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  • Where Are All The Millennial Leaders?

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    Jason Vernon
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    One priority question that consistently comes up in our StratOp sessions is, “How can our church attract talented, young leaders?” It would be nice if there was a simple ABC formula that would make young leaders flock to your church. The reality is two churches could sing the exact same songs, have the same modern facilities, and preach an identical message series but still experience completely different results. How can that be? Because there is not a very simple answer to this question, I’d like to follow-up with three questions of my own: What are you doing to get…
  • Here’s Why Your Pastor Didn't Say Anything About the SCOTUS Gay-Marriage Ruling

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    Frank Weller
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Three days have passed since the SCOTUS same-sex marriage ruling and the bloggers are a bloggin’ and the preachers are a preachin’. Just not yours. Sunday came and went at your church with nary a word about gays, marriage, SCOTUS or anything associated therewith. Pastor didn’t ask you to pray about the ruling, and there was no surprise homily from Romans 1. You keep checking the church blog
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    The Digital Sanctuary
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    30 Jun 2015 | 12:21 am
    Hey Guys.. This is the new digital santuary blog!.. In the next few days.. I will post webhosting reviews and latest coupon codes. So visit this blog guys every now and then. Thanks and God Bless!
  • 7 Reasons Why Your Church Needs Mobile Giving

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    Dean Sweetman
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Do you have a smartphone? Right, dumb question. Of course you have one. You’re probably reading this post on your smartphone right now. Or it’s sitting on your desk two feet from your keyboard. Smartphones are incredible devices. I mean, only 10 years ago we were using dial-up on desktop computers, ones that had less processing power than modern day mobile devices. It’s crazy. 74% of Americans say they write no more than one check per month. Technology advances so quickly. But for some reason, the church still lags behind. For example, worshippers still drop checks or cash into a plate…
  • Are Fun-Filled Church Events Missing the Point?

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    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…
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  • Here’s Why Your Pastor Didn't Say Anything About the SCOTUS Gay-Marriage Ruling

    Frank Weller
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Three days have passed since the SCOTUS same-sex marriage ruling and the bloggers are a bloggin’ and the preachers are a preachin’. Just not yours. Sunday came and went at your church with nary a word about gays, marriage, SCOTUS or anything associated therewith. Pastor didn’t ask you to pray about the ruling, and there was no surprise homily from Romans 1. You keep checking the church blog
  • If your life depended on passing a Bible quiz . . .

    Frank Weller
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:10 am
    If your life depended on passing a Bible exam, how would you fare? A story out of the UK details how Australia is struggling to deal with their refugee crisis. Like America, Australia has become home to asylum seekers. Among those are Christians from China who are eager to escape persecution. One such believer recently found herself the object of intense scrutiny when an Australian tribunal
  • Paradise (nearly) Lost

    Frank Weller
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:51 pm
    "I have come to believe that the major threat to the viability of our faith is that of consumerism. This is a far more heinous and insidious challenge to the gospel, because in so many ways it infects each and every one of us. I was trained as a marketer and advertiser before I came to Christ, and when I look at the power of consumerism and of the market in our lives, I have little doubt that
  • The fate of all nations who ignore God

    Frank Weller
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    In my quiet time, lately, I have been focusing on the YouVersion verse of the day. I use it as a springboard and go deeper into the context of each day's particular verse. Today's verse of the day was in Psalm 9, which led me to Psalm 9:17 - "The wicked will go down to the grave. This is the fate of all the nations who ignore God." This resonates with the conservative in me. After all, it feels
  • A Vietnam Veteran Finally Returns Home

    Frank Weller
    25 May 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Guest Blog by SSgt Tony L Lamson, USMC (ret), Deported Veterans Representative, Point Man International Ministries <!--EndFragment--> Specialist Hector Barrios, a 70-year-old Vietnam Veteran who served with the 1st Air Cavalry, is finally home with his family this Memorial Day. Hector passed on April 21, 2014. He wasn’t one of the lost or missing of the Vietnam War.  He was one of the
 
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    adm1n
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:21 am
    Hey Guys.. This is the new digital santuary blog!.. In the next few days.. I will post webhosting reviews and latest coupon codes. So visit this blog guys every now and then. Thanks and God Bless!
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  • 7 Reasons Why Your Church Needs Mobile Giving

    Dean Sweetman
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Do you have a smartphone? Right, dumb question. Of course you have one. You’re probably reading this post on your smartphone right now. Or it’s sitting on your desk two feet from your keyboard. Smartphones are incredible devices. I mean, only 10 years ago we were using dial-up on desktop computers, ones that had less processing power than modern day mobile devices. It’s crazy. 74% of Americans say they write no more than one check per month. Technology advances so quickly. But for some reason, the church still lags behind. For example, worshippers still drop checks or cash into a plate…
  • Creating a Church Communication Strategy on #cmschat

    Celine Murray
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    Last night’s #cmschat on Twitter covered how to create a useful and practical church communication strategy. You can learn more tips about strategy by reviewing our posts on how to manage your strategy as well as how to better utilize your church’s social media. Join us every Thursday at 9 p.m. ET for #cmschat on Twitter. Here’s the transcript: [View the story “Creating a useful & practical #ChurchComm strategy for your church ” on Storify] The post Creating a Church Communication Strategy on #cmschat appeared first on Church Marketing Sucks.
  • Church Marketing Interns: Get Some Help

    Angie Shoaf
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Some brilliant church communicators have equally brilliant ideas for expanding missions but are feeling overworked or understaffed. You have great people in the church, but sometimes they have the nerve to have lives of their own and can’t give enough hours to do it all. Other churches just don’t have a clear picture of what to do next. When you realize your church fits one of these patterns, consider entering into the wonderful world of interns. Just like churches, interns come in all sizes, or rather, with all kinds of different specialties. If your church (and pastor) has the…
  • How to Choose the Right Web Hosting for Your Church

    Cory Webb
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    So you’ve done your homework, and you’ve decided to host your own website. You looked at all of the options, and you have chosen one of the big open source content management systems (CMS) such as WordPress, Joomla or Drupal. You’ve made a great choice, but now you need to decide how you want to host your site. Most churches are on a tight budget and will usually opt for the cheapest hosting they can find. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but the purpose of this article is to help you understand exactly what you are paying for and why it might be worth it to spend a bit more to…
  • How to Build a Brilliant Volunteer Church Communications Team on #cmschat

    Celine Murray
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last night’s #cmschat on Twitter covered how to build and retain a solid volunteer church communications team. Check out more ways to engage your volunteers and how to make the most of them. Join us every Thursday at 9 p.m. ET for #cmschat on Twitter. Here’s the transcript: [View the story “How to build a brilliant volunteer #churchcomm team” on Storify] The post How to Build a Brilliant Volunteer Church Communications Team on #cmschat appeared first on Church Marketing Sucks.
 
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  • 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.
  • Code for the Kingdom is launching a Global Hackathon this October

    Kent Shaffer
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    After hosting local hackathons across Silicon Valley, Seattle, India, and Austin, Code for the Kingdom is launching its first global hackathon on October 2-4, 2015. Featuring 12 host cities, participants will create technologies using a Christian perspective to tackle challenges facing our communities. Over the past two years, over 900 technologists have created create 86 projects through Code for the Kingdom. This first global collaboration will leverage the skills and insights of international entrepreneurs, designers, and technologists to foster an entrepreneurial culture with Christian…
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  • 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 with an Anglo majority) 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…
  • 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?
  • Get Better at Social Media + Online Ministry

    djchuang
    15 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    2 most valuable events for church & ministry leaders coming up = 1 offline conference + 1 online conference.The Digital Ministry Conference is designed to empower individuals with the vision, knowledge, and relationships necessary to be thoughtful stewards of digital technologies for the cause of Christ. Dates: June 2-4 @ Biola University, La Mirada, California.Foundations Online Conference is a conference for equipping your church to communicate effectively. Date = July 22nd @ anywhere you are.Both conferences cover various aspects of strategy + tactics + ministry + learning +…
 
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  • 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…
  • Rhett Smith Podcast 15: Exploring the Interplay of Depression, Hope and Trail Running — with Missions Pastor, Mental Health Advocate, and Trail Runner, Benji Zimmerman

    Rhett Smith
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:19 pm
    About 5 weeks ago I was perusing through Instagram and I came across the feed of lvtrailrunner. I have been following lvtrailrunner (aka Benji Zimmerman) online for quite a while, and I have really been inspired by what he posts, especially his amazing trail running photos. But something different caught my eye this day…it was what he had to say on that post that really captured me.     Benji wrote: “Some days life isn’t in color. For many of us anxiety, depression and many other mental health issues loom in the shadows of our lives, but some days those shadows…
  • Rhett Smith Podcast 14: Simplifying Life, Family Togetherness, and Creating Margin for Exploration — with Artist, Musician and Craftsman, Aubrey McGowan

    Rhett Smith
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:07 pm
    I first met Aubrey McGowan approximately in the summer of 2010. And like some other stories you have previously heard on this podcast, we met at the ECHO Conference in Dallas. At that time Aubrey was leading worship (as well as doing all kinds of other things…mentoring, vision casting, etc.) at Hope Fellowship in Frisco, TX. Since our first meeting a deep friendship has formed and I have really come to admire a lot of things about him. Two things in particular that have stood out to me over the last five years is Aubrey’s generous spirit and his ability to solve problems and build…
  • Rhett Smith Podcast 13: Identifying Anxiety in Your Life Story and Reframing it as a Catalyst for Growth

    Rhett Smith
    2 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    I have struggled with anxiety most of my life. The story of anxiety in my life begins probably somewhere between 1981 and 1986. Those were the years my mother battled breast cancer, eventually dying in 1986 when I was 11 years old. As best as I can remember, the onset of anxiety for me began two weeks after her death when I returned to school and was no longer capable of reading out loud in class…only stuttering. That was the day that I began to live in fear as anxiety gripped my life, but more than likely it had already begun it’s work in those previous years with the ups and…
  • Rhett Smith Podcast 12: How Engaging in Adventure and Play Creates Space, and Leads to Hospitality

    Rhett Smith
    27 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    This episode was definitely a Rhett Smith Podcast first. My brother-in-law Drew Sams and I went for a long 10 mile trail run earlier in the day, and spent our recovery time hanging outside in his backyard jacuzzi. And so we decided to just record the conversation there. So you are going to hear some helicopters and sirens in the background…and we are a bit delirious by the end of the podcast (I guess two hours in a jacuzzi isn’t that smart when you are tired). But this is a great episode and we explore a lot of interesting things. I first met Drew back in 2001 when he was a USC…
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  • Flix: God, Movies, and Life

    Eric Bryant
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    TweetA new series starts this Sunday at Gateway Church in Austin! 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 said “good” movie, so maybe not Sharknado) Well that’s what we’re doing in July! We’re looking at some of the best films of the last year and taking a deeper look at what it has to do with God, life and you. So here’s your excuse to watch movies all weekend! GATEWAY SOUTH SCHEDULE We’re excited to…
  • Now What?! Racism, Same Sex Marriage, and Gender Identity

    Eric Bryant
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
    Tweet What a remarkable time in which we live?! Many Republicans see the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same sex marriage in every state and the continued shift in our culture towards “Just Be You” (whoever that may be) as truly bad things. Many Democrats see this as a time of great victory for all humanity. At the same time, tragically 9 innocent men and women were shot and killed in their church building in Charleston, SC because of the color of their skin. Since then several churches have been burned in Southern States such as Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and…
  • Gateway South LipSync Challenge (7/5)

    Eric Bryant
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Tweet Gateway South #lipsync Challenge Issued from Amber Andrade on Vimeo. Gateway South #lipsync Challenge Accepted from Amber Andrade on Vimeo.
  • “Desire: Longing for Security” by Rick Shurtz

    Eric Bryant
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Tweet At Gateway Church in Austin this past Sunday, we continued our series called Desire. Rick Shurtz spoke at the McNeil Campus, and I spoke at the South Campus. You can watch or listen to Rick’s message at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. You can listen to my message here: You can work through the next steps here. Here is some of what we shared: In this series we’re taking a look at desires of our hearts and what we do with them. Within our hearts, is a deep desire to be secure. Let’s begin by looking at security from its dark side. To be insecure is that internal sense we…
  • The Heavenly Father’s Blessing For You

    Eric Bryant
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:19 pm
    TweetAt Gateway Church in Austin, this past weekend Karin Harper spoke at Gateway South, and I spoke this past Sunday at the McNeil campus. When we had time, we shared a blessing from our Heavenly Father: Consider these words of blessing, encouragement, and promise over your life. 2 All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you (trust me)… 3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country… 6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. 7 (As Your Father, I) will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated…
 
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  • 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
  • Don’t Hate Monday! What Are You Grateful For?

    Fred McKinnon
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:55 am
    Hey there friends, It’s Monday, June 15th – we’re halfway into June already.  Most of us approach Mondays with a “blah blah” attitude.  Everyone loves Friday but hates Monday. I started my Monday morning with a nice time of quiet devotion and a brisk walk.  During my walk I took some time to give thanks and express gratitude for many things that I’m thankful for. Today I’d like to share my rendition of the song “Give Thanks” from my “Be Glorified” Acoustic Piano Instrumental. As you listen, consider leaving a comment below…
  • Summertime and the Living is …

    Fred McKinnon
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:18 am
    Hey Y’all! It’s SUMMERTIME!   I really love Summer because as a father of four kids, the busyness of school and sports slows down a bit.   My mornings are less hectic, less rushed, and more peaceful.   The days are longer meaning I can enjoy a run even at 8:30 PM. I thought I’d take a moment and just update everyone with some recent happenings … and I’d love to hear back from you as well. As many of you know, I serve as the Worship Pastor at my local church.  It’s a beautiful opportunity where my passion for music and for Christ intersect so that I…
  • In Moments Like These

    Fred McKinnon
    18 May 2015 | 6:59 am
    Hey friends! Happy Monday.  It’s the last week of school in the McKinnon household so we are excited to be on the home stretch of the 2015 school year. I’d like to kick off this week by sharing some music with you.   Here’s my rendition of a classic worship chorus, “In Moments Like These” from my piano instrumental album, “Be Glorified”. A few interesting facts about this album: It’s one of my older albums, recorded and produced in 1998. I recorded it on a Yamaha grand piano with 2 microphones being mixed directly to DAT (Digital Audio…
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  • 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!
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go?

    Robert Gifford
    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    The words of the band The Clash have been in my mind for a while now. Should I stay or should I go now? Should I stay or should I go now? If I go, there will be trouble And if I stay it will be double So come on and let me know Now while this song is about a relationship and really has nothing to do with discerning God’s will, it is an interesting question to ponder. We all know that God has a plan, and our lives are just a part of it. We know that this plan could involve us staying where we are or moving to parts unknown. Sometimes it can be difficult to know where God is leading, and so…
  • Exploring the Heart of the New Song—the Song and the Singer

    Gangai Victor
    27 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    Generally, when we talk about new songs, we either mean an unknown song (could have been released yesterday or even a hymn written centuries ago) or a known song reworked musically in a fresh arrangement—sometimes with a new chorus/refrain/bridge added also. In this article, let’s look at something deeper than that. In John’s visions recorded in the book of revelation, we learn two profound aspects of the “new song” that we will be singing in Heaven: 1.  The first is about song content: It’s all about Jesus and what He has done (Rev 5:9) “And they sang a new song, saying: You…
  • WMC-0154 – Taking a Break With Your Team

    David Lindner
    21 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    Taking A Break With Your Team As I once heard from the great leader and mentor, Bill Hybels: Sundays come around with amazing regularity. Every 7 days there is another Sunday to put together. We are constantly in the process of process. Because of this, there is a need for us as leaders to take some time off as a team. As another great leader says, we need time to work on it, not just in it (Andy Stanley). We need some time throughout the year where we remove ourselves from the daily grind of preparing for another service and give ourselves a chance to see how we can do what we are doing…
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  • It’s a Long Hike to the Top

    Paul Steinbrueck
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    Earlier this week I had the opportunity to hike up Mount Rainier with my family. It was a beautiful hike, but it was also hard work. Before we started the hike, it seemed like the mountain was “right there” but it in reality it was miles away and took hours of walking.  Sometimes it seemed like we would never reach our goal, but we persevered and were rewarded with a beautiful view, a sense of accomplishment and a remarkable experience our family will remember for a lifetime. In many ways search engine marketing is like our hike. Many people mistakenly believe that with a few…
  • Radio Works Launches New Website!

    Mark Steinbrueck
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:20 pm
    Earlier this year, I was contacted by two members of my church who own a own business, http://radioworks.us.  RadioWorks is a Windows-based traffic system for scheduling all radio spots and programs.  A while back, they had a WordPress website built by a company that no longer is in business.  They have had some issues with their website and asked if we could help them fix the problems and provide ongoing support. Before we transferred the website to be hosted with OurChurch.Com, our tech team did a review of the site and found some problems.  After resolving the visible problems, we…
  • Why We Worry About SEO

    Paul Steinbrueck
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:06 am
    There are a lot of things to worry about when it comes to your search rankings… 1) 80% of people who are looking for a church start their search online. If something happens to your church’s search rankings, most people won’t find your church. 2) Most online purchases start with a search. If something happens to your business’s search rankings, you could experience a big drop in business. 3) While updating pages on your website, you could inadvertently change or eliminate optimized parts of the page causing your rankings to drop. 4) Google and other search engines…
  • Out Of The Office (are you really)?

