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  • Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes, Turn and Face the Strange: Moving to a New Church

    Worship Ministry Catalyst
    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…
  • Want To Create Awesome Visual Content For Social Media?

    Ministry Best Practices
    Bill Reichart
    8 Jun 2015 | 11:41 am
    You probably are well aware that using eye-popping visual content for your church/ministry on social media channels increases engagement with your audience tremendously. If you have any doubts, look at these statistics below. According to HubSpot:Facebook posts that feature photos account for 87% of interactions on the site. (Source: eMarketer)Tweets with images receive 18% more clicks, 89% more favorites, and 150% more retweets than those without. (Source: Buffer)Even tweets that only have a link to a photo or video receive a boost in retweets averaging 35% and 28%, respectively. (Source:…
  • A night of worship on Wednesday, July 29th

    Liberty Church | New York City | Pastors Paul & Andi Andrew
    Emily Kirkendoll
    19 Jul 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Worship Nights, which happen only four times a year, have become important for our three communities to seek the face of God together. At each gathering, we experience lives changed through newfound freedom, deliverance, and healings. As a church, we gain a renewed revelation of God’s love to expand our hearts and vision and to grow our faith. And as individuals, we are drawn in by a hunger for God and drawn together in unity with his church, regardless of where we are coming from. http://www.libertychurchnyc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Worship-Night-video.mp4 We believe that God desires…
  • Transform Your Backyard Into A Peaceful Oasis

    Emergent Village
    Thomas
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:37 pm
    No matter the size you have to work with you can create a tranquil, peaceful and relaxing area to call your own or to share with family and friends by upgrading your backyard with a Koi pond and waterfall Imagine your own private calming waterfall with Koi fish swimming in the pond. The calming sounds of the waterfall are sure to take you away as soon as you close your eyes and listen to the sound. You will be swept away to a tropical paradise so your body and mind can relax in complete comfort. Image Credits Today, stress is ruling our lives in more ways than we imagine. Physicians have…
  • The Most Important Ear in Worship

    Desiring God
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Anyone involved in worship or production ministry is all too aware of the critical role that volume plays in worship services. Can the congregation hear the drummer? Do the people in the back row hear the Scripture reading? Are the words being sung loud enough to be understandable? But whatever the ambient volume of the sanctuary, there is a more critical matter of volume and understanding at play. And it is one of the most glorious truths in the universe. It is implicit in our worship, but too seldom is it mentioned. When we gather to worship at our local churches, behind all our prayers and…
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  • It’s Time for Your Church to Quit

    Erin Williams
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Are you ready to be a quitter? Every Thursday Bob Goff quits something. 

Once he quit his role on a nonprofit board. Then he quit leaving messages. Another time he decided to quit being afraid.

 Bob’s goal wasn’t to bail out or let people down—it was to simplify, reimagine and rebuild. “You can’t be open to new opportunities if your life is full,” Goff says. It’s an interesting thought. Saying ‘No’ to something once a week so you can say ‘Yes’ to something else. When we have the courage to quit, God has more room to move. What do you need to quit? Is Your…
  • Church Communicators’ Roundtable on #cmschat

    Celine Murray
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    Last night’s #cmschat on Twitter was an open roundtable of questions for church communicators. Participants asked each other a variety of questions—ranging from addressing multiple generations on Sunday to wrangling social media volunteers—and then shared answers with each other. Join us every Thursday at 9 p.m. ET for #cmschat on Twitter. Here’s the transcript: [View the story “Church communications roundtable: Ask Any question about church communications” on Storify] The post Church Communicators’ Roundtable on #cmschat appeared first on Church Marketing…
  • Certification Lab Date Change & Resources

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:42 am
    Are you ready to go to the next level? Certification Lab is an opportunity to get better as a church communicator. We’ve got dates coming up this fall and next year. Date Change We had to change dates for this fall’s Certification Lab in Jacksonville, Fla. It will now be Sept. 13-15. Check your calendars and hopefully this date change means you’ll be able to attend. Here are all the current dates for upcoming Certification Lab events: Jacksonville: Sept. 13-15 2015 Atlanta (Advanced): Jan. 17-19, 2016 San Antonio: April 17-19, 2016 Nashville: July 17-19, 2016 #certlab panel-…
  • 7 Characteristics to Look for in Your Church’s Communications Director 

    Holly Tate
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    One of the trends in fast-growing churches is the hiring of a communications director. This role can take many forms and have many different titles, but the primary responsibility of this role is to build, manage and execute the communications and messaging strategy of the church, both online and offline. Here are seven characteristics your church needs in a communications director and some potential interview questions for your candidates: 1. Digital Native This is a term I learned from HubSpot’s CMO, Mike Volpe. He describes digital natives as people who’ve grown up with the Internet at…
  • 4 Steps To Effectively Communicate Your Pastor’s Transition

    William Vanderbloemen
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:58 am
    Losing a pastor is hard for a church, and it can be messy. Having walked alongside hundreds of churches in the trenches of a pastoral transition, I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly. A key part of a healthy pastoral transition is a clear and intentional communication plan. When a church community is left to wonder about the transition, toxic gossip spreads, and church splits can happen. Avoid this by making communication a priority as your church faces the transition process. Number one pastoral transition mistake: Beginning the process before leadership is aligned on the…
 
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  • Clover is back with Clover Sites 3

    Kent Shaffer
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    After roughly 3 years of development, this week Clover has released the newest version of their website solution, Clover Sites 3. Clover originally launched their first solution in 2008, which quickly became the largest provider of church websites, and now serves over 10,000 ministries. Their newest release is a complete HTML5 redesign of their product, optimized and designed from the ground up. Here are some of their stand-out features: Beautiful, Handcrafted Website Templates. You can choose from 5 different site designs (more options coming soon), and easily have a website comparable to…
  • Are Fun-Filled Church Events Missing the Point?

    Kent Shaffer
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:20 am
    Last week Matthew Paul Turner reached out to get my opinion on church Father’s Day celebrations like Church Unlimited’s Baconfest (Corpus Christi, TX) – offering 5 types of free bacon cuisine to draw a crowd to celebrate fathers and Father God. Matthew’s article for The Daily Beast explores how church Father’s Day parties are trying to reverse the American male’s disinterest in church. But what if these fun-filled church events are missing the point? Having helped produce big church events and studied them from afar, I’ve learned that it can be easy…
  • Business Meets Ministry with the Revive Network

    Kent Shaffer
    6 May 2015 | 9:14 am
    Revive is a strategic network where leaders in the Church & marketplace come together to collaborate and explore how they can transform cities & culture together. There will be events, a network directory, and online school of business and ministry. The inaugural event is less then a month away on June 1-2 in Dallas. You can see the full details at: revivenetwork.com/dfw I am eager to see how this community grows. It has a potential to be a mashup of The Barnabas Group and The Center for Faith & Work with a bit of launching new businesses and ministries. In other words, how…
  • Join Open Church

    Kent Shaffer
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:46 am
    It is an exciting year for Open Church! I’d love for you to join us as we build a global library of free resources and a directory of key initiatives in God’s Kingdom. There are 17 roles that can be filled by volunteers, interns, or self-funded full-time team members. It’s a unique opportunity to be a part of the foundational stages of Open Church. Visit openchurch.com/join to see all of the telecommuting opportunities or check out our top 7 needs below: Scout – Market Researcher identify key initiatives in the Kingdom research what they are doing + see full details…
  • Updated Top Christian Blogs List

    Kent Shaffer
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    The 12th edition of the top Christian blogs list is out! Featuring 300 blogs, it’s the definitive guide of the most-read blogs for ministry inspiration. Fifty-three blogs made the rankings this year that were absent from last year. Visit the Top 300 Christian Blogs for Ministry. The post Updated Top Christian Blogs List appeared first on churchrelevance.com.
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  • 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…
  • Asian American Pastors on Megachurch Staff

    djchuang
    1 Jun 2015 | 9:41 pm
    As growing numbers of megachurches (weekend attendance over 2,000) in America have adapted and developed into multi-site churches (being one church in multiple locations), perhaps one of the next nascent developments is an intentional multi-ethnic diversity on their pastoral staff. In recent years, I’m starting to notice (and getting occasional phone calls) an uptick in the number of Asian American pastors on churches with larger number of staff to better serve a multiethnic and multicultural diversity in the church’s community. Thought I’d put this list out there and see…
  • CMC 2014 Panel Discussion re: Unleashing Asian American Church

    djchuang
    23 May 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Recently found the recorded video from the CMC West Coast conference’s panel discussion (01/01/15) on the topic of: “What is holding back the Asian American church from doing the work of God?” with panelists: Dr. Young Lee Hertig, DJ Chuang, James Cho, Rev. Joseph Chun, and moderator James Yu.The raw notes to my opening remarks are posted at djchuang.com/2014/unleashing-potential-chinese-american-churches … after you’ve watched the video, what did you find helpful? What else needs to be discussed about this topic?
 
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  • Rhett Smith Podcast 20: How Running Has Transformed My Life and How It Can Transform Yours

    Rhett Smith
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:40 am
    As a kid I loved to run. Whether it was chasing or racing friends, running was something that I grew up loving to do. And I continued to run in high school, competing in the 110 meter high hurdles, 300 meter intermediate hurdles and the 4 x 400. But somewhere over the years I noticed I stopped running as much. Sure, I still ran a couple of nights a week, but that was more of an ad on to my weight lifting routine, and just another avenue that I thought would help me stay fit. But in the Spring of 2006 my brother Wyatt called me to see if I wanted to run the Chicago Marathon with him. I…
  • Rhett Smith Podcast 19: Q + A on “Martial Drift” That Many Couples Experience and Correcting the “Kid Centered Marriage.”

    Rhett Smith
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:25 pm
    I love interviewing guests on this podcast, but summer has been a bit difficult on the podcast schedule with so many people on vacation and needing to reschedule. But I have some great guests lined up for the future and we will cover some interesting topics. So for this week I decided I wanted to cover two questions that I seem to inevitably get when I’m out speaking on marriage and parenting. The questions come in a variety of forms, but they essentially boil down this this: When is a good time to go see a marriage therapist? How many activities can my kid participate in? Those are the…
  • Rhett Smith Podcast 18: Creating a Personal Vision/Mission Statement for Yourself, Your Marriage, or Your Family

    Rhett Smith
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    About 4-5 years ago my wife and I’s life was in a pretty hectic place. Like many of you, we were a double-income family, trying to both balance out time for our work, our family life, and our marriage. And like many of you, we sort of felt like life was just sort of happening to us. We felt like we were more passive observants of our own life, rather than intentionally participating in it. And at about that same time, my good friend and colleague Todd Sandel had started talking to me about a book that had really helped his family’s life. Todd is married with four kids, and I…
  • Rhett Smith Podcast 17: Exploring Women’s Health Issues, That ‘Always Tired’ Feeling, and the Importance of Sleep, Food, Exercise and Faith — with Dr. Melissa Esguerra

    Rhett Smith
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:41 am
    I enjoy interviewing all the guests on my podcast. It’s a huge privilege to be able to talk with such amazing people. And this one was really special as I got to interview one of the former students in my college ministry. Between 2001-2008 I was on staff at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, CA, serving as the college pastor from 2002-2008. And in that time I was really blessed to serve alongside some amazing students from UCLA, USC, LMU and a scattering of other schools. There was also a huge contingent of college-age kids in the ministry who weren’t in school, but came…
  • Rhett Smith Podcast 16: Tools to Help You Identify, Manage, and Reframe the Anxiety in Your Life

    Rhett Smith
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Anxiety is a struggle that everyone has experienced at some point in their lives. Anxiety is part of the human condition whether we like it or not. But while some people seem to experience little anxiety, others feel their life is consumed with it. I’ve shared in countless contexts how I struggled for a good part of my life with anxiety until I finally began to face it and use it as an opportunity for growth in my life. In episode 13 of this podcast I explored the topic of anxiety and one can begin to identify anxiety in their own life story, as well as learning to begin to reframe it…
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  • “Right Now” – Baylor Hype Video by Ted Harrison

    Eric Bryant
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:58 am
    TweetAlmost time for college football!
  • Saying Goodbye – Bill Bryant

    Eric Bryant
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:41 pm
    TweetToday, I am missing our cousin and tremendous source of encouragement – Bill Bryant. Bill passed away yesterday. Appreciate prayers for our extended family, and especially his wife Linda Bryant​, his sons James, Matt​, Todd Bryant​ and their families. He is already so missed. So grateful to have had him in our lives! “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants.” – Psalm 116:15  
  • Makers of Fire Winners!

    Eric Bryant
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    TweetCongratulations to the winners of the Makers of Fire Giveaway! Joshua from CA, Raj from NE, Julia from CA, Andrew from MN,and Ryan from CA. For a chance to win our next giveaway, be sure to sign up for the monthly newsletter which includes resources, articles, and giveaways. To do so, go to the top right of this website and sign up for the monthly newsletter! Makers of Fire Book Giveaway and Interview with Alex McManus Alex McManus has always challenged my thinking and been a great mentor at times in my ministry. Whether from a distance or while working together at Mosaic in Los…
  • Happy 16th Birthday, Caleb!

    Eric Bryant
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:39 pm
    TweetWe celebrated Caleb’s 16th birthday today! If you’ve never heard Caleb’s miraculous beginning, read more here.
  • Rick and Ted’s Excellent Adventure at Gateway!

    Eric Bryant
    17 Jul 2015 | 9:17 am
    Tweet You won’t want to miss the next two Sundays in our Flix series! Gateway McNeil (7104 McNeil Drive 78729) Sundays 9:30am, 11am, and 12:30pm July 19 Divergent and Insurgent – Rick Shurtz July 26 Boyhood – Ted Beasley Gateway South (Crockett High School, Stassney Lot) Sundays at 9:30am and 11am July 19 Boyhood – Ted Beasley July 26 Divergent and Insurgent – Rick Shurtz Art imitates life, right?  If it’s true that every movie is an artistic take on a meta-theme of life, then we should be able to locate ourselves in every good movie. (disclaimer: we…
 
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  • 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…
  • Hold On (The Light is Coming) on iTunes, Amazon

    Fred McKinnon
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    Hey Friends, In response to your many requests, I’m pleased to announce that my recent composition, Hold On (The Light is Coming), is now available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon. Hopefully this $.99 cents will bring you some musical joy! Here’s the links if you’re interested: iTunes Amazon I would be grateful if you’d consider writing a review on iTunes or Amazon as well. Have a great week! Fred
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  • 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…
  • WMC-0155 – Creativity and more with Dave Yauk of The Garden City Project

    David Lindner
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Dave Yauk of The Garden City Project   In this episode we have the distinct privilege of talking with Dave Yauk of the Garden City Project (http://www.gardencityproject.com/). It’s something you’re going to want to get familiar with. We just scratch the surface of what Dave is doing over there, and we’ll be talking more in the future. If you find yourself intrigued with the content, make sure to get in touch with Dave! https://twitter.com/AGardenCity http://instagram.com/agardencity  Why don’t you chime in? Leave your feedback in the comments section below!
 
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  • Before You JUMP To Conclusions…

    Mark Steinbrueck
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    I am a parent of 3 kids and more times than I would like to admit, I have heard or seen something happen and jumped to conclusions as to who caused “this”, and who was responsible for “that”.  Many times, I am wrong because I didn’t ask the needed questions to get full understanding of the situation. How many times have you seen someone new join an organization and immediately start cleaning house or making drastic changes?  Their approach is, “I know what works bes, so I’m going to make whatever changes I think are best to improve things.” …
  • Funny Video: Made to Order Church

    Paul Steinbrueck
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:04 pm
    It’s been a while since we posted a funny video on Friday, so here you go… a little humor kick off your weekend. Of course, there’s a bit of truth in every comedy bit.  Know of anyone who has ever “shopped” for a church like this?  Know of any churches that seem happy to try to accommodate every church shopper’s wants?
  • What is SEO (Search Engine Optimization)?

    Paul Steinbrueck
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:09 pm
    People use search engines to find almost everything these days. So, no matter what kind of business, ministry, non-profit or organization you’re a part of, you want people to be able to find you in search engines. Search engine optimization, aka SEO, is a collection of tasks done to help search engines find, read and understand the correct information about a website, so when people search for phrases related to a website, the search engines will show links to the pages from the website as high as possible in the search results. Many people mistakenly believe these things will happen…
  • Do You Value Other People’s Time?

