men. He came…
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  • 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…
  • Is Your Church “Swifting” When it Comes to Staffing?

    Todd Rhoades
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
    Spivey says that many churches also have a track record of quick breakups… with staff turnover about every 18 months. Tim says that “swifting” churches are characterized by two things usually: 1.  They hire poorly 2.  They have power issues Tim adds: If you are looking for a place to serve, be very cautious in considering a church with high record of turnover. I know of a church that had three senior pastors in the same year. They also blamed each of those three for the transition based on “wanting a new direction.” They are right … they need a new direction. They…
  • Pray for Community Bible Church

    Todd Rhoades
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:39 am
    Bad news from the weekend in High Point, NC.  42-year-old Pastor Robert McKeehan took his own life last Friday.  The church he served, Community Bible Church, and it’s multiple locations, are reeling in pain. There were no public tell-tale signs of Robert’s inner struggles.  In fact, the church’s website still have a link to Robert’s last sermon, preached just five days before his suicide.  I watched a little of it, and there he hides it well. But something changed between Sunday and Friday. My heart and prayers go out to the congregation and leadership at…
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    Pastor Steven Furtick

  • 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.
  • Elevation Creative: Healer

    webteam
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Within all of us, there lies an emptiness. A gaping hole deep within our hearts. We try to fill this void with everything the world can offer – success, power, relationships. But there is only one thing that can complete us. In this video from our series Healer, our Creative team uses a powerful spoken word piece to remind us that there is only one true cure for humanity – the death and resurrection of Jesus. This video, along with many other helpful resources from our Creative team, are available for free at our Elevation Resources site. Click here for more.
  • The Solution To Our Greatest Struggles

    webteam
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    We all have something in our lives that seems unbeatable, no matter how hard we try. A bad habit, a destructive pattern, a regret, a heartbreak. In this clip from the sermon “The Greatest Story Forever Told“, Pastor Steven shows us that when God’s people faced problems that seemed hopeless, they were always provided with an answer. And whether we we feel chained to the shame our the past or are feeling overwhelmed by our current circumstances, there is and always will be only one solution – Jesus.
  • How God Works When We Give

    webteam
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    It’s not easy to be generous. It’s not in our nature. Because when we look at our resource – our money, our time, our talents – we will almost always feel under-sourced. But when we bring our limited resource to the unlimited Source, God can do more than we could ever imagine. In this illustration from part 2 of our series Consider The Source, Pastor Steven uses John 6 and a pomegranate to show us how God is able to multiply the effectiveness of our giving when we live generously.
 
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    Adrian Warnock

  • 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
    Those of you who have been reading Christian blogs for almost ten years will no doubt remember one of my early inspirations, an insanely popular blogger called Josh Claybourn. Well, eventually Josh hung up his blogging hat and I have been trying to persuade him ever since to re-enter the fray. Well today I am [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
  • Why God doesn’t want you to have a personal relationship with him

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Wait, so I have finally become a heretic right with a headline like that, right? It is perhaps a slight overstatement of my point but if I added the word “only” then I hope you would see my point entirely. A couple of days ago an article was going around the internet proposing that the [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • $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...
  • Saintseneca -- Dark Arc

    Steve McCoy
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    My new piece on Saintseneca and their album Dark Arc is up at Christ & Pop Culture: "Saintseneca's Dark Arc: Stripping Off The World's Varnish." Here's a blurb...The entire album is a juxtaposition of style and substance. It’s subversive, kind of Banksy. I can’t help but think that this is similar to what the church should be doing in the midst of our consumer culture. We should be taking the shiny, happy things of this world and breaking them, showing they aren’t what we think they are. We should be stripping off the varnish, seeing through the luster. Go read my whole…
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    Worship Matters

  • 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…
  • St. Patrick’s Bad Analogies

    Bob Kauflin
    17 Mar 2014 | 8:23 am
    For many, mentioning the Trinity can bring to mind words like abstract, unimportant, strange, illogical, and distant. To make God more relevant we’ve come up with analogies that try to explain him. Steam, water, ice. Father, husband, employee. Flame, light, heat. A clover. Etc. St. Patrick’s Day seemed to be the right time to post this video that shows how our attempts to explain God can inadvertently be rehashes of past heresies. To be clear, I’m not aware that Patrick actually used these analogies, but the video is hilarious. I remember learning and using many of these…
 
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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
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
  • Fight Church Official Trailer

    4 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
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    Thinking Out Loud

  • I Screwed Up

    paulthinkingoutloud
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    A title like that one is almost guaranteed to bring in readers because we love to read about others’ mistakes. So today I’ll be one of the others. I totally messed up a piece in this morning’s Good Friday service. A major brain cramp. It was a medley of two songs, two verses each, and when I finished the first verse of the first one, my eyes went back to to the top of the page, but my hands went on to the second piece. So there I was at the keyboard, and I just kept going because I couldn’t stop. About a dozen painful bars of this, and my brain reset enough to go into…
  • Should Christians Speak of “Mother Nature?”

    paulthinkingoutloud
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:19 am
    “Everybody talks about the weather but nobody ever does anything about it.” “Whether it’s cold Or whether it’s hot We’re going to have weather Whether or not” We plough the fields, and scatter the good seed on the land; But it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand. He sends the snow in winter, The warmth to swell the grain, The breezes and the sunshine, And soft, refreshing rain. 1 … He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. (Matt 5:45) In North America in terms of weather,…
  • A Ton of Religion

    paulthinkingoutloud
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    Source: Gloria Dei Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:51 am
    I’m writing this assuming everyone survived the prophetic implications of the blood moon, but maybe the April 15 income tax deadline is a form of judgment.  As we do each Wednesday, clicking anything below will take you to PARSE where the links are live. With the movie version set to release, a now 14-year-old Colton Burpo affirms the story on which Heaven is for Real is based. Jamie Wright notes correctly that the many Mommy Bloggers are really moms to young children and that mothers of teens seem to share fewer stories. For I know the verse I have for you! Why the context for…
  • Gospel Music Association to Induct Rich Mullins to Hall of Fame

    paulthinkingoutloud
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
    It’s an honor that would have made Rich Mullins blush. The GMA (Gospel Music Association) will induct Rich Mullins, writer of “Awesome God,” into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame at their inaugural GMA Honors Ceremony to be held on Tuesday, April 29th at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena. The event celebrates those being inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame as well as individuals and organizations that are impacting our culture globally both past and present. Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant are the first performers announced for the ceremony, with more to be added.
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • 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…
  • Jesus Raises a Woman’s Son from the Dead Craft