    Mark Steinbrueck
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:12 am
    This past week, my family took a trip for my son’s baseball team.  It was a lot of fun, the boys played well, and our family enjoyed many “non-baseball” activities while we were away. However, even though I was out of the office, knowing I would still have access to my email and voicemail, I didn’t delegate any of my responsibilities while I was away.  This meant that each day when I woke up, I would work for 30-60 minutes and after we would get back to the hotel and the kids were in bed, I worked for an hour or two, responding to emails, customer inquiries, and…
  • Using Technology for the Kingdom of God

    greggordon
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a guest post by Greg Gordon. The internet is a very powerful medium in today’s world. Essentially through computers virtually almost over one half of the world is connected in someway. The Church and Christian ministries have it in their aim and goal to reach people. Well… welcome to the internet, the place where people are gathering!  It can seem quite overwhelming and strange for ministries to find out ways to attempt to reach people on this online medium. As the founder of a large Christian website (SermonIndex.net), I have gotten hundreds of not thousands of questions…
 
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  • 6 Must Haves for an Efficient DIY Greenhouse

    Thomas
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:22 am
    If you love gardening, you have probably dreamed of tending your fruits, herbs, and vegetables year-round, or at least getting an early start. Starting seedlings can be difficult when temperatures swing in the summer and the weather is anything but predictable. Making your own greenhouse is an easy solution and surprisingly affordable. You can use salvaged materials and create a DIY greenhouse that is the right size for you and your gardening needs. Add solar energy and you can make an efficient greenhouse you can use year round. Solar power costs less than electricity, and with traditional…
  • Build The Perfect Backyard Ice Rink Without Any Tools

    Thomas
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:14 am
    Turn your backyard into your own winter wonderland with a backyard ice rink. Having your own ice rink means the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors on your own terms. It is a great way to get in shape, practice your figure 8’s, and play hockey or just a fun and exciting way to bond with your family. And best of all, you can build it yourself without any tools! A skating rink kit enables you to build your own backyard rink without the use of tools or additional materials. Instead, the rink kit provides an easy-to-assemble framework for containing the water for your rink, using…
  • Reasons Why Women Continue to Want to Receive Flowers Revealed by Michael Dark Research

    Thomas
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Michael Dark, an online florist, has recently completed a piece of research into why women continue to want to receive flowers. Very often, people feel flowers are not an appropriate gift because they are a bit cheesy and because they die anyway. However, the research clearly showed that women continue to seek that romance and that flowers seem to tick all the boxes. Michael Dark, UK based online florist, has recently completed a piece of research into whether or not women wanted to receive flowers from their other half. An overwhelming majority indeed appreciated – or would appreciate –…
  • Low maintenance garden landscaping

    Thomas
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Having a beautiful garden is something that most of us would like, but not all of us are prepared to put in the effort. If you’d rather spend your time enjoying your garden than maintaining it, these garden landscaping ideas are perfect for you. Get rid of your lawn One of the most time-consuming features in a garden is a lawn. It requires watering, de-weeding, mowing and planting seeds. By digging up your existing grass and replacing it, you cut back a lot of time and effort needed to maintain your garden. Replace your grass with paving slabs, stones, or bark. Choose interesting stones…
  • The Benefit of Having a Professional Install Your Siding

    Thomas
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:54 pm
    For most homeowners, finding a way to keep their home in great shape is a top priority. There are a number of ways you can increase and enhance the look and functionality of your home. Among the best additions you can make to a home is siding. The only way you will be able to get the siding you need is by finding the right professionals in your area to help. By taking the time to get the information you need regarding the professionals in your area, you will be able to find the right one. Here are some of the benefits you can gain when choosing to use a professional to install your vinyl…
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    Ron Edmondson

  • 7 Reasons I Need to Regularly Exercise as a Leader

    Ron Edmondson
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:10 am
    I’m a runner. I had some knee issues for a few months that kept me from running as much as I would normally. As much as I hated missing my runs, and I tried to substitute the time with other workouts, I learned a few things about myself during the time of healing. I was reminded, by not running as much, how valuable to me the exercise is for me personally. I have always encouraged leaders to have a regular exercise routine. I think it’s a necessary discipline for a healthy leader. If you aren’t currently an active exerciser, I have even more practical, first hand experience…
  • July 4th Verses of Encouragement

    Ron Edmondson
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:02 am
    Here are a dozen verses for your Fourth of July encouragement. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Psalm 33:12 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. Titus 3:1-2 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. Hebrews 13:14 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, Philippians 3:20 But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into…
  • 7 Ways to Keep a Leader on Your Team

    Ron Edmondson
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:08 am
    One of the biggest challenges for any organization is to attract and retain leaders. I previously posted reasons leaders tend to leave an organization. (Read that post HERE.) The goal then is to find ways to keep a leader energized to stay with the team — so I thought a companion post was appropriate. I’m writing from the perspective of all organizations but keeping leaders should certainly be a high priority in the church. I never want to stop someone from pursuing a better opportunity, but I don’t want to send them away because I didn’t help them stay. The reality is that…
  • 7 Reasons Leaders Tend to Quit Your Organization

    Ron Edmondson
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:06 am
    If any organization expects to grow, they need to attract, develop and retain quality leaders. Any argument with that statement? If so, you just like to argue. And, I get that too. But, new growth always requires new leaders. Period. Certainly the church needs good leaders.  One of the highest costs an organization has is replacing leaders, so ideally once a leader is hired, you’ll want to keep them. So it’s equally important to know how to keep them. And, to know why leaders tend to leave an organization, apart from finding a better opportunity. I don’t want to stand in the…
  • 5 Common Objections to Change – And 5 Suggestions to Lead Through Them

    Ron Edmondson
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:20 am
    One of the biggest — yet seemingly smallest — changes we have made in church revitalization was switching our service times. It seemed so simple yet I was pulled aside and told several times it would be the last change I made in the church. The word was the seniors — who primarily attended the later service — had made so many changes they weren’t doing this one. And they were extremely serious about it. (Let me give a side note here to my pastor friends. Your seniors who don’t like change are usually more supportive than you think they are or will be.
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  • Programs Do No Reach People and Other Top Posts from June

    Tony Morgan
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    Programs Do Not Reach People 8 Excuses Church Leaders Must Eliminate 9 Church Board Mistakes I Have Been Seeing Lately How to Tackle Your Ministry Silos and Build Unity 7 Reasons Why You’re Not Getting A Stage Announcement What Church Staff Roles Should We Prioritize? Sunday Attendance Declining? Maybe Our Panic Is Misplaced 12 Reasons Why Your Church Doesn’t Produce Spiritual Growth The 10/20/30 Rule of Impactful Presentations Would Jesus Want Your Church To Be Run Like a Business? The post Programs Do No Reach People and Other Top Posts from June appeared first on TonyMorganLive.com.
  • This Is How We Help You Assess the Health of Your Church

    Tony Morgan
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you’ve heard me mention that The Unstuck Group helps churches assess their ministry health. Ever wonder how exactly we do that and what the experience would be like? It goes like this: We review your metrics. You complete a comprehensive online ministry survey designed to assess ministry health metrics. The “numbers people” on your team will love this part. Our analysts review the data and provide you with a comprehensive report you can use as benchmarks for progress going forward. We pull out the…
  • Smart Churches Staff Around Their Growth Engines

    Tony Morgan
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    A lot of churches start with the who’s and then try to figure out the what’s. They hire for the positions they think they’re supposed to have, and then they write job descriptions (sometimes) and give assignments and create work for those people to do. I’d say this whole approach lacks wisdom and in the worst cases, misuses Kingdom resources. Why would you hire people and then come up with things for them to do? Isn’t that backwards? In my opinion, it’s better to start with the what’s and then find the who’s. And clearly defining…
  • Where Are All The Millennial Leaders?

    Jason Vernon
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    One priority question that consistently comes up in our StratOp sessions is, “How can our church attract talented, young leaders?” It would be nice if there was a simple ABC formula that would make young leaders flock to your church. The reality is two churches could sing the exact same songs, have the same modern facilities, and preach an identical message series but still experience completely different results. How can that be? Because there is not a very simple answer to this question, I’d like to follow-up with three questions of my own: What are you doing to get…
  • This Church Grew More in 2 Months than the Previous 2 Years

    Tiffany Deluccia
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Connect Christian Church in Amelia, OH has grown more in the last couple of months than it had in the previous couple of years. The congregation of a few hundred that was started in the 1950’s has overcome a lot in its history. Realizing the need to change and “relaunch,” they even left a building they owned debt-free to go portable because it no longer matched who they were trying to reach. They now meet in a ballroom at a Holiday Inn. Despite this change and others, they came to a point where they felt stuck. The momentum wouldn’t stick. We recently worked with Pastor Mike Edmisten…
 
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  • Cheapest Cell Phone Plans

    Hassan
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:39 pm
    I've discovered The 7 cheapest cell phone plans offered in the market today, starting at $5 a month and moving up from that, all the plans covered here are no contract plans, which make it easy for a try. The handset includes basic phones to Smartphone's, cell phones usually cost around $250 or even much less, so your heart is not going to race each time the bill arrives, simply because you'll
  • Top Cell Phone Companies That Offers Best Deals

    Hassan
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:40 am
    Choosing a wireless provider is important as getting a Smartphone. The service provider offers the network, considering that you'll possibly end up spending an acceptable price for the service, and there is no reason in keeping with a poor service. However, there is no assured way to forecast this. For every person who may have a bad story experience with a carrier, recently there tend to be
  • Best Prepaid Cell Phone Plans

    Hassan
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    If you don’t want to be bound to a contract, a prepaid plan is an excellent fit. There are small companies that offer the best prepaid phone plans with unlimited talk, text and nice amount of data. There’s actually something for any budget-and you’ll save over a postpaid plan. Below are the most affordable prepaid cell phone plans with nationwide network coverage assuming light usage.
  • Best Family Cell Phone Plans

    Hassan
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    If you're planning to keep all your family connected under only one single bill, family cell phone plans are the best choice. Every large carrier permits you to purchase for a month bundles of web data and talk minute, saving you some money. The price of 4 individual in AT&T service with 2 gigabytes of web data each, increases around 220 dollars, while a 4 members on a family plan costs 160
  • Prepaid SIM Card USA

    Hassan
    29 Jun 2014 | 4:43 am
    Searching for an inexpensive plan on iPhone offer, or perhaps you wish to use an unlocked worldwide cell phone? Several prepaid wireless companies now are providing SIM-Only service, in which you bring in your personal cell phone, catch in a SIM card and enjoy. There are two carriers that actually work with unlocked GSM cell phone or unlocked iPhones which is T-mobile and AT&T, however the two
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  • 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…
  • Get Mad Church Disease for FREE

    Anne Marie Miller
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:47 am
    A friend of mine asked “Does serving in the church interfere with your relationship with Christ?” At the time, the answer was yes. I was super burned out on church. Fast forward a few years and I got to write a book about how God heals and how He – not the church – is the object of our worship. Last year, I re-released Mad Church Disease with more resources and wrote an accompanying 30 Day devotional. So, if you’re feeling burned out…with church, work, life…I pray these can help you. Normally, they’re $20 for the lot, but since, well, I’ve been…
  • 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…
  • To All The Mothers Who Will Never Hold Their Babies on Mother’s Day

    Anne Marie Miller
    5 May 2015 | 5:33 am
    It’s really quite odd and blessed, the duality of joy and grief. A few weeks ago, Tim and I experienced a new type of happiness for us…a new kind of joy. I woke up early on a Wednesday morning with the strong urge to take a pregnancy test, even though I wasn’t late for my cycle. Five pregnancy tests later (I may be a little compulsive), we learned we were going to be parents. Everything seemed complete and right. We fell in love with the poppy-seed-sized clump of baby whose DNA was being written with each passing day. We celebrated with our friends, our family, our students. We…
  • How Should Christians Respond to Bruce Jenner’s Interview?

    Anne Marie Miller
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Tonight, I sat and watched Diane Sawyer’s interview with Bruce Jenner. If you’re not familiar with him, he was named the “world’s greatest athlete” after the 1976 Olympics. He’s the step-father of the Kardashian girls. And he’s transitioning into a woman. I found the interview thoughtful and compassionate, heart wrenching and curious. How does the church respond? Fortunately, Dr. Russell Moore penned a gracious and loving response. How do we, as the church, respond? How do we love? And how do we talk to our kids about this (and many other hot topics…
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  • VLOG Episode 18 – Mexicans + Farms = Rednexicans

    admin
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    It’s that time of year again… Time to blow things up. This episode is all about how we get ready to set the sky on fire… Enjoy! Los
  • Dear Pastors planning on preaching an entire sermon on where your church stands on gay marriage…

    admin
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:23 am
    You shouldn’t have to. Why? Because if people can’t tell where your church stands on issues like this without having to preach an entire sermon about it… Then you have bigger issues at hand. This is not saying you shouldn’t… Simply saying you shouldn’t HAVE TO. If you are going to place a flag in the ground… If you are going to make a banner and attach it to the little planes flying around the sky like they do at Spring Break beaches across the south… If you are going to stand atop the mountain called your pulpit and declare something……
  • WhittaKREW Season 2 Is Underway

    admin
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Still trying to figure out what to do with this space. It used to be the space where I would talk with and encourage my crew  Now we are all spread out on Facebook, Insta, Twitter, and so many more spots. But I don’t wanna give up on this space. So I think for now I’m going to simply use it as a gathering spot for the best of the best from that day. I know Tumblr wold probably be the best way to do that, but alas, I’ll do it here.  Right here at ragamuffinsoul.com. I started VLOGGING again. If you aren’t on the social media wagon I’ll link season 1 and season 2…
  • Fit By First JULY 4th Edition!!!

    admin
    29 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    JOIN #FitByFirst TODAY! Only 8% of people who made New Years Resolutions actually kept them! And Summer Is Here. And there is no worse season to feel horrible about your physical fitness than summer. SOOOOOO I’m gonna teach you EVERYTHING I DID to lose my 35lbs in 3 months. But I’m gonna show you in 31 days… I changed my body and SO CAN YOU! Amigos y Amigas. It’s time to break forth the rhythm and the rhyme. Over 2000 people have taken part in the Fit By First Challenges. It’s your turn… YOU NEED NO SPECIAL EQUIPMENT OR GYM MEMBERSHIP TO PARTICIPATE!!!
  • Booking Summer Slots

    admin
    19 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    The next few weeks I’ll be preaching at a few killer churches. CrossTimbers Church in Dallas TX Valley Bible Fellowship in Bakersfield, CA Crosspoint Community Church in Nashville, TN (HOME!!!) I’m also speaking at various conferences into the fall. If your church has a Sunday in between sermon series, or a Sunday you are looking for a guest speaker, I’d LOVE to come and teach. booking@ragamuffinsoul.com The biggest risk of my professional career was listening to God when he told me to write Moment Maker and become an author and speaker at the height of my worship leading…
 
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  • Church Different at SLOT Art Festival

    Andrew Jones
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:03 am
    MAD MONK: Church Different is the 4 part lecture series I will be teaching next week at SLOT Art Festival in Poland. This is a subject that has fascinated me for a very long time. In the 80’s I was part the beginnings of a movement to find new forms for spiritual community. In the 90’s we started hooking up ...
  • The future belongs to the mad

    Andrew Jones
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:45 pm
    “Where must we go . . . we who wander this Wasteland in search of our better selves.” Mad Mad: Fury Road. Final scene. This morning I read aloud a sentence about madness from a 1951 book and my wife liked it so much she painted it on our truck. “It is better, perhaps, to be slightly mad with a sound heart, ...
  • Outside the Camp

    Andrew Jones
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:13 am
    This morning I was reading about the tent of Moses which he pitched “outside the camp” so that God would meet with him (Exodus 33:1-11) and Jesus who was crucified “outside the camp” (Hebrews 13:13). Sometimes I feel outside the camp. Some thoughts: 1. God is not our possession. Not even his people who build houses for him. Not even Christians own ...
  • Cryptoanarchy Bitcoin Coffee

    Andrew Jones
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:53 am
    This morning I had to go over to Sir Toby’s Hostel to pay for a friend of mine who stayed there a few weeks ago. She was stuck in Prague and not sure where to go so I said just go to Sir Tobys and they will take care of you. Which they did. And always do. Awesome breakfast bar ...
  • Meziproster: The Festival

    Andrew Jones
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:45 am
    .Hear me speak at Meziproster Festival in Czech Republic. The title of my talk is “Hacking our way back to the Garden” and I will talk about the universal search for abundance and harmony, what was lost and how to find it. Friday 17th, July, 11am Also, my Muslim friend Kris will be speaking just after me at 3pm and I will ...
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  • What Instagram Isn’t Telling You

    Pete Wilson
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Someone once said that people are like icebergs; most of who we are is hidden below the surface. Nowhere is that more true than when thinking about the topic of fear and failure. Consider this: In a typical day, how many of the people you interact with mention their greatest fear or something they’re struggling with? I would guess the answer, at least for most of us, is “not many” or “none.” Most of us try, to some extent, to present a brave face to the world. When we pass somebody in the hall at work and they ask “how’s it going?” we usually respond “good, how about you?”…
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  • Duplicate File Finder: Killer Free App

    Brandon Early
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:49 pm
    I have gigs of duplicate files on multiple hard drives, I am wasting so much space! The Duplicate Finder is the app we need! For a limited time we can grab The Duplicate Finder for Mac (which is normally a $9.99 app) that will sift through files and.. READ ON... The post Duplicate File Finder: Killer Free App appeared first on YouthMinistry.com.
  • Listening Guide for Youth Ministry

    Theresa Mazza
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    Did you know that as you age your ears keep growing? Yep, one day we’ll all enjoy some big beautiful ears. But it is important that our listening skills grow with our ears. Recent events might tempt all of us to talk more than we.. READ ON... The post Listening Guide for Youth Ministry appeared first on YouthMinistry.com.
  • Random Randomness

    KurtJohnston
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:13 am
    This past week while at a retreat, I noticed our brand new intern laying in the lounge reading a book. From a distance I asked, “Whatcha reading?” To which she enthusiastically replied, “Some book called Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry. It’s AWESOME!” If you’ve not yet read it,.. READ ON... The post Random Randomness appeared first on YouthMinistry.com.
  • Make Your Own iPhone App

    Brandon Early
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:32 am
    Have you been thinking about making your own iPhone app but did not know where to start?  A year ago I wrote on column in GROUP Magazine to help youth workers think through the idea of creating an app, you can read it here. When it.. READ ON... The post Make Your Own iPhone App appeared first on YouthMinistry.com.
  • Discussion Starter: Confederate Flag Targeted After Mass Killing

    Steph Martin
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:33 pm
    In the News Charleston, S.C.—Following the shooting deaths of nine African-Americans during a church Bible study, Southern states are debating the removal of the Confederate flag. Alleged killer Dylann Roof posed with the flag, sparking renewed controversy about its appropriateness in public life. During his.. READ ON... The post Discussion Starter: Confederate Flag Targeted After Mass Killing appeared first on YouthMinistry.com.
 
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  • After Charleston: An Open Letter to White Christians from a White Female Pastor

    Eugene Cho
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:11 pm
    We are all still in shock and pain. Yesterday, I wrote these brief words on social media about the tragic events at Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina. There’s a time to argue issues and there’s a time to just grieve, mourn, weep. Now is that time to grieve, mourn, weep. Tomorrow will come and may God give us wisdom and courage to be both fierce and gentle, prophetic and pastoral…in pursuit of God’s Kingdom here on this earth. But today…we lament. We lament. We lament. Well, we continue to lament, and grieve, and weep. And as we do so, we must have the…
  • The injustice in McKinney reminds us again that we desperately need a fresh imagination of restorative justice.

    Eugene Cho
    11 Jun 2015 | 2:56 pm
    I need to share some thoughts. And I know that some of you may get confused, upset, or angry. That’s ok. This past week, we saw another example of egregious mis-use of power; We witnessed another example or byproduct of systems, institutions, and structures that’s skewed or distorted; That diminishes the value of black bodies as lesser than…That’s what racism is. Not only can people be racist but what’s even more dangerous are structures that are distorted in such ways that it can be racialized … and people don’t even know. Which explains why after…
  • Quest Church has purchased the building formerly known as Mars Hill Church. Full transparency: Here’s why and how.

    Eugene Cho
    7 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I have some big news to share – news that will likely solicit mixed emotions for many people. If you’re an internet junkie, it’s possible that you may have already heard as I’ve been receiving my share of texts and tweets. About two weeks ago, Quest Church – the church I lead – purchased Mars Hill Church (Ballard). Yes, that Mars Hill Church. Since then, there’s been a trickling of blogs, online news, and television reports that have covered this. As such, there’s also been a trickling of criticism of why we would do business with MH, questions…
  • The Drop Box film. Why it’s complicated, why it matters, and why you should watch it.

    Eugene Cho
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:57 pm
    It’s true. The topics of orphan care and adoption are incredibly complex. Anyone that says otherwise are naive or selling something. It’s complicated on their own and even more complicated in the same sentence. And even more complicated when you engage it on local, national, and international level. They might be undergirded by certain same principles but they can (and should) look different on the ground. There’s no one simple, generic solution. And whenever solutions are presented, eventually – surely enough – loopholes are found to be exploited or…
  • There will come a time to hope but for now, we mourn. We lament.