    Mark Steinbrueck
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:27 am
    This past week I took my car to a service center that I have been taking my cars to for the past decade.  I didn’t have an appointment and expected to wait until they could look at my car.  While waiting, a woman pulled in the parking lot with her 11yr old car.  She walked to the service desk and immediately started talking in a demanding tone, even though she had never stepped foot in their shop. She began complaining about the dealership repair shop she just left:  Paying $75 for the dealership repair shop to perform a diagnostic, the dealership repair shop estimate was too high,…
  • 8 Tips for Reducing Spam

    Paul Steinbrueck
    17 Jul 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Spam can be a real nuisance! Not only that, but it costs us time and can contain phishing scams, viruses and other malicious content. Nobody likes dealing with spam, but there are things we can do to combat it and even better prevent it. So let’s start with 4 spam prevention tips Don’t post email addresses on your website. If at all possible use contact forms to enable people to get in touch with you. If you think it’s absolutely necessary to post your email address on a web page, try to confuse the spam bots by writing something like “username (at) domain (dot)…
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  • How To Make The Most Out Of Your Garage

    Thomas
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:57 am
    Garages are often seen as a lesser exciting part of the house and 90% of the time, they become just another place for storage. After all, we don’t all have a huge luxury home full of drawing rooms, libraries, cinemas and built in wardrobes!  However, using your garage as purely a dumping ground is a waste of what can be quite an advantageous room. By becoming savvy with your storage (or simply clearing out years’ worth of dust ridden stuff), you are actually extending your house and creating a versatile piece of space.  Evander, an emergency locksmith and door company, have come up…
  • Tips to Find a Professional for Air Conditioner Repair in Calgary

    Thomas
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Your air conditioning unit in your Calgary home is one of the most important elements when it comes to interior comfort. When something goes wrong, there is no question you will want to have it fixed quickly. However, with all the different air conditioner repair services out there, do you really know how to tell the best one for the repairs you need? If not, use the tips here to discover what to look for when in need of air conditioner repair in Calgary. Reputation One of the first things that should be considered is the reputation of the company in questions. Take some time to ask around to…
  • Transform Your Backyard Into A Peaceful Oasis

    Thomas
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:37 pm
    No matter the size you have to work with you can create a tranquil, peaceful and relaxing area to call your own or to share with family and friends by upgrading your backyard with a Koi pond and waterfall Imagine your own private calming waterfall with Koi fish swimming in the pond. The calming sounds of the waterfall are sure to take you away as soon as you close your eyes and listen to the sound. You will be swept away to a tropical paradise so your body and mind can relax in complete comfort. Image Credits Today, stress is ruling our lives in more ways than we imagine. Physicians have…
  • Why Call on the Professionals for Water Heater Repair and Service

    Thomas
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:46 am
    Getting up in the morning, you jump in the shower, expecting a flow of hot water to ascend upon your head; however, when you are met with an icy blast, chances are there is an issue with your hot water heater. When this happens, the first move you make – after composing yourself from the icy water – should be to call for hot water tank repair in Richmond bcfrom a professional. When you call for professional tank repair in Richmond, BC, you will reap a number of benefits, which include: Getting your tank back up and working quickly Help you save money on your energy bills Provide reliable…
  • 4 Home Improvement Projects to DIY (or Not DIY)

    Thomas
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:08 am
    We live in a time when do-it-yourselfers are celebrated. Everybody’s online trying to figure out how to save a buck, by putting in some elbow grease rather than hiring the pros. But this is not the best strategy to take up. Without the necessary skills of personal capacity for mastery, you can leave your nice little house in worse shape than you found it. While I’m an advocate for DIY, I know when to step away and hire a contractor. Here are two times I might roll up my sleeve, and two times I definitely won’t. DON’T DIY Home InspectionThis is perhaps the most important addition to…
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  • 5 Secret Traits to Make a Better Leader

    Ron Edmondson
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:10 am
    When I became a leader, I had no clue what I was doing. I was a high school student and had just been elected student body president. I had served as class president and in a few other positions, but there didn’t seem to be a lot of responsibility which stretched me at that point. As president of the study body, now a senior, I quickly realized lots of students and teachers were looking to me for leadership. What in the world does a senior in high school have to add to the field of leadership? We were in the second year of a new school and most of the students were forced to leave their…
  • Parable – A Solid Foundation – Sermon Message

    Ron Edmondson
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:51 am
    Four principles we explored from this parable: 1. Storms will come – they come to all of us. 2. The way you respond to storms depends on the strength of your foundation. 3. You won’t really know the strength of your foundation until it’s tested. 4. The time to build your foundation is now. Solid Foundation from ron edmondson on Vimeo. Sermon from 7.19.15 The post Parable – A Solid Foundation – Sermon Message appeared first on Ron Edmondson. Related posts: Wheat and Weeds – A Sermon Based on the Parable of Jesus John 3 – Nicodemus – Sermon…
  • 7 Ways I Protect My Sabbath – A Challenge For My Pastor Friends

    Ron Edmondson
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    This is a hard word for some pastors, but after a recent post I was asked about how I protect my Sabbath. That’s a great question, because many pastors struggle in this area. In fact, many pastors I know who would teach their church to observe the Sabbath, seldom do so personally. This fact alone is one of the leading causes of pastoral burnout, in my opinion. Protecting my Sabbath has proven to be crucial in protecting my ministry. I observe my Sabbath day on Saturday most weeks. It’s my day with Cheryl. It’s not a day where I do nothing. That’s not how I rest.
  • 10 Disciplines I’d Recommend Everyone Start in Their Twenties

    Ron Edmondson
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:35 am
    This is one of those posts I hope someone learns something from which can help them in life. Okay, I hope that for all of my posts — otherwise why am I writing. But, I see this one as a life-giving post for those who will read it and take some of it to heart. Specifically, my target is those who are in their 20’s, who are starting out in their adult life and career. As I’m writing, I’m thinking of my own two sons in that demographic, the young people who work on our team, and the hundreds of college students and young adults in our church. Those who come to mind are…
  • 10 Symptoms of the Unaware Leader

    Ron Edmondson
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:10 am
    A couple years ago there was a consistent problem in one of our areas of ministry. It was something which I would have quickly addressed, but no one brought it to my attention. Thankfully, I’ve learned the hard way that what I don’t know can often hurt my leadership or the church the most, so I’m good at asking questions and being observant. Through my normal pattern of discovery I encountered the problem, brought the right people together, we addressed the problem and moved forward. End of story. If only that was the end of the story every time. I’ve missed problems…
 
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  • 4 Reasons Not to Join a Coaching Network and Other Top Posts from July

    Mitch Nelson
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    4 Reasons Not to Join a Coaching Network 10 Insider Focused Ministry Names How Strategic Planning Should Really Work Smart Churches Staff Around Their Growth Engines 10 Ways Your Church Can Leverage Periscope 4 Tips for Designing Spaces for Millennials How to Improve a Stale Worship Service This Church Grew More in 2 Months than the Previous 2 Years Churches Launch Too Many Things Each Fall 3 Intersections Between Business and Church The post 4 Reasons Not to Join a Coaching Network and Other Top Posts from July appeared first on TonyMorganLive.com.       
  • The Emotionally Healthy Leader: An Interview With Pete Scazzero

    Tony Morgan
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS It takes great character and equipping to remain grounded and to grow in Christ while leading the church. Pay attention to how the dark side of who you are is effecting the way you build teams, plan and make decisions. Emotionally healthy leaders lead out of the health and joy of their own marriage (or singleness) which informs the culture being built to the whole church. Our marriages and families are the loudest gospel we preach to our churches. High quality marriages are a picture of the depth of the love of Jesus. Leaders should think about what they need to have a…
  • Lessons from the Magic Kingdom to God’s Kingdom

    Guest Contributor
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    By Mel McGowan Whatever success I have had in bringing clean, informative entertainment to people of all ages, I attribute in great part to my Congregational upbringing and my lifelong habit of prayer. To me, today, at age sixty-one, all prayer, by the humble or highly placed, has one thing in common: supplication for strength and inspiration to carry on the best human impulses which should bind us together for a better world. – Walt Disney Several of our Visioneering leaders came together during our stint at the Walt Disney Company and Imagineering, learning to tell stories outside of…
  • 4 Reasons Not to Join a Coaching Network

    Tony Morgan
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    You work in a perfect church with a leadership development strategy that pushes you in all the right ways. You have more than enough close friends in ministry who can relate to your challenges and successes, pray for you in specific ways and provide objective outside input when needed. You’ve already arrived as a leader and have nothing else to learn. You find busyness as a satisfactory excuse for not pursuing personal growth. Ok, so I’m being sarcastic. My point is this: Just about all of us need a coach and support network of people who understand our situation. A great coach…
  • Is It Time To Reshuffle The Deck?

    Jason Vernon
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    When was the last time you looked at your org chart? For many churches, this only happens when an old position needs to be filled or a new role needs to be added. Regardless of a church’s size, it is very important to be certain that you have the right people in the right seats. Restructuring can sometimes be perceived negatively. Staff members just hear the word and start thinking of layoffs, downsizing and increased responsibilities. Actually, the definition of restructure is “a plan to strengthen a department.” Proactive leadership recognizes the need for continuous…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • 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…
  • We Cannot Remove God’s Love From Us

    Anne Marie Miller
    20 May 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Today at (in)courage, I share a slice of Lean on Me.  Here’s a sample for you. To read the full article, click here. I’m so grateful these women were so generous to share a little bit of this book that was many years in the making. And, oh yeah. I punched a wall in it. Over a year had passed since my divorce, and God’s silence was still too much for me. I was out of town, and in my hotel room one evening. I wept. For hours. Why? Why? Why? Where are you? I don’t understand. Still nothing. Still silence. The numbness morphed into anger. I drew myself up on to my knees and faced…
 
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    Pete Wilson

  • Grateful Not Entitled

    Pete Wilson
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    You can’t be grateful for something that you feel entitled to. I think it’s important to step back and ask yourself, What are the things I feel entitled to in my life? Do you feel entitled to… …your house? …your kids? …your job? …your car? We all tend to think that we’ll be grateful when we receive things to be grateful for; if God will just give us what we want, THEN we’ll be grateful. But the reality is that gratitude begins when your sense of entitlement ends. As you go about your day today, I’d challenge you to think of a few…
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  • Learning More About INAM

    web@newspring.cc
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    #1 – Take a look at Luke 9:23-27 (we covered verse 23 in the message.)  Get a note card and write down verse 25 on a piece of paper and put it where you will be able to see it at least once a day. In what area in your life are you the most challenged to “deny yourself?” Take a look at Matthew 16:24-27, notice that it comes after Jesus said He would build His church (Matthew 16:18).  A group of people committed to the idea of “It’s Not About Me” will change the world. #2 – We talked about Galatians 2:20 today…some other verses you can…
  • Should We Worry About How “Dark” The World Is Becoming?

    web@newspring.cc
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    With all that has been going on in the world recently there are some Christians who are voicing serious concern over the apparent darkness that seems to be dominating our world.   However, doesn't the world getting darker mean there is actually a greater opportunity for light to stand out?   Are we not told in Scripture that light shatters the darkness?   Did Jesus not call us the light of the world (indicating there would be times of darkness?)   Some see this as a time where Christianity is going to be pushed to the side, or maybe even stamped out altogether.
  • You Cannot Have A Great Marriage!

    web@newspring.cc
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Are you struggling in your current marriage? Are you single and one day hope you have a great marriage?   I don't want to burst your bubble... but you will never simply "have" a great marriage. However, you can build one!   All the people I know who have great marriages did not just inherit them overnight– they worked on them, communicated openly, fought fairly and put their spouse's needs before theirs.  Just the other morning I read in Proverbs 10:4 - "Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth." Often times this is referred…
  • How I Believe Christians Should Respond To The Supreme Court’s Decision On Gay Marriage

    web@newspring.cc
    13 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    I remember the first time I had to appear in court.  I had been caught speeding and simply did not have the money to pay the fine.  One of my friends told me that the judge in Anderson was pretty lenient with people who admitted they were speeding and asked for the “mercy of the court.”  So, I decided to go to court and ask that the $150 fine be reduced.  Before they got to the “speeders” they began to march in the people who had been arrested the night before, and I watched as this judge would listen to the arresting officer, ask a few questions…
  • Why I Changed My Mind About The Confederate Flag

    web@newspring.cc
    10 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Today I posted on social media, “Thankful that the leaders in our state did the right thing – it is a major step toward reconciliation” in regards to the taking down of the Confederate flag – and it would be an understatement for me to say I’ve been quite surprised by the negative comments this post caused.  Over the past several years I’ve done my best to allow people to say what they want to say and disassociate myself with social media wars.  I love the way Dr. Martin Luther King put it in his “Letter From A Birmingham Jail” when he…
 
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  • How Revival Happens: Woodlawn

    Tony Myles
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:09 am
    It was the biggest crowd to ever watch a high school football game in Alabama. More than 42,000 fans cheered for their favorite superstars. Each team was led by fired-up Christian teenagers and coaches. A literal Jesus revolution birthed it. A forthcoming movie tells the story for the.. READ ON... The post How Revival Happens: Woodlawn appeared first on YouthMinistry.com.
  • Discussion Starter: Family Clings to Hope for Teens Lost at Sea

    Steph Martin
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    In the News Jupiter, Fla.—For a week, the families of young sailors Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen have awaited news of their sons’ safety. But as more time passes, the odds of surviving in the Atlantic Ocean decrease. On July 24, the 14-year-old boys headed.. READ ON... The post Discussion Starter: Family Clings to Hope for Teens Lost at Sea appeared first on YouthMinistry.com.
  • How to Rally Your Youth Ministry Behind VBS

    Tim and Tasha Levert
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:05 pm
    We love VBS. Tasha loves it because 1) it’s a great way to get to know children and their families before they move into youth ministry; and 2) she made a commitment to follow Jesus when her 6th grade friend Lisa Sullivan invited her to.. READ ON... The post How to Rally Your Youth Ministry Behind VBS appeared first on YouthMinistry.com.
  • Smoke Screens: The Different Opinions on Teens and Marijuana

    David Smith
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Smoke Screens: The Different Opinions on Teens and Marijuana An article from David R. Smith at TheSource4YM.com Two reports released within one week of each other in July addressed marijuana use by teens. One study claimed marijuana use was up while another report said it.. READ ON... The post Smoke Screens: The Different Opinions on Teens and Marijuana appeared first on YouthMinistry.com.
  • Growing in Jesus (Yourself) This Summer

    Leneita Fix
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:39 am
    I woke up with an anxious knot in my stomach. I had no idea where it had come from or why it had decided to take up residence in my gut. Laying in bed, I started to go through a mental checklist of reasons it.. READ ON... The post Growing in Jesus (Yourself) This Summer appeared first on YouthMinistry.com.
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    Human3rror

  • On Product Taglines

    John
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Defining a product is hard work, not just functionally but especially from a marketing and branding point of view. Unfortunately, most companies really fail at doing this well and just as many companies spend too much time trying to “lock in” a tagline when they should be working on figuring out if they should even exist. It’s more of an existential question than a functional one, to be honest. Many products simply fail the basic litmus test of existing. In other words, many founders can’t even express the all-important question of why the product should actually…
  • 34 Tips for a Job Interview [Infographic]

    John
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    This could prove to be useful (or helpful reminders)… a nice complement to yesterday’s infographic about resumes: The post 34 Tips for a Job Interview [Infographic] appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Writing a Resume [Infographic]

    John
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:36 pm
    This could be useful: The post Writing a Resume [Infographic] appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Ow via Leaders

    John
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Building the right type of organizational culture requires the right people that will instill the right type of  behaviors, practices, and thus, productivity. I’ve discovered that when you create the right type of culture you don’t actually ever have to ask for things like “overtime” or working on the weekends, besides the fact that it feels weird to even ask that in the first place. When the organization (and team) is lock-step with what needs to get done then this type of alignment is as natural as breathing. People know the timeline, the deadlines, and the things…
  • The Internet Rewards Doers

    John
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    I wax a bit of philosophy with Jason Hobbs on his new vlog and podcast. Check it out here, and thanks Jason for inviting me on! Sorry about the lighting! I’ve shared this perspective already here too. The post The Internet Rewards Doers appeared first on John Saddington.
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    TerraceCrawford.com

  • [Podcast] ★ Hot Topics with Dr. David Olshine ★

    Terrace Crawford
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:45 pm
    The 24th 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 24 ★ Hot Topics with Dr. David Olshine ★ Youth Ministry Veteran Terrace Crawford … Continue reading →
  • [Podcast] ★ The Disconnect: Part Two with Doug Franklin ★

    Terrace Crawford
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:03 pm
    The 23rd 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 23 ★ The Disconnect: Part Two with Doug Franklin ★ What if you … Continue reading →
  • [Podcast] ★ Bridging the Gap Between Youth Pastors & Senior Pastors ★

    Terrace Crawford
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The 22nd 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 22 ★ The Disconnect: Bridging the Gap Between Youth Pastors and Senior Pastors … Continue reading →
  • [Podcast] ★ Q&A: Answering Your Questions! ★

    Terrace Crawford
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    The 21st 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 21 ★ Q&A: Answering Your Questions! ★ Terrace Crawford answers your questions — … Continue reading →
  • [Podcast] ★ Sex Matters, Part Two ★

    Terrace Crawford
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
    The 20th 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 20: ★ Sex Matters with Jonathan McKee ★ This is Part Two of Terrace’s … Continue reading →
 
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    TheWorshipCommunity.Com

  • 8 Ways To Prepare For A Night of Worship

    Russ Hutto
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:59 am
    8 ways to get ready to host a night of worship
  • Sunday Setlists 367

    Russ Hutto
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Hope you’re having a great weekend! Join us on Facebook or comment here how your worship gatherings went! We love to hear your: Song selections Creative elements Readings Scriptures Themes Set designs And any other thing that would help others when planning THEIR setlists!
  • Prebriefing vs. Debriefing – How To Evaluate Better

    Russ Hutto
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Worship service evaluation is important if you want your worship gathering to serve your faith family as best as it can. Chris Vacher shares some great insight about his process for evaluation.
  • GIVEAWAY: TWO SCHOLARSHIPS to Next Level Worship Leadership Intensive

    Russ Hutto
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:29 am
    We just wanted to remind you about this great opportunity for a scholarship to one of our favorite Worship Leadership training intensives coming this Fall.
  • Sunday Setlists 366

    Russ Hutto
    25 Jul 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Hope you’re having a great weekend! Join us on Facebook or comment here how your worship gatherings went! We love to hear your: Song selections Creative elements Readings Scriptures Themes Set designs And any other thing that would help others when planning THEIR setlists!
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    brandedwithlove.com

  • 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.”…
  • The Road, Faith And Belief?