    Felicia Mollohan
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:23 am
    This craft came about while I was working on a lesson about Jesus raising a woman’s son from the dead. This story is in Luke 7:12-17 and it occurs directly after Jesus heals the Centurion’s Servant. Jesus is walking along and he sees a dead man being carried out. The man was the only son of his mother and she was a widow. Jesus has compassion for her and raises her son from the dead. This craft is a simple craft that children from 3+ can do. The younger ones will just need help with the brad. Materials: 1 paper plate per child 1/2 printout of the face (there are 2 per page to save…
  • Our 5 Most Popular Easter Resources

    Tony Kummer
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    Over the years, we’ve shared dozens of free children’s ministry resources for Easter. The full list is a little overwhelming for new readers! So here are the most popular of our collection along with easy to download formats. For download files, it’s sometimes easier to right-click the link and select “save as.” 1. Easter Coloring Sheets – Browse or simply download them in one PDF-file 2. Easter Poem with M&Ms – Read it here or simply download the printable version. 3. Worksheets about Easter & Good Friday – View the post or…
 
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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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  • 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.
  • Back to Swaziland

    Stevan
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:21 pm
    In late 2012, I had the privilege of traveling to Swaziland with a team of pastors and laity to serve on a mission team for two weeks. While we were there, our team served the Emmanuel Wesleyan Bible College with both physical labor (painting and maintenance) and by teaching local pastors at a pastor’s conference. The trip was both challenging and rewarding. I have the opportunity to join another team this year – in October/November 2014 for a return-trip to Swaziland to serve in a similar capacity by loving and teaching local pastors to serve the Lord and His Church in the…
 
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    ChurchForFamily Sermons

  • 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 - 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 Redemption Story…
  • 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 - 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 Redemption Story…
  • 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 - 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 Redemption Story…
  • 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 - 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 Redemption Story…
  • Pre-2008 Sermon List (Rev.3-2014)

    paulwnewell
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:50 am
    The following is a link to our sermon list pre-2008. http://www.churchforfamily.com/sermonarchive/sermon_archive.htm  
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    Kevin Campbell

  • 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!
  • Opportunities Before Us

    Kevin Campbell
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    April is a month PACKED with opportunity to advance God’s Kingdom. Check out what is coming up at Elevate Church: ELEVATE 101 This Sunday We are excited to help people reach their full potential in Christ and believe the Elevate Growth Track will help accomplish this in your life.  It will be hosted on campus immediately following the Service on Sunday. You can just show up! PRAYER NIGHT – Monday, April 7th Join us for Prayer Night on Monday night at our Elevate office. We will meet from 7pm – 8pm for a time of prayer and worship! It could be the MOST important meeting of…
  • When We Are Like Jesus

    Kevin Campbell
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    We are never more like Jesus than when we SERVE. Jesus picked up a towel and served HIS disciples. He picked up a cross and carried our sins. He is the most humble servant and now the most exalted One! Read Philippians 2:5-11. I am so grateful for amazing volunteers at Elevate Church who model what it means to serve and the PRIVILEGE it is to build God’s House! Let this video be an encouragement to you: Related posts: This Makes It All Worth It Why Do We GIVE At Elevate? Sunday Recap: It’s Jesus’ Story
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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

  • 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…
  • Understanding creatives – and exciting vacancies in UK

    siskin
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    [Please Share] Creatives think and function differently to many of us. Understand them. Give them space. They are often the best communicators in your church or team. Or could be if you’d let them. See 18 Things Highly Creative People do Differently. Len Wilson is a Christian creative and storyteller with many insights. Check his latest blog post Five Places to Spot a Good Idea. You can sign up to receive email updates of his blog posts – I highly recommend them for learning more on creativity and good communication. Check also the well-reviewed Kindle ebook by Ed Cyzewski:…
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    Brad Lomenick

  • 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.
  • 8 Ways to Empower Your Team

    bradlomenick
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:01 am
    Leaders: one of the key things you must ALWAYS do is empower your team. As I’ve learned over the years, most leaders at their core are control freaks, which is part of the reason they are successful. But we all must learn and recognize the need to empower those around us to succeed and do what they do well. Most leaders think they can do it all on their own, and many try, but ultimately in order to grow a successful organization that outlives you, as the leader, you have to empower those around you. Here are a few thoughts on Empowering your Team: 1. Give them the opportunity to make…
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    TeamRCIA

  • 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 to accomplish something complicated (for example, plan for retirement, decide to get married, buy a new house), you look for leaders who can guide you through the journey to your goal. Who leads the RCIA in your parish? When the inquirers come to us, they are looking for leadership. It is perfectly fine to say “Father Jones is the leader of our parish.” Or you might say, “Sally is…
  • 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 take a look at the Easter Vigil. Also, don’t miss our answer to a listener’s question on what to do about a pastor who doesn’t know the RCIA rites. (Hint: It’s not just about the pastor) Our next webinar will be “Strengths Based Leadership for RCIA Teams.” Make sure it’s on your calendar. Click here for more information.   Listen to these…
  • 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 restoration of the catechumenate. Now you might be wondering how I know what the Council had in mind. After all, I was only eight years old when they wrapped up their final session. Well, I know because they told us. In one of their final documents, Decree on the Missionary Activity of the Church, the Council fathers wrote: The catechumenate is not a mere expounding of doctrines and…
  • 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 yet another question about garments for the sacraments.   Listen to these additional podcasts: Episode 68: Five tips for mystagogical preaching and teachingEpisode 67: Eight ways to take Easter homeEpisode 66: The four most powerful symbols of the Easter VigilEpisode 65: How to celebrate the Holy Saturday Preparation RitesEpisode 64: The symbolic power…
  • Do your catechumens know your mission? Do you?