    Eugene Cho
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:20 pm
    “…Mourn with those who mourn.” [Romans 12:15] This picture. Wailing. Crying. Disbelief. Incredulity. Oh no, not again. Just utter pain. Deep lament. It hurts to just stare at this photo and even more so, to imagine the shrieks and intensity of this father’s deep scream. For a moment, put aside your views, your “I told you so” comments, or your aspirations to be a political commentator. For us – especially as Christians – if our Black brothers and sisters in Christ are hurting …If they are truly our brothers and sisters in Christ; And if we are truly…
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  • Never Touch Things Twice

    John
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:49 am
    via QZ: Productive people never put anything in a holding pattern, because touching things twice is a huge time-waster. Don’t save an email or a phone call to deal with later. As soon as something gets your attention you should act on it, delegate it or delete it. This is true and it’s true of many whom I’ve met who just get stuff done. In my own life I can tell when I’m stalling when I don’t act on things that can be acted upon. The post Never Touch Things Twice appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Have Parties

    John
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:47 pm
    via Sam Altman: Never put your family, friends, or significant other low on your priority list.  Prefer a handful of truly close friends to a hundred acquaintances.  Don’t lose touch with old friends.  Occasionally stay up until the sun rises talking to people.  Have parties. He 35 more great thoughts on what to do with your life and how to focus, prioritize, and remember what’s important. Sam turned 30 just a few months ago but he’s accomplished so much already. I’m sure he doesn’t feel that way, but, still… great head on his shoulders. … ……
  • FIFA is a Let-Down

    John
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    A list of really unfortunate things that FIFA has done related to the Women’s World Cup. Clearly, when it comes to women, FIFA has not and does not respect the beautiful game. And don’t roll your eyes, pendejos; this isn’t a feminist rant. These are facts. Well, fuck it! Maybe it is a feminist rant. Sad. I just want to watch the game with my girls and really, really enjoy it… just as much as we watch the men’s World Cup. The post FIFA is a Let-Down appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Should Startups Blog? Yes, But…

    John
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:59 am
    But… So, should startups blog? Yes … but only if they fully and completely buy into two things: the right mentality and the right goals. I agree, and this principle applies to most things in life. Doing things “just because” is as bad (or even worse) than doing nothing at all. Get a strategy in place, something practical, decent, and not complex. Telling the story of your organization isn’t hard, it just takes time, commitment, and a bit of mental wherewithal. I’ve shared my own thoughts about a development / developer’s blog and I’m finding some…
  • Learning Math with Programming

    John
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    I wish this was around when I was young…   The post Learning Math with Programming appeared first on John Saddington.
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  • [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 →
  • Free Video Training for Adult Volunteers!

    Terrace Crawford
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    One of my favorite partners in ministry is with my friends at LeaderTreks. These guys know how to equip your ministry and help you build leaders! Recently they released some videos to help train your adult leaders. And the best … Continue reading →
  • [Podcast] ★ Sex Matters with Jonathan McKee ★

    Terrace Crawford
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:28 pm
    The 19th 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 19: ★ Sex Matters with Jonathan McKee ★ Terrace interviews Jonathan McKee, veteran youth … Continue reading →
  • [Podcast] ★ Evangelism & Discipleship Strategies in a Post-Christian Culture ★

    Terrace Crawford
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:46 pm
    The 18th 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 18: ★ Evangelism and Discipleship Strategies in a Post-Christian Culture with Ben Kerns … Continue reading →
  • The Only Comment on Shooter’s Facebook Page!

    Terrace Crawford
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:18 pm
     Dylann Roof entered a historic Charleston Church on Wednesday evening and sat through a prayer meeting for nearly an hour, according to sources. Then Roof proceeded to kill 9 people, including the pastor of the church. Since his name has … Continue reading →
 
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  • 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.”
  • The Extras: Brick By Brick Series

    Jason Bedell
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    As we wrapped up our series yesterday at Forefront, “Brick by Brick,” I wanted to share some side notes & extras. If you missed any of the series, you can head over here to watch/listen/share. Now to the wrap up & extras: Books that were mentioned during the series: Crazy Love, Scary Close, ReJesus, Crazy Busy,  and One Way Love We tend to like the idea/feeling of community, but want it without the baggage. Week 1: “Community Takes Continual Commitment” (Acts 2 and The Early Church) The darkness that lies in the shadows stifles us and keeps us from moving…
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  • 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…
  • Build Great Teams By Finding Leaders Not Doers

    Tim Stevens
    19 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    I’M GOING TO TELL YOU A CLASSIC STORY I’VE HEARD several times. I can’t give credit because I have no idea where it originated, but it goes something like this: The owner of a car dealership was looking at his sales reports one day and noticed that Tom Phelps was outselling every other salesperson. Tom had been on the team just a short time, and yet he was closing sales left and right. In fact, in the previous month he doubled the sales of both Bob Jenkins and Laura Budowski, who had been known for years as the top-producing employees in the company.Month after month, the owner…
  • Conquer Distraction to Effectively Lead Your Team

    Tim Stevens
    12 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    TEENS GET A LOT OF GRIEF ABOUT HOW MUCH TIME THEY SPEND ON THEIR PHONES. I hear adults say, “They never put their phones down!” or “He is texting nonstop!” or “I bet she couldn’t live a day without her phone.” But in truth, teens do what teens see. And I see adults every day who belittle others because of the bad phone habits that they, too, model.  One day a couple of years ago I got up before daylight and spent hours traveling by plane to go across the country for the sole purpose of a one-hour meeting with some leaders for whom I have huge respect. I had looked…
 
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  • 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.
  • Rockstar Monk - The role of the worship leader?

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    13 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I will be periodically posting a series of essays this year: "How We Worship Matters: Essays on the Worship Battles We Should Fight." Here is the third essay in this series. At least two extremes exists when describing the role of the worship leader. Today, we ask for rockstar-monks to lead us in worship. I have heard an influential leader say repeatedly at conferences, “Your role is more important than mine as the preacher.” Really? This made me feel important at the moment, but reality says something else. As a worship leader we prepare people to hear the word, lead them…
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  • 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:…
  • Is your church asking too much info from first-time visitors?

    Bill Reichart
    5 Jun 2015 | 9:36 am
    When a first time visitor comes to your church, how much information do you ask from them? You may assume that because someone has visited your church that they are willing to simply divulge as much information as possible to you. Yet a first-time guest to your church may not be as willing to do so as you think, in fact, many first-time visitors may be simply there to check out your church with relative anonymity. Or perhaps there is general concern that divulging too much information may invite unwelcomed communication from the church - communication that they are not ready yet to receive.So…
  • How To Create Quality Videos In Just A Snap

    Bill Reichart
    3 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Animoto has been one of my go-to video creation app for years. It has been an invaluable ministry tool, allowing me to share the many ministry stories in a powerful way. What I love is that Animoto simplifies video editing by limiting the number of customization options and making most of the editing decisions for you. What it delivers for you in the end is a very professional looking video with impressive results.Here are some details:Compatible with iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch (iOS 7.0+), Android (version 2.2+), and an online version available here. Pricing: Free to try, with plans…
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  • Divided: When the Head and Heart Don’t Agree REVIEW

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

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

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

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

    Joel Klampert
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:31 am
    Book Review- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by: Marie Kondo I would normally consider myself a professional organizer who’s lack of consistency with it gives the perception that I am not. I love the idea of a clean home and we clean our house every week. There does seem to be a difference between the IDEA of a clean home and an ACTUAL clean home. We have four kids who all have different levels of a hoarders mentality. If they say that was inherited from myself or my wife, we will deny that to the grave! The reality is that every…
 
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  • 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…
  • 15 Creative Ways to Decorate Your Home for Free

    Dawn
    9 Jun 2015 | 2:13 pm
    I love to decorate my home. For me it is like having sprinkles on my cupcake. I even like changing things up a bit from time to time. Especially for all the Holidays and with each new Season. Decorations just set my mood and a tone for our home. Do you like to decorate? I admit that sometimes I get a bit out of hand with it and need to find a more frugal way to decorate. I have been scouring Pinterest for some awesome ways to not only decorate my home but to do so on the cheap. Free to be exact! That’s right, I said FREE! You will love to see my findings as you get new ideas to decorate…
  • The $6 tip that made me rethink my approach

    Bob
    18 May 2015 | 11:51 am
    Last weekend I decided to take Linda on a mother’s day trip to Nashville for the weekend. She has proved to be an awesome mother to our baby boy for the last 15 months and she deserved a little trip away. On the morning we were set to come back home, we began packing up. As I pulled out my wallet to leave a tip for the cleaning lady I flipped through the cash and saw that I had $46 (two $20s and six $1s). I opted for the $6 and left it on the pillow. We finished packing up our stuff and made our way into the hallway. As we did, the cleaning lady was standing right there. She was…
  • The one thing I would teach a recent college Grad

    Bob
    18 May 2015 | 7:52 am
    It is so SIMPLE to retire well off, if you make just a little sacrifice now. The alternative is making a huge sacrifice later on (in your 40s) and still probably not doing as well as if you made a small sacrifice now. You just finished your degree and you are probably looking for your first “real” job. This is the perfect opportunity to decide how you would like your financial life to be. You have the choice to spend and buy whatever you feel like which will likely put you in heaps of debt. If you choose this path, you will be in good company. You can be sure most of your…
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  • Your Volunteer Structures Could Be Hindering Involvement

    Blessing Mpofu
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Church leaders have the great privilege of seeing to the spiritual formation of disciples. This is core to the mission Jesus gave us. One of the aspects of spiritual formation is service. For service, the many members of the Body have diverse gifts and function. Thus the responsibility of pastors and church leaders is connecting need to people’s gifts and vice versa. It is creating space and opportunities for people to discover and exercise their gifts. When leaders fail to create such an environment they stunt the growth of those they lead. Pastors and leaders can also rob the…
  • Why Slow Reading Is Good for You

    Rachel Blom
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    There’s a new phenomenon: the slow reading movement. I love it. Slow reading means reading for at least half an hour without being distracted or interrupted by anything else—especially smartphones. Not only will it completely relax you and bring down your stress levels, it will also positively affect your reading comprehension. A study found that a multimedia presentation mixing words, sounds and moving pictures resulted in lower comprehension than reading plain text did. As many of us can affirm, online reading has impacted our reading habits. We’ve become skimmers, fast trackers,…
  • Fireworks on Social Media [Podcast #61]

    Eric Dye
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s Independence Day weekend and we’ve got a quick podcast this week talking about fireworks on Facebook! After recording the podcast this past week (which will now be downloadable next week), Phil told us about how his church’s Facebook event page exploded—in a bad way—and lead to him eventually deleting the page. Has anything like this happened to you? [Subscribe via iTunes | Stitcher | RSS | Proudly Hosted on Buzzsprout] Join-in the discussion: #cmagcast If you’ve experienced some church social media disasters, we want to hear about them! Email me […
  • Happy Independence Day!

    Eric Dye
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    May your Fourth of July be #EPIC! And if you miss out on seeing fireworks this year, we provide you our own little show: You’re welcome. Happy Independence Day! first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
  • Church Tech Snack Pack #078

    Eric Dye
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Tomorrow is July 4th! Are you doing anything special? Spending time with your family and/or friends? I hope you have an awesome time this weekend—enjoy the links! Happy July everyone! We're having our first translation sale! The @NIVBible & @NKJVbible are now 50% off pic.twitter.com/AkdIMqHA6i — NeuBible (@neubibleco) July 1, 2015 Six Simple Things a First-time Church Guest Likes 8 ChMS Considerations for Church Plants 12 Church Communication Experts on Twitter Right Now 25 Quick Ideas for Your Church’s Social Media Whiteboard: The Moses Method for Choosing Church…
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  • Let's Learn from our History

    Mark Wilson
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:04 am
    The following observation of the Wesleyan Church by historians, McLeister and Nicholson, is fascinating:  "It is significant that our greatest losses occurred in those periods when our church was debating questions of reform; and our greatest gains occurred in those periods when our church was most zealous in promoting holiness evangelism."   Perhaps we should learn something from our history.(Ira F. McLeister & Roy S. Nicholson, Conscience and Commitment: History of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of America, 1976, p. 643.)
  • Fishing for Opportunities

    Mark Wilson
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    The other day, while casting a line, I began to think about how fishing and discovering opportunities are alike.If you want to "land" a few golden opportunities -- you have to go fishing! Whether at home, work, church, or civic organization -- you can catch a few golden opportunities, if you apply certain laws of fishing.1. Go where they are. Nobody has ever caught a fish in the bathtub or the backyard wading pool -- and you won't catch opportunities by waiting around for them to come to you. The chances of catching a fish increase greatly when you go fishing. How much energy and time are you…
  • Fires Bring Blueberries

    Mark Wilson
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:59 am
    Strong winds blew down a swath of trees -- leaving jagged trunks jutting from the earth. Driving by a few days later, we shook our heads and sadly recalled how beautiful the land used to be. I grumbled against the wind. Good hearted loggers tried to clean it up a bit -- by clearing some of the windfall. Their honest efforts, however, seemed more an invasion of nature than a healing. Their cuttings left deep scars, cold and stark. I drove by, shook my head, and grumbled against the loggers. The burning followed. How the fire started is still a puzzle --…
  • Is Following Jesus Hard or Easy?

    Mark Wilson
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Only the one who follows the command of Jesus single-mindedly, and unresistingly lets his yoke rest upon him, finds his burden easy, and under its gentle pressure receives the power to persevere in the right way. The command of Jesus is hard, unutterably hard, for those who try to resist it. But for those who willingly submit, the yoke is easy, and the burden is light.”  -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship
  • Four Secrets for Effective Communication

    Mark Wilson
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:50 am
    Communication is to love what blood is to the body. When it ceases to flow, love dies, and rigor mortis of resentment sets in.The ancient prophet, Amos, asked the rhetorical question, "Can two walk together except they be agreed?"Bob, walking by his neighbor's house, saw him struggling with a couch halfway in the front door. He walked up to his friend and asked, "Hey Fred, need a hand?""Sure!" came the reply, "I'm glad you stopped by. This has been a real challenge,"So, he grabbed the end of the couch and started pushing -- but it wouldn't budge an inch. For about twenty minutes, both men…
 
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  • Here's How Christian Audio Book Summaries Help You Learn More...in Less Time

    Tim
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    Learn More…in Less Time! Some people love to learn but don’t necessarily enjoy the act of reading…while others love to read but can’t find the time to read all those enticing books! Does this describe you? If so, or if you just want to learn more and save time, then the book summaries at Books At a Glance will help you to read more quality, Christian books…in less time! What Are Book Summaries? A book summary is similar to the “executive summary” concept that’s so popular in the business world; it condenses the main points, thoughts, and…
  • Controversy or Complacency

    Tim
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    The church has always had some of those people associated with it. There have always been people who maintain an offensive disposition when it comes to their faith. These are the people who seem to love nothing more than a good fight. They bait every conversation with a few key words, hoping that you will blunder into a discussion they know they can win. They play one Christian off another. They might elevate themselves into positions of Christian leadership for the purpose of enriching themselves at everyone else’s expense. Even back in the days when the Apostle Paul was traveling…
  • A La Carte (July 6)

    Tim
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:44 am
    Here are today’s Kindle deals: Note to Self and Experiencing the Trinity by Joe Thorn ($3.99 each)—both are excellent and good additions to any library; Joni: An Unforgettable Story by Joni Eareckson Tada ($1.99); An Introduction to Wisdom and Poetry of the Old Testament by Donald Berry ($0.99); Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas ($1.99). R.C. Sproul on the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling - R.C. Sproul has recorded some thoughts on the recent ruling on same-sex marriage. Japan’s Suicide Rate - Here’s an interesting line from a sad article: “Japan has no…
  • How To Prepare Yourself for the Lord's Supper

    Tim
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    I am sure you have considered God’s command in 1 Corinthians 11:28: “Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” It sounds simple enough, but what is actually involved in this kind of self-examination? How should we prepare ourselves before celebrating the Lord’s supper? Thomas Haweis offers help in his classic work The Communicant’s Spiritual Companion, recently republished by Reformation Heritage Books. He offers these 4 directions: Examine your repentance. Consider whether you have really repented of your former sins and purposed to…
  • Weekend A La Carte (July 4)

    Tim
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:36 am
    Thomas Kidd writes of The Final Break Between God and Country. “As proud as we may be of the American tradition, our nationalistic mixing of faith and state can make it difficult for us to see when the nation has gone wrong. It can also make it hard for us to know what to do when the nation has patently wandered from the truth.” This site digs up the old question: How Did President Zachary Taylor Actually Die? It is a question that has perplexed people for some time now. But it seems there’s probably no mystery or conspiracy there. The GTY Bible App is coming soon. Very…
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  • God Brings Us Suffering for Others’ Sake

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    Ongoing pain and suffering is hard. My wife and I have wrestled with her chronic pain for five years now. Everyone suffers somehow. It might be chronic pain, cancer, broken relationships, disability, or the struggle against besetting sins. It’s hard to live in a world of futility and brokenness. We groan for the day when it is all made right (Romans 8:18–25). And yet, suffering seems to be one of the great instruments in God’s hands to continue to reveal to us our ultimate dependence on him and our ultimate hope in him, despite our circumstances. God is good to give us the greatest gift…
  • When to Baptize Our Believing Children

    5 Jul 2015 | 6:45 pm
    I have a confession to make: I’m Joe the Baptist, and I practice covenant childrearing. When it comes to church polity, I’m a congregationalist who believes a profession of faith is essential for baptism. And when it comes to raising my children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, I could happily answer “yes” to infant-baptist Mark Jones’s four helpful questions: I do assure my sons of God’s forgiveness when they repent I do encourage them to forgive because Christ has forgiven them I do teach them to sing all of our psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs And I do teach…
  • Sing Something Fresh

    4 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    I began writing new songs of worship when I was fifteen years old. No one sat me down and said this practice can be a part of growing in Christ, nor explained the spiritual benefits of writing songs. I simply tasted the goodness of God and felt compelled to respond by crafting a new song. Now, for the last twenty years, I have been trying to bend the English language around for the glory of God and write melodies to encourage the hearts of his people. I know the difficulty and the reward of this labor and, more than ever, I feel the need to sing to the Lord a new song. The Hymnal’s Not…
  • Fare Well, Liberty Bell

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The 350-year marriage of Protestant Christian theology and American popular culture is over. Christianity, it may be sadly said, is no longer the preeminent social influence in American life. We Christians who dared to presume that America was ever all and only ours are, apart from some God-ordained awakening, unlikely to “get our country back.” We will live and work henceforth, as do most other Christians around the world, amidst a public square hostile to our beliefs. Christian citizens of the United States of America nevertheless still have great reasons this day to lift thanksgiving…
  • Loving and Celebrating a Defective Nation

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:25 pm
    July 4th is the day we Americans set aside to celebrate the birth of our nation, the ideals it represents, and the freedoms we enjoy. But for many American Christians, the recent Supreme Court ruling will hang like a dark cloud over this year’s Independence Day festivities. And in a very real sense, this response is appropriate. The marring of the meaning of marriage is a calamity whose repercussions will likely be more far-reaching and destructive than most of us understand now. And it will likely have serious future implications for churches and other Christian institutions. It’s…
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    Todd Rhoades

  • 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…
  • Frankly Scarlett, We Don’t Give a Darn

    Todd Rhoades
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:32 am
    Excuse my french. This quote from a task force report of Southern Baptist pastors caught my eye this week: “Many of our churches have chosen to celebrate other things as a measure of their success rather than new believers following Christ in baptism. We have drifted into a loss of expectation.” We have drifted into a loss of expectation. When we don’t expect much, not much happens. My biggest problem with many churches:  We don’t measure much of anything… Nothing is getting measured.  (OK… maybe butts in seats and dollars in the offering). But have we…
  • What Some Church Leaders and LeBron James Have in Common