    Jason Bedell
    2 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    Week 1, Faith & Belief, from our series @ Forefront “The Road.”
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    LeadingSmart.com

  • 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…
  • 10 Tips from a Newbie Road Warrior

    Tim Stevens
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Occasionally when I tell someone what I do, they look very sad. Like they feel sorry for me. But I'm pretty sure I have the best job in the world, so save your tears. And most weeks I'm away from home no more than two nights.But I have been on more than 140 airplanes since last fall, so here are my 10 best tips for how to make life a little bit easier when you travel;1.     Get a window seat. Look out and notice that you are flying through the air at 500+ mph. Look at the amazing sunsets and sunrises and cloud formations. Think about how many thousands of years…
  • Lead with Integrity to Forge a Legacy Worth Following

    Tim Stevens
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    IT SEEMS AS IF EVERY WEEK OR SO I HEAR ABOUT PEOPLE who failed, recovered, and then wrote a book about it. Perhaps their marriages failed. Or they went through a phase as an addict. Or they lost their families because of bad choices. And so they write a book because of the insights they gained along the way.I understand why those books sell. As fallen humans, we identify with other people who talk about their failures in such stark terms. We figure the author has some insight into the human condition, and perhaps we can learn enough to keep ourselves from falling in the same hole. And I…
  • Expand Your Horizon by Hiring with Fresh Eyes

    Tim Stevens
    2 Jun 2015 | 12:25 pm
    AT GRANGER, I BUILT THE MAJORITY OF OUR TEAM BY HIRING FROM WITHIN. And I believe strongly in internal hires. But for a moment, let me challenge you to do the exact opposite. The reality is, sometimes you should not hire from within; you may need a fresh perspective and new ideas. Frankly, you might need someone who doesn’t think like your team.  Paul Alexander said it this way: “When you need to shift the culture, philosophy, strategy or you don’t have the new skills needed for the role within, then hire from outside. The outside hire will bring an infusion of new ideas…
  • Leverage Social Media to Make Informed Hires

    Tim Stevens
    26 May 2015 | 10:36 am
    FACEBOOK. TWITTER. TUMBLR. INSTAGRAM. PINTEREST. BLOGS. These social networking tools (and scores of others) have changed everything about hiring staff, finding volunteers, and leading people. Why? Because everything you’ve posted, tweeted, commented, e-mailed, sent, it’s all out there. Seth Godin said it this way: “Google never forgets.” A report from the University of Evansville seems to back this. They found that more and more employers are turning to the Internet to screen applicants. The study determined that employers were able to determine with a “surprising level of…
 
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  • 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…
  • Musicianship Matters! Five identifiers of a skilled worship musician.

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    26 May 2015 | 10:07 am
    From the first note to the last, what is played musically in church matters. Music is one of the historically prominent and powerful vehicles for our Christian worship–today as well as in the past. Whether the worship is expressed on a Fender strat or sung by a choir in full robes the music matters. Like the beams of a building need competent engineering, the execution of our music leadership requires skill. You can compensate all you want with automated loops, tracks and auto-tuning but in the end polished bronze is still bronze. Gold is the real thing. Just because something is shiny does…
  • "American Sniper" Special Giveaway! - DVD/Blue-ray

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    13 May 2015 | 12:18 pm
    The giveaway is over. THE WINNER IS ... Britton Wesson! Thanks for participating and shouting out to those you know who served. On this Memorial Day, we also want to pause on those who served but paid the highest price for us. We are mindful of that loss and those it effects.I don't usually do this, but I ran a giveaway for a free copy of the movie American Sniper. The participants simply let me know in the comments and in the comments of their interest and were instructed to thank a vet they know personally. I thank my friend Adam who served his country faithfully.
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    Ministry Best Practices

  • 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…
  • Want To Create Awesome Visual Content For Social Media?

    Bill Reichart
    8 Jun 2015 | 11:41 am
    You probably are well aware that using eye-popping visual content for your church/ministry on social media channels increases engagement with your audience tremendously. If you have any doubts, look at these statistics below. According to HubSpot:Facebook posts that feature photos account for 87% of interactions on the site. (Source: eMarketer)Tweets with images receive 18% more clicks, 89% more favorites, and 150% more retweets than those without. (Source: Buffer)Even tweets that only have a link to a photo or video receive a boost in retweets averaging 35% and 28%, respectively. (Source:…
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    SeedTime | Christian Personal Finance

  • 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…
  • How to negotiate with credit card companies

    Bob
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:10 am
    A few years ago, when I had over $15,000 of credit card debt, I was often negotiating with credit card companies to get better interest rates. I took a very active approach toward minimizing my interest expense on my debt and learning to negotiate with credit card companies was a key component. Like I mentioned yesterday I am a big fan of the debt snowball method for getting out of debt and you actually can use this as another tool to speed up the debt reduction process.   The steps to bargaining with your credit card company These are the steps that I actually took when I was trying to…
 
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    KemMeyer.com

  • "This is the copywriter’s task: not to create this mass desire – but to channel and direct it...."

    15 Jul 2015 | 4:16 am
    “This is the copywriter’s task: not to create this mass desire – but to channel and direct it. Actually, it would be impossible for any one advertiser to spend enough money to actually create this mass desire. He can only exploit it. And he dies when he tries to run against it. Let me repeat. This mass desire must already be there. It must already exist. You cannot create it and you cannot fight it. But you can – and must – direct it, channel it. Focus it onto your particular product.” - How Rodale Inc. Evolved Its Content Strategy to Become the World’s Largest Health and…
  • "AS DESIGNERS, WE HAVE TO LOOK AT OUR WORK THROUGH THE EYES OF 100 DIFFERENT PEOPLE."

    15 Jul 2015 | 4:14 am
    “AS DESIGNERS, WE HAVE TO LOOK AT OUR WORK THROUGH THE EYES OF 100 DIFFERENT PEOPLE.” - Fran Merino, Design Director at Fjord (via designeh)
  • Certification Lab - Center For Church Communication

    13 Jul 2015 | 9:31 am
    Certification Lab - Center For Church Communication: I won’t be at the certification lab (calendar conflicts), but I most certainly endorse it. Competent instructors who use their head and heartA well-rounded, practical agenda A great place to make connections and refine your toolboxA quality, hybrid experience somewhere between coaching network and hands-on workshop. Check it out. Use my name KEM to get $50 off the early bird price. Yay!
  • The next season...

    9 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    After 12 years on the staff team at Granger Community Church, I passed the baton and stepped aside from my position on the executive team. I told myself it would take a year to make the mental and emotional transition. I’m at the nine month mark. I think that estimate is going to turn out to be pretty accurate. The transition is getting easier and this new season is feeling more natural. But, there are still days I miss running with my wolf pack. Just in time, my friend Dr. Larry Little published his weekly leadership moment. Turns out his timing was perfect and a great encouragement to me.
  • "Stubbornness is an unintelligent barrier, refusing enlightenment and blocking its flow."

    6 Jun 2015 | 9:03 am
    “Stubbornness is an unintelligent barrier, refusing enlightenment and blocking its flow.” - Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
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    ChurchCrunch

  • 5 Tips for Stress Free Video Meetings

    Eric Dye
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Video conferencing is quickly becoming one of the most convenient and cutting edge ways to connect with employees for business collaborations, essential meetings, and training sessions. However, it’s not without its occasional difficulties. Here are some tips to help keep your video meetings as successful and productive as possible in the face of some common sources of stress. Don’t Let Faulty Setup Be Your First Headache This tip should go without saying, but often it’s the most basic of steps that wind up overlooked. Always be sure to check your Internet connection and any equipment…
  • How to Better Proofread Your Own Writing

    Chris Wilson
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    How would you like to make fewer spelling and grammar mistakes and avoid being called out by the grammar police? Have you ever written that you consider to be a reasonably good blog post or article only to get your first piece of feedback by a well meaning person reminding you politely that actually you made several mistakes. Trust me I’ve been there. It is especially common when you write on a controversial topic or the more popular you are. If people want to criticize your argument (and can’t) or what to try to bring you down, spelling and grammar are easy points. I’m not saying they…
  • How to Handle the Church Tech #FAIL [Podcast #65]

    Eric Dye
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Feedback. Dead batteries. Blue screen of death. These are just some of the things that taunt the Sunday warriors commonly known as: Church Tech. Failure happens to all of us, but there’s something about church tech failure that always seems to display the errors in front of everyone. So how do you handle it? How does your pastor or other church leaders deal with these eventual errors? [Subscribe via iTunes | Stitcher | RSS | Proudly Hosted on Buzzsprout] Join-in the discussion: #cmagcast Links & Stuff Here are some links that may be of interest on this week’s…
  • Tips and Tricks for Apple Watch

    Mari Saito
    1 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Now that Apple Watch has been out a while, it’s time to get familiar with the awesomeness of this new invention by letting you in on some of the functionality of the first major piece of Apple tech since Steve Jobs’ death. Clear All Notifications Now this is truly cool. When you’ve viewed all your notifications, just press firmly on the screen, then press the button that says “clear all.” Presto! No more notifications. Toggle Between Apps With this, you can double press the digital crown to jump back and forth between the app you were using and another app, such as the…
  • How Reading Apps for iPad Have Revolutionized the Industry

    Eric Dye
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Ebooks are not new by any stretch of the imagination. When the prospect of the eBook was first introduced, there were many who boldly and stated their dissent with the phrase, “I’ve never been excited about the idea of curling up with a good computer.” At the time this was actually quite true; one could not take their computer monitor to bed with them—at least not easily. Palm pilots and personal organizers became one of the preferred method of eBook reading, but there were two problems. First of all, they were small and therefore not the same as books. Secondly, converting text to…
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    CJ ALVARADO

  • 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…
  • Why I ditched email…

    CJ
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    I was ridiculous. So ridiculous. Every morning my day started the same way. I’d wake up and the very first thing I would do is…
 
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    Revitalize Your Church

  • Look Past the Troubled Waters

    Mark Wilson
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:36 am
    Photo by Wes WilsonI wrote this poem several years ago in a hospital waiting room in Duluth, Minnesota, while anxiously awaiting the report from my loved one's surgery.It was a windy day, and in the distance, Lake Superior's waves crashed violently on the shore.   The troubled waters matched my spirit.  But then, I took a longer look.  I lifted my eyes up to the horizon and saw the situation from a different perspective.  I hope my little verse can lift the spirit of someone facing the wind and waves:Troubled waters swirl and crashin restless wavesupon the Great Lake's…
  • God's Servants Need This First

    Mark Wilson
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    "Unless the life of a missionary (pastor) is hid with Christ in God before he (she) begins the work, that life will become exclusive and narrow.  It will never become the servant of all.  It will never wash the feet of others." -- Oswald Chambers
  • Why Should the Bible Be My Boss?

    Mark Wilson
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:53 pm
    As a Christian, I believe the Bible has authority over what I believe and how I behave.  Someone may ask, "Why would an ancient book, written thousands of years ago, in completely different languages and cultures have any bearing whatsoever on my life?"The answer is that we believe that the Bible is God's Word for us.  According to 2 Tim. 3:16, it is "God breathed" (Inspired) and "Useful" (Inspiring.)I cannot prove that the Bible is true to someone who doesn't want to believe it.  "A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still."  However, let me give you…
  • The Anvil

    Mark Wilson
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Last eve I paused beside the blacksmith’s door, and heard the anvil ring the vesper chime; then looking in, I saw upon the floor, old hammers, worn with beating years of time."How many anvils have you had,"  said I, "to wear and batter all these hammers so?’"Just one," said he, and then with twinkling eye, "The anvil wears the hammers out, you know."And so, I thought, the Anvil of God’s Word for ages skeptic blows have beat upon; Yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard, the Anvil is unharmed, the hammers gone.”—Attributed to John Clifford
  • How to Make the Wise Choice

    Mark Wilson
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    The quality of life is not a matter of luck - but of choice!Some choices don't make much difference - like "What should I wear today?" (Although some people take an extraordinarily long time deciding this!)Other choices can change the entire course of life - like "Who should I marry?" or "How does God fit into my life?"Sometimes small choices can turn into disastrous outcomes:"Should I cheat?""Should I take this drug?"“Should I visit this website?”"Should I protect myself and tell a lie?""Should I go out with this person?"Think it through!Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick invented the following…
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    challies.com - Informing the Reforming

  • Three Things Jesus Never Told to Make Disciples

    Tim
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:55 am
    This sponsored post was prepared by smallgroup.com. The words are as indelible as any ever recorded: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations…”  That’s how Jesus closed the whirlwind of events and emotions that surrounded His trial, execution, the three days of hopelessness, and His resurrection. But these words weren’t so much as an ending as they were a beginning; they weren’t a close on His story but a launching pad into the future. The disciples – ordinary, unschooled, some still doubting – stood on the mountainside with their friend and now their…
  • Through New Eyes

    Tim
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:01 am
    One of the great joys of being a Christian is the ability we gain to look at the Bible and, through the Bible, to see the world in the way God sees it. It is like the Bible is a pair of glasses through which we gain God’s vision and God’s perspective. The Holy Spirit illumines our minds so that suddenly we see God as He really is and we see ourselves as we really are. We see God and respond with fear and awe. We see ourselves and respond with sorrow or shame—and sometimes both. The gospel of Matthew describes several occasions from the life of Jesus when He reacted with the full…
  • A La Carte (August 3)

    Tim
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:19 am
    Crossways excellent “Theologians on the Christian Life” series is on sale this week at $5.99 per volume: Martin Luther, Jonathan Edwards, John Newton, John Wesley, J.I. Packer, John Calvin, Francis Schaeffer, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and B.B. Warfield. Here are a few more deals: Counseling the Hard Cases by Stuart Scott & Heath Lambert ($2.99); HCSB Study Bible ($2.99); God Is Red by Liao Yiwu ($1.99); The Money Answer Book by Dave Ramsey ($1.99); The Bible Answer Book, The Bible Answer Book Volume 2, and The Creation Answer Book by Hank Hanegraaf ($1.99 each). Secret…
  • Explaining the Problem Does Not Eliminate the Problem

    Tim
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:47 am
    To be human is to feel guilt. At least, to be a sinful human is to feel guilt. And most often we feel guilt precisely because we are actually guilty—guilty of offenses against man and God. R.C. Sproul addresses guilt, and the right and wrong ways to approach it, in this little quote from Pleasing God. A sad commentary on contemporary life is the frequency with which counselors seek to relieve people’s guilt problems by focusing on the removal of guilt feelings. To relieve guilt, people are told that they are victims of their environment and of the oppressive moral standards of…
  • A La Carte (August 1)

    Tim
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:24 am
    Here are some deals to start your month: The Unquenchable Flame by Michael Reeves ($2.99); Double Play by Ben Zobrist ($0.99); The Ultimate Proof of Creation by Jason Lisle ($2.99). You’ll also find a new list of books spanning all genres in their list of monthly deals. Free from Christian Audio this month is Rosaria Butterfield’s excellent Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. It’s Board Game Day at Amazon and they’ve got lots of good ones on sale. We love Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, Smallworld, Dominion, and others.  I rather enjoyed this article…
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    Desiring God

  • See the Invisible Kingdom

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    I once heard of a man who split black ash and wove baskets. And he wove prayer through every basket. The man wore faded plaid and old denim and lived alone high up in the Appalachians where the dirt didn’t grow crops, but it could grow basket trees. He lived such a distance up in the hills that he really didn’t think the profits from selling his baskets would exceed the cost of transportation to some Saturday morning market. Nevertheless, each day he cut trees and sawed them into logs and then pounded the logs with a mallet, to free all the splint ribbons from those trees. Splint slapped…
  • Satan and Sodomy

    2 Aug 2015 | 5:25 pm
    The supernatural monster who orchestrates the kidnapping, enslaving, and thousand-fold drugging, selling, raping, and killing of girls around the globe is the same one who has masterminded the murderous cultural delusion — from the highest court to the lowest porn-flick — that the practice of sodomy is delightful, not deadly. Among the several, carefully chosen, understated, inflammatory words in that sentence, let’s start with “monster.” I’m talking about Satan. We do not feel what we ought to about this fiend. In Revelation 12:9 he is called “the great dragon that ancient…
  • The Most Important Ear in Worship

    1 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Anyone involved in worship or production ministry is all too aware of the critical role that volume plays in worship services. Can the congregation hear the drummer? Do the people in the back row hear the Scripture reading? Are the words being sung loud enough to be understandable? But whatever the ambient volume of the sanctuary, there is a more critical matter of volume and understanding at play. And it is one of the most glorious truths in the universe. It is implicit in our worship, but too seldom is it mentioned. When we gather to worship at our local churches, behind all our prayers and…
  • What Is Christian Hedonism?

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Over the years the name that I have given to my understanding of the massive role joy plays not only in the Christian life, but in all of creation and God’s purposes in it — is Christian Hedonism. And the shortest description of Christian Hedonism is God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. My pathway into this understanding over the last thirty years or so is mainly affected by Jonathan Edwards, C. S. Lewis, and the apostle Paul, but it does reach back to my father. My father was probably the happiest man I have ever known, and yet he was filled and consumed with…
  • Pray for Your Children

    31 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    As I was putting two of our sons to sleep, I was praying with our three-year-old on his little toddler bed. He hasn’t yet learned to close his eyes while we pray, and I can feel his intense gaze looking up at me when I pray over him each night. As I bowed my head, a hollering little voice came from the crib on the other side of the room: “PRAY! PRAY! PRAY!” My other son was so impatient and worried that I would forget him. I could hardly stumble through my prayer with his older brother. As I heard those earnest cries, tears welled up. That night I realized at new depth that this is the…
 
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    Todd Rhoades

  • Is Your Church Flatlined? You need to ask these questions.

    Todd Rhoades
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:19 am
    Has your church stopped growing? Is it plateaued? Is it in decline? Carey Nieuwhof suggests you ask yourself some tough questions. 1. Is your sense of mission white hot? Effective, growing churches have a white hot sense of mission that is all consuming.  Many times churches that have stopped growing have lost the urgency of their mission. 2. Are you focused on unchurched people or yourselves? Carey talks about the gravitational pull of any church being toward insiders, not outsiders. To address this, you need to base your decisions and focus on who you want to reach, not who you want to…
  • Flashback 1985: AIDS patients should be tattooed?

