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  • Measuring the Intangible with 6 Symptoms of Discipleship

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    Ben Savage
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:48 am
    Guest Writer: Ben Savage When you work with church leaders for long enough, you begin to identify common themes and challenges. I have been involved in lay leadership in several churches and have worked with hundreds of pastors over the years, and one thing they all have in common is the desire for people to engage with their church and be transformed by an encounter with Jesus. Setting the stage for these encounters takes many forms. Each church is unique, but all face a similar challenge: How do we measure the intangible with the observable? Spiritual growth and engagement is largely…
  • 3 Key Items You Should Never Overlook When Redecorating

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    Thomas
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:44 pm
    by  Stacie Stacie Stacie  Amateur interior-decorators devote endless hours to fretting over minute details, spend hundreds of pounds on unneeded embellishments and agonise for days over options separated by the breadth of a hair. However, it is amazing just how often that these same obsessive decorators will completely ignore key items within the rooms they are transforming. Either leaving them just as they were or not properly utilising just what a difference these items can make to the overall look and feel of any given room. This overlooking can be down to simple ignorance of the items…
  • Christmas Videos: Substance Church

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    Robert Carnes
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    In anticipation for Christmas, we’ve been sharing a few videos to inspire and encourage during the holidays. The final video in our series is a little different from the others. It’s a music video brought to us by Substance Church in Minneapolis, from their 2013 Christmas series. You’ll just have to see it for yourself: The video features some rave-like lighting, Christmas rapping, break dancing silhouettes and yes, even yodeling. Yodeling? Yes. This demonstrates a unique approach to Christmas. It’s perhaps the antithesis of our theory that people like traditional Christmas.
  • Do They Fit the Box: Gift Wrap & Time Management

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    Mark MacDonald
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    It was an easy job. I needed to wrap a Christmas present. Famous last words. I rummaged through some boxes and tried to find one that could handle the couple items that made up the gift. I placed the items, they didn’t fit. I rearranged, they didn’t fit. Once more and it’s close enough. I squeezed the box’s flaps down. Tight fit. Just as I let go of the bulging taped ends of the box to unfurl the wrapping paper roll, the package broke open. I dumped it out and tried again. The same bursting scenario played out. Again. And again. As a church communicator do you ever…
  • Modern Worship Resources: Christmas

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    Matthew Starner
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Like I’m sure many of you would probably agree, Christmas has always been one of my favorite times in the church year. Spiritually, the incarnation and birth of our Savior is one of the most important parts of Christianity (without Jesus’ birth, there’s no suffering, death and resurrection…) but it’s also a time filled with nostalgia and memories of Christmases past. The scale of Christmas makes it that way. There aren’t really any Ascension Days or Trinity Sundays that stand out in my memory, but give me enough time and I can probably recall something from…
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  • 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
  • Figuring It Out At Finish Line

    Frank Weller
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:48 pm
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  • Inside Out

    Frank Weller
    26 Feb 2014 | 10:43 am
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  • The parable of the skater

    Frank Weller
    10 Feb 2014 | 8:04 pm
    When Stephen was a kid he always wished he knew how to ice skate. There was something about the faces of the kids out on the ice. They seemed so full of joy. Sometimes the skaters raced around the rink. At other times they glided slowly and silently as if pondering something weighty. But not Stephen. He sat in the bleachers with a couple of other kids who were equally frightened at the
 
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  • Christmas Videos: Substance Church

    Robert Carnes
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    In anticipation for Christmas, we’ve been sharing a few videos to inspire and encourage during the holidays. The final video in our series is a little different from the others. It’s a music video brought to us by Substance Church in Minneapolis, from their 2013 Christmas series. You’ll just have to see it for yourself: The video features some rave-like lighting, Christmas rapping, break dancing silhouettes and yes, even yodeling. Yodeling? Yes. This demonstrates a unique approach to Christmas. It’s perhaps the antithesis of our theory that people like traditional Christmas.
  • The Awesome Communicator Episode

    Dave Shrein
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    More About this Episode There is no better way to learn than to live as a fly on the wall as others talk about their successes and failures. While there are certain names we all know in church marketing and communication, there is one set of individuals that you have yet to hear from… our listeners. The Awesome Communicator Episode is all about highlighting the successes of our community for the benefit of our community. This is the first of two episodes where we talk with Church Marketing Podcast listeners about their 2014 experiences. About Our Guests Kristy Henry is the “social…
  • Do They Fit the Box: Gift Wrap & Time Management

    Mark MacDonald
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    It was an easy job. I needed to wrap a Christmas present. Famous last words. I rummaged through some boxes and tried to find one that could handle the couple items that made up the gift. I placed the items, they didn’t fit. I rearranged, they didn’t fit. Once more and it’s close enough. I squeezed the box’s flaps down. Tight fit. Just as I let go of the bulging taped ends of the box to unfurl the wrapping paper roll, the package broke open. I dumped it out and tried again. The same bursting scenario played out. Again. And again. As a church communicator do you ever…
  • Atheist’s Church Skipping Billboard

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I’m too old for fairy tales. That’s a billboard along I-49 in Springdale, Ark., paid for by the nonprofit group American Atheist. The message is targeted at closeted atheists and not meant as an attack on churches. No matter. Time to fire up the culture war, right? Nope. One local church didn’t take it as an attack, but an invitation: “It’s a great opportunity for us to respond in love,” says Devon Walker, a pastor at Grace Church in Alma, Ark. Grace Church raised funds to display a billboard response:…
  • Four Ways to Shift the Church’s Focus

    Robert Carnes
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    In order for effective communication to be a reality in the church, change needs to happen. We need to shift our way of thinking. More importantly, we need to enable and equip our audience to receive the message of Christ in a new way. Here are four ways to shift that focus: 1. Shift Communication Focus From Print to Digital Many traditional churches rely on bulletin-centric communication. Everything they try to say revolves around the weekly worship bulletin (until those bulletins explode all over people). The problem is that a bulletin is very limiting—it’s a piece of paper that can…
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  • Did you hear what Open Church is doing in 2015? (infographic)

    Kent Shaffer
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:08 am
    I am excited to announce that after spending 4 years with Open Church getting the right relationships in place, now is the time to build the infrastructure needed to help Christians globally collaborate, learn from each other, and share resources. Our goal for 2015 is to develop a database directory, create new resource licenses, and hire 4 team members to lead the initiative and train volunteers. To learn more, download the 2015 Vision Blueprint (PDF) or visit openchurch.com. The post Did you hear what Open Church is doing in 2015? (infographic) appeared first on churchrelevance.com.
  • What Ministry Conferences Are You Attending in 2015 & 2016?

    Kent Shaffer
    13 Dec 2014 | 4:14 am
    Church Relevance’s list of 2015 church conference recommendations has been updated to over 80 ministry conferences throughout 2015 and 2016. It is not too early to start planning which ones you can attend.The post What Ministry Conferences Are You Attending in 2015 & 2016? appeared first on churchrelevance.com.
  • Open Church is Hiring a Program Director

    Kent Shaffer
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    Open Church helps Christians collaborate, learn from each other, and share resources. We accomplish this in 2 ways: Manage a database directory of people, resources, & research. Increase access to the database with standardized approaches to cataloging, licensing, archiving, distributing, & technology. The Program Director’s Role Program Director is a full-time, telecommuting position responsible for the early stage implementation of Open Church’s ecosystem. Core responsibilities include: In-depth research of global Christianity. Nurture relationships with strategic…
  • 8 Ways Churches Can Use SMS Text Messaging

    Kent Shaffer
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    What is the best way for a church to communicate with its congregation? There is a good chance it is SMS text messaging. It is a fast way to reach almost anyone. Consider the alternatives. Postcards and direct mail also reach almost anyone but at slow pace. Phone trees are annoying and impersonal. Email is quick but only reaches the digitally inclined. Social media is like email but with the added handicap of fighting through the clutter. Announcements at church are quite successful but only if it can wait until the next church service. So how can a church use SMS text messaging? TextMarks…
  • Measuring the Intangible with 6 Symptoms of Discipleship

    Ben Savage
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:48 am
    Guest Writer: Ben Savage When you work with church leaders for long enough, you begin to identify common themes and challenges. I have been involved in lay leadership in several churches and have worked with hundreds of pastors over the years, and one thing they all have in common is the desire for people to engage with their church and be transformed by an encounter with Jesus. Setting the stage for these encounters takes many forms. Each church is unique, but all face a similar challenge: How do we measure the intangible with the observable? Spiritual growth and engagement is largely…
 
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  • A Christmas mass choir at Disneyland every year

    djchuang
    7 Dec 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Made a new discovery at Disneyland this weekend, proclaiming the great story of Christmas. First time I’ve heard of this tradition called Candlelight, and even my huge-Disneyland-relative Rachelle didn’t know about this most awesome annual experience.Last night as we were ready to close out our day and walking out towards Main Street for dinner off-site, there over the speakers was the beautiful sounds of beloved Christmas hymns accompanied by organ music. Of course, being worship lovers (with our own family tradition of the OC Christmas Tour [schedule for 2014] where we attend…
  • Real Millennial Pastors of Churches for Millennials

    djchuang
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    Articles abound about engaging the next generation known as Millennials (loosely defined as people born between 1980 and 2000, that’s 14-34 years old) in the marketplace and workplace as well as in religion and faith; pundits and experts have published many ideas and theories and trends about their behaviors and preferences.But where are the churches actually effective in contextualizing faith for the Millennials? If finding a list of churches for millennials was hard for me, it’s too hard. If it’s not on the Internet, does it exist? The closest thing I’ve found that…
  • Mobile Giving and Online Giving for Churches

    djchuang
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Question> I help oversee our finances at our church and we’re considering online giving as an option. I know–getting into the 21st century finally!I recognize there are transaction fees associated with credit card donations, and one of our worries is that existing donors (by check) will move their donations to credit card, and the church would get hit with the fees and we would end up with less donations. Of course the ideal situation is that having the online giving option increases overall giving so that the transaction fees are worth it.I was just curious what you know…
  • Are you a Korean American Pastor?

    djchuang
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    You can help with this research project from Pastor Steve Chang (Living Hope Community Church), if you are (or know someone who is):a Korean-American senior pastoror EM pastor ministering in a Korean-American settingministering in Southern California (Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, etc)Here’s the invite to fill out the survey:Are you a Korean-American senior pastor or an EM Pastor ministering in a Korean-American setting from Southern California? If so, please take a few minutes to fill out a survey for a study on “Beyond the First and Second Generation: The Second…
  • List of dotBrand websites launched to date

    djchuang
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    ICANN’s new gTLD program has many more brands applying for its top-level domain, far beyond expectations. And 400+ new gTLDs have launched so far (new domain extensions like .CHURCH, .CLUB, .LINK, and .WEBSITE) with more to come. In the mix are dotBrand TLDs, those that are exclusively used by a branded corporation / organization / entity. My research has found that 50% of Interbrand’s Top 100 Global Brands applied for new gTLDs. This is a list of active dotBrand websites launched to date: Brand TLDs launched and delegated ︾ 80views 19items Brand TLDs launched and delegatedListly…
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  • Austin Christmas Live Plus…!

    Eric Bryant
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    Tweet Merry   Christmas! If you’ve been around Gateway for past Christmases, you know we love to have a great time celebrating the birth of Jesus.  And this year is no exception.  Make plans to join us and invite others…… Celebrate Christmas Austin-Style December 21st at 9:30am & 11am at Gateway South*Slow down from the busyness of gift shopping, holiday parties, and cooking to reflect on the real heart of the season with the Christmas story and through awesome (and FREE) live music from some of the city’s best artists including: George Devore Miles Zuniga Lex…
  • The #1 Thing I Learned From Exodus: Gods and Kings

    Eric Bryant
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:26 pm
    TweetRidley Scott knows how to make a stunning and epic film. The actors involved all know how to transform themselves into a new character. (Joel Edgerton who played Tom Buchanan in the Great Gatsby was unrecognizable as Ramses!) The Alamo Drafthouse knows how to make a delicious Fried Egg BLT with loaded french fries. Those facts were not new to me. The #1 thing I learned from the film Exodus: Gods and Kings was this: A personal relationship with God is foolishness to the world. This film really reminded me of Paul’s 1st chapter in his 1st letter to the Corinthians. The fact that God…
  • “The God You Need: The God of Comfort” by John Burke

    Eric Bryant
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Tweet At Gateway Church in Austin, we continued our series leading up to Christmas. The God You Need looks at key passages from the prophet Isaiah. Today John Burke shared at South Campus on The God Of Comfort. He shared the same message at the McNeil campus last week. You can watch the message at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast or listen to his message at South Campus below: John shared some of the following thoughts: “For many people the holidays are a lonely time. When we are in crisis what we need more than anything is having others going through it with us. Listen to how we should…
  • 7 Reasons I’m Excited to See Exodus: Gods and Kings

    Eric Bryant
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Tweet After being disappointed by Noah earlier this year (particularly with the Rock Creatures and the overtly Gnostic take on the Scriptures), you’d think I wouldn’t be as excited for Exodus: Gods and Kings as I am. Ever the optimist, here’s why I am excited to see the new film on Moses: 1. If Hollywood wants to spend $140,000,000 on a story from the Scriptures, I am happy to support them for their efforts. 2. I am easily entertained and love action movies with a spiritual bent. 3. Batman is playing Moses! 4. The director of Gladiator and Prometheus takes on Moses! 5. I do…
  • The Inventors – Thoughts from Walter Isaacson

    Eric Bryant
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:17 pm
    TweetToday I had the opportunity to hear Walter Isaacson at Book People in downtown Austin. Isaacson wrote the popular book Steve Jobs. His newest book is The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. Here are some of the insights he shared: We don’t know the heroes from our generation – the heroes of the digital revolution. In the early 1990s, he was asked: “Who owns the Internet? Who is in charge of it?” My first response was: “What a silly question?” But then I realized I didn’t know the answer. The…
 
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  • WMC Podcast – 0146 – Interview with Ross King

    David Lindner
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Interview with Ross King We had the joy and privilege of talking with Ross King. I know, I say that every time, but it’s the truth. We have been blessed to have some really great interviews lately, and that tradition continues today! If you aren’t familiar with Ross’s work, you will find some real gems in this podcast. There are so many things that impress me about Ross, but the only way for you to really know for yourself is to listen in! Ross’s song, “Hallelujah For The Cross” is not just a great song, but became the title track for the Newsboys latest…
  • WMC Podcast – 0144 – Interview with Don Moen

    David Lindner
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Interview with Don Moen I have to say, you are in for a real treat in this episode! We were fortunate enough to be able to interview Don Moen about a new project he’s doing called: “Worship In Action.” Worship In Action (WIA) is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Nashville, Tennessee. Don Moen founded WIA in response to the great needs he encountered while on worship tours around the world. It became very clear to Don when he met a little girl named Gifty in Accra, Ghana, that God wanted him to do more than just sing and lead people into worship. God wanted Don to step out…
  • WMC Podcast – 0143 – Jonathan Malm – (Part 2 of 2)

    David Lindner
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:01 am
    Interview with Jonathan Malm In this episode we get to finish up our discussion with Jonathan Malm, and we get to talk about his newest book, Unwelcome. If you’re unfamiliar with it, you can go head over to his page and check it out. Jonathan shares with us some practical insights on how to make your church more welcoming to those who may not be familiar with you or your church. If you don’t think you’re familiar with his work, you probably are. Between the books that he’s written (Created For More & Unwelcome) and the sites he runs (Church Stage Design Ideas,…
  • Two Giveaways – Means Twice The Opportunity To Win!