    Todd Rhoades
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:40 am
    I’m really interested in the NBA playoffs this year… mostly because my Cleveland Cavaliers have a (slight) chance at winning… we’ll see if it’s all over after tonight. But after Sunday night’s game, LeBron James had an interesting statement about himself… “I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world.  It’s simple.” That’s bravado. And maybe that’s ok for a sports star (although it didn’t hit me well when I heard it).  It can be death for a church leader. Wait a minute. No church leader…
  • The Number of Churches In Your City/Town Does Not Mean Squat

    Todd Rhoades
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    Truth: Just because a city has a lot of churches doesn’t necessarily mean it has a lot of religious citizens. Interesting: If every person in Indianapolis, IN attended church this Sunday evenly across all the church buildings available, the attendance at each church would be just 289 people. Property research site PropertyShark did a recent study.  According to their study, here are the 10 cities with the most religious venues per capita and how that relates to people active in those facilities: #10 Boston, MA: 1 religious venue for every 1,107 people. According to the Public…
 
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    Pastor Steven Furtick

  • 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…
  • Elevation Staycation

    webteam
    5 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Summer is the perfect time to pack it all up and hit the road to visit new places or favorite vacation spots But this year you won’t have to go anywhere to have a great summer. Join us for Elevation Staycation — and you just might be surprised what comes your way. For times & locations: http://ele.vc/staycation
  • Why You Are Where You Are

    webteam
    1 Jun 2015 | 9:54 am
    Is life just a series of random events, or does God have a grand plan? What happens when we’re not sure if the place we’re at is where we’re supposed to be?
  • How to Be Content Without Being Complacent

    webteam
    26 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    We have the tendency to think of success as a final destination. But, what if we’re still a long way off from where we’d like to be? How do we find both contentment and the strength to keep stretching?
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • 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
  • Cheap Kindle Books 6.23.15

    Steve McCoy
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:23 am
    Some supercheap gems...NAC Studies in NT TheologyBeliever's Baptism by Tom Schreiner & Shawn Wright ($0.99)The End of the Law by Jason Meyer ($0.99)God's Indwelling Presence by Jim Hamilton ($0.99)Also...Entrusted with the Gospel edited by Kostenberger ($0.99)The Underestimated Gospel -- Chandler, Platt, Piper, DeYoung, Dever & more ($2.99)Pastors in the Classics by Leland Ryken ($1.99)Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church by Michael Lawrence ($3.99)
  • We Are Never Ever Getting Bad Blood

    Steve McCoy
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" mashed up with "Bad Blood." Maybe you thought her music sounded a bit recycled?? You were right.
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    Worship Matters

  • 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…
  • A Call for Musically Gifted Pastors

    Bob Kauflin
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:38 am
    In 2008, I suggested in Worship Matters that the title of “worship leader” needed to be defined to be helpful. So I defined it this way: A faithful worship leader magnifies the greatness of God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit by skillfully combining God’s Word with music, thereby motivating the gathered church to proclaim the gospel, to cherish God’s presence, and to live for God’s glory. I still like that definition, but I’m less sure the term “worship leader” is serving us. It’s taken on a life of its own and…
  • Dave Gobbett on Sovereign Grace Music & WorshipGod UK

    Bob Kauflin
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:55 pm
    I first met Dave Gobbett in 2000 when he was in the states. His love for the Savior and the church were almost palpable. He was bursting with enthusiasm for God’s gospel, God’s people, and God’s work. He also had an appreciation for Sovereign Grace Music that he shared freely once he got back to the UK (as you’ll see below). He played a key role in my leading the music at Word Alive in 2011. Dave now serves as the Lead Minister at Highfields Church, Cardiff, and is a trustee of Word Alive. I’m grateful that Dave will be teaching a seminar at WorshipGod…
 
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    markartrip.wordpress.com

  • CELEBRATING THE NEXT PHASE FOR MOVEMENT CHURCH

    markartrip
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    Three years ago in 2012, my family moved to Hilliard to plant Movement church. Our launch team started with 16 adults and 5 kids. Some were already situated on the west side and others sold their homes or moved to new apartments to that we could make our homes and have an impact around Hilliard. Our vision was the same in those early days to be “A movement of people finding their way back to God”, but it started small as we talked about the church we wanted to be and how we would accomplish that. I remember many steps along the way and the excitement that came when the first person gave…
  • MOVEMENT CHURCH EASTER SUNDAY WRAP-UP

    markartrip
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Movement Church, I wanted to write you a letter and let you know I am so proud of what God did through you on Easter Sunday as we celebrated life in Jesus. #youPLUSone We had a simple vision to see our normal church numbers double and to see every person bring a friend. Not JUST because numbers are important, but because each one of those numbers represents a person that you have relationship who needs to know the gospel. We equipped you with flyer invites and sent one to every home in Hilliard and prayerfully gave it to God. Sunday we had 296 people!!! God far exceeded our expectations and…
  • 10 THINGS I AM EXCITED ABOUT RIGHT NOW AT MOVEMENT CHURCH

    markartrip
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    10 things I am excited about at Movement Church right now 1. NEW LIFE – We have recently had some close friends in our Movement group give their lives to Jesus. Some we have lifted up in prayer for two years. I get giddy thinking about their testimonies being shared on Sunday and celebrating new life in Jesus. 2. LARGEST ATTENDANCE EVER – This week we had 171 people attend Movement Church. That’s not gigantic and everything isn’t just about flashing numbers, but I am excited about the church God has slowly built in less than two years. “Every number has a name, every name has a…
  • WHY WE ARE ASKING YOU TO SIGN UP FOR OUR 5K RACE – ADOPTION UPDATE

    markartrip
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    I’ve had people ask me how our adoption is going, what’s up next, how fundraising is going, why we are still raising funds and many other questions so I wanted to put all those thoughts in one spot and give an adoption update to our friends and family. HOW IS YOUR ADOPTION GOING? The process is going quickly and very smooth. It helps when you have been through it all before. Things like writing a 12 page narrative on questions about your family, upbringing and parenting make more sense the second time and the task is not as daunting. As far as a checklist goes, we submitted our…
  • HELP THE ARTRIPS ADOPT….AGAIN!

    markartrip
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    We are asking anyone who wants to invest in us as a family to donate to our adoption fund. Our goal is to raise $10,000 (of the $21,000 total) as soon as possible so that we can be matched with a baby this fall. If every Facebook friend gives $5 we will meet our goal. STORY 4 years ago we wrote this blog entry outlining our heart for adoption and our plan to start the process. We believe that God has a HEART FOR ADOPTION and we want our family to express His heart. With the help of our friends, family, and network of people we were gifted $7,000 that helped us adopt Mercy. Here is the entry…
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    Thinking Out Loud

  • Christian Leadership is both Art and Science

    paulthinkingoutloud
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:48 am
    The Leadership theme is a big part of the Christian portion of the internet. Podcasts and blogs by names you’d recognize garner a huge following; names such as Michael Hyatt, Rich Birch, Carey Nieuwhof, John Maxwell, Andy Stanley, Tony Morgan, Jenni Catron, Brad Lomenick and Ron Edmondson, just to name a few that I can personally recommend. One of the challenges faced by leaders is succession plans; when to pass the torch and to whom it should be passed. This weekend at Christianity 201, we ran this article by someone I consider a statesman among Christian leaders in Canada, Brian…
  • If It’s Not Working, Check the Connections

    paulthinkingoutloud
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    If I’m not getting the desires of my heart, Maybe I’m not delighting myself in the Lord If I’m not finding my paths being made straight, Maybe I’m not trusting in the Lord with all my heart. If I’m not finding God is adding good things to my life, Maybe I’m not seeking first His Kingdom. If it doesn’t seem like God is working in all things for His glory, Maybe I’m not loving God or trying to live according to His purpose. If it doesn’t feel like God is hearing from heaven, healing the land and forgiving sin, Maybe it’s because as His…
  • Utility Relationships

    paulthinkingoutloud
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:33 am
    A person can be said to have a utility relationship with their church when they have some task that they perform, and perform well, but 99% of their interactions with other church people are in the context of the performance of that duty. A person in utility relationship may have a title, but is rarely included in anything resembling a meeting; and they may receive recognition occasionally, but this never extends to being invited to something that might be considered an actual show of appreciation. A person whose relationship with fellow church people is purely as a utility needed for getting…
  • Teens, Twenty-Somethings Looking for More than Church Services, Bible Studies

    paulthinkingoutloud
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:11 am
    My oldest son made a comment that has been haunting me now for about a week. I had asked him on Sunday night if he wanted to join me at the last night of a video seminary we’ve been doing with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. I also asked him Monday night if he was going to a Young Adults Bible study thing that was part of a ministry initiative we had been campaigning for locally. He said basically, “Do Christians not ever do anything that isn’t a Church service or a Bible study?” Well, the answer is yes and no. We live in a small town. In a larger urban…
  • Family Games Night

    paulthinkingoutloud
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:09 am
    Admittedly, I wasn’t doing well in last night’s game of Settlers of Catan, which meant I had time on my hands to construct this fortress. For some of my US readers, the kids have already been off school for a month now. So… how much time have you spent together as a family? Trips to the cabin, road trips and similar adventures will often pull parents and children together for a time, but even there, smart phones and personal computers take us into different physical and mental spaces. The question is no longer, ‘Does the motel have a pool?’ but rather,…
 
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • “If the Son Sets You Free” Object Lesson on Freedom from Sin (John 8:35-36)

    Tony Kummer
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    We used this participation object lesson with our Kindergarten Sunday School class when teaching about freedom from Sin. It’s fairly flexible and could fit a variety of lesson plans about children and salvation. Here’s the basic version: Supplies: toilet paper or paper towels Bible Verse: Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin… if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. See John 8:34, 36. Bible Lesson on Freedom from Sin Today we are going to play a little pretend game with this roll of toilet paper. We are…
  • Lesson: Why Do Bad Things Happen? (Tough Questions Kids Ask #3)

    Leah Pittsinger
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:25 pm
    This Bible lesson deals with the so-called “problem of evil” in our world. More importantly, why does God allow so many terrible and sad things to happen in this life. Children will be pointed to Jesus Christ as the only hope in times of trouble. Even our Savior suffered, the most innocent person to ever live, but God was at work behind the scenes to accomplish something greater through his resurrection. Don’t miss the other lessons in this series, “Tough Questions Kids Ask.” TARGET AGES: 10-14 OBJECTIVE: To teach students how to biblically respond and rely on…
  • “Christian Flag” Snack & Craft Idea for July 4th

    Tony Kummer
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:03 pm
    This is a simple snack & craft combination we are using in our Kindergarten Sunday School class. It’s part of our 4th of July lesson plan that is focused on the freedom that Jesus gives us from sin. Supplies: graham crackers, white frosting, blue & red gel decorative icing Christian Flag Craft & Snack Directions Spread a thin layer of white frosting on the graham crackers to be the white background of the flag. Use the red gel icing tube to add the cross Use the blue gel icing tube to trace the blue background box around the cross The gel icing is much better for the kids…
  • Lesson: Jesus Feeds 5,000 with Boy’s Lunch (Matthew 14:13-21)

    Kristin Schmidt
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:57 am
    A Little Lunch and a Lot of Faith…Jesus Feeds 5,000 The story of stretching loaves and fishes is always a hit among miracle lessons. How is it possible that such a small amount of food managed to take care of so many people? This lesson aims to remind students of how God takes care of all of our needs and can do anything, even the seemingly impossible. Lesson focus: God can do fantastic and miraculous things in our lives if we trust Him and let Him do His will. Passage: Matthew 14:13-21 Target Audience: Kindergarten-6th Grade (adaptable older or younger) Materials Needed: Fun-sized…
  • Jesus Feeds 5,000 Coloring Page

    Tony Kummer
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:57 am
    Use this illustration of Jesus and the small boy as a coloring page in your Sunday School. It’s based on the passage in Matthew 14:13-21 where Jesus feeds five thousand people when a young boy shares his lunch of fish and bread. Click on the image above to download the print-friendly file. We’ve also uploaded a JPEG for any users who would like to edit the coloring sheet on their own. This activity would be a good companion for our lesson plan on the story of Jesus feeding the 5000. Related posts: Skit: Jesus Feeds Five Thousand “Baby Jesus is the Savior” Coloring Page…
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    Man of Depravity

  • Trying this Again

    Tyler
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    I’ve started this post 5 different ways, and none of them felt right. How do you approach people you haven’t seen/talked to you in so long? A hug, maybe? Hugs, friends. Yes, I’m back after 6 weeks away. The break was everything I needed it to be. I was in a bad place, probably a lot worse than I let on to here. Not ready to quit everything, but questioning the value and purpose of it all. I had a handful of honest conversations, people I could be honest with in a healthy way. I’m so grateful for my Tuesday morning men who prayed with me every week. I’m grateful…
  • Creating, Failing, Stopping

    Tyler
    26 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    Lately I’ve been feeling discouraged, like a failure. Maybe the expectations I set for myself were too high. Maybe it wasn’t my fault. A few projects I worked hard over a long period of time came short of expectations. And in the process of those slowly falling apart, I started to sense something welling up with me, “I failed.” I’m a doer, a guy who gets things done. I work as hard as hell until the project is done well. It’s a foreign world to me to see a project not finish well, much less several projects, all at once. This empty pit sat in me for days,…
  • A Prayer for the Work of God and Humanity

    Tyler
    21 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    Today’s post from Paul Pastor is the finale of Hinneh: a blog series on vocation and calling. If you’d rather read all the posts from the series in a short ebook, the writers have generously made it available for free. You can download a PDF copy here, or downloads in Epub (most tablets/e-readers) and Mobi (Kindle) formats are available as well. To receive the rest of the series in your inbox, sign up here.  For prayer together, especially at times of planting and harvest. Leader: God of all, who at the beginning of all things declared your work in creation to be very good, look upon…
  • On (A)vocation

    Tyler
    19 May 2015 | 7:40 am
    Today’s post from Jenelle D’Alessandro is part of Hinneh: a blog series on vocation and calling. If you’d rather read all the posts from the series in a short ebook, the writers have generously made it available for free. You can download a PDF copy here, or downloads in Epub (most tablets/e-readers) and Mobi (Kindle) formats are available as well. To receive the rest of the series in your inbox, sign up here.  To be honest, I don’t have the hots for the word “calling,” these days. Neither do I for its more chic Latinate sister, “vocation,” from vocare—to call.  We…
  • When You Aren’t Gifted, God Equips the Called

    Tyler
    15 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    Today’s post from Jonathan Pearson is part of Hinneh: a blog series on vocation and calling. If you’d rather read all the posts from the series in a short ebook, the writers have generously made it available for free. You can download a PDF copy here, or downloads in Epub (most tablets/e-readers) and Mobi (Kindle) formats are available as well. To receive the rest of the series in your inbox, sign up here.  God calls people. It’s one of the foundational understandings in scripture. Throughout the Old Testament, The Gospels, and the Epistles we see God calling people to do His work. I…
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    Cory Center for Children's Ministry

  • 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…
  • Small Changes, Big Results

    Matt Guevara
    14 Dec 2010 | 5:13 pm
    Some churches will go to great lengths to make visitors feel comfortable like renovating the children’s ministry wing or adding new ministry programs; but is that necessary?  Being friendly and welcoming doesn’t mean taking out a loan.  It might just mean moving through a paradigm shift and looking with fresh direction at your ministry.  Knowing what visitors look for as well as what they experience when they pull into your parking lot is a great place to begin.  Though some would argue a welcoming church begins well before the parking lot, for the purposes of our research, that’s…
 
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    ChurchForFamily Sermons

  • Don’t Just Be A Christian: Acts Like One (3) The Christian’s Priority

    paulwnewell
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    Loading Content... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done - Browse Series - Don't Just Be A Christian: Acts Like One Our House Getting Beyond Where You Are Easter2015:Celebrate! I'm Lovin' It 4:13 Christmas in a Box Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Luke Sheveland Kevin…
  • Don’t Just Be A Christian: ACTS Like One (2) The Christian’s Partners

    paulwnewell
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:21 am
    Loading Content... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done - Browse Series - Don't Just Be A Christian: Acts Like One Our House Getting Beyond Where You Are Easter2015:Celebrate! I'm Lovin' It 4:13 Christmas in a Box Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Luke Sheveland Kevin…
  • Don’t Just Be A Christian: Acts Like One! 1. The Christian’s Power

    paulwnewell
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    Loading Content... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done - Browse Series - Don't Just Be A Christian: Acts Like One Our House Getting Beyond Where You Are Easter2015:Celebrate! I'm Lovin' It 4:13 Christmas in a Box Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Luke Sheveland Kevin…
  • Our House: 1 The Porch

    paulwnewell
    19 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Loading Content... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done - Browse Series - Don't Just Be A Christian: Acts Like One Our House Getting Beyond Where You Are Easter2015:Celebrate! I'm Lovin' It 4:13 Christmas in a Box Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Luke Sheveland Kevin…
  • Getting Beyond Where You Are: 5 Baking Bread

    paulwnewell
    12 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    Loading Content... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done - Browse Series - Don't Just Be A Christian: Acts Like One Our House Getting Beyond Where You Are Easter2015:Celebrate! I'm Lovin' It 4:13 Christmas in a Box Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Luke Sheveland Kevin…
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    Kevin Campbell

  • Get Ready For This At Elevate!