    Todd Rhoades
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:49 am
    From the New York Times in 1985… just 30 years ago: A majority of Americans favor the quarantine of AIDS patients, and some would embrace measures as drastic as using tattoos to mark those with the deadly disorder, according to a poll published today. The Los Angeles Times Poll found that 51 percent of the respondents supported a quarantine of acquired immune deficiency syndrome patients, 48 percent would approve of identity cards for those who have taken tests indicating the presence of AIDS antibodies and 15 percent supported tattooing those with AIDS. Seventy-seven percent of those…
  • Mark Driscoll moves to Phoenix (it’s official)

    Todd Rhoades
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    News from Mark Driscoll.  In an email sent to his email list yesterday, Driscoll confirms he is, in fact, moving to Phoenix.  No firm plans yet on starting a church though. Here’s part of the update: The Resurgence and our Move to Phoenix The Mars Hill Church board also very recently approved the sale of the assets of The Resurgence ministries through an independent auction conducted by a law firm. Having now gained first access to these resources, it will be some time before we catalogue and decide what will happen with the content. However, if you are newly receiving this email it…
  • Take a deep breath…

    Todd Rhoades
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:40 am
    So… the Supreme Court just legalized gay marriage. Don’t freak out. It really shouldn’t be a surprise if you’ve been watching the news (or living in culture) that this was going to happen at some point. Here are my initial thoughts.  They are fluid at the moment, and I’m sure they’ll gain a little clarity over the next few days, months, and years.   Here’s my three point sermon: 1.  Don’t Over-React. There will be those (in fact I’m surprised they haven’t surfaced already) that will vow to speak for all Christians on this subject.
  • Boycott Hillsong.

    Todd Rhoades
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:53 am
    Bruce Herwig thinks you should stop singing songs from Hillsong. Here are some of his reasons I took from his blog post (here): 1.  They are huge.  100,000 plus. 2.  Their music helps fund the church/movement. 3. They make a lot of money and have made a ‘cash cow’ out of their music. 4. They are prone to the prosperity gospel. 5. Singing their music promotes everything they do. 6. Also… their music is so loud his iPhone couldn’t record it. His challenge:  only sing worship songs from people whose theology you can unequivocally espouse, or who’s artist/singer…
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    Pastor Steven Furtick

  • 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?
  • What to Prioritize In A World of Distraction

    webteam
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:45 pm
    With a constant feed of news, noise, and entertainment all battling for our attention, how do we decide where to draw the line with our distractions? How do we know what God wants us to prioritize in our over-crowded lives?
  • Looking for Hope When We Feel Trapped

    webteam
    13 Jul 2015 | 2:43 pm
    It can be easy for life’s daily distractions to cause us to lose sight of what’s real and what’s important. So where do we look for relief when we’ve backed ourselves into a cave of condemnation and self-doubt?
  • How to Heal From the Wounds of Hate

    webteam
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Every prejudice is handed down from somewhere. Let’s consider what we are handing down – whether we realize it or not – that shapes our lives, our families, and our communities. Watch the full sermon here.
  • My reflection on Charleston

    webteam
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:09 am
    Looking for the Light John 1:5 “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” I’m having a hard time reconciling that Bible verse with reality today. I grew up 30 miles north of Charleston, South Carolina where 9 people were murdered in a church prayer meeting last night. Didn’t darkness win? How do we now pray in faith for the families of those who seemed to have received no divine protection while they prayed? Where was the light last night? I know what to say…that God works all things together for the good…comforts the broken…
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    Adrian Warnock

  • 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
  • What if the creditor nations decide to apply grace to Greece?

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    8 Jul 2015 | 12:56 am
    The world waits with bated breath as Greece and the rest of Europe are locked in an impasse. Greece says, “Enough is enough, we can’t cope with more austerity, we need debt relief.” Germany and others refuse to budge, presumably because they feel that if they grant relief to Greece, then Portugal, Italy, Spain, and Ireland [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • SERMON: Abounding in Thanksgiving

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    4 Jun 2015 | 10:20 am
    The above sermon was preached at Jubilee Church on Sunday 31st May. Here are the notes I preached from: Colossians 2:6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. I am, just like [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • A prayer of gratitude to the God who raises the dead

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    2 Jun 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1‬:‭9‬ ESV) . When I feel weak, you are strong. When I sin, you remain righteous. When I am repentant, you forgive. When I am [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Join 70+ nations united to worship the Lord Jesus!

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    21 May 2015 | 2:11 pm
    After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb (Revelation 7:9) Stop what you are doing. Look in your diary for this Sunday. Ask yourself “Can I cancel that, and can I [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
 
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • 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
  • Little Darts & Hand Grenades

    Steve McCoy
    8 Jul 2015 | 10:26 am
    "...between...times of devotion, labor to be much in ejaculatory prayer. While your hands are busy with the world, let your hearts still talk with God; not in twenty sentences at a time, for such an interval might be inconsistent with your calling, but in broken sentences and interjections. It is always wrong to present one duty to God stained with the blood of another, and that we should do if we spoiled study or labor by running away to pray at all hours; but we may, without this, let short sentences go up to heaven, ay, and we may shoot upwards cries, and single words, such as an…
  • Father John Misty Covers Arcade Fire

    Steve McCoy
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    This is great whether you like Father John Misty, Arcade Fire, or just good music. 
  • Is God Anti-Gay?

    Steve McCoy
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:06 am
    Heard a great discussion with Sam Allberry yesterday about his book Is God Anti-Gay? (Kindle only $5.99). Once again The Good Book Company is showing that they are serious about publishing important (and often wonderfully succinct!) books for our time.You can listen here to the discussion on Westminster Seminary California's podcast, Office Hours. Sam also gave a lecture while at Westminster.I also discovered this talk Sam gave at the ERLC national conference in 2014 which I remember hearing about but until now hadn't heard. Good stuff.
  • A Fox, a Drummer, and an Axe

    Steve McCoy
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:38 am
    This is maybe the first time Fox News seemed interesting to me. #Genius
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    Worship Matters

  • 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…
  • Reflections and Resources from WorshipGod UK: Gathering Around the Gospel

    Bob Kauflin
    1 Jun 2015 | 5:57 am
    Worship God UK 2015, The Forum, Bath, UK Before we get too far away from WorshipGod UK, I wanted to share a few thoughts on our time together in Bath. About 300 folks came from 15 nations and 135 churches for 2 1/2 days of fellowship, singing, prayer, teaching, seminars, laughter, starting and renewing friendships, and having our eyes opened wider to the glories of God in the gospel of Jesus Christ. There were a number of things about our time together that made me very grateful. 1. I’m grateful that Sovereign Grace Music partners with local churches to serve local churches. The…
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    Thinking Out Loud

  • J. Warner Wallace: Another Cold Case Solved

    paulthinkingoutloud
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:54 am
    Two years ago here I reviewed the book Cold Case Detective by J. Warner Wallace, in which the principles by which this police investigator has operated in his vocation are applied to fleshing out the reliability of the Bible’s gospel narratives. At the time I wrote, Every decade or so a great work of apologetics appears which breaks the boundaries of the discipline and reaches a wider audience. I enjoyed the book, and in the time that has passed since I wrote that review, have enjoyed recommending it to a variety of readers, though at times, I also feel it is Christian…
  • What if Orange Was a Swear Word?

    paulthinkingoutloud
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:59 am
    A Guest Post by Lorne Anderson Being subjected to a fair amount of hip-hop music at RBC Ottawa Bluesfest has me thinking about language and its usage. Hip-hop comes out of urban black culture, the inner-city ghettos of the United States. It is folk music in the true sense of the term (which has been expropriated to usually mean relatively mild singer-songwriters wielding an acoustic guitar). Part of its expression, a rebellion against the predominately Caucasian establishment, is the frequent use of profanity to shock and confront. I maintain that really doesn’t work. There is no longer any…
  • Planned Parenthood: An Alternative Christian Perspective

    paulthinkingoutloud
    1 Aug 2015 | 6:09 am
    A guest post by Jim Forde We first met Jim Forde at Resonate-Greenhouse, a small group for people involved in doing church planting that met every four or five weeks in a city equidistant from some of the participants. This first appeared a few days ago as a string of Tweets (you can follow Jim at @TheJamesForde) and he reformatted it for us to share with you here. I have watched over the past few weeks as the “Christian” internet has been stirred deeply with a topic that I have been touched by closely. It has moved me and left me unsettled. I wrote about it on twitter and felt i…
  • Helping Teens Spiritually Crash Land

    paulthinkingoutloud
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    It’s the end of July already. Over the next several days, teens in your church will return having spent some time this summer going to a Christian music festival attending a Christian camp working at a Christian camp serving on a missions trip. They return spiritually energized only to discover that their church experience now seems rather flat by comparison. Suddenly, business-as-usual or status-quo church holds no interest. I say that from personal experience. One summer, after the spiritual high of 13 weeks on staff at large Christian resort, by whatever logic it seemed to make…
  • Time With God

    paulthinkingoutloud
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:25 am
    Are people spending time with God each day, or taking a devotional shortcut? A fair percentage of evangelicals would, if asked, respond positively to the statement, “I spend time daily doing devotions and/or reading my Bible.” This is certainly commendable, though if this was a survey question, I wonder if they would qualify how much time constitutes time. I also wonder to what extent the early church would recognize our modern practice of devotions. In North America, we’re blessed to have a number of free daily devotional booklets available to us. Our Daily Bread and Upper…
 
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • Lesson: God’s Plans are Good (Genesis 7) Story of Noah

    Brittany Putman
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:32 am
    This lesson looks at three men in the Bible who obeyed God even though the promise He made them seemed impossible.  Noah trusted God when he was asked to build an ark even through rain had never fallen from the sky before.  Abram trusted God when he was told that He would have a child at the age of 99.  Joshua trusted God when he was told that the city of Jericho would be defeated by marching and trumpets.  In all of these stories God makes the impossible, possible.  Through this lesson you will learn that God’s plans are indeed good even when they don’t make sense to us. Lesson…
  • 6 Road Trip Bible Games for Family Vacation Car Time

    Bethany Tapp
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    Summer is the season for travel. Countless hours are spent by families in cars traveling to visit families or to see the sights.  Here are some ideas you can share with the families in your church to help them put Deuteronomy 6:6-7 into practice on road trips. “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Travel time often becomes wasted time for families as each family member entertains themselves with their own…
  • The Word “GOD” Search Puzzle for Preschoolers

    Felicia Mollohan
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:53 am
    My new Preschool/Kindergarten class has a couple of young children. They are just starting out with letters and words. We are going over the lesson about when Daniel interpreted the writing on the wall for King Belshazzar. I thought it would be great to have the kids learn how to write the name of God to go along with this lesson. So I put together this very simple word search. Click on the image above to download the PDF printable The name of God is written over and over throughout the puzzle. I only put the name of God up and down and forwards. There are no backwards or diagonal. I…
  • “Bread from Heaven” Sunday School Lesson from John 6:24-35

    Stephanie Fernandez
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    This free Bible lesson is based on John 6:24-35 when Jesus shares with His followers about the true bread of life. It is designed for children’s church or Sunday School. Please modify as best fits your ministry. If your church follows the Revised Common Lectionary, this teaching plan would correspond to Year B – 10th Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel Reading – John 6:24-35. Opening Activity – Bread from Heaven –  Gathering Manna Supplies – cotton balls Explain to the children what manna was to the Israelites fleeing Egypt, and how it fell each morning so they could gather enough…
  • God looks at the Heart (1 Samuel 16) Sunday School Lesson

    Kristin Schmidt
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Just watch a child select a book at the library and it is pretty evident: we judge things by what we see. In spite of efforts to instill broad acceptance and understanding in kids, it’s hard to fight the natural human tendency to base our thoughts on appearance. In this lesson, we see a new king selected by God, and a reminder of what God cares about most. Lesson focus: God wants us to care about Godly standards rather than outward appearances. Passage: 1 Samuel 16 Target Audience: Kindergarten-6th Grade (adaptable older or younger) Materials Needed: Oil, small containers, paper crowns…
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    Man of Depravity

  • 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…
  • A Mindset I Struggle to Embrace: People Over Ambitions

    Tyler
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    This past Monday night my wife Rose and I went on our first date since our little girl was born, back in January. Yikes, too long. That’s not the point of this though. At some point in the conversation she asked me: “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” Rose had an interview last week so she must have had overly obvious interview questions on her mind. A few years ago I may have come up with the same answer I gave Monday, but in the back of my mind I would have wondered about the great things that may lay ahead. I am goal driven, pursuing excellence. I need projects to…
  • Commitment Inspires Love

    Tyler
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    This Saturday I’ll be performing a wedding for a couple that I’ve known the better part of a decade. It will be wonderful to see a lot of old friends and to celebrate the coming together of this young couple. In my meetings with them leading up to this marriage ceremony, we’ve discussed the role of vows informing love. I often hear love described in emotive terms. I love coffee (when it tastes good). I love sports (when my team wins). I love my wife (when she makes me happy). Everyone, it seems, loves love. But if marriage is based on this understanding of love, I do believe…
  • Finding Clarity in the Chaos

    Tyler
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    Back in April I had two days in a row of interactions with negative feedback for things I had spearheaded. This was following the failure (in my mind) of two projects I was intimately involved with. I was frustrated with the failure but it was the negative feedback that lingered in my head and heart for days and days. It was four or five days after the negative feedback that I realized their feedback had wounded me, in a deep way. My frustration over the negativity continued to grow day by day. I was, quite obviously, in a bad place. Certainly it wasn’t those conversations that put me…
  • Beyond the Letter

    Tyler
    9 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    When it comes to sin, avoiding the act is priority number one. In light of this, few put emphasis toward the acts that lead to sinful choices, behaviors, and habits. With so much focus on human decision as it relates to sin avoidance, the more subtle places where sin begins are easily ignored. When it comes to establishing boundaries, I often tell dating couples to create spatial boundaries (we won’t be at this place at this time) rather than physical boundaries (we won’t do more than this). The spatial boundaries make it so the physical boundaries are relatively unimportant.
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    Cory Center for Children's Ministry

  • Hope for Families Everywhere

    Anne-Marie Finsaas
    10 Jul 2015 | 6:46 pm
    “Ma’am, please explain 1 Peter 2:18 to us,” one of my students asks. They call me “Ma’am” when I’m teaching at Eastern Theological College in Assam. In the sweltering heat of the Northeast Indian summer, we’re wrestling through some issues of ministering to families. But this isn’t a passage I usually cover in a family ministry course. I turn to it and my heart sinks. It’s the passage where Peter commands slaves to obey their masters, even when they are harsh. “What is a servant girl to do when her master, a member of my local church, is sexually abusing her?” my…
  • A review of The Connected Child

    Dr. Denise Muir-Kjesbo
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:40 am
    I celebrate the growing interest in adoption in our churches today. Children in need of a home are finding places of safety, belonging and love in Christian families and churches. Yet often adoptive children come from hard places: international contexts where the care did not provide the love and safety that was needed, domestic adoptions in which expectant mothers did not provide a safe place for the baby’s development, and families where abuse and neglect were experienced in a repeated fashion until parental rights are terminated. Into this challenging reality comes the book The Connected…
  • Book Review: Spiritual Parenting

    Matt Guevara
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:42 am
    In the summer of 2010, my boss handed a copy of Dr. Michelle Anthony’s book, Spiritual Parenting to the entire kidmin team. My daughters, Isabel and Sofia, were 5 and 4 years old at the time. As a dad, even one who was on staff at a church working in children’s ministry, I really struggled with how to impact my girls spiritually. I had questions: Are my wife and I doing this right? Is there more than just going to church and a midweek program? How do we talk about spiritual formation in our home? Reading Spiritual Parenting was a gamechanger for our family. The book gave my wife Noel and…
  • Book Review: Show Them Jesus

    Taryn Cleaves
    10 Jun 2015 | 4:55 am
    “Everyday is Gospel Day” I recently came across the book Show Them Jesus by Jack Klumpenhower. The subtitle is Teaching the Gospel to Kids. I love learning new techniques for teaching kids, so I was pretty intrigued. Jack’s basic premise is that every message and every lesson has to connect kids to Jesus. It sounds pretty basic and it’s certainly a goal of every children’s pastor that I’ve met, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. As I started reading, I found myself thinking, “Yes, I want my kids to know about Jesus. I teach them about Jesus.” But as I continued on, I…
  • ESV Action Bible Review

    Jesse Smith
    6 May 2015 | 11:25 am
    A few years ago I posted a video of my son sharing his thoughts about the Action Bible. The following year David C Cook released the Action Bible Handbook and I reviewed it here. Well, they are back with a full fledged ESV study Bible and once again, I’m impressed. My son, like many preteen boys loves comics. I’ve shared in the past how I could find him in his room researching, yes researching, what stories were in the Bible but not in the Action Bible. I think any parent would place that in the win category. My friend Sam Luce has shared on the importance of having a bible that…
 
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    Digital Evangelism Issues

