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  • Misplaced Shame

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    Rob Shepherd
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:12 am
    Shame. Like a lot of words shame can mean different things. It’s a shame when you pass gas in the privacy of your office only to have someone walk in a second later. It’s a shame to forget tickets to a concert and only realize it when you are at the ticket gate. It’s a shame vegetables don’t taste like pizza. It’s a crying shame kids these days won’t learn patience from things like waiting for the Internet to connect. I don’t know how you use the word shame, but I’m wondering when you’ve felt shame. When I see shame it’s often…
  • How Hertz Rent-A-Car Emptied My Bank Account.

    Carlos Whittaker
    admin
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:55 am
    On Wednesday at 2 pm I noticed a $700 charge in my bank account from Hertz Car Rental out of Nashville TN. I immediately opened my email to see if I could find anything and found a new email from Hertz with a receipt for a car I rented on August 1st and returned on August 3rd. Except on the receipt it says I returned the car on August 15th and the reciept was not for $100. The receipt was for $2,283.77 Crazy town. My family had flown to Jackson Hole WY for vacation. We didn’t drive there in their car. So I immediately thought, no big deal, this can be fixed with a phone call. 3 phone…
  • Should I Post This? [Infographic]

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    John
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Hah. There are some that really need to learn this stuff… The post Should I Post This? [Infographic] appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Lifesavers Study Guide

    Perry Noble | Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church
    web@newspring.cc
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    #1 – Here are the links to the Bible Studies I mentioned in the message today. Financial Peace University Beth Moore's James: Mercy Triumphs  Discovering God's Will #2 – Read Acts 4:17-20. What has Jesus done in your life that you know you need to tell someone else about? #3 – Who is the person that you need to tell about what Jesus has done in your life? (Read Romans 10:14-17 for motivation in regards to the fact we are all called to take action!)   #4 – Today we talked about how Jesus works in you to work through you.  Take a…
  • Hard Advice for Young Leaders

    Ron Edmondson
    Ron Edmondson
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:45 am
    I have some hard advice for young leaders. Before I share , I feel the need to be clear — in case you’re a new reader — to assure you I’m a supporter of young leaders. Ask anyone I work with, or look at decisions we’ve made as a church, or the personal investments of my time into young leaders and you can clearly see I believe in the next generation of leaders. I only build my case of support, because this may be a hard word to receive. To illustrate this principle, let me begin with a story: When out oldest son Jeremy was in high school he was on the wrestling…
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  • Church Website Navigation & Usability on #cmschat

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:51 am
    Last night’s #cmschat on Twitter covered how to improve the navigation and usability of church websites. We talked about menus and site structure, target audiences and the importance of making visitor info easy to find. Join us every Thursday at 9 p.m. ET for #cmschat on Twitter. Read the transcript: [View the story “How To Improve Your Church Website By Improving It’s Navigation & Usability” on Storify] The post Church Website Navigation & Usability on #cmschat appeared first on Church Marketing Sucks.
  • Play Well With Others: How to Encourage Cooperation

    Mark MacDonald
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Mark MacDonald is one of our Certification Lab instructors and shares some of the insights you can expect to find at our Certification Lab events. Enjoy this preview and consider attending an upcoming Certification Lab. “Why canʼt we all just get along?” Iʼve muttered this many times in my three decades of working in marketing communication. Iʼm often left shaking my head after meetings: both sides dig their heels in so deep neither one gets their point heard—it’s all talking and no listening. Ministries build silos where theyʼre simply protecting themselves to the…
  • It’s Time for Your Church to Quit: 30 More Ways to Be a Quitter

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    We’re ready to quit this month. We’re too busy doing what’s good to do what’s great. So it’s time to quit some of those things that are less than great. It’s all inspired by Bob Goff, who quits something every Thursday. We already shared 30 things your church can quit. Here are 30 more, generated by the incredible #cmschat community (thanks for sharing!). Check out the full transcript for more. We’re too busy doing what’s good to do what’s great. It’s time to quit. Get Better by Quitting The whole point of all of this quitting is to…
  • How to Get Better by Quitting on #cmschat

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    Last night’s #cmschat on Twitter talked about quitting. Are you ready to quit? We’ve been quitters this month, talking about Bob Goff’s challenge to quit something every Thursday. Sometimes we’re too busy doing good stuff that we never have time to do great stuff. What does your church need to quit? Join us every Thursday at 9 p.m. ET for #cmschat on Twitter. Read the transcript (or check out the post of ideas collected from this chat): [View the story “How To Get Better At Your Job By Quitting Stuff” on Storify] The post How to Get Better by Quitting on…
  • By the Numbers: A Longitudinal Study of the Digital Ministry of America’s Largest Churches by Jeremy Smith

    Sheri Felipe
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Although the title of the book might seem a little overwhelming, the majority of this resource is fairly easy to understand and well laid out. By the Numbers presents the data from the author’s own study of web and social media usage in America’s largest churches. Jeremy Smith explains his purpose for the study early on—to make the reader aware of current digital trends and to help them feel empowered to explore these mediums in their own churches. Smith recorded data from church websites as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and created statistics on how churches are…
 
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  • Why I don’t like apps

    djchuang
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:43 pm
    I know that mobile apps are all the craze, on iOS and Android devices, and the numbers say that more people clock in more time using apps than browsing websites. But when I have the option, I almost always choose the “Add to Home Screen” when on a mobile site using Safari on iOS, instead of installing yet another mobile app. (and in so doing, you’d notice that even some popular websites have an app but don’t have a home screen icon)5 reasons I don’t like mobile appsOut of memory. With a normal 8GB or 16GB iPhone, you might have room for a couple dozen apps, and…
  • Making and Sharing Lists of Lists, People, Places, Things

    djchuang
    15 Aug 2015 | 5:06 pm
    One of the best way to organize stuff is making a list. Even the mythical Santa Claus is known for making a list and checking it twice. The most popular kinds of lists already have lots of brands, websites, and apps to make those kinds of lists more useful: for productivity, there’s checklists, task lists, and to do lists; social bookmarking is great for lists of links; reading lists for books; shopping lists for remembering everything to buy and wish lists for things others can buy for you; bucket lists for life goals.There are all kinds of other lists too, for things to be…
  • What does Asian American discipleship look like?

    djchuang
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:54 pm
    Question: ”wanted to see if you had or knew of any resources that spoke on Asian American Discipleship. We’re working on a discipleship framework but I’m realizing that it is so “white.” So I’m looking for resources that would speak more into what “Asian American” discipleship looks like.”@djchuang answer: that’s a great question, and something that Jesus talked about in his closing words, for his followers to be making disciples. Here’s what I’ve found so far:This book has it in its title -> Following Jesus without…
  • Wikis made easier to edit with beautiful designs

    djchuang
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Design is becoming more essential for presenting information on the Internet. In 2015, relevant websites are now responsive-design, no longer just mobile-friendly, and aesthetically pleasing, in part ushered in by the compelling use of beautiful design by Apple on personal consumer technologies: iPod, MacBook, iPad, iPhone, and so on.Most of the popular websites on the Internet gets a new design at least twice a year, for its UX (user experience) or UI (user interface), or both, based on my unscientific intuition. Wikipedia is 1 of the top 10 most popular websites in the world, but its design…
  • How to freely give as you have freely received

    djchuang
    6 Jun 2015 | 3:06 pm
    When I read articles and hear talks about being more generous, so much of those tends to be about giving away more money. And there’s a pressing need for that so that donations can fund and sustain the myriads of charitable and non-profit organizations.Sometimes these talks are specifically targeted to the wealthy, those who are upper middle-class or those who are independently wealthy or financially independent. The Internet has enabled more opportunity for entrepreneurs to become rich and work towards financial independence. And there are sure lots of books…
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  • Rhett Smith Podcast 24: How Technology Shapes Us, Informs our Identity, and Some Boundaries We Can Implement as We Use It

    Rhett Smith
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:46 pm
    I love technology. It has absolutely shaped my life in some amazing ways in the last 12 years especially. Technology can encompass all kinds of things, but the technology I’m primarily speaking about here have to do with computers, cell phones and social media. In fact, there was a season of my life for about 7-8 years where I spoke quite frequently on the role of technology in our lives, specifically the impact it can have not only on us, but in our relationships. Though I don’t go out and speak on technology as often these days, it’s still something that I talk about…
  • Rhett Smith Podcast 23: The Over-Scheduling of Kid’s Lives, the One Activity, Per Kid, Per Grading Period, and the Importance of Cultivating a Listening Relationship with Your Kids Early On — with Psychologist Dr. Neil Stafford

    Ryan Smith
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:29 pm
    I know it’s a cliche and commonplace to say that you are “busy” when someone asks how you are doing. I find myself saying that a lot, and more recently I’ve tried to correct that by questioning why am I so busy? And do I like being busy and do I get something from it? So I get it. I know we all live busy lives, but something that has been a concern for me since day one of my therapy practice (and probably before then in my ministry experience) was the over-scheduling of our kid’s lives. I work with kids who play multiple sports and often all year round. They are…
  • Rhett Smith Podcast 22: Facing Transitions Stage by Stage

    Rhett Smith
    11 Aug 2015 | 9:16 pm
    About 15 years ago as I was reading through the Bible a specific passage jumped out at me and forever changed my life. I remember the moment 15 years ago…that’s how powerful this simple little verse was. The verse read: “From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded.” — Exodus 17:1 I was captivated by this idea that God journeyed his people…the whole congregation…the whole community that is…out of the desert wilderness. But he didn’t do it in one fell swoop, but literally,…
  • The Launching of Thriiive Practices

    Rhett Smith
    7 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    My 8 year old daughter about to head down the Alpine slide in Breckenridge. This summer my family and I spent 8 days with a couple of other families in Colorado. It was an amazing time of adventure and community as we spent our days white water river rafting, ropes courses, hiking, trail running, and spending quality time with one another. But one of the things that I really appreciated about the trip was being able to watch others, especially my kids, push their limits, face their fears, and take risks. And each time they did that they walked away with a smile on their face and a whole lot…
  • Rhett Smith Podcast 21: Using the Restoration Therapy Model to Transform You, Your Relationships, Churches, Organizations and Corporations

    Rhett Smith
    5 Aug 2015 | 6:07 am
    About 5 years ago I was introduced to a therapy model that changed my life. And that’s not an exaggeration. It literally changed my life, beginning with me, then my marriage, then my parenting, then my therapy work, then friendships, and eventually in the work I do with organizations, churches and corporations. I was introduced to a model of therapy developed by Terry Hargrave called Restoration Therapy. Actually, at the time I didn’t know it as Restoration Therapy, but rather as the 5 Days to a New Marriage model that was developed for The Hideaway Experience by Terry and Shawn…
 
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  • #life24seven – Gateway South August Prayer Update

    Eric Bryant
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    Tweet “…always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” – Ephesians 6:18 Remember life 24 seven means experiencing God intimately and bringing hope to humanity wherever we are 24 hours a day and seven days a week!  Here are some ways to pray for Gateway South – including our new location: 1. Pray for our Inspire services on Sunday, our serving teams (Next Gen, Guest Services, and Production), and for our life groups and networks. Pray our people learn to live connected, experience transformation, and change our world. 2. Pray for our friends at…
  • Epic: Chosen by John Burke

    Eric Bryant
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Tweet We began a new series at Gateway Church in Austin called Epic! To get the most out of this series, read through the daily Scripture readings and the Next Steps with your family, with running partners, or in a life group. John Burke spoke at Gateway McNeil, and I spoke at Gateway South. Here are some of the notes from the message: Have you ever have to let go of a dream or a relationship? Have you ever had to make a sacrifice of something you love? It is easy to trust in God when everything is going great! Very little faith is required! A deep faith is necessary to trust God when things…
  • A Love Letter from God?

    Eric Bryant
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:21 pm
    TweetAt Gateway Church in Austin, we began a series called Epic: The Big Story of the Scriptures. Our hope is that each of us would discover the message God has for us through the Bible. I kicked off the series this past Sunday with Epic: God’s Love for All People (video and notes). At Gateway South, Robb Overholt shared Epic: The Creation and the Fall (video). To reframe our view of the Scriptures, let me take you back to a simpler time – 1992. That may be before you were born or before you have much of a memory. Or maybe you remember 1992 quite well. At that point, you did not…
  • Epic: The Creation and The Fall by Robb Overholt

    Eric Bryant
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:34 am
    Tweet We began a new series at Gateway Church in Austin called Epic! To get the most out of this series, read through the daily Scripture readings and the Next Steps with your family, with running partners, or in a life group. Watch the Gateway South message from Robb Overholt here: Rob Overholt from g8waypro on Vimeo.
  • Epic: God’s Love for All People

    Eric Bryant
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:18 am
    Tweet We began a new series at Gateway Church in Austin called Epic! To get the most out of this series, read through the daily Scripture readings and the Next Steps with your family, with running partners, or in a life group. You can watch the message here: Here are the notes from the message: Deep inside we can sense that things are not what they should be. Things in this world are broken and things are not as they could be. Our hope for you in these next 6 weeks through the Bible is to help you discover God’s story and to help you find your place in God’s story. Our prayer for us…
 
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  • Do You Periscope?

    Fred McKinnon
    14 Aug 2015 | 6:32 am
    Hey Friends, Summer has faded and we’re in the frantic pace of “back-to-school” at the McKinnon household. Hope everything is going smoothly for you. Today I downloaded and installed the Periscope app on my iPhone.  I’ve been hearing about this new live video streaming app from Twitter.   I thought it was pretty cool and could be a fun way to engage with family, friends, and those who follow my music. If you’re a Periscope user, follow me @fmckinnon (same as my Twitter handle) and comment below so that I can follow you back. I hope to do some casual interviews…
  • Sunday Morn (Video)

    Fred McKinnon
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:36 am
    “Sunday Morn” is one of my recordings from an unrehearsed time of playing. I don’t have an exact date of recording and assume this was recorded one Sunday Morning, hence the name. Because of the spontaneous nature of the composition, it’s more free flowing and less structured than some of my compositions that are thoughtfully composed and arranged. Hope you enjoy this one. (please consider subscribing to my YouTube channel and sharing this on your Facebook profiles – this video has been posted on my Facebook Artist Page) Cover image photo by Sebastian Gabriel,…
  • Inbox Zero: How I’m Going to Bed with Zero Email

    Fred McKinnon
    10 Jul 2015 | 6:34 am
    Inbox Zero. I’ve heard that it can exist but never dreamed I’d attain it.   As a musician/composer, church leader, social media user, and entrepreneur, I wear far too many hats to be at Inbox Zero. As you can see from this real screenshot above, I have different email accounts for each role that I’m in.   Most of my e-business emails come to one account, my personal email to another, my church email to another and my @highestpraise.com email is used for my music and “Highest Praise Productions, Inc” corporate correspondence. I’ve been reading David…
  • ‘Tis So Sweet

    Fred McKinnon
    8 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Hey Gang, A few weeks ago I posted this on my Facebook Page and my Soundcloud page but never shared it with you here.    It’s a simple piano rendition of the classic hymn, “‘Tis So Sweet”. Hope you enjoy it today!  
  • Is America Still Beautiful?

    Fred McKinnon
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:59 am
    Hey Gang, Last week was a whirlwind of tension in America.   With each passing week it seems there is growing frustration with racial, social, religious, and moral issues.   Whether it’s a terrorist attack abroad, a racially motivated murder, or the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage, America is being torn at the seam. I woke up this past Saturday and felt inspired to record this simple arrangement of “America the Beautiful” and made this accompanying video.   My hope is that you would listen and share this with your family and friends and…
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    Worship Ministry Catalyst

  • Reconsidering The Worship Leader, Part 1: Jesus The High Priest

    Dave Yauk
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    You know, the one in skinny jeans, designer hair, with the voice of a Nightingale. Remember the famous bully party line; “sticks and stones will break your bones, but words can never hurt you.”It sounds nice, but any person knows this phrase is chalked full of deception. The truth is, words are like containers.They are filled to the brim with meaning, and they are profoundly forming.Words shape the way we see life.Words filled with praise can shape us for greatness in the same manner that negative and demeaning words filled with poison can deface our soul. Over a series of blog posts here…
  • The Purpose of Christian Change and What it Means for Worship Leaders

    Gangai Victor
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    We all know the cliché that change is the only constant—yet, it’s pretty much human nature to struggle when we are hit with change, right? One would expect Christians to be more receptive to change simply because our very faith is built upon the concept of change—the old giving way to the new. Remember how our Lord famously declared, “Behold, I am making ALL things new” (Revelation 21:5), how about that! But when we speak about change in a Christian context, we mean far more than just altering something, right? God is in the transformation business after all! For a moment, think…
  • Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes, Turn and Face the Strange: Moving to a New Church

    Robert Gifford
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Okay, so last time I quoted The Clash and this time I’m quoting David Bowie.  In my last post “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” I raised a big question many of us in ministry have asked ourselves before, when is it time to move on?  So naturally this brings up the question, what do I do when I get to my new place?  This is something that most people in ministry have experienced at least once, if not multiple times before.  If you haven’t experienced this yet, consider yourself very lucky, as this transition is never easy. In this post I’m going to assume that you have found a new…
  • WMC-0156 – Dealing With Change…

    David Lindner
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:39 am
    Dealing With Change… Change is hard for some people. There are some who like it, but it seems that most struggle with it on some level. In this episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, David and Kevin talk about some of the changes Kevin’s church is going through. Kevin also shares some great insights he has learned through the process. So, if you’re looking for some wisdom when it comes to change, this is the perfect episode for you!  Why don’t you chime in? Leave your feedback in the comments section below! TWITTER: @wmcatalyst…
  • Leading Through Change

    Kevin Kruse
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Change.  That word can be a very troubling thing for some people.  And for others, it is a welcomed reprieve from a monotonous pattern.  Regardless of where you personally fall on the continuum, the reality is that at some point in each of our lives, we will be faced with change.  And there’s nothing you can do about it!  But how you react to that change and how you help others walk through change; now that is what you can do something about. If you listen to the podcast, you know that my church has recently gone through some major change.  To make a long story short, we…
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  • What is SEO? 2: Setting SMART, ROI-Based SEO Goals

    Paul Steinbrueck
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Over the 10 years we’ve been doing search engine marketing (SEO) for churches, businesses and nonprofits, we’ve had a few clients cancel their service out of the blue. We give them a call to find out what’s up, and the answer we usually get is something like, “We think you’re doing a good job, we just don’t think we need the service anymore.” We respond by asking, “Was the service helping you reach your goals? They reply, “Well, I’m not really sure.” “Did you get new clients/students/church members who said they found you…
  • Do Most Christian Organizations Need An App In Addition To Their Responsive Website?

    Mark Steinbrueck
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:13 am
    OurChurch.Com has been serving Christian organizations for nearly 20 years.  As a result, we are continually receiving calls and emails from technology companies asking for us to partner with them so we can offer their products and services to our clients. In the past five years, the most common type of organization that contact us are app developers.  They figure that if we are providing a website to clients, a natural add-on would be an app.  However, the question I ask is, “Is an app necessary if the client has a responsive website?” For organizations like churches, schools,…
  • What is SEO? 1: Setting Goals

    Paul Steinbrueck
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    People use search engines to find almost everything these days. So, doing search engine optimization (SEO) to improve your website’s search rankings is extremely important. The challenge is no two companies provide the same SEO services, making comparing services virtually impossible. So we’re doing this What is SEO? series to explain all the possible steps, so when you hire a company to do your SEO or you decide to do yourself, you are getting all of the aspects of SEO that are important to you. For more on this, so the intro post What is SEO? Setting Goals Before you take the…
  • When Is It Time To Replace Your Website? (Part 2)

    Mark Steinbrueck
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:01 am
    If you read last week’s post, I wrote about when it was time to replace your website.  Sometimes instead of completely replacing your website, you can redesign your site, but only if the web platform you use allows for it.  Not only do you need to consider a new design but also the functionality of your website.  You may need to move to a new website if you just can’t accomplish the functionality you want with your current web platform. This week, I want to provide to you 7 questions you can ask when getting feedback from others about your website to determine if it is time for…
  • What Your Communication Reveals About Your Priorities

    Paul Steinbrueck
    14 Aug 2015 | 11:48 am
    Recently, I was skimming a church’s weekly e-newsletter and noticed they included “Stats” section. Now, I’ve always been a numbers guy – as a boy one year I cut out and saved the box scores for the Philadelphia Phillies entire 162 game season – so I was interested to know what stats the church wanted to everyone to know about. Curious? It was that week’s offering and the weekly budget. What do you think people are likely to infer is important to the church leadership when the only statistics shared have to do with money? Most organizations have an…
 
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    Emergent Village

  • 5 Most Important Organizational Tips to Use When Moving

    Thomas
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:23 pm
    It is said that 1 in 5 American families will move this year. Are you one of the a lucky ones? For many, relocation can bring the promise of better schools, nicer jobs or a bigger home; but, unfortunately, the benefits don’t make the process of moving any easier. Moving is an incredibly stressful, complicated ordeal and you are going to need all the help you can get. Included here are a few tips for remaining organized throughout your move and aiding in the unpacking.   Leave It Behind There are few things more time and energy wasting than relocating unnecessary objects to your new…
  • 7 Great Landscaping Tips That Will Add Value to Your Home

    Thomas
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:41 pm
    The appearance of your yard has a significant impact on the overall value of your home with a nicely landscaped lawn often contributing to top dollar in the resale market. A house with good curb appeal also creates a powerful and lasting first impression on potential buyers, especially since many buyers use “drive-bys” and pictures in online listings now days to determine their initial interest in buying a house. If you’re looking to resell your home now or in the future, you may be wondering what kind of landscaping changes will give you the biggest bang for your buck. This list of…
  • Making Your Yard Look More Appealing

    Thomas
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:24 pm
    There are many reasons that you’d want your yard to look good. It may just be that you take pride in having a home that looks beautiful, on the outside and the inside. You may be having company that will be spending some time outside in your yard and you just want to make sure it looks nice or they are envious of your beautiful yard. Another reason you may want to make your yard look more appealing is that you are trying to rent, or sell, your home. Curb appeal goes a long way in attracting customers and if your home looks messy. cluttered, or just brown you are less likely to sell. Keeping…
  • Find a Beautiful Kitchen Sink for Your Home