    David Lindner
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    Right now, we’ve got two giveaways going on here at WMC! You can win a copy of the Deluxe edition of Chris Tomlin’s “Love Ran Red” which has several bonus tracks. Or you can win your copy of: “Passion: The Essential Collection” which has all the most popular songs you’ve been singing in your church, plus a DVD with videos of performances of some of the songs, and some Louie Giglio Teachings from Passion conferences. Just click on the image for you the one you want to enter!  
  • WMC Podcast – 0141 – Jonathan Malm (Part 1 of 2)

    David Lindner
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Interview with Jonathan Malm In this episode we have the distinct privilege of talking with Jonathan Malm. If you’ve been on any worship site, podcast or blog lately, you’ve come across his name! This guy is everywhere. We don’t know how he does it! As you listen to this part 1 of our discussion, you’ll find out why he’s so popular. He’s not only creative, but he’s got a great heart and his humility makes for a connection that will keep you coming back for more. If you don’t think you’re familiar with his work, you probably are. Between…
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  • 11 of the Most Common Mistakes Churches Make

    Paul Steinbrueck
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:47 am
    LifeWay CEO, church consultant and author Thom Rainer has visited hundreds of churches and published books about the research he’s done on churches. So, what tops his list of 11 of the Most Common Mistakes Churches Make? Failure to have a informative, easy-to-use website. Thom explains, I cringe when I see some churches’ websites. That is now the first place a prospective guest visits when he or she is thinking about attending a church. Websites are incredibly affordable today, and they can be updated easily. A church website should be updated at least once a week. It should be one of…
  • Google – The Gift that Keeps Giving the Whole Year

    Kurt Steinbrueck
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    As Christmas approaches we start to think about gifts.  Of course, the greatest Christmas gift is the birth of our Savior, but we also like to give gifts to each other.  Sometimes it’s a tie or a sweater or perhaps an iPhone 6 (hint).  Google decided to try their hand at gift giving this year.  Google has a special update they would run priodically called, “Penguin”. Kind of like Santa Claus, Penguin would gather up information about websites around the world and then would check its list of websites to see who’d been naughty and who’d been nice,…
  • Christian School Gets Early Christmas Present!

    Mark Steinbrueck
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    Earlier this year, NorthBay Christian School of Clearwater, Florida contacted OurChurch.Com about a new website.  There was a need for a new website for a high school that would be launching in the future but the existing elementary school already had a website.  So, how do we integrate the features of an existing elementary school website into a new website for the high school and elementary school? We listened to the web team at NorthBay.  There were numerous meetings and group emails that took place but we were able to create a solution that meet both schools’ needs and met their…
  • Christmas Video: Santa vs Jesus

    Paul Steinbrueck
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    We’re mid-way through the Advent/Christmas season. Don’t miss out on opportunities help yourself and others put Christ at the center of Christmas. Here’s a great, creative video for that… I love the way the video compares our the prevailing view of God with Santa and then contrasts that perspective with who Jesus really is. And doing this in the framework of a spoken word poem just elevates the whole message. What do you think? Is this a video you’d share on Facebook and Twitter? Is this a video you’d like to see shown in your church?
  • Creating a Video for Search Results

    Jonathan Keener
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Video is now within the reach of anyone who has a website. We live in a culture where video is the most passive form of consumption. We like to press a button and then absorb what we’re getting. This all should tell you that maybe it’s high time to make a video. Another reason to make videos is the opportunity to step out of a webpage and gain trust with your target audience. Its obvious people feel comfortable toward social media. The only difference from mainstream advertising, promotions and social media are the personal attributes social media delivers. It builds trust and lets people…
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  • Making The Most Of Your Space: How To Make Extra Storage In Your Bedroom

    Thomas
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    A small bedroom presents a challenge that many people understand: space. Humans do have a tendency to hoard objects of necessity and interest, from clothing and books to collectables and shoes. Wanting to have all of these things with us in our bedroom usually leaves us with a lot of clutter and very little space. What’s worse than bedroom clutter is our inability to locate the things we need at any given time. If this situation leaves you scratching your head, then you should seriously start researching ways to create some much-needed extra storage in your bedroom. Here are some great…
  • When to Roll Up Your Sleeves and DIY

    Thomas
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Before I bought my first house, I didn’t fancy myself very “handy”. And I guess I still don’t, but I’m a lot better than I used to be. After a year and a half of living in a fixer upper, my wife and I have learned a lot of new skills, and our house equity has been increased significantly by work we didn’t know how to do just a couple of years ago. But there are some jobs even I won’t tackle. It’s important to know when to get some industrial supplies from Gotstock and when to leave it to the pros. Here’s how I make the decision. How much can I save? I have done enough work…
  • 3 Key Items You Should Never Overlook When Redecorating

    Thomas
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:44 pm
    by  Stacie Stacie Stacie  Amateur interior-decorators devote endless hours to fretting over minute details, spend hundreds of pounds on unneeded embellishments and agonise for days over options separated by the breadth of a hair. However, it is amazing just how often that these same obsessive decorators will completely ignore key items within the rooms they are transforming. Either leaving them just as they were or not properly utilising just what a difference these items can make to the overall look and feel of any given room. This overlooking can be down to simple ignorance of the items…
  • Creating A Garden For The Whole Family

    Thomas
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:44 pm
    When it comes to your home, it stands to reason that you are going to want somewhere that the whole family can be happy. Of course, every family is different so there are no set rules for what is considered perfect. Instead, what you need to do is think about the needs of your family and create something perfect. One of the biggest things to take into account is the garden and what you are going to do with it. If you have young children then it is important to create a space that is the perfect compromise for both you and them. A garden is preferable for children so if you have a property…
  • When DIY is the Best Option

    Thomas
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:33 pm
    If you are like me, there’s a lot of work to be done on your house. My wife and I bought a fixer-upper, and we’ve managed to add a lot of equity to the house. But we still don’t have molding, a save staircase, insulation in the attic, and many many other little things. When we bought the house, we (like you?) didn’t know much about household repairs. I’ve learned a lot, but have gotten down to jobs I’m not as comfortable performing myself. Still, it’s really expensive to get these jobs performed by professionals, and early estimates have come in between $30 and $50,000. Here is…
 
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  • 7 Ways to Get Your Man to Shop with You

    Ron Edmondson
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:25 pm
    I shop with my wife. There. I said it. I’m sorry guys. Do I lose my man card? I get criticized often by other men that say I put pressure on them to live up to that standard with their own wives. And, I’m sorry if that’s the case. I realize many men read this blog. I explain that a shopping mall is not necessarily my preferred place to be on a Saturday, but I love my wife and I love spending time with her. She sometimes likes to shop, so many Saturdays I find myself somewhere shopping with her. I also know my blog readership is about 40% women, so today I want to address you…
  • One Sign of Great Leadership: Admitting You Aren’t the One

    Ron Edmondson
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:35 am
    Leadership is not about having all the answers. One sign of a great leader — in my opinion — is to be bold enough to say, “I don’t have all the answers”. Perhaps even harder, “I’m not the one to carry this task forward.” That takes humility. I observed the pressure some pastors and leaders place on themselves to have all the answers and to be good at everything they do. And, churches and organizations sometimes hold leaders to this level of excellence and expectation. The fact is, however, that most of us only do a few things really well. Understanding that and being…
  • What to do When You’re Waiting for a Lead Position

    Ron Edmondson
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:20 am
    Recently I posted “The Tension Between Staying in a Learning Position and Jumping into the Lead Position“. The point was there is a fine line between when a person is ready to be in a senior leadership role and needs to remain in a learning position. The post was to help discern that proper time to make the transition. I know some 20-something year old youth pastors who will some day be senior pastors, for example. When’s the right time to make the jump and when should they stay in their current position? I know some entry-level managers in large organizations who could move…
  • 7 of the Most Dangerous Leadership Mindsets I’ve Observed

    Ron Edmondson
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:14 am
    I’ve seen it so many times. A leader could even be doing everything else right and one flawed mindset can overshadow — jeopardize all the good leadership principles we know. One constantly repeated action. One trait. One habit. One mindset. And, sadly, many times it’s not even that the person isn’t a good leader — it’s that one mindset that gets them off track. And, so I believe leaders should constantly be working on bad mindsets that keep them from being as successful as they can be. Here are 7 of the most dangerous leadership mindsets I’ve…
  • Three Common Fears of Every Young Leader

    Ron Edmondson
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:20 am
    I’m convinced. After years mentoring younger leaders, there is something all of us leaders with more experience need to know. Every young leader shares some common fears. Granted, I’ve mostly worked with young male leaders (and I am the parent of boys), but I suspect these fears aren’t gender exclusive. And, they aren’t talked about much — or even admitted — the pressure to perform often keeps us from admitting fear — but they are real fears. Three fears of every young leader: Am I good enough? Have I got what it takes? What happens if I fail? Common,…
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  • 12 Days of Christmas: 5 Churches That Caught Our Attention in 2014

    Tony Morgan
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    I’m fortunate to be a part of the team at The Unstuck Group. We get to interact with great churches across the country. As we provide health assessments, strategic planning and staffing reviews, it’s fun to watch churches move from where they are to where God wants them to be. This past year was no exception. Our team served many churches throughout the United States and Canada. These are some of the stories that stood out to us. 5 Churches That Caught Our Attention in 2014 Community of Hope (Loxahatchee Groves, Florida) – Pastor Dale Locke and the team at Community of Hope…
  • 12 Days of Christmas: 6 Strategic Partners

    Tony Morgan
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    On the sixth day of Christmas, I would like to introduce you to our six strategic partners. They are helping churches all over the country get unstuck: Vanderbloemen Search Group – provides executive searches, staff consulting, succession planning and compensation analysis for churches RSI Stewardship – designs and implements successful financial campaigns for churches, Christian schools and faith-based organizations Visioneering Studios – a leading national Design Build firm focusing on entertainment, hospitality, faith-based, and urban destination development MultiSite…
  • 12 Days of Christmas: 7 Ways to Make a Difference

    Tony Morgan
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Earlier this week someone walked into a local Cracker Barrel and randomly paid for every person’s meal. The act of kindness wasn’t a life-changing event for most of the people in the restuarant but it certainly did spread Christmas cheer. Conversations about generosity and giving could be heard all over the building. I’m pretty sure the message eventually spread to other family members and co-workers. That’s how generosity works, it can’t really be contained in four walls. 2 Corinthians 9:7 teaches us that “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart,…
  • 12 Days of Christmas: 8 Must-Watch Christmas Movies

    Tony Morgan
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    You just need to know right up front that I’m not a traditionalist. Probably not a surprise. Because of that, I find it difficult to read books for a second time or watch movies for a second time. Seen it. Done it. That said, there are a handful of Christmas movie favorites at the Morgan household. Some of these are obviously more kid-friendly than others, so use your best judgment for what’s appropriate in your home. In order of enjoyment, here are my… 8 Must-Watch Christmas Movies Elf A Christmas Story It’s a Wonderful Life Home Alone National Lampoon’s…
  • 12 Days of Christmas: 9 Helpful Tools

    Tony Morgan
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Kids never seem that excited when they get socks or a new pair of jeans for Christmas. Santa is very wise. He knows that the “exciting” toys get used for a little while but eventually things go back to normal. Santa realizes that practical gifts tend to last a long time. That’s why today I’m sharing 9 tools that can help you get unstuck in 2015. I’ve talked about them before and if you still haven’t checked them out, you should. Asana — This is what my team uses to track all our projects and tasks. We’ve created templates for projects that reoccur. We…
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  • Until 2015, I Bid Thee Adieu.