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

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

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

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

    Kevin Campbell
    5 May 2015 | 5:23 pm
      We can’t wait to kick off FRESH AIR this Sunday at Elevate Church! In a slump? Luke warm? Need refreshing? If you’re drifting away, it’s time to re-connect with God. We’ve all found ourselves in the doldrums, perhaps stuck in survival mode, just going through the motions of life without the joy and purpose we know God provides. It’s time to live with more passion, purpose, and a freshness to life than you ever thought possible! Join us this Sunday for the kick off of FRESH AIR. TWO Service Times to choose from: 9am & 10:30am. Go here to find out more or get…
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    Digital Evangelism Issues

  • 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…
  • Storytelling – key to effective communication

    siskin
    5 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    Helpful look at how and why storytelling works so well. Check other recent posts on storytelling. Subscribe, share & re-use . . . GET UPDATES BY EMAIL & TWITTER Get our blog posts by email, once or twice a week: Feedburner email | + Feedly RSS or by Twitter: HELP! How Internet Evangelism Day can help YOU and your church. Please help us: complete this short digital outreach questionnaire and get free ebook Tweeting Church. Please also share this post on Facebook, Twitter and Google +1 using the one-click links below. You can also automatically syndicate our blog posts to your…
 
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    Brad Lomenick

  • Young Influencers List, June edition

    Brad Lomenick
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:37 am
    Here you go, the June edition of the Young Influencers List. You can see all the past month’s lists here. 1. Jerry Lorenzo- LA based artist and clothing designer, founder of Fear of God, and great follow on Instagram. 2. Lauren Daigle- singer, songwriter, and worship leader with most recent album called How Can it Be. 3. Tobin Heath- 2 time Olympic gold medalist, and midfielder with the US Women’s soccer team. 4. Baron Batch- Pittsburgh based artist, entrepreneur, and former NFL running back. 5. Glennon Doyle Melton- uber popular blogger, speaker, founder of the Momastery…
  • 15 Churches Creating Influential Worship Music

    Brad Lomenick
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Here are some churches and organizations, that in my opinion, are writing, creating, singing and releasing great songs for the entire Church around the world to sing. This is not an exhaustive list or a top ten/top twenty list. Just wanted to provide this so you will be able to check out all of their music and maybe include some of their songs into your rotation and put on your iTunes list. 1. Passion/Passion City Church- Chris Tomlin, Kristian Stanfill, Christy Nockels, Matt Redman, David Crowder and more 2. Hillsong Church- Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston, Jad Gillies and more 3.
  • We > Me

    Brad Lomenick
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:37 pm
    As leaders, we naturally have a tendency to make it about “me.” In some ways, you deserve it. As the leader, you’re probably putting in the most time, the most resources, the most energy, and risking way more than anyone else. You’re the one carrying the responsibility and the weight. You have the greatest to risk and the greatest amount to lose. But, ultimately, it’s not about you. It’s about the mission. It’s about the impact. It’s about a greater cause. And it’s about your team. It’s not just you on your team. There’s a…
  • A Conversation with Michael Hidalgo on his new book Changing Faith

    Brad Lomenick
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:41 am
    I recently had the chance to catch up with my friend Michael Hidalgo, lead pastor of Denver Community Church. One of the up and coming young voices in the church today. Your latest book Changing Faith addresses the subject of questions, doubts and skepticism that seem to be everywhere today. What prompted you to write on this? I cannot count the number of conversations I have with people who have serious questions or are plagued with doubts about God and the Christian faith. The thing is, I have these conversations with people who love Jesus, love the Church and take Scripture seriously. What…
  • Seven Thoughts on Taking a Risk as a Leader

    Brad Lomenick
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:29 am
    Stepping out. Risking. Taking a chance. It’s what we do as leaders. So why risk? Why do we as leaders step out and move into places of the “unknown” when we are in a comfortable niche and established as the dominant force? Why change if things are going great for you? Great question. So why do we risk and take courage as leaders? Had to think about my answer. Seven things stood out to me on the whole issue of taking a risk: 1. Entrepreneurs and Type A Leaders are never satisfied with the status quo and the “comfortable” niche. They can’t stand to sit still.
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    TeamRCIA

  • 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 →
  • Four easy ways to start a year-round RCIA process

    Nick Wagner
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:51 am
    Mary Birmingham and I just completed a TeamRCIA Catechist School in Columbus, Ohio. Toward the end of the school, we asked the participants what they learned and why that was important. Many of them said they learned the importance of … Continue reading →
  • The courage to evangelize: An RCIA challenge

    Nick Wagner
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:54 am
    Last week, I was interrupted by a knock on the door while I was working on a module for TeamRCIA’s new Catechist School. I don’t get a lot of casual visitors, so a knock is probably from the UPS guy. … Continue reading →
  • Discover a simple way to help the whole parish catechize the RCIA way

    Nick Wagner
    12 Jun 2015 | 12:22 pm
    If you have been reading the training articles on TeamRCIA for very long, you know that the RCIA is the model for all catechesis. But does the rest of the parish know? Who needs to know this stuff? You might … Continue reading →
  • A great RCIA resource for mystagogy

    Nick Wagner
    31 May 2015 | 2:32 pm
    I recently read a book about mystagogy that can be helpful for RCIA teams. In Mystagogy of the Eucharist, Gilbert Ostdiek, OFM, makes the point that we have to think of mystagogy as more than just the final period of … Continue reading →
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    Brandon A. Cox

  • Hey Fellow Christians, We Have a Fight on Our Hands!

    Brandon
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:39 am
    I learned in a public high school, nothing draws a crowd faster than a fight. Now that I’m an adult, the same is true, but usually the fight isn’t with fists but with words. The idea of fighting the good fight is definitely a biblical idea. We should fight for our purity and fight for the innocent and defenseless. But there’s another lesson I was taught as a kid. Sometimes it takes even more guts to walk away from a fight. I’ve been a little exhausted by all of the “fightin’ words” I’ve seen displayed across my social media news.
  • Rainbows, Flags, and the Immeasurable Love and Grace of God. Yes, #LoveWins

    Brandon
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    It’s been an interesting couple of weeks in American culture. As one guy on Facebook put it, “My newsfeed looks like the confederate army declared war on a Skittles factory.” We’ve certainly seen a lot of flags and rainbows. And rainbow flags, of course. Not because you haven’t heard, but for the sake of context, the Supreme Court of the United States did indeed make a history-altering decision on Friday, June 26, 2015, declaring that states could no longer ban same-sex couples from civil marriage. Then the internet blew up. People were happy. And angry. And…
  • 10 Terrible Reasons to Be Done with Church

    Brandon
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:04 pm
    The “Dones.” It’s a term sociologists and researchers use to describe those who are done with church. The Dones were once part of a church, but have become disillusioned for a variety of reasons and have decided to be spiritual without the help of a local congregation. And the Dones are growing in number. I’m a Pastor, and I’ve seen the church from every angle. I’ve been a church kid, a kid whose family left the church, and a young adult who found my way back to the church. I’ve been the Pastor of smaller, more traditional churches, on staff at a…
  • 18 Lessons from 18 Years of Marriage

    Brandon
    13 Jun 2015 | 2:43 pm
    On June 14, 1997, I married Angie Kirk, the most amazing woman on earth! The last eighteen years have been an adventure. We left home to go to college together and got engaged a little over a month into our freshmen year. That next spring I started pastoring a small church and Angie went back to Kentucky for the summer to finish planning our wedding. I cruised into town just a couple of days before the big event after all the hard work was done and took my beautiful bride as my wedded wife. We’ve lived through a number of significant changes since then. Angie became a social worker,…
  • The Pathway to Unity Includes Dying to the Narcissism of Our Minor Differences

    Brandon
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
    I once attended a service at a church of a different flavor. The history of their movement includes several thousand churches splintering away from Baptists a couple hundred years ago over differences in ecclesiology, baptism, worship, and a few other issues. I was surprised at our similarities. Sitting through their service felt just like sitting through the service I was accustomed to attending. There was biblical preaching, singing from a hymnal, an invitation of sorts, hand-shaking at the door, and pretty much a common set of cultural values. But our two movements have a rough history…
 
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    Biblical Preaching

  • New Covenant Ministry – Part 4

    Peter Mead
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:12 am
    Continuing the thoughts in 2 Corinthians 3-5, so why is ministry glorious, yet so tough? 11. We should not expect our lives to match the glory of the gospel in respect to our strength, but rather  to manifest the glory of the gospel in our weakness. (2 Cor.4:7-12)  Others may look down on us because we are not impressive.  We may long for superhero strength in ministry – every spiritual gift, perfect life, abundant tangible blessing, being liked by everyone, etc.  But the treasure that we have is held in jars of clay.  Unimpressive, weak, fragile, often cracked and inadequate.  Life…
  • New Covenant Ministry – Part 3

    Peter Mead
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:09 am
    I am walking through 2 Corinthians 3-5.  The first two posts are here and here. 7. There will be many reasons to lose heart, but one main one. (2 Cor.4:1-6)  With the most exciting news, we will struggle with the apparent lack of response from many.   It will seem as if unbelievers have their thinking veiled so that they cannot see what is being offered – and that is exactly what is going on.  The god of this age is actively at work in the world, (and in the church), to keep people concerned with other things.  The lack of response will tempt us to force the issue . . . 8. New…
  • Why Didn’t God Reboot?

    Peter Mead
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:57 pm
    I recently upgraded the operating system on my computer.  Frustratingly I now have a computer that freezes periodically.  The only solution appears to be reaching for the power button for an enforced reboot. God created humanity and soon saw them corrupted by sin.  It was not gradual.  We read of the fall into sin in Genesis chapter 3. As soon as sin entered the story we see Adam and Eve hiding and protecting themselves, and when confronted they continued that pattern by blaming each other, and for Adam, even blaming God for what had happened. In the next chapter we read of one of their…
  • New Covenant Ministry – Part 2

    Peter Mead
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:13 am
    Continuing on from the previous thoughts on 2nd Corinthians 3-5: 4. New Covenant ministry should generate boldness. (2 Cor 3:12-18)  Moses had to hide what being with God did to him.  Not so with us.  What happened to Moses was temporary and fading, but what God is doing in us is permanent and increasing.  It is so easy to think in terms of this life and fall for the lie of fading glory even today, but what God does in the New Covenant does not fade. 5. We cannot make people see, that is God’s work in Christ.  (2 Cor.3:12-18)  Israel experienced a hardening and a veil that would…
  • New Covenant Ministry – Part 1

    Peter Mead
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:52 pm
    I want to walk through 2nd Corinthians chapters 3-5 as Paul describes New Covenant ministry and share a few thoughts.  This won’t be a full exposition of the passage, but rather a set of thoughts provoked by looking at the text. 1. We are called to minister Christ, not to defend ourselves in ministry.  (2Cor.3:1-6)  Ministry tends to create situations where we will be critiqued.  Sometimes, believe it or not, we deserve the critique.  Sometimes we don’t.  Either way, our ministry is to preach Christ, not to proclaim ourselves or defend ourselves.  Are you in a situation…
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  • 5 shifts parents need to make in LGBTQ America

    samluce
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:11 am
    The ruling that came down this week was not unexpected. It was a slow build that started in the 1960’s with the sexual revolution. What the ruling did was place the final nail in the coffin of Orthodox Christianity as the majority viewpoint in our country. As a country we have been drifting for years and we have finally hit the sand bar of post modernism with full force. Here is what we don’t need to do. Freak out and bunker down. We must love and engage. The beautiful thing about Orthodox Christianity is that it is about true love, costly love. We as a culture have fallen in love with…
  • Trend watching in Kidmin

    samluce
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:33 am
    Check out Dispatch volume 2 by INCM Remember when you were in school and everyone would start talking about something and they all knew what it was but you? Yeah…me too. And then you pretended to know what it was even when you didn’t so you didn’t seem square or uncool? Yeah…me too. Well well lets put an end to that once and for all. Matt Guevara and his team at INCM have come up with an innovative solution to keep you from reliving your childhood. The solution is Dispatch. Dispatch is simple. Subscribe for $39 and they send you a box hand-packed with the latest and greatest ideas for…
  • Inside Out: Why Sadness Matters

    samluce
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:29 am
    Pixar hits on something most christians miss I am a huge fan of Pixar (We all gave them a pass on Cars 2). Is it because I love cartoons? No. If that was the case I would have blogged about that aliens one that Dreamworks did that I can’t even remember the name of. I like cartoons but I love stories. Pixar is a company that tells stories and they so happen to use cartoons to do that. One of my favorite movies cartoon or not is UP. So my excitement for Inside Out was palpable. I loved it. It lived up to the hype I had created for it in my mind, ironically enough. There were so many deep…
  • 7 must add books to your summer reading list

    samluce
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    One of the things I have learned in the past 20 years is when I encounter a problem. A good book usually helps me understand or point me in the right direction. I like reading books in the summer because It makes me feel better about lying lazily in the summer sun. Where I live in New York you have to pay for Vitamin D nine months out of the year. So when it’s free you jump on it. I thought I would share the books I am hoping to finish this summer. Preaching by Keller – Few people have opened my eyes to the beauty of the Gospel like Dr. Keller. Few people can boldly lay out the truth in a…
  • The Gospel Truth About Kids Ministry

    samluce
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:22 am
    Until 5 years ago I had heard of Awana but knew very little about them. Over the past few years that has changed I have had the privilege of meeting many of the Awana staff and team. Every time I leave a meeting with them I am blown away by their passion to reach kids and families as well as the bigness of the vision they have to do so. Here is a short video of the impact they are having around the world. If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. This week Awana is releasing a new book called “The Gospel Truth About Kids Ministry” here is how they…
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    Children's Ministry Online

  • 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…
  • Why you must excel as a communicator

    Kenny
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:45 am
    Just this last week, I’ve been busy with the tedious project of converting old VHS video to digital video for archiving purposes. It was fun watching videos of me speaking as a 22 year old Children’s Pastor or briefly speaking at my High School graduation. Thankfully, I’ve come a long way. I’m a little embarrassed by how “green” I was. I fumbled over my words and lacked the skills that would come with years and years of experience. Watching these videos reinforced something I believe with all my heart. The level of your leadership will be determined by…
 
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • Discovery Channel Wants Fans of Non-Fictional Sharks to Watch Shark Week Again

    Anonymous
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:06 am
    Can Shark Week really restore its good name after jumping the shark? Even though they’ve lied to you repeatedly by airing real-looking documentaries about long-extinct sharks, made you believe you’d witness a man being eaten by python, and attempted to get real scientists to be intentionally bit by a shark, Discovery Channel wants you to watch Shark Week this year. This year, they promise, they are not going to blatantly deceive you. This year, Shark Week will be all about actual sharks. They promise. 2015's Shark Week, which is being overseen for the first time by new Discovery president…
  • Do Our Bodies Matter to Our Spiritual Lives?

    RaganSutterfield
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    The eternal importance of caring for our physical bodies. What do we do with the body? This isn’t a line from Dexter. It's no part of a murder mystery plot. This is a question about us. We all have bodies. They are the way we are present to each other, the way we show up in the world. But at the same time, we have a sense of some unbodily part of ourselves—a soul, a spirit, something inside and different from our skin.
  • Survey: 53% of Americans Think God Has a ‘Special Relationship’ with the U.S.A.

    Anonymous
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    A new survey from Lifeway Research has found that 53 percent of Americans believe that “God and the nation have a special relationship.” And, despite political bickering in the media, the recent economic downturn and overseas conflicts, just four in 10 Americans actually think that “America’s best days are behind us.” The concepts of American Exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny are nothing new. As Lifeway’s executive director Ed Stetzer points out in the research, the ideas have long been part of American thinking. God Bless America is more than a song or a prayer for many…
  • Fireworks Look Even Cooler When Filmed from a Drone

    Anonymous
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:51 am
    Did you miss your community’s Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza? Or, maybe you attended an Independence Day display and think it couldn’t have possibly gotten any better. Well, witness the magic of fireworks when filmed from the sky via a drone, along with some surprisingly emotional narration overdubbing from a Morgan Freeman documentary and, of course, obligatory Katy Perry music. Somewhere, Jack Donaghy is quietly weeping.
  • Laurence Fishburne Will Star in the Upcoming ‘Roots’ Remake

    Anonymous
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:24 am
    Actor Laurence Fishburne has signed on to star in an upcoming remake of the iconic miniseries Roots. Fishburne will star has Alex Haley, the author of the novel that the original program was based on. The miniseries will air on Lifetime, A&E and History Channel when it debuts next year.
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  • 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.”
  • The Extras: Brick By Brick Series

    Jason Bedell
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    As we wrapped up our series yesterday at Forefront, “Brick by Brick,” I wanted to share some side notes & extras. If you missed any of the series, you can head over here to watch/listen/share. Now to the wrap up & extras: Books that were mentioned during the series: Crazy Love, Scary Close, ReJesus, Crazy Busy,  and One Way Love We tend to like the idea/feeling of community, but want it without the baggage. Week 1: “Community Takes Continual Commitment” (Acts 2 and The Early Church) The darkness that lies in the shadows stifles us and keeps us from moving…
 
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    DAVID KENNEY

  • A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel

    David
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Author Brad Jersak is a reader at All Saints of North America Monastery. Through his writing and public speaking, Brad teaches that anyone can learn to hear God’s voice. Brad’s most popular book, “Can You Hear Me?” offers training in how to develop a “listening prayer.” Those who practice a listening prayer will find that God heals and empowers and sends them out into a darkened world. Brad’s newest book, A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel - asks the bigger question; What is God like? Becuase there are a lot of ideas out there in the world, some good,…
  • Believe Storybook Think, Act, Be Like Jesus

    David
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Randy Frazee a senior pastor out here in Texas. He is also the brains behind The Story and BELIEVE church campaigns. I had previously reviewed the BELIEVE adult book, so my next two reviews will be for the kids edition (because I have kids) and the Believe story book. As a pastor and Father of two boys, I am always looking for children’s books and bibles that do a good job telling the story of God. I was really looking forward to this book as I have enjoyed all of the BELIEVE books, but this book wasn’t everything I was hoping. This book is supposed to be for kids 4-8 years old…
  • Believe Kids’ Edition – book review

    David
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Randy Frazee a senior pastor out here in Texas. He is also the brains behind The Story and BELIEVE church campaigns. I had previously reviewed the BELIEVE adult book, so my next two reviews will be for the kids edition (because I have kids) and the Believe story book. Like it’s adult counterpart, the Believe Kid’s edition teaches readers the core beliefs of faith. No mind you my son is 7 going on 8 and he is a pretty good reader and while the suggested age is “8″ for this book, I found the book a little much for him and way beyond his reading. Maybe this is for a 8…
  • Everest – Group Vacation Bible School (VBS) Sermon

    David
    9 Jun 2015 | 1:22 pm
    It’s quiz time folks! That’s right! Name the tallest mountain peak in the World. A no brainer really… Mount Everest! No, that’s not the right answer. Does anyone know the “right” – right answer? Pat yourself on your back, if your answer was Mauna Kea Mauna Kea is off the Hawaiian coast and it “towers” over all other mountains. Mauna Kea is 33,000 feet tall compared to the second largest Mount Everest whose height is a mere 29,000 feet. The only problem with Mauna Kea is that nearly 54% of it is submerged below the Pacific Ocean and hence not immediately…
  • Life Is _____ by Judah Smith

    David
    29 May 2015 | 8:33 am
    Who is __________ Judah Smith? Quite simply he is the Pastor of The City Church, author, speaker and social media celebrity.  To those who know him, follow him and love him he is the über-cool pastor from Seattle with a church over 7,000 and another 250,000 followers on Twitter. You might have seen him in a few selfies with Justin Bieber and pro golfer Bubba Watson. His latest book Life Is_____ is a follow up to Jesus Is______ So how would you finish that question? “…like a box of chocolates?” 32? In this book, Judah Smith attempts to answer that question through each…
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    ChurchTechToday

  • 3 New Church Software Options

    Ryan Holck
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:38 am
    When it comes to church management solutions, options abound. The volume of choices can make it difficult to determine which is the best fit. Options, style of product and cost all have to be considered. With long standing providers, it’s easy to miss new companies with their fresh approach and solutions. With that in mind we have picked a few “newer “church software solutions. Each has a different approach and feature set, but they bring a common goal. Making ministry easier for the local church. The solutions, in alphabetical order, are… AgapeWORKS AgapeWorks…
  • Top 5 Concerns With Text Giving

    Becky Torre
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:12 am
    Choosing a text-to-give service can be an intimidating process. Especially when you’re confronted with church board buy-in before you can opt-in, understanding potential sticking points is crucial. Conversations with our partners revealed five big concerns with text-giving. Here are those hesitations—and the answers you might want to look for in your text giving company: 1. Is it secure? Giving is a sacred act of worship and exercising generosity by sending a text shouldn’t interrupt that communion. The reality is that unless you’re confident in the company you have chosen to…
  • June News & Thanks

    Lauren Hunter
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    June was a busy but great month! We wanted to thank all our site sponsors 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  Church Community Builder CCB Unleashes New Powerful, Intuitive Church Software Design Elexio Mobile Church Management Strategies…
  • Church Merger Challenges and Costs

    Jim Tomberlin
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    There is a growing trend of church mergers happening across the country. Nearly forty percent of the multisite churches in America today derive at least one of their campuses through a merger with another church. As a result navigating churches through the merger process has become a major component of our consulting at MultiSite Solutions. Senior Associate Wade Burnett and I interact in this interview over the costs of church mergers, using his own church merger experience as a guide: Wade, how did your church merger come about? I was serving on the leadership team at Crossroads Church which…
  • How the World Uses Twitter [Infographic]

    Ryan Holck
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    One of the keys to online ministry is having a social media strategy. It can mean the difference between effective social interaction and virtual crickets. Developing a social media strategy can be a simple as understanding… Who your audience is How they use the social media platform What they expect from interaction. The infographic below will help as you develop your Twitter strategy. It outlines the type of users, times for engaging and effectiveness of post types. Consider the info as you develop your social media strategy and track its results. How the World Uses Twitter…
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    mattofact.com

  • “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.
  • I love being his Dad.