  • The Parting Gift – new short outreach film for Android and Apple smartphones/tablets

    siskin
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    A Simple Tool For Sharing Your Faith In A Powerful Way! A 6 minute short film embedded within a guided explanation of the gospel. Works without the Internet and tracks your progress with helpful statistics. Free training resources available now at wondergatefilms.com, easily equip yourself, your friends, or your church to share the gospel today! Download the app for free. Search: “The Parting Gift” on the Apple App Store and Google Play store. Works on iPhone, iPad as well as Android phones and tablets. Find out more at:www.wondergatefilms.com
  • Understanding the challenge of refugees: infographic

    siskin
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:52 am
    The last few years have seen a tragic upsurge in refugee movements. This new GMI ‘missiographic’ explains the situation, and can also be embedded into any webpage. Stepping Beyond the Tents Every 4 seconds someone is forced to flee their home. These refugees are vulnerable and without long-term options. Many struggle in significant ways. A few break through and start a new life. Get to know their situation and how you can help as you step beyond the tents. Subscribe, share & re-use . . . GET UPDATES BY EMAIL & TWITTER Get our blog posts by email, once or twice a week:…
  • Leading change – wisdom from Phil Cooke in Lausanne seminar

    siskin
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:45 am
    We live in a ‘culture of unlimited choice’, with thousands of messages being communicated to us through a plethora of media platforms. Phil Cooke discusses how ministries and organizations can clearly communicate their cause in this ‘cluttered’ digital age. This Lausanne 43-minute seminar is worth your investment of time, whether you are a church leader, non-profit, or mission wanting to communicate effectively in a changing world. Subscribe, share & re-use . . . GET UPDATES BY EMAIL & TWITTER Get our blog posts by email, once or twice a week: Feedburner…
  • Reading trends and needs in Africa

    siskin
    27 May 2015 | 8:18 am
    To understand people’s reading habits is to get a glimpse into their lives. This infographic from GMI gives you insight into the bookmarks that highlight the patterns of African Christian readers in three countries (Kenya, Angola and Central African Republic). Explore data on reading frequency, favorite authors and trends from the African Leadership Study. Then pray with the Global Church to see more African Christian authors raised up to speak to their communities and the world! You can subscribe to infographic updates from GMI, and embed them into your own blog or website. Subscribe,…
  • Digital outreach training days: London, Tirana, Accra, your town?

    siskin
    14 May 2015 | 11:42 am
    One of the best ways to envision people to see the potential of digital evangelism and ministry: draw them together for a training day in their locality, or their own church. The international team called Indigitous, a broad umbrella of CRU (formerly CCCI) team members, is very active in setting up training days across Africa, Asia and Europe. Calling all Brits: Training Day in London, UK, Tuesday 26 May The next Indigitous day conference is in London, 9.30am-4.30pm at the Evangelical Alliance HQ at 176 Copenhagen St, London N1 0ST. More details on Indigitous site | More details on Facebook…
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    Brad Lomenick

  • Young Influencers List, July edition

    Brad Lomenick
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:10 am
    Here you go, the July edition of the Young Influencers List. You can see all the past month’s lists here. 1. Allen and Ayaka Lu- San Francisco based founders of social enterprise Lev Made, and also most recently Allen produced the well known documentary Linsanity featuring NBA player Jeremy Lin. 2. d’Artagnan Crockett- RIO bound bronze medalist Olympic athlete, & world champion Judo wrestler, and amazing story of overcoming many obstacles, including losing his sight. 3. Harrison Conley- executive pastor of Cottonwood Church in LA. 4. Chad Cannon- Nashville based strategist…
  • 13 Key Points on Being an Authentic Leader

    Brad Lomenick
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Here are 13 points on the importance and practice of being Authentic as a Leader. You might consider these “Authenticity Rules.” And in today’s leadership culture, it’s true that “Authenticity does actually rule.” Some best practices I’ve found helpful: 1. Be real in all mediums. Digital age makes it easy to be inauthentic. Although we are always “on,” ultimately we can create a fake persona behind a profile on Facebook or a twitter account. It’s easy to live a secondary life and feel like we are someone we aren’t. Have to be authentic across…
  • Do you have 3 key words to describe your Leadership style?

    Brad Lomenick
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    There are lots of tests, assessments, seminars, conferences, training centers, and workbooks available today that are supposed to help you accurately identify and determine your leadership style. Many of these are very helpful, and very accurate. I’ve taken lots of them. But someone asked me the other day, “With only three words, describe your leadership style.” And with no hesitation, I immediately knew. My answer: Hustle, Hungry, Humble. Those three words have defined my leadership style for the last 20 years. I’ve seen this style manifested in all the different…
  • 15 Ways NOT to Lead Well

    Brad Lomenick
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:23 pm
    It’s ultimately up to you to lead well. It’s your responsibility to be the best leader you can be. We see lists all the time of what makes a great leader, but what are some of the other sides of the equation, in terms of not leading well? How is your leadership dysfunctional? What stands out as areas to improve? Here are a few key indicators of the kind of leadership and ultimately a leader that needs to reimagine, re-engage, and recommit. Look for these, and if they exist, be committed to change. So here you go, examples of NOT LEADING well and consistent killers of momentum for…
  • Ten Good Questions for Leaders to Ask Themselves

    Brad Lomenick
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:44 am
    1. What’s it like to be on the other side of me? Are others around me flourishing? 2. How can I improve? 3. Who currently has permission to call me out and say the hard things to me that I need to hear? 4. How do I respond in moments of crisis? Do I chew people out when something is not done right? 5. Am I truly self aware? Where/what are my blind spots in my leadership? Am I a secure confident leader? 6. Do I talk more than I listen? 7. What do I need to learn from my most recent failures? 8. How do I lead people way different than me? 9. Am I comfortable surrounding myself with…
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    TeamRCIA

  • 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 →
  • Free Summer RCIA Video Marathon

    Nick Wagner
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
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  • 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 →
  • The benefits and challenges of a year-round RCIA process

    Nick Wagner
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:44 am
    Recently, we asked you what your RCIA timeline looks like (click here to contribute your responses). I thought you might like to see some of the responses so far. One question we asked was, “Has your parish moved from a … Continue reading →
 
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    Brandon Cox

  • Sermon Video: When the Writing Is On the Wall

    Brandon
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Babylon is throwing a party in the presumed absence of God. But God has a message for our culture and he wants to share it through his people. In this fifth message in our series on Daniel: Thriving In Babylon, I share about how we can shine the light of truth in an ever-darkening culture. And here are my notes… We’ve been in a series in which we’ve been learning some pretty important truths. We live in Babylon, and Babylon is a lost world. When we become followers of Jesus, we’re born again into a new family and become citizens of a new kingdom that subversively finds ways to…
  • The Great, Glorious Agenda of King Jesus

    Brandon
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:33 am
    I posted something negative about abortion on Facebook and then watched a mini-landslide of comments come in calling me all kinds of not-nice names. Others jumped in to stand up for life but it just wasn’t a pretty moment at this table of strangers. This issue, among plenty of others, begs the question: will we ever figure it all out? Will we determine what righteousness in a nation really looks like? Will the innocent, born and unborn, be rescued? Will the victims of oppression ever be delivered? Will the poor ever eat well? Will the burdened ever have their burdens lightened? The…
  • Living With a Single Priority

    Brandon
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:58 am
    Priorities. Did you know that word actually means pretty much nothing? The word priority comes from the Latin word prior which means former or first. That which is a priority is first. It’s the source out of which something else comes. So to have many different “firsts” somehow ranking against each other makes little sense. In other words, you can only have one priority. Or… To do two things at once is to do neither – Publilius Syrus One of the most important questions you can ever answer about yourself is, what’s the one thing I’m really living…
  • Sermon Video: My Kingdom vs. His Kingdom

    Brandon
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:15 am
    We are all builders, and that’s not a bad thing. To build families, careers, and business is good and productive for humanity. But for Christians who follow Jesus, there’s a big question at stake – whose kingdom truly comes first? In this fourth message in a series through the book of Daniel, we’ll talk about why thriving in Babylon requires that I know the answer to this question. Here are some notes… We are all kingdom builders. Most of us are scrambling to build an empire and a fortress for ourselves. We build kingdoms of wealth, affluence, authority, and…
  • 116 Great Links for Leaders, Readers, and Creatives – July 25, 2015

    Brandon
    25 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Since my last links post, we’ve had a Supreme Court ruling and a major story break about Planned Parenthood, so you’ll notice an odd mix of sometimes seemingly contradictory links. Just understand that I’m not necessarily endorsing or recommending every idea contained in these articles. I’ve just found them informative, interesting, or inspiring for one reason or another. Three Reasons Leaders Must Constantly Say “No” Steve Jobs famously said, “I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.” He was ruthlessly focused as a leader. Many of us have a…
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    Biblical Preaching

  • Jesus Nudges

    Peter Mead
    1 Aug 2015 | 1:31 am
    Christ is very careful with us. He knows how to shepherd hurting and discouraged souls. For an example, consider John 21. The gospel of John seems to come to a crescendo at the end of chapter 20. Thomas gets to give the great punchline of the book when he declares to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!” Then John seems to wrap things up at the end of the chapter. But then we get chapter 21. John 21 does not really teach anything new about Jesus. The big themes of the gospel seem to have come to a conclusion, but still John adds this final chapter. Why? Probably because we need to focus on the…
  • The Fig-Arm Journey To Simplicity

    Peter Mead
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    Oliver Wendell Holmes is credited with this great quote – “I wouldn’t give a fig for simplicity this side of complexity, but I’d give my right arm for simplicity on the other side of complexity.” I remember Haddon Robinson using this quote to distinguish two types of simplicity in preaching.  This side of complexity the simplicity isn’t worth much.  Often very young preachers offer this because it is all they have to give.  Listeners will resonate at a certain level, appreciating the simplicity combined with a young preacher getting launched into ministry.  But there will…
  • Repentance Uncompromised

    Peter Mead
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:25 am
    I have just posted on the Cor Deo site on the subject of repentance.  It is such a critical subject, and it is so often compromised by the way we preach it and practice it.  I hope the post will be helpful to you. One of the greatest terms in the Old Testament prophets is the word “turn” or “repent.” The prophets spoke to a nation of God’s people who had consistently turned away from God and to others. They turned to Assyria or Egypt for support via political alliance. They turned to their own military might for confidence. They turned to idols for alternative spiritual…
  • A Quick 9-Point Illustration Checklist

    Peter Mead
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    A lot is said about the importance of illustrations in preaching. Some of it is true. Hopefully this quick checklist will be helpful as you plan your next message: 1. People need to see what you are saying, which means preaching an image and not just a concept. 2. What images are right there in the preaching text for you?  Poetry, wisdom, and prophecy are packed with visual imagery.  Narrative is imagery.  Epistles can give less images to use, but check the context and remember the setting (that is a narrative). 3. Before you jump to adding other illustrations, could you do a better job of…
  • New Covenant Ministry – Part 6

    Peter Mead
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:17 pm
    And the final post in this series.  Looking at the last paragraph of 2 Corinthians 5 – 17. Too many will boast about outward issues in ministry, but God evaluates the heart (2.Cor.5:11-12) God knows what is going on inside the minister of the Gospel.  Others will only ever evaluate based on externals since that is what they see.  Don’t evaluate your own ministry based on what “fans” say who only watch the outside stuff.  They may be impressed, but prayerfully ask God what is going on inside you and you will probably get a clearer glimpse in a few seconds than…
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  • 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,…
  • Video of Gabriel speaking to Zachariah

    samluce
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:16 am
    Looking for a video bumper to lead into the story of Gabriel telling Zachariah his wife would have a baby? Look no further. Check out this video that our team made for this weeks Bible story. So appreciate Lori (who shot and edited it) Tim who was Gabriel and Matt who was Zachariah stuck in traffic. As a parent and a Pastor of families it is so moving to see people who take what they are given make it their own and make it better. Love the team we have and their passion to distil gospel truth to the kids of our church. Awesome job guys this video is just to fun. If you can’t see this video…
  • Free Bible Lesson Ephesians

    samluce
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:18 am
    The Book of the Church Key Point –What is the church and what is my place in the churchMemory Verse – Ephesians. 4:16 “Under His direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly…” (NLT) Children’s Sermon – Bible Story – Tell the story of the first church – Acts 2 – The Church Helps me Grow The Church Helps me Know Know Others Know God more Object Lesson – Have a plant show the kids how healthy the plant is explained to the kids the components that make a healthy plant – it has good soil, water, sun, fertilizer ect..  If we are missing any of these components the…
  • Manly things I like about Group’s Kidmin Conference

    samluce
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    I remember the day it first dawned on me that being a man in children’s ministry was like being a rainbow unicorn in real life. I was at a Kids ministry conference at Willow Creek 15 years ago and I had to use the bathroom. Every bathroom but one, in the whole church had been converted to a women’s bathroom. It was at that painful moment, the realization came to me. I am not the average kids pastor. I have since found that I am not as rare as I felt in that moment in the halls of Willow Creek Community Church. The past 15 years we have seen more men see the value of ministry to kids, this…
  • 3 Reason why your Kids ministry needs a YouTube Channel.

    samluce
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:03 am
    After a couple of years of discussion we launched a YouTube channel for our kids ministry and I think you should do it too. Kids and young adults age 13-24 are consuming less hours of traditional TV broadcast content, and watching more online content, from sites like YouTube. In fact, 96% of that age group consume online video via social media sites for an average of 11 hours per week. In contrast, only 81% of 13-24 year olds tune into the TV to watch scheduled programmes, and then only for around 8 hours per week. (http://www.reelseo.com/13-24-watching-more-youtube-than-tv/) The stats are…
 
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  • 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.
  • Plan the first task of your day before it starts

    Kenny
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    Last week I wrote about my new habit of eating frogs for breakfast every morning (most mornings at least). Even though I have changed my morning routine (I wake up at 4:30 AM most mornings now) and get to a place where I can get my day started by 5:00 AM, I can still struggle to get the ball rolling. Procrastination is a powerful thing and if I give it any space at all, it will devour my entire morning. Recently I’ve started a new practice that has made my morning routine even more effective. I’ve heard this practice for many years from a  variety of sources and coaches, but it…
  • How should I spend my time?

    Kenny
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:54 pm
    This week I’m going to explore some productivity tips and tricks. Productivity is a topic I’m very passionate about probably because I recognize how much much there is that I want to do and how many things there are to distract me from doing what I really want to do. Left to myself, I’ll fail miserably or end up working much harder than I need to. About fifteen years ago, I was introduced to an idea that would later have huge implications for me. It’s actually a simple chart/matrix the helps you understand how to best spend your time. Although I’ve know this…
  • 5 essentials to better communication

    Kenny
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:32 pm
    This last week I had fun writing about becoming a better communicator and why we need to grow in this area. I thought I’d wrap up with some closing thoughts about communication. Over the past 5-7 years, I’ve been given more and more opportunities to communicate on a variety of stages. Some of the experiences have been spectacular and others have been… let’s just say I wish I could have done things differently. From my experiences, here are the things I’ve found to be most true of my very best talks. I know that when I do these things, my talk is far more likely…
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  • And in Dublin, A Giant Minion Fell into Traffic

    ACHanbury
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Yes, that’s right. Yesterday in North Dublin, a huge inflatable Minion (estimated to be around 40 feet tall) broke away and (floated? ran?) into traffic. Thanks for smartphones, we have evidence. After a frenetic police chase, authorities caught the minion as it traveled down Old Swords Road. According to local news, no one was injured in the loose minion incident, and the day was 100 percent more awesome.
  • What Surrendering to God Looks Like

    tiffaniebrunson
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Author Jennie Allen talks about her book, 'Anything'. For many of us, surrender conjures the image of waving a white flag in defeat. For Jennie Allen, surrender is the beginning of a life of purpose. In the re-released edition of her book Anything, Allen not only explores the idea of a life lived fully surrendered to God, but she also explores it in the context of community with an added study guide. We spoke with Jennie about her book, what it looks like to surrender and why community is an important part of the process. What was the moment that initially led you to write this…
  • Here's the Universe's First Look at 'Zoolander 2'

    ACHanbury
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Ben Stiller is reprising his role as the really, really ridiculously good-looking male model, Derek Zoolander. This new teaser takes us on a journey through the inner workings of the Zoolander's brain—also answers the question, “Is he really too stupid to know what a 'eugoogly' is?”
  • The City of Brotherly Love Killed a Traveling Robot

    ACHanbury
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    As a social experiment, researchers in Toronto sent HitchBOT, a four-faced robot, to hitch rides across countries like Germany, the Netherlands, Canada and our own U.S.A. In July, the robot began its U.S. tour in Massachusetts. Then yesterday someone in Philly—you know, the city of brotherly love—tore off its arms and decapitated it. Ironically, HitchBOT met its end just a day before International Friendship Day. Before the bot lost it, HitchBOT had an Android-tablet brain and a built-in camera to see and a microphone to hear. Weirdly, HitchBOT knew something went wrong. "Oh, dear, my…
  • Does Modesty Apply to Men?

    Amy R. Buckley
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    A holistic approach. The movie Top Gun came out my senior year of high school. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that my girlfriends and I went crazy over the volleyball scene—shirtless, sweaty guys diving into sand in sync to the iconic beat of “Playing With the Boys.”
 
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  • 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.”…
  • The Road, Faith And Belief?