    Nick Wagner
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    During a recent trip, I looked up a parish close to my hotel and headed over there for the 9 a.m. Sunday Mass. Just before the opening song, a parishioner went to the ambo, welcomed everyone to St. So-and-So, and then read the parish mission statement. Mission improbable The statement was kind of long, and I don’t remember all of it. I do remember that it included the word “welcome” and “welcoming community” several times. The reason I remember this is because no one in the church said a word to me (unless you count the communion minister’s “Body of Christ”). On another…
 
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    Brandon A. Cox

  • 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.
  • Worshipping In the Powerful Presence of God

    Brandon
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:15 am
    Kayla Bailey performing her original song, Found at Grace Hills. This weekend was powerful. Sunday, we kicked off a new message series called Found and we’re exploring what it means for God to be on mission to find us, rescue us, and commission us to go find others. After all, found people find people, right? Additionally, guest artist Kayla Bailey led us in worship and introduced her new song, Found (I know, right?). I don’t know that I’ve ever heard so much feedback about people experiencing God’s presence in a powerful way in one of our services. But what does…
  • Why Talking About Church Growth Matters

    Brandon
    21 Mar 2014 | 11:19 am
    It’s inevitable. Every single time we publish an article on pastors.com designed to help Pastors lead their churches to grow, people react with defensiveness and pseudo-spiritual comments. Everyone seems quick to point out that “it’s not about numbers,” “bigger doesn’t mean better,” and “my small church matters just as much as your big church.” Yes. We know. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a small church. Small churches do awesome things for the kingdom and for their communities. And Pastors of churches of fifty people can…
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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

  • 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…
  • I fell in love with Texas all over again

    Kenny
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:19 am
    I just wrapped up a two week vacation and it was marvelous. After the intense Fall and winter, two full weeks of disconnect have been much needed. The only agenda I had for this time off was a week away with my family followed by a week of yard projects that would take an entire week. I’ve been living in Texas for just under ten years and they have been (almost) ten glorious years. Sara and I actually have our “move date to Texas” as a reoccurring date on our calendar and we celebrate annually. I don’t know what it takes to be a “Texan” or to say that one…
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • John Mark McMillan Performs

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:08 pm
    This week our good friend (and incredible artist) John Mark McMillan performs 2 songs from his new album, "Borderland," live from the RELEVANT Studio. You don't want to miss these performances, and as a bonus, you can scroll down to watch them too. We also get a global perspective on Easter in our interview with Pastor Oscar Muriu of the Nairobi Chapel in Kenya. This episode is one for the ages, so settle in because it's not every week we have an (almost) two hour episode!
  • You Know You Were a ‘90s Church Kid If …

    sammyrhodes
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    A fond tribute to WWJD bracelets, side hugs and kissing dating good-bye. The ‘90s are all the rage these days. Tank tops. Jean shorts. Vans. Nirvana shirts. Saved by the Bell references. Neon colors everywhere. The way we remember the ’90s makes it seem so, so cool ... ... Unless you were a church kid. Then the ‘90s for you was less Saved by the Bell and more Adventures in Odyssey. Or as my friend likes to call it, Adventures in Moralism. You know you were a ’90s church kid if...
  • This Elementary School's Advice About Bullying Is Just Horrible

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    A school in Lincoln, Neb. is under fire after sending fifth graders home with a pamphlet for how to deal with bullies. It was obviously well-intentioned, but it'd be difficult to dream up worse advice. For example: Treat the person who is being mean as if he is trying to help you: No matter how insulting or mean they may sound, be grateful and think they really care about you. Do not verbally defend yourself. Do not tell on bullies: The number one reason bullies hate their victims, is because the victims tell on them. Telling makes the bully want to retaliate. Tell an adult only when a real…
  • Hippos VS. Crocodiles: Our Worlds at War

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    Wildlife photographer Marc Mol was at a river in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park when he captured something surely wrought by the blood moon: a stand-off between armies of hippos and crocodiles. A massive herd of hippos stumbled upon over a hundred sunbathing crocodiles, and it resulted in a battle for the very heart and soul of the animal kingdom. Although the action was a little hard to track, Mol reported only one fatality—a hippo who lost his life protecting his hippo brothers. His hippobrotamuses, if you will ...
  • And Now, a Video of Gorillas Hunting Easter Eggs

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    After watching the mighty king of the jungle being reduced to the status of an Easter egg-hunting eight-year-old, it’s really no wonder they are planning our near-certain demise ...
 
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    david kenney

  • 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…
  • When We Were on Fire

    David
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    Addie Zierman is the blogger of “How to Talk Evangelical.” Her book “When we were on Fire” was named one of 101 Best Books of 2013 by Publisher’s Weekly Addie has been “speaking evangelical” fluently since she was three years old. Like many Christian leaders, she has been a Bible study leader, prayer group founder, Sunday school teacher, worship band singer, and member of Awana. Plus she still knows all the words to the song “Jesus Freak” by DC Talk (who doesn’t?) I am probably just 10 years outside of her target audience with this book, but as…
  • PASSION: The Bright Light of Glory

    David
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Well if you don’t know – the Passion Conferences are Christian gatherings that we started back in 1997 by Louie Giglio. Of course they are open to anyone, but their main demographic has been young adults – specifically college-aged students. And you get a lot of the “Passion” story in the first part of the book. It’s a great starter for anyone not familiar with the Passion movement or even as a refresher for those who are. But Louie Giglio is not the only contributor to this book. Through the various chapters you will get to hear from Francis Chan (love…
  • I’ve Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has

    David
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Mandy Hale is affectionately known around the world as “The Single Woman.” Her mission is to inspire single women to live their best lives and to never settle, Mandy cuts to the heart of the matter with her inspirational, straight-talking, witty, and often wildly humorous take on life and love; and her message reaches millions of women across the world every day through her blog. Again, I am not Mandy’s target audience. I am a man… I am married. (I have also been Las Vegas) I picked this book up for my church so that it would minister to ladies who might check it out from the…
  • Miss Brenda and the Loveladies: A Heartwarming True Story of Grace

    David
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:46 pm
      All right I’ll admit it, I’m not a woman. And lately I have been reviewing a lot of “woman books” for our church library. But don’t hold that against me. In a nutshell this is book about women ex-cons and how the author, Brenda Spahn helped turn their life around through Christ and Community. Did I know that’s what the book was about when I picked it up? No. To be honest, I picked it pretty fast and was a sucker for a flashy picture with a catchy title (not to mention all of the smiling ladies on the cover). The first thing that caught me off guard…
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  • 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 […]
  • March Madness

    Scott
    26 Feb 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Beginning March 1, 2014, I am taking a complete and total off-the-grid social media non-presence until April 1. Call it a sabbatical. Call it a fast. It’s not that I’m tired of social media. On the contrary, I’m fascinated by it. But I’m simply responding to a sense that it’s time to totally unplug from […]
 
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  • 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…
  • 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess [Book Review]

    Lauren Hunter
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    If you’ve wrestled even a tiny bit with the excess of America’s culture in light of what it means to be a believer in Christ, 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, just may ignite your passion to pursue the why behind the what, and reevaluate decisions you make from how you spend your time to what technology you use to what you throw in your trash can. This being the first Jen Hatmaker book I’ve read, I came to this book after hear many different friends echo that it changed their way of viewing the resources God has entrusted to them. The movement to question why we do…
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  • 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.
  • Princeton High School, Cincinnati Ohio