    Anne Marie Miller
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:04 pm
    You finally close the day’s work after reading and taking notes and asking questions. You stack the books, the printouts, the papers, the highlighters, the notebooks; you stack it all, on the dining room table for tomorrow. You save the manuscript. You close the computer. You walk away. And you hear a small voice whisper, “Add a chapter.” You argue back, “The title of the book is ’10 Things Parents Need to Know About Their Kids and Sex’ – You can’t just go and add a chapter!” He says, “Chapter 10 needs to be: Parents Need to Know…
  • The Power of a “Thank You” in the Story of Redemption

    Anne Marie Miller
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Five minutes of pure beauty. The post The Power of a “Thank You” in the Story of Redemption appeared first on Anne Marie Miller • Author & Bible Teacher.
  • Free Devotional: Surviving Christmas: Advent Devotions for the Hard and Holy Holidays

    Anne Marie Miller
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:45 am
    Growing up, I didn’t know much about Advent. Christmas cantatas, yes. Live nativity scenes, yes. Stolen baby Jesus dolls, yes. Advent…not so much. It was a few years ago after I began attending St. Bartholomew’s in Nashville where Advent really took a hold on my heart: a time to prepare and reflect upon the coming Christ, his birth, death and resurrection, the narrative of Mary and Joseph, angels, dirt, mundane, pain, rejoicing. Over time, I’ve written a few blog posts inspired by the season or on Christmas in general. Because as mystical and ponderous Advent is, the…
  • Enjoy A Free Chapter of “Lean on Me” from the Folks at FaithGateway

    Anne Marie Miller
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
      The fine folks at FaithGateway posted a free chapter of Lean on Me: Finding Intentional, Vulnerable and Consistent Community today. Here’s a little tease; you can click over to their website for the rest! They’re also offering 20% off the book, too! (Insert your own verbiage about stocking stuffers or Christmas shopping here…I’ll save you the grief.) Much love, Anne Marie Sometimes the only way to return is to go. — Josh Garrels Leaving behind four years of friendships in Nashville, I moved to California, confidently running, fearless in my decision to…
  • Having a Plan for Coping with Anxiety

    Anne Marie Miller
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:06 pm
    It was 3:12 am and it felt like what I imagine a heart attack feels like. If I hadn’t felt this tightness hundreds of times before in the last 20 years, I probably would have been concerned, but it was a familiar foe. Rarely does it visit while I’m sleeping, but last night it did. I took some deep breaths, told my brain what was happening (because brains are only wired to know evidence – my racing heart and shallow breathing – not reason.) “You are starting to have a panic attack. There is no reason you should be this afraid. You are healthy, you are safe. This feeling…
 
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  • Condoms, Guns, and Deadbolts

    loswhit
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    Parenting. It’s a hotter topic than health care reform. Most people think they have it down. I know I don’t. I have a 12, 11, and 8 year old. The conversations are getting deeper. I would like to know what you would do in this situation. If you don’t have kids, you have parents so you can play along. If you have kids, this will be easier. I believe sex should be saved for marriage. So when somehow you find out that your 16 year old daughter who loves Jesus and you, is having sex with her boyfriend… Do you let her know your disappointment yet give her condoms knowing…
  • I wrote this prayer…I prayed this prayer…I cussed at this prayer…I now savor the day I prayed this prayer.

    loswhit
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    So I wrote this prayer… I prayed this prayer…And everything changed. It’s dangerous…But necessary… Pray it loud… Lord, Cut our hearts in half. Take the half that may belong to You and hold it, massage it it, redeem it, revive it. Take the half that belongs to us and destroy it, crush it, break it, defeat it. Fear is not the enemy. Fear is a facade that lies within the half of our hearts that belongs to us. Crush it. Death is not the enemy. Death is victory. Weeping may stay for the night… But joy comes in the morning. We have barely touched the redemptive…
  • Tour Our New Home :: The WhittaKASA

    loswhit
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:04 pm
    So we moved. After almost 4 years in our yellow walled condo… my wife finally got a house with white walls. She wants me to let it be known that she has only been home for 2 weeks and that this is Phase 1. And I want you to know that she unpacked 15 years of marriage and made my house a home in 2 weeks. She is amazing… So when you walk in the front door you find this HEAVY barn door.  When Heather’s parents moved from the burbs in Fresno to a ranch in Prather… this was the first thing that Heather stole right from under their nose… Did I mention how heavy this…
  • That one time I got Catfished… & how I fell in love anyways… Sort of

    loswhit
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:28 am
    Jason Wells, the kid who sat next to me in youth choir did me a huge favor in my quest for love. He left Mrs. Blankenship’s 9th grade homeroom back window open. Not at my high school. At his. Our rival high school. Lakeside High School I had paid him 5 bucks and a month’s supply of NERDS. Catherine Skinner sat in the seat next to him in homeroom. And Catherine Skinner was a recent addition to the Lakeside cheerleading squad. We had played them the week before and I will never forget hearing the sounds of El Debarge fill my soul as she walked out onto the track with her pom poms…
  • JOIN #FitByFirst TODAY!

    loswhit
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Amigos y Amigas. It’s time to break forth the rhythm and the rhyme. Over 2,000 of you took part in the #FitByFourth Challenge. But alas, only a few finished.  Why is that?  Cause there was nothing at stake. This time around… There will be lots at stake. YOU NEED NO SPECIAL EQUIPMENT OR GYM MEMBERSHIP TO PARTICIPATE!!! Starting TODAY… we are going to get a head start on all of the New Years Resolution peeps.  Cause only 8% of people who make New Years Resolutions keep them. Screw resolutions.  Let’s start NOW. Here are the  3 ESSENTIAL STEPS TO COMPLETE BEFORE…
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  • 2014 Trends: Simplicity. Sustainability. Spirituality.

    Andrew Jones
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    In July of 2013,  a well known Christian magazine that focuses on Christian outreach asked me what I thought they should cover in 2014. WHAT I SUGGESTED I suggested articles on urban agriculture, going off-grid, permaculture, voluntary simplicity, interaction with Muslims, nomads, social enterprise, DIY and self sufficiency, outreach that includes seekers rather than targets them, outreach for churches that ...
  • Blogging in 2015

    Andrew Jones
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:07 am
    I have been unblogging for a while which has been a good experience for me. Learning to listen. Learning to watch. I used to call it “blogfast” but unblogging seems to be the term these days. But now that I am starting a new season of work in Europe, and will have lots to blog about, I want to get my ...
  • What went wrong in the south?

    Andrew Jones
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Alan Cross is a white evangelical Baptist pastor in Montgomery Alabama, the scene of some of America’s worst racial violence. For many years he has been asking the question “What went wrong in the south?” and that journey has led him to be a changemaker for justice in his denomination and beyond. It also led him to publish the book When Heaven ...
  • 5 ways to avoid microfinance corruption

    Andrew Jones
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Conversations about microloans to empower young entrepreneurs in the developing world should NOT contain words such as mafia, suicide epidemic, exploitation, microloan sharks. But they do. In San Francsico I chatted with Wolfgang Fernandez (Next Step) about the microloan industry; why is there so much corruption and what makes the successful programs stand out from those that are now bringing disgrace ...
  • Help me land the truck in Europe

    Andrew Jones
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Update: YEAH!  2150 Euros aleady given (all from European countries) and i am offering those dear people free advertising on my blogs and/or a custom blog for their business or product. Good news: Our truck arrives in a few days in Belgium. Our friend Peter will pick it up and hold it until we arrive to drive it south to ...
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  • Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak

    Pete Wilson
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:56 am
    This past weekend at church I tried to communicate my heart regarding some of the recent racial tensions that we’ve had in our country over the past few months. It wasn’t a political statement. I wasn’t taking sides. I’ve just been wrestling with what my personal response should be and wanted to share that because I bet many of you are trying to figure out what your response should be. I’ll be honest: I was scared to talk about this. I didn’t want to say something that would be misinterpreted and offend an African American community that I care deeply about…
 
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  • Once Upon A Time A Person Was Drowning…

    web@newspring.cc
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Once upon a time a man was drowning and was completely unable to save himself… A boat came along filled with people who were passionate about debating whether or not drowning people were predestined to drown, or whether or not they were drowning because of their choices.  Another boat came along filled with people who were doing an in depth study on how to help drowning people.  A third boat came along filled with people who were praying passionately for drowning people. A fourth boat sailed by, noticed the drowning guy but said, “We love our boat just the way it…
  • Ten Convictions I Have About The Church!

    web@newspring.cc
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    1 – Jesus never intended for the church to be a group of isolated, self righteous and angry people. In the past, the church spent so much time debating with people over social issues that we forgot to love people like Jesus told us to. We have to remember that we will reach way more people through conversation than condemnation.  2 – If churches do not learn how to reach people on their mobile devices, we will soon not reach them at all.  3 – It’s not a lack of prayer that is holding most churches back; it’s a lack of…
  • You’re Not Crazy

    web@newspring.cc
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    This past Sunday at NewSpring Church was amazing. I stood in awe of how Jesus stirred hearts at the end of every service as thousands of people all over the state got out of their seat, walked to a “yes” board and placed the name (or names) on it of people they committed to invite to a Christmas service. I just wanted to let you know today if you did that…you’re not crazy.  Some people may think you are crazy for inviting someone that has told you repeatedly they would never come to church.  You’re not crazy.  I really do believe if…
  • 15 Reasons To Be Excited About Our 15 Bucks Campaign

    web@newspring.cc
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you given to our 15 Bucks campaign yet?  Have you wanted to but wanted to know more about it?  Here are 15 reasons to give to our 15 Bucks campaign.  #1 – This offering is going to help us launch our 11th campus in Powdersville on Sunday, January 11th.  #2 – This offering will also help us launch FUSE (our student ministry, which is averaging over 4,000 students per week right now) in Powdersville in March.  #3 – Giving to this offering will help you become more like Jesus, because Jesus gave! (John 3:16)  #4 – Giving…
  • Canceling Church On December 28?

    web@newspring.cc
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    So, is NewSpring canceling church on Sunday, December 28?  Yes—sort of!  We are going to have an AMAZING online experience that will be available all day on the 28th at www.newspring.cc where we CELEBRATE all that Jesus has done in 2014 and ANTICIPATE all we are believing for Him to do in 2015!  (If you are making your plans with God, make them big, right?!)  However, we will not be doing a live service at any of our locations on that day.  “Why??” you ask!  GREAT QUESTION!  On Saturday, December 20th we will begin our Christmas…
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  • Small Church Christmas Eve Tips-Part 3

    Stephanie Caro
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:38 pm
    OK, friends – you’re rounding the corner. There’s 3 days to make this Christmas Eve THE most impactful ever and capture those illusive once a year attenders. You CAN do this!! (If you’re just catching this series, part 1 & 2 were the past two days. Go enjoy and then, come back and join us.) […]
  • New TOOLS for Youth Ministry

    Amber Cassady
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
    What’s up Youth Ministry Friends?! Simply Youth Ministry TOOLS has some sweet new features to help make all the tasks associated with youth ministry easier and more efficient. Specifically, the COMMUNICATE and the TEAM tools have been improved and added to for the best experience yet. A couple new features to be excited about include: […]
  • Explaining Unanswered Prayers

    Leneita Fix
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    This time of year we hear a lot about all the ways the Lord has “blessed” so many around us with answered prayers. Sometimes they are silly: “Wow, I was asking God to find me a good parking place, and here I am up front at the mall.” Other times desperate nonprofits trying to meet […]
  • Meaningful Conversations With College Students While They Are “Home”

    Chuck Bomar
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    In my previous post, we talked about potential areas of awkwardness for students when they come home for the holidays. I gave you one idea to bless them. Here I want to give you five thoughts to keep in mind as you have conversations with these students.  Be aware of their potential discomfort. Any time you […]
  • Small Church Christmas Eve Tips-Part 2

    Stephanie Caro
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:06 pm
    So go back and read my post from yesterday to catch up, but the main gist is this. Christmas Eve is a big deal for small churches: guests come that don’t come at any other time and they just might give your church a chance. Or not. You’ve got four days left to make this […]
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    Eugene Cho

  • 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…
  • In prison or in freedom, the good news is that God has not abandoned us. Christ is with us…

    Eugene Cho
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Over two years ago on November 3, 2012, we heard about Kenneth Bae’s arrest in North Korea. Over a year ago on August 10, 2013, we held a special prayer vigil for Kenneth Bae and his family. Two weeks ago, we marked his two-year anniversary in North Korea and prayed for his liberation from captivity. His sister, Terri, shared some specific prayer requests and conveyed that it would take a miracle. Last Sunday, we celebrated the news of his freedom and safe arrival in Seattle to be reunited with his family. There’s something special about family reunions. Today, we had the joy of…
  • Pray for the people of North Korea. Lord, may your light shine forth.