    Thomas
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Your sink is an important part of your kitchen. You can choose one that is going to look attractive and be a pleasure to use. There are a variety of different style and material choices out there, and a good sink can make your life a lot easier. There are many sink brands out there like Hahn Kitchen Sinks. You should look around and find a style that is going to meet all of your specific needs. The purchase of a nice sink can turn into a long term investment.  Stainless Steel Sinks Stainless steel sinks are a popular choice for many reasons. When you choose a sink made of high end steel,…
  • Tips for Hiring a Professional Home Stager

    Thomas
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:52 pm
    If you’re trying to sell your home, you’ll be more likely to attract some serious potential buyers if your home is appealing to them. For this, you sometimes have to “stage” the house. This lets each room put its best face forward when potential buyers view the home. To get it staged right, you’ll need a professional home stager. He or she will help you emphasize the assets in the home and minimize the not-so-great parts.   Here’s some tips to consider from professional stager Virgie Vincent when you’re ready to hire a home stager:   Ask for referrals. Just like you do…
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    Ron Edmondson

  • 7 Ways I Protect My Family Life in Ministry

    Ron Edmondson
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:15 am
    If a pastor is not careful, the weight of everyone else’s problems will take precedence over the issues and concerns of the pastor’s immediate family. I see it frequently among pastors I encounter.  How many pastors do we know who have adult children that don’t even attend church anymore? Lots. I’ve heard from many who resent the church which stole their family time.  There have been seasons of my ministry where this was the case, especially on abnormally stressful days. It should be the exception, however, not the rule. I decided years ago when I was a small…
  • Hard Advice for Young Leaders

    Ron Edmondson
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:45 am
    I have some hard advice for young leaders. Before I share , I feel the need to be clear — in case you’re a new reader — to assure you I’m a supporter of young leaders. Ask anyone I work with, or look at decisions we’ve made as a church, or the personal investments of my time into young leaders and you can clearly see I believe in the next generation of leaders. I only build my case of support, because this may be a hard word to receive. To illustrate this principle, let me begin with a story: When out oldest son Jeremy was in high school he was on the wrestling…
  • 7 Attributes of a Great Worship Leader or Pastor

    Ron Edmondson
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:20 am
    I have worked with some great worship leaders and pastors. Jason with Building 429 was once our worship pastor. He is phenomenal at helping people engage in corporate worship. How could I not mention the golden voice of Daniel Doss? I should mention our current worship pastor, Bo Warren, is one of the most gifted people I’ve ever known.  I’m not intending this post, however, to be a shout-out to any of them specifically. I’ve been blessed with many great worship leaders and pastors with whom to work.  I’ve worked with enough now to form som opinions of what…
  • Develop Where You Are

    Ron Edmondson
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:10 am
    I’ve seen so many potentially great leaders waste opportunities because they were waiting for the perfect scenario before they begin to develop as a leader. They don’t enjoy where they are currently in life or work — so they think there is nothing to be gained where they are now. They aren’t in their dream job — so they don’t look for the benefits of being in the present situation. They don’t respect the leader they are supposed to follow — so they close themselves off from learning anything  — whether good or bad — from him or…
  • 5 Tests to Determine If You’ve Forgiven Someone

    Ron Edmondson
    22 Aug 2015 | 5:50 am
    “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” Mark 11:25 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:13 Wow! Those are hard words, aren’t they? Whether in business, in church, or in family — relationships can cause pain and separation. It’s tempting to get even. Holding a grudge is easier. Our first reaction is not always to forgive. But…
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    TonyMorganLive.com

  • Resources To Get You Unstuck

    Tony Morgan
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    I partner with a group of organizations that provide resources to leaders like you. Here are the folks that are making things happen at TonyMorganLive.com in August. Leaders Book Summaries – summaries of the best books on leadership, management and church life to help you become a better leader Vanderbloemen Search Group – provides executive searches, staff consulting, succession planning and compensation analysis for churches RSI Stewardship – designs and implements successful financial campaigns for churches, Christian schools and faith-based organizations Visioneering…
  • Do Web Campuses Cannibalize Community?

    Tiffany Deluccia
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    The concept of the web campus, and even the web campus pastor, has been around for awhile now, with pioneering leaders like LifeChurch.tv. I was recently talking with a leader from a large multisite church that had added a web campus pastor in the late-2000s but hasn’t had one for the last several years, though they still stream services online. When I asked why they made the change, he said they didn’t see any community being created there. They are now debating whether or not they should try again. We talked for awhile about online community in general — the places where…
  • Core Issues For Churches: Communication

    Tony Morgan
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Unstuck Group recently conducted a small research project to identify the top 5 most common “core issues” of churches that go through our StratOp process. One of these common reoccurring issues is Communication. As we work with churches, it is quickly becoming more and more evident that it is rare to see a professional, relevant communications strategy. This brings clarity internally as to what people should do and what a church is all about. To a new person, a clear communications strategy defines a church’s mission and vision. This week, Paul Alexander and I connected to talk…
  • Do You Have A Life Plan?

    Mark Meyer
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    This past June I had the opportunity to spend two days 1-on-1 with my friend, Doug Slaybaugh, who led me through scores of exercises to build a 10-year life plan for this next season ahead. Honestly, some of my motivation was to see the tools so I can train on the tools in December and incorporate into my work with churches, businesses, nonprofits, and their key leaders. After all, I’ve always been a planner and wasn’t sure what “new” insights I would learn about myself, my motivations, and what I believe God has most shaped me to be. After these two days and a chance to really…
  • The Right Way to Talk About Your Sabbatical

    Tony Morgan
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Earlier this summer, I learned of an email from James Griffin, lead pastor of CrossPoint City Church in Cartersville, Georgia, to his congregation explaining why he was taking a sabbatical. I thought it was so well done that other pastors might want to read it. James graciously gave me permission to share it with you. If your church has a sabbatical policy, you may want to consider taking a similar approach for communicating with the congregation about what it means, how it contributes to the health of your church, and how to be praying for their pastors. Important Sabbatical Information Dear…
 
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • What Your Kids are Learning (or not learning) in Sex Ed

    Anne Marie Miller
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:35 am
    Sex Ed in school varies. Your kids are going to learn about sex from MANY places, including Facebook videos and media. It is SO important to have these conversations in your home. Will it be awkward? Yes. But the more you’re open about it, the less shame will be carried. Here’s a video (it’s 20 minutes, but watch the whole thing) that will give you a teeny-tiny peek into the myriad of things being taught through schools, culture, and media. A little warning: there are some language and…illustrations…but nothing too graphic. If you’re at work, put the…
  • Walking with Your Spouse through Uncertainty

    Anne Marie Miller
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    I got the honor of writing over on MarriageRoots.com today about walking with your spouse in uncertain times. We are in that season now. I hope you are blessed by the words and how God is always, always, always working (even when it seems quiet).   Our relationship started wrapped in mystery; I was doing a research paper debunking the science behind online dating and came across his profile. He lived five hours away, but he was cute and his picture was clearly of him on a mission trip. That’s the Western Christian Girl’s aphrodisiac. A quick message sent, followed by emails and…
  • Sharing My Spiritual Gift of Awkwardness – Now Booking 2016

    Anne Marie Miller
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:43 am
    After taking most of the year off from traveling and speaking, I’m starting to book events for 2016. If you’re interested in having me speak at your church, retreat, conference, or living room, submit an inquiry here.     The post Sharing My Spiritual Gift of Awkwardness – Now Booking 2016 appeared first on Anne Marie Miller | Author & Speaker.
  • Jesus’ Hidden Years…And Yours

    Anne Marie Miller
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    I just finished a book called anonymous, which talks about Jesus’ “hidden” years — the first 30 years of his life where we really don’t know much of what happened. The author, Alicia Britt Chole, makes a great point that reminds me that God is always working, building, planning, designing, going before us for good. Often times as mere humans we get frustrated in the waiting times, in the quiet seasons…where we are filled with so much passion and we know our calling and our skills and our gifts but for some reason, it doesn’t seem as if we can…
  • Why the Supreme Court’s Decision to Legalize Gay Marriage is Not the Issue

    Anne Marie Miller
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:08 am
    An historical decision was made through our Supreme Court in the USA yesterday. Gay marriage in America is officially recognized as receiving the same legal and civil rights as heterosexual marriage. This is an important day in history. I do not want to diminish it. I came across this tweet from a man who I do not know named John McGowan. He said, “Don’t write off America or put your hope in her. Anchor your life in the eternal Word and Kingdom of Christ.” And I could not agree more. Regardless of your views on this decision, Mr. McGowan cuts straight to the core of what is…
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    Carlos Whittaker

  • How Hertz Rent-A-Car Emptied My Bank Account.

    admin
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:55 am
    On Wednesday at 2 pm I noticed a $700 charge in my bank account from Hertz Car Rental out of Nashville TN. I immediately opened my email to see if I could find anything and found a new email from Hertz with a receipt for a car I rented on August 1st and returned on August 3rd. Except on the receipt it says I returned the car on August 15th and the reciept was not for $100. The receipt was for $2,283.77 Crazy town. My family had flown to Jackson Hole WY for vacation. We didn’t drive there in their car. So I immediately thought, no big deal, this can be fixed with a phone call. 3 phone…
  • How to outrun Lust & Jealousy

    admin
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:17 am
    I keep waiting to wake up one day and have lust and jealousy completely removed from my life. When I am laying there…still…eyes only half open…I actually believe I’ve won. Then I sit up, walk to the sink, splash some water on my face and look in the mirror. Wow. Rough. Man. Did someone beat the crap out of me while I was sleeping? As the morning progresses it is filled with little skinny arms hugging my waist, torso, and neck…according to height. There is not an ounce of lust or jealousy inside this Panamanian soul. Walk to the car, drive to the hipster cafe filled with much…
  • 5 Steps To Parenting “Adventure” Into Your Kids

    admin
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:31 am
    In a world where we see kids staring at 7 inches of LCD everywhere we go, mine included, it’s vital that we lift their sense of adventure up. The problem for most of us though, is that we are so far removed from any similance semblance of that word in our own lives that we wouldn’t know where to start. I think the place to start is with the definition of adventure. For too many of us, adventure looks like this. 20 something year olds traveling the world on a shoestring budget and documenting their adventures on instagram and youtube. Although these young guns are definitely living an…
  • VLOG 24 :: Pre Juice Cleanse Gluttony

    admin
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:22 pm
  • VLOG 23 :: What Happens In Vegas Stays On The VLOG

    admin
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:20 pm
 
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    Pete Wilson

  • Everyone’s Welcome

    Pete Wilson
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    At Cross Point we believe that – Everyone’s Welcome because Nobody’s Perfect and Anything Is Possible. We believe that this is Jesus’ model for us, that he ministered to ALL people, no matter who they were or what they had done. He purposely created tension by loving everyone, because community is at it’s best when it embraces both grace and truth.    
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    Perry Noble | Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church

  • Pissed!

    web@newspring.cc
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:09 am
    I know the title is blunt and maybe even offensive to some—but it’s the best description of the way I feel right now and I don’t have time to try to find a word that everyone would approve of!  This morning on my drive to work I decided to listen to the news… BIG MISTAKE!  For ten minutes I heard about Vester Lee Flanagan, the 41-year-old disgruntled former television reporter who murdered two people yesterday.  They reported about his 23-page manifesto he faxed in to ABC’s newsroom two hours after the shooting, actually reading excerpts from…
  • Three Ways You Can Improve Your Life Today!

    web@newspring.cc
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:58 am
    All of us have had "one of those days!"  (Some may be having one right now).  All too often I have found myself getting angry with others–and even with God because of the circumstances I am in.  If this is you, then let me share three things you can do within the next five minutes that have incredible potential to change your outcome.   #1 - Say "Thank You" To God For Something He Has Blessed You With.   All too often I can get so focused on what I want that I lose sight of what I have.  Do you have a job?  A car?  Clothes?  Food? …
  • My Thoughts On The 2016 Presidential Election

    web@newspring.cc
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:50 am
    I've never seen anything like this!   It seems that every single week someone else throws their "hat in the ring" and declares they are running for President of the United States.   As I've tried my best to listen to the candidates involved in the race it has become very evident there are some well-qualified men and women making a run for office.   And I honestly have NO IDEA who I would vote for right now if I had to make a choice.   (Let me push the pause button here and say I really do believe one of the greatest privileges as an American is the right…
  • Lifesavers Study Guide

    web@newspring.cc
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    #1 – Here are the links to the Bible Studies I mentioned in the message today. Financial Peace University Beth Moore's James: Mercy Triumphs  Discovering God's Will #2 – Read Acts 4:17-20. What has Jesus done in your life that you know you need to tell someone else about? #3 – Who is the person that you need to tell about what Jesus has done in your life? (Read Romans 10:14-17 for motivation in regards to the fact we are all called to take action!)   #4 – Today we talked about how Jesus works in you to work through you.  Take a…
  • I’m Figuring It Out- Study Guide

    web@newspring.cc
    9 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    #1 – Today we began with I Corinthians 9:26-27 and talked about how Paul had a plan.  The Apostle Paul used “racing” quite a bit in some of his writings.  (And…as all NASCAR fans know, racing requires a plan!)  Check out the following passages… I Corinthians 9:24-27 Philippians 3:12-14 Hebrews 12:1-3 II Timothy 4:6-8 #2 – Proverbs 21:5 declares a promise. With that in mind, what is your next step in your personal walk with Christ?  #3 – Today we spoke about Jesus being intentional.  Focus on the fact that He was intentional…
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    MoreThanDodgeball.com

  • You, Me, and Ashley Madison

    Tim and Tasha Levert
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:42 am
    In light of the recent Ashley Madison hack, many Christ-followers are wondering what is the appropriate response. Some Christians are experiencing righteous indignation, judgment, and superiority. Others are experiencing sadness and disbelief. Still others are wondering how to tell their friend that they saw their.. READ ON... The post You, Me, and Ashley Madison appeared first on YouthMinistry.com.
  • 3 Ways to Give Students a Spiritual Boost

    Leneita Fix
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:26 pm
    The eyes of our students have shifted from camps and mission trips to the daily grind. If you are one of the lucky few who get to start  post-Labor Day, that first day of school is looming right on the horizon. It’s easy for our.. READ ON... The post 3 Ways to Give Students a Spiritual Boost appeared first on YouthMinistry.com.
  • Build Youth Ministry Hype This Fall!

    Aaron Crumbey
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Fall is the perfect time to build youth ministry hype. I see fall as prime-time outreach for students. It’s the time of the year where students are injected back into their mission field. And I’ve learned that as a youth ministry one of our many jobs.. READ ON... The post Build Youth Ministry Hype This Fall! appeared first on YouthMinistry.com.
  • Discussion Starter: Exposed Collarbone Sparks Dress-Code Spat

    Steph Martin
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:33 am
    In the News Versailles, Ky.—A scoop-neck top worn under a long-sleeved blouse landed a Kentucky student in the principal’s office last week. Now a social-media crusade is targeting what many students—and parents—consider an excessively strict dress code. On the first day of school, senior Stephanie.. READ ON... The post Discussion Starter: Exposed Collarbone Sparks Dress-Code Spat appeared first on YouthMinistry.com.
  • Digging out the Duggars (and Ourselves)

    Tony Myles
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:49 am
    How about we stop doing what we keep doing? No, really. I’m exhausted by it. I’m sure you are, too. As news of Josh Duggar rolls out and everyone banters on it, we’re again challenged with whether or not we need to offer our own little “press statement” about their.. READ ON... The post Digging out the Duggars (and Ourselves) appeared first on YouthMinistry.com.
 
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    Human3rror

  • Respect the Work Ethic

    John
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:34 am
    I’ve interviewing quite a bit in the last few weeks as I’ve been searching for my next exciting adventure. It’s been tough simply because there are so many great companies doing so many exciting things out here in the Bay Area and every company is attempting to do “life changing” and “world changing” things. As I talk shop with the founders, the leadership, and the staff I’ve begun to realize how dramatically my thinking has shifted when it comes to professional development, growth, and things like “quality of life” when it comes to…
  • Healthy Relationships [Infographic]

    John
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    This is a good reminder and something worth reviewing: Accountability: Admits mistakes (or when wrong) Accepts responsibility for behaviors, attitudes, and values Safety: Refusing to intimidate or manipulate Respecting physical space Expressing self non-violently Honesty: Communicates openly and truthfully Support: Support each others choices Being understanding Offering encouragement Listening non-judgmentally Cooperation: Asking not expecting Accepting change Making decisions together Willing to compromise Win-win resolutions to conflict Trust: Accepting each others’ word Giving the…
  • Should I Post This? [Infographic]

    John
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Hah. There are some that really need to learn this stuff… The post Should I Post This? [Infographic] appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Solve this Problem

    John
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:26 am
    The biggest problems and challenges for any growing company are always related to staffing. There’s a natural priority here as you may think that getting the product right is first but without great people in place you’ll never actually get there. Therefore, solving the human capital component is absolutely critical and making sure you have the right people in place and at the right time should be the focus of any serious leader. Then, you can tackle the other numerous things that need to be attended to. Except, now, you have people in place to get it done. See? Magical. The…
  • Release Note Interview

    John
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:19 am
    Listen to my interview via Release Notes here or below: http://john.do/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/release_notes_119.mp3 Oh, and make sure to subscribe (you’ve got some options): iTunes | Android | RSS Oh, and one more thing…………… make sure to check out Release Notes Conference which I’ll be speaking at! I’m so stoked! The post Release Note Interview appeared first on John Saddington.
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    TerraceCrawford.com

  • Awaken The Weekend: LIVE Online Event Today!

    Terrace Crawford
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:39 am
    Do you want to grow your church & make your worship experiences better? Join ANDY STANLEY, DAVID CROWDER, KARI JOBE, PHIL WICKHAM and more for an ONLINE learning experience TODAY at 1PM EST. It’s called AWAKEN THE WEEKEND and it’s … Continue reading →
  • Win an Apple Watch from @ThisWeekinYM!

    Terrace Crawford
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:39 am
    Super stoked to announce that we’re giving away a brand-new APPLE WATCH on the Podcast. We just want to say THANKS for listening to This Week in Youth Ministry! This giveaway is sponsored by our friends @LeaderTreks – an amazing … Continue reading →
  • [Podcast] ★ Ministering to Gay Teenagers ★

    Terrace Crawford
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:57 pm
    The 27th episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday. from the description: This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 27: ★ Ministering to Gay Teenagers ★ Terrace Crawford interviews Shawn Harrison, … Continue reading →
  • [Podcast] ★ How to Grow and Engage Your Ministry Using Social Media ★

    Terrace Crawford
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:19 pm
    The 26th episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday. from the description: This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 26: ★ How to Grow and Engage Your Ministry Using Social Media … Continue reading →
  • Game of Phones – NEW Resource @DownloadYM

    Terrace Crawford
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    Happy to announce that I’ve released a new resource with my friends over at DownloadYouthMinistry. A few months ago I created a crowd game for our students called “Game of Phones.” It is a fun spoof (or kick) off the … Continue reading →
 
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  • Times Are Changing (And It’s Hopeful)

    Jason Bedell
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
    Loved reading this recent article on Relevant Magazine’s site about the shift in late night entertainment. The cynical nature of the old regime is being left behind for a lovable, gentle and more heart-felt approach. It’s honest. It’s real. It’s what we’ve been wanting for years. Let’s face it, being cynical and self-righteous is tiresome. Spending time with someone who exhibits these traits can completely derail your day. But there’s hope. No longer are we going the way of the grouchy old man, pointing fingers and sneering at everything that we see.
  • Are You Whipping & Nae Nae’ing Too Far?

    Jason Bedell
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    On Sunday I shared a story from our trip to Carowinds in NC/SC. It was a great time for our family, but it almost didn’t end the way we hoped. You see… we lost Roxy. Before you freak out, let me elaborate. Towards the end of our day we were walking through the park and stumbled upon an amazing stage show. I’m talking lasers, lights, dancers as they say some of the most well known pop songs of the last couple of decades. It was really good and the girls LOVED it. About midway through they continued their never ending quest to ask about the Icees we promised earlier in the…
  • Dear Black Eyed Peas, You Get Me

    Jason Bedell
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:09 pm
    “People killin’, people dyin’ Children hurt and you hear them cryin’ Can you practice what you preach? Or would you turn the other cheek? Father, Father, Father help us Send some guidance from above ‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’ Where is the love?” – Black Eyed Peas Never in my 35+ years of existence did I ever imagine, “I’m totally going to begin a thought or writing with a quote form the Black Eyed Peas!” And yet… here we are. Yes, this is real life. But the question remains, “Where is the love?”…
  • They Watched You Get A Punch To The Face

    Jason Bedell
    11 Jun 2015 | 11:23 am
    You may have seen this video where two ladies handled a dispute like total adults (or school-age children). It makes my heart hurt just watching it. Especially when I see the 6-year-old being coaxed by his mother and others in the crowd to hit the other woman. The question that immediately comes to the forefront of my mind is, “Why is no one stopping this?!?” And then I’m immediately led to the follow-up question, “Why instead of jumping in- are you filming these women??” “GET OFF YOUR PHONE!” I would’ve yelled as I pulled them apart and…
  • Laundry, Sing-a-longs, & Pretty Princess Kingdoms

    Jason Bedell
    3 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    I live in land where estrogen abounds. With a wife, two girls (soon to be 3), I’m outnumbered. In this beautiful place I reside, I’ve learned a valuable lesson: Use. The. Filter. “You want to play pretty princess kingdom with us?” “Um, no freaking way. I want to watch explosions and relax.” *filter kicks in* “Yes girls. I’d love to play! Let’s do this.” “Jason can I get you to bring down the laundry?” “Are you serious? I HATE laundry.” *filter kicks in* “Of course babe. I’ve got you.”…
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    LeadingSmart.com

  • Build a Volunteer Team to Climb Mountains

    Tim Stevens
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:41 am
    Would you rather discover a cure for cancer or sweep floors at a pharmacy? Would you rather find hidden treasure in the deserts of Egypt or discover hidden trash in your backyard? Would you rather climb a mountain that's never been climbed or mow the same lawn for the ten thousandth time?There is something in all of us that wants to do something new and exciting. We want to make a difference. We want to climb mountains or be the home run king. We want to get the gold at the Olympics or write the book that influences people's thinking for decades. It's in all of us. We want to make a…
  • Let Your Volunteers Win

    Tim Stevens
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:13 am
    Recently my six-year-old, Hunter, was working on his Christmas list. He came to two items that cost $11.99 each, and it took him about thirty seconds to add them together in his head (without using his fingers). I've met many adults who couldn't do that kind of math as quickly wit a calculator!When Hunter began learning math, he didn't start with calculus. You don't throw a trigonometry question at a six-year-old. Complex fractions or long division problems are not typically where you start. Why? You want to give the child an early win. You want him to have some successes under his belt…
  • Great Leaders Take the Blame and Give the Credit

    Tim Stevens
    11 Aug 2015 | 2:10 pm
    I am the youngest member of my family. My brother, Joe, is more than four years older than I am. That definitely gave hime the advantage when he was seventeen and I was only thirteen. However, in recent years I've enjoyed pointing out to him that he is in his forties, and I'm still a young thirty-something. My sister, Dena, is thirteen months older than I am. Due to school cut-off dates, she had the distinct privilege of going through school with her little brother in the same grade and class all the way through our senior year. Pretty lucky, huh?Those of us who are the "babies" of the…
  • JOIN MY FALL 2015 COACHING NETWORK

    Tim Stevens
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:24 am
    After 6 years of hosting a coaching network for executive pastors, I've had the privilege of working with 129 leaders from all over the United States. It truly has been a highlight for me and has turbo-charged my own learning. As a bonus, I've enjoyed the new friendships with these leaders, and enjoy keeping up with their growth.This past spring, I hosted my first Coaching Network in Houston. We had a great group of pastors from all over the country join us in the offices of Vanderbloemen Search Group.Today I am happy to announce that we are opening registration for our fall Executive Pastor…
  • Great Leaders Leave Their Kids Behind

    Tim Stevens
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:57 pm
    I HAVE TO ASK A QUESTION. MOM, DO YOUR KIDS KNOW that your husband is the most important person in your life? Listen, Dad, do your kids see you prioritizing your wife regularly and deliberately above them?Your kids will not feel this if you do not intentionally make the effort to reinforce it in your regular family life.I believe one of the best ways to do this is to take a vacation together, every year, without the kids. We have figured out a way to do this every year for twenty-four years straight. And no, it’s not easy. There are things like nursing and pregnancies you have to work…
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    Blog - Rich Kirkpatrick's Blog

  • 5 Sins of Social Media Users - How to grow a flimsy, fake following!