    Jason Bedell
    2 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    Week 1, Faith & Belief, from our series @ Forefront “The Road.”
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  • Take The Path

    David
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:51 am
    Romans 12:14 says, Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Instincts say, curse….but God says, BLESS. Now, that’s hard isn’t it? But is it still possible? Of course it is – and it’s what separates the outlaws from the heroes. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it. Who is the person who is very difficult to love? Who is pursuing you? Chasing you? Who seems to at every turn – hunt you down and…
  • Confronting Our Fears

    David
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    1 Sam 24:1-4. When Saul returned from following the Philistines, he was told, “Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.” 2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Wildgoats’ Rocks. 3 And he came to the sheepfolds by the way, where there was a cave, and Saul went in to relieve himself.  Now David and his men were sitting in the innermost parts of the cave. 4 And the men of David said to him, “Here is the day of which the Lord said to you, ‘Behold, I will give your enemy into your hand, and you…
  • The Arrogant King

    David
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:45 am
    1 Sam 23 v14 And David remained in the strongholds in the wilderness, in the hill country of the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God did not give him into his hand. This verse right here is the crux of the story. Saul says, “God has given David into my hands” and this verse, full of irony, says… “yea…. not so much.” See Saul can say “God this” and “God that” all he wants but I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that that God is not in habit of being controlled. Saul seems to think he has God under his thumb and then somehow…
  • David The Hero

    David
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:42 am
    1 Samuel 23 – David the Hero v1-7 Now they told David, “Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are robbing the threshing floors.” 2 Therefore David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” And the Lord said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines and save Keilah.” 3 But David’s men said to him, “Behold, we are afraid here in Judah; how much more then if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?” 4 Then David inquired of the Lord again. And the Lord answered him, “Arise, go down to Keilah, for…
  • The Man Cave

    David
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:40 am
    1 Samuel 22 v1 David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. So when David arrives at the cave he was an outlaw: an outlaw who has… Lost his wife Lost his friends Lost his job Lost the prestige and notoriety that went with that job Lost his income Lost his dreams Lost his confidence David was probably at an all time low and had a self worth of about zero He was probably the farthest he ever could have imagined himself from what God had said would happen in his life. That he…
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  • Top 10 Church Merger Facts

    Jim Tomberlin
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Church mergers may be called by many names, but the core idea is that two or more churches becoming one through the combining, integrating and unifying of people, structures, systems, and resources to achieve a common purpose: To do life and ministry together as a vibrant, healthy expression of Christ’s body, the Church. You might be interested in knowing 10 interesting facts and figures about church mergers to dispel common myths: Fact #1 All mergers are not alike. Most are rebirths (restart), few are marriages (healthy merger of equals), many are adoptions (between a rebirth and a…
  • July News & Thanks

    Lauren Hunter
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    We wanted to thank all our site sponsors during the month of July for all their help in bringing forward challenging articles and insights into the church technology landscape. Each company listed below aims to serve churches with their Kingdom-minded solutions for ministry. I highly recommend you take a look at the church technology solutions they offer. Below is a quick list of each sponsor and their latest company news or blog post: Premier Sponsors  Aware3 3 Key Church App Considerations Elexio 7 Integrated Online Forms Your Church Should Be Using This Summer Dial My Calls 5 Useful…
  • 3 Key Church App Considerations

    Tony Caudill
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    How many apps do you have on your phone? In the last month, how many apps have you downloaded? According to Quartz, the average iPhone user downloads fewer than one app to their phone a month. It’s a staggering number, considering Apple boasts 78 million app downloads since 2008. The data suggests that people love to download apps, but they are selective in what they download. To win the coveted home screen space, the app needs to provide real function and content that keeps the user coming back for more. If it doesn’t check those boxes, the delete button is just a finger stroke away. As…
  • Palermo Church Texts Members for Church Communication Success

    Lauren Hunter
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Palermo Bible Family Church in California recently began using text messaging to communicate with its church members. We sat down with Daniel Jacobsen of PBFC to understand how his church decided upon using text communication and what the process has been like: What brought you to the point of wanting to communicate with your church via text messages? What were you using previously and why was it not working? The first obstacle has always been time in our services. Our Lead Pastor does not want to spend time during our services doing the traditional announcements so there has always been,…
  • 3 Lessons Churches Can Learn from the Business World

    Steve Caton
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Over the years I’ve held a variety of positions, both in the business world and in the church world. Even today, I have my feet firmly planted in both. As a member of the leadership team at Church Community Builder, I wear the hat of a businessman, making decisions, looking at trends, and providing leadership of my team. On the other hand, because our business is focused on helping churches make a lasting impact, I am always thinking of how to do ministry better and interacting with church leaders.  For some, these two worlds couldn’t be more different.  Business operates on one set of…
 
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  • 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…
  • PSFK Feature

    Mattofact
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:50 am
    I’m pumped to have our company’s product and my design team’s work featured on one of my favorite blogs, PSFK. Our designer, Isaiah Hruby put this together. The PSFK daily email is curated well for creative directors and design professionals to get a good look at the business side of the things we work on. Here’s a view of the site feature, which also went out on their email. You can read the full article here on the PSFK website.
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  • Sermon Video: When the Writing Is On the Wall

    Brandon
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Babylon is throwing a party in the presumed absence of God. But God has a message for our culture and he wants to share it through his people. In this fifth message in our series on Daniel: Thriving In Babylon, I share about how we can shine the light of truth in an ever-darkening culture. And here are my notes… We’ve been in a series in which we’ve been learning some pretty important truths. We live in Babylon, and Babylon is a lost world. When we become followers of Jesus, we’re born again into a new family and become citizens of a new kingdom that subversively finds ways to…
  • The Great, Glorious Agenda of King Jesus

    Brandon
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:33 am
    I posted something negative about abortion on Facebook and then watched a mini-landslide of comments come in calling me all kinds of not-nice names. Others jumped in to stand up for life but it just wasn’t a pretty moment at this table of strangers. This issue, among plenty of others, begs the question: will we ever figure it all out? Will we determine what righteousness in a nation really looks like? Will the innocent, born and unborn, be rescued? Will the victims of oppression ever be delivered? Will the poor ever eat well? Will the burdened ever have their burdens lightened? The…
  • Living With a Single Priority

    Brandon
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:58 am
    Priorities. Did you know that word actually means pretty much nothing? The word priority comes from the Latin word prior which means former or first. That which is a priority is first. It’s the source out of which something else comes. So to have many different “firsts” somehow ranking against each other makes little sense. In other words, you can only have one priority. Or… To do two things at once is to do neither – Publilius Syrus One of the most important questions you can ever answer about yourself is, what’s the one thing I’m really living…
  • Sermon Video: My Kingdom vs. His Kingdom

    Brandon
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:15 am
    We are all builders, and that’s not a bad thing. To build families, careers, and business is good and productive for humanity. But for Christians who follow Jesus, there’s a big question at stake – whose kingdom truly comes first? In this fourth message in a series through the book of Daniel, we’ll talk about why thriving in Babylon requires that I know the answer to this question. Here are some notes… We are all kingdom builders. Most of us are scrambling to build an empire and a fortress for ourselves. We build kingdoms of wealth, affluence, authority, and…
  • 116 Great Links for Leaders, Readers, and Creatives – July 25, 2015

    Brandon
    25 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Since my last links post, we’ve had a Supreme Court ruling and a major story break about Planned Parenthood, so you’ll notice an odd mix of sometimes seemingly contradictory links. Just understand that I’m not necessarily endorsing or recommending every idea contained in these articles. I’ve just found them informative, interesting, or inspiring for one reason or another. Three Reasons Leaders Must Constantly Say “No” Steve Jobs famously said, “I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.” He was ruthlessly focused as a leader. Many of us have a…
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  • 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…
  • Navy Christian Bullet #3: As Lighting from Heaven

    Dan Smith
    13 Jun 2015 | 5:02 am
     For the 3rd installment of The Navy Christian Bullet series, I've stepped away from practical theology (gluttony) and back toward a more academic study. I spent some time studying Satan during my graduate studies, and I've expanded that research in this volume. It is not my desire to settle the issue of Satan in this short, $0.99 book, but just to get your engines going. I aim to go deep enough to get you started, with resources noted in the end notes, but not so deep that I lose folks just getting started in theological research. From the book: " Many people refuse to see Satan as…
 
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  • “Honor and Failure” Paul Andrew- Podcast

    Jim Farler
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Paul Andrew preached this message titled “Honor and Failure” at our downtown service on August 2, 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: “Choosing Honor” Paul Andrew-Podcast “From Slaves to Sons” Kristen Tarsiuk-Podcast “Living a Godly Life-The Sequel” Justin Tarsiuk-Podcast
  • “The Generational Why” Michael Murphy-Podcast

    Jim Farler
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Michael Murphy preached this message titled “The Generational Why” at our Union Square service on July 26, 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: “From Slaves to Sons” Kristen Tarsiuk-Podcast “Living a Godly Life-The Sequel” Justin Tarsiuk-Podcast “Choosing Honor” Paul…
  • Pastor Mike Murphy speaking Sunday, July 26th

    Emily Kirkendoll
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:08 pm
      This coming Sunday, Pastor Mike Murphy is starting a Five-Timers Club as a guest speaker at Liberty Church. If you’ve heard him speak at any of our services in the past, you’ll understand why we invite him back again and again, and why you’ll want to invite someone who wouldn’t want to miss the chance to hear him. Pastor Mike Murphy has a long history with Liberty Church, stretching back even before Liberty Church was Liberty Church. He is a long-time mentor to Lead Pastors Paul and Andi Andrew and supported them in following their dream to New York. His…
  • A night of worship on Wednesday, July 29th

    Emily Kirkendoll
    19 Jul 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Worship Nights, which happen only four times a year, have become important for our three communities to seek the face of God together. At each gathering, we experience lives changed through newfound freedom, deliverance, and healings. As a church, we gain a renewed revelation of God’s love to expand our hearts and vision and to grow our faith. And as individuals, we are drawn in by a hunger for God and drawn together in unity with his church, regardless of where we are coming from. http://www.libertychurchnyc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Worship-Night-video.mp4 We believe that God desires…
  • “Living a Godly Life-The Sequel” Justin Tarsiuk-Podcast

    Jim Farler
    19 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Justin Tarsiuk preached this message titled “Living a Godly Life-The Sequel” at our downtown service on July 19, 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” Justin Tarsiuk-Podcast “From Slaves to Sons” Kristen Tarsiuk-Podcast “Choosing Honor” Paul Andrew-Podcast
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  • Top 5 Reasons Small Group Leaders Quit

    Mark Howell
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:32 am
    There are a number of reasons that small group leaders quit. While some quit for good reasons, most quit for reasons that are completely avoidable. Here are what I believe are the top 5 reasons: They aren’t being developed and discipled by a coach. This is probably the most common reason small group leaders quit. If someone (a coach or mentor) isn’t investing in them, it is unreasonable to think that the average leader will continue for long. While there will always be...Click here for more... »         
  • Add David Platt’s Counter Culture to Your Recommended List

    Mark Howell
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:41 am
    I finally had an opportunity this week to take a look at Counter Culture, the newest study from David Platt. A Compassionate Call to Counter Culture is designed to expose participants to the truths of the gospel that should “compel us to a contrite, compassionate, and courageous personal response to social issues in the culture.” Based on Platt’s 2015 book by the same title, the study looks at many of the most pressing social issues of the day: slavery abortion Click here for more... »         
  • Thinking Thursday: Mark Ronson: How sampling transformed music

    Mark Howell
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:47 am
    Sampling isn’t about “hijacking nostalgia wholesale,” says Mark Ronson. It’s about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while also pushing that story forward. In this mind-blowingly original talk, watch the DJ scramble 15 TED Talks into an audio-visual omelette, and trace the evolution of “La Di Da Di,” Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick’s 1984 hit that has been reimagined for every generation since. Every week I choose a video that I think you...Click here for more... »         
  • Here’s How I Lead a Small Group Connection

    Mark Howell
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:48 am
    I’m often asked for specifics about how I lead a small group connection. See also, How to Launch Groups Using a Small Group Connection. Here are two general assumptions: The best laid plans will sometimes need to be set aside. The connection process is something like a quarterback standing at the line of scrimmage, ready to call an audible. Plenty of help from coaches and other support players will help make the event a success. In order for you to lead effectively, you need...Click here for more... »          CommentsThese are a couple…
  • Quotebook: The Personal Nature of Disciple Making

    Mark Howell
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:17 am
    One of the books that influenced my early ministry direction was The Lost Art of Disciple Making by Leroy Eims. The notion that disciple making is carried on by people and not by programs shaped my conviction that whatever we want to happen in the lives of the members of our groups must happen first in the lives of the leaders. “The ministry is to be carried on by people, not programs. It is to be carried by someone and not by some thing. Disciples cannot be mass produced. We cannot drop...Click here for more... »         
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  • Jesus Goes to the Movies - Worldviews

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    My upcoming book, Jesus Goes to the Movies: The Youth Ministry Film Guide, releases on August 11. You can purchase it through Amazon or The Youth Cartel. I'll be posting excerpts in the days leading up to the book. Be sure to buy your copy today!Philosophy 101Everyone is a philosopher. We all have our own beliefs about metaphysics (the nature of reality), epistemology (the nature of knowledge), ethics (the nature of morality), logic (the nature of reasoning), and aesthetics (the nature of beauty). Even if we would never use those big philosophy words, and even if we…
  • On "Inside Out" and the Necessity of Tears

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:55 am
    Confession: I'm a fairly emotional guy. The feeling of tears entering the corners of my eyes, wetting the surface with empathy and pathos--this is a normal sensation for me. (In fact, one of the strongest indicators I was experiencing burnout months ago was due to an emotional numbness and lack of such tears.) So it was both surprising and affirming to walk out of Pixar's latest film, Inside Out, and send the following Tweet:Sorry, UP and TOY STORY 3. INSIDE OUT now holds the distinction of being The Pixar Film That Made Me Cry The Most In The Theater. #thefeels— Joel Mayward (@JoelMayward)…
  • Review of Mission: Impossible for Reel World Theology

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:36 pm
    I recently reviewed the original Mission: Impossible (1996, Brian De Palma) for Reel World Theology as a lead up to the fifth film in the M:I franchise:The Mission: Impossible film franchise, with each sequel each promising bigger and more dangerous stunts for its star, Tom Cruise, to attempt, began less with a loud bang and more with a slow burn. Brian De Palma’s 1996 film is more of a spy thriller than a straightforward action film. Through mind-bending plot twists and some interesting cinematography and directorial decisions, De Palma takes the audience along for a thrill ride with Ethan…
  • Jesus Goes to the Movies - The Religion of Movies

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    My upcoming book, Jesus Goes to the Movies: The Youth Ministry Film Guide, releases on August 11. You can purchase it through Amazon or The Youth Cartel. I'll be posting excerpts in the days leading up to the book. Be sure to buy your copy today!The Religion of MoviesIn many ways, going to the movies is synonymous with a religious practice or worship service. We gather a community of similar-minded disciples and arrive at the temple, also known as the movie theater. We pay our offering at the box office. We purchase the ritual food—soda and popcorn—then enter into the temple’s…
  • Jesus Goes to the Movies - Movies Move Us

    28 Jul 2015 | 2:19 pm
    My upcoming book, Jesus Goes to the Movies: The Youth Ministry Film Guide, releases on August 11. You can purchase it through Amazon or The Youth Cartel. I'll be posting excerpts in the days leading up to the book. Be sure to buy your copy today!Movies Move UsStar Wars launched me into a lifelong love for the medium of film anditsunique power to captivate our minds and hearts. The Thin Red Line was my first divine encounter with a movie. Philomenacompelled me to find my birth mother (a journey I’ll share a bit more about later in this book). Each story illustrates the…
 
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  • 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
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    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…
  • RePresent Jesus Christ

    RevCollins
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Copyright RePressentJC.com New Book Found While cruising around on Facebook tonight I stumbled across a link to a new book. The link title is what first caught my attention. You see, my mission here at GC Ministry is to help people move away from a purely religious experience and develop a deeper spiritual commitment. I want you to be a representative of Christ to the world. This new book aims to do just that. Who Is Christ No, I am not looking to develop a discussion of who He was. I firmly believe that He was God incarnate. What I mean by the question is what kind of person was He. What did…
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  • 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…
  • God Cares for the Flowers by Trillia Newbell

    Matt
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:28 pm
    From one quick internet search, I discovered there are at least twenty different types of lilies. Once I began looking at these beautiful flowers, I couldn't stop. They vary from bright yellow and deep orange and most of us are familiar with the delicate white lily found at many weddings. Elegant, beautiful, and diverse, lilies are a fascinating picture of God's creativity. Perhaps God knew that the average eye would look upon a lily and scarcely deny it's beauty, almost regal.In Matthew 6, we get a glimpse of how God viewed the lilies, but most important, we get a get a picture of how…
  • Don't Be That Christian

    Matt
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:40 pm
    You don't have to look at the church long to see that Christians are not perfect. At all. In fact, one of the best-kept secrets of Christians is that we are actually not that good at following Jesus.The truth is we didn't get "good enough" to come Jesus - we came to Jesus with our mess - without being good enough - and he is in the process of doing an amazing work inside of us. My friend, Pastor Rob Ketterling says "Christians are not perfect, they are perfecting. They are simply on a journey of allowing grace to change them for the better." (tweet this)Don't get me wrong,…
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  • Our Problems Are Not A Competition

    Rob Shepherd
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:49 am
    You want to know what? Black lives matter. Unborn lives matter. Cecil the Lion, who was poached, life mattered. Great awareness can come from the mob mentality. The mob mentality is when a large group of people get upset about the same thing. It’s what drives so many of us crazy on Facebook. It’s when an event happens and everyone loses their mind. But now it’s not just that everyone loses their mind. Now it’s a competition. There are a lot of problems in the world. We’ve got some issues, ya’ll. One of those issues should not be the fact that others…
  • Next Level Update

    Rob Shepherd
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:58 am
    We hit our goal, a new series, and Next Level Groups. It must be time for another Next Level Update… Last month we had a goal to fill 100 backpacks for our July Make A Difference. The school supplies are going to support Tyler Elementary, a local school in the 757. We collected 7,080 school supplies which was more than enough to fill 100 backpacks!!!! Can you dig it?!!! Pictured below are some amazing Owners who helped sort the school supplies. We have a new MAD for the month of August. To read about it click here. On Sunday we kick off a brand new series, Core. Each August we spend…
  • How To Win The Fight Against Yourself

    Rob Shepherd
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    The greatest fight we will ever face is the one against ourselves. I wish it was as easy to get worked up about my own flaws as it is other people’s. I love the quote by author Philip Yancey… “Christians get very angry toward other Christians who sin differently than they do.” ― Philip Yancey If the same passion towards other people’s sins could be directed towards our own our world would change. So often the fight against myself feels like a losing battle. I do what I don’t want to do. So how do we win the fight against ourselves? Here are some ideas. Never let…
  • Movie Review: Paper Towns