    Eugene Cho
    8 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    I’m sitting in front of my computer and I’m crying. And I can’t stop. There’s a tidal wave of emotions. As a follower of Jesus, I’m ecstatic over Kenneth Bae’s release from jail. Many will know that he was detained in North Korea not because he was trying to topple its government but because of his faith in Christ and his love for the people of North Korea. And while many question the wisdom of going to a country like North Korea, I know that following Christ will sometimes lead us to places that might be irrational to many – even to the Church. As a…
  • Two years. 730 days and counting. It’s time to release Kenneth Bae. #BringBaeBack

    Eugene Cho
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:50 pm
    This is a deeply personal post and I hope you’ll take a moment to read it and share the video above. While I have never met Kenneth Bae personally, his sister and family attend the church I lead, Quest Church. He is an American citizen. He is also a son, a father, a husband, a brother…and also a follower of Christ. I do not know him personally but I consider him a brother-in-Christ. Yes, he is a missionary although he was not directly doing ‘missions’ work in North Korea but he was captured on November 3, 2012. If you do the quick math, today marks 2 years. That’s…
  • When your daughter’s name means “Joy of God” and yet, joy becomes the biggest challenge. #HappyBirthdayJubilee

    Eugene Cho
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    It’s hard to believe but it’s true. Time doesn’t stop for anyone. While I think I still kinda sorta wanna look young, I’m reminded how old I’m getting when I see my children. Today, my eldest child celebrates her 16th birthday. Her name is Jubilee and her name means the “Joy of God.” Jubilee also has a very powerful Scriptural meaning. It’s referenced in the Book of Leviticus where it is to “occur every fiftieth year, in which slaves and prisoners would be freed, debts would be forgiven and the mercies of God would be particularly…
 
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  • Hackschooling

    John
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
    Being happy and healthy is a practice. And why isn’t it a part of education? I think it should be. The hacker mindset. The hacker way. It’s a mindset and not a system. I love what Logan has to say about education and I’m encouraged that there are other parents out there that have similar views on how they can provide the best environments for their children to learn. It’s videos and messages like this that encourage my wife and I confident that our own decision to begin homeschooling is the right decision. Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk is also a firm reminder as…
  • Bias Toward Action

    John
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:01 am
    It would be somewhat of an understatement to say that I have a bias toward action – honestly, I can do no other. I must form any and all strategy into something tangibly-practical, and the things that stay in the nebulous area of thought are typically forgotten or seen as inferior. Usually both at the same time. I simply want to do something with what I know and to see something come out of nothing. When you are building your own organization, or team, or group of misfits, it is absolutely critical that you have at least one person that is hell-bent on building momentum forward; if…
  • On Fear, Pants, and Vocational Destiny

    John
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    Theodore Roosevelt once said this: If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month. It’s so true it hurts (get it… get it?!? Okay… too early…). By the time I left college I had worked for some really large companies and I was looking to continue that trend because it’s really all I knew. The startup world wasn’t even part of the equation nor would it be part of my life for a little while longer. One of the most significant jobs that I had was at Dell, Inc. I joined their Enterprise…
  • The First 365 Days

    John
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
    A few weeks ago I crossed a major milestone with The Iron Yard – I survived a full year as a full-time salaried staff member and I didn’t quit nor did I get fired. So, that’s good. No, I mean, that’s freaking amazing. Seriously. I am, in many respects, generally unemployable and so to work with such great people in an environment where I am allowed to be myself and, consequently, creating exceptional value for my partners, investors, staff, and customers is incredibly rewarding and satisfying. Thankfully, I have known Peter and Eric for years so the concept of…
  • The “Let’s Do This” Mentality

    John
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:37 pm
    I love this little phrase (my all-time favorite use is in this video) and I love the diagram as well. A team that takes action in a focused and measurable way is a winning team, through and through. There are few things more satisfying than watching a high-performance team kick serious ass. In the athletic world we see this dynamic happen in real-time as plays are being made, shots converting to points, and strategy and tactics being executed flawlessly in motion. In corporate teams (and even in software development) the action isn’t as visceral or in-your-face fantastic. It’s…
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  • FREE DVD: Fearless!

    Terrace Crawford
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    If you’ve followed my blog or twitter long enough, you’ll know that I absolutely LOVE giving away FREE stuff.  Today (and tomorrow) are those kind of days here. My friends at Dare2Share are putting together an incredible 2015 tour called … Continue reading →
  • The Christmas Project

    Terrace Crawford
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:19 am
    Let’s do something together this Christmas. Recently I wrote about a significant need many of my friends had financially. Some of you gave and we were able to help a few leaders who were in desperate need of support. Since that … Continue reading →
  • Want to Win Starbucks for Life?

    Terrace Crawford
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    Starbucks just announced something pretty big. This holiday season our friends @Starbucks will be giving away 10 “lifetime Starbucks cards,” which offer free beverages every day for 30 years!  From December 2 until Christmas, anyone who swipes a registered Starbucks … Continue reading →
  • Special: Get an Autographed Copy of Going Social!

    Terrace Crawford
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    This weekend I’m speaking at the 2014 National Men’s Conference.  In the spirit of the conference I’m making my book “Going Social” available for a special price of only $12.00 — which includes FREE shipping!  This is cheaper than you … Continue reading →
  • Help Me Help Leaders in Need!

    Terrace Crawford
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    There’s a number of youth workers\church leaders under stress. They are enduring financial difficulty (among other stresses) and I want to help. For the last couple of years it’s been on my heart to create an assistance fund for church … Continue reading →
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  • You’re Not Too Cool For Traditional, or Too Mature for Contemporary…

    Editor
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:58 am
    Great thoughts from our friend Trent Smith today. *** “I am so grateful to lead worship for a church community that embraces both classic hymnody and current worship music. True “blended worship” is not a constraint, but a liberty. “I’m too cool for traditional music, but I’ll throw in a hymn to pacify you” is a selfish and condescending attitude that has no place in ministry. “Current music is tainted and juvenile, but then–so are you” is an equally prideful and condescending attitude. Worship leaders: stop posturing and minister.
  • Sunday Selists #334

    Editor
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    Share your worship confessionals, recaps, and setlists for the week of: Sunday, December 14, 2014!! Welcome to the 334th consecutive week of “Sunday Setlists!” Share your experiences from your worship gatherings. How’d it go this weekend? What songs did you sing? What creative elements did you incorporate into your service? Any special readings, videos, or songs? Join others from all over as we share our Sunday Setlists! Click here to receive an email reminder each week to participate. Click here to view the archives of “Sunday Setlists” posts. To participate: 1.
  • Christmas is Hard! How Do You Handle It?

    Editor
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    As a worship leader, I strongly disliked (aka. resented) the Advent/Christmas season. I would get so stressed out by the need to novelize Christmas songs that everyone knows, added to the pressure of making it good for visitors… (I know. Let’s not get distracted by that very real and almost universal unspoken expectation.) This is about the pressure of the Holiday season, which I won’t soon forget: Will the Advent candle lighters be there for the service? Who is in charge of taking down the decor when we are all exhausted? How are going to get around to singing…
  • Sunday Setlists #333

    Editor
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    Share your worship confessionals, recaps, and setlists for the week of: Sunday, December 7, 2014!! Welcome to the 333rd consecutive week of “Sunday Setlists!” Share your experiences from your worship gatherings. How’d it go this weekend? What songs did you sing? What creative elements did you incorporate into your service? Any special readings, videos, or songs? Join others from all over as we share our Sunday Setlists! Click here to receive an email reminder each week to participate. Click here to view the archives of “Sunday Setlists” posts. To participate: 1.
  • 5 Truths About “Alone Time” With God

    Editor
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:44 am
    “But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.” (Luke 5:16) Jesus’ ministry was powerful. Multitudes were being healed. Crowds were gathering to hear Him speak. News about Him was spreading rapidly. Things were going well for Jesus. With all this going on, Jesus would slip away often to the wilderness and pray. Jesus wanted “alone time” with His Father and made it the priority. These “alone times” in the presence of God are what fueled the ministry of Jesus. There is no better example for you and me than Jesus Himself. I see 5…
 
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  • CD Review: Smalltown Poets - Christmas Time Again

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Artist: Small Town PoetsAlbum: Christmas Time Again - iTunes/AmazonReleased: 11/25/2014Label: IndieStandout Songs: "This Day In Bethlehem" and "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear"Score: 20/25The twice Grammy-nominated Small Town Poets are a Georgia based alternative rock group. This is their second Christmas release and the quality and musicianship still shines on this their seventh studio recording. The blend of pop/rock hooks, original songs, and ancient Christmas carols offers a surprisingly cohesive project. Christmas Time Again is something that will not annoy the holiday cynic while…
  • Happy Thanksgiving: 2014

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    I wanted to write a simple note and simply say thank you to my family, friends and fellow sojourners. Blogging for over nine years brought me encounters with many of you who might have never met. These have proven to be life-changing. My thinking has been challenged and my soul enriched by meaningful conversations and personal encounters. Imagine a pub where good friends hang out and discuss important ideas. This is how the journey has proven to unfold for me here on RKblog.com.However important all of you have been, my family is my greatest treasure. Anything I might have to offer you has…
  • Worship Album Review: Elevation Worship - Wake Up The Wonder

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:48 pm
    WORSHIP ALBUM REVIEW:Artist: Elevation WorshipAlbum: Wake Up The WonderLabel: ProvidentStandout Songs: "The King Among Us" and "Fortress"Score: 19/25A very well-produced track captures the stadium-filled praise from Time Warner Cable Arena this past August in Charlotte, North Carolina. Elevation Worship represents a thriving local mega-church that has heart for their community  yet they surely have something in their worship expression that blesses the greater Body of Christ! This much anticipated project stands out amongst the growing number of modern worship releases for that…
  • RKBLOG.COM "2014 Editor's Pick" by Worship Leader Magazine

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    My blog, Rich Kirkpatrick's Blog (RKBLOG.com) has been honored as an Editor's Pick for 2014 in Worship Leader Magazine this month. This recognition is among other worthy bloggers in the online worship community, as well. Here is the full quote from Worship Leader Magazine this month:Since 2005, Rich Kirkpatrick's blog has consistently been ranked among the top 50 Christian blogs, that and the fact that he is specifically writing from a worship perspective makes the RK blog a must bookmark. He's also a beloved faculty at NWLC (so you can tap into his wisdom both online and in person). -…
  • Worship Leaders: Musicians are more than fillers for your multitrack loop!

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    There are just so many amazing technology advances today to aid the average church musician. You can get the original multitrack stems from the best recordings of modern worship music and do everything from rehearse with them, sweeten a live set with them, or fill an empty band spot with them. I applaud all of these and actually currently employ them in worship settings. However, how we lead our modern worship musician requires us to ask a couple questions. Are we dumbing-down our ability to lead by relying too much on tech and not enough on musical skill? Are we using musicians to fill a…
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  • Four Mission Trends To Be Thankful For

    Bill Reichart
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:13 am
    excerpted from Radical.net1. Disasters and Crises – This may seem like an odd way to begin a list of things we’re thankful for. We certainly aren’t suggesting that these situations are good or that there is no need for further help, but in all the bad, we have great reason for praise. In what seems to be an increasingly tumultuous world, God is working in amazing ways. The displacement of people in the Middle East is forging bridges between peoples that have long been opposed to one another. The Lord is using such moves toward unity to spread his gospel across ethnic divides. 2. Chinese…
  • Why It's Important To Embrace The Imperfect

    Bill Reichart
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    I am a recovering perfectionist. Which means that I’m in process and am constantly struggling with demanding that everything be perfect. I imagine that you are one too.Yet, if you are going to be an effective leader, you will need to give yourself permission for the imperfect.When you give yourself permission to allow the imperfect in your life, you will then release yourself to greater productivity and leadership. Practically speaking, when you embrace the imperfect….You will be released to delegate. Yes, it’s true, no one will be able to do what you do, the way you do it. When you…
  • Making A Joyful Noise Unto The Lord - Infographic

    Bill Reichart
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Whether accompanied by organ, handbells or electric guitar, or not accompanied by an instrument at all, Christians have used songs and music to worship God throughout history. In the infographic below take a look at musical instruments in the Bible, the history of music and worship and how different denominations of Christianity use music today.Read more »
  • 5 Strategic Ways To Effectively Empower Your Team

    Bill Reichart
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    As a leader, you want to help your team members become leaders themselves. That should be one of your top goals - to reproduce yourself and to leave a legacy. A good leader is outward focused - looking to see how they can build and develop others. In order to do this you have to empower your team members so that they can exercise those leadership opportunities.Here are 5 ways you can empower those around you.Tell them what you want (in terms of outcomes), not how to get there (avoid micro-managing the process). You will empower people by giving them clear and concise outcomes but not…
  • How To Make Any Church Hip And Relevant

    Bill Reichart
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:39 am
    Need to make your church hip and relevant? Need to bring the crowds into your church this Christmas? Then perhaps this strategy maybe an option for your next church promo. (enjoy a little humor today)Read more »
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  • Breaking a LONGSTANDING RULE

    Joel Klampert
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    I have this rule when it comes to “reviews” of friends Albums that I have stuck to since I started blogging in 2006. It is simple DO NOT REVIEW A FRIENDS ALBUM. Here is the exception to the rule… THIS CHRISTMAS EP from my friends Ben AbuSaada and Chris Olson and other people I don’t know but I will call friends by default. Let me go track by track: 1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen: Starts off with a dope slide guitar on a resonator. A nice acoustic comes in… Most likely a Breedlove because I know Ben and the holy spirit and God works best through a Breedlove.
  • When I was thirsty…

    Joel Klampert
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    I have, in the last 37 years, had the pleasure of attending, being associated with or speaking/leading in many kinds of churches. I have been in liturgical high churches, charismatic, pentecostal, ones that speak in tongues, ones that don’t, those that have bands and those that think music is wrong, ones that don’t allow food or coffee in the church and those that eat popcorn and serve lattes, ones that center around communion and others that never do it… You name it and I have seen it. There is something I want to point out though… The father LOVES ALL THE FLAVORS of…
  • Vicky beeching: love can supersede everything

    Joel Klampert
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    My friend Vicky Beeching was interviewed for this article yesterday, announcing that she was gay. I have had the pleasure of working with vicky for a few years now. She is one of the nicest and smartest (borderline genius…can’t give her a big head) people I know. This article was heart-wrenching to read and broke my heart for her. I am sorry she had to walk this walk alone and that the “church people’s” labels superseded the truth in Christ over her life…I have seen so much spiritual abuse over the years, “in the name of Jesus”, and it sickens…
  • Even more Undignified

    Joel Klampert
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    “Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Angela Monet
  • 8th blogiversarry

    Joel Klampert
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    My blogiversarry came and went; I started blogging in June 2006, about the time my family moved to RI. It’s been 8 years now as a blogger. Yesterday I posted my 800th blog post. There has been close to 6,000 comments and a few hundred thousand hits (fb and twitter changed those things for the worse). I am amazed at the insights that have come from blogging. As I look back at my digital journal I can see all the places that God moved in my life. I can see the months where I walked away from my site to focus on a newborn child that was now in my home. I am in awe of the connections God…
 
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  • If You Only Read 5 Financial Books Your Entire Life, Make Sure These 5 Are Included

    Kevin
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    There are all kinds of lists that will proclaim this or that book to be the top financial book available. But we’re going to take a different approach here. Our list is going to focus on the books that are a benefit to you in five fundamental areas: Getting out of debt Changing your attitude about money Learning the fundamentals of investing in stocks Learning how millionaires became millionaires (and how they didn’t) Avoiding life-crippling student debt, which is perhaps the most timely topic of all If you only read five financial books your entire life, make sure you read these…
  • How to Buy Gift Cards for Less