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram are now not only personal expressions but company branding machines. With the proliferation of this new media, I have identified five sins that create weak impact—unless you are into rewarding stupidly bad behavior. And, they drive me crazy! The dark side of social media might hurt you more than help. Many companies see added stats to follower lists, but do they know that their supposed social media manager is cheating a system instead of engaging people? Here are five sins of social media users I hope we all can…
  • 5 Lessons on how influential blogging actually works

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:56 pm
    There is SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and many techniques to draw people to click to our blogs. But, how do you have a conversation that actually influences and reaches the right people? It is one thing to attract traffic to your blog or social media. You can get people’s attention once. However, that could do more harm than not if your desire is to actually influence thinking. Is your message worth a discussion or simply a click?This is my 10th year blogging here at RKblog.com!  I have seen things that draw traffic, engage readers, and dominate more than a couple pages of Google…
  • Utility versus Beauty: When the bottom line invades our worship

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm
    In our society, what works and produces profit is what we value. While we hunger for a post-modern identity and story, the structures, all around us scream utility, conformity and results. Money rules. This might even be true in our houses of worship as we may have unintentionally turned business metrics on our expression of worship. The question is this: do we value utility more than beauty in our worship? The answer is that our culture-infused church in modern America apparently does.How does this look in our churches today? I think there are some clear values that have to be identified and…
  • Crowdsourcing Church Tech: 5 Ways the Cloud Empowers Volunteers

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:56 pm
    I have enjoyed being part of worship and music ministry in the local church since the days I used to develop Kodak Kodolith slides projected over a cyclorama curtain. The changing colors and the sharp, crisp slides were all in analog, including the spelling errors! The Saturday night ritual of developing in my darkroom-closet was quickly terminated upon the purchase of our church’s first digital projector. Then, the horrors of PowerPoint as applied to congregational singing commenced.I don’t mean to bore you with too many historical anecdotes, but I think we need to step back and see how…
  • FEAR: Media's Motivator, Our Trap

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:50 am
    And then I took a look aroundAnd I saw the love that surrounded meI knew that it was up to meTo cast off all the fears that bound me-  Jackson Browne's "Cast off All My Fears"Old stories such as “Hansel and Gretel”  and “Little Red Riding Hood” were meant to put fear into children. Lessons such as Aesop’s “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” were likely to prevent a child from basically ringing the fire alarm for fun. Fear is a motivator. It works. Fear of losing your job can be leveraged to keep you and your coworkers from offering legitimate grievances and used in turn to…
 
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    Ministry Best Practices

  • Strange Glory - A Life Of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    Bill Reichart
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:27 am
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of the most fascinating and engaging person of faith from the 20th century. Not only is his life and story intriguing, but his theological writings are compelling as well  (Life Together, The Cost of Discipleship). Bonhoeffer left a tremendous legacy behind, that the church and His people, including myself, are still benefiting and being blessed by today.If is for those reasons that I was so excited to be able to read Charles Marsh's biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Strange Glory. Marsh is a professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia and and…
  • 4 Reasons You Need To Re-think Your Coffee Consumption

    Bill Reichart
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s complicated.No, not my relationship status. I’ve been (very) happily married for 17 years.With coffee. Or, more accurately, caffeine.On the one hand, I love coffee. The different varieties and their subtle differences. The taste. I even roast my own and love geeking out on all the best equipment. (That I can afford, anyway). Nothing wrong with all that.On the other hand, sometimes I’m not sure who’s in charge. I’ve had headaches and gotten grouchy when I don’t get my morning joe. I’ve been late to meetings - and even church - in an effort to fit it in.Maybe your…
  • A Must Read For Those In Ministry

    Bill Reichart
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    There are few books that I would insist are must reads for those in - or going into  - vocational ministry - but Dangerous Calling is one such book.Here are some reviews:“Few would regard a pastor’s role as a dangerous calling, but few people are as qualified and insightful as Paul Tripp to penetrate the snares and potential pitfalls associated with pastoral ministry. Fewer still would prescribe such gospel based and local church rooted remedies. This excellent volume should be read, re-read & applied.”—Terry Virgo, founder, Newfrontiers“Dangerous Calling is a dangerous…
  • 5 Barriers To Your Church's Growth

    Bill Reichart
    12 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Here is a list of the classic growth barriers every church will or is currently facing.  Under each is a quick summary of Nelson Searcy’s thoughts on each.SpaceWhen a room reaches 70% of its seating capacity, it’s full.Most churches face growth barriers when attendance reaches 65, 125, 250, 500, and 1,000.It is better to grow to 300 or 400 before starting a second service.Self-DevelopmentIf the church leaders have stopped maturing spiritually and progressing personally, the congregation is not far behind.Warning signs include stale sermons, the congregation’s passion waning, and…
  • 4 Facts About Seminary Debt

    Bill Reichart
    10 Jun 2015 | 11:39 am
    Being called into vocational ministry and going to seminary to prepare for that call can be a wonderful blessing. I have fond memories of my time in seminary. Yet there is another side to the coin - the cost of seminary and the mountain of debt that a student can incur to finish seminary. If you are a student considering seminary (or know someone who is) here are 4 important facts to be aware of.1. A majority of seminary students will take on debt2. Seminary students already bring lots of debt with them from the undergraduate education3. There is a lot of regret with seminary grads in regard…
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  • Unoffendable – A book review/Soul review

    Joel Klampert
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Unoffendable How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better By Brant Hansen I have no right to be angry? There is no such thing as a human’s righteous anger? Offense is wrong and vengeance is the Lords? That is pretty much what I read as the description of this book when I got it in the mail to review. I thought to myself. “Ok.. I will try this out because I know that offense and bitterness can kill my soul, but righteous anger is wrong?” So I dove into it already offended by a few situations in my life, family and work. Now I am on chapter 2 and quite frankly offended by…
  • Divided: When the Head and Heart Don’t Agree REVIEW

    Joel Klampert
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:19 am
    Divided: When the Head and Heart Don’t Agree by Bill Delvaux Review This book consists of three parts: #1.  Viewing the Divide: How it Began and What it Destroys. #2.  Tackling the Divide:  Three Terrains to Navigate. #3.  Closing the Divide:  What the Journey Feels Like. It is very simplistic in nature in the way it wants to tackle the divide between the heart and the heat. I can’t say that this has been a particular issue for me in my walk. As much as I have always been a thinker and love theology I have also learned the importance of aligning my heart with God’s. It is…
  • Airturn: PED bluetooth pedal review

    Joel Klampert
    15 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    A few months ago Airturn shipped me the new PED bluetooth pedal to review. I wrote them in return thanking them and saying “good luck convincing me to put away my pageflip Cicada” which I love so much. The package arrived and I opened it with heated expectation. The box was deceptively big because what came out was this really thin packaging. I pulled the pedal out and was immediately impressed with it’s slim size. It is less than .7” (18mm) tall. My Cicada was thin as well, but the buttons are on it feel flimsy and easily breakable. This felt firm, substantial and because…
  • Book Review: Transcending Mysteries

    Joel Klampert
    4 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    Transcending Mysteries Who Is God, and What Does He Want from Us? By Ginny Owens & Andrew Greer “We fell in love with Jesus. Then we had to decide what to do with God.” In Transcending Mysteries: Who Is God, and What Does He Want from Us? Andrew Greer and Ginny Owens take readers on a journey to answer the question: is the God of the Old Testament the same God we relate to and worship today? I read and LOVED “how to pick up a stripper and other acts of kindness” last year and it was the first book in this “refraction” book series. I had huge hopes for…
  • Book Review: Frederick by Frederick Ndabaramiye

    Joel Klampert
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    Frederick: A Story of Boundless Hope By Frederick Ndabaramiye, with Amy Parker “My God won’t let me do that.” These seven words of boundless hope would irreversibly change the life of the teenage boy who spoke them. On April 7, 1994 the life of Frederick Ndabaramiye and his family changed forever as the Rwandan genocide erupted in their homeland. This is his story of Hope and faith in a God that can make all things possible. Frederick writes about how his family had to flee the tyranny and how eventually he was captured and tied to a board as vigilantes cut his hands off. His journey…
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    SeedTime | Christian Personal Finance

  • 22 Ways I Use Evernote To Get Control Of My Money and Grow In My Faith

    Andy
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:11 am
    Note from Bob: Today’s post comes from my friend and Evernote wiz – Andy Traub. It’s overwhelming trying to keep track of the massive amounts of information you are forced to deal with every day. You get email, paper receipts, bank statements and make on-line purchases. You take notes at work or in church but you can’t keep it all organized. You’re being buried in information. Evernote is the answer to your information overload. Evernote can do so many different things that people that have been using it for years are constantly learning new ways to use it. I just taught Bob…
  • ChristianPF is now SeedTime

    Bob
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    So why are we rebranding ChristianPF as SeedTime? There are really a lot of factors in this decision, but I will try to give you the gist of it. The short story is that I started ChristianPF in 2007 as my little blog to share my ideas about managing money and I had high hopes of reaching a few thousand people with it. I had no idea that it would soon become a full-time job for me just 2 years later and that it would continue growing until we would reach over 1.5 million people each month. I still am surprised by the growth and to be quite honest my vision just hasn’t been big enough and…
  • Best Financial Books for under $1

    Bob
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
    One of the great things about Amazon.com is that since they have a reseller program, the most popular books often are sold (used) for very cheap. In the case of this article, I picked out five of the best personal finance books out there that you can get for less than a buck. I wouldn’t say that these are necessarily the five best financial books written, but they are all very popular and have proved themselves to be worth something – even if it is only a buck! Just a quick disclaimer, at the time of this writing you could buy any of these books used on Amazon for under a buck.
  • 5 Bible Verses about Money Every Christian Should Know

    Bob
    10 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    Let me start by saying that it was difficult to create this list. Think about it, I am trying to pick the best verses from the Bible about a particular topic. Are there really best verses, or are there just those that have impacted us more than others? I tend to think the latter. So, this list is just that. These are the 5 verses that, even as I just scratch the surface of understanding them, have revolutionized my financial life. Each one of them has had a strong impact on many decisions in my life. I hope you allow them to impact you as well. FREE PDF Download! If you would like to download…
  • My Interview with a millionaire

    Bob
    27 Jun 2015 | 8:44 am
    I originally wrote this in 2008, but the key lessons still stand – so enjoy! I believe that success in life is rarely a case of luck, but rather a matter of cause and effect. If you do A and B you will get C. In most cases if you just do what others have done to get a desired effect you will get the same. So, if you want to learn how to build a chair, you should go ask a chair-maker how he does it. If you want to learn how to become a millionaire, you should ask a millionaire how they did it. It was learning this lesson that led me to seek out an interview with Bill. He was a friend of…
 
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    donkey029
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    欢迎使用WordPress。这是您的第一篇文章。编辑或删除它,然后开始写作吧! 世界,您好!,首发于a。
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    ChurchCrunch

  • Social Media Fails: Staffers Gone Rogue

    Rachel Blom
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    In this short series on social media fails, we’ve looked at various categories of campaigns or posts gone bad. Most of them were either bad timing, bad judgment, or bad research. In this post, we’ll look at some major gaffes that were the result of staffers gone rogue. One of the best known examples is British retailer HMV, which made the mistake of firing several staffers—and forgetting to revoke their Twitter privileges. Oh my, that resulted in some cringeworthy tweets, as they started live-tweeting the layoffs: [Click for Larger]Marc Jacobs had a similar experience. The…
  • Minecraft: Let’s Play #5 – Pranked & Italian Apartments

    Jeremy Smith
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    This episode Jeremy starts off discovering he has been pranked. After a “quick” clean up, he gets on to tearing down and then building some apartments. If you had to make a design change, what would you change? [Find more Minecraft Let’s Play videos and learn more about the ChurchMag Minecraft world here.] Minecraft: Let’s Play #5 – Pranked & Italian Apartments first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
  • BASICS Notebook: The Everything Notebook

    Phil Schneider
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    In case you’re new here, allow me to let you in on a little secret: I have a problem with notebooks. Seriously, I’m sitting in my office at church right now, and I have forty brand new, unused notebooks. The sickest part is that I’m not done yet, people. I’m always looking for more. Whether I’m a bookstore or a Super Wal-Mart, I’m always on the lookout for a sweet, sweet notebook. So imagine my delight when I was alerted to a new notebook on Kickstarter: https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/1922636/video-556952-h264_high.mp4 Looks awesome, huh? The BASICS Notebook—It…
  • 6 Ways to Use Email for Digital Discipleship

    Jeffrey Kranz
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    I recently wrote a piece on just how biblical digital discipleship really is, and got a lot of feedback asking for more practical approaches. Well, you asked for it. Over the next few months, I’ll write some thoughts on how to use certain tools and channels for making disciples digitally. Let’s start with email. Digital discipleship is important to me—both in concept and in practice. And that’s not just because I’m working on an app named Disciplr! A Caveat About Digital Discipleship Like I said in my original post, digital discipleship isn’t a standalone thing. Discipleship…
  • Building a Youth Group Website

    Phil Schneider
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Thirty-one. Besides being the number of the ideal woman—get it? (Proverbs 31)—thirty-one is also my age. Yes, that’s right: I’m old. And as such, I’ve moved beyond youth ministry, and yet I still have a deep passion for reaching young people and an enduring respect for those who still bear the calling to reach them. And because I respect youth ministers so much, I’d like to offer a bit of help with your website. But first, a story! Blessed Exposition & Explanation Recently, a youth ministry friend of mine asked me to build him a website. (Incidentally,…
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    CJ ALVARADO

  • Did We Kill The Day Dream?

    CJ
    9 Aug 2015 | 9:34 am
    here did the dead space in our lives go? Did we kill the day dream? Walk into a coffee shop and wait in line. Laying…
  • Humanity’s Lottery

    CJ
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:53 pm
    Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to visit some remote places in the world. On one occasion, I was in a remote jungle in…
  • Misty Magic vs. The Sweat & Grind

    CJ
    24 May 2015 | 10:08 am
    We do not see the road from nothing to new, and maybe we don’t want to. rtistry must be misty magic, not sweat and grind.…
  • How Practicing Objectivity Can Help You Conquer Every Challenge You Face.

    CJ
    20 May 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Would you have a great empire? Rule over yourself. -Publius Syrus All of us have something we’re trying to accomplish. In your case, maybe it’s…
  • The Opportunity in the Obstacle

    CJ
    2 May 2015 | 5:50 pm
    King observed that his people had grown soft and entitled. Dissatisfied with the state of affairs, he hoped to teach them a lesson. His plan…
 
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    Revitalize Your Church

  • The Surprising Seed of Heaven

    Mark Wilson
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    Poem by Mark Wilson  Photo by Hannah Wilson Faith, the seed of heavenplanted by surprise in earthen soil. The barren ground reluctantly invites, mostly disdains this small possibility of hope. Stirs slightly, irritated, yawns and then settlesback in lazy slumber mostly convincedthat the interruption is merelya burial of another empty dream. Entombed in heavy darkenss the seed of heaven singsas it reaches for a land beyond its graspand hopes for the hand of God it cannot see.But no dark place can silencethe song of faith and hope.And calloused soil cannot withstandfor long refreshing…
  • What Story Are You Telling Yourself?

    Mark Wilson
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Two people can experience the same event, yet see it in different ways.This happens all the time at accident scenes.  Eyewitnesses often give conflicting accounts.  The difference isn't in the facts -- but rather, in how the facts are interpreted.When writing books, I share many stories that involve other people.  My publisher makes me obtain permission from the people who are going to be in the book.  I send them the passage where they are mentioned and they usually reply, "I remember it a little differently."Then I respond, "Of course, it happened this way.  I…
  • Earth's Crammed With Heaven

    Mark Wilson
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:06 am
    Earth's crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees takes off his shoes;  The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries." -- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Resist the Urge to Settle

    Mark Wilson
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:24 am
    "Leadership is resisting the urge to settle." says Shannon O'Dell.Otherwise, we will spend our days (weeks, months, years) in the land where the bland leads the bland.We all have the natural inclination to settle into a routine -- also known as a rut.  My daddy used to say, "a rut is a grave with both ends knocked out."As an old church leadership goes: "Be we high, or be we low, the Status is the same . . . Quo."
  • Four Types of Thinkers

    Mark Wilson
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:31 pm
    There are four different kinds of thinkers in every organization, and they are all equally important.“What If” Thinkers:These are the folks who look for the possibilities rather than the problems.  They are the kind of people that would see something that hasn’t been made yet, and ask, “Why not!”  They creatively seek possibilities, and are quick to see potential.  They look beyond present reality to what could be, and thrive on positive change.Sometimes, “What If” thinkers are criticized for being naïve and unrealistic.  They can exhaust more practically…
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    challies.com - Informing the Reforming

  • Free Stuff Fridays (New Releases from Crossway)

    Tim
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:01 am
    This week's Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Crossway. Crossway is giving away some great prizes this week, with each prize comprised of several of their new books. There will be 5 winners and each winner will receive the following 3 titles: ESV Reader's Bible. "The ESV Reader’s Bible was created for those who want to read Scripture precisely as it was originally written–namely, as an unbroken narrative. Verse numbers, section headings, and translation footnotes are helpful navigational and interpretive tools, but they are also relatively recent conventions. In the ESV Reader’s Bible…
  • A La Carte (August 28)

    Tim
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:04 am
    I have a handful of new Kindle deals for you today. Next week will bring more. Today’s include Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand’s great account of Louis Zamperini’s life ($1.99); Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites…and Other Lies You’ve Been Told by Bradley Wright ($0.99); Managing God’s Money by Randy Alcorn ($4.61); When the Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper ($4.61). A Note to Christian Men The title could probably be stronger, but the article is rock-solid. Matthew Holst writes about “the look”—the way men look at women…
  • Love Is a Risky Business

    Tim
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:01 am
    Love is a risky business. In one way or another, at one time or another, we have all suffered because we have loved. We have all been shocked to learn something we didn’t know before, we have all been grieved as we have discovered another person’s hidden actions or behavior. Some of us have even asked: If I had known that before, would I have still loved her? Now that I know that, can I still love him? We love people based on incomplete knowledge. We love them as far as we know them. But always we admit the risk of love. The risk of love is that new knowledge can jeopardize the…
  • A La Carte (August 27)

    Tim
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:32 am
    I found no new Kindle deals today but did want to answer a question I have often been asked. What I post day-by-day is a list of curated deals. They are almost all books I can vouch for one way or another—I have read them, they come from a solid publisher, or they have trusted endorsers. There are many more deals to be had, but I focus on deals for good books. And hopefully there will be more tomorrow. Congregationalism Doesn’t Stop at 8 PM This is a very strong article on congregationalism and the responsibilities of each church member to all the others. Don’t let…
  • Not In Part But the Whole

    Tim
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:01 am
    Sometimes it is the unexpected things that get you. Sometimes it is the words you have heard or said or sung a hundred times over that suddenly leap off the page—words like “My sin, not in part but the whole.” The words come, of course, from the much-loved hymn “It Is Well With My Soul,” a song that joyfully celebrates the freedom that is found in salvation. “Not in part but the whole.” Have you ever considered your life, your death, and your eternity if you had to face God with your sins only partially forgiven? Can you imagine singing “My sin, not the whole but…
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    Desiring God

  • Loving the Neighbor We Didn’t Choose

    27 Aug 2015 | 5:25 pm
    “Who is my neighbor?” a lawyer asked Jesus (Luke 10:29). The lawyer had made the mistake of trying to catch the law’s author contradicting the law by asking how he should inherit eternal life. The author turned the tables by asking the lawyer what he thought the law said. The lawyer then summarized the law in these two commands: We must love God with all we are (Deuteronomy 6:5) and love our neighbor as ourselves (Leviticus 19:18). The author agreed and said, “Do this, and you will live” (Luke 10:28). But the author’s agreement pricked the lawyer’s conscience. So the lawyer…
  • Five Lessons for Serial Daters

    27 Aug 2015 | 8:25 am
    Every fall, young men and women descend on college campuses across the country freshly free from parental accountability and looking for love. It’s a unique time of life that likely won’t repeat itself. Never again will you have instant access to so many people of the opposite sex. Naturally, some young Christians view college as a great time to find Mr. or Mrs. Right. They hit the ground combing through the masses, looking for the most eligible bachelor or bachelorette. Others are only interested in having a weekly or yearly companion to hold hands, snuggle, and take out on dates.
  • Law-Keeping Cannot Save You

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    People by nature want to boast in their own abilities, efforts, and achievements. Therefore, the cross of Christ is an offense to everyone. In this lab, John Piper looks at why we resist the message of the cross, as well as what the good news of the gospel says to our self-righteousness.Watch Now
  • Does Joy Die in Sorrow?