    Mattofact
    19 Jun 2015 | 3:34 pm
    We have fun. 
  • Fun in the sun.

    Mattofact
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:55 am
    My son, nephew and niece having some fun at the pool.     Filmed with the iPhone6
  • Be Steadfast.

    Mattofact
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:54 am
    This is one of my favorite verses. It represents one of the three commitments I have made to myself and others. 1) I will embrace responsibility. 2) I will reject passivity. 3) I will believe in God for the greater reward. James 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. (Graphic design from the faithlife.com team.)
 
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    Brandon A. Cox

  • Hey Fellow Christians, We Have a Fight on Our Hands!

    Brandon
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:39 am
    I learned in a public high school, nothing draws a crowd faster than a fight. Now that I’m an adult, the same is true, but usually the fight isn’t with fists but with words. The idea of fighting the good fight is definitely a biblical idea. We should fight for our purity and fight for the innocent and defenseless. But there’s another lesson I was taught as a kid. Sometimes it takes even more guts to walk away from a fight. I’ve been a little exhausted by all of the “fightin’ words” I’ve seen displayed across my social media news.
  • Rainbows, Flags, and the Immeasurable Love and Grace of God. Yes, #LoveWins

    Brandon
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    It’s been an interesting couple of weeks in American culture. As one guy on Facebook put it, “My newsfeed looks like the confederate army declared war on a Skittles factory.” We’ve certainly seen a lot of flags and rainbows. And rainbow flags, of course. Not because you haven’t heard, but for the sake of context, the Supreme Court of the United States did indeed make a history-altering decision on Friday, June 26, 2015, declaring that states could no longer ban same-sex couples from civil marriage. Then the internet blew up. People were happy. And angry. And…
  • 10 Terrible Reasons to Be Done with Church

    Brandon
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:04 pm
    The “Dones.” It’s a term sociologists and researchers use to describe those who are done with church. The Dones were once part of a church, but have become disillusioned for a variety of reasons and have decided to be spiritual without the help of a local congregation. And the Dones are growing in number. I’m a Pastor, and I’ve seen the church from every angle. I’ve been a church kid, a kid whose family left the church, and a young adult who found my way back to the church. I’ve been the Pastor of smaller, more traditional churches, on staff at a…
  • 18 Lessons from 18 Years of Marriage

    Brandon
    13 Jun 2015 | 2:43 pm
    On June 14, 1997, I married Angie Kirk, the most amazing woman on earth! The last eighteen years have been an adventure. We left home to go to college together and got engaged a little over a month into our freshmen year. That next spring I started pastoring a small church and Angie went back to Kentucky for the summer to finish planning our wedding. I cruised into town just a couple of days before the big event after all the hard work was done and took my beautiful bride as my wedded wife. We’ve lived through a number of significant changes since then. Angie became a social worker,…
  • The Pathway to Unity Includes Dying to the Narcissism of Our Minor Differences

    Brandon
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
    I once attended a service at a church of a different flavor. The history of their movement includes several thousand churches splintering away from Baptists a couple hundred years ago over differences in ecclesiology, baptism, worship, and a few other issues. I was surprised at our similarities. Sitting through their service felt just like sitting through the service I was accustomed to attending. There was biblical preaching, singing from a hymnal, an invitation of sorts, hand-shaking at the door, and pretty much a common set of cultural values. But our two movements have a rough history…
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    The Navy Christian

  • 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…
  • Military Prayer Week 2015

    Dan Smith
    7 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    I know what you're thinking... "Don't you usually do Military Prayer Week in November?"Yes, I do, and Navy Christian will be hosting it this November too. Yet I'm writing this now to let you know about some things coming this year that are going to make it the best one yet. Here they are:1.  An e-book on praying for the military, which will include a small amount of writing re-purposed from the blog, but will also include mostly new work on the issue of praying for military believers. The book will be entitled, "30 Days of Prayer for the Military" and will be available at major…
  • 2014 Year End Review and Fitness Goals for 2015

    Dan Smith
    3 Jan 2015 | 10:41 am
    2014 was a great year for myself and for my family! I was able to commission as a Chief Warrant Officer (Two) in the US Navy, we moved to a wonderful new base in Mayport, FL, started new schools, and many other things. Personally, this year represented a lifestyle change for me. I lost 30 pounds, ran two half marathons, and passed two US Navy body fat composition assessments and subsequent physical readiness tests. The year was great for me professionally, spiritually, and physically. More than just running those half marathons, I set a personal record of 2:01:20, just shy of my ultimate goal…
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    Liberty Church | New York City | Pastors Paul & Andi Andrew

  • Coming up at Liberty Church

    Emily Kirkendoll
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Welcome to Liberty! Here what’s new in church life. Union Square Summer Service time // Visionaries Retreat registrations open // Baptisms, July 18th // New Staff Opportunity: Executive Assistant  Visionaries Gathering, July 16th Union Square Community | 6pm Summer Service Starting this Sunday, July 5th our Union Square Community will have combined weekly services beginning at 6pm in the Union Square Ballroom. The Lounge opens at 5:30pm with light refreshments. For more information, please email info@libertychurchnyc.com. Visionaries Retreat | November 13th–14th  Visionaries is a…
  • A baptism story: “I’m a new me.”

    Emily Kirkendoll
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:54 pm
    We invite you to our summer baptisms on Saturday, July 18, in Long Beach, NY. If you’ve never been baptized or if you have but you didn’t understand it at the time, this will be a great time to join the dozens in our community who have made this bold declaration as followers of Jesus! There are two departure times from NYC/Penn Station: At 10:15am for a full day of hanging at the beach and the other at 3:00pm to arrive in time for baptisms. Baptisms will begin at 5:00pm. We’d love for you to read Jessenia’s story of the spiritual growth she experienced when she made…
  • Union Square Community combining to one service at 6pm

    Emily Kirkendoll
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Beginning July 5, our Union Square community will be combining together for one 6pm service at the Union Square Ballroom. The Lounge will open a half hour before at 5:30pm and our Liberty Kids program will be available for kids during the service. We’re also excited for Next Steps to start fresh at Week 1 this Sunday. We hope you’ll join us as we gather together over the summer season. Related posts: One Church, Two Communities – Combined Service Sun Oct 23 7pm (*No Morning Service*) Highlights: Union Square Community Launch Service “Modern Family” –…
  • New Full-Time Staff Position: Executive Assistant to the Lead Pastors

    Paul Andrew
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Liberty Church is looking for a full-time Executive Assistant to Lead Pastors Paul and Andi Andrew. The purpose of the role is to release the Lead Pastors to lead effectively and go to their strengths. This will involve managing calendars and scheduling, email and correspondence, travel, expenses, records, and a variety of other tasks and projects. Key Responsibilities & Tasks Travel Arrangements: Researching all aspects of Lead Pastors travel Booking airline, accommodation and rental car for international and domestic travel Ensuring all details are covered from pick ups, to gifts, to…
  • “Living a Godly Life” Justin Tarsiuk-Podcast

    Jim Farler
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Justin Tarsiuk preached this message titled “Living a Godly Life” at our service in Brooklyn on June 28, 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 “Box of Chocolates” Justin Tarsiuk – Podcast “You Asked For Him” Justin Tarsiuk –…
 
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    MarkHowellLive.com

  • 6 Reasons Our Discipleship Strategies Miss the Mark

    Mark Howell
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    If your church is like mine, your mission or vision or purpose probably includes some aspect of the Great Commission. Many of us have even gone a step further and proclaimed that we are in the business of making disciples and we’ll know we are succeeding when we make some amount of more and better disciples. So…if we’re all trying to hit the same target, why are so many of our discipleship strategies missing the mark? Any theories? I have a few and before you think I...Click here for more... »         
  • Quotebook: When Does Discipleship Happen?

    Mark Howell
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    “Discipleship occurs when a transformed person radiates Christ to those around her. It happens when people so deeply experience God’s love that they can do nothing other than affect those around them.” Bill Hull, The Complete Book of Discipleship: On Being and Making Followers of Christ. Image by Adam Cohn Quotebook: Following Jesus Entirely Quotebook: Dallas Willard on How to Become Like Christ Quotebook: Dallas Willard on the Meaning of a Mature Disciple Click here for more... »         
  • Thinking Thursday: Want to innovate? Become a “now-ist”

    Mark Howell
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:18 am
    “Remember before the internet?” asks Joi Ito. “Remember when people used to try to predict the future?” In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly, without waiting for permission or for proof that you have the right idea. This kind of bottom-up innovation is seen in the most fascinating, futuristic projects emerging today, and it starts, he says,...Click here for more... »         
  • 5 Assumptions that Shape My Small Group Coaching Strategy

    Mark Howell
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    Quick! What goes through your mind when I say “small group coaching”? Were you thinking, “Small group coaching doesn’t work”? Or maybe, “I tried that before and it doesn’t work here?” Or how about, “It may work for some churches but we just don’t have those kind of people here!” Regardless of what you were thinking, in order to understand the need for small group coaching and some important characteristics of my strategy, I...Click here for more... »         
  • 6 Great Studies for Outreach

    Mark Howell
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    Looking for a study that will appeal to your friends and neighbors? As you know, it takes a special topic to spark an interest in unchurched friends and neighbors. Not just any topic will do. See also, Your Topic Determines Two Huge Outcomes and Does Your Topic Connect with Your True Customer?. While certainly not an exhaustive list, I’ve put together a short list of what I think are some of the best outreach oriented studies. And by outreach, I don’t mean purely evangelistic....Click here for more... »         
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    BLOGGERAMAMANIA

  • BULLIED UNTIL I COULD TAKE NO MORE

    P Hendrixx
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:47 am
    AIRDRIE ASTRONOMICAL ASSOCIATION - BULLIESAAA - From Left to Right - Gavin Bain, Willie McDonald, Isabel Morrison, Hannah Malone, Aileen Malone, Bob WebsterTHE SITUATION:I am an amateur Astronomer. I have been a member of ASTRA (Association in Scotland to Research into Astronautics) and latterly Airdrie Astronomical Association (A.A.A) since I was a tiny kid in 1978.I have been Treasurer, Secretary, Webmaster, Honorary Curator to the Public Observatory, etc over the period.I formed A.A.A Above in 2008-2009.I have attracted over £560,000 in grants to the group and the Observatory.FALL-OUTIn…
  • Iceland Marathon 2014 Part 3

    P Hendrixx
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:16 pm
    My blog on my trip to Iceland, Reykjavik and the 2014 Marathon (Part 3)Continuing on from part 1 AND 2 of my blog on IcelandMarathon day - 23rd August 2014So Marathon day finally arrived. It's fair to say I was a little apprehensive as I had a bad hamstring and Solar Plexis injury to my left leg for the past 6-7 weeks which had severely curtailed my marathon training up until that point. However it had began to get better over the past 2 weeks, so I decided to chance the marathon.Rising at 6am, I showered and had breakfast before getting ready and bringing Graham and Zoe over to get…
  • Iceland Marathon 2014 Part 2

    P Hendrixx
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    My blog on my trip to Iceland, Reykjavik and the 2014 Marathon (Part 2)Continuing on from part 1 of my blog on Iceland, Some more pictures of Skogafoss Waterfall:Weather continued to be fantastic. The photo opportunities were excellent. Standing under the falls this close, you could feel the cold spray on your skin. Get too close and you get wet.  Photo Opportunity The next photo shows Graham and Zoe on the viewing platform where the views over the surrounding plains were extensive and enhanced by the clear weather and brilliant sunshine. We were very lucky with the weather.Zoe and…
  • Iceland Marathon 2014 Part 1

    P Hendrixx
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    My blog on my trip to Iceland, Reykjavik and the 2014 Marathon (Part 1)3:45pm on Thursday  21 August 2014 and my friend Graham Dale, my daughter Zoe and myself meet at my home where my brother George takes us to Edinburgh Airport.Edinburgh Airport All checked in, and through security, we visit Yo-Sushi, which I think was Graham and Zoe's first introduction to Japanese Cuisine.Filled with some Japanese beer and ample plates of soup and food, we made our way to the Easyjet for our planned 6:30pm flight to Keflavik, which was bang on time. After a very comfortable flight, and clear…
  • BLOGGERAMAMANIA: BLOGGERAMAMANIA: Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City...

    P Hendrixx
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    BLOGGERAMAMANIA: BLOGGERAMAMANIA: Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City...: BLOGGERAMAMANIA: Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City - 7th June 2014
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    joel mayward

  • Half-Year Favorites for 2015

    3 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    The first six months of 2015 have come and gone, and they've certainly left an imprint on me. Both personal and pop culture experiences have been deeply emotional and memorable, and the past chapter might be one of the most significant seasons of my entire life. I'll write more about this transformative era, perhaps when I have more time to reflect upon the implications and themes.In the midst of these affecting moments, the following films and albums have been the stories and soundtracks behind the scenes of my personal life, often adding their own flourishes and reverberations.Movies5.
  • I Have No Non-Christian Friends, But I Need Them

    10 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    After 25+ years of being a Christian, nine years of pastoral ministry in three different churches, and countless sermons, discussions, articles, and rants about the necessity of being in relationships and living out the good news of Jesus, I have made a sobering realization:I have no non-Christian friends.And that, frankly, sucks.Oh, I've had plenty of acquaintances. Neighbors and folks in the community I would bump into, where I knew their name and they knew mine. Perhaps some high school students in schools, where I would volunteer once or twice a week. The barista or the video store…
  • Let's Connect: Work With Me

    8 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    I want to work with you.I'm in a season of preparation, honing my gifts and learning much about myself and where God is leading our family. After nine years of pastoral ministry, I'm currently a full-time graduate student in seminary, moving towards a future goal of PhD studies and the creation of a new church community (more on that in a future post!).In the meantime, I want to be a good steward of the gifts and experience I've been given. And I've gotta pay the bills and feed the kiddos. So, here's the blog post that describes what I do, the various ways we can work together. This is about…
  • The Parable of the Backwards Bike

    2 Jun 2015 | 6:44 am
    Check out this fascinating 8-minute video on riding a reversal bike and the incredible power/limits of the human brain:Money quote: I had the knowledge, but I didn't have the understanding.Consider this reversed bicycle a parable for Christian ministry and spirituality.What are the practices and methods we've been using for so long, we can't imagine anything else?What are the ruts in our individual and collective Christian minds?What are the ways we need to rethink/relearn/represent the Gospel in our culture?Where do we have knowledge, but if we're honest, we need to grow in understanding?How…
  • Top 10 Favorite Films of the Decade (2010s) So Far

    26 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    The Twenty-Tens are nearly halfway over. Thus, it's (apparently) time to make a list of one's favorite films from the past half-decade, the exceptional movies from 2010-2015.Movie list-making is one of those activities that has seemingly little purpose--hey world, here's an itemized examination of a bunch of stuff I like!--yet can also guide others into discovering or revisiting a filmic masterpiece or a new favorite.For this list of my favorite films of the 2010s, I gave myself a few boundaries. First, this is a "favorites" list, not necessarily a "best of" list. Hence, it is deeply…
 
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    BLOGGERAMAMANIA

  • BULLIED UNTIL I COULD TAKE NO MORE

    P Hendrixx
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:47 am
    AIRDRIE ASTRONOMICAL ASSOCIATION - BULLIESAAA - From Left to Right - Gavin Bain, Willie McDonald, Isabel Morrison, Hannah Malone, Aileen Malone, Bob WebsterTHE SITUATION:I am an amateur Astronomer. I have been a member of ASTRA (Association in Scotland to Research into Astronautics) and latterly Airdrie Astronomical Association (A.A.A) since I was a tiny kid in 1978.I have been Treasurer, Secretary, Webmaster, Honorary Curator to the Public Observatory, etc over the period.I formed A.A.A Above in 2008-2009.I have attracted over £560,000 in grants to the group and the Observatory.FALL-OUTIn…
  • Iceland Marathon 2014 Part 3

    P Hendrixx
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:16 pm
    My blog on my trip to Iceland, Reykjavik and the 2014 Marathon (Part 3)Continuing on from part 1 AND 2 of my blog on IcelandMarathon day - 23rd August 2014So Marathon day finally arrived. It's fair to say I was a little apprehensive as I had a bad hamstring and Solar Plexis injury to my left leg for the past 6-7 weeks which had severely curtailed my marathon training up until that point. However it had began to get better over the past 2 weeks, so I decided to chance the marathon.Rising at 6am, I showered and had breakfast before getting ready and bringing Graham and Zoe over to get…
  • Iceland Marathon 2014 Part 2

    P Hendrixx
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    My blog on my trip to Iceland, Reykjavik and the 2014 Marathon (Part 2)Continuing on from part 1 of my blog on Iceland, Some more pictures of Skogafoss Waterfall:Weather continued to be fantastic. The photo opportunities were excellent. Standing under the falls this close, you could feel the cold spray on your skin. Get too close and you get wet.  Photo Opportunity The next photo shows Graham and Zoe on the viewing platform where the views over the surrounding plains were extensive and enhanced by the clear weather and brilliant sunshine. We were very lucky with the weather.Zoe and…
  • Iceland Marathon 2014 Part 1

    P Hendrixx
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    My blog on my trip to Iceland, Reykjavik and the 2014 Marathon (Part 1)3:45pm on Thursday  21 August 2014 and my friend Graham Dale, my daughter Zoe and myself meet at my home where my brother George takes us to Edinburgh Airport.Edinburgh Airport All checked in, and through security, we visit Yo-Sushi, which I think was Graham and Zoe's first introduction to Japanese Cuisine.Filled with some Japanese beer and ample plates of soup and food, we made our way to the Easyjet for our planned 6:30pm flight to Keflavik, which was bang on time. After a very comfortable flight, and clear…
  • BLOGGERAMAMANIA: BLOGGERAMAMANIA: Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City...