    Joe
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Call me cynical, but I am not all that keen on giving gift cards. I realize that gift cards have a certain vogue that makes them more appropriate than cash, but I am never quite sure if the recipient will appreciate the chosen vendor or even use the card. I know that I have received gift cards, put them away “for now,” and then discovered them months or even years later. However, purchasing bargain gift cards is an entirely different story. Why? Because, although they can be given as gifts, I prefer to emphasize the “bargain” aspect for the buyer. If you are going to buy from a…
  • How to Get Financial Help When You’re Dealing With Chronic Illness

    Kevin
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    This is a topic that doesn’t get a whole lot of coverage in the media, or even on blogs. But getting help when you’re dealing with chronic illness or disability is a difficult process. It’s not even easy to find a flowchart or game plan that will help you to navigate the various possibilities of assistance that may be available. We’re going to attempt to do just that here – working within the realization that it can often be hit or miss, and largely depends upon your personal circumstances. Much Depends on the Nature, Extent, and Prognosis of Your Illness What complicates dealing…
  • How to get started investing in Real Estate for beginners

    Bob
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    I have been wanting to do some real estate investing for years, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet.  We all have our excuses don’t we? But a friend of mine, Brandon Turner, is part of the largest real estate investing website out there (BiggerPockets.com), has been investing in real estate for years, and really is a great teacher and communicator. So, I figured who better to ask some questions to. In the interview below I ask him a series of questions that I am curious about as a wannabe investor and that are pretty common questions that beginners typically wonder about.
  • 12 Things You Can Learn Today That Will Make You Better at the Game of Life

    Kevin
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    We go to school to learn hands-on skills that will enable us to be better at earning a living. But many of the skills that will make you a success in life have little or nothing to do with earning a living. They’re mostly about living your life, interacting with other people, and improving yourself. And sometimes they even help you earn a living. Here are several things you can learn how to do today that will make you better at the game of life. 1Learn How to Learn You can learn almost anything you need with a simple Google search. My son and I figured out how to change the ignition coils…
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    ChurchCrunch

  • ‘An Advent Journey Of Hope’ by Louie Giglio [Saturday Morning Review]

    Michael Ernest
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    My admiration for Pastor Louie Giglio is deeply rooted in his involvement with the musical arm of his ministry, and of course the Word, which he proclaims to the world. Every year thousands of young people gather to celebrate Jesus at the Passion Conference, which I talked about HERE. Besides being the visionary architect and director of the Passion Movement, Louie Giglio is also the author of “The Air I Breathe” and “I Am Not But I Know I AM.” Louie is widely known for the Passion Talk Series DVD messages “Indescribable” and “How Great Is Our God.” As a…
  • 12 Days of ChurchMag Christmas: Favorite Online Storage

    Jeremy Smith
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is the eighth day of the 12 Days of ChurchMag Christmas series. To catch the rest of the articles, check out the landing page here. With technology moving away from desktop computing that I remember it to be over ten years ago when I was in college to what it has become today and mobile devices, online storage is constantly being put into the middle of the scene. It is not necessary to have a terabyte of data for your phone or tablet because you can download it from the cloud somewhere. In this article, we show off some of our favorite online storage platforms. Enjoy! Dropbox.
  • Hanukkah Sweaters for the Holidays [Images]

    Eric Dye
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Jesus is the reason for the season? Not for everyone. That got the creative genius juices flowing for Carin Agiman, so she decided to start her own line of stylish Hanukkah sweaters. And they’re pretty awesome: Awesome designs! She started Geltfiend as a Kickstarter back in 2012 and now has all sorts of cool products. I’d rather wear one of these sweaters than one of reindeer or santa! Do you have any holiday sweaters? While this isn’t a holiday sweater, I’m still jonesing for this one. Hanukkah Sweaters for the Holidays [Images] first appeared on ChurchMag and is…
  • Church Tech Snack Pack #056

    Eric Dye
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This week’s Church Tech Snack Pack is full of Christmas goodies, but there are some non-season gems in here, too. Check it: 12 Days of ChurchMag Christmas Jeremy Smith put together an awesome series! 10 Of The Best Church Website Designs This Christmas There are some realy beauties in this list. 7 Free Christmas Graphics For Your Church Nice! 4 Ways to Survive Christmas Week Top notch stuff from Jonathan Malm…as usual. Snowflaked Very nice stage design A Christmas Worship Set from Parkview What’s your Christmas worship set like this year? Atheist’s Church Skipping…
  • 12 Days of Christmas: Favorite Hosting Service

    Jeremy Smith
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    This is the seventh day in a series of the 12 Days of ChurchMag Christmas. To catch the rest of the articles, check out the landing page here. It’s not going to be a great 12 Days of Christmas list for tech nerds who have an affinity for blogging if we do not talk about hosting services. Whether you are in the season to switch to a new hosting service, start a blog up for your church, or consider if you should get into blogging yourself, we have some great hosting options to consider. Here are our favorites: Flywheel, managed WordPress, super easy – Chris WP Engine and Media…
 
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    Revitalize Your Church

  • The Best Lip-Sync of the Worst Rendition of O Holy Night

    Mark Wilson
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
  • Jesus Was a Small Town Preacher

    Mark Wilson
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
    The majority of protestant churches are in small towns and rural communities. Many pastors, upon graduation from seminary, find themselves in one of these "ends of the earth" assignments.Their attitude is "I'm stuck here in this one horse town until I learn the ropes.  Then, I'll move on and do something important."Today, as Christmas approaches, I'd like to challenge the assumption that small places are insignificant.Jesus, God in human flesh, came to the earth on a mission from heaven to transform humanity. He looked the whole world over and picked the perfect place to launch his…
  • How About Giving?

    Mark Wilson
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:26 am
    Santa asks, “What do you want for Christmas?”   Little kids bring their lists while parents eavesdropThat’s precious, and I certainly don’t want to detract from the Christmas wonder little ones experience.But, at the essence, Christmas is not for getting – it’s for giving!'Tis the season of unselfishness.  'Tis the season to share with those you love. 'Tis the season to be compassionate for those less fortunate.It’s not about spending money you don’t have on stuff they don’t need.  This year, especially, with financial squeeze we’re feeling –…
  • ABC's of Gratitude

    Mark Wilson
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Alphabet Soup For the SoulA lthough things are not perfectB ecause of trial or painC ontinue in thanksgivingD o not begin to blameE ven when the times are hardF ierce winds are bound to blowG od is forever ableH old on to what you knowI magine life without His loveJ oy would cease to beK eep thanking Him for all the thingsL ove imparts to theeM ove out of "Camp Complaining"N o weapon that is knownO n earth can yield the powerP raise can do aloneQ uit looking at the futureR edeem the time at handS tart every day with worshipT o "thank" is a commandU ntil we see Him comingV ictorious in the…
  • Your Thorns Have Roses Too

    Mark Wilson
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Happiness is a decision -- a choice.If you wait for "happenings" to make you happy -- you'll be waitingmost of the time.Life isn't easy. It brings a measure of pain, as well as joy. The thorns come with the roses.There's no such thing as a thornless life.John Calvin said, "We must develop a better and deeper concept of happiness than that held by the world, which makes a happy life consist of ease, honor, and great wealth."Now, it's a wonderful thing when somebody pushes the "easy button" for us. When plans go better than anticipated, we all rejoice.It always feels good to…
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    challies.com - Informing the Reforming

  • Weekend A La Carte (December 20)

    Tim
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
    There are some good Kindle deals today, including: Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In by Louis Zamperini ($3.99); Desperate by Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson ($2.99); Boring by Michael Kelley ($0.99); Connected by Erin Davis ($2.99); The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel ($2.99); The Lion and the Lamb by Andreas Kostenberger ($2.99). Also, Amazon has their cheapest Kindle down to $59 and that includes free two-day shipping to get it there before Christmas. The Kindle Paperwhite has the same offer. The 9Marks blog has some good Advice for a New Elder. Thanks to Logos for…
  • Free Stuff Fridays

    Tim
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:32 am
    Friday is here, and it brings a brand new edition of Free Stuff Fridays. This week’s sponsor is Shepherd Press and they are giving away some great new products. There will be 5 winners this week, and each of the winners will receive the following items: Shepherding a Child’s Heart. You have probably heard of Tedd Tripp’s book before, but there is now a DVD to go along with it. The DVD is a seminar recorded before a live audience. This package includes the The Shepherding a Child’s Heart DVD, along with a copy of the book, the Parent’s Handbook, and the…
  • A La Carte (December 19)

    Tim
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:35 am
    There are not a lot of new Kindle deals today, though I did find PROOF by Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones ($3.51) and Gospel by J.D. Greear ($2.99). And don’t forget some of the better deals from earlier in the week: The Money Saving Mom’s Budget by Crystal Paine; The Power of Suffering and Strange Fire by John MacArthur; Ordinary by Michael Horton. An Unforgettable Christmas - It is so true: “Kids learn to love what brings their parents delight.” There is direct application for the Christmas season. Embiggening English - It has been many, many…
  • Please Don't Give Them Porn for Christmas

    Tim
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:38 am
    This Christmas a lot of children will receive porn from under the tree. It not what they wanted, and not what their parents intended for them to have. But they will get it anyway. The first iPod, the first tablet, the first laptop—these are today’s coming of age rituals. We give our daughter her first iPod and she responds with joy. While we know there is lots of bad stuff out there on the Internet, we never imagine that she—our little girl—would ever want to see it or ever go anywhere she is likely to find it. We give our teen his first laptop, warn him about the responsibility…
  • A La Carte (December 18)

    Tim
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:32 am
    Here are some new Kindle deals for you: Money, Greed, and God by Jay Ricards ($3.79); Theologians of the Baptist Tradition by Timothy George ($2.99); Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi ($3.99); Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton ($3.99). There are also several titles by C.S. Lewis: The Screwtape Letters ($2.99); The Weight of Glory ($1.99); The Great Divorce ($3.99); Virtue and Vice ($0.99); George MacDonald ($1.99); The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (Illustrated) ($1.99); The Magician’s Newphew (Illustrated) ($3.99); Yours, Jack ($3.99); The Collected Letters of C.S.
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    Desiring God Blog

  • Christmas Is the Greatest Mystery

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    It is the hour that split history in half. Until that first Christmas, he had been, from eternity past, the divine Son and second person of the Godhead. He was God’s glad agent in creation (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2), and from the beginning of time, he had upheld the universe at every moment (Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3). But then came the great change — the blessed addition — at the very heart of reality. The Word became flesh (John 1:14). God became man. The Creator himself came as a creature, the Author entered into his Story as a character. Without abandoning any of…
  • Did Tolkien Waste His Life?

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:10 pm
    There were imaginative flickers of Middle-earth in the precocious child, Ronald Tolkien. Enchanting English landscapes, a language invented with a young cousin for kicks, an awakening love of mythology, especially of the northern and Germanic variety, and a local doctor named Gamgee were all future literary fodder. But it was in the fierce furnace of World War I, where Tolkien (a signals officer) saw unspeakable horrors and evils and which took the lives of all but one of his closest friends, that the mythology and epic tales that later gave birth to his books The Hobbit and The Lord of the…
  • Preempt the Next Newsflash: Overflow from #ATimeToSpeak

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    On December 16, 2014, I was part of a conversation on racial harmony gathered by Bryan Loritts at the former Lorraine Motel, now the National Civil Rights Museum, in Memphis, Tennessee. In preparing for this event, I jotted down notes on an array of related issues. As I looked over these notes on the way home, and reflected on some takeaways from the gathering, it occurred to me that some of them might be useful as talking points for those who are leading discussions or perhaps preaching or teaching on related matters. So what follows are seed-thoughts that I hope will sprout into fruitful…
  • Praise We Didn’t Plan

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The Psalms are an inspired record of the fight of faith; that’s one of the reasons we love them. By the time we get there in the story of Scripture, two competing realities grab our attention — the promise of God and Israel’s terrible situation. It goes like this: On the one hand, there is the fact of God’s promise. Going back to Genesis, we see God’s word to bless Abraham and make him a great nation through which the whole world would be blessed (Genesis 12:1–3). This promise perseveres over hundreds of years and progresses into the promise to David, that he would have a son who…
  • Engaging Race Face to Face

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    The American church is at a pivotal moment. It has been years since the issue of ethnic and racial tension has received the important attention and discussion it has in the last four months. While it might seem easiest not to engage this topic, or while some might expect the current discussion to quickly fade, Lecrae helps us see that there is a healthy, necessary way to move forward. The broad webcast isn’t the final word. But rather, as Lecrae explains in this six-minute video from last year, “There needs to be small, intimate settings of people coming together to wrestle through this,…
 
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    Pastor Steven Furtick

  • Christmas Eve At Elevation

    webteam
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Christmas Eve – our chance to open ourselves to the wonder of our Savior being born into the world, and born again into our hearts and lives. Join us as we remember the peace and joy of this holy season, and celebrate Jesus’ birth – the true light that shines in the darkness. For times & locations visit: http://elevationchurch.org/christmas
  • What’s Really Holding You Back From Responding to God

    webteam
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:11 am
    What keeps us from experiencing the full blessing found in faith? In the final part of our Surround series, Pastor Steven teaches us how to discover what’s really holding us back from responding to God’s call for our lives.
  • The Best Way to Not Miss Out On God

    webteam
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    We all want to believe that we’re here on purpose. But how can we be sure we don’t miss out on what God wants us to be a part of? And how do we figure that out before it’s too late? In this clip from our sermon series Times and Seasons Pastor Steven shows us how to recognize and respond to God in every moment He’s given us.
  • Behind the Scenes: Wake Up the Wonder Album Art

    webteam
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    In this clip from the album’s behind-the-scenes documentary, members of our design, film, and motion graphics team explain the concept behind the artwork for Wake Up the Wonder, the new album from Elevation Worship. Wake Up the Wonder released November 25, and is currently available on iTunes and everywhere music is sold. Click here to purchase.
  • The Uncomfortable Truth About Trusting God

    webteam
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    What does our generosity say about how we trust God? Learn how our faith is stretched though giving and discover why scarcity is where God does His best work.
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    Adrian Warnock