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:25 pm
    I want to underline the great truth that Christian joy does not die when sorrows abound. Joy and sorrow in the Christian life are not sequential, but simultaneous. We are called to rejoice always, and yet sorrow breaks like waves over our lives. Psalm 30:5 says, “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning,” which is sequential. I am aware of that. I don’t think it is a contradiction, though, because there is a kind of joy that is pain-free, sorrow-free, and without tears. God does that all the time for us. We’re not experiencing the pain because something happened…
  • Life’s Knots Need Jesus

    26 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Phrygia was an ancient kingdom in what is now central Turkey. According to legend, once upon a time Phrygia was without a king. One day, a pagan oracle declared that the next man to drive an ox-cart into Phrygia’s capital city, Telmissus, would be the new king. That man was a farmer named Gordias. Gordias’s son, Midas (who later became the king with the golden touch), decided to honor his newly exalted father by dedicating the ox-cart to the Phrygian god, Sabazios, and he tied it to a pole using a knot so complex that it was considered impossible to untie — the Gordian Knot. Another…
 
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    Todd Rhoades

  • Would You Just Make a Stinkin’ Decision Already?

    Todd Rhoades
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:46 am
    Seth Godin: Make a decision. It doesn’t have to be a wise or perfect one. Just make one. Here’s what Seth writes: It doesn’t have to be a wise decision or a perfect one. Just make one. In fact, make several. Make more decisions could be your three word mantra. No decision is a decision as well, the decision not to decide. Not deciding is usually the wrong decision. If you are the go-to person, the one who can decide, you’ll make more of a difference. It doesn’t matter so much that you’re right, it matters that you decided. Of course it’s risky and…
  • Are you a Functional Leader or an Organizational Leader?

    Todd Rhoades
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:12 am
    Functional leaders lead ‘things’. Organizational leaders lead ‘people’. There’s a big difference between the two. People that can lead ‘things’ many times fail when the lead ‘people’. That’s why all great singers aren’t great worship leaders. That’s why all great Bible teachers aren’t great senior pastors. It’s easy for some to manage something like a talent… like a great singer managers their voice, yet fail miserably when you put them in charge of a worship team filled with other musicians…
  • Act Happy Over my Blessing, Folks.

    Todd Rhoades
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:57 am
    I don’t like it when people mock the church. In fact, I hate it. But I think it’s important to watch things like what’s below. It’s important to see how when we stray biblically for our own motives, that things get majorly screwed up. This is a vein of Christianity that I’ve never been a part of (thankfully)… but it is a stream that I wonder how many more people will NOT be in heaven than WILL be in heaven because of it. Is this how Jesus would want anyone to think of his Church? Careful with the video below: NSFW Thoughts? Todd
  • Christian Pretends to be Gay for a Year. Here’s what he learned.

    Todd Rhoades
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:57 am
    Timothy Kurek recently presented this talk on the TEDx stage.  He decided to pretend to be openly gay in his very conservative community for an entire year. Oh, and Kurek is a self-professed Christian. See what you think of his talk, entitled “Walking in the shoes of the other…” Thoughts? Todd
  • “God’s Not White” – New series at Alabama Church

    Todd Rhoades
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:48 am
    WVTM TV reports that Cultivate Church in Alabaster, AL are hoping to help heal racial divide in their church and community with a new series entitled “God’s Not White”. From the report: Cultivate Church pastors said healing the racial divide is part of the church’s responsibility. Beginning Sept. 6, the church will be starting a sermon series titled “God’s Not White.” Brandon Doss, a lead team pastor at Cultivate Church, wants to help change the perception of God while bringing different races together. “You go back to 53 years ago, Martin Luther…
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    Steven Furtick Ministries

  • The Greater Purpose Behind Your Biggest Frustrations

    webteam
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:26 pm
    We all deal with stuff we don’t want to talk about. Bad decisions, addictions, frustrations. But what if the struggles meant to destroy us could actually point us toward our future purpose?
  • Why Our Greatest Defeats Don’t Define Our Lives

    webteam
    16 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Often our biggest failures, flaws and setbacks are what we allow to label our lives. How do we move past the painful details and experiences to stay focused on God’s greater purpose for us?
  • How to Keep Pushing When It Feels Like We’re Failing

    webteam
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    No one said pursuing our calling would be easy. But what happens when the opportunity we’ve been chasing doesn’t turn out the way we planned? And how do we keep pushing when it feels like we’re failing?
  • What To Do When You’re Chased By Your Fears

    webteam
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:17 pm
    We all run from the things that scare us. But God didn’t design us to be chased by our fears. So how do we challenge this mindset with the truth and promises of God?
  • The Main Thing We Misunderstand About Love

    webteam
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Do we really know what love is? Not empty, surface love – but true, unconditional love. And how does our ability to be loved affect how we express love for others?
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    Adrian Warnock

  • Leaders: remember the reason for your leadership 

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    There are two verses in 2 Samuel 5 which together make a very important point for every leader. Whether your leadership is at work, in the church, or at home, you do well to take notice of these verses. The first answers an important question: “how did David become a great King?” The answer is [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • If your heart is prone to wander, ask the Lord to turn it back to him

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:49 am
    This morning in church we sung an amazing hymn which I somehow haven’t heard of before. Robert Robinson’s hymn, “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” spoke a clear and warming message to this wandering heart: O to grace how great a debtor Daily I’m constrained to be! Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, Bind my [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • The joy of being who God designed you to be. Or how to become a square peg in a square hole

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    22 Aug 2015 | 12:23 am
    Many of us go through life feeling like a square peg in a round hole. If we have any sense of destiny at all we think of it as something out there, unreachable. We feel like King David probably did for many years: out of place, awaiting that sense of fulfilling our destiny. I’m not altogether [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Don’t despise new beginnings. On battling bloggers block and going back to the Bible

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:20 am
    I’m back. Truth is, over the last few months I have been struggling. Struggling with a new job, which I enjoy but has been demanding more of my time, effort, and emotional energy than I expected. Struggling to balance work with all the other demands on my time. Struggling to be all that I am [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Why I am still an Evangelical

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:24 am
    It seems that hardly a month goes by these days without there being another account of a leading evangelical who has fallen. Perhaps someone has deserted a doctrine traditionally held dear by fellow evangelicals. Or maybe they have had to resign their leadership in a storm of controversy about their leadership style, or because of a [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
 
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • Best Uber Ride EVAH

    Steve McCoy
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    An Uber driver and riders via dashcam sing "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd. Love this song and love the big smile I got from this video to start my Weeknd. Now download the song, because good pop music is good.
  • First Day of School 2015

    Steve McCoy
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    Another year, another first day of school! Love these growing and maturing and beautiful children. As a case study, you might want to note Elijah's slow growth compared to the other kids. Elijah was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in early 2015, which is the cause of his delayed growth.  2015 - Daniel (12, 7th grade), Elijah (14, Freshman), Jack (16, Junior), Sarah (18, College Freshman) 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
  • Friday Playlist 8.7.15

    Steve McCoy
    7 Aug 2015 | 12:51 pm
  • Elijah & Crohns Update 8.6.15

    Steve McCoy
    7 Aug 2015 | 9:37 am
    Our 14 year old, Elijah, has now gotten his 5th Remicade treatment for Crohn's Disease. Here are some previous updates, if you are interested in his story. Here's what we learned this week.First we (me, Molly, Elijah, and Danny) met with Elijah's rheumatologist on Tuesday at Shriner's Hospital in Oak Park. E had received some physical therapy for arthritis at her request and he's done well with it. No need to continue, though he is still a little tight. E has morning soreness, but mostly can do whatever he likes, so we feel this area of his health is better. We went to the Ronald…
  • 24 Frames

    Steve McCoy
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    This is my favorite song right now. It on repeat. It's a new song from Jason Isbell's new album Something More Than Free called "24 Frames." You thought God was an architect, now you knowHe’s something like a pipe bomb ready to blowAnd everything you built that’s all for show goes up in flamesIn 24 frames
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    Worship Matters

  • Songs and Sermons from WorshipGod15: TRIUNE

    Bob Kauflin
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:32 pm
    In the next couple days I’ll be posting my thoughts on WorshipGod15: TRIUNE, which just finished this past Saturday. One of the joys of hosting the WorshipGod conference is introducing new songs and modeling liturgy. While a conference isn’t a Sunday morning gathering, we try to put together songs, Scriptures, and prayers that reflect the rhythm and flow of the gospel. I’ve listed below what we did this year at WorshipGod15: TRIUNE, including three songs from our upcoming album, Sooner Count the Stars, due out Sept. 30. I’ve also provided links to the audio and video…
  • Planning Sunday after an Unexpected Tragedy

    Bob Kauflin
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Last Thursday at 10:06 AM, Brian Chesemore, a pastor at Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, texted me and the other pastors. He informed us that one of our members, 42 year old Wade Stephenson, had been in a “very bad car accident” and was on his way to the hospital. An hour later Brian simply texted: “He’s with the Lord.” I wept uncontrollably. Wade was a gentle, grateful, generous, godly man, a musician and leader who was loved and respected by everyone who knew him. He left behind his dear wife Rebecca, three young daughters, and a soon to be born…
  • Doxa Coming to WorshipGod15: TRIUNE

    Bob Kauflin
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    A few years ago I heard about a church in Philadelphia that was clearly proclaiming the gospel in the midst of the city, right near my alma mater, Temple University. It was called Epiphany Fellowship, and Eric Mason was the senior pastor. It excited me to think that the “city of brotherly love” was benefiting from one more solidly evangelical, gospel-preaching, servant-hearted church. It wasn’t until later that I heard about the music they were singing and producing. It was theologically informed but combined elements from gospel, jazz, neo-soul, R&B, and CCM…
  • Why You Should Come to WorshipGod15: TRIUNE

    Bob Kauflin
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    If you read WorshipMatters regularly, you most likely help plan or lead the music in your local church. First, THANK YOU for serving God’s people! I thank God for your faithfulness in contexts that most people will never even see. Second, I know there are a gazillion conferences every year that you can go to. I wanted to give you a few reasons why you should consider registering for WorshipGod15: TRIUNE. 1. We’re local church musicians serving local church musicians. Sovereign Grace Music isn’t a conference production machine.We’re all part of local churches and…
  • How Exciting Should Our Sunday Meetings Be?

    Bob Kauflin
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:43 am
    Image courtesy of Shutterstock.com Not too long ago a friend who leads the music in his church mentioned to me that his pastor wanted their meetings to be more exciting. Webster’s says exciting means “causing great enthusiasm and eagerness.” Certainly, nothing should cause greater enthusiasm and eagerness than meeting with the church to recount what God has done to save us from his wrath through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. All our sins are forgiven! We have been adopted into God’s family! Jesus has triumphed over sin, death, and hell! We are new…
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    Deep Thoughts by Gman

  • The Importance of Camp Ministry.

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:46 am
    Camp Ministry is important. so far I've been to two weeks of camp and had my own children go to several weeks as well. Here is why Camp Ministry is important and why the church I serve invests in it:I. Changed Lives. Helps people make that important decision of being Followers of Jesus.II. An extension of the Church. Camp ministry is there to support, and be a resource for the local church.III. Opportunity. Opportunity to serve, worship, and learn more about Him.IV. Fellowship. Nothing says living life together like well living life together for a week, weekend with all the fun, food and get…
  • A Good Dad

    14 Jun 2015 | 12:04 pm
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  • On my To read shelf: Summer 2015

    7 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
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  • Currently reading: The Renegade Pastor

    6 Jun 2015 | 9:49 am
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  • Summer Small Group Study: Acts (Wednesday and Thursday)

    5 Jun 2015 | 9:46 am
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    Thinking Out Loud

  • Link List Leftovers

    paulthinkingoutloud
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:23 am
    With no time to prepare anything else for today, here are some items that came too late to make it into Wednesday column. (Which is just as well, there were 40 items to click this week!) In the wake of the Ashley Madison website hack, Ed Stetzer believes as many as 400 pastors will resign this Sunday. Why do students leave the church, and even the faith after graduation? According to this article, it’s a factor you might not have considered. Bethany House is the top name in Christian fiction. But since you can judge a book by its cover, here are some factors that go into the cover…
  • Wow Series Celebrates 20 Years

    paulthinkingoutloud
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:42 am
    Christian bookstore shoppers have made this item a staple for two decades now, and in many of them, it is the top selling CD of the year overall.  The WOW CDs were patterned after the NOW CDs which were sold in the general market. The idea behind the compilations was to present the best available songs, but without the label restrictions usually associated with CD samplers. To accomplish this, The WOW Partnership was created involving the major Christian record companies. Additionally, bonus cuts allowed the participating companies to introduce newer artists. The CD series has its own page…
  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:46 am
    As we often are, today we’re indebted again to the multimedia team at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, aka Twenty-One-Hundred Productions for a list of recommended “life verses” depending on your Myers-Briggs personality type. Click the image to source. Portions of today’s link list were pre-recorded for later broadcast. An article at Mission Network Online claims that ISIS has set a date for “open warfare” on the world’s non-Muslim population.  Maybe Family Christian Stores should have gone this route: Australian Christian bookstore chain Koorong has been…
  • Review: NIV Zondervan Study Bible

    paulthinkingoutloud
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:09 am
    It’s one thing to write an article about an upcoming Bible based on media releases — which appears in part at the end of this one — it’s another thing entirely to hold one in your hands. Such was the case last week when a beautiful bonded leather edition of the new NIV Zondervan Study Bible was delivered. Opening the pages, it occurred to me that in another era, this was the type of product that a family would order by mail, wait weeks for, and upon its arrival the family would gather around the dining room table to check out the different features. It deserves a…
  • Heresy for the Rest of Us

    paulthinkingoutloud
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:46 am
    Would we call Buddhism a heresy? (p. 148) There is a striking difference between heresy and heretics, and as the question above illustrates, much depends on where you’re standing when you ask it. Theology and Ethics professor Roger Olson has written a book which occupies a middle ground between the usual academic text and a popular survey of cults and isms. Counterfeit Christianity: The Persistence of Errors in the Church (Abingdon) makes examining the plethora of Christian beliefs and doctrines accessible to the common parishioner, but is in no way light reading. Olson has written many…
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • In-Between Youth Pastors? 6 Ways to Nurture Teens in Your Church

    Leah Pittsinger
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:47 pm
    The search for a new youth pastor can be daunting for a church body, especially when trying to figure out how to keep nurturing the youths’ relationships with Christ. As a teenager, it’s typical to feel abandoned and hurt even if the previous youth minister left on good terms. As an adult the same emotions can be experienced, but it’s more common to feel overwhelmed with the reality of trying to keep the youth ministry alive. I’ve experienced both sides of this equation several times, and there are concepts the church body needs to be aware of to help the youth successfully make the…
  • Psalm 5 Sunday School Lesson for kids

    Bethany Tapp
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:06 am
    This is lesson 5 of 33 in a series of lessons called “Praise God Through the Psalms.” The series is just starting, subscribe and you won’t miss the new ones as they arrive. These lessons are designed to point children to the fullness of God’s character and lead them to see Him as the One who deserves all praise and worship. These lessons work well in Sunday School or mid-week Bible study groups or even family devotion times. “Praise God Through the Psalm” – Psalm 5 Lesson focus: Through the book of Psalms and the worship of the people of Israel, we get a glimpse into the…
  • 7 Reasons Why Children’s Ministry Leaders Make the Best Friends

    Mimi Bullock
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:43 pm
    After nearly twenty years in children’s ministry, I can honestly say that kids’ min leaders make the best friends. Sure, I have friends who aren’t involved in ministry but some of my besties are straight up, die-hard children’s pastors. And it’s not just because we know all the same worship songs or because we all enjoy praying for puppies and deceased family members (that’s prayer time in children’s church). That’s all true but my preference is for other reasons. Children’s min leaders are not worried about what people think about them—they can laugh at themselves. Most…
  • Lesson: Understanding the New Testament (Bible Organization Series #3)

    Leah Pittsinger
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:28 am
    This lesson is the third in our series explaining how the Bible is organized. For more help, be sure to review our Bible worksheets on the divisions of the Bible. TARGET AGES: 10-14 OBJECTIVE: To teach the students about the organization of the New Testament and how we should live during this time of grace between Jesus’ resurrection and second coming. MAIN IDEA: The New Testament consists of books written about Jesus’ life and the establishment of the church. It is organized by three main sections that explain who Jesus was and how we should behave as Christians. SCRIPTURE PASSAGES: John…
  • “Romans” Bible Book Coloring Page

    Mandy Groce
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    This free coloring page is based on the Book of Romans. It’s one part of our series of illustrations for each individual book of the Bible. Click here to download the print friendly PDF version. We’ve also uploaded the image in JPEG format. The illustration shows several well-know scripture quotes from the book of Romans. We were reconciled! Romans 5:10 Sin came into the world through one man. Romans 5:12 Let your hope keep you joyful. Romans 12:12 We will add a series index one we have several books online. For now you can follow our progress on this page. If you are teaching about…
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    Man of Depravity

  • 3 Years Later, My First Book

    Tyler
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    3 years ago this month my first published book was released. Why Holiness Matters: We’ve Lost Our Way But We Can Find it Again was my attempt at telling my story in a way that would help others see that their own struggles did not impede them from living the life God desired for them. I never thought I had a book in me, but through a lot of support, prayer, and hard work I created something I am legitimately proud of. Eighteen months prior to the release the man who would end up being my main support asked me if I’d ever considered writing a book. I said quite simply,…
  • The Discipline of Secrecy in the Age of Shareability

    Tyler
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    Today’s students are growing up only knowing a life of constant connection to people through social networks. Because of this there’s an increasing dependency upon the community to help provide the basis for the identity of an individual, through likes and double-tapped hearts. When everything is shared, and all of life’s major moments are uploaded, the reaction of these digital clicks fuels whether we see ourselves as successful, acceptable, and loved. Through the community, we form our identities. Often this isn’t bad, because the community that is culture today is…
  • It Takes a Village

    Tyler
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    You know the saying, “it takes a village to raise a child.” I believe this to be true. In the child dedications at our church we purposely ask the church family to join with the parents in raising the child presented. We do this because the parents need help and support. Child-raising isn’t a parent-only endeavor. Earlier this week The Washington Post reported on a study whose findings conclude, “the effect of a new baby on a person’s life is devastatingly bad — worse than divorce, worse than unemployment and worse even than the death of a partner.”…
  • What I’m Feasting On

    Tyler
    5 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    What I’m feasting on is an every-now-and-then post of what I’ve been reading, listening to, and watching—because I think what we’re engaging with influences who we become. I rely on other people to be helpful and godly curators, and when I’m able to I take this opportunity to point you in a few directions that have been helpful for me. BOOKS The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard. It’s long, but goodness does he do an incredible job of working through the Sermon on the Mount. Such a wonderful book. The Compelling Community by Mark Dever and Jamie Dunlop. Not…
  • How Do I Find My Calling? (thoughts on the poor questions we ask)

    Tyler
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    You may have noticed, everyone is talking about calling. You can find articles written about calling on nearly every major online website. I went to Relevant Magazine yesterday, and sure enough one of their most popular articles was on calling. They publish about one a week on calling. You can’t really blame them, because publishing organizations like Relevant aren’t the problem. They get paid when people read and share their stuff. If people are reading and sharing articles about calling, it pays to write about calling. But I have one major issue with this—a…
 
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    ChurchForFamily Sermons

  • Don’t Just Be A Christian, ACTS Like One! (10): The Christian’s Hope

    paulwnewell
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Loading Content... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done - Browse Series - Don't Just Be A Christian: Acts Like One Our House Getting Beyond Where You Are Easter2015:Celebrate! I'm Lovin' It 4:13 Christmas in a Box Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Luke Sheveland Kevin…
  • Don’t Just Be A Christian, ACTS Like One! (8): The Christian’s Decisions

    paulwnewell
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Loading Content... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done - Browse Series - Don't Just Be A Christian: Acts Like One Our House Getting Beyond Where You Are Easter2015:Celebrate! I'm Lovin' It 4:13 Christmas in a Box Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Luke Sheveland Kevin…
  • Don’t Just Be A Christian, ACTS Like One! (7): The Christian’s Enemy [Also – Alaska Missions Trip Update]

    paulwnewell
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Loading Content... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done - Browse Series - Don't Just Be A Christian: Acts Like One Our House Getting Beyond Where You Are Easter2015:Celebrate! I'm Lovin' It 4:13 Christmas in a Box Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Luke Sheveland Kevin…
  • Don’t Just Be A Christian, ACTS Like One! (6): The Christian’s World View

    paulwnewell
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Loading Content... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done - Browse Series - Don't Just Be A Christian: Acts Like One Our House Getting Beyond Where You Are Easter2015:Celebrate! I'm Lovin' It 4:13 Christmas in a Box Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Luke Sheveland Kevin…
  • Don’t Just Be A Christian, ACTS Like One! (5): The Christian’s Story

    paulwnewell
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Loading Content... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done - Browse Series - Don't Just Be A Christian: Acts Like One Our House Getting Beyond Where You Are Easter2015:Celebrate! I'm Lovin' It 4:13 Christmas in a Box Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Luke Sheveland Kevin…
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    Kevin Campbell

  • 14 Years and 14 lessons in Marriage

    Kevin Campbell
    5 Aug 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Susan and I just celebrated 14 years together! We dated for almost four years so technically we have been together for 18 years. Crazy! Hard to believe. Have you ever heard someone speaking about a relationship and say, “we’ve had our ups and downs but I wouldn’t change anything.” Unless your Jesus that isn’t true. If I was smarter, I would have changed a lot of things quicker than I did – like knowing the toilet seat must always stay down. Seriously, we have been through a lot. Lived in a few different places. We have FOUR kids.  We get the privilege of…
  • Get Ready For This At Elevate!