    Mattofact
    8 Mar 2014 | 7:56 am
    My mom graduated from Princeton high school in 1972. Little did she know then my brother would someday be the district principal at that same high school. I’m extremely proud of my brother and the entire staff at Princeton high school for all the work they do to pour into and change the lives of kids every day.
  • 29 Ways To Stay Creative

    Mattofact
    24 Jan 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Keeping your creative team encouraged and challenged is critical. Check out these 29 ideas creatives can try to keep it fresh. Work hard to facilitate these in your teams.
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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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  • 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.
  • Worshipping In the Powerful Presence of God

    Brandon
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:15 am
    Kayla Bailey performing her original song, Found at Grace Hills. This weekend was powerful. Sunday, we kicked off a new message series called Found and we’re exploring what it means for God to be on mission to find us, rescue us, and commission us to go find others. After all, found people find people, right? Additionally, guest artist Kayla Bailey led us in worship and introduced her new song, Found (I know, right?). I don’t know that I’ve ever heard so much feedback about people experiencing God’s presence in a powerful way in one of our services. But what does…
  • Why Talking About Church Growth Matters

    Brandon
    21 Mar 2014 | 11:19 am
    It’s inevitable. Every single time we publish an article on pastors.com designed to help Pastors lead their churches to grow, people react with defensiveness and pseudo-spiritual comments. Everyone seems quick to point out that “it’s not about numbers,” “bigger doesn’t mean better,” and “my small church matters just as much as your big church.” Yes. We know. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a small church. Small churches do awesome things for the kingdom and for their communities. And Pastors of churches of fifty people can…
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  • 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…
  • the Lincoln Theatre

    Mark Batterson
    10 Oct 2013 | 6:48 am
    It was nearly five years ago that we started circling the Lincoln Theatre in prayer. And over the last few years, we’ve had several all church events where we’ve gathering our different locations at the Lincoln.  We also tried to pursue it on a weekly basis, but it didn’t pan out because of cost and availability. But like the Israelites who circled Jericho, we kept circling.  We had full faith that God would open the door at the right time.  That time is now. We had our inaugural service at the Lincoln last Sunday, and it’s one of those moments you need to mark as a…
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  • 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
  • “Jesus Is Grace” Rohan Dredge – Podcast

    Molly
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:18 am
    Jesus Is Grace. Guest speaker Pastor Rohan Dredge, Senior Pastor of Discovery Church in Melbourne, Australia, brought this message as a case study of grace through the life of Peter in scripture. This is a very encouraging message for everyone who needs reminding of the grace of God and his restoring power in our lives. […] Related posts: Seven Signs of a Pharisee Spirit – Paul Andrew “Extravagant” Paul Andrew – Podcast “Healer” Rhema Trayner – Podcast
  • Who Jesus Is To Me: Tyler Pines

    Jessi Marquez
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    As we near Easter Weekend and wrap up our “Jesus Is” message series, we wanted to hear more stories from those in our Liberty Community about who Jesus Is to them. Here is Tyler Pines’ story about how Jesus Is…Worthy.   Worship music captivated me from a very young age, which I find is a […] Related posts: Worship Open Night: March 5th Worship Open Mic Sunday Recap: The Spirit-Led Life
  • Bob and Mavis Green Comissioned as Pastors At Liberty Church

    Jessi Marquez
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    We’re excited to announce that last Sunday we commissioned Bob and Mavis Green as Pastors at Liberty Church! It’s been 40 years since Bob did seminary with a dream of one day being involved in pastoring and church planting, and all these years later the dream is coming to pass. Since they arrived in NYC […] Related posts: Making Marriages Stronger The Search For Our Brooklyn Pastors Lead Pastors: Paul Andrew & Andi Andrew
 
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  • 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 February, 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…
  • Add “Drucker and Me” to Your Reading List!

    Mark Howell
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    If you’ve benefitted as much from Peter Drucker as I have, you will love Bob Buford’s new book.  Drucker & Me: What a Texas Entrepreneur Learned from the Father of Modern Management is both a fascinating read and packed with insight.  I very nearly read it in one sitting, could not put it down, and immediately decided to read parts again.  So good! Buford’s Drucker & Me tells the story of his improbable 23 year relationship with Peter Drucker and how the hard-driving CEO of an extraordinarily successful privately owned cable television company decided to devote…
  • Are You Aware of a Culture in Search of Belonging?

    Mark Howell
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone (published in 1995) offered an eerie first glimpse at a changing America.  The title came from a trend noticed by the owner of one of the largest bowling alley chains in America who told Putnam about the declining participation in bowling leagues.  At the heart of Putnam’s study?  ”How we have become increasingly disconnected from one another and how social structures — whether they be PTA, church, or political parties — have disintegrated.” Have you seen this in your area? I connect Putnam’s research with my own…
  • 5 Keys to Building Small Group Ministry at the Corner of “Belonging” and “Becoming”

    Mark Howell
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Want to make disciples who make disciples?  If you want to develop more than a program for high achievers seeking the most challenging merit badge, making disciples who make disciples must be built into the way ordinary life happens at your church. Making disciples who make disciples must be built into the way ordinary life happens at your church [click to tweet]. This is a very big deal friends.  One of the most significant strategic misses in the 21st century is the belief that small groups are good for connecting people but making disciples requires something more. If you’ve…
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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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  • 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…
  • The Futility of Existence

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:29 pm
    This video of a clearly inebriated man attempting to overcome a fence must have some sort of spiritual parallel. It's equally affecting and hilarious. Enjoy.(ht to kottke)
  • On Fear, or Leadership Lessons from Astronauts

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    This post originally appeared at Canadian Youth Worker:The TED 2014 conference came to Vancouver, BC last month, and I've been catching up on some of the 18-minute talks. One of the most fascinating talks is from astronaut Chris Hadfield. His description of exploring space is captivating and winsome, but beyond his cosmic adventures, Hadfield goes deeper into what it means to embrace risk, move beyond fear, and step into danger for the sake of beauty (see the talk here if the embed below doesn't work):Money Quote: "...the key to that is by looking at the…
  • 5 Questions to Gauge Leadership Capacity

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    I'm a new contributor to the LeaderTreks blog, a youth ministry organization devoted to the training and resourcing of youth leaders. This marks my first post for LeaderTreks, on how to gauge and evaluate leadership capacity in youth ministry. Read on:I once spoke with a youth ministry friend whose job was under probation. He clearly was anxious. This evaluation was not due to sin issues, lack of ministry passion, or complaining parents or teenagers. The issue, as explained by his superiors, was this: “Attendance is down in your program, so we’re unsure about your…
 
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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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  • 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…
  • You Are Not A Projector