  • The tragic end of the head and shoulders king

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    1 Samuel 31 contains Saul’s final act. The irony is clear. The man who towered head and shoulders over his contemporaries (1 Sam 9:2) is quite literally cut down to size as his head is removed from his shoulders. The regal first king of Israel is killed and his body is shamefully violated. His line [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Adrian and his pastor, Tope Koleoso on TBN’s Praise the Lord

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    This episode of Praise the Lord was filmed in TBN UK’s new London studio. It is the only time that I have ever been interviewed alongside my dear friend, brother, and pastor, Tope Koleoso. We spoke about what God has been doing at Jubilee Church these past twenty years, and the source of real hope. [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • How disaster can lead you back to the LORD

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    In Scripture, being with the people of God implies being in the presence of God. David had been living away from both for some time. It seems clear that his relationship with God was weaker as a result. Certainly no mention of God is there for a few chapters. The fugitive David never looked less [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Jonathan Edwards on the need for Thanksgiving

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    I found this quote in the Jonathan Edwards online library. It is rather apt as my American friends prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving. This week we are focusing on  Edwards here at the Patheos Evangelical channel. As part of that my friend Frank Viola posted a great contribution “The Shocking Beliefs of Jonathan Edwards” that is well [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • A word for every preacher this weekend

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    More from E. M. Bounds. I found this personally challenging as I prepare to preach tomorrow at Jubilee Enfield. Please pray for me that I will preach in the power of the Holy Spirit. If you are preaching tomorrow too, then join me in “urgent prayer for Gods presence.” We may excuse the spiritual poverty [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • Sunday Morning For Preachers

    Steve McCoy
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    The first 40 seconds of this video is EASILY the best example of what Sunday morning is like as a preacher. It's from The Gathering Storm, and this is Winston Churchill. Warning: He's in a bathroom after waking up, so...you know. 
  • John Fullbright: "When You're Here"

    Steve McCoy
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Here's an artist that will make my best albums of 2014 list. It's John Fullbright with "When You're Here" off of his album Songs (physical CD $1 cheaper & has instant download). Love his elastic, yet gravely-voice and creative songwriting. I have this song on repeat lately. Selection of lyrics...Ever changing, Ever movingEver finding, Ever losingEvery moment of our choosing bears a costAs for lonely, I can show youHow to live a life aloneAll it takes is getting used to getting lostIn my heart stands a scarecrowIf he’s hurt he doesn’t say soAnd he chases everything he…
  • Let Us Never Forget Why We Write

    Steve McCoy
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    "Let us never forget the sprawling genius of a midnight dream, and then how silly it seems in the light of day. ... We write to find out how it ends. So let us keep writing. And let us never forget how it feels to hold life in your hands."null
  • Pencils & Paper for Pastors

    Steve McCoy
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    I've been diving deeper into the world of notebooks, pencils, and pens lately in order to rework how I use some tools for daily tasks, projects, note-taking, journaling, etc. I'm always tweaking something, but I realized I was in a slump and needed some changes. I'm working on a lengthy post about pencils and how I'm geeking out on them right now. I think they are often taken for granted and underappreciated. I think they are remarkable and handy and enjoyable. And my pencil discoveries have put me in a generous mood. I'm giving away some pencils. But I want…
  • Cheap Albums 12.5.14

    Steve McCoy
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    In the new batch of $5 albums at Amazon I found some gems. Sharon Van Etten: Are We There Four Tet: There Is Love In You | Album of the Year for me in 2010The Rolling Stones: Exile On Main StreetHiss Golden Messenger: Lateness of DancersAngel Olsen: Burn Your Fire For No WitnessAndrew Bird: Music of HairField Report: MarigoldenFlogging Molly: Drunken LullabiesBill Evans Trio: Sunday at the Village VanguardJohn Coltrane: Blue TrainMIles Davis: Steamin'Brandi Carlile: Bear CreekRyan Adams: GoldChevelle: This Type of ThinkingAnimal Collective: Centipede HzDirty Projectors: Bitte…
 
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    Worship Matters

  • From the Archives: Sentimentalizing, Sanitizing, and Spiritualizing Christmas

    Bob Kauflin
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    Image Courtesy of Shutterstock It’s difficult, if not impossible, to overstate the significance of the Incarnation. Writers, philosophers, poets, and composers through the centuries have searched in vain for words that adequately capture the wonder, mystery, beauty, and power of Jesus as Emmanuel, God with us. The miracle and meaning of the Incarnation can be so difficult to grasp that we can give up and start to view Christmas in ways that leave us impoverished and unimpressed with the real story. Even in the church our songs and reflections about about Christmas can fail to leave…
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel [Studio Sessions]

    Bob Kauflin
    6 Dec 2014 | 11:07 am
    Here’s the fifth installment of studio session videos from our Christmas album, Prepare Him Room. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel has a rich and varied history. The tune originated somewhere in 15th century France, while the lyrics have their origins in the centuries old O Antiphons, sung or recited by some Catholics and Anglicans at Vespers from December 17 to December 23. Each verse of the carol focuses on a different title for Christ. Depending on which version you sing, we hail Christ as Emmanuel, Rod of Jesse, Dayspring, Key of David, Desire of Nations, Wisdom, and Lord of…
  • Help Us Translate Worship Matters into Spanish!

    Bob Kauflin
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Since my book, Worship Matters, first came out in 2008, I’ve been greatly encouraged and humbled to hear how God has used it in the lives of planners, pastors, leaders, and musicians to promote singing in the church that is theologically aware, gospel driven, emotionally engaged, Spirit-empowered, and life changing. The core of the book unpacks a definition for a “worship leader.” While I don’t think God has a specific job description for that role in Scripture, the almost universal use of the term led me to come up with a definition I trust is faithful to the…
  • Join Us at WorshipGod UK 2015!

    Bob Kauflin
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    Last year we were thrilled to have our first WorshipGod UK conference in Bath, Called to be Faithful, hosted by Nathan Smith and Grace Church Bristol. It was a joy to link arms with other UK churches and ministries that are pursuing theologically informed, gospel-driven, Spirit-empowered singing in local congregations. Attendees came from more than 10 different countries and over 100 churches to learn, fellowship, sing, pray, and encourage one another. In response to many requests, WorshipGod UK is coming back to the Bath Forum, 7th-9th May, 2015. The theme will be Gathering Around the…
  • The Songwriting Process – Prepare Him Room

    Bob Kauflin
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    A few weeks ago, I sat down with Neil DeGraide, Steve Cook, and my son, Devon, to talk about different aspects of our new Christmas album, Prepare Him Room. One topic we discussed was the songwriting process. Songs rarely come instantaneously. And that can be an encouraging thought for someone currently in the midst of writing a song that sounds remarkably mediocre. When we hear a song on an album we have no idea of the dozens of hours of labor, thought, editing, prayer, conversation, and study that went into it. We only hear the finished product. So in the video below we take time…
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    GabeTaviano.com

  • Moving to Cambodia in 4 weeks

    Gabe Taviano
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    I wanted to take a couple minutes to try to answer two basic questions we’ve gotten about our move to Cambodia on January 3, 2015 (in just over 4 weeks). Feel free to contact me if you have other specific questions after reading this. If after reading this, you are interested in partnering with us, you may make donations and follow our family over at www.Taviano.com. QUESTION 1 – Are you going to be earning money over there, or are you going to need financial support from friends and family? ANSWER – We are moving to serve others, not ourselves. While we could work (me as a…
  • Fall in Athens County

    Gabe Taviano
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
  • First meeting with IOM

    Gabe Taviano
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Today was a pretty big day in our preparations to move to Phnom Penh, Cambodia in January. Purchasing our plane tickets for the trip has made the last day or two interesting. Our friend Pam purchased her round trip (she’s spending 2 weeks with us while we move) ticket on Tuesday night after we finished tutoring students from east Africa that live in our apartment complex. So she’s “officially” going to Cambodia before we are! Our tickets (Gabe, Marla and Olivia) were confirmed this morning, and Ava and Nina’s were confirmed just after today’s meeting.
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    Gabe Taviano
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
  • Cambodia is moving us

    Gabe Taviano
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    This won’t make total sense to you, and I’m fine with that. Marla and I took a trip a few years back with a short-term (10 days) missions team from the church we were attending. I wasn’t so sure it was for me. We were going to visit an orphanage that the church supported. I really liked the team we were going with, but the mission itself sounded like a long flight to hug a few children. That’s how I saw it. I now see that view as extremely selfish. Seeing the world like that is not how God sees it, that’s for sure. God doesn’t see me and my comfortable life as more important than…
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    Thinking Out Loud

  • An Appropriate Illustration

    paulthinkingoutloud
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:27 am
    Preaching has changed over the last two decades and there is a certain style of sermons that is disappearing and may even seem quaint to younger readers. The way illustrations are weaved into messages is one example, but we need to remember that Jesus ministry consisted of using parables to make his point. There is no record of him having four points that start with the letter “P” (or Aramaic equivalent). Stephen Weber shared the story of picking up some coal for his wood stove from two identical twin brothers. …I also enjoy visiting with Richard and Robert, bachelors who…
  • Defining Your Terms

    paulthinkingoutloud
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:37 am
    When you say you’re a Bible & Science ministry, does that mean you believe in a literal six-day creation and a young earth? you believe in an old earth; that Genesis is allegorical, that evolution is probable you focus on intelligent design and try to skip the subjects above ? When you say you have a prophetic gift, does that mean you speak forth with a prophetic voice concerning issues facing the church and/or the world in general your ministry almost exclusively revolves around end-time predictions you counsel people and help them find where they are to live, what should be their…
  • Photo Phriendly Phriday

    paulthinkingoutloud
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:39 am
    People of a certain age will get this one: And while we’re on an album cover theme, we used the full version of this Orange Curriculum poster just a few weeks ago, but when I saw it in a preview window squared off, it looked a bit like an LP or CD cover: For readers of Jamie Wright, this is not Knives, but it does seem like something Knives would do: This appeared at Book Shop Talk many years ago, it’s from Norm Fuenti’s comic Retail Speaking of retail frustrations, this is from Not Always Right, a website where people in retail share their stories. Click the image to link.
  • Exodus: Don’t Wait for the Video

    paulthinkingoutloud
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:57 am
    Because I have worked in and around the Christian retail industry for too long, I know that the surge of Christian-themed movies at the box office these past few months always has a ripple effect in the Christian bookstores. Current top sellers in such stores — and their online equivalents — include God’s Not Dead and Mom’s Night Out, both of which had theatrical runs first. I don’t think you’re going to see the same happen with Exodus: Gods and Kings. For the most part, Christian retailers act as gatekeepers for what their constituency reads or listens to…
  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:34 am
    The two Mormon missionaries in artist Brook Robertson’s piece “Zion / Rocky Mountain Alliance” look determined. The figures are both wearing crisp white shirts and ties, resolutely staring forward as their vehicle heads towards it destination. Such a statue normally wouldn’t be out of place in Salt Lake City — the worldwide headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Except for the fact that the vessel is a spaceship. And one of the missionaries has the bright blue skin of a sharply-dressed alien. CLICK the image to read the full story at Huffington Post.
 
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • Printable Christmas Nativity Coloring Pages

    Mandy Groce
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    We hope your children will enjoy this nativity scene coloring page this Christmas. It has Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus in the manger. The words from Isaiah 60:1 read, “Arise Shine for your light has come.” Click on the image below to download in printable PDF format, we’ve also uploaded a JPEG version for any readers who like to directly edit the file. This is our latest Christmas coloring page, don’t forget the free Advent coloring book and many other Christmas ideas we’ve posted before. Related posts: Christmas Coloring Pages: Jesus Brings Peace Advent Candles…
  • This is a Star, This is a Stable – Christmas Story Reader

    Felicia Mollohan
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:14 am
    I was going around trying to find a book that I can use with my kindergartener. He is learning to read and struggles still. I needed something that was good for us to go through together, while staying true to the Christmas story. Since I couldn’t find anything, I thought I would just make one. Click here to download It is repetitious, which helps learning readers with confidence in reading. It does have a few difficult words (ex. stable, born, etc.), but chose that on purpose. I wanted it to be good for him and I to work through together. This is good for your children at home as well…
  • Hope from Hanukkah… Ideas for incorporating and integrating Christmas Holidays

    Kristin Schmidt
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    During Advent, it is easy to grow busy and caught up in the excitement of the Christmas season and celebration of Christ’s birth. In this day and age, though, there seems to emerge a great deal of “tip-toe” behavior. People in public often avoid   explicitly saying “Merry Christmas” and opt for the more generic and “safe” greeting of “Happy Holidays.” This is not usually a problem in Christian churches. However, nothing says we cannot incorporate other traditions in our celebrations. After all, that is essentially what we do whenever we honor “pagan” practices like…
  • “Nothing is Impossible” Lectionary Lesson from Luke 1:26-38

    Stephanie Fernandez
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
    This free Bible lesson is based on Luke 1:26-38 where the Angel Gabriel visits Mary to tell her of her upcoming pregnancy and birth with God’s Son Jesus. It is designed for children’s church or Sunday School. Please modify as best fits your ministry. If your church follows the Revised Common Lectionary, this teaching plan would correspond to Year B – 4th Sunday in Advent, Gospel Reading – Luke 1:26-38. Opening Activity – Nothing is Impossible – It’s Physically Impossible to… Supplies – index cards, dark marker, tape The following tasks are considered (near)…
  • Christmas Object Lesson: Christmas Lights

    Mimi Bullock
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:35 am
    Drag out that extra strand of Christmas lights — it’s an object lesson! While there are tons of teaching opportunities for presenting the Nativity story there are other topics you can teach too . One of those is the subject of church unity. Kids and teens can help encourage unity and solidarity in the church if they know how important it is. Begin this Christmas object lesson by sharing some verses on the topic of unity. Psalm 133:1 is my favorite first to use when teaching the subject. (“Behold, how good and pleasant and it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”) This object…
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    Matthew Starner