    Kevin Campbell
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:49 pm
    SoCal Youth Camp August 10th – 13th We are excited to announce we are taking students who are rising 6th grade thru 12th grade to the SoCal Youth Camp in August! Spread the word to all students and invite your friends. You can sign up your student by emailing us at info@elevatesandiego.com. SoCal Youth Camp Details: Location: Cedar Lake in Big Bear Depart morning of August 10th and return evening of August 13th. Cost is $235. Transportation provided. Includes meals, six awesome worship services, tons of games, ropes course, and more! Have no fear! Pastor Kevin is leading the trip.
  • How To Choose Freedom Every Day

    Kevin Campbell
    4 Jun 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Christ died so that we could be FREE. Discover how to live each day with the FREEDOM God desires for you in this series based on the book of Galatians. Can’t wait to start this on Sunday at Elevate Church. I really believe the next 6 weeks will help you so much to experience the freedom God offers from our past, our sins, our fear of the future, and ourselves! Join us this Sunday! Two Service Options: 9am &10:30am  http://www.kevinlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Opener.mp4 Related posts: How To Experience FRESH AIR EASTER At Elevate THANK YOU To Our Elevate Family
  • Need Some Fresh Air In Your Life?

    Kevin Campbell
    28 May 2015 | 5:33 pm
    “Do not leave, but WAIT for the GIFT my Father has promised.” – Jesus (Act 1:4) God promises a gift of FRESH AIR, literally the BREATH OF HEAVEN, but we must WAIT. “You will receive POWER when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” – Jesus (Acts 1:8) Do you need power? Do need a blast of fresh air in your life? Join us at Elevate Church THIS SUNDAY at 6pm for the Fresh Air Experience! Doors open at 5:50pm. Childcare provided. Fresh Air Experience – Sunday, May 31st at 6pm. Worship. Prayer. Message. Fresh Air. Breath of Heaven! Find out how to breathe fresh air back into your life…
  • FRESH AIR Experience

    Kevin Campbell
    14 May 2015 | 2:58 pm
    “Do not leave, but WAIT for the GIFT my Father has promised.” – Jesus (Act 1:4) God promises a gift of FRESH AIR, literally the BREATH OF HEAVEN, but we must WAIT. “You will receive POWER when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” – Jesus (Acts 1:8) Do you need power? Do need a blast of fresh air in your life? Join us at Elevate Church on Sunday, May 31st at 6pm for the Fresh Air Experience! Mark your calendar NOW. Fresh Air Experience – Sunday, May 31st at 6pm. Worship. Prayer. Message. Fresh Air. Breath of Heaven! Find out how to breathe fresh air back into your…
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    Brad Lomenick

  • Young Influencers List, August edition

    Brad Lomenick
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:36 am
    Here you go, the August edition of the Young Influencers List. You can see all the past month’s lists here. 1. Britt Nilsson- former bachelorette, aspiring actress, and World Vision sponsor advocate and spokesperson. 2. Todd Adkins- director of Leadership at LifeWay, co-host of the 5 Leadership Questions Podcast, and keeper of Ministry Grid. 3. Drew Bodine- worship leader at Central Christian Church in Las Vegas. 4. Eric Brown and Taylor Jones- co-founders of Whiteboard, an interactive branding agency in Chattanooga. 5. Annie Brooks- Colorado based photog, artist and creative designer,…
  • Buy my new book H3 Leadership Now and receive an Exclusive offer

    Brad Lomenick
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:49 am
    You can now pre-order my new book H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle. The book releases on September 22, but if you pre-order before then, you will be eligible to receive the following: Buy 1 book and receive The Catalyst Leader audio book, an exclusive new (never before released) ebook from me that includes a 20 Day Leadership Makeover, and free registration to a 2 hour video coaching online event with me later this fall. Buy 5 books and receive all of the above plus a Branded Journal and The Catalyst Leader Small Group DVD Study. Buy 10 books and receive all of the above…
  • Feeling Stuck? Here are 8 Ways to Push Through

    Brad Lomenick
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Sometimes we just feel stuck. Not that anything is really wrong, but more the sense that we’re not going anywhere. That place where you sense that things are okay, but not great. Where it seems like you are just going through the motions. Dependable and reliable, yes. Consistent, absolutely. But not necessarily bringing your A-game. I know the feeling. For me, this usually happens after an event is over, or completing a big project. About 10 days-two weeks later. I usually just feel stuck at that point. I have a hard time being creative, being intentional, getting things done, moving…
  • 20 Dumb Things Organizations do

    Brad Lomenick
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    As leaders, we always are trying our best to create momentum, good morale, team spirit, vision and an overall spirit of enthusiasm on our teams and in our offices. Here are a few small things that have the potential to kill the company morale quickly: 1. bad tissue in the bathrooms- no one wants the equivalent of sandpaper at the office. invest in the good stuff. 2. charging for coffee- seriously. a bad decision all the way around. and while I’m at it, most companies should quit charging for snacks. Spend a couple hundred bucks to create a free snack bin. 3. standardized approach to…
  • Avoiding a BIG land mine for Leaders

    Brad Lomenick
    5 Aug 2015 | 6:33 am
    Leaders: Who are you accountable to? 1. Who speaks truth into your life? Your spouse? Your best friend? Your boss? Your co-workers? Your small group? 2. Who has the right to honestly tell you when you are wrong, and make sure you stay in touch with reality? 3. Who is asking you the difficult questions that everyone else around you may be thinking but don’t want to bring up? 4. Do you have someone, or a group of people, who will challenge you, tell you when you are wrong, confront you on the tough issues, and make your aware of areas where you might be missing the mark? If not, figure…
 
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    TeamRCIA

  • What kind of catechesis is suitable for RCIA seekers?

    Diana Macalintal
    23 Aug 2015 | 1:58 am
    We have all had this happen. We find ourselves challenged to provide a suitable catechesis for an RCIA group that includes a raw beginner—someone who knows nothing about Christianity and has never lived as a disciple. And then in the … Continue reading →
  • Why is a suitable catechesis important for RCIA seekers?

    Nick Wagner
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:53 am
    It may seem obvious that it is important to provide a suitable catechesis for seekers, but there is more to it than meets the eye. In order to grasp the importance of a suitable catechesis, we have to first ask who … Continue reading →
  • What RCIA teams struggle with most

    Nick Wagner
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:38 pm
    We recently asked you what you struggle with most in RCIA ministry, and here are some of your replies: We wonder if the catechumens are “getting it all” in a year-round model. How do we keep from boring folks? We … Continue reading →
  • Your first small step toward a year-round RCIA process

    Nick Wagner
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:36 am
    If you want to move to a year-round catechumenate but you think it will be too much work or you don’t know where to start, start with baby steps. You don’t have to do everything all at once. For example, … Continue reading →
  • RCIA: Learn why year-round is easier

    Nick Wagner
    12 Jul 2015 | 10:37 am
    How many team members do you need for an effective RCIA process? The answer to that depends on what you mean by “RCIA.” If your RCIA starts in September and ends at Easter Vigil or during the Easter season, then … Continue reading →
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    Brandon Cox

  • What’s Wrong with That Weird, Shy, Introverted Kid?

    Brandon
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:43 am
    In the first grade, I was treated as disobedient because I was extremely shy, afraid to ask for help, and struggled with my work because of it. I’m 38 years old and still grit my teeth a little bit when I remember the teacher (who had a reputation for being one of the best – but I wasn’t impressed) taking me out into the hall and telling me to grab my ankles so she could spank me because of my “disobedience.” (It was 1983-ish and thankfully we’ve stopped such practices.) Today, my son is a week into kindergarten and has already been struggling because…
  • 60 Great Links for Leaders, Readers, and Creatives – August 22, 2015

    Brandon
    22 Aug 2015 | 6:03 am
    Here are some of the most inspiring and informative articles and stories I’ve read in the last few weeks… New Book – Gaining by Losing: Why The Future Belongs To Churches That Send, by J. D. Greear People are leaving the church J.D. Greear pastors. Big givers. Key volunteers. Some of his best leaders and friends. And that’s exactly how he wants it to be. Planned Parenthood Customized Abortions for Fetal Tissue Procurement “She gave me the scissors and told me that I had to cut down the middle of the face.” – 7th Planned Parenthood video:…
  • In the Carnage of the Exposure of Our Darkest Secrets

    Brandon
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:04 am
    Secrets stink. Secrets ruin families and bring nations to the fields of war. Consider the convoluted mess created around Edward Snowden, or the carnage being witnessed by Josh Duggar’s loved ones, or the wreckage in the lives of little children victimized by Jared Fogle. Secrets are dangerous, sometimes deadly things. And the worst part of it is… we all have them. We hide them. We protect them because of one of our deepest, darkest fears – exposure. Nothing is more painful, more shame-inducing, more frightening to us than being fully, completely known. Obviously, not…
  • Yes, You Are Married to the Right Person

    Brandon
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:02 am
    Marriage is an adventure filled with up’s and down’s, unexpected changes, new opportunities, and challenges of all shapes and sizes. Most couples get into marriage with the expectation that their spouse will never change. We think the guy or girl who made promises to us on our wedding day will not only be faithful to us, but faithful to remain just the way they are.But people live through seasons. Marriages go through seasons. Men and women change. We have dreams. Then we have kids. And we have careers. We have changing preferences, new directions, and a mind that is always being…
  • How to Thrive When Nations Rise and Fall

    Brandon
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:40 am
    Nations rise and fall, and while big changes in world events catch us by surprise, God is never caught off guard. Learn, in this message, how to be a “John Wayne”-style believer – cool, calm, and collected in a culture gone crazy! And here are my notes… Nations are rising, and nations are falling, and it’s nothing new. Right now, in the news, we’re focusing on the deal made with Iran and there are all kinds of opinions about what it will mean for us, for the Jewish people, and for the rest of the world. But this isn’t new, it’s just the cycle that has been…
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    Biblical Preaching

  • The Why Behind Preaching

    Peter Mead
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:48 am
    Most of the time we tend to focus on what we are doing.  Sometimes we ponder how we could do it better.  Too rarely we ponder the motivation behind our ministry.  Why do we preach? Let’s ponder two simple reasons (loaded with multiplied motivations in pregnant-with-meaning summaries): 1. Because we love God.  The God we love is the God who loved us first – who loves, who speaks, who gives of his riches, who gives himself.  This captures our hearts and gives us something to say.  We love God because he is the best news we have ever received, and so we want to spill that…
  • Hershael York: The Book of Acts and Us

    Peter Mead
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Dr Hershael York is the Senior Pastor at Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, Kentucky.  He is also the Victor and Louise Lester Professor of Christian Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.  I really appreciated his books Speaking with Bold Assurance (2001), that Hershael co-wrote with Bert Decker, and Preaching with Bold Assurance (2003).  I am really thankful for this post on the enduring relevance of Acts for us as preachers in today’s world – a reality I hope is demonstrated in Foundations (forthcoming from Christian Focus).  Over to…
  • Marcus Honeysett: What Does It Mean To Be Human?

    Peter Mead
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:42 am
    Marcus is the director of Living Leadership and an elder at Crofton Baptist Church in South East London.  He has authored four books, including Fruitful Leaders and Gospel-Centred Preaching (with Tim Chester).  Many people have benefited greatly from Marcus’ teaching and writing.  I am thankful to Marcus for offering this guest post on such an important question.  Remember, this guest post series is offered to mark release of Foundations – please do check out FourBigQuestions.com and encourage others to follow @4BigQs on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Glen Scrivener: What is the Essence of Sin?

    Peter Mead
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:25 am
    Glen is an evangelist and director of Speak Life. He is the author of 321 – The Story of God, the World and You and blogs at Christ the Truth. He lives in Eastbourne with his wife, Emma, and daughter, Ruby.  At our church we give away copies of 321 to  visitors, it really is a fantastic resource.  I am thankful to Glen as he launches this guest post series for Foundations.  (I will post complete guest posts here for most of the series, but would love for you to check out the book website, FourBigQuestions.com and so you will be directed there to finish this post – thanks!)…
  • Foundations Guest Series Introduction

    Peter Mead
    15 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    What do you do when you have one opportunity to communicate the life transforming message of the Bible? Where do you go biblically to address the key issues people really need to hear today? I had one series of just four sermons and desperately wanted my hearers to hear the critical building blocks of belief. I could have gone to Ephesians or another epistle. I could have gone to the Gospels. I decided to go to Acts. Preaching from Acts is an exciting challenge because you are entering into other peoples’ sermons as well as their situations. The first apostles were communicating the…
 
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  • Is excellence killing the church?

    samluce
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:54 am
    Why we need more good churches and fewer excellent ones. If you regularly attend church conferences you will no doubt hear the rallying cry for excellence in the church. In some ways this is a good thing. I am all for pastors working hard and doing all they can do to reach people with the greatest message ever told. Where excellence starts to kill the church is when we make our church a polished flawless exhibition that we invite people to be impressed by. When the church takes its cue from the business world and perfects its processes so that it can extend its reach and solidify its brand we…
  • How to Use Memes in Youth Ministry

    samluce
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:26 am
    Today’s post is written by Jeffrey Kranz and is sponsored by Disciplr: an interactive curriculum platform for youth ministry leaders. Check out our free interactive high school curriculum! A few months ago a youth minister asked me, “How would you use digital tools to engage the middle-school boys in our youth group?” It’s a tough question, and we ended up talking about it for a good while. Tween boys may be the toughest group of kids to connect with in youth ministry. One of the ideas we came up with? Memes. If you’re trying to hold the attention of the guys in your youth group, or…
  • Got questions about family ministry?

    samluce
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
    Join us for a twitter conversation August 13th So I had this random idea a couple of days ago to help push the family ministry conversation forward. I thought. What if we held a live twitter conversation with some of the sharpest minds in family ministry out there? And what if you in the Youth Pastor, Kids Pastor, Family ministry joined in with your thoughts and questions? So here is what we are going to do Tomorrow August 13th at 3pm EST we are going to hold a #asknextgen conversation on twitter. Here is where you come in. We need you to engage and ask questions. You can chime in with your…
  • A Family Ministry Manifesto.

    samluce
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:31 am
    Why ministry to families matters now more than ever In two weeks my position at my church will change. I will move from the campus pastor role and will be the Pastor of Families for all our campuses. A few people have wondered if I view this as a demotion. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have enjoyed and learned much from 4 years as a campus pastor, much of which I will use in my new role. Having been a children’s pastor for 14 years and now being able to broaden my influence to families is a privilege indeed. I believe family ministry matters more than anything else the church…
  • 3 ways pastors should engage the abortion issue

    samluce
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    With a string of videos coming out of the past few weeks showing Planned Parenthood for what it is. These things are unavoidable for us and the kids we minister to. We have to understand how to logically understand these events so we engage rather shut down. My friend Scott Klusendorf writes the following argument in his book The Case for Life The SLED Defense of Life Philosophically, there is no morally significant difference between the embryo you once were and the adult you are today. As Stephen Schwarz points out using the acronym SLED, differences of size, level of development,…
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  • Family Ministry Conversation

    Kenny
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:03 am
    I’d like to invite you to a special and unique event. Today, August 13th, at 3:00 PM (EST), several NextGen and family ministry leaders from around the country are participating in a live conversation about family ministry… on twitter. It should be interesting and I’m really not sure what to expect. However, I love so many of the leaders driving the conversation, so I expect that the conversation will be helpful and fun. Leaders driving the conversation include: Sam Luce Jim Wideman Yancy JC Thompson Jared Kennedy Myself and several others To see the conversation, simply…
  • How to effectively kill a ministry

    Kenny
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:20 am
    Initially reading this title, you might be thinking, “oh, this article must be about how we inadvertently kill ministries or events and this will be a list of things to prevent an untimely death.” No. This article is about bringing a quick and effective death to your ministry… on purpose. It’s about bringing closure to that event that your church has been doing for decades. It’s about bringing an end to that monthly newsletter, the annual project or the mid-week program. This summer I read a fascinating article titled, “Your Project Deserves a Good…
  • While You Were Gone

    Kenny
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:35 am
    For the last year or two, I learned a valuable insight. I have learned one of the greatest tests of personal leadership. There is something you can do and after you do it, you and everyone around you will have a very clear picture of what kind of leader you are. Are you ready for this? It’s really simple. Okay, here it is. LEAVE. That’s it. Just leave. Leave for a week. Leave for two weeks. Leave for a month or two. You can even leave for good. When you are gone, your leadership is revealed in multiple ways. For years I’ve taken a week or two of vacation at a time, which is…
  • On sabbaticals and further life-changing events

    Kenny
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:15 am
    It’s been a quite summer for the Conley family. I celebrated my first seven years at Gateway Church with a two month sabbatical. Those who follow me on Instagram probably wondered how long my “vacation” was going to last. Let me just say this. If you can arrange for your organization to offer sabbaticals – DO IT! My sabbatical has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Essentially, it was a giant hug from my church saying “thank for for all your hard work.” It has been a huge investment into me and my family, giving me a chance to…
  • You should see a counselor

    Kenny
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:45 am
    Sixteen years ago, my wife and I did an intensive weekend of premarital counseling a month before we got married. It was the best investment we’ve ever made into our marriage. Over the past 7-10 years, I’ve provided premarital counseling for nearly 100 couples and one of the leading motivators has been because of what premarital counseling meant to me as a soon-to-be-married man. For years, I’ve encouraged couples to invest in their marriage regularly. I’d tell them to attend a marriage retreat together. Read a book together. See a counselor for occasional check-ups.
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  • Behind-the-Scenes of ‘Captive’: The Story of the ‘Purpose Driven Life’ Hostage Stand-off

    Anonymous
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:27 am
    Kate Mara (House of Cards, Fantastic Four) and David Oyelowo (Selma) talk about faith, redemption and the power of forgiveness in this featurette about their upcoming film Captive. The movie is based on the book An Unlikely Angel, which recounts the true story of Brian Nichols, an escaped inmate who kidnapped a mother and recovering drug addict Ashley Smith, holding her hostage. While captive, the two read Rick Warren’s best-selling faith devotional The Purpose Driven Life before Nichols' eventual surrender.
  • The Real Danger of Culture’s Post-Apocalyptic Obsession

    ThomasChristianson
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:19 am
    Shows like ‘Fear the Walking Dead' reveal lies we believe all too often. Do you think things in our world are getting better or worse? Let me give some context to the question, or at least a timeframe: Do you think our world will be a better place a decade from now? How about a century? Or a millennium?
  • Trippy New PSA Uses Internet Memes to Warn of the Dangers of Smoking

    Anonymous
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    The Truth Campaign has posted its latest anti-smoking PSA online—a few days before its TV debut on the MTV VMAs—and it’s pretty trippy. The spot takes place at a house party where characters from random Internet memes randomly materialize to warn teens of the dangers of smoking cigarettes and even hookahs. If there’s anything that will serve as a deterrent from a life-long nicotine addiction, it’s a unicorn vomiting rainbows all over you.
  • Migrant Crisis: 3 Arrests Made Following the Discovery of 71 Dead Bodies in Back of Truck

    Anonymous
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:20 am
    Police in Austria arrested three men in connection with the gruesome discovery of 71 bodies, believed to be migrants attempting to flee war-ravaged Syria for safety in Europe. Authorities believe that the group suffocated to death while be transported by human traffickers in the back of a box truck. The country’s interior minister called for a crackdown on traffickers, saying, "People smugglers are criminals and not well-minded helpers. They do not care about the well-being of the refugees, they care about profit." Two of the men arrested were drivers of the truck that was left abandoned on…
  • Check Out St. Vincent’s Signature Guitar

    relevantlaura
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:15 am
    Further securing her position as our generation’s guitar goddess, Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, recently announced that she’s getting her own signature axe. The guitar, designed in partnership with manufacturer Ernie Ball, is available in black or Vincent Blue, a color hand-mixed by Clark herself. According to the press release, it also features “Ernie Ball Music Man tremolo, gunstock oil and hand-rubbed rosewood neck and fingerboard, St. Vincent inlays, Schaller locking tuners, 5-way pick up selector with custom configuration and 3-mini humbuckers, the guitar also comes…
 
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  • Times Are Changing (And It’s Hopeful)

    Jason Bedell
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
    Loved reading this recent article on Relevant Magazine’s site about the shift in late night entertainment. The cynical nature of the old regime is being left behind for a lovable, gentle and more heart-felt approach. It’s honest. It’s real. It’s what we’ve been wanting for years. Let’s face it, being cynical and self-righteous is tiresome. Spending time with someone who exhibits these traits can completely derail your day. But there’s hope. No longer are we going the way of the grouchy old man, pointing fingers and sneering at everything that we see.
  • Are You Whipping & Nae Nae’ing Too Far?

    Jason Bedell
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    On Sunday I shared a story from our trip to Carowinds in NC/SC. It was a great time for our family, but it almost didn’t end the way we hoped. You see… we lost Roxy. Before you freak out, let me elaborate. Towards the end of our day we were walking through the park and stumbled upon an amazing stage show. I’m talking lasers, lights, dancers as they say some of the most well known pop songs of the last couple of decades. It was really good and the girls LOVED it. About midway through they continued their never ending quest to ask about the Icees we promised earlier in the…
  • Dear Black Eyed Peas, You Get Me

    Jason Bedell
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:09 pm
    “People killin’, people dyin’ Children hurt and you hear them cryin’ Can you practice what you preach? Or would you turn the other cheek? Father, Father, Father help us Send some guidance from above ‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’ Where is the love?” – Black Eyed Peas Never in my 35+ years of existence did I ever imagine, “I’m totally going to begin a thought or writing with a quote form the Black Eyed Peas!” And yet… here we are. Yes, this is real life. But the question remains, “Where is the love?”…
  • They Watched You Get A Punch To The Face

    Jason Bedell
    11 Jun 2015 | 11:23 am
    You may have seen this video where two ladies handled a dispute like total adults (or school-age children). It makes my heart hurt just watching it. Especially when I see the 6-year-old being coaxed by his mother and others in the crowd to hit the other woman. The question that immediately comes to the forefront of my mind is, “Why is no one stopping this?!?” And then I’m immediately led to the follow-up question, “Why instead of jumping in- are you filming these women??” “GET OFF YOUR PHONE!” I would’ve yelled as I pulled them apart and…
  • Laundry, Sing-a-longs, & Pretty Princess Kingdoms

    Jason Bedell
    3 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    I live in land where estrogen abounds. With a wife, two girls (soon to be 3), I’m outnumbered. In this beautiful place I reside, I’ve learned a valuable lesson: Use. The. Filter. “You want to play pretty princess kingdom with us?” “Um, no freaking way. I want to watch explosions and relax.” *filter kicks in* “Yes girls. I’d love to play! Let’s do this.” “Jason can I get you to bring down the laundry?” “Are you serious? I HATE laundry.” *filter kicks in* “Of course babe. I’ve got you.”…
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  • God Doesn’t Answer Me

    Scott
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:03 pm
    ..the way I want him to always. Philippians 4.6-7 is the place. Praying is the thing. “…by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God…” I grew up learning that petitions were my prayer list. Like a to-do list, only divine. A prerequisite to answers. I ask, he provides (remember the […]
  • Got Milk?