    Rob Shepherd
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:55 am
    You are not a projector so stop projecting your feelings on other people. Stop it. Stop. It. Feelings are really hard to share. I do not know why. Sometimes feelings come and I want to make them a pair of cement shoes and bury em deep down with the fishies. Somehow I mixed 1920′s mobster talk with the toddler word for fish. I do not know why I did that either. Other times feelings just burst out of me like that baby alien that protruded out of that one guy’s stomach in the movie Alien. No matter how deep I try to bury them they burst out. Feelings are weird. They are built on…
  • I Think I’m Becoming High Maintenance

    Rob Shepherd
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:54 am
    High maintenance people wear me slap out. And I think I might be becoming one of them. I think most people would describe me as pretty low maintenance. I’m fairly laid back. I can entertain myself. You don’t have to work too hard to have a conversation with me. I try really hard not to embarrass my friends or say awkward things like, “Why didn’t you invite me to _____.” On the surface I’m low maintenance but I think I’m moving on up like George and Weezie. There are things that I really want that the vast majority of people seem to not want. I feel…
  • Prayers Do Not Have An Expiration Date

    Rob Shepherd
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:07 am
    I don’t know why God didn’t answer Pastor John Minter’s prayer in his lifetime, but He seems to be answering it now. I have a hard time thinking about anything other than today. I’m not a forward thinker. It probably drives my staff crazy. I wish I could think about tomorrow but today has enough worries of its own. Or so I’ve heard. I think it was Jesus who said it. Because I struggle to think past today I can get discouraged when God doesn’t immediately answer my prayers. I often work under the guise, I have a right now need and I need God to answer it…
  • Stop Being So Dang Nice

    Rob Shepherd
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:55 am
    I try to be nice. You should try to be nice. The world is a better place for it. But at some point Christians have taken sides and have parted ways like the Red Sea. On one side you have negative Christians who hate everything. This group feels persecuted if after a sneeze someone says “Bless you” instead of “God bless you.” They complain about everything and nothing. This group is all about telling the truth. However they see it they are going to tell it. On the other side you have the nice tribe. This group glosses over everything for fear of not being nice. This…
 
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  • 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.
  • Vacation family time

    Richard Wilson
    30 Dec 2013 | 1:20 am
    We are having a crowded Christmas break. Instead of visiting family, we invited them to Trento, so there are nine of us in the house at the moment. This means spending a lot of time with them – especially it seems playing Sicilian card games, as some others at Lavis take advantage of their holidays and the fact that there are a lot of extra Sicilians in town at the moment. But I also get some good time to work on my projects, with my mother-in-law looking after me and taking over most of my house work responsibilities. So I was able to publish a new version of my Android program this week,…
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  • 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…
  • Unlocking the Five Motivations for Work in Your Ministry Leadership

    Will Mancini
    7 Mar 2014 | 10:01 am
    We all have motivations that get us out of bed in the morning. And, we all have a wide array of forces that impact our sense of identity as it relates to work. I have found it helpful to identify these and to explore their interrelationship. In doing so there are multiple benefits to fortifying your life as a ministry leader. In fact, great leaders deeply understand these benefits  in their own life. In addition, these motivations and the benefits of understanding them, become very helpful in stewarding the gifts and talents of others. What are the benefits of exploring the five motivations?
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  • 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?
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 06 Apr 2014

    Alastair Vance
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Here For You – Matt Redman (A) The Same Love – Paul Baloche (A) Your Love Never Fails – Chris McClarney (A) You Alone Can Rescue – Matt Redman (B) Healer – Mike Guglielmucci (B) Don’t forget to check out the video from Sunday – Part 3 of “Greatest Hits”.
  • New Song This Weekend

    Alastair Vance
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    We’re trying out a new song this weekend at STORYCHURCH. It’s called My Guardian and is by Ben Cantelon (Worship Central, UK).
 
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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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  • 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…
  • The Futility of Existence

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:29 pm
    This video of a clearly inebriated man attempting to overcome a fence must have some sort of spiritual parallel. It's equally affecting and hilarious. Enjoy.(ht to kottke)
  • On Fear, or Leadership Lessons from Astronauts

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    This post originally appeared at Canadian Youth Worker:The TED 2014 conference came to Vancouver, BC last month, and I've been catching up on some of the 18-minute talks. One of the most fascinating talks is from astronaut Chris Hadfield. His description of exploring space is captivating and winsome, but beyond his cosmic adventures, Hadfield goes deeper into what it means to embrace risk, move beyond fear, and step into danger for the sake of beauty (see the talk here if the embed below doesn't work):Money Quote: "...the key to that is by looking at the…
  • 5 Questions to Gauge Leadership Capacity

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    I'm a new contributor to the LeaderTreks blog, a youth ministry organization devoted to the training and resourcing of youth leaders. This marks my first post for LeaderTreks, on how to gauge and evaluate leadership capacity in youth ministry. Read on:I once spoke with a youth ministry friend whose job was under probation. He clearly was anxious. This evaluation was not due to sin issues, lack of ministry passion, or complaining parents or teenagers. The issue, as explained by his superiors, was this: “Attendance is down in your program, so we’re unsure about your…
 
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  • 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…
  • You Love Me Anyway

    Sele Mitchell
    10 Nov 2013 | 7:59 pm
    I am the thorn in Your crown But You love me anyway I am the sweat from Your brow But You love me anyway I am the nail in Your wrist But You love me anyway I am Judas’ kiss But You love me anyway See now, I am the man that called out from the crowd For Your blood to be spilled on this earth shaking ground Yes then, I turned away with this smile on my face With this sin in my heart tried to bury Your grace And then alone in the night, I still called out for You So ashamed of my life, my life, my life But You love me anyway Oh, God… how you love me You love me anyway You Love Me Anyway…
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  • Hearing God’s Word (Nehemiah 8) (Ed Mackenzie)

    Ed Mackenzie
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    on hearing the word – http://www.seedresources.com/view/images/open-bible-2 How do we engage with Scripture, on-line and off-line? How do we allow it to shape and saturate our lives, our workplaces and our homes, our families and our friendships? Allowing the ‘word of God’ to dwell within one’s heart and one’s community is a theme that weaves throughout each of the Bible’s genres; the histories and prophets, the wisdom literature and the gospels, the letters and the apocalypses. In the Psalms, it is expressed in Psalm 119 with its extended meditation on the worth of God’s…
  • #BIGRead14: Mysterious Cross (Read by @RevMartinPoole)

    bigbible
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    http://seedresources.com/view/images/warhol-cross Unfamiliar cross, I know your shape, your form. your meaning has been my study year on year. yet I know you not. Symbol of reconciliation, of love, of grace. Why do you push me back? Why alienate me so? Your face – always new. Your arms – always open. Your foot – always planted. Your mouth – always shut. Others gaze on you and pass by satisfied. They understand you fully, whether bare wood or body hung, whether sculpted, or in oils; they read your surface and move on. Mysterious cross, you hold my stare, reflect it back. your…
  • Is an Online Church Really a Church? A Grumpy Response to Ed Stetzer (@tim_hutchings)