  • Christmas Carols and God in the Flesh

    Matthew Starner
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    With Christmas less than a week away, we’re about to be bombarded by a bunch of songs that we only hear once a year. Classic Christmas carols, some of which the church has been singing for centuries, are going to be a part of every Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship services – not to mention all the airplay they’ll get on radio stations too. The celebration of Christmas is a celebration of the incarnation – when God became flesh. That baby lying in the manger is the very Son of God. He is the Word who was present at creation, through whom all things were made.
  • The Babe, the Son of Mary

    Matthew Starner
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:34 pm
    I came across an article from Christmas 2013 by Aaron Armstrong over at Blogging Theologically about the best and worst Christmas songs last week. While the article was fine and for the most part I agreed with his choices of Christmas songs, the part that caught my attention was in the comment section. In particular, one comment listed “What Child is This” as a song that fell into the “bad” category. I was intrigued, because it’s a pretty decent Christmas carol, as Christmas carols go. What could be so bad about it? His problem was the last line of each verse,…
  • Modern Worship Resources: Christmas

    Matthew Starner
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Like I’m sure many of you would probably agree, Christmas has always been one of my favorite times in the church year. Spiritually, the incarnation and birth of our Savior is one of the most important parts of Christianity (without Jesus’ birth, there’s no suffering, death and resurrection…) but it’s also a time filled with nostalgia and memories of Christmases past. The scale of Christmas makes it that way. There aren’t really any Ascension Days or Trinity Sundays that stand out in my memory, but give me enough time and I can probably recall something from…
  • A Great New Leadership Resource

    Matthew Starner
    14 Jun 2014 | 7:14 am
    My friend and mentor, Pastor Scott Sommerfeld, has just launched his own website/blog this week: HolyManners.org. He’s been talking about putting one together for a long time and is excited to finally be able to put it together. Holy Manners is something that Pastor Scott teaches to churches and organizations about having healthy relationships and interactions with each other. It’s a tremendous blessing for those organizations that he has helped and I’m glad that it has the potential for wider exposure now! Pastor Scott is also a leadership fanatic. He’s crazy about…
  • Holy Week: The Gospel in Real Time

    Matthew Starner
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Holy Week, the week beginning with Palm Sunday (also known as Passion Sunday) and Easter Sunday, is a unique time in the church. The rest of the year, we move quite quickly through the life and ministry of Jesus. In December, we spend 4 weeks leading up to Christmas and Christ’s birth. A couple of weeks later, we’re at Epiphany and we move right into Jesus’ life and ministry. In a matter of a few weeks, we cover a span of 30+ years of time. After Easter, we move to Pentecost and then again to the ministry of Jesus, often moving around in the timeline of Scripture. But in…
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    Man of Depravity

  • Christmas Is Not the End, It’s the Beginning

    Tyler
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    The afternoon of Christmas Day is the worst, especially as a kid. All the presents are unwrapped. Piles of wrapping paper have filled the living room. You’ve gotten in a few hours of playing with all your new gadgets, and then reality sets in…it’s over Christmas is over. All of that anticipation is over. Time to clean up the mess. This is where the traditional church calendar comes in handy. The old traditions of Christmas for Christians put the celebration of Christmas as beginning on the evening of Christmas Eve, leading into the 12 Days of Christmas, all toward Epiphany.
  • In Favor of Social Media Overuse

    Tyler
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    I fully admit that I use social media far too often. I joined Facebook back in the days of college exclusivity. I joined Twitter before Oprah joined and it blew up. And since then I’ve continued to pour hours and hours into the ongoing boom that is social networks. I’ve even made what I consider legitimate friendships through them, but none of this is why I’m in favor of engaging on social networks as much as possible. In years past you could stay up with current events by receiving the newspaper every day, and watching the nightly evening news. It lacked the social aspect…
  • The Church and Race “Issues”

    Tyler
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    Over the past few weeks I’ve posted a fair amount of thoughts on various social networks related to Ferguson, Eric Garner, privilege, and the church. Needless to say, I’ve received a fair amount of pushback in the process. The comments have been: “I don’t know all the facts.” “I wasn’t on the grand jury.” “I’m just following the latest media outrage.” But what if I’m right? What if this is a critical juncture for racial “issues” in the United States, and, therefore, the world. (I use issues in quotes here…
  • The Silent Killer

    Tyler
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    One of the more surprising parts of the Bible (to me) are the Psalms of lament. This is surprising because when most people think of godly men and women we think of exemplary men and women of faith who rarely struggled with doubts or frustrations. Consider the opening verse of Psalm 74: O God, why have you rejected us forever? Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture? I don’t hear those kinds of prayers too often. In fact, the Psalms of Lament represent 5% of the entire book of Psalms, but 0% of the church gatherings I’ve been to in my lifetime. Lamentations…
  • Taking After God, like David

    Tyler
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    One of the more confusing parts of the Bible is David’s description in 1st Samuel 13, as a “man after God’s own heart.” At the moment God has declared this of David we know little of him. He’s the youngest son, severly overlooked and undervalued. We get the sense that he’s a hard worker, but there’s nothing in his actions that scream “Godly man!” or anything close to it. And, in fact, if we read the story of his life, we learn that while he has some shining moments, and he has given us a tremendous gift in much of the book of Psalms, his…
 
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    ChurchForFamily Sermons

  • Christmas in a Box: Conservation

    paulwnewell
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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 Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian…
  • Christmas In A Box: Generosity

    paulwnewell
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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 Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian…
  • Christmas in a Box: Hospitality

    paulwnewell
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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 Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian…
  • Core Training: The Ultimate CrossFit – 7 Living the Word of God

    paulwnewell
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:16 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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 Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian…
  • Core Training: The Ultimate CrossFit – 6 SALVATION: Protecting Your Mind

    paulwnewell
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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 Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian…
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    Kevin Campbell

  • The Struggle Of Our Own Voice

    Kevin Campbell
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Sunday at Elevate Church we continued our series called VOICES. The hardest voice to overcome is not even the outside voices as much as it the voices in my own head. Watch this message to find out three things our own voice tells us and how to overcome to embrace the Voice of God: My Own Voice from Elevate Church on Vimeo. Related posts: The ONE VOICE That Matters Most VIDEO: What Voice Matters Most VOICES: How To Listen To The One That Matters Most
  • How To Silence The VOICES Around Us

    Kevin Campbell
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Sunday at Elevate Church was an incredible day for many reasons.  We packed over 1,200 shoeboxes for children around the world through Operation Christmas Child, THREE people made decisions to receive Christ, and we learned what it takes to silence the voices! I love what God is doing in our church right now! On top of what I just mentioned, watch the beginning of the message from this week to hear of a testimony from our team that went to Mexico. Also, you can learn the three things that our enemy uses to make us question God’s voice: Silence The Voices from Elevate Church on Vimeo.
  • The ONE VOICE That Matters Most

    Kevin Campbell
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Here are three voices that can keep us distracted. Today, I want to share about the one voice that really matters. There is only one voice that matters for all of eternity. There is only one voice of approval that matters. There is only one voice of significance that matters. The Voice that matters most: The Voice of our Father in Heaven. Matthew 3:16-17 says,  “After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened & he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove & settling on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who…
  • VIDEO: What Voice Matters Most

    Kevin Campbell
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    We launched a new series on Sunday called VOICES. The idea is that every day we are bombarded with voices all around us. The voices are telling us what we should do, what we should not do, etc. Check out the message from week one to learn of the three distinct voices that create noise to keep us from hearing the ONE voice that really matters: VOICES – What voice matters most? from Elevate Church on Vimeo. Related posts: Three VOICES That Can Distract Us VOICES: How To Listen To The One That Matters Most Dangerous Church Preview [Video]
  • Three VOICES That Can Distract Us

    Kevin Campbell
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    What voice should I listen to? What voice really matters the most? We are talking through these things the next few weeks at Elevate.  I believe one of the most important things we can do is learn how to stop and listen to the right VOICE. Jesus said in John 10:27: “My sheep listen to my VOICE; I know them & they follow me.” Sheep had to listen to the voice of their shepherd because they aren’t very smart and can’t see far. That is one of the reasons followers of Jesus are often referred to as sheep. We aren’t as smart as we think we are and we can’t see into…
 
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    Digital Evangelism Issues

  • A new (to me) Christmas folk story from Germany and Ukraine. About spiders!

    siskin
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:26 am
    Out in a small town the other day, I stumbled upon a one-day Christmas market, and some hand-crafted glass jewelry caught my eye. Or, more specifically, beautiful hand-made spiders about 3 inches/8cms high, sitting over the other jewelry on display. I chose a spider for one of our daughters, and then the jewelry maker suddenly said, “I nearly forgot, I must give you the story about these,” and handed me a printed sheet called ‘The Legend of the Christmas Spider’. This is a folk tale from Germany and Ukraine, I don’t recall ever hearing this story before. Or, to…
  • Reaching hurting people with a Facebook community group

    siskin
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    Guest blog post by the TruthMedia.com team One of our ministry goals is to make sure that we create relevant and responsive content. This includes creating articles, videos – even something as seemingly simple as social media posts – that are so engaging that our readers are just compelled to respond! Lately, we’ve been working on our Facebook page for our newest evangelistic strategy called Issues I Face. In that group, we’ve been sharing stories, links, and images and inviting the social media world to engage in conversation with a mentor. We’d like to share…
  • Amazing mobile phones and the next billion Internet users

    siskin
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Memorably, the first spoken words in the first movie with a (partially) synchronized soundtrack were, “Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!” (in The Jazz Singer). In the world of digital phones access especially in the Majority World, we have barely seen anything yet! Did I ever mention this before? This very significant article in Time Magazine shows just how strategic mobiles will be: Why the Internet’s Next Billion Users Will Be Mobile-Only. Implications Any mission agency, any national church, any ministry, especially in the Majority…
  • Get on board the mobile train to Africa and beyond

    siskin
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    Digital is transforming Africa and Asia. The speed of change even surprised a mission staffer who returned for a short visit to his former West African country, and saw just how widespread digital had become: Africa is changing! Cassettes and CDs are beginning to disappear. In two weeks of teaching the Bible, there were numerous computers, tablets and smartphones. Many connect to the Internet and use social media. The invasion of new technologies makes missions rethink the ways of spreading the Gospel. Instead of brochures and cassettes, SD cards or mini SDs are distributed. They are light…
  • Starting with the why – how to inspire action

    siskin
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    TED lectures are frequently a mine of wisdom. Check Simon Sinek explaining a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” Watch both Simon’s talks on TED. 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…
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    Brad Lomenick

  • 17 Organizations I Recommend for a Year-End Donation

    bradlomenick
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Okay, I wanted to recommend a few organizations that I think are worth a year end gift/donation. All of these organizations are ones that I’m invested in- both in terms of giving gifts and supporting them, as well as knowing the staff and the people behind these organizations. So as you think about year-end giving, I would recommend any of these organizations as a great place to invest. 1. Red Eye Inc. my friend Justin Mayo heads up this “under the radar” community of young influencers and creatives in some of the leading global cities (LA, NYC, Sydney, London) that are…
  • 9 Things to Consider when Hiring Someone New on Your Team

    bradlomenick
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:14 am
    1. Hire slow and fire fast. Many organizations are just the opposite, hiring fast and firing slow. 2. Look for heart and hands, not just mind and spirit. 3. Culture is key. As the leader, do you want to hang out with them? Hire people you want to be friends with. Should they be on the bus? Not necessarily what seat yet, but just figuring out if being on the bus is a good idea. 4. Don’t just interview them. “intern” them. This has been the system at Catalyst over the years. 5. Hire a doer, not just a talker. Lots of folks can wow you with their words. The question is can…
  • Young Influencers List, November edition

    bradlomenick
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    Here you go, the November edition of the Young Influencers List. You can see all the past month’s lists here.   1. Roberto Ortiz- product builder, director of mobile design at Yahoo, previously at Google, co-founder of ELEO Conference. 2. Clara Shih- CEO of Hearsay Social, author of The Facebook Era, and member of Starbucks board. 3. Sarah Lewis- cultural historian and speaker, author of book The Rise, and member of the White House arts policy committee. 4. Chris Brown- worship leader at Elevation Church in Charlotte. Go buy their new album Wake Up the Wonder. It’s…
  • 12 Keys for Successfully Starting something New

    bradlomenick
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
    Are you starting a new organization? A Church Planter? Entrepreneur? Involved in a small organization just getting started? Here are some tips for getting started: 1. Act like you’ve arrived. No one needs to know you’re just starting. When you’re small, act and think big. When you’re big, act and think small. 2. Hire people you like. Look for chemistry first in terms of creating your initial core team. 3. If at all possible, don’t work with your family. Start with competency, not relatives. And stay away from taking loans, venture capital, or seed money from…
  • 9 Things to Consider when Hiring someone New

    bradlomenick
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    1. Hire slow and fire fast. Many organizations are just the opposite, hiring fast and firing slow. 2. Look for heart and hands, not just mind and spirit. 3. Culture is key. As the leader, do you want to hang out with them? Hire people you want to be friends with. 4. Don’t just interview them. “Intern” them. This has always been the system at Catalyst. 5. Hire a doer, not just a talker. 6. Benchmark the Experts. Who are the best people in the world at the position you are hiring? Figure out who that is, and contact them. For advice, suggestions, and to understand why they…
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    TeamRCIA

  • Seven ways to evangelize those we love during Christmas

    Mary Birmingham
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    During the Christmas season, many of us will gather with family members who have stopped practicing the faith. We might feel powerless and wonder what we can do to light a spark within the one who has checked out. “What … Continue reading →
  • Advent examination of conscience for RCIA groups

    Nick Wagner
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:32 am
    Follow this daily visual guide for an Advent examination of conscience.
  • Episode 102: What the Creed teaches about One God

    Jen Pardo
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:26 am
    In today’s episode Nick and Diana will look more deeply at the teachings within the Creed. “Did you know?” that the catechumenate is an actual, legal, ecclesial order of the church Finally, we answer a question about the place of … Continue reading →
  • Is your RCIA team a good model for the rest of the parish catechists?