    Scott
    30 May 2015 | 7:18 pm
    So yeah, TRUST. Let’s talk about it. You know HOW to trust. Every time you pour a glass of milk, you trust that everyone who’s handled that gallon, from the beginning source through the purchase at the grocery store, hasn’t in some way tainted it. You open the refrigerator, pull out the gallon, spin off […]
  • What If

    Scott
    7 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    What if God were as big as he claimed to be? What if he had all the riches and the wisdom and the knowledge? What if he was always working, never sleeping? What if he could move mountains? What if he actually did have it all under control? Then, how would you pray? How would […]
  • Senseless Trust

    Scott
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:07 am
    My son and his girlfriend came to visit for the weekend recently. As is our custom, my wife and I go to Panera for breakfast on Saturday mornings, so we took them with us. On the way, we passed a Sheetz gas station that we’ve always passed before. Except this time, there was a line […]
  • The Cure For Just About Any Problem

    Scott
    3 Feb 2015 | 3:28 am
    As the gas rushed into the tank, I took advantage of the mindless pause. I looked around without judgement at my surroundings. Scanning the landscape, my eyes were drawn to a cluster of blue, dumpster-like looking bins. What grabbed my attention was the number of cars parked near them, people opening trunks and rear doors transferring […]
 
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  • 4 Tips to Improve How Your Christian School Runs

    Tim Smith
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    There may be no nip of Fall in the air yet, but thoughts are already on getting your Christian private school ready for a new term. This can take weeks of preparation to make sure that your administrative staff, teachers, parents and of course students are all prepared to make it a successful one. Make the transition from beach days to book days easier on everyone by updating your school’s daily tasks to more modern ones. Here are four tips to help you utilize technology to better run your private Christian school: Tip #1 Update Your Christian School’s Website We are living in a digital…
  • Text Giving Great Fundraising Option [Q&A]

    Lauren Hunter
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    We all like easy. Remember the old Staples ‘easy button’ commercials? Sometimes great solutions are born out of ‘hard’ causing us to create a better option with fewer headaches. When we sat down with Dean Sweetman, co-founder of Tithe.ly, creating something that was less complicated and more church-friendly was the goal when it came to creating a new online giving solutions: How was Tithe.ly founded and what is the goal of the company? Tithe.ly was born out of necessity. I was a pastor for over 20 years. One day in 2014, I was thinking about how the act of giving…
  • For the Faithful: Christian Universities in the U.S. [Infographic]

    Lauren Hunter
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:04 am
    The United States has a long history with Christian universities. Let’s take a closer look at the history behind and the current state of private, Christian colleges in the U.S. The Early Years Though today these institutions reflect a more religiously diverse and in most cases secular worldview, many well-known colleges began as Christian universities. 1636 Harvard is the first university established in the United States. One of the founding rules is, “Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and…
  • Growing Your Church with a Mobile App [Q&A]

    Lauren Hunter
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    There’s no doubt that mobile is important in the life of the Church. If your church is struggling to know how to communicate well, what to do about the bulletin, or what technology might perhaps be vital in the years to come, it’s a fact that mobile devices and communication will be at the forefront. Tony Caudill founded Aware3 with the intent to help churches reach their members the other six days of the week, where and how church fits into their lives. We sat down with Tony to find out more about his company’s mission to help churches: How was Aware3 founded and what is…
  • 4 Blog Post Title Rules for Churches

    Jeffrey Kranz
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:01 am
    You’ve written an amazing, helpful post for your church blog. The post is solid, and isn’t making any rookie mistakes. You’re just about ready to hit “Go.” All you need is a title. And that’s important. When it comes to reading your church blog, 6 out of 10 people will only read the headline, and the headline will actually influence what people get out of the article if they do read it. If blog post titles are so important, you need a strategy for writing winning titles every time. Your blog post titles are going to play a big role in how your church ministers online, whether…
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  • Tom Brady bobble head production goes horribly wrong for local company

    Mattofact
    7 Aug 2015 | 2:04 pm
    In an interesting turn of events, the manufacturer of the new Tom Brady bobble head that celebrates the four* NFL championships won by Tom Brady and New England Patriots, has accidentally manufactured thousands of the wrong bobble head! With multiple websites like Amazon.com and bobbleheads.com and other retailers selling the new collectible Tom Brady / Patriots bobble head, orders were coming in from everywhere. In the confusion, the manufacturer accidentally produced and shipped the wrong Tom Brady bobble head – a design that was floating around the company as a joke. Here it is: The…
  • Video bumpers for live events

    Mattofact
    9 Jul 2015 | 5:55 am
    A simple video bumper for your live event can give the event a nice feel. For a few years I got to work with Worship Leader Magazine and run some of their marketing initiatives and social media. This killer intro piece was done by my friend and fellow creative Jessie Morrow of Morrow Design Co a few years back for the National Worship Leader Conference by Worship Leader Magazine. Need a video bumper? Let me know.
  • You won’t believe her reaction when she finds out her bill has already been paid

    Mattofact
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
    Proud of my boy Rob Westerman and all the work he and his church, SNC Norwood, are doing in Cincinnati. He recorded this with his friend and talented Cincinnati native, Mike Lewis of Jesus Painter Ministries. This is much more than a ‘pay it forward’ initiative. As Rob explained to me of all the final quotes Paul shared from Jesus with the Ephesian leaders before he went back to Jerusalem, it was this quote from Jesus that he left them with in Acts chapter 20, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” The full verse is here: Acts 20:35 In all things I have shown…
  • Marketing Project Throwback

    Mattofact
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:54 am
    In early 2007 I worked on this project with the Boer Haüs creative agency while at Integrity Music. I’m still proud of the logo we came out with, the designs that followed, and all the hard work that went into it. Hat tip to my boy Eddie Boer for his hard and good work on this project.
  • “Heart Won’t Stop” Lyric Video on YOU ARE THE AVALANCHE – by John Mark McMillan and Sarah McMillan

    Mattofact
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:29 pm
    The new release from John Mark McMillan and his wife Sarah McMillan, Avalanche, is now available–and it’s destructive in the greatest way imaginable. You can get the new album here at iTunes. JMM continues in turning the mundane to magnificent with the images used in the lyric video from the song “Heart Won’t Stop”. Don’t forget what an Avalanche looks like. Heart Won’t Stop Lyrics and link to the Chord Chart: Verse 1: There is not a man or a beast, nothing on the land or underneath, Oh nothing that could ever come between,  the love you have for me I…
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  • What’s Wrong with That Weird, Shy, Introverted Kid?

    Brandon
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:43 am
    In the first grade, I was treated as disobedient because I was extremely shy, afraid to ask for help, and struggled with my work because of it. I’m 38 years old and still grit my teeth a little bit when I remember the teacher (who had a reputation for being one of the best – but I wasn’t impressed) taking me out into the hall and telling me to grab my ankles so she could spank me because of my “disobedience.” (It was 1983-ish and thankfully we’ve stopped such practices.) Today, my son is a week into kindergarten and has already been struggling because…
  • 60 Great Links for Leaders, Readers, and Creatives – August 22, 2015

    Brandon
    22 Aug 2015 | 6:03 am
    Here are some of the most inspiring and informative articles and stories I’ve read in the last few weeks… New Book – Gaining by Losing: Why The Future Belongs To Churches That Send, by J. D. Greear People are leaving the church J.D. Greear pastors. Big givers. Key volunteers. Some of his best leaders and friends. And that’s exactly how he wants it to be. Planned Parenthood Customized Abortions for Fetal Tissue Procurement “She gave me the scissors and told me that I had to cut down the middle of the face.” – 7th Planned Parenthood video:…
  • In the Carnage of the Exposure of Our Darkest Secrets

    Brandon
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:04 am
    Secrets stink. Secrets ruin families and bring nations to the fields of war. Consider the convoluted mess created around Edward Snowden, or the carnage being witnessed by Josh Duggar’s loved ones, or the wreckage in the lives of little children victimized by Jared Fogle. Secrets are dangerous, sometimes deadly things. And the worst part of it is… we all have them. We hide them. We protect them because of one of our deepest, darkest fears – exposure. Nothing is more painful, more shame-inducing, more frightening to us than being fully, completely known. Obviously, not…
  • Yes, You Are Married to the Right Person

    Brandon
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:02 am
    Marriage is an adventure filled with up’s and down’s, unexpected changes, new opportunities, and challenges of all shapes and sizes. Most couples get into marriage with the expectation that their spouse will never change. We think the guy or girl who made promises to us on our wedding day will not only be faithful to us, but faithful to remain just the way they are.But people live through seasons. Marriages go through seasons. Men and women change. We have dreams. Then we have kids. And we have careers. We have changing preferences, new directions, and a mind that is always being…
  • How to Thrive When Nations Rise and Fall

    Brandon
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:40 am
    Nations rise and fall, and while big changes in world events catch us by surprise, God is never caught off guard. Learn, in this message, how to be a “John Wayne”-style believer – cool, calm, and collected in a culture gone crazy! And here are my notes… Nations are rising, and nations are falling, and it’s nothing new. Right now, in the news, we’re focusing on the deal made with Iran and there are all kinds of opinions about what it will mean for us, for the Jewish people, and for the rest of the world. But this isn’t new, it’s just the cycle that has been…
 
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  • Join Military Prayer Week 2015!

    Dan Smith
    9 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    I'm so grateful for your interest in joining our "ranks" for the 2015 Military Prayer Week! With 90 days to go until kickoff, I'm getting more excited with each passing day.Military Prayer Week exists to encourage civilian believers to pray for believers in the military. We encourage you to do this because we fervently believe that a revival in the hearts of military Christians will lead to a revival in the hearts of Christians everywhere!We promise not to abuse the Military Prayer Week 2015 mailing list! In fact, here's exactly what you'll receive in terms of communication:1.  You'll…
  • The way to Revival in America

    Dan Smith
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    I believe that a revival could come to America through a revival in the military. Now, there is a risk in this statement. A revival may never come to America. Am I then a fool? A revival may come to America, but not through a military revival. Am I then misunderstood? The fact is that I want a revival in the military so badly that I'm willing to pray for it until it happens. I want a revival in America so badly that I will do the same, and regardless of how it happens, I will be just as glad. Humanly speaking, there is a risk in stating that a revival in the military will result in a revival…
  • Military Prayer Update: 4 Months and counting!

    Dan Smith
    11 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    We are less than four months from the 2015 edition of Military Prayer Week! I'm very excited! Here's a quick update on the three goals for this year (from this post):1.  30 Day of Prayer for the Military: The draft is finished and editing will start very soon. Tentative release date is 01 October so that we can get it into as many hands as possible before Military Prayer Week. It will be very affordable (somewhere around three dollars on Kindle, iBooks, etc) and includes several chapters in addition to the prayers themselves. The chapters will cover a short instruction on effective…
  • A Philosophy of Missions

    Dan Smith
    21 Jun 2015 | 3:39 pm
    I think it's a good idea for everyone who believes in the missionary spirit (should be every Christian) to have a personal philosophy of missions. It's ok to use your church's philosophy if you agree with it, or the philosophy of a mission agency you support if it matches your personal values. Still, I think that owning the philosophy helps create a passion for reaching the lost for Christ.As I look at options for future ministry, I started developing the following as a personal philosophy of missions:1.  We have 1story to tell...just 1...we preach Christ crucified (1 Cor 1:23). It isn't…
  • Praise for The Navy Christian Bullet on Gluttony

    Dan Smith
    13 Jun 2015 | 5:12 am
    As a fledgling writer, it's always fun to read the reviews that my writing receives. Sometimes, I'd rather not, but I find as someone starting out that people generally say nice things when they can. I was overjoyed when I read a recent review of Gluttony: A Study of Overeating in the Bible, which is the second Navy Christian Bullet.Here is the reviewer's remarks: "Honest and sound advice. Many good strategies to put into practice. Perfect use of scripture for application. Hard topic but well done!" The reviewer gave me five stars too!I don't pay reviewers to look at my work, so while I don't…
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  • My Sponsor Child: Jason and Norman’s Story

    Emily Kirkendoll
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:19 pm
     This Sunday, August 30th, is our second Child Sponsorship Weekend at Liberty Church. Ben Rodgers, Executive President of Children’s Cup, will be speaking at all three communities and extending the opportunity to sponsor children in Swaziland. We encourage you to consider sponsoring a child and supporting this amazing organization. Last year, Liberty Church rallied behind Children’s Cup and individuals in our church sponsored 150 children in Sauerstown, Zimbabwe. Jason Palazini of our Union Square community has shared his story of meeting Norman, his sponsor child. “During…
  • “Cultivating Joy” Justin Tarsiuk-Podcast

    Jim Farler
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Justin Tarsiuk preached this message titled “Cultivating Joy” at our downtown service on August 23, 2015. From the Liberty Church NYC app, click on “Messages” to listen to the podcast. You can download the app here: Download   Sunday Services- Brooklyn – United Artists Cinema 9:30am Downtown – Broad Street Ballroom 11am Union Square – Union Square Ballroom 5 & 7pm Related posts: “Living a Godly Life-The Sequel” Justin Tarsiuk-Podcast “Living a Godly Life” Justin Tarsiuk-Podcast “From Slaves to Sons” Kristen…
  • “Choose Life” Paul Andrew-Podcast

    Jim Farler
    16 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Paul Andrew preached this message titled “Choose Life” at our Union Square service on August 16, 2015. From the Liberty Church NYC app, click on “Messages” to listen to the podcast. You can download the app here: Download   Sunday Services- Brooklyn – United Artists Cinema 9:30am Downtown – Broad Street Ballroom 11am Union Square – Union Square Ballroom 5 & 7pm Related posts: “Honor and Failure” Paul Andrew- Podcast “Choosing Honor” Paul Andrew-Podcast “Living a Godly Life-The Sequel” Justin Tarsiuk-Podcast
  • Coming up at Liberty Church

    Emily Kirkendoll
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:54 pm
    Welcome to Liberty! Here what’s coming up in church life. All Team Gathering, August 21st// Community Group Leadership Applications due August 23rd // Visionaries Gathering, August 27th // Liberty Downtown moves back to Broad Street Ballroom, August 16th  All Team Gathering | Friday, August 21 We are grateful for the hundreds of people who serve every week at Liberty Church. Next Friday, August 21, is our All Team Gathering, where everyone who serves at Liberty Church will come together to celebrate what God is doing in each community, hear vision from our Lead Pastors, and receive…
  • Help Liberty City send a child to school with a backpack

    Emily Kirkendoll
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:59 am
    Liberty City is a charitable 501c3 organization set up to enable Liberty Church to meet needs in their local neighborhoods. As New Yorkers, it’s hard to miss the needs of the people all around us, and Liberty City has been involved with many opportunities to work in the community helping others, through food pantries, Hurricane Sandy relief, clothing drives, rebuilding damaged areas of our cities and supporting other community based organizations making a difference for people overcoming challenging cirumstances. Liberty City Brooklyn will be throwing a Back to School Festival at Public…
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  • Great New Study for Women: Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story

    Mark Howell
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:41 am
    Had an opportunity to preview a new study from Angie Smith. Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story is a 7 session Bible study for women that “shows how the whole Bible–from Genesis through Revelation–connects as one beautiful seamless thread.” Angie Smith is the best-selling author of Mended, I Will Carry You and What Women Fear. Because of her background, she comes at the story of the Bible in a way that women who are new to Bible study will find...Click here for more... »         
  • Thinking Thursday: What All Great Design Companies Know

    Mark Howell
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    We can learn a lot by listening to design experts talk about the care behind the design process at companies like Apple and BMW.  In this 99U talk, designer Robert Brunner deconstructs his creative process revealing the stories behind products like Beats by Dre headphones and the Polaroid Cube. Can’t see the video? You can click here to watch it. Every week I choose a video that I think you need to see and believe will inspire some new thinking. You can find the rest of the...Click here for more... »         
  • Growth or Control? Which Do You Really Want?

    Mark Howell
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    I often get a good conversation going when I write about the small group connection strategy or the HOST strategy (two small group strategies that seem to include high risk). Comments always include things like, “How do you know the people who are hosting a group aren’t ax murderers and adulterers?” Or, “How can you be sure the people who are chosen to lead the connection group are people your elders would approve as leaders?” In reply, I’ve often said,...Click here for more... »         
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Small Group Connections

    Mark Howell
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    I get asked a lot of questions about the ins and outs of small group connections. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions: How many unconnected people do you need in order to hold a successful small group connection? I have successfully connected people with as few as 20 to 30 and as many as 350 in a single room. The more people you have, the better the affinity you can manufacture. The smaller the attendance, the more likely it becomes that you’ll end up with...Click here for more... »          Commentsthank you this is a…
  • How Can I Find More Leaders!?

    Mark Howell
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:54 am
    Small group pastors fall into one of three categories. Most of us can always use more small group leaders. Many of us are actively looking for more leaders. And some of us are desperately looking for more. If finding new small group leaders is like looking for a needle in a haystack, you’ll want to take advantage of what I think are the three best ways to find new small group leaders. I’ll share the three methods in a moment, but first I want to point out two important...Click here for more... »         
 
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  • Lose, Gain, Repeat: My essay on "Something, Anything" for Christ and Pop Culture

    25 Aug 2015 | 8:41 am
    I recently had the opportunity to write a feature article for Christ and Pop Culture, one of the best websites on the Internet. CAPC is an insightful, amusing, and diverse cache of all things culture and Christianity. You should definitely become a member for $5 a month; it's absolutely worth it, and this is a website worth supporting.Here's an excerpt from my essay on Paul Harrill's hauntingly beautiful film Something, Anything (now streaming on Netflix) and my own spiritual journey into depression and hope:--In Paul Harrill’s quietly haunting film Something, Anything, the opening…
  • Unplanned Parenthood: On the Hopeful Choice for Life

    24 Aug 2015 | 8:25 am
    The recent stream of increasingly disturbing videos about the practices of Planned Parenthood and their trade in fetal tissue and body parts leads me to write my own story in response, and perhaps a call to action. This is a story about choice, about life, about the unplanned nature of it all.The false dichotomy created by the labels of “pro-life’ and “pro-choice” seems unhelpful in the abortion debate. The pro-life folks are not anti-choice in every respect, nor do I imagine the pro-choice advocates being anti-life. In fact, I would consider myself “pro-choice” in the sense that…
  • On Marriage

    17 Aug 2015 | 8:42 am
    I spent this past weekend in the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles celebrating a wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony set in the hills of Malibu overlooking the Pacific Ocean, followed by an extravagant reception at a picturesque venue right on the beaches of Santa Monica. From the tuxedo rental to the bachelor party to the rehearsal dinner to the end-of-reception clean up, I was surrounded by friends and family of the bride and groom, these incredible people who had traveled from all over the world in order to be present to witness this extraordinary event.Extraordinary? A wedding? In our…
  • Jesus Goes to the Movies is Here!

    11 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    My new book, Jesus Goes to the Movies: The Youth Ministry Film Guide, releases today! Here's what awesome youth ministry and film people are saying about it:"Students love movies. A lot. This is good because movies can teach us a thing or two about our world. In Jesus Goes to the Movies, Joel Mayward helps youth workers understand how film can be a tool for teenagers to better love God. As a film critic, I love this book. As a youth pastor, I love it even more."-Wade Bearden | @wadehanceStudent Pastor, Houston, TXStaff Writer at Christ and Pop CultureCohost of Seeing and…
  • Coming Soon: Cinemayward.com

    10 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    With my new book releasing tomorrow, August 11, I wanted to let you know about another exciting development: my new website, Cinemayward.com.I've been writing about movies on my blog here since its inception in 2007. You can read my first Mayward Blog movie review about the documentary, God Grew Tired Of Us, here. My blog's original intention was to be about the Mayward family's everyday life, musings, and experiences, just an online journal for friends and family. Since then, it's evolved to become an online outlet for my writing about faith, film, youth ministry, leadership, culture,…
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  • Verse of the Day

    RevCollins
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:41 am
    Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), Ephesians 5:15 AMP http://bible.com/8/eph.5.15.AMPThe post Verse of the Day appeared first on GC Ministry. No related posts.
  • The Word of the Day

    RevCollins
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:36 am
    http://bible.com/8/jer.32.17.amp Alas, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! There is nothing too hard or too wonderful for You– Truly there is nothing too hard for JehovahThe post The Word of the Day appeared first on GC Ministry. Related posts: Word For The Day David’s Zeal For God The Power of One Person Guest Post YARPP powered by AdBistroPowered by
  • Word For The Day

    RevCollins
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:14 am
    But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. http://bible.com/8/mat.6.33.ampThe post Word For The Day appeared first on GC Ministry. No related posts.
  • Assembling Together Opinions

    RevCollins
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Opinions Solicited This past Sunday we saw a large amount of snow and ice overnight Saturday into Sunday. Many roads in the area were snow and ice-covered still about the time church members were getting ready to go to church. Our services at Living Faith Community Church were partly cancelled and the bible study scheduled for the afternoon were cancelled. I was on Facebook early Sunday when a post caught my eye. It seemed to imply that if you weren’t in church this past Sunday, you weren’t going to Heaven. I am presuming the person was referring to Hebrews 10:25: Not forsaking…
  • Ministry Update

    RevCollins
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Busy Two Months It looks like I haven’t made a post on here since November. Wow, I did not realize it had been that long. I am sorry that much time slipped through my fingers. We had a busy few months here with our family. We have settled into our new church home, Living Faith Community Church, these past few months. Pastor Tom has even asked me to speak a couple of times. It was so nice to be back in the pulpit again. I had truly missed the chance to share the word with others. I spoke the Sunday before Christmas and two weeks ago. On the Sunday before Christmas, we had a baptismal…
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  • When You've Heard Every Bible Story

    Matt
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:49 am
    If you're like me, you grew up going to church every time the doors were open.As I grew older, and became more involved in ministry and began studying in Bible college, I likely went to church or chapel services 7-10 times a week... for years.Since graduation, as Michelle and I pursued ministry, we continue to either be in church services, or lead church services multiple times a week.Collectively, this has added up to thousands upon thousands of church services, sermons, prayers, and worship sets. If we are not careful, lots of familiarity can add up to "church fatigue."This may not be…
  • Six Steps to a Better Workplace

    Matt
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    So much of our lives are spent at work. This means that the quality of our workplace relationships will deeply affect our well being. Leaders (aka - bosses) play a key role in establishing a healthy workplace culture - one built on mutual trust and working together towards an exciting goal. But each of us affect our workplace culture to some degree - each of us can either add to or take away from the health of the organizational culture, which deeply affects all of our lives. From my experiences in the workplace, and in the leadership of our organization, I crave healthy…
  • How to Fail As a Leader

    Matt
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Bill Hybels, convener of the Global Leadership Summit has said, "Everyone benefits when a leader gets better."So much of our lives and world are affected by those in leadership roles. When leaders improve, grow and become healthier, this has a great affect on the people and organizations they lead.So much of leadership is intentional improvement. If we don't focus on the right things, and prioritize the right things, organizations and teams can fall into disarray. Over the years, I have worked many contract jobs - some for years at a time - lending me the opportunity to watch…
  • What I'm Praying For My Son

    Matt
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:12 pm
    I still can't believe I am a dad! My wife and I were overjoyed to welcome our son Caden into the world this past September.Honestly, no words could describe the feeling of love and joy that have overwhelmed us these past months with our first child. It is far, far beyond anything I could ever have imagined.The meaning of significance has significantly changed in my life now. All I want to do is be with him, and love him with everything I’ve got.His introduction into this world has gotten me thinking about what I want for him…and what I am praying for his life.Michelle and I…
  • How Did Jesus Act Toward Sinners?