    Tim Hutchings
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    This month, Ed Stetzer tackled the thorny question of online churches for Christianity Today magazine. Is an online church really a church? Well, Ed’s answer is mostly no. Every church should have an online presence, he says, but they should use that presence to move people away from “being alone on the screen” and towards “being in community with others”. Now, I like online churches – I’ve studied and written about and lived with online churches for many years, as an academic and a participant. So how does someone like Ed Stetzer – American pastor, church planter,…
  • #BIGRead14: Too Difficult (Read by Christina Corsiglia)

    bigbible
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    http://seedresources.com/view/images/difficult-path-ahead I have a special place, so secret I myself can never remember where to find it, where I put these things. An anti­treasure chest into which I throw, hurl or, more often, surreptitiously slip all the tasks I dread, all the words I know I need to say but cannot. The problems in that box are intractable. The people trapped therein have mouths which gape, like chicks in a nest. They want I don’t have, I cannot find. It’s as busy as an ants’ hill in there. A beehive filled with sour honey; the wax of the comb is rancid through…
  • Nehemiah: Man of Action (@paulblakely)

    paulblakey
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Nehemiah – the story of the rebuilding of the city walls of Jerusalem – the need for them, the plans for them, overcoming numerous problems before a national day of repentance was called and the project finished (52 days later!) All nations need Nehemiah’s! Nehemiah was a man of action – he was able to lift the spirits of a despondent nation and give both practical and spiritual leadership so that they could complete a difficult task against fierce opposition and in record time! A man of prayer utterly dependent on God. Just imagine if the city walls were to be built…
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  • 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…
  • I fell in love with Texas all over again

    Kenny
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:19 am
    I just wrapped up a two week vacation and it was marvelous. After the intense Fall and winter, two full weeks of disconnect have been much needed. The only agenda I had for this time off was a week away with my family followed by a week of yard projects that would take an entire week. I’ve been living in Texas for just under ten years and they have been (almost) ten glorious years. Sara and I actually have our “move date to Texas” as a reoccurring date on our calendar and we celebrate annually. I don’t know what it takes to be a “Texan” or to say that one…
 
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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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  • 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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  • 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

  • What Does The Bible Say About War?

    Daryl Evans
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every day that we turn on any news program it won’t be very long until the news telecast will turn to show some unrest in the forms of wars or suicide bombers all over the world.  Jesus even... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 7 Prayers For Young People and the Next Generation

    Derek Hill
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of our biggest responsibilities as adults is to teach and train our kids core principals from the Bible to give them a solid foundation in Christ as they grow.  You don’t have to walk very far to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How Can We Recognize False Doctrines?

    Jack Wellman
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    There are many false teachers out there teaching false doctrines.  How can we recognize untrue teachings from those that are true?  How do you recognize false doctrines from true ones? Jesus:  I am... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 20 Powerful G.K. Chesterton Quotes

    Pamela Rose Williams
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The “Father Brown” detective series of books include the most popular writings by Gilbert Keith Chesterton. They were written in the early 1900’s and even today they are still being adapted for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 18 Bible Verses About Orphans

    Daryl Evans
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    If we truly desire to have a heart like Jesus, we will always be seeking to help out those that are not as fortunate or blessed as we are.  It doesn’t matter what income level you are at, there... [[ 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

  • 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…
  • The problem of pedestals

    Justin Long
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Is it possible that when we put people up on a pedestal– – “They really know how to teach” – “If you need prayer, you need to get them praying – the really know how to pray” – “He’s a pastor’s pastor” – “He’s really got the gift of evangelism; why, he even shared the gospel with the checkout lady” –that we make people who don’t “reach up to that standard” feel like their actions in the same arena are really ineffective– If I don’t feel like I can teach, or…
  • Reaching the World together

    Justin Long
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    To say you want to reach the world implies you want to work in partnership with other believers. Jesus didn’t give us a task we could do on our own. Anyone, therefore, who says they want to reach the world, but isn’t involved in some partnerships as part of the job, probably isn’t really serious about the task. This doesn’t mean you have to work with everybody, or just anybody. But working with nobody should be a big red flag.
  • Decentralized Decision Making

    Justin Long
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:39 pm
    I’m hearing the phrase decentralized decision making more and more. This is an aspect of swarming functionality: pushing decision making as close to the grass roots as possible. The biggest killer of a swarm is not the wrong action but apathy–taking no action at all. When a swarm clearly understands its promise (where it is going) and its values (how it will get there) then appropriate behavior becomes more obvious. People are held accountable not for wrong behaviors per se (not a list of prescribed actions) but rather inappropriate behavior in light of the swarms values and…
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    The Inclusive Church

  • 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…
  • Understanding Church Leaders (Parent-Church Conversations Part 2)

    AmyFentonLee
    24 Feb 2014 | 8:32 am
    As we talked about in the last post, parent-church conversations don’t always go smoothly. A rocky (if not broken) relationship can result when either party comes to the table with open wounds or faulty assumptions. I can’t solve situation-specific interpersonal problems here, but perhaps I can help parents better understand common themes in the lives of church leaders and the culture of their “work” environment. Church leaders often have a story too. Many people serving in ministry have experienced at least one of the following: A difficult childhood A painful or traumatic life event…
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  • 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 […]
  • 7 Effective Strategies To Control Your Negative Thoughts

    Trevor Lund
    11 Mar 2014 | 5:43 am
    Every so often I get a reminder of different things that really tick me off. Often it’s around a negativity fast. Wouldn’t you know, there is another reminder butt up against my garage right now. I really don’t like having others expectations thrust on me. The old “Well, you weren’t at the meeting, but we […]
 
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    ResonateOrDie

  • Three ways not to short-circuit the creative process

    Kerry Bural
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:38 am
    I used to think creativity simply required talent. Not anymore. After over 30 years in the creative field, I’ve discovered that effective creative expression takes much more than talent; it also takes legit time, serious focus, hard work and tenacity. When you fail to see an idea or concept through to its best possible expression, you run the risk of failing rather than nailing it. You’re in danger of short-circuiting the creative process before you’ve even gotten started. Here are three ways not to short-circuit the creative process. No. 1: Be realistic about the amount of time needed…
  • 5 MORE Secret Tips For Rocking Your Whiteboard