    Rob Shepherd
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:07 am
    I don’t read a lot of fiction. Apparently John Green is a big deal. He’s the author of Paper Towns and a little book called The Fault In Our Stars. Now for many the fact that the movie poster for Paper Towns says, “From the author of The Fault In Our Stars” is a selling point. To me it was a turn off. I’m sure it’s a great book, but I wasn’t prepared for the movie. I took one for the team and went with my wife to see it. Women often say, “I just need a good cry.” I can’t relate. I don’t like to cry. I wonder if that’s why…
  • Movie Review: Ant-Man

    Rob Shepherd
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:38 am
    Ant-Man is the newest creation from the people that brought you the Avengers. Marvel studios is amazing. They are brilliant to introduce superheroes in their own storylines, and then bring them together in the Avengers! Brilliant! Ant-Man finishes off what is known as phase 2. Phase 1 led up to the Avengers and Phase 2 included Avengers 2, but ended with Ant-Man. And Ant-Man is a risk. That should not come as a surprise to anyone. Marvel put their entire hopes and dreams in the first film of phase 1, Iron Man. At the time Iron Man and Ant-Man were about as well known. Unless you had Comic-Con…
 
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  • 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…
  • Coming to Australia

    Richard Wilson
    1 Jun 2015 | 3:40 am
    Pinuccia was not in the top 10% of the candidates, so will not be going on to the next phase of the exams for a  permanent teaching position. So we have closed that phase of our life, and another has opened up: we have finally been able to decide to come to Australia and make plans. In fact, I have just booked the tickets, and we will be arriving on June 25 and leaving on August 17. So we are looking forward to seeing many of you in that time! We already have some bookings for various churches, but if you would like to see us or visit your group, please let me know. In the meantime, we are…
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  • Academy Street Bistro

    Alastair
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    This is the second post of a series highlighting places Liz and I like to go eat and hang out. In some way they’ve impressed us with their food, their service and/or ambiance. Liz and I visited Academy Street Bistro in downtown Cary last month, on our wedding anniversary. It happened to fall during the Triangle restaurant week, where restaurants all over the triangle offer special fixed price 3 course meals. There is indoor and outdoor seating available and the weekday evening we were there had live music outside. The staff were fantastic and we really appreciated getting to chat with…
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 26 Jul 2015

    Alastair
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:52 pm
      Only King Forever – Elevation Church (B) One Thing Remains – Jesus Culture (B) Your Promises – Elevation Church (B) This Is Amazing Grace – Bethel Music (B) Good Good Father – House Fires (A) How He Loves – John Mark McMillan (A)
  • Geer Street Garden

    Alastair
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    This is a first post (of a series…maybe) highlighting places Liz and I like to go eat and hang out. In some way they’ve impressed us with their food, their service and/or ambiance. I’ve been meaning to try Geer Street Garden for a while as it’s fairly close to where I work. So last night (Monday) Liz and I happened to be in downtown Durham and decided to call in for dinner before going home. We were glad we did. It was late – about 9.10pm. It was busy inside and the air was cool. However, it was a nice evening so we opted for outside seating. I know…
  • Video: Congregational Engagement

    Alastair
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:23 am
    CONGREGATIONAL ENGAGEMENT – Like a lot of worship teams this is a topic that consumes a lot of our conversations and thoughts when we get together. Here’s a great video from Brian Wahl that discusses the topic at length. Lots to think about and take away from this. Great stuff from Brian and his team at Worship Tutorials.
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 19 Jul 2015

    Alastair
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
    Your Promises – Elevation Worship (C) Multiplied – NeedToBreathe (G) 10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman (G) I Am – Crowder (G) Pursuit – Daniel Bashta (G) Holy Spirit – Jesus Culture (G) Set A Fire – Will Reagan (G)
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  • Jesus Goes to the Movies - Worldviews

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    My upcoming book, Jesus Goes to the Movies: The Youth Ministry Film Guide, releases on August 11. You can purchase it through Amazon or The Youth Cartel. I'll be posting excerpts in the days leading up to the book. Be sure to buy your copy today!Philosophy 101Everyone is a philosopher. We all have our own beliefs about metaphysics (the nature of reality), epistemology (the nature of knowledge), ethics (the nature of morality), logic (the nature of reasoning), and aesthetics (the nature of beauty). Even if we would never use those big philosophy words, and even if we…
  • On "Inside Out" and the Necessity of Tears

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:55 am
    Confession: I'm a fairly emotional guy. The feeling of tears entering the corners of my eyes, wetting the surface with empathy and pathos--this is a normal sensation for me. (In fact, one of the strongest indicators I was experiencing burnout months ago was due to an emotional numbness and lack of such tears.) So it was both surprising and affirming to walk out of Pixar's latest film, Inside Out, and send the following Tweet:Sorry, UP and TOY STORY 3. INSIDE OUT now holds the distinction of being The Pixar Film That Made Me Cry The Most In The Theater. #thefeels— Joel Mayward (@JoelMayward)…
  • Review of Mission: Impossible for Reel World Theology

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:36 pm
    I recently reviewed the original Mission: Impossible (1996, Brian De Palma) for Reel World Theology as a lead up to the fifth film in the M:I franchise:The Mission: Impossible film franchise, with each sequel each promising bigger and more dangerous stunts for its star, Tom Cruise, to attempt, began less with a loud bang and more with a slow burn. Brian De Palma’s 1996 film is more of a spy thriller than a straightforward action film. Through mind-bending plot twists and some interesting cinematography and directorial decisions, De Palma takes the audience along for a thrill ride with Ethan…
  • Jesus Goes to the Movies - The Religion of Movies

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    My upcoming book, Jesus Goes to the Movies: The Youth Ministry Film Guide, releases on August 11. You can purchase it through Amazon or The Youth Cartel. I'll be posting excerpts in the days leading up to the book. Be sure to buy your copy today!The Religion of MoviesIn many ways, going to the movies is synonymous with a religious practice or worship service. We gather a community of similar-minded disciples and arrive at the temple, also known as the movie theater. We pay our offering at the box office. We purchase the ritual food—soda and popcorn—then enter into the temple’s…
  • Jesus Goes to the Movies - Movies Move Us

    28 Jul 2015 | 2:19 pm
    My upcoming book, Jesus Goes to the Movies: The Youth Ministry Film Guide, releases on August 11. You can purchase it through Amazon or The Youth Cartel. I'll be posting excerpts in the days leading up to the book. Be sure to buy your copy today!Movies Move UsStar Wars launched me into a lifelong love for the medium of film anditsunique power to captivate our minds and hearts. The Thin Red Line was my first divine encounter with a movie. Philomenacompelled me to find my birth mother (a journey I’ll share a bit more about later in this book). Each story illustrates the…
 
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  • Jonah: Resistance in Witnessing!

    drbexl
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Jonah 1: 7 Then the crew decided to draw straws to see which of them had offended the gods and caused this terrible storm; and Jonah drew the short one. 8 “What have you done,” they asked, “to bring this awful storm upon us? Who are you? What is your work? What country are you from? What is your nationality?” 9-10 And he said, “I am a Jew; I worship Jehovah, the God of heaven, who made the earth and sea.” Then he told them he was running away from the Lord. The book of Jonah (all four chapters of it!) deals with Jonah’s resistance to God’s call to witness to the…
  • The gift and the giver (by Ailsa Wright)

    Ailsa Wright
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The Edomites, descendants of Esau, whom Obadiah is addressing in his prophecy, lived in the hill country south of the Dead Sea which was made of red sandstone. Petra, the famous ancient city in the area cut out of the rock, is thought to be the capital of Edom (although there is some dispute about this). Anyone who has seen pictures of Petra with its narrow entrance passage can understand how safe the residents there might have felt. Living in such a situation, soaring like an eagle, having a nest among the stars, is enough to make any nation feel proud of its achievements. By Emilio from…
  • Divine Punishment..Or Just Consequences? (@JamesPrescott77)

    James P
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Turn or burn. Believe the right theology, do the right thing, or you’re doomed. Many Christians still, at their core, believe this today. Yes, we dress it up in fancy, soft, PC language, and don’t dare mention the H word – but this is essentially what many people believe. Reading about Obadiah, I see something very different. The culture of the time was to attribute any kind of suffering to divine punishment. People didn’t have the scientific knowledge regarding illness or natural disasters, so it was the most obvious way to understand these kind of circumstances.
  • How to make a small difference, a lesson from Obadiah (@darrenrhill)

    Darren Hill
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Last month, looking at Amos, I questioned whether my online concern was matched by my offline actions. This month, looking at Obadiah, I have felt a strange case of, hold on, do I need rethink that? The book of Obadiah points out that Edom, Israel’s close relation in the physical and the family way, hadn’t lifted a finger to help in times of need. In fact, over the years, the enmity between the two nations was palpable. The prophet pointed this out, showing that the pride Edom had shown was about to be matched by a mighty fall. Edom would be punished by God for its lack of compassion,…
  • What do you need to hear from God? A reflection on Obadiah (@nicolahwriter)

    Nicola Hulks
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    http://www.seedresources.com/view/images/listen-to-the-voice-of-god If there were just one thing you needed to hear from God what would it be? The book we are reflecting on this month, Obadiah, is the shortest in the whole Old Testament but it is no less startling or powerful for lack of words. Reading these two short pages preserved for us over thousands of years I was struck by my own experience of trying to listen for the voice of God. I recently returned from a retreat and was reminded afresh that sometimes all that is needed is to hear one short and simple thing. Like Obadiah’s…
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  • 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.
  • Plan the first task of your day before it starts

    Kenny
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    Last week I wrote about my new habit of eating frogs for breakfast every morning (most mornings at least). Even though I have changed my morning routine (I wake up at 4:30 AM most mornings now) and get to a place where I can get my day started by 5:00 AM, I can still struggle to get the ball rolling. Procrastination is a powerful thing and if I give it any space at all, it will devour my entire morning. Recently I’ve started a new practice that has made my morning routine even more effective. I’ve heard this practice for many years from a  variety of sources and coaches, but it…
  • How should I spend my time?

    Kenny
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:54 pm
    This week I’m going to explore some productivity tips and tricks. Productivity is a topic I’m very passionate about probably because I recognize how much much there is that I want to do and how many things there are to distract me from doing what I really want to do. Left to myself, I’ll fail miserably or end up working much harder than I need to. About fifteen years ago, I was introduced to an idea that would later have huge implications for me. It’s actually a simple chart/matrix the helps you understand how to best spend your time. Although I’ve know this…
  • 5 essentials to better communication

    Kenny
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:32 pm
    This last week I had fun writing about becoming a better communicator and why we need to grow in this area. I thought I’d wrap up with some closing thoughts about communication. Over the past 5-7 years, I’ve been given more and more opportunities to communicate on a variety of stages. Some of the experiences have been spectacular and others have been… let’s just say I wish I could have done things differently. From my experiences, here are the things I’ve found to be most true of my very best talks. I know that when I do these things, my talk is far more likely…
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  • Pt2-When Your Dreams Don’t Pay the Bills: An Interview with Tony Snipes

    tsnipes
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:06 pm
    What do you do when your dreams don’t pay the bills? How does TV watching affect fulfilling your purpose? Does “The Anointing” eliminate the need for training? A few weeks ago local social media personality Jason Linton hit me with questions like these! Two guys on a phone discussing the REAL WORLD issues that come … Continue Reading → Related posts: When Your Dreams Don’t Pay the Bills: An Interview with Tony Snipes What do you do when your dreams don’t pay the... How Author Jason Linton Got 5,000 Facebook Fans (Audio) On today’s episode, I…
  • When Your Dreams Don’t Pay the Bills: An Interview with Tony Snipes

    tsnipes
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:08 pm
    What do you do when your dreams don’t pay the bills? How does a parent nurture the gifts and dreams of their children…when they can’t nurture their OWN gifts and dreams? A few weeks ago local social media personality Jason Linton hit me with questions like these! Two guys on a phone discussing the REAL … Continue Reading → Related posts: Pt2-When Your Dreams Don’t Pay the Bills: An Interview with Tony Snipes What do you do when your dreams don’t pay the... How Author Jason Linton Got 5,000 Facebook Fans (Audio) On today’s episode, I interview author…
  • 54 Resources That Actually PAY Writers for Their Work

    tsnipes
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    This is an awesome resource brought to my attention by my good friends at Write2ignite. Write2Ignite hosts an annual conference designed to help Christian writers network with publishing professionals. The list contains 54 organizations that actually PAY writers for well done work. Take a look, pass it on: http://www.freedomwithwriting.com/freedom/uncategorized/54-writing-platforms-that-pay-writers/   Post a Comment if you … Continue Reading → Related posts: Does What I Created Belong to God…or to Me? The following was inspired by an attendee of a recent... 5 Ways A…
  • A 2 min Message to Christian Creatives: BE READY

    tsnipes
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    What do all the changes in American culture mean to Christian illustrators, designers, authors, chefs, speakers, engineers, dancers, rappers, poets, actors, etc, etc, ?? A LOT! A 2 min Message to Christian Creatives: BE READY from Tony Snipes on Vimeo. Related posts: See My LIVE Sketch Party Sessions (time-lapsed) Take a look at my latest LIVE STREAMED sketch sessions... What Is the Culture War and How Do Christian Creatives Fit in It? I was recently asked, in reference to a previous post,... If Money Was Not An Issue In 2014 This video has always inspired me, especially at the end...
  • See My LIVE Sketch Party Sessions (time-lapsed)

    tsnipes
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:13 am
    Take a look at my latest LIVE STREAMED sketch sessions (time-lapsed for your convenience!) JOIN THE PARTY: Bookmark this page to see the next one LIVE: https://stre.am/tsnipes Astro Girl from Tony Snipes on Vimeo. Edward B Garrett from ‘God’s 7 Keys for Creative People’ from Tony Snipes on Vimeo. LIVE SKETCH PARTY video clip from … Continue Reading → Related posts: If Money Was Not An Issue In 2014 This video has always inspired me, especially at the end... A 2 min Message to Christian Creatives: BE READY What do all the changes in American culture mean to... How…
 
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  • 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,…
  • Video of Gabriel speaking to Zachariah

    samluce
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:16 am
    Looking for a video bumper to lead into the story of Gabriel telling Zachariah his wife would have a baby? Look no further. Check out this video that our team made for this weeks Bible story. So appreciate Lori (who shot and edited it) Tim who was Gabriel and Matt who was Zachariah stuck in traffic. As a parent and a Pastor of families it is so moving to see people who take what they are given make it their own and make it better. Love the team we have and their passion to distil gospel truth to the kids of our church. Awesome job guys this video is just to fun. If you can’t see this video…
  • Free Bible Lesson Ephesians

    samluce
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:18 am
    The Book of the Church Key Point –What is the church and what is my place in the churchMemory Verse – Ephesians. 4:16 “Under His direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly…” (NLT) Children’s Sermon – Bible Story – Tell the story of the first church – Acts 2 – The Church Helps me Grow The Church Helps me Know Know Others Know God more Object Lesson – Have a plant show the kids how healthy the plant is explained to the kids the components that make a healthy plant – it has good soil, water, sun, fertilizer ect..  If we are missing any of these components the…
  • Manly things I like about Group’s Kidmin Conference

    samluce
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    I remember the day it first dawned on me that being a man in children’s ministry was like being a rainbow unicorn in real life. I was at a Kids ministry conference at Willow Creek 15 years ago and I had to use the bathroom. Every bathroom but one, in the whole church had been converted to a women’s bathroom. It was at that painful moment, the realization came to me. I am not the average kids pastor. I have since found that I am not as rare as I felt in that moment in the halls of Willow Creek Community Church. The past 15 years we have seen more men see the value of ministry to kids, this…
  • 3 Reason why your Kids ministry needs a YouTube Channel.

    samluce
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:03 am
    After a couple of years of discussion we launched a YouTube channel for our kids ministry and I think you should do it too. Kids and young adults age 13-24 are consuming less hours of traditional TV broadcast content, and watching more online content, from sites like YouTube. In fact, 96% of that age group consume online video via social media sites for an average of 11 hours per week. In contrast, only 81% of 13-24 year olds tune into the TV to watch scheduled programmes, and then only for around 8 hours per week. (http://www.reelseo.com/13-24-watching-more-youtube-than-tv/) The stats are…
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    What Christians Want To Know

  • My Favorite KJV (King James Version) Bible Scriptures About Hope

    Pamela Rose Williams
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    One common dictionary definition of hope is “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best” (1). As a Christian I often equate hope with trust. Hope and trust... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Bad Reasons To Leave A Marriage

    David Peach
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Many of the problems that come up in marriages and drive couples apart aren’t the earth-shattering kind that arrive shockingly. No, what normally drives a wedge in a marriage relationship are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 8 Good Bible Verses To Use On A Birthday Card or Note

    Jack Wellman
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here are 8 Bible verses that I believe would be great to use on a Birthday card or a note.  Which ones might you suggest? Psalm 139:13-15 “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why Are Jesus and Satan Referred To As The Morning Star In The Bible?

    Jack Wellman
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Why does the Bible refer to both Jesus and Satan as the “morning star?” Lucifer, the Morning Star? One of the main verses and sections of Scripture where Lucifer or Satan (also called the Devil) is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Does The Bible Say About Obtaining Wealth? A Christian Study

    Dr. Michael L. Williams
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    No matter where you live, there’s a lot of division in the world today. One area of division that is a favorite amongst politicians is the divide between rich and poor. Some politicians make it their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Percent Christian: Has closure already been reached?