    Matt
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
    The recent SCOTUS decision in the United States, which legalized gay marriage has brought lots of scathing comments from all sides, and an overwhelming amount of questions about how Christians should respond to the culture around us.The best thing we can do is follow Jesus' example towards sinners.1. Jesus told us not to judge othersJesus clearly tells us not to judge others. (Matthew 7:1-2) We can't expect non-Christians to behave like Christians. Instead, we should focus on being a light to them, and loving them.Over and over again, the Bible tells us the importance of loving…
 
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  • Misplaced Shame

    Rob Shepherd
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:12 am
    Shame. Like a lot of words shame can mean different things. It’s a shame when you pass gas in the privacy of your office only to have someone walk in a second later. It’s a shame to forget tickets to a concert and only realize it when you are at the ticket gate. It’s a shame vegetables don’t taste like pizza. It’s a crying shame kids these days won’t learn patience from things like waiting for the Internet to connect. I don’t know how you use the word shame, but I’m wondering when you’ve felt shame. When I see shame it’s often…
  • Break Some Of The Rules

    Rob Shepherd
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:27 am
    Some things are black and white. Some things are not. For those things that are not I feel it is best to live within a tension. An example of what I’m writing about comes with following the rules. There are some rules that need to be followed. Without rules we have anarchy. Have you ever played a game without rules or where the rules keep changing? I have. Every time I try to play a game with one of my 4 year old twins. It’s so frustrating. They tell me I lose before they told me how to win. They change the rules as we are playing. Rules that were not meant to be broken are the…
  • Pent

    Rob Shepherd
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:02 am
    Does it surprise you that there is a website for having an affair? Ashley Madison is the Canadian based website whose tagline is, “Life is short. Have an affair.” I didn’t have a fat clue that website existed. It doesn’t surprise me. It also doesn’t surprise me that the info was leaked and bunch of people got caught. Included in this catching were a handful of Christians. Your sins will find you out. It doesn’t surprise me that an affair site exists. It also doesn’t surprise me that Christians used it. A website promoting affairs is straight awful,…
  • Warm And Fuzzy Memories

    Rob Shepherd
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:54 am
    And now it’s time for another Warm And Fuzzy Memory with Rob… Once upon a time I was on  a mission trip to Brazil with a group of 50 students. On Sunday the church asked us to come up front for what ended up being a game of Brazilian roulette.  Here’s how you play. 50 Americans are at the front of the church. Brazilian families come up to the front and select said Americans to host for lunch. Here’s where this gets dicey. Many of the Brazilians didn’t speak English. This was our story. We were chosen by a very nice Brazilian couple who spoke zero English.
  • Next Level Update

    Rob Shepherd
    21 Aug 2015 | 2:06 am
    The End of our series, what’s next, and Signing Day. It must be time for another Next Level Update… This Sunday we conclude our series, Core. I’m praying we have high attendance. I’ve gotten really good feedback from this series, but our first week we had 60 more people than we had last week. Summer is busy so people are in and out of town, but I’m praying this is a week we see higher attendance. Why? Because I think this Core value is important for our church to own. We also have a surprise that will add a little something, something to the service. I’ve…
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  • Back in Italy

    Richard Wilson
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:14 am
    We have arrived back home. The trip went well, and I have suffered only a bit of vicarious jet lag – my body clock adjusted quickly, but with the children waking up at 4am so was I. But sleep seems to be back to normal now, even the twins are sleeping better now in their own beds than their two months of repeated wake ups during the night whilst in Australia. Today we were in church, meeting friends and catching up on news – 3 new pregnancies, a few conversions at the children’s camp, a couple of families that will be leaving shortly. On the other hand, there was another refugee…
  • Out and about again

    Richard Wilson
    19 Jul 2015 | 6:17 am
    Now that the family chicken pox epidemic has ended, we have come out of our quarantine and started doing some more interesting things. On Saturday there was a wonderful lunch with the extended family, and on Sunday a trip to Newcastle to catch up with friends there. Since it is 27 years since I lived there, there are not a lot of people I know left, but it is great that the friendships continue even though we see each other so rarely. There is a solid base of lives lived together almost three decades ago that does not go away. I did feel a bit out of place, as we caught up on what has been…
  • Little Italy

    Richard Wilson
    12 Jul 2015 | 7:12 am
    I had a wonderful weekend in Melbourne, returning to my Italian roots – eating Italian food, giving and getting lots of kisses, having Italian coffee, going to visit someone in the afternoon and ending up staying for an impromptu dinner for 10. It was good also to see Pinuccia’s cousin again, with his new family. And also to talk about God’s work in Italy in one of the few Italian churches left. But it was also great to return home and be greeted by smiles from the twins when I walked in the door, even if they soon turned to two simultaneous cries of combined hunger and…
  • On the move in Australia

    Richard Wilson
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:13 am
    We are at the end of our theoretical rest period at the beginning of our time in Australia. “Theoretical”, because looking after the family is still more than a full-time job here as well, so there has been little time for resting or doing other things we enjoy to have a break. At least I got over the jet lag faster than on previous trips to Australia. We all still have bouts of tiredness, but it is hard to distinguish the effects of jet lag from the effects of two eight month olds. And in Stefania’s case, also the effects of the chicken pox that she came down with…
  • Visits

    Richard Wilson
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:03 am
    Just a week before we leave for Australia, and the panic is starting to come as we try to get everything ready in time, especially with four children at home (the summer school holidays started last week). The program for our stay is coming together, but there is still time to if you would like to see us (or your group or church). For those out of Sydney, there will be two opportunities: 1. Newcastle: We will be there on July 19, and present at an afternoon tea from 2pm to 5pm (come for as long as you are able) at Catherine Hollier’s place, 32 Elder St Lambton. It will be great to have…
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  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 16 Aug 2015

    Alastair
    16 Aug 2015 | 1:11 pm
    This Is Amazing Grace – Jeremy Riddle (A) Come As You Are – Crowder (A) Mighty To Save – Hillsong (A) Never Gonna Let Me Go – Kristian Stanfill (A) The Same Power – Ben Cantelon (D) Lead Me To The Cross – Hillsong (D) Today’s stream can be viewed here.
  • Meteors and Poop

    Alastair
    13 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
    We all went outside close to midnight last night to watch the meteor shower. I attempted to take photos, but struggled to get my camera set up correctly. Disappointingly, most of the photos of the sky turned out blurry, with absolutely no evidence of meteors. Since I was having no luck photographing the sky, I turned the camera on my kids instead and armed them with a flashlight. This is Katie’s photo below. She started out writing something and then… well, a 25 second exposure is a really long time for a kid, so she ended up just going crazy with it. This next photo is…
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 09 Aug 2015

    Alastair
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    King Of Heaven – Paul Baloche (G) God With Us – Mercy Me (G) Oh You Bring – Hillsong (G) Let Your Kingdom Come – Alastair Vance (D) Scandal Of Grace – Hillsong (B) God Of This City – BlueTree (B) You can watch the service here.
  • The Lure Of Apple Music

    Alastair
    6 Aug 2015 | 9:50 am
    I’m struggling with temptation. In the past I have not been interested in music subscriptions. I could not see the value in spending $10-15 per month to listen to music I can hear on the radio, or from my own music library. Now I’m not sure why it tempts me so. I recognize these feelings of temptation from when iTunes Match was first launched. At first I believed I didn’t need it. I mean I can just sync whatever songs I want to listen to. Right? Nope. After a few weeks of humming and haa-ing I finally gave in. And now I could not go back. Having every song in my iTunes…
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 02 Aug 2015

    Alastair
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Only King Forever – Elevation Church (C) Emmanuel – Martin Smith (C) Forever – Bethel Music (C) Hope’s Anthem – Bethel Music (C) Oceans – Hillsong (D) Great I Am – Jared Anderson (D) I really enjoyed leading on Sunday. You can watch the archived live stream at the following link. Pastor Jeremy closes out the Bridezilla series with “Sideways Energy” based on Ephesians 6:10-20. https://www.boxcast.com/show/#/storychurch-02-aug-15 It’s been exciting to see our online service grow, to see our hosts get excited and engage with new people…
 
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  • Review of 'God Wants to Bless You' by Che Ahn

    22 Aug 2015 | 5:23 pm
    The author explains in this book what God's blessings are and how we are to recognize them. He also says that as believers we already have the blessings God promises us, but we have to decree them.I found this part a little "if you think positive you can make anything happen". Lot's of motivational quotes and telling us that God wants us to be financially well off, healthy, etc. I've also always felt that God's blessings are knowing Him better and more intimately not money. Although I admit Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were all wealthy.I did like some of his stories about his own…
  • Genesis 46 - 47:10

    12 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    Genesis 46:1-7 So Israel set out with all that was his, and when he reached Beersheba,he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.2 And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, “Jacob! Jacob!”“Here I am,” he replied.3 “I am God, the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. 4 I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.”5 Then Jacob left Beersheba, and Israel’s sons took their father Jacob and their children…
  • Genesis 45

    8 Aug 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Genesis 45:1-15 Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!” So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it.3 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence.4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother…
  • Genesis 44

    7 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Genesis 44:1-13 Now Joseph gave these instructions to the steward of his house: “Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they can carry, and put each man’s silver in the mouth of his sack. 2 Then put my cup, the silver one, in the mouth of the youngest one’s sack, along with the silver for his grain.” And he did as Joseph said.3 As morning dawned, the men were sent on their way with their donkeys.4 They had not gone far from the city when Joseph said to his steward, “Go after those men at once, and when you catch up with them, say to them, ‘Why have you repaid good with evil?
  • Genesis 43

    6 Aug 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Genesis 43 Now the famine was still severe in the land. 2 So when they had eaten all the grain they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, “Go back and buy us a little more food.”3 But Judah said to him, “The man warned us solemnly, ‘You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.’ 4 If you will send our brother along with us, we will go down and buy food for you. 5 But if you will not send him, we will not go down, because the man said to us, ‘You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.’”6 Israel asked, “Why did you bring this…
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  • Lose, Gain, Repeat: My essay on "Something, Anything" for Christ and Pop Culture

    25 Aug 2015 | 8:41 am
    I recently had the opportunity to write a feature article for Christ and Pop Culture, one of the best websites on the Internet. CAPC is an insightful, amusing, and diverse cache of all things culture and Christianity. You should definitely become a member for $5 a month; it's absolutely worth it, and this is a website worth supporting.Here's an excerpt from my essay on Paul Harrill's hauntingly beautiful film Something, Anything (now streaming on Netflix) and my own spiritual journey into depression and hope:--In Paul Harrill’s quietly haunting film Something, Anything, the opening…
  • Unplanned Parenthood: On the Hopeful Choice for Life

    24 Aug 2015 | 8:25 am
    The recent stream of increasingly disturbing videos about the practices of Planned Parenthood and their trade in fetal tissue and body parts leads me to write my own story in response, and perhaps a call to action. This is a story about choice, about life, about the unplanned nature of it all.The false dichotomy created by the labels of “pro-life’ and “pro-choice” seems unhelpful in the abortion debate. The pro-life folks are not anti-choice in every respect, nor do I imagine the pro-choice advocates being anti-life. In fact, I would consider myself “pro-choice” in the sense that…
  • On Marriage

    17 Aug 2015 | 8:42 am
    I spent this past weekend in the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles celebrating a wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony set in the hills of Malibu overlooking the Pacific Ocean, followed by an extravagant reception at a picturesque venue right on the beaches of Santa Monica. From the tuxedo rental to the bachelor party to the rehearsal dinner to the end-of-reception clean up, I was surrounded by friends and family of the bride and groom, these incredible people who had traveled from all over the world in order to be present to witness this extraordinary event.Extraordinary? A wedding? In our…
  • Jesus Goes to the Movies is Here!

    11 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    My new book, Jesus Goes to the Movies: The Youth Ministry Film Guide, releases today! Here's what awesome youth ministry and film people are saying about it:"Students love movies. A lot. This is good because movies can teach us a thing or two about our world. In Jesus Goes to the Movies, Joel Mayward helps youth workers understand how film can be a tool for teenagers to better love God. As a film critic, I love this book. As a youth pastor, I love it even more."-Wade Bearden | @wadehanceStudent Pastor, Houston, TXStaff Writer at Christ and Pop CultureCohost of Seeing and…
  • Coming Soon: Cinemayward.com

    10 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    With my new book releasing tomorrow, August 11, I wanted to let you know about another exciting development: my new website, Cinemayward.com.I've been writing about movies on my blog here since its inception in 2007. You can read my first Mayward Blog movie review about the documentary, God Grew Tired Of Us, here. My blog's original intention was to be about the Mayward family's everyday life, musings, and experiences, just an online journal for friends and family. Since then, it's evolved to become an online outlet for my writing about faith, film, youth ministry, leadership, culture,…
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  • Jonah – not a glory story (@JHOsborn)

    Jenni Osborn
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Jonah is one of my favourites.  I love it because he is a complete failure, a full-on turncoat and yet God doesn’t let him go. I heard a sermon at the beginning of this year on Jonah and the point which stuck out was an unusual one: that the word used for the ‘wind’ which caused the storm is the same or similar root to the word for the breath of God. The preacher made the link between this and the passion that God has for us, his people. http://12baskets.co.uk/view/images/storm_grove God breathed, not to cause Jonah or his fellow shipmates harm but out of love, stopping…
  • Spiritual Disciplines: The Habit of repentance – getting up again (@longingtobeholy)

    Nick Parish
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I don’t know what you think the overriding ‘theme’ of Jonah is.  Is it God’s grace to all?  Is it God’s persistence with His people and His call?  Is it God’s power over marine life? To be honest, I’m not sure what I think it is either  But it does remind me of a song by a guy called Bob Carlisle.  It’s called ‘we fall down’.  (Which, when I think about it now, seems like an odd name for it…) You could, of course, listen to it here… But the basic premise is, a chap is going about his daily grind, passing a monastery…
  • Compassion without Borders – a reflection on Jonah by (@nicolahwriter)

    Nicola Hulks
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    credits for the picture to the telegraph.co.uk   I’ve recently started a new job at a church and one of the running jokes I have with one of the members of the congregation is ‘Still here then? Not headed for Tarshish yet?’  Tarshish, of course, was the place that the prophet Jonah attempts to flee to when sent by God with a message of judgement followed by forgiveness to the ‘foreign’ people of Nineveh. The story is probably a part of all our imaginations from hearing it in our childhoods – Jonah in the great storm, Jonah in the belly of the whale,…
  • Jonah (by Kathryn Price)

    Kathryn Price
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    http://www.theworshipcloud.com/view/images/the-prodigal-son-returns Jonah is the older brother who resents his younger brother’s return being welcomed so fulsomely the workers hired in the early morning who think they should be paid more than those who arrived later the worker who thinks s/he is entitled to promotion through long service, when others advance because of enthusiasm and commitment to learning ahead of him the church member who does not think newcomers have the right to change things, no matter how committed they appear to be the minister who does not like being challenged by…
  • Jonah (@paulblakey)

    paulblakey
    15 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Jonah – written in the mid eighth century BC – the famous story of Jonah on his calling to Ninevah, refusing to go and then receiving God’s version of DHL a big fish! The theme is God’s love for all and God wanted his message to be told to the residents of Ninevah because (Jonah 4:11): “should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left–and also many animals?” Jonah thought that the message of God was exclusively for the Israel…
 
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    Children's Ministry Online

  • Family Ministry Conversation

    Kenny
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:03 am
    I’d like to invite you to a special and unique event. Today, August 13th, at 3:00 PM (EST), several NextGen and family ministry leaders from around the country are participating in a live conversation about family ministry… on twitter. It should be interesting and I’m really not sure what to expect. However, I love so many of the leaders driving the conversation, so I expect that the conversation will be helpful and fun. Leaders driving the conversation include: Sam Luce Jim Wideman Yancy JC Thompson Jared Kennedy Myself and several others To see the conversation, simply…
  • How to effectively kill a ministry

    Kenny
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:20 am
    Initially reading this title, you might be thinking, “oh, this article must be about how we inadvertently kill ministries or events and this will be a list of things to prevent an untimely death.” No. This article is about bringing a quick and effective death to your ministry… on purpose. It’s about bringing closure to that event that your church has been doing for decades. It’s about bringing an end to that monthly newsletter, the annual project or the mid-week program. This summer I read a fascinating article titled, “Your Project Deserves a Good…
  • While You Were Gone

    Kenny
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:35 am
    For the last year or two, I learned a valuable insight. I have learned one of the greatest tests of personal leadership. There is something you can do and after you do it, you and everyone around you will have a very clear picture of what kind of leader you are. Are you ready for this? It’s really simple. Okay, here it is. LEAVE. That’s it. Just leave. Leave for a week. Leave for two weeks. Leave for a month or two. You can even leave for good. When you are gone, your leadership is revealed in multiple ways. For years I’ve taken a week or two of vacation at a time, which is…
  • On sabbaticals and further life-changing events

    Kenny
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:15 am
    It’s been a quite summer for the Conley family. I celebrated my first seven years at Gateway Church with a two month sabbatical. Those who follow me on Instagram probably wondered how long my “vacation” was going to last. Let me just say this. If you can arrange for your organization to offer sabbaticals – DO IT! My sabbatical has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Essentially, it was a giant hug from my church saying “thank for for all your hard work.” It has been a huge investment into me and my family, giving me a chance to…
  • You should see a counselor

    Kenny
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:45 am
    Sixteen years ago, my wife and I did an intensive weekend of premarital counseling a month before we got married. It was the best investment we’ve ever made into our marriage. Over the past 7-10 years, I’ve provided premarital counseling for nearly 100 couples and one of the leading motivators has been because of what premarital counseling meant to me as a soon-to-be-married man. For years, I’ve encouraged couples to invest in their marriage regularly. I’d tell them to attend a marriage retreat together. Read a book together. See a counselor for occasional check-ups.
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    Art Lessons From God

  • Top 5 Tips When Exhibiting at an Event: #4

    tsnipes
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:59 pm
    5 proven tips that can be used for any event or venue where you display your work, products or services (I’m sharing them with my ART SLAM LIVE™ vendors for a successful event!): 4. Train Your Booth Staff: Often we can spot the owner of the booth…and their helper. Choose your helper not based on … Continue Reading → Related posts: Top 5 Tips When Exhibiting at an Event: #3 5 proven tips that can be used for any event... Top 5 Tips When Exhibiting at an Event: #2 5 proven tips that can be used for any event... Top 5 Tips When Exhibiting at an Event: #1 5 proven tips that…
  • Top 5 Tips When Exhibiting at an Event: #3

    tsnipes
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:59 pm
    5 proven tips that can be used for any event or venue where you display your work, products or services (I’m sharing them with my ART SLAM LIVE™ vendors for a successful event!): 3. Pre-market your show: Although an event host may mention your attendance, no one can market you like you! Tell your current … Continue Reading → Related posts: Top 5 Tips When Exhibiting at an Event: #2 5 proven tips that can be used for any event... Top 5 Tips When Exhibiting at an Event: #1 5 proven tips that can be used for any event... 3 Methods of Making Money This Christmas for Creatives…
  • Top 5 Tips When Exhibiting at an Event: #2

    tsnipes
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:59 pm
    5 proven tips that can be used for any event or venue where you display your work, products or services (I’m sharing them with my ART SLAM LIVE™ vendors for a successful event!): 2. Plan to get LEADS, Not Just Same- Day Sales: Yes, you will make some sales at any event like this, but … Continue Reading → Related posts: Top 5 Tips When Exhibiting at an Event: #3 5 proven tips that can be used for any event... Top 5 Tips When Exhibiting at an Event: #1 5 proven tips that can be used for any event... Outreach in the Arts Community? Start Your Own In 4 days I’ve been blessed…
  • Top 5 Tips When Exhibiting at an Event: #1

    tsnipes
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:27 pm
    5 proven tips that can be used for any event or venue where you display your work, products or services (I’m sharing them with my ART SLAM LIVE™ vendors for a successful event!): 1. Plan what your table should look like NOW. Your table will be your BRAND, aka, your REPUTATION! People will remember what … Continue Reading → Related posts: Top 5 Tips When Exhibiting at an Event: #2 5 proven tips that can be used for any event... Top 5 Tips When Exhibiting at an Event: #3 5 proven tips that can be used for any event... WATCH: ART SLAM LIVE Video Clips and Stills Here are…
  • Help Me Bring Live Art to The Mall

    tsnipes
    10 Aug 2015 | 10:52 pm
    For 5 years now, ART SLAMLIVE™ has been bringing visual artists and audiences together, painting LIVE while on stage, set to the sound of a DJ’s turntable, vocalists and other performing acts. 6 ARTISTS, 1 STAGE, 1 D.J., ONE WINNER! OUR CHALLENGE IN OCTOBER: This year, we have the awesome opportunity to bring the show before … Continue Reading → Related posts: Time Lapse Video of Artists in Action This is what it I’ve been busy so much with... How Musician Alphaeus Anderson Launched His Creative Business You could be “One Idea Away” from changing your…
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  • Is excellence killing the church?

    samluce
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:54 am
    Why we need more good churches and fewer excellent ones. If you regularly attend church conferences you will no doubt hear the rallying cry for excellence in the church. In some ways this is a good thing. I am all for pastors working hard and doing all they can do to reach people with the greatest message ever told. Where excellence starts to kill the church is when we make our church a polished flawless exhibition that we invite people to be impressed by. When the church takes its cue from the business world and perfects its processes so that it can extend its reach and solidify its brand we…
  • How to Use Memes in Youth Ministry

    samluce
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:26 am
    Today’s post is written by Jeffrey Kranz and is sponsored by Disciplr: an interactive curriculum platform for youth ministry leaders. Check out our free interactive high school curriculum! A few months ago a youth minister asked me, “How would you use digital tools to engage the middle-school boys in our youth group?” It’s a tough question, and we ended up talking about it for a good while. Tween boys may be the toughest group of kids to connect with in youth ministry. One of the ideas we came up with? Memes. If you’re trying to hold the attention of the guys in your youth group, or…
  • Got questions about family ministry?

    samluce
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
    Join us for a twitter conversation August 13th So I had this random idea a couple of days ago to help push the family ministry conversation forward. I thought. What if we held a live twitter conversation with some of the sharpest minds in family ministry out there? And what if you in the Youth Pastor, Kids Pastor, Family ministry joined in with your thoughts and questions? So here is what we are going to do Tomorrow August 13th at 3pm EST we are going to hold a #asknextgen conversation on twitter. Here is where you come in. We need you to engage and ask questions. You can chime in with your…
  • A Family Ministry Manifesto.

    samluce
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:31 am
    Why ministry to families matters now more than ever In two weeks my position at my church will change. I will move from the campus pastor role and will be the Pastor of Families for all our campuses. A few people have wondered if I view this as a demotion. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have enjoyed and learned much from 4 years as a campus pastor, much of which I will use in my new role. Having been a children’s pastor for 14 years and now being able to broaden my influence to families is a privilege indeed. I believe family ministry matters more than anything else the church…
  • 3 ways pastors should engage the abortion issue

    samluce
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    With a string of videos coming out of the past few weeks showing Planned Parenthood for what it is. These things are unavoidable for us and the kids we minister to. We have to understand how to logically understand these events so we engage rather shut down. My friend Scott Klusendorf writes the following argument in his book The Case for Life The SLED Defense of Life Philosophically, there is no morally significant difference between the embryo you once were and the adult you are today. As Stephen Schwarz points out using the acronym SLED, differences of size, level of development,…
 
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    What Christians Want To Know

  • 8 Bible Verses That Will Make You Think

    Jack Wellman
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here are 8 Bible verses that I believe will really make you think. Which ones would you include? Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How Does God Define Marriage?