    Kerry Bural
    13 Feb 2014 | 11:32 am
    Whiteboards are great tools. Tools to help us think. Tools to help us shape vision, unpack ideas and build out super-sized plans.  A whiteboard can help you engage team members, explore crazy ideas, and expedite problem-solving. They can be powerful tools for transforming a team into an effective, strategic and creative micro-community. Having facilitated several hundred sessions in the last several years, we’ve tried to develop some consistent habits and best practices for facilitating effective sessions. Here are a few more tips for you: 1. Obtain the biggest and baddest board you…
  • 4 Secret Tips For Rocking Your Whiteboard

    Kerry Bural
    11 Feb 2014 | 5:59 am
    At Resonate, there’s a method to our creative and strategic madness And today we’re giving you an exclusive peek at a Resonate secret weapon for fostering strategic, creative, and team collaboration. Think of it as a behind-the-scenes tour of our top-secret branding, marketing and communications laboratory. Just don’t touch anything. Really. One of our favorite tools for helping organizations resonate is the humble whiteboard. I’m sure you are using one in your office, but are you using it to its full potential? To help you rock it on your whiteboard, here are four secret tips you…
  • Why You Need a Brand Lab and a Wild-Eyed Mad Scientist

    Kerry Bural
    27 Jan 2014 | 12:57 pm
    You’ve built your team from scratch. You’ve logged some painful hours on interviews, phone calls, and emails to bring them on board. You’ve got bright, skilled, and pedigreed individuals for sure. But, have you truly set them up for success? Creatives certainly aren’t a monolithic bunch. But from personal experience, I can tell you the best creative you have on your team should be encouraged to test their theories like a mad scientist. Why? Mad scientists are actually practitioners at heart. Their sleeves are rolled up ready and their hands are dirty. They are eager to do the hard…
  • Thankful For You

    Kerry Bural
    26 Nov 2013 | 12:09 pm
    This Thanksgiving, we are most thankful for you, our clients. While we don’t often talk publicly about you for discretionary reasons, we are very thankful for you and your daily sacrifice in ministry. Your daily acts of selflessness are legit and the real deal. We continue to be amazed by your passion and drive to give new life and redemption to people throughout the globe. You have invited us into your world to help expand your impact, and for that, we are very grateful. We don’t take your trust lightly. Thank you to everyone else who tracks with what we do. If you are not one of our…
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    Ramblings on the Way

  • 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 five 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 five statements. Hosanna!Crucify Him!My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?It is finished.Surely this man was the Son of God!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…
  • Ideas need microwaves and slow cookers

    5 Apr 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Some people have ideas. They see the vision before anyone else does. They are the innovators I spoke about here.Others jump on board when they hear about the new idea. They would be the early adopters.Of theses, some are microwaves and some are slow cookers.The microwaves will want action. Screw the procedures. They want to see tangible results. Immediately if possible.The slow cookers will be just as committed as the microwaves, but will have the patience to see the entire project through.Microwaves will often burn themselves out or get side-tracked when the next new…
 
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • Great and Holy Friday ~ The Lamentations at the Tomb

    Fr. Peter
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    A decorated “Tomb” for Holy and Great Friday On Friday night, the Matins of Holy and Great Saturday, a unique service known as the The Lamentation at the Tomb (Epitáphios Thrēnos) is celebrated. This service is also sometimes called Jerusalem Matins. Much of the service takes place around the tomb of Christ in the center of the nave. A unique feature of the service is the chanting of the Lamentations or Praises (Enkōmia), which consist of verses chanted by the clergy interspersed between the verses of Psalm 119 (which is, by far, the longest psalm in the Bible).At the end of…
  • Great and Holy Friday ~ The Royal Hours

    Fr. Peter
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
    In addition to the Vespers and the Orthros, the daily cycle of worship contains the Apodeipnon (Compline), the Midnight Service (Mesoniktikon) and the Service of the Hours. These latter services have their roots in the devotional practices of the early Christians, and especially in the communal worship of the monastic communities. Each of the four Hours bears a numerical name, derived from one of the major daylight hours or intervals of the day as they were known in antiquity: the First – Proti – (corresponding to our sunrise); the Third – Triti – (our midmorning or 9…
  • Great and Holy Thursday

    Fr. Peter
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    On the evening of this day, which was the eve of the feast of unleavened bread (that is, the Passover), our Redeemer supped with His twelve disciples in the city. He blessed the bread and the wine, and gave us the Mystery of the Divine Eucharist. He washed the feet of the disciples as an example of humility. He said openly that one of them was about to betray Him, and He pointed out the betrayer by revealing that it was he “that dippeth his hand with Me in the dish.” And after Judas had straightway gone forth, Jesus gave the disciples His final and sublime instructions, which are…
  • Great and Holy Wednesday ~ The Unction Service

    Fr. Peter
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    The Mystery of Holy Unction that we celebrate tonight is established upon the words and actions of our Lord Jesus Christ. It embodies, extends and continues His healing ministry. It is the sign of His transforming presence in a bruised and hurting world, and the emblem of His promise to deliver us from sin and corruption. It is the manifestation of the kingdom and the sign of what God has in store for the world when it reaches its state of ultimate completion.Sickness and death are inescapable indignities resulting from the Fall. These indignities are not forms of divine retribution, but the…
  • Southbridge in the Civil War 1862

    Fr. Peter
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    Southbridge Civil War Monument.Photo courtesy of Dick Whitney’s History Site In my previous post I recalled the events of the Town of Southbridge in the year of 1861.  In today’s post the actions of the Board of Selectman will take center stage.  Most votes of the Board of Selectman in 1862 had to do with authorizing the expenditure of monies to support those who had volunteered for military service and their families. The population of the Town of Southbridge in 1860 was 3,575.  Southbridge sent 400 men to fight in the Civil War, far above the required amount.  The Board of…
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  • Womanhood – dropping balls

    Osayi
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Do you hear that? Yeah that sound… that’s the sound of balls fallling… I attended an event for professional women the other day, and they talked about how as women, you constantly have to juggle multiple balls – family, work, church, friends etc. And sometimes you will drop some of the balls… That was a scary thought to me. I never want to drop any balls but you know… Many years ago (about 20 years ago), I got very sick, and I was in the hospital for many days. My mother, a professional woman, left everything and stayed with me in the hospital during the…
  • 44- he should always let you have your way