    Nick Wagner
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    As an RCIA team member, you probably realize that you are a model for the catechumens. What you may not realize is that you are also a model for the rest of the catechists in the parish. The General Directory … Continue reading →
  • Episode 101: An adult Christ at Christmas

    Jen Pardo
    6 Dec 2014 | 3:14 pm
    In today’s episode Nick and Diana will talk about an adult Christ at Christmas. And the “Did you know?” segment covers an interesting point about the Rite of Sending Finally, we answer a question about where the baptized candidate should … Continue reading →
 
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    Brandon A. Cox

  • Three Phases of Accepting a God-sized Opportunity

    Brandon
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:59 am
    When I knew that God was calling me to serve in pastoral ministry for the rest of my life, I wrote a note in the margin of my Bible, “Called to Preach, March 1, 1995.” Seven months later, on October 1, I finally surrendered and said “yes” to His call. I had all kinds of reasons why God couldn’t possibly use a shy kid like me in a preaching role, but my excuses said more about my lack of faith in God’s ability than about my own lack of ability. But God was patient, as He always is, and decided to use me in spite of my reluctance. When I read the story of…
  • A Totally Unexpected Christmas Sermon Series

    Brandon
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    I’m quite excited that after much studying, praying, agonizing, and wrestling, I finally caught a vision for a fresh series of messages for the three weeks leading up to Christmas this year. I’d share the graphics but I don’t own the original. You can find it at Graceway Media. The promo copy… I didn’t ask for THIS! I didn’t see THAT coming! What in the world am I going to do NOW? God had been telling the world to expect a Savior for hundreds of years, but when an angel told a virgin it was time, it was shocking news that changed the world. Been there? When…
  • Just How Large Should a Local Church Be? Well…

    Brandon
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    I love small churches. I love medium-sized churches. And I love large churches and “megachurches” (typically defined as an evangelical congregation with 2,000 or more weekend service attenders). I also agree with a principle shared by Bailey Smith who once said, “There are no large churches. All churches are small, some are just smaller than others when compared to the surrounding lost population.” I’ve pastored churches of 30 and I’ve served as a staff Pastor at a church that averaged about 22,000 attenders at the time. In many ways, the largest of them…
  • Video: The Wife and I Make Some Sermon Promo Magic

    Brandon
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    What better way to teach about how desperately we need grace to make marriage work than to ask my wife to join me for part of the message to talk about how much grace we’ve needed to make our marriage work! So to promote this weekend’s service, we shot a little promo video together. After a couple dozen takes, we gave up, but still managed to make this… It was fun. Video: The Wife and I Make Some Sermon Promo Magic was originally posted at Brandon A. Cox.
  • You Need Counseling, And You Need to Give Counsel

    Brandon
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    Some of the spiritually healthiest people I know are in counseling. There seems to be some stigma around it, but getting help with our mental and emotional issues is really a matter of choosing to grow with the help of others. And the New Testament reveals a pretty neat idea in the mind of God… the church can be a growing body of compassionate counselors. If you’re a Christian, you need counseling from other Christians, and you need to offer counseling to others too. I believe there is a huge need for professional counseling in the culture in which we live, and there are times for…
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    Biblical Preaching

  • Preaching Christmas

    Peter Mead
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:12 am
    Christmas is an amazing opportunity to preach to people who normally wouldn’t be coming into church.  Here are seven top suggestions for making the most of the opportunity: 1. Pray a lot – there is a spiritual battle going on and the enemy wants to keep people distracted from the truth of the gospel. In the busy world of Christmas service planning, he can also keep preachers distracted from the wonder of the gospel too! 2. Preach fact – the Christmas message is not, as most tend to think, another holiday season fairy tale and religious myth.  Luke launched his gospel with…
  • Preaching Holiness – Postscript

    Peter Mead
    5 Dec 2014 | 11:09 pm
    This week I have been sharing some thoughts about holiness.  Obviously much more could be written, but just to finish the week, let me offer a quote from Michael Reeves’ 2012 book, The Good God (in the USA it is called Delighting in the Trinity). “People even say things like ‘Yes, God is loving, but he is also holy’ – as if holiness is an unloving thing, the cold side of God that stops God from being too loving. Balderdash! Poppycock! Or at least, it is if you are talking about the holiness of the Father, Son and Spirit.  No, said Jonathan Edwards, Holiness…
  • Preaching Holiness – part 4

    Peter Mead
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:29 am
    This week we have been pondering the preacher and the theme of holiness.  There is so much more that could be said about each point, but hopefully we have had something to think and pray about. 15. Every sliver of unholiness will be judged and purged.  We really have no clue of how good that will be!  (That includes the unholiness of “older brother” religiosity . . . which means more of our lives will get there “as through fire” than we probably realize.  Nevertheless, what an utter relief the purging of all sin will bring to ransomed souls.) 16. When we make holiness sound like…
  • Preaching Holiness – part 3

    Peter Mead
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    This week we are chewing on matters of preaching and true godly holiness.  I won’t review where we have been already, but please do go back to the first posts if you missed them. 10. People need instructing in holiness, but never in a sermon severed from the glorious good news of the Gospel.  There are plenty of instructional sections in the New Testament epistles, for example.  Don’t go joyriding in an Imperative Harvester, but instead keep the instructions firmly planted in the rich soil of Gospel content within the context of their own Bible book.  We might take weeks to preach…
  • Preaching Holiness – part 2

    Peter Mead
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    We are pondering God’s holiness and our preaching.  Let’s continue the list of thoughts: 5. The Gospel is not just a solution for the guilt of our un-holiness, it also includes a recipe to generate true holiness.  Often preachers offer a way to get rid of the guilt, but leave listeners feeling that the pursuit of holiness and their ongoing commitment to Christ’s cause is a burden planted firmly on their shoulders.  The Gospel isn’t simply about forgiveness of sin, it also includes the transformation of the human heart and the wonder of union with Christ by the indwelling Spirit…
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    samluce.com

  • Do Saturday Emails Increase Sunday Church Attendance?

    samluce
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:16 am
    I’m always a sucker for info graphics. I came across this one from the people at unSeminary. I started sending out summaries of my blog posts on Saturdays so this blog post caught my attention. It was fascinating and  the results definitely have made me think. This is something we will start doing at our church at some point. Here are a few interesting findings from the research. 57% of the churches that sent emails saw a week-over-week increase in attendance. The average attendance increase in those churches was 13%. The increase in attendance amongst all the churches was over 1,000…
  • The lost art of moment making.

    samluce
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
    A few days ago Derek Jeter came to a local college to speak to the student athletes and then do a public forum that evening. A friend of mine graciously gave me a pair of tickets. I took my youngest son. We waited over an hour in below freezing temps and it was well worth the wait. I don’t care if you hate the Yankees you have to respect Jeter. He played for the most demanding owner, in the most demanding city with the most demanding media coverage and he did more than survive he played a legendary career. It was very interesting hearing him talk about his family, the final game, retirement…
  • Free Bible Lesson Romans: Book of the Repentance

    samluce
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    – Book of Repentance Key Point – How to say you are sorry? Memory Verse – Romans 2:4b “The goodness of God leads you to repentance.” Children’s Sermon, Bible Story –Tell the story of Zacchaeus. The tax collector – Restitution. Luke 19:2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. How do you know when someone is sorry? Repentance is more than to say you are sorry it is to change the way you act. We know because they change. The Bible explains in Romans How to repent(say we are sorry). Rom. 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth,…
  • 6 elements of kids worship

    samluce
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    1. Make it fun – I love fast songs fun songs, we have done “The Roundup” for over 10 years and our kids still love it. The round-up has nothing to do with Jesus it’s just fun. I try to be the best father I can yet I make mistakes our Father in heaven is perfect. If I delight in the sound of my kids having a good time laughing and playing in the next room, imagine how our Father in heaven delights over us. Our father in heaven delights in us when we are simply having fun. 2. Teach kids to worship – One of the advantages of having age appropriate environments is you can teach kids why…
  • Logos: Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament.

    samluce
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    A couple of weeks ago I was preparing a message for our church.  I have always used Logos as a resource rather than a tool. In my study I would look up a passage in a commentary I own. The ability to search those commentaries and cut and paste into my notes was so helpful. I am always so amazed how quick I have all the information I need. I remember how tedious it was in Bible College working through books to look up the meaning of the word. We are truly spoiled today. The problem we face today is not having the time to search for the information we need. The problem we have today is having…
 
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    Children's Ministry Online

  • Child Dedication: When you can connect the dots

    Kenny
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    Over the years, I’ve written a lot about child dedication. Click here to see pages and pages of Child Dedication thoughts and ideas. However, I thought I’d say something about the process and event since it’s been a few years since I’ve written about the event. We’ve only made some minor changes in the last few years, but I’m feeling the itch to re-invent and refresh a little. Hopefully I’ll process much of this here so the greater kidmin community can both help me and benefit from my process at the same time. We held a child dedication just a week…
  • You can be replaced

    Kenny
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    That’s not meant to be a threat or insult. Maybe if your manager called you into his office and said “you can be replaced,” it would feel a little uncomfortable. But its true. I wrote a very applicable post about this in August called “Imagine you are gone.” It speaks specifically to this idea that one day you will be gone and even though it doesn’t seem even remotely possible – the ministry you tirelessly lead will go on without you. We end up frustrating ourselves (and burning ourselves out) because we put ourselves in a place where our ministries…
  • Five Reasons why you need to go to Church!

    Kenny
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Some of the most unchurched people I know are children’s pastors. I know, that’s a ridiculous statement, but there’s a truth to it. Kidmin staff are often so busy leading, putting out fires and sometimes single-handedly making ministry happen that even the thought of attending the adult service is a luxury. I know many who attend once a year or less – and I’m not talking about those who lead at churches where they only have once service. Yes, there are countless reasons why ministry staff don’t make it to the main service and there will always be more…
  • Making small groups a priority

    Kenny
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    Last month Orange asked me to write an e-single (something between an article and e-book) on reprioritizing for groups at your church. I was excited for the opportunity because reprioritizing for groups has been my story for the past 5-6 years. It’s not been an easy transition, but we’re really seeing the payoff for hundreds of kids every year as we’ve put caring adults in the lives of every kid who comes to church. Here, you can watch the short video about the e-single here: Trust me, I understand the hesitation. When I started in Children’s Ministry, small groups…
  • Your best connection to families

    Kenny
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:23 pm
    I’d like to wrap up this conversation of rethinking family ministry with what I believe is a church’s best opportunity to impact families. It’s not a curriculum or a program. It’s not an event or a seminar. It’s actually not something your staff or key leadership will do at all. The secret weapon isn’t what most people expect, including the people who have potential to make the biggest impact. If you buy into this idea, you’ll find that building a healthy family ministry might be less work than you anticipated because it doesn’t involve…
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    Dave Ingland

  • Do You Need a Lawyer for Cyber Sex Crimes?

    Rob C
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Cyber Sex Crimes Laws and Defense Options Hiring a skilled and highly qualified cyber sex crimes lawyer is a definite must if you or someone you know is charged with pornography, cyber sex or other related offense. Sex on the Internet The internet makes it much easier to distribute pornographic materials to those who want it. It is also very easy for sex offenders to befriend teens or young children and persuade them to have cyber sex. But thanks to that very same technology, it is so much easier for law enforcers to catch pedophiles and other sex offenders. Different Kinds of Cyber Sex…
  • Boosting Confidence with SmartLipo vs. Vanquish Treatment

    Rob C
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Which Is Better, SmartLipo vs. Vanquish Treatment? SmartLipo vs. Vanquish Treatment, the difference between the two might confuse you. If you are planning to consider exploring the wonders of science to have slimmer and sexier body, take a second look at these two amazing methods. We cannot deny the fact that the world that we are living in at present can sometimes be harsh and shallow. There are times that we can notice that people are more concerned about the appearance of others instead of how they think and interact. This may be the reason sometimes we tend to become very conscious of how…
  • Dealing With Dental Emergencies In Boca Raton

    Rob C
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Dental Emergencies In Boca Raton Don’t Have To Worry You Whenever you find that there is something going on with one of your teeth or even your gums, the last thing you will want to do is wait until it starts to get worse. Waiting will make it so that you will have to look for emergency dental care services. Quality services for dental emergencies in Boca Raton and the surrounding area will help you to know that you have a competent dental staff on hand whenever you might need it. This will mean making sure that you are going with a dental office that is going to give you the best…
  • Sell Your Property Fast with Palm Beach Real Estate Photography

    Rob C
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Palm Beach Real Estate Photography Is A Smart Choice If you are having difficulty selling your property, a top notch Palm Beach real estate photography company is the answer to your problem. In selling real estate properties, potential clients do not want to read about how beautiful or how great a house is. They must be able to see photos to get them really interested in your property. Most buyers do not have the convenience of personally seeing the properties being sold. They just simply rely on the photos of the property and when they are impressed, you can consider it sold. But what if…
  • Deer Antler Velvet Side Effects

    Rob C
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Are There Side Effects Of Deer Antler Velvet? The question of deer antler velvet side effects is often raised. It is a valid concern since there are many supplements that have been known to have adverse effects after consumption. Despite its popularity, the extract is yet to gain complete acceptance as a viable option in management of physical health. Deer velvet extract is made from the natural substances found in the antlers before they calcify. The benefits that you can derive from the use of the products are many including regulation of blood circulation, hormone regulation, endurance and…
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • The Unbelievable Plight of Syrian Refugees Is Being Ignored

    lynnehybels
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:02 pm
    It's not too late to turn the tide on one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. The current situation faced by Syrians and Iraqis