    Justin Long
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    “Closure” is the missiological concept of finishing the task. Not everyone, however, thinks the Great Commission is a task that can be “finished” at a single point in time. And some have defined “closure” in such a way that it makes it difficult to think it’s possible. Closure Conundrums is my series of blog posts (and maybe a book) on the challenge of understanding what “completing the Great Commission” actually means. This post is the first conundrum on the list. I welcome comments about aspects of this conundrum I haven’t…
  • How to change paradigms of church and discipleship

    Justin Long
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Q. How can we change the current paradigm in the US of “Church” and “Discipleship”? This question (asked in the June Challenge Survey) might be asked of just about any country in the world. Let’s say you have a paradigm or idea or policy or practical thing you want all (or at least most) of the churches in an area to adopt. For the purposes of this exercise, let’s think of this as not an idea about discipleship but something simpler: “Churches should advocate small groups as a way to have more effective church life” (or some similar phrasing).
  • Quotes, 5

    Justin Long
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    1. “Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.” ~Rumi 2. “Our confused society badly needs a community of contrast, a counterculture of ordinary pilgrims who insist on living a different way.” ~Philip Yancey
  • The question we don’t ask about discipleship

    Justin Long
    1 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    When I’m speaking at some event, or talking with people on the phone, and I tell them about massively growing movements (thousands! hundreds of thousands! millions! in just a few years!), they always ask: How do you know they know what they need to know? How do you keep out heresy–“believing the wrong things”? Why? There are no studies on why people ask one of these questions and not the other, but I have my suspicion about the reason. We ask because most Western believers, by default, understand discipleship as a course, as assimilated knowledge – “Teach…
  • Futures Perceived, 5

    Justin Long
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    1. “The automation myth: robots aren’t taking your jobs, and that’s the problem.” Vox. 2. “This computer vision company is tracking all the people moving through the cities.” Fast Company. 3. Google Translate’s app now instantly translates printed text in 27 languages. TechCrunch. App on a smart phone, using phone camera. 4. Smart Sniper Rifles with WiFi connections can be hacked by hackers: disable, change target. Wired. 5. A programming language for robot swarms: when it comes to robotic flocks, do you control each machine individually or the entire…
 
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  • How Receiving from God Helps Defeat Our Narcissism

    guest writer
    10 Jul 2015 | 11:08 am
    I regularly hear some Christian leaders say, “We live in a self-centered, narcissistic age and that has to be driven out of the church.  All anyone thinks about is ‘what’s in it for me.  That is not how Jesus thought and we should not think that way either.” I agree that we should not be […] The post How Receiving from God Helps Defeat Our Narcissism appeared first on RevTrev.com.
  • Father’s Day Rant: Death to Bored!

    revtrev
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:12 am
    Father’s day is coming up. Call me the old guy…but I just had this conversation this morning. “I’m bored!” “You can’t be. Only boring people are bored. You’re not a boring person.” Maybe this video wouldn’t have helped my cause. Rant on! Watch Death to Bored Watch Death to Board on YouTube The post Father’s Day Rant: Death to Bored! appeared first on RevTrev.com.
  • Nine Thoughts for Pastors Who Are Considering Quitting – ThomRainer.com

    revtrev
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:01 am
    I got this in an email from Thom Rainer. Below is a link where you can sign up for his mailing list. #9 is the one most often on my radar. As a pastor, what thought keeps you “never lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”? Many storms pass quickly. I […] The post Nine Thoughts for Pastors Who Are Considering Quitting – ThomRainer.com appeared first on RevTrev.com.
  • 5 Habits I’d Look for If I Was Hiring a Small Group Pastor

    revtrev
    12 Jun 2015 | 10:45 am
    Source: 5 Habits I’d Look for If I Was Hiring a Small Group Pastor   A long-term pattern of doing life in authentic community. A habit of identifying, recruiting and developing high capacity leaders of leaders. A pattern of making heroes of others. A habit of focusing on the end in mind and commitment to […] The post 5 Habits I’d Look for If I Was Hiring a Small Group Pastor appeared first on RevTrev.com.
  • How to Boost Up Your Follow-Up: 6 Fresh Ideas

    revtrev
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:05 am
    Diana Davis shares on Pastors.com How to boost up your follow-up: 6 Fresh Ideas. Her 6 ideas she gives us to tweak are: first-time guest online survey same day contact email and snail mail small group personal invitation a personal touch pastor’s letter When I first read this the first-time guest online survey caught my […] The post How to Boost Up Your Follow-Up: 6 Fresh Ideas appeared first on RevTrev.com.
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  • Simple Tips … From Tripp & Tyler

    Nate
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:26 am
    Some great common sense tips from Tripp & Tyler.
  • Vision … the ability to see

    Nate
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Vision … what is vision to you? Websters dictionary defines it as “the ability to see” yet we as leaders often times mistake it as a great motivational speech that HOPEFULLY creates an image in the minds of those listening. We seem to forget that the true vision is “the ability to see”. So I […]
  • The greatest thing you do as a leader

    Nate
    4 Jun 2015 | 1:01 pm
    “The greatest thing you do as a leader may not be what you do but who watches what you do. Your children and grandchildren will be watching. Not only do actions speak louder than words, but sometimes they echo into the next generation.” Andy Stanley – North Point Community Church
  • Hey there … remember me?

    Nate
    18 May 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Hey there … remember me? Yeah I am that guy that has been MIA for four months. I know, what good is a blog when you don’t post right … I get it and I am sorry. Although let me take this moment to encourage you to follow me via social media because we all […]
  • 10 Must-Have FREE Android Apps

    Nate
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    1. Voxer Walkie Talkie Messenger Voxer is a free app that allows you to send voice, text and photo messages through their app which acts just like a walkie talkie. This for me has been a life changer. It has allowed me to quickly send voice messages to friends and family while driving without taking […]
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    Ramblings on the Way

  • How > Should

    1 Aug 2015 | 7:31 pm
    I've written about the place of life application in sermons a number of times (like here, here and here).But the form of application usually takes one of two routes with one far more preferable than the other.One option is to tell people what they SHOULD do in light of what the bible says.The danger in this is that it can lead to legalism and promote guilt.The second option is to share with people HOW they can use what the bible says.This, alternatively, opens up an avenue for the listener to feel empowered (or at least slightly more confident) in living out what the sermon was…
  • The key question from Elijah

    30 Jul 2015 | 3:13 am
    We’re all busy. That’s just how life is.No matter what life stage you’re in, the hectic pace of living can crowd in around you. Do you feel that right now?By tomorrow, my youth group will have just concluded their series on the Old Testament prophet Elijah. Even if you’re familiar with the story, go and give it a skim now (it’s in 1 Kings 16-19)… I’ll wait.Before the rulers of his day, who put their faith in the neighbouring fertility God Baal, Elijah said that there would be no rain for three years. Whilst outnumbered 850:1, Elijah proposes a contest to see which deity would…
  • Refining or shrinking

    27 Jul 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Gideon was a failure as a leader. His numbers went from 22,000, to 10,000 down to 300.But his army was not shrinking; instead it was being refined down to a number which God could use and be seen through.In ministry, sometimes things fail and shrink. But not always.Sometimes, God refines the numbers of a group down so a He can undeniably move anew.The challenge is trying to discern between the two...
  • What can settle the discussion for you...

    25 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    Teachers change.Ministers leave.Principals of schools transfer.Students graduate.With some people and situations, every fight is not worth engaging, every hill is not worth dying upon and every argument is not worth having.Why?Because convincing someone of your point of view isn't always required. With some people, when it comes to peripheral issues, you don't need to persuade someone.Some issues don't need to be immediately resolved.In some cases, the resolution of a problem will be found with time.In place of structured arguments, perseverance will open up avenues.You just need to…
  • The guest doesn't have to be difficult to find

    21 Jul 2015 | 4:46 am
    Some people won't like me.Some kids won't be moved by my explanations.Some teens will get annoyed by my anecdotes.Herein lies the power of the guest.But, when we look for the alternate voice, we can cast the net far and wide.In truth, we don't need to look that far...This is why I have the minister of my church and an adult volunteer give the talk at our after-school children's ministry activity.This is why I cycle through my youth group leaders to help me plan and deliver the youth group talks.This is why, at the end of last term, the talk on a Friday night was split amongst my…
 
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  • The Fear of the Lord

    Fr. Peter
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
      I read a lot of blogs by a lot of different people.  I read history blogs, news blogs, religious blogs, and some fun stuff.  I recently came across this daily devotional blog that had a post about the fear of God.  The writer of the blog post, the Rev Richard Floyd said that fearing God […] The post The Fear of the Lord appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Miracles Are All Around Us

    Fr. Peter
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Gospel of Matthew 14:14-22 At that time, Jesus saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and […] The post Miracles Are All Around Us appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • What I did on my summer vacation

    Fr. Peter
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    When I was in elementary school, we always had this first day of school ritual of telling the class what we did on our summer vacation.  One by one my classmates would rise and tell of their adventures to Disney World, the beach, or some other fascinating place.  We would listen attentively and then move […] The post What I did on my summer vacation appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • You are a Royal Priesthood

    Fr. Peter
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    In the daily Bible study work that I am presently engaged in, (sign up here) the focus is on the First Letter of St. Peter.  At the present time we are working our way through the second chapter and the focus is on the calling of all Christians to the priesthood.  For some this is […] The post You are a Royal Priesthood appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • The Danger of Discussion

    Fr. Peter
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    More and more we see that discussions, any debate will soon end in some sort or rant or disagreement.  Watching the TV “news” programs, one wonders how anyone can understand anything with everyone yelling at each other.  No one listens anymore to anyone.  We have our mind made up prior to the discussion and nothing, […] The post The Danger of Discussion appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
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  • The argument free marriage | Fawn Weaver | TEDxPortland

    Osayi
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Can you create an argument free marriage? Can you really go without arguing? What do you think? Can you agree to disagree? What is the law of acceleration?
  • Successful organizations know how to handle Crucial conversations – Joseph Grenny

    Osayi
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:54 pm
    How do you handle important conversations in your organization? When is a conversation a crucial conversation? How do you manage anger? How do you avoid being disrespectful?
  • What story are you telling yourself

    Osayi
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:27 pm
    ten different people called me. I missed their calls, because I was busy doing one thing or the other. They all had 10 different reactions. one said she must be busy, I’ll call her back one said she’s usually in a meeting at this tim, she’ll probably call me back one said she’s always ignoring my calls, let me try using a different number one said I think she hates me one said I hope I haven’t lost her as a friend one said I hope she’s feeling okay, she usually picks up my call one said oops I called her by accident one said I will never call her again one…
  • Human trafficking is all around you. This is how it works – TedTalks

    Osayi
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:38 pm
    What do you think about Human Trafficking? Do you think it’s still prevalent? Do you think it doesn’t affect you? How can you help? How can you reduce trafficking? Behind the everyday bargains we all love — the $10 manicure, the unlimited shrimp buffet — is a hidden world of people bought and sold to keep those prices at rock bottom. Noy Thrupkaew investigates the human trafficking industry – which flourishes in the US and Europe, as well as developing countries – and shows us the human faces behind the illegal labor that feeds global consumers. You can find out more about…
  • Don’t push me ‘cos I’m close to the edge

    Osayi
    13 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    We should all walk around wearing that sign, you know the sign – the one that says: “Don’t push me ‘cos I’m close to the edge.” Many of us are very close to the edge. Some are closer than others. Is it just me or do we sometimes hear something and not quite fully understand the meaning, until later. And even when we think we understand the meaning, something else may happen even later, and the words become even more meaningful. That’s the beauty of words – they can be multi-faceted. And now when I think about those words –…
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  • Hear My 8-Year-Old Son in this new Radio Spot

    Jonathan Herron
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:46 am
    One of the ways we connect with people far from God in the Great Lakes Bay Region is through strategic radio spots.  When we went into the studio to record our latest spot, my older son tagged along.   I am so proud of this kid — he has such a real and honest passion for Jesus at the tender age of 8. When I asked him to provide a voice-over line for an upcoming Life Church radio spot, he suggested adding another line about how if you visit our church, you will learn more about Jesus! By the way, Josiah NAILED his very first radio recording in ONE TAKE!  The final cut of the new…
  • Five Things I Learned as a First Time Guest at a Church This Week

    Jonathan Herron
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    Experiencing Church Through the Lens of a Visiting Guest I had a rare Sunday morning off this week from the church I love, so our family took advantage of the rare time to visit a new church as first time guests. Since our church is founded and fueled on the idea of reaching people far from God, it was eye-opening to experience going to an unfamiliar church through the lens of a visitor.  Afterward, I wrote down these five things that I learned about my experience. Overall the church we visited is great and is making a difference for the Kingdom.  For what we do at Life Church, it was…
  • Stories from Life Church: “I didn’t know what to believe”

    Jonathan Herron
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    A Snapshot of Transformation in the life of Jessica from Saginaw, Michigan Christ really is the hope of the world.  He accepts everyone; He takes our messes and transforms them into His message. Every week in this space we are sharing personal stories of life-change from Life Church.  Last week we shared a story of suicidal thoughts and hope in Christ from Jeff in Caro, Michigan.  Today we share a snapshot from Jessica in Saginaw, Michigan. What was life like before God entered the picture? Before I started going to this church I felt like I was in denial. I didn’t know what to believe…
  • How to get an AWESOME Church Plant Location

    Jonathan Herron
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Finding the Right Location for Your Start-Up Periscope is an easy new app that allows you to live-stream anything via social media.  It’s fun and powerful — viewers can type in real-time questions during the live-stream.  So I figured, why not use Periscope to freely share some of the things we’re learning at our church start-up, Life Church? Do yourself a favor: go download the free Periscope App follow me (search Jonathan Herron or @followjon) let me know what kinds of stuff would be helpful to share on upcoming live Periscope shoots! Here are the two live videos I…
  • Update on Lifehouse at Life Church, Blessid Union of Souls + New Service Times

    Jonathan Herron
    12 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    Two Exciting Updates for Everyone at Life Church Smack dab in the middle of summer, things are heating up at Life Church!  Here are two exciting updates for everyone who calls Life Church their home: 1)  Lifehouse was supposed to be the opening act for Nickelback’s 2015 Summer Tour.  While they were on tour through Michigan, they were planning an August 23rd VIP Concert at Life Church. Recently Nickelback made the tough announcement that a medical emergency with their front man was canceling the tour. No Nickelback on tour means no Lifehouse coming to Michigan. While we’re…
 
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  • Freebie of the Month: August

    Andre Kazadayev
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:54 pm
    It’s August and this month we are giving away offering-themed media. Summertime is usually tough for churches as attendance dwindles and giving suffers as well. To help you communicate the importance of giving, we are including a classic cathedral motion, and two modern tithes and offerings announcement slides—absolutely free! Download this month’s freebie and today! Try Proclaim for Free Proclaim Church Presentation Software allows you to collaborate with your team from wherever they work best. No more emailing large files or fumbling with flash drives. Best of all, it connects with…
  • Proclaim Charts: Top 10 Worship Songs on August 2

    Andre Kazadayev
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Each week we publish the top 10 most-played songs from weekend services around the world and point out tracks that are rising fast on the charts. Check back every week to learn which worship tracks are hot right now. “How Great Is Our God” “This Is Amazing Grace” “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” “Holy Spirit” “Lord I Need You” “Doxology” “Blessed Be Your Name” “Our God” “Mighty To Save” “In Christ Alone” You can find chord charts, lead sheets, click tracks, and more audio products from PraiseCharts by clicking on any of the songs. Be sure to check…
  • Responding to Service Interruptions

    Ray Deck III
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:22 pm
    There are 3 kinds of preachers in the world. Those who have been interrupted in the middle of a message. Those who will be interrupted someday soon. Those who are being interrupted right now. Murphy’s law tells us that service interruptions happen to all of us. No one can avoid them totally, but with a little planning, we can mitigate their effect on the flow of the service. Most service interruptions fall into 1 of 4 categories. Child—a crying baby is probably the most common service interruption, but they’re usually not serious. If you can’t ignore it, a quick joke about…
  • Proclaim Charts: Top 10 Worship Songs on July 26

    Andre Kazadayev
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:57 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” “Mighty To Save” “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” “Holy Spirit” “Doxology” “Blessed Be Your Name” “Revelation Song” “Lord I Need You” “Our God” You can find chord charts, lead sheets, click tracks, and more audio…
  • Church Media Is More Important Than Ever

    Andre Kazadayev
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Over the last decade, media has played a more prevalent role in the church than ever before. And it shows no sign of slowing down. By media, I mean everything from websites and worship presentations, to bulletins and podcasts. That flyer your administrator made for VBS? Guess what? It’s media! Your paper bulletin? Media! The accompanying track sister Elizabeth sang to? Media. It’s everywhere, and people can instantly spot sloppy, hastily thrown together work and the kind that shows you care. In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul says that everything should be done “decently and in…
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  • 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…
  • The Good News

    Kris Burke
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:34 am
    2 Peter 1:4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. United Faith Church, So often in church you will hear people talk about the, “Good News”. The good news of Jesus dying on the cross and raising from the grave. It is good news but how does it affect us? It gives us the power to live a completely transformed life and be free from the sin of the world. Jesus Christ on the cross gave us a chance to participate in His divine nature. We…
  • Where to put our trust

    Kris Burke
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:10 am
    Psalm 20:7-8 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. Church, Every person puts their “trust” in something. Some put their trust in their jobs and paychecks, trusting that the money will continue to come every week. Some trust in the strength of their own hands, that whatever happens they will be able to fix it with their own strength. Others trust in people, they rely on their family or friends. The truth is that everything in this world can fail us. You could…
  • The Path of the Righteous

    Kris Burke
    6 Jun 2015 | 8:46 am
    Proverbs 2:20-21- “Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will live in the land and the blameless will remain in it;” United Faith Church, The world that we live in has many paths that you can choose to walk. We are constantly faced with decisions on which path to choose and which turn to take. As many different paths that are to take, there is only 1 path that God has called you to. There is only one “Good” path, the path that keeps you in righteousness and saves you from the ways of the world. So many seek their own path…
 
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