    Osayi
    27 Feb 2014 | 10:31 pm
    hey y’all – It’s time for a new series, that I plan to turn into a book… We would like to talk about relationship fallacies that are ruining our relationships, and how we can fix them… I’m still working on a title, so if you have any suggestions I would appreciate it :-). This is a series on relationship fallacies for the rest of the series, please click here. – FALLACY #44: He should always let you have your way What can I say? I love having my own way… is there anyone who doesn’t love having their own way? well I’m not Mrs. Anyone, I’m Osayi.
  • 5- He should like you all the time

    Osayi
    18 Feb 2014 | 7:49 am
    hey y’all – It’s time for a new series, that I plan to turn into a book… We would like to talk about relationship fallacies that are ruining our relationships, and how we can fix them… I’m still working on a title, so if you have any suggestions I would appreciate it :-). This is a series on relationship fallacies for the rest of the series, please click here. – Fallacy #5 He should like you all the time. I know you all think I’m so perfect, but I’m not (hehe)… There are times that I do things to disappoint my parents, or my husband, but because they…
  • Dearest Mr. Ex – Cried – Bella Naija

    Osayi
    13 Feb 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Hey All, So I did my annual Valentine’s post on Bella Naija. See an excerpt below, and check it out when you get a chance. Thank ya – Dearest Mr. Ex Posted on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at 9:25 AM By Osayi Dearest Mr. Ex, Did I tell you I cried? Oh yes I cried. In fact there were many nights when I went to sleep crying and woke up still crying. It was hard for me to get over the heartbreak that all our dreams, hopes, aspirations, and plans for life together could have ended so abruptly… so painfully. Did I tell you I cried when you told me that you were now dating my…
  • Let’s talk about rape

    Osayi
    1 Feb 2014 | 7:02 am
    I was listening to the radio the other day, and a lady was sharing her experience of getting raped in Lagos. She was on the way from work at night and she was crossing the pedestrian bridge when three men attacked her, led her to an empty school building, beat her, took all her stuff, and raped her… and then beat her again when she did not act like she was enjoying the sexual activity… I was really saddened and hurt by what happened to her. And as I sat there listening, I could almost hear people saying “why was she out at night?” “why was she walking alone at…
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    Jonathan Herron

  • 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…
  • Buy My Book & I’ll Buy You Coffee

    Jonathan Herron
    23 Mar 2014 | 2:22 pm
    To celebrate the release of my new book Comedy-Driven Leadership (which quickly jumped onto Amazon’s Top Ten Bestsellers List for Church Leadership), I’ve put together a fun campaign for those of you who love Starbucks and are willing to put forth a little extra effort. So here’s how it works: Purchase Comedy-Driven Leadership from Amazon.  It is currently a Kindle Exclusive; you can download the FREE Kindle app for any Apple, PC or Android device here.  The Kindle version of the book retails for $9.99. Take a picture of yourself with the Kindle-version of the book…
 
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    Bible Reflections

  • What about?

    10 May 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A series that looks at various issues by asking the question "What about?
  • The Upper Room

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
  • Genealogies

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Type “family tree” into your search engine and a wide range of "free" or "useful" web-site addresses appears. The same with terms like “...
  • Hope instead of despair

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Stephen Hance discusses the theme of hope with his congregation, and the hopes that Stephen has for Ascension. The sermon was taking in light of some issues of despair within the church leadership.
  • Put your frail faith in a strong saviour

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Charlie Fadipe continues study into the gospel of Mark. In this sermon Charlie Fadipe discusses the nature of God's promises. Charlie explains that a ...
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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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    Tru Ministry

  • 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…
  • Image Bearers

    collie.coburn
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27) One of the most powerful truths from Scripture is the fact that we are made to reflect our Creator.  From the outset of the earth, we were identified as being created in God’s image, and knowing that changes everything else in life. As ministers to children, one of our goals should be to see our kids truly understand their identity in Christ. That’s a big, important goal, but making it a reality can be daunting. With that in mind, here are three ways you can help…
  • What Parents Need From Their Church

    gary.webb
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Most of us reading this article are focused on leading and building great ministries for children and families.  It’s what we love and we do it for a variety of reasons, mainly to see kids fall in love with Jesus and give their hearts to Him.  We love the opportunities, and even take on the challenges that go with the assignment we have been given. While child and family centered ministry is crucial, we need to focus on some other ministry aspects that make our families strong and healthy.  Although my list is not intended to be exhaustive, my hope is that it touches some of the more…
 
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    Proclaim Blog

  • 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…
  • 7 Popular Commentaries on the Psalms

    Chuck McKnight
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Perhaps more than any other part of the Bible, the Psalms cut to the heart of human emotion, presenting raw cries of humanity as we interact with God. When joyful, the psalmists break forth in praise of Yahweh. When in anguish, they cry for vindication, never hesitating to express their doubts, fears, and frustrations—but always with the conviction that God will come through for them in the end. As New Testament believers, we have the privilege of seeing Jesus in the Psalms. We find him as God’s begotten Son in Psalm 2:7, and we find him as the cornerstone in Psalm 118:22. With the words,…
  • Remember the Cross, Celebrate the Resurrection

    Ryan Nelson
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Good Friday is tomorrow. Easter is on Sunday. If you use Proclaim, fresh new media for each of these special days is already in your library—for free! Not only that, but you can also get great deals on incredible Bible study resources in Logos Bible Software’s Easter sale. Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus was tortured and killed by the very people he came to save. Three days later, he conquered death and promised eternal life to those who believe. One moment, Jesus’ followers were full of grief. The next, they were full of joy. For Christians living today, sometimes we have to separate the…
  • 7 Worship Songs for Easter Sunday

    Ryan Nelson
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Easter Sunday is just around the corner. As you prepare for your Sunday worship sets and meditate on the glory of the cross, here are some songs that are particularly popular around Easter. Each song is listed with its most recent ranking in Proclaim’s top 100, as well as its CCLI number. Be sure to check out our new service templates for Good Friday and Easter, and if you haven’t already, start your free 30 days of Pro Media to get elegant Easter media. 1. “In Christ Alone” (#13) (CCLI-3350395) Easter is a time to remember Christ’s sacrifice for us, and to remind each…
  • On-Screen Bible: Now on Quick Screen

    Jason Hickerson
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    When you subscribe to Proclaim, you don’t have to wait for the “new version” or buy additional software. When we create new features, you get them for free. In December, we announced the On-Screen Bible–a new tool that draws attention to your Scripture references with subtle animations and sends app Signals. Now we’ve added the On-Screen Bible to your quick screen, so you can be even more prepared for last-minute adjustments and spontaneous Bible references. When you take Proclaim On Air, the quick screen appears next to your current slide, so it’s right there when you need it and…
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    Seeing Invisible

  • 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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