    P Hendrixx
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    BLOGGERAMAMANIA: BLOGGERAMAMANIA: Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City...: BLOGGERAMAMANIA: Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City - 7th June 2014
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    GC Ministry

  • Word For The Day

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

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

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

    RevCollins
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    Jesus on Facebook The blogger I am sending you to today has written a wonderful article on the topic of Jesus on Facebook. I thought she did a wonderful job of making her reader think about what Jesus would look like if He were on social media. Then again, we are His representation to the world. So I would say He is on social media. What has He been saying in your neck of the web? http://reststopforthesoul.com/2014/10/03/jesus-on-facebook/The post God’s Facebook appeared first on GC Ministry. Related posts: The Story Of Passover Gets Told Through Social Media [Video] Favorite Links…
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    Christian Devotional Articles - Think Eternity

  • 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,…
  • Books to Help You Grow in Christ

    Matt
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:11 pm
    It is not accident when we grow closer to Christ. If we are not moving forward and pursuing godly wisdom, and right living, we will probably go backward.There is no greater book you can read for spiritual growth than the Bible. It would not even be close in comparison. Charles Spurgeon has said, "Visit many good books, but live in the Bible." He also said, Nobody ever outgrows Scripture. The Book widens and deepens with our years." However, other books can be helpful to the extent that they help us grow in understanding of Scripture truth, as well as in wisdom in various areas…
  • How To Care For a New Believer

    Matt
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Every so often you come across a gem of a book. I've been enjoying The Incredible Patience of God: Along the Road to Spiritual Maturity by Lane Adams. It gives such a crystal clear picture about the painful, arduous and continual process it takes to become more like Christ. Lane shares Hebrews 10:14, that "by one offering He forever made perfect those who are being made holy." Did you catch that? This is the miracle of salvation by grace through faith in Christ: you are declared once for all perfect before God even while you are still so far from perfection... even…
  • 8 Keys to Personal Prayer by Winfield Bevins

    Matt
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:28 am
    We look upon prayer as a means of getting things for ourselves; the Bible's idea of prayer is that we may get to know God himself. -Oswald ChambersPrayer is first and foremost a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Some people think of prayer as a business transaction or as something they have to do just like checking something off a to-do list. But that isn't really prayer at all. Think of prayer in intimate terms, like a conversation between close friends. What are some words you think of when you think of an intimate friendship? You probably think of words like loving, caring, warm,…
 
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    RobShep.com

  • An Interview With A Pastor Who Supports Same Sex Marriage

    Rob Shepherd
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:34 am
    Same sex marriage. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve seen a lot of questions (here and here), but very few answers.  The few answers I’ve seen have been written in an argumentative tone or out of frustration. I’m tired of one sided arguments with little answers. I think both sides of the argument have some valid questions that need to be answered. So for the next couple of days, I’m turning my blog over to some friends of mine. I’ve asked some questions and I genuinely want to know the answers. First up is my friend, Matt. Matt has been in ministry for over 20…
  • Movie Review: Terminator Genisys

    Rob Shepherd
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:20 am
    Just in time for the 4th of July weekend Hollywood has unleashed two major sequels. Magic Mike XXL is one of them. No! I don’t know if they released that film in IMAX 3D, but that gets a big fat NO, NO, NO!!! I hope no one I know pays to see that movie. The other film that hit theaters also stars muscle bound men. Terminator Genisys is the reboot to the Terminator movie franchise. I’m not sure how you feel about Terminator, but Terminator 2 is one of the greatest action films of all time. There have now been 5 movies in the Terminator series. The first two are great. The last…
  • How Christians Can Change The World

    Rob Shepherd
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:14 am
    I love being a Christian. I loved growing up in the church. My teenage years were filled with… The anthem of my teenage years. If you were active in church you saw McGee and Me at some point…And loved it! The first book I remember reading on my own…and I loved it! I loved growing up in the church and I really want others to experience the same kinds of things I did. Because at the end of the day it wasn’t the music, TV shows, or books that made my church experience amazing. They were a part of it, but they weren’t the whole thing. What made my church experience…
  • The Holy Spirit And Mosquito Bites

    Rob Shepherd
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:14 am
    I like my cologne. I may be a bad judge in what smells good but I like it. The first cologne I ever bought for myself was Old Spice. I was a freshman in high school. Despite what the adds say it didn’t attract the females. By the time I was a junior in high school I had dropped the Old Spice. It stank. I eventually went to college where I discovered Curve. It smelt so good.  All my other friends were wearing Cool Water, but I wanted to be an individual. I wanted to stand out. I couldn’t afford Cool Water. Today I’m not sure anyone but me likes my cologne. Well, I know one…
  • How To Respond To The Supreme Court’s Ruling On Same Sex Marriage

    Rob Shepherd
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:02 am
    This isn’t a post about what you should believe. This is a post about what you should do. There are enough posts about what you should believe on Facebook. And whenever you see one you disagree with you block it. Am I right? This is a post about what we all should do now that the decision has been made by the Supreme Court in favor of gay marriage. Truth be told this post could really apply to any time something happens that you strongly disagree with or agree with. I see a whole bunch of opinions on Facebook. I see a whole bunch of arguing. I see zero convincing or changing of…
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    News and prayer information from Richard and Pinuccia Wilson

  • 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…
  • Town festival

    Richard Wilson
    14 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    This Saturday there is another major event of the church: a festival in the part of the town where the church hall is. We have participated in the past as well, and are well enough known that we work closely with the organisers, rather than just organising our own events independently. So in the afternoon Pinuccia is organising games in the square together with two other associations, then everyone comes to the church hall for afternoon tea. The church is also hosting an open discussion on the theme of building bridges (the theme of the festival), a photographic exhibition on the same theme,…
  • Back from camp

    Richard Wilson
    4 May 2015 | 1:54 am
    We all arrived safely at home after the children’s camp, which was in itself an achievement. Daniele managed to get hit three times in the same place on his face, by a frisbee, by a chair, and by another children, but there was no lasting damage. Outwardly, it went well, with just the usual conflicts between children, that often gave better opportunities for teaching that the formal lessons did. It is of course harder to say what was going on inwardly, but we trust God that he will bring out the fruit of this camp over the next 70 or so years of their lives. The children certainly…
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    Will Mancini

  • The Nine Forms of Generic Church Vision that Stifle Practically Every Church

    Will Mancini
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:49 am
    Most pastors are visionaries. But to fully realize the vision of a church, a pastor needs more than a generic sense of the future. When it comes to vision, the biggest challenge to success is not your obstacles. The biggest challenge to overcome is settling for a lesser vision and not knowing it. If you grab on to a faulty tool—in this case the tool of vision—everything you to try to build with that tool will be limited. Once you move past a generic sense to a vivid vision, you will still have many obstacles to overcome, but those are the natural challenges of implementation. You still…
  • 46 Ways to Use Periscope in Local Church Ministry

    VRCurator
    3 Jun 2015 | 6:32 am
    A guest post from Bryan Rose, one of Auxano’s Lead Navigators. As the social media app Periscope continues to grow in popularity, an ever-increasing number of church leaders are leaning in to this emerging tool as an opportunity to connect and transfer vision. Periscope videos are public broadcasts viewable by anyone, with notifications that are sent to your followers and to your Twitter feed when you “go live.” However, there is also a private broadcasting feature which allows the user to limit potential viewers to a select group of followers. Given this functionality, the…
  • 12 Startling Reasons to Practice Long Term Thinking in Ministry

    VRCurator
    28 May 2015 | 2:27 am
    I have never been more excited to put a tool in the hand of church leaders. God Dreams is my fourth book and I’m currently in the writing home stretch with Warren Bird, who’s been an amazing collaborator. The subtitle is 12 Templates for Finding and Focusing Your Church’s Future. Here is the first of many peeks into the book. I invite you to sign up for pre-release specials before the book is published in 2016 (link below). The biggest one will be a free visual summary that you won’t want to miss! One of the chapters in God Dreams is focused on recovering the long…
  • 7 Reasons Why Every Church Leader Should Consider Periscope, the New Social Tool

    Will Mancini
    23 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    It’s only been eleven days since I heard about Periscope from one of Auxano’s newest navigators, Chris Rivers. We were doing a leadership training event at Elmbrook Church with 500 leaders discussing their new mission and values. In seconds,  Chris started live streaming the event and over 40 people joined in. Since then, I have broadcast 11 live events, averaging one per day. Yesterday, anyone could have watched 15 minutes of Auxano’s virtual team training. Last night anyone could have chatted with me about book writing, while I hosted a 15 minutes Q&A at 11…
  • 5 Biblical Principles for Personal Visioning

    Will Mancini
    3 Apr 2015 | 11:34 am
    Two new initiatives have marked my ministry in 2015 and have me spending more time on personal visioning. The first is leading my first personal vision cohort. Fourteen people have joined with me for a 12-month journey of finding and aligning their personal vision. It continues to be a great joy, and you will see a lot of new content on my blog toward the end of 2015 under the banner of “younique.”   Younique will be a brand for training and tools for personal visioning like nothing else currently available. Another initiative is writing the official trade book follow-up to…
 
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    Alastair Vance

  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 21 Jun 2015

    Alastair
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Emmanuel – Martin Smith (C) Only King Forever – Elevation (C) Forever – Bethel Music (C) I Am – Crowder (C) Scandal Of Grace – Hillsong (B) How He Loves – John Mark McMillan (B)
  • Only King Forever – Elevation Worship

    Alastair
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    New song this weekend at STORYCHURCH.
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 14 Jun 2015

    Alastair
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:33 am
    Here For You – Matt Redman (A) Your Love Never Fails – Chris McClarney (A) Never Gonna Let Me Go – Kristian Stanfill (A) Oceans – Hillsong (D) Waiting Here For You – Martin Smith (D) All My Heart – Alastair Vance (B)
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 07 Jun 2015

    Alastair
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:23 am
    I Am – Crowder (B) Come As You Are – Crowder (B) God With Us – MercyMe (B) Good Good Father – HouseFires (A) Holy Spirit – Jesus Culture (E) This Is Amazing Grace – Bethel Music (B)
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 31 May 2015

    Alastair
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:19 am
    Emmanuel – Martin Smith (B) God Of This City – BlueTree (B) Endless Light – Hillsong (B) Pursuit – Daniel Bashta (E) Holy Spirit – Jesus Culture (D) King Of Heaven – Paul Baloche (G)
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    What I Learned Teaching Sunday School

  • A Christian's Goal in Life

    19 Jun 2015 | 8:41 am
    I was just listening to Chip Ingram on the radio and he said something really interesting!He said, "Our goal is not to get to Heaven! As Christians we are already going there! Our goal is to be like Jesus Christ!"That means that everything we do and everything that happens to us is supposed to make us more like Him.Some of us may need to be humbled and some trials will do that. Some of us need to have more compassion or to love more or to serve more or to share God more.Think about what it will take to make you more like Jesus!
  • How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible

    12 Jun 2015 | 3:43 pm
    This book is just what the title suggests. It’s a book that tells us how to enjoy reading our Bible.Actually the author wants us to fall in love with God and His Word and gives us ten tips to do to make that happen.Author Keith Ferrin says, “When people are asked why they read the Bible, the typical replies are: ‘It’s an opportunity to know God’s Will,” or “I find encouragement there,” or It’s what I’m supposed to do,” or “It’s God’s Holy Word,” or “It’s how I know what God wants me to do.”He says, “Most people don’t say, “to hang out with God” but…
  • Genesis 39

    5 Jun 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Genesis 39:1-20 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.2 The LORD was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did, 4 Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. 5 From the time he put him in charge of…
  • Genesis 38

    4 Jun 2015 | 4:26 pm
    Genesis 38 At that time, Judah left his brothers and went down to stay with a man of Adullam named Hirah. 2 There Judah met the daughter of a Canaanite man named Shua. He married her and made love to her; 3 she became pregnant and gave birth to a son, who was named Er. 4 She conceived again and gave birth to a son and named him Onan. 5 She gave birth to still another son and named him Shelah. It was at Kezib that she gave birth to him.6 Judah got a wife for Er, his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. 7 But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the LORD’s sight; so the LORD put him to…
  • Genesis 37

    3 Jun 2015 | 10:14 am
    Genesis 37:1-4 Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan.2 This is the account of Jacob’s family line.Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to…
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    joel mayward

  • Half-Year Favorites for 2015

    3 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    The first six months of 2015 have come and gone, and they've certainly left an imprint on me. Both personal and pop culture experiences have been deeply emotional and memorable, and the past chapter might be one of the most significant seasons of my entire life. I'll write more about this transformative era, perhaps when I have more time to reflect upon the implications and themes.In the midst of these affecting moments, the following films and albums have been the stories and soundtracks behind the scenes of my personal life, often adding their own flourishes and reverberations.Movies5.
  • I Have No Non-Christian Friends, But I Need Them

    10 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    After 25+ years of being a Christian, nine years of pastoral ministry in three different churches, and countless sermons, discussions, articles, and rants about the necessity of being in relationships and living out the good news of Jesus, I have made a sobering realization:I have no non-Christian friends.And that, frankly, sucks.Oh, I've had plenty of acquaintances. Neighbors and folks in the community I would bump into, where I knew their name and they knew mine. Perhaps some high school students in schools, where I would volunteer once or twice a week. The barista or the video store…
  • Let's Connect: Work With Me

    8 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    I want to work with you.I'm in a season of preparation, honing my gifts and learning much about myself and where God is leading our family. After nine years of pastoral ministry, I'm currently a full-time graduate student in seminary, moving towards a future goal of PhD studies and the creation of a new church community (more on that in a future post!).In the meantime, I want to be a good steward of the gifts and experience I've been given. And I've gotta pay the bills and feed the kiddos. So, here's the blog post that describes what I do, the various ways we can work together. This is about…
  • The Parable of the Backwards Bike

    2 Jun 2015 | 6:44 am
    Check out this fascinating 8-minute video on riding a reversal bike and the incredible power/limits of the human brain:Money quote: I had the knowledge, but I didn't have the understanding.Consider this reversed bicycle a parable for Christian ministry and spirituality.What are the practices and methods we've been using for so long, we can't imagine anything else?What are the ruts in our individual and collective Christian minds?What are the ways we need to rethink/relearn/represent the Gospel in our culture?Where do we have knowledge, but if we're honest, we need to grow in understanding?How…
  • Top 10 Favorite Films of the Decade (2010s) So Far

    26 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    The Twenty-Tens are nearly halfway over. Thus, it's (apparently) time to make a list of one's favorite films from the past half-decade, the exceptional movies from 2010-2015.Movie list-making is one of those activities that has seemingly little purpose--hey world, here's an itemized examination of a bunch of stuff I like!--yet can also guide others into discovering or revisiting a filmic masterpiece or a new favorite.For this list of my favorite films of the 2010s, I gave myself a few boundaries. First, this is a "favorites" list, not necessarily a "best of" list. Hence, it is deeply…
 
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    The BIGBible Project

  • Obadiah: Short and Sweet (@drbexl)

    drbexl
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament – maybe the prophet Obadiah “considered each word a high-priced commodity.” In the digital age, a world of information overload, soundbites, and competing for attention – how do we keep things short, simple and – for the web – highly readable. Right back to 2001/2, when I undertook research into web accessibility and usability, this was a concern, and the amount of information online has online increased since then. Advice includes: Short words, short sentences and short paragraphs are valuable. Consider…
  • Actions speak louder than Facebook likes (@darrenrhill)

    Darren Hill
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I love ritual. Currently it is the way I find myself closer to the divine. It is my preferred way of worship, although that may well change before summer has passed. I have an eclectic christian ancestry. In my religious family tree I have collected most of the major denominations and several of the minor ones. I am sure in my postmodern, journey I will pick up a few more along my spiritual journey. Israel, in particular, but plenty of other near neighbours, get a prophetic tongue-lashing from Amos. In essence, Israel’s worship, their ritual worship was worth nothing to God. Therefore Amos…
  • Amos – prophet with a punch! (@JHosborn)

    Jenni Osborn
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
      “I can’t stand your religious meetings. I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions. I want nothing to do with your religion projects, your pretentious slogans and goals. I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes, your public relations and image making. I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music. When was the last time you sang to me? Do you know what I want? I want justice—oceans of it. I want fairness—rivers of it. That’s what I want. That’s all I want. Amos 5 v 21-24 Amos packs a real punch! On a weekend when I am attending one of my new favourite…
  • Amos: The Holy Habit of Justice. (@longingtobeholy)

    Nick Parish
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Erasoft24. (Own work.) [CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons One word seems to keep cropping up in the majority of this month’s posts. It is, of course, Justice. And reading through the posts so far, I wonder if I’ve got much to add. But in terms of habits, I think there’s a hint in Amos that justice comes when God comes. And so if we’re His people, we should be people who love and seek justice and ‘act justly’ (I know, that’s Micah!) while we wait for His return. Justice should be a habit, not just a hope. How does that translate? Well, perhaps…
  • Amos, Righteousness and the Heart of God (@nicolahwriter)

    Nicola Hulks
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Before becoming a Christian one of the biggest problems I had with religion was that people who practised it ought to be a lot, well, nicer. So often I saw religion being used as a tool to tell me what I really should be doing, and what I really shouldn’t be doing, which quite naturally led me to expect that those dispensing with this advice ought to perfect. If they weren’t then what business did they have telling me what to do? When I did manage to leap the hurdles that religion, in all its human frailty, puts up and first encountered the Bible I realised how funny my view…
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    Children's Ministry Online

  • 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…
  • Why you must excel as a communicator

    Kenny
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:45 am
    Just this last week, I’ve been busy with the tedious project of converting old VHS video to digital video for archiving purposes. It was fun watching videos of me speaking as a 22 year old Children’s Pastor or briefly speaking at my High School graduation. Thankfully, I’ve come a long way. I’m a little embarrassed by how “green” I was. I fumbled over my words and lacked the skills that would come with years and years of experience. Watching these videos reinforced something I believe with all my heart. The level of your leadership will be determined by…
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    Art Lessons From God

  • 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 Edward B Garrett from ‘God’s 7 Keys for Creative People’ from Tony Snipes on Vimeo. LIVE SKETCH PARTY video clip from Tony Snipes on Vimeo. Alien Go Home … Continue Reading → Related posts: If Money Was Not An Issue In 2014 This video has always inspired me, especially at the end... How to Sell Your Creation Before You Create It As many of you know, I am launching a book... Behind the…
  • What Should Creatives Do Now that the Culture is Changing?

    tsnipes
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:43 pm
    With the recent changes taking place in our culture today, I felt as if our creative talents are now more important than ever before. I prayerfully sought God’s presence. I believe this is His answering back To all the Creatives, those of you who have accepted the Call to follow Jesus the Christ: 1. GET … Continue Reading → Related posts: What Is the Culture War and How Do Christian Creatives Fit in It? I was recently asked, in reference to a previous post,... 2014, The Culture War, The Devil…and You I believe that 2014 will usher in the biggest battle... Download My…
  • Your Calling, Career and Your Job: What’s the Difference

    tsnipes
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:55 pm
    How do you know what you were BORN to do? How do you determine WHY you have the talent and skills you were born with? Discovering the difference between your CALLING, your CAREER and your JOB sheds light on this subject. Listen now or later, whether you’re home alone or on the go: Related posts: Talent versus Spiritual Gifts: What’s the Difference? LISTEN ANYTIME, ANYWHERE: God has given you a bundle of... PART 2- Q&A: “How Do I Know What My Calling Is?” And here’s the conclusion to my answer to loyal subscriber...
  • Talent versus Spiritual Gifts: What’s the Difference?

    tsnipes
    27 May 2015 | 8:19 pm
    LISTEN ANYTIME, ANYWHERE: God has given you a bundle of things that equip you to fulfill the unique assignments sent your way. That bundle includes natural TALENTS and SPIRITUAL GIFTS…  Talents and Spiritual Gifts  How they differ: Although both come from God, you are born with talents (unique abilities). Spiritual gifts come after you are … Continue Reading → Related posts: Are Artists Modern Day Prophets? Are artists modern day prophets? I ask this because of... Guiding Your Kids’ Talent without Going “Joe Jackson” on them Q: How does a parent who…
  • Guiding Your Kids’ Talent without Going “Joe Jackson” on them

    tsnipes
    13 May 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Q: How does a parent who recognizes the talent that their young person possesses guide and encourage without being a “Joe Jackson” (father to the late Michael Jackson, often sees as overbearing) Now that Mothers’ Day is behind us and Father’s Day is around the corner I wanted to get your take on this question. … Continue Reading → Related posts: Creative Questions: Trademark? Websites? Biz Licenses for Freelancers? I’ve recently gotten quite a few great questions from many... 3 Income Streams for Comics and Graphic Novel Creators Some of the hardest…
 