    Jack Wellman
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Does the Bible give us specifics about how a marriage is defined? If so, what is the definition of a biblical marriage? Made for Relationship The very first marriage proves that marriage is a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Were Paul’s Missionary Journeys?

    Jack Wellman
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Where did Paul go exactly in all of his missionary journeys? Paul’s First Missionary Trip (44 AD – 50 or 51 AD) The very first missionary journey that Paul took may have started around 44 AD where... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Does Wormwood Mean When Used In Revelation?

    Jack Wellman
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Have you read the word “wormwood” in the Book of Revelation or elsewhere in the Old Testament?  What does this word refer too? What is Wormwood? Revelation 18:10-11 says “ The third angel blew his... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • My Favorite King James Version (KJV) Scriptures To Share With The Hurting

    Pamela Rose Williams
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Something the Bible never runs out of is encouragement for the hurting. And hurting can be large or small, long or short and even temporary or permanent. Take a look at some of my favorite KJV... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Fine Print

  • Why are we surprised by Ashley Madison?

    Justin Long
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    There’s been a lot of ruckus about the Ashley Madison hack recently, and particularly about Christians caught up in it. Ed Stetzer has been writing a series of very good posts on the subject. I want to take a slightly different perspective and talk about why the hack has surprised and shocked us. First of all, I want to reiterate the reminder of others: the way the website worked, it would be fairly easy for someone to use someone else’s email address. Just because someone’s “in the database” doesn’t mean they actually signed up for it. I haven’t…
  • Futures Imagined, 8

    Justin Long
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    1. Google’s self-driving cars will hit public streets this summer. Engadget. 2. Chinese unmanned factory replaces 600 humans with 60 robots. IEEE.org. 3. 1 billion people used Facebook in a single day. 4. Paper Airplane Drones. 5. Charted: global life expectancy on the rise. Economist. 6. Drone-killing laser cannons, from Boeing.
  • Map: Where the church is growing fastest

    Justin Long
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:35 pm
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  • We don’t need a big global plan

    Justin Long
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Over the past 2,000 years, there have been more than 2,000 plans to evangelize the world. None have succeeded. Many have had deadlines which they spectacularly failed to meet. “We” (by which I mean mostly Westerners) love big global plans, and deadlines, and charts, and resources, and budgets, and things we control. We don’t need them. Not really. Not for this. Ants don’t need a master plan, yet they can grow to fill whole areas, and span large regions. We can do it too, with three simple rules: (1) every ekklesia to engage all of the same-culture people in their…
  • Life among the unreached, 8

    Justin Long
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    1. In Mali, hotel siege and village massacre highlight Islamist threat. CSM. 2. Child soldier no more. Roads & Kingdoms. Huge demobilization of child soldiers. 3. Beijing air pollution impact is like smoking 40 cigarettes a day. Economist. 4. Havana on the Brink: what will happen to the Cuban city when American tourists arrive? The Atlantic.
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    Ramblings on the Way

  • How far from perfection do you really need to aim for?

    26 Aug 2015 | 2:27 am
    Yesterday I stumbled over the post titled 30 Tips for Church Stage Designs on churchm.ag with the following one particularly jumping out at me.It only has to look good from 20 feet away. (Or your first row of seats.) Don’t spend hours making it look perfect from up close—no one is looking at it from there.I wonder, in any ministry - not just stage design - how much time do we spend making improvements which no one else will notice?How long to we tinker with the PowerPoint slides...How long to we nudge around a picture on the flier...How long do we stress over the details of a scripture…
  • The mindset that appreciates the less-than-perfect

    23 Aug 2015 | 8:38 pm
    The other drummer misses a beat...The alternate singer doesn't quite hit that note...That youth minister down the road stumbles during the joint Christmas service address...Someone else at church has problems with their microphone...None of the above scenarios are a disaster.  Far from it. In fact, most are barely glitches when looking at the big picture.But I wonder if some in attendance, who could also fill the role, get a sinister, internal, joy when they see someone else falter? If so, how is this best dealt with?Surely you can't apologise to the person. This would bring to…
  • Calling once the phone is silent

    18 Aug 2015 | 12:19 am
    When a crisis hits, and someone enters a difficult season of life, everyone works the phones to offer support, condolences or help.But, all too quickly, the phone stops ringing.And the silence can be deafening.This is when the second most important wave of calls needs to be made.A week later...A fortnight on...One month after the funeral...On significant anniversaries...Whilst the conversation doesn't need to be long, it does need to remind the person that they are not forgotten and that the offer of prayer, support and help are still ongoing.
  • Know who pays the bill

    13 Aug 2015 | 4:49 am
    A lot of things in life come with a cost...Time.Thoughts.Energy.Money.A lot of things in ministry cost...Time.Thoughts.Energy.Money.But the cost isn't always horded. Sometimes it's shared...With your spouse.With your family.With your work mate.With your church.At times, when you're going to bear the cost of a decision alone, the choice is upon your shoulders alone because you're the one who'll solely pick up the tab. But, when the ramifications of a decision spread beyond you alone, then the choice must be weighed up by those who'll need to foot the bill.The challenge is determining who…
  • Count by the month, not week

    9 Aug 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Undeniably, church attendance in the West has dropped. And it's still dropping.I wonder if one contributing factor, although certainly not the main one, is the way we track church attendance.As I mentioned here, the realistic expectation for families to attend church each week is near unreasonable.Sure, a few blessed families will attend 50 weeks a year, but the realism of families being at church 25 weeks per annum must be faced.So, when it comes to counting bumbs-on-seats, should we calculate by the month instead of by the week?If we want an accurate representation of our congregations…
 
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • The Amazing Story of Deborah Sampson

    Fr. Peter
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
      Hunting around for something to watch on television I stumbled upon the program Mysteries at the Monuments.  I like history, so the idea of finding out of the way monuments and showing their story was appealing to me.  On this particular episode, there was a story about a bronze statue located in front of […] The post The Amazing Story of Deborah Sampson appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Churches and Their History with Slavery

    Fr. Peter
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Historian John Fea recently pointed out an article in the New York Time about how one Rhode Island Church is coming to grips with their past history of slavery. We cannot gloss over our past nor can we replace it but we can, and should learn from it and provide the ability for others to […] The post Churches and Their History with Slavery appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Donald Trump and the Bible

    Fr. Peter
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:54 am
    In a recent interview on the Bloomburg Networks “With All Due Respect,” GOP Presidential candidate and member of the Presbyterian Church Donald Trump was asked to identify his favorite verse from the bible.  He was asked this because he claims that after his own memoire, the bible is his favorite book.  Now I don’t really […] The post Donald Trump and the Bible appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Mindfulness and Email

    Fr. Peter
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    As a follow up to last week’s essay on mindfulness I thought I would share some thoughts on mindfulness in communication especially email.  Email is here to stay and there is no way to avoid it.  It can either control you or you can control it.  Blind communication, like email and social media, can be […] The post Mindfulness and Email appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • The Great Refusal

    Fr. Peter
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Gospel of Matthew 19:16-26 At that time, a young man came up to Jesus, kneeling and saying, “Good Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you call me good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” […] The post The Great Refusal appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
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    Jonathan Herron

  • Book Notes: Live Love Lead by Brian Houston #LiveLoveLead

    Jonathan Herron
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
    I couldn’t put this book down.  The pre-release copy I received two weeks ago is now filled with scribbles, key ideas underlined, and coffee stains. Brian Houston is the Founder and Global Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church.  With sites worldwide in places like Australia, Denmark, Vienna, NYC, and LA, if you’ve been to church in recent years, you’ve heard their influential modern worship. Houston’s book is a mash-up of chronicling the ups and downs of church planting crossed with leadership maxims with a dash of gospel-centered encouragement.  I highly recommend Live…
  • Everybody’s been texting me about the fire at Second City in Chicago

    Jonathan Herron
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:33 am
    Comedy institution The Second City was on fire yesterday in the Old Town District of Chicago.  Literally. I’ve been receiving text messages all morning from friends and folks at Life Church who know of my connection. It’s an understatement to call it the mecca of comedians worldwide given how many gained their comedy chops within its legendary walls: Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert.  You name the movie or tv show and I’ll name the comedian who got their start at Second City.               My first book, Comedy-Driven Leadership,…
  • Stories from Life Church: “Took a weight off my heart that had been hurting for years”

    Jonathan Herron
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:41 am
    Live Like You Were Dying has proven to be a powerful message series at Life Church!  Zooming out like Google Earth and looking at themes from Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, we’ve covered Generosity and Grace so far and we’ll focus on Growth and Gratitude the next two weekends.  You can hear past messages here. The following email came in after this past Sunday’s message and it is unbelievable: I had to tell you how your Sunday sermon has effected me more than I’ve ever experienced! I’ve had a not so good relationship with my birth father for years…
  • Blessid Union of Souls at Life Church

    Jonathan Herron
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:11 am
    Plus live backstage video from Mix 106.3 Morning Show Known for their 1995 #1 Billboard Single – I Believe – plus Top 10 Hits including Hey Leonardo, Let Me Be The One, and Oh Virginia, Blessid Union of Souls will be at Life Church and I couldn’t be more excited! Life Church + Mix 106.3‘s FREE Family Fun Fest is coming up this Sunday, August 23rd from 3-5pm (free tix here)!   Over one thousand people from across the Great Lakes Bay Region will descend on our church campus for a FREE afternoon of giant inflatables, balloon animal artists, free hotdogs, and live outdoor…
  • Stories from Life Church: “It was 20 years since I’ve been in a church”

    Jonathan Herron
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    A Snapshot of Transformation in the life of Kelly from Saginaw, Michigan When a local church is firing on all cylinders and actually being all that God has envisioned it to be, people’s lives are touched and transformed by radical grace.  You just can’t beat a healthy local church. The crazy thing about Life Church is that everyone’s welcome and nobody’s perfect.  Seriously, we have anyone and everyone giving us a shot on Sunday mornings: Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, atheists, churched people, poor people, rich people, white and asian and black and latino…
 
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    Proclaim Blog

  • 5 Tips for Better Song Slides

    Andre Kazadayev
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:10 pm
    One of the most tedious task in the church media world is formatting song lyrics. Do I make a new slide for these lines, or keep it to one? Do I use punctuation? What about font, size, color etc? Motion background or plain still? What about repeating words or lines? Oh, and what do we do about that guitar solo or instrumental section? There are so many decisions to factor, but with these few simple tips you’ll be making great looking worship slides in no time. Limited lines per slide: As a rule of thumb, try to limit slides to 2-4 lines, 5 at most. In the example included below, the first…
  • Proclaim Charts: Top 10 Worship Songs on August 23

    Kayla Philp
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:48 am
    Each week we publish the top 10 most-played songs from weekend services around the world and point out tracks that are rising fast on the charts. Check back every week to learn which worship tracks are hot right now. “How Great Is Our God” “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” “This Is Amazing Grace” “Holy Spirit” “Mighty To Save” “Doxology” “Blessed Be Your Name” “Here I Am To Worship” “Revelation Song” “Our God” You can find chord charts, lead sheets, click tracks, and more audio products from PraiseCharts by clicking on any of the…
  • 4 Keys to Crafting a Worship Set

    Andre Kazadayev
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:49 pm
    A well-crafted setlist can mean the difference between a smooth worship set, and one that stalls out at the end of every song. Over the years I’ve learned that there are a few keys to consider when crafting your worship set. Pray:  This one doesn’t require any theory, but is probably the most important. Praying about the songs you choose cannot be overlooked. There have been countless times when I’ve hesitantly included a song only to have someone come up and say that that was the exact song they needed to hear. There have also been many times when I’ve made the wrong call, and took…
  • Proclaim Charts: Top 10 Worship Songs on August 16

    Andre Kazadayev
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:42 am
    Each week we publish the top 10 most-played songs from weekend services around the world and point out tracks that are rising fast on the charts. Check back every week to learn which worship tracks are hot right now. “How Great Is Our God” “This Is Amazing Grace” “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” “Holy Spirit” “Blessed Be Your Name” “Doxology” “Our God” “Mighty To Save” “Cornerstone” “Revelation Song” You can find chord charts, lead sheets, click tracks, and more audio products from PraiseCharts by clicking on any of the songs. Be…
  • Best Chris Tomlin Songs (Part 2)

    Andre Kazadayev
    14 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    Chances are you’ve heard or joined in singing at least a couple of Chris Tomlin’s songs in your lifetime, after all he is the most sung songwriter in the world. I recently wrote a post outlining some of my favorite Chris Tomlin songs to lead in a worship setting. Below are 5 more of my favorite Chris Tomlin songs: Jesus Messiah: This is a great song to use for communion services and the use of slash chords in the verse is absolutely brilliant. It’s difficult to find modern songs that are deep with meaning, and Tomlin managed to add depth to every line, especially the verses.
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    United Faith Church

  • Offerings in Righteousness to the Lord

    Kris Burke
    13 Aug 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Malachi 3:3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD Church, This verse in Malachi is specific in the ones that will bring righteous offerings to the Lord. He calls us to something higher than just attending church or trying to live a good life. He calls us to be purified and refined. The Lord calls us to stand before His holy presence and bear our hearts before Him so that the desires of our flesh can be burnt away and righteousness would rise. We need…
  • This is the Way, walk in it

    Kris Burke
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:54 am
    Isaiah 30:21 Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left. Church, Last night was an amazing time and we learned some great truths that should change our walk. Those who obey their fleshy desires get swept up by it. The acts that we know are wrong become easier and easier until we no longer know the difference between right and wrong. The voice of our conscience and the voice of God are gone and we are only moved by our flesh. However, for those who live in righteousness, you have a…
  • So that all the ends of the earth will fear Him

    Kris Burke
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:49 am
    Psalm 67:6-7 The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us. May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him. United Faith Church, Today while reading the word I came across this verse. I had to read it a few times to understand. How can the blessings of God cause fear on the earth? Then I began to think about my own life. I thought about all the supernatural blessings that God has bestowed upon me. How is it possible that God raised a dead man like me back to life? How is it possible that I could be transformed into a different person? How is it that all though…
  • Where can I go from Your Spirit?

    Kris Burke
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Psalm 139:7-10 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Church, Its hard to contemplate just how endless creation truly is. We are but a small grain of sand in comparison with all that The Father created and called to be. Yet as small as we may be in comparison, there is nothing more precious to God than His children. He has…
  • Sing Under His Wings

    Kris Burke
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Psalm 63:7-8 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me. Church, Have you ever met someone who felt like the weight of the world was on their shoulders? For many of us, we might have been that person. Someone who is bogged down by the worries and troubles that this life offers us every day. Many people spend their entire lives in that state and we know what a toll that can be on our souls. Our Father in Heaven offers something different for His children. We do not bend to the world because His right hand upholds us. We are not held…
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  • Do I Have to Go to Church?

    Cody Libolt
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:37 am
    People search this question on Google about 30 times a week…  If you’re one of those 30 people, this post is for you! If you’re at church 3-4 times each week, you’ll also benefit from what I have to say. You’re probably wondering how to help other people become more consistent, and this post applies. Church attendance is part of growing in faithfulness. As with other areas of personal consistency, start with what you believe—your feelings and actions come from this. So, what do you believe about church? To be a faithful Christian, do you need to be at church all the time? What…
  • Learn to Pray Like Daniel

    Cody Libolt
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Which Bible heroes never failed? Daniel stands out. Not once does the Bible record him committing an error or sin. No man was perfect except Jesus, but Daniel is a rare treasure among the faithful heroes. The key to Daniel’s success was his committed reliance on the Lord, especially as seen through his consistent prayer life. He always considered God’s will. He followed God’s instructions about unholy food. He and his friends sought God’s mercy to learn Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. He prayed in public, even breaking Darius’ decree. Doubtless, he prayed in the lion’s den. In his old…
  • God Is There—Practice His Presence

    Cody Libolt
    21 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Is God present with you?  As you cook?  As you drive?  As you work? I was sixteen when I first read Practicing His Presence. The book tells of a simple mindset shift that comes when a Christian takes seriously the presence of the Holy Spirit. “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me” (John 15:26). Christians, this Comforter is always with us. But how often do we go a day without remembering it? Practicing His Presence gives a look into the journals of a 17th Century monk and a…
  • A Better Prayer Life

    Cody Libolt
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:59 am
    I don’t feel like praying. I almost never do. This used to slow me down, but here are some principles that have greatly helped. Why don’t I feel like praying? I have an aversion to changes of context. If I’m doing chores around the house, I want to keep doing them. If I’m reading or typing at my computer, I want to keep doing that. When it’s time to go to bed, I don’t want to. And when it’s time to get out of bed I don’t want to. It takes emotional energy to shift your context, to drop an activity, and to orient yourself to a new one. Prayer is a huge change…
  • How Do I Grow in Faithfulness?

    Cody Libolt
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:10 pm
    How do I grow in faithfulness? That’s the question we’ll explore over the next several posts. The challenge is how to be more consistently obedient to the Lord. How can we avoid sin? In thought? In word? In action? How can we obey God’s positive commands? To pray faithfully? To be at church—and to love it? To do good for others? Here is an orientation to these questions: four principles at the foundation of the faithful life. 1. What you do comes from what you believe. So check your beliefs. It’s from the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). It’s from our…
 
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  • 9 Reasons Church Conflict Resolution Fails in Many Churches

    Brad Bridges
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Church conflict resolution fails in many churches. If you are reading this, you likely are experiencing some type of church conflict or are in the process of a church conflict resolution process in your church. Don’t fret, with the right process and knowledge about the obstacles you may encounter, you can make the right decisions to get your church on track. You can experience a healthy approach to church conflict that ends with a church conflict resolution that unifies your church rather than splitting it. (Even if you aren’t in the midst of conflict, please continue reading as…
  • 5 Best Henry Cloud Books On Leadership (Plus 10 Henry Cloud Quotes)

    Brad Bridges
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Dr. Henry Cloud speaks frequently at the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit and other conferences (Check out some of the Best Talks of the Summit). Dr. Cloud is also a best-selling author of multiple books and a consultant for many Fortune 500 companies. I’ve found his resources challenging and helpful over the years. He addresses critical issues such as boundaries, endings, and relationships in general. This list of Henry Cloud books and quotes will challenge you and resource you as a leader. 'Remember...just because someone is offended doesn't mean you are wrong.' -- @DrHenryCloud…
  • 13 Most Helpful WordPress Plugins

    Brad Bridges
    22 Aug 2015 | 4:56 am
    I have no aspirations of becoming a web designer, nor do I consider myself an HTML code expert. This post isn’t necessarily for the tech-loving types (although they may benefit). Ever wonder what plugins are worth installing on your WordPress website or blog? Many plugins exist and are publicized; however, you may get stuck in the blur of knowing which ones will be most helpful for your website, in order to create more web traffic, content sharing, and to boost your SEO. If that is you, I feel your pain. At the end of the day, I’m not a fan of increasing web traffic to only…
  • 9 Tips on How to Trust God When Bad Things Happen

    Brad Bridges
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    Almost exactly 6 years ago I woke up in Estes Park, Colorado by Rocky Mountain National Park to my wife Lindsey skipping into our bedroom. (She doesn’t normally skip…ever.) I couldn’t imagine what was going on that would cause my typically very laid back wife to giggle, smile, and skip around like a five year old girl wearing her first “Frozen” dress at 6 o’clock in the morning. Honestly, I was more focused on getting more sleep. Life had been hard lately. I was wrestling with how to trust God when bad things happen (more on that in a second). Can God…
  • 15 Most Common Mistakes Churches Make

    Brad Bridges
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    Over the last few years I’ve noticed some common mistakes churches make. We are all guilty of these…I know I am. It is easy to get into a comfortable rhythm that ignores opportunities to impact our neighbors, to improve a church’s focus, or to more strategically align church vision with ministry realities. Sound like your church? If so, do something about it. Take a look at the 15 common mistakes churches make below. Discuss these with your staff, leadership team, or a good friend to get a better idea if or how many of these apply to you and/or your church. 15 Most Common…
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