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  • 5 shifts parents need to make in LGBTQ America

    samluce
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:11 am
    The ruling that came down this week was not unexpected. It was a slow build that started in the 1960’s with the sexual revolution. What the ruling did was place the final nail in the coffin of Orthodox Christianity as the majority viewpoint in our country. As a country we have been drifting for years and we have finally hit the sand bar of post modernism with full force. Here is what we don’t need to do. Freak out and bunker down. We must love and engage. The beautiful thing about Orthodox Christianity is that it is about true love, costly love. We as a culture have fallen in love with…
  • Trend watching in Kidmin

    samluce
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:33 am
    Check out Dispatch volume 2 by INCM Remember when you were in school and everyone would start talking about something and they all knew what it was but you? Yeah…me too. And then you pretended to know what it was even when you didn’t so you didn’t seem square or uncool? Yeah…me too. Well well lets put an end to that once and for all. Matt Guevara and his team at INCM have come up with an innovative solution to keep you from reliving your childhood. The solution is Dispatch. Dispatch is simple. Subscribe for $39 and they send you a box hand-packed with the latest and greatest ideas for…
  • Inside Out: Why Sadness Matters

    samluce
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:29 am
    Pixar hits on something most christians miss I am a huge fan of Pixar (We all gave them a pass on Cars 2). Is it because I love cartoons? No. If that was the case I would have blogged about that aliens one that Dreamworks did that I can’t even remember the name of. I like cartoons but I love stories. Pixar is a company that tells stories and they so happen to use cartoons to do that. One of my favorite movies cartoon or not is UP. So my excitement for Inside Out was palpable. I loved it. It lived up to the hype I had created for it in my mind, ironically enough. There were so many deep…
  • 7 must add books to your summer reading list

    samluce
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    One of the things I have learned in the past 20 years is when I encounter a problem. A good book usually helps me understand or point me in the right direction. I like reading books in the summer because It makes me feel better about lying lazily in the summer sun. Where I live in New York you have to pay for Vitamin D nine months out of the year. So when it’s free you jump on it. I thought I would share the books I am hoping to finish this summer. Preaching by Keller – Few people have opened my eyes to the beauty of the Gospel like Dr. Keller. Few people can boldly lay out the truth in a…
  • The Gospel Truth About Kids Ministry

    samluce
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:22 am
    Until 5 years ago I had heard of Awana but knew very little about them. Over the past few years that has changed I have had the privilege of meeting many of the Awana staff and team. Every time I leave a meeting with them I am blown away by their passion to reach kids and families as well as the bigness of the vision they have to do so. Here is a short video of the impact they are having around the world. If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. This week Awana is releasing a new book called “The Gospel Truth About Kids Ministry” here is how they…
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    What Christians Want To Know

  • 5 Interesting Facts About The Lord’s Supper

    Jack Wellman
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    What are some interesting facts about the Lord’s Supper that some people may not know about? Here are five interesting facts about the Lord’s Supper. What Was Wrong with the Old Covenant? The author... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Do Animals Sin? A Bible Study

    Dr. Michael L. Williams
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Many people consider their animals to be like their children. It is not uncommon then to see some of these same people treat their animals better than they treat other humans. Likewise, they develop... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 7 Time Management Tips For The Christian Mom

    Pamela Rose Williams
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    I remember when I had young children and even worked outside of the home. Life was way too busy! It seemed like there were never enough hours in the day to do what I needed to do as the mom. But... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why Did Jesus Say On The Cross That God Had Forsaken Him?

    Jack Wellman
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever wondered why Jesus cried out on the cross, why God has forsaken Him?  What did that mean? Did the Father Forsake Jesus? We read of the account where Jesus cried out to the Father about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 7 Bible Verses To Comfort When Struggling With Infertility

    Jack Wellman
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Struggling with infertility might be one of the most difficult trials for a couple to go through so what 7 Bible verses can possibly comfort a couple going through this? Psalm 113:9 “He gives the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Fine Print

  • We don’t need better people group lists

    Justin Long
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    (Well, with the exception that we ought always trying to do better.) When people say, “we need better people group lists,” it nearly always comes from this sort of thinking: 1. Jesus said we need to make disciples of all the ethne 2. We we have disciples from all the ethne, the Great Commission is done, and then Jesus will return 3. The reason we’re not done yet is we don’t have an accurate enough list of the ethne – we’ve missed some. This leads us to the idea “some from every ethne” before the throne is enough. This is poor missiology. If…
  • July 4

    Justin Long
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    I don’t normally write articles (too much) about America. I am an American, but I’ve spent so much time in missions and in the non-American world that the typical run of the mill American news just isn’t interesting to me. Americans seem to think our culture is collapsing – that we are somehow post-Christian. I find this laughable. The majority of Americans profess to be Christian (even if they don’t live it). I’ve been in countries where the vast majority (up to 90%) profess earnestly to be NOT Christian – there’s no question about whether…
  • Practically and technically getting stories from the field

    Justin Long
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    In response to our recent survey, one reader shared with us their challenge: “Obtaining the information and photos we need from the field to present needs in a timely and security-friendly way; presenting specific needs to donors and prayer partners in a way that’s engaging and keeps workers safe.” I wrote to ask them to clarify a bit, and their challenge is one that we have faced ourselves in ActBeyond (and I’m sure others have faced as well). Here are some additional points they made: Workers often don’t respond to our requests for information and photos. Sometimes…
  • The Time Sink of Social Media

    Justin Long
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    Time and attention are things we only have so much of, and they turned up on our recent survey as something that really challenges many: how do I get the most out of my time? out of this season of life? Social media (and email) are two areas identified as enormous time sink. People want to know how to get the best “return” for the time investment they make. I am very active on social media myself, but having said that, I’m pretty guarded about my time there. I don’t spend hours. I access it on my phone in snatches, I have a dedicated period of time during the day for…
  • Understanding someone requires conversation, not polls

    Justin Long
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    What something is purported to mean to a large portion of a sample does not automatically mean the same thing to every individual within the sample, or to every representative of the sample that you meet. Seeing a woman in some form of Islamic dress doesn’t equate to the assumption that she sees herself as oppressed. Maybe she does. Maybe she doesn’t. Maybe the challenges she faces in daily life have very little to do with that, and everything to do with a job she works at, or her children (or lack of them), or her husband (or lack of one), or… You can’t know what…
 
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  • 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.
  • Messy Mondays: How to Write a Worship Song (In 5 Minutes or Less) – YouTube

    revtrev
    10 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
      How to write a worship song… Don’t take this as a “How to”, expect more of a “pointing-a-finger-in-your-face”. Let me know if it offends you. Watch How to Write a Worship Song (in 5 minutes or less) Watch How to Write a Worship Song on YouTube The post Messy Mondays: How to Write a Worship Song (In 5 Minutes or Less) – YouTube appeared first on RevTrev.com.
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  • 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 […]
  • Small Changes … BIG DIFFERENCE!

    Nate
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:27 am
    With the holidays behind us we are once again getting back into our normal routines. I want to encourage you to not simply revert to the routine of 2014 but make a change. Do something today or this week that you have never done before. Maybe it’s taking your drive time and turning it into […]
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    Ramblings on the Way

  • I can see > I know

    5 Jul 2015 | 10:09 pm
    When you're in pain people say a lot of things. Some are comforting. Others make you want to swear under your breath.One thing that is all to common, which I unsuccessfully try to avoid, is the phrase "I know."The reason this sentence sucks, when someone is in pain, is because, most probably, you don't really know.You don't know their grief over a deceased loved one.you don't know their sorrow at a bad diagnosis.You don't know their heart-break from a miscarriage or divorce.Why?Because it is THEIRS not yours.A response which trumps "I know" is "I can tell" or "I can see."When…
  • The high-five of peace

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:56 pm
    In many churches, an element of the service (or at least communion) will be the passing of the peace. Usually, this will involve going around those nearby, shaking their hand, and extending to them the peace of God.For kids, this can be a little weird.They don't shake hands.Ever.With anyone.But, what is the point of "the peace" anyway?For me, a large part of it - particularly tying into communion - is to physically establish the communal nature of the gathered church and express goodwill, in the name of Jesus, towards each other.This doesn't need a handshake.So, in every church I've ever…
  • How to lose me from your church

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:55 pm
    In my last post I wrote that small children, especially if they are of the noisy variety, are a good indicator of the welcoming and accepting nature of your congregation.But, the second reason that a church should welcome, accept and include small children is rather simple.All too often, in a hundred different ways during a church service, a parent can feel insecure abut their child.Are they being too noisy during the prayers?What happens if they start singing oddly during church?What happens if they start meowing, like my daughter did on Sunday, during the sermon?What happens…
  • The acceptance litmus test

    28 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Do you want to know if you have a welcoming church?Want to find out how accepting people are in your congregation?Just add a whining baby or chatty toddler to the middle of their church service. Over the last few years I've been in plenty of church services with both.And some churches have been lovely, accommodating and downright pleasant and patient.Others, not so much.But, as someone who works with families, it occurred to me today why it's so important to both include and welcome those with small kids.The first reason is because, I believe, it reveals a great deal about…
  • Everything isn't first-run

    25 Jun 2015 | 4:53 am
    Last night I gave the devotion to kick off our latest church council meeting, giving a quick overview on the book of Hebrews.This, while not being an arduous task, is just one more thing on top of what I churn out each year...38 weeks of the Friday afternoon children's ministry. 38 weeks of youth group.40 weeks of Sunday morning Kid's Church.140 scripture lessons (35x4).25 sermons in the evening service.4 sermons in the morning.And this doesn't included any high school scripture lessons, which I have done in the past, or outside speaking gigs.On top of this, I spit…
 
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • The War Against the Flesh

    Fr. Peter
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Brethren, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us have no […] The post The War Against the Flesh appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • 3 Characteristics of the Church

    Fr. Peter
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:32 am
    Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the […] The post 3 Characteristics of the Church appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • What Motivates Your Life?

    Fr. Peter
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    In a previous essay I spent some time with the subject of the purpose of our being.  I turned to the book by Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life, to pull out some ideas on that subject.  But once we determine what our purpose is we also have to determine what it is that motivates […] The post What Motivates Your Life? appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • The Healing Power of the Church

    Fr. Peter
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
      The Gospel passage for this past Sunday came from the 8th chapter of St. Mark’s Gospel and is the story of Jesus healing the servant of the centurion.  The servant was paralyzed and the centurion approached Jesus to ask him to heal his servant.  Jesus agrees and wants to go to his home to […] The post The Healing Power of the Church appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Some Thoughts on the Confederate Flag Issue

    Fr. Peter
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    I am a living historian and portray a Federal Chaplain assigned to the 28th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment of the famed Irish Brigade.  I do not glorify war but study the past to help influence the future.  We must understand the past, not the past we want to believe, but the past as it happened.  The […] The post Some Thoughts on the Confederate Flag Issue appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
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  • ten steps on becoming anyone you want to be

    Osayi
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:08 am
    Who do you want to be? Decide and then follow the steps below: 1. Find a mentor – find someone who is doing what you want to do and get mentored. Whether virtually, by reading all their books, and reading everything they recommend, or if you’re able to be in contact, have a personal mentoring relationship 2. Read books – Books are often the most economical way to get the information you need. So if you can’t get anything else, get books, you can even get ebooks. In books you get the wisdom of 10,000 lifetimes in one lifetime 3. Learn online – find an online…
  • Ten places you can learn something new for free and invest in yourself

    Osayi
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:07 am
    I’m a big believer in constant improvement. If you’re not improving you are declining. If you’re not using your brain, you’re losing your brain. The more you use your brain the more you learn, the more you understand, and the more you understand that you don’t understand. So in the spirit of sharing, here are ten of the sites maybe hundreds of free sites available. These are either free, or they have free options. And I have personally used at least 80% of them. Some of them have phone Apps, so you can take the learning with you wherever you are. 1. Khan Academy…
  • ten things you can do to invest in yourself instead of watching TV

    Osayi
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    Watching TV can be terrible. It’s so easy to do, and you don’t realize that time is slipping through your fingers. Sometimes going on Facebook is like that too. But for the most part, watching TV can really hurt you, when you think about what productive things you could have been doing. So here are some of my ideas on what you could be doing this evening instead of watching tv 1. Read a book – It could be fiction or non-fiction. it could be a good book, or a book you’ve heard so much about, or a book you’ve always wanted to read, or a book you’ve read…
  • These are the moments I will miss

    Osayi
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    Babies can be annoying and tiring and exhausting. I woke up this morning… well maybe I didn’t wakeup as much as I groaned and crawled out of bed this morning … exhausted. And of course my little miss decided today was her day to scream out her instructions. I don’t mind ignoring her most times, but I feel bad for the neighbors, especially early in the morning. I mumbled to myself about all the things I wanted to get done this morning, then I remembered that this time with her is temporary, this is just a season – this is a moment I will miss later on. Later on…
  • Peter Diamandis – Exponential Technology

    Osayi
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Exponential Technology – The rate of technological progress is doubling every two years. Things are changing – exponentially.  Are you paying attention? Or are you distracted by popular culture? Soon everything will be connected, and everyone will be connected. How can you make money from it? How can you make sure you’re protected? P.S. if you want to be one of the first to know about my projects, please subscribe. Need some help dealing with loneliness, please click here Need some help dealing with breakups, Please click here
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    Jonathan Herron

  • The Day My Grandpa Met with the President

    Jonathan Herron
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:44 am
    He immigrated to the Free World and met the Leader of the Free World Every July 4th reminds me of my late grandfather.  Seven years ago, he was personally honored by the President of the United States on the steps of Air Force One. My Grandpa didn’t take his freedom for granted.  He sacrificed a lot to immigrate to the U.S. from India with our family in the 1950’s.  He always, always, always spoke highly of the United States.  Coming from a Hindu state, he understood what it was like to not have freedom of religion. This elderly man who came to the free world met the leader…
  • Notes from Mark Driscoll interview at Hillsong Conference

    Jonathan Herron
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:34 am
    Former Mars Hill Pastor opens up about mistakes, regrets, empathy Brian Houston, in an act of big-time grace, showed a pre-recorded interview with Mark and Grace Driscoll at last night’s Hillsong Conference opener.  I was able to watch via Periscope and jot down some notes — so much here for church leaders to learn from this situation. Houston: “I think for the pastors and leaders here today there’s a lot to be learned from watching this interview, in terms of our own lives and the way we conduct ourselves. I hope it’ll be helpful for everyone. There’s certainly a level…
  • Two Steps You Can Take Toward Stopping Religious Rock Throwers

    Jonathan Herron
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Grace is Greater than Rock Throwing I hopped on the treadmill and fired up my iPad to catch up on today’s headlines.  I wasn’t prepared for the news from The Washington Post: Billy Graham’s grandson steps down from Florida megachurch after admitting an affair.  My heart dropped and I felt deep compassion for the family. If your first response to someone’s failure isn’t forgiveness, than you have missed the gospel.  Nobody is perfect.  Nobody. And what an unbelieving world doesn’t need are more religious rock throwers (by the way, God never blesses…
  • Photo Essay of an Unbelievable Sunday at Life Church

    Jonathan Herron
    21 Jun 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Largest June Crowd Ever at our Fathers Day Barbecue + Baptisms On our Connection Cards, we offer a box to check off that says, “TODAY I became a Christ Follower.”  Nobody declares their allegiance to Christ casually; it takes a lot of faith + guts for someone to check that box off.  So when someone does, I take it seriously.  Today, THIRTEEN people (almost all first time guests) checked that box! The crazy thing is that there was was no altar call or anything spectacular; simply an outdoor baptism service full of personal stories and powerful worship lyrics.  I believe God…
  • Lifehouse is coming to Life Church

    Jonathan Herron
    14 Jun 2015 | 10:34 am
    Exclusive Concert on Sunday, August 23rd This past week I received a phone call out of the blue: “Would Life Church be interested in hosting a FREE Lifehouse concert?” I did what any good Christian would do in this circumstance. I said, “Let me pray about it. YES.” With over 5 million album sales and the top played radio single of 2001, I am absolutely STUNNED that Lifehouse will be playing an exclusive acoustic, afternoon concert plus meet-and-greet at Life Church this August. All the tickets are FREE, but will be extremely limited. The only way to get tickets is to…
 
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    Proclaim Blog

  • July Pro Media Update

    Andre Kazadayev
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:54 pm
    July is here and so is the July Pro Media Pack! This month includes 17 brand new packs stocked with beautiful slides for any summer occasion. You will find memorable Independence Day graphics just in time for Fourth of July, crisp baptism slides, and 4 elegant motion backgrounds. This month’s pack also includes vibrant Vacation Bible School announcement slides! VBS is arguably the most important week of summer, and is a perfect time to engage not only with kids in your church, but children in the community as well. Build excitement for VBS with bright slides that speak to kids and…
  • July’s Freebie is Here!

    Andre Kazadayev
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:33 am
    Summer is in full swing, and we are excited to bring more free media your way! This month we are including a vibrant Vacation Bible School still, a summer breeze motion, and a vintage summertime welcome slide. Add some summer flare to your services with beautiful media from Proclaim. 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 many of the tools you already use, like Planning…
  • Proclaim and Children’s Church

    Andre Kazadayev
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Today’s guest post comes from Toni James. Toni is from Nashville, Tennessee and has been a Children’s Pastor for more than ten years. She currently serves at the Parkview Church of the Nazarene in Anderson, Indiana. Her passion is finding new and fun ways to tell children about Jesus. You can follow her children’s ministry blog at www.tuesdaystipsfromtoni.blogspot.com. Proclaim and Children’s Church…a perfect match! We started using Proclaim about a year ago and I love it more and more all the time. There are a lot of great features but I find the pre / post service…
  • Proclaim Charts: Top 10 Worship Songs on June 28

    Andre Kazadayev
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:52 am
    Each week we publish the top 10 most-played songs from weekend services around the world and point out tracks that are rising fast on the charts. Check back every week to learn which worship tracks are hot right now. “How Great Is Our God” “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” “Holy Spirit” “Nothing But the Blood” “This Is Amazing Grace” “Doxology” “Our God” “Mighty To Save” “Blessed Be Your Name” “Lord I Need You” You can find chord charts, lead sheets, click tracks, and more…
  • Proclaim Update: On-Screen Messages

    Andre Kazadayev
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Our latest release includes some nifty enhancements to on-screen messages! You can now control the location (top or bottom) and the size (small, medium, large) of on-screen messages. You can find these options under the Settings menu in Proclaim. We’ve also added the ability to cycle through nursery call numbers by simply separating them with a comma using the Pager feature. Check out a quick overview of on-screen messages in Proclaim: What do you think about these improvements? Let us know below! Try Proclaim for Free Proclaim Church Presentation Software allows you to collaborate…
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    United Faith Church

  • 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…
  • The Cost

    Kris Burke
    28 May 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Psalm 49:7-9 No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them—the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough—so that they should live on forever and not see decay. Church, Imagine how high the price must be to redeem just one life. If we were to sell all we had and give up everything, even our own lives, it would not be enough to redeem just one soul. Yet Jesus Christ went to the cross and redeemed not one life but the souls of every single one of His children. A man could never redeem the life of another yet Jesus Christ loved us so much that He went to…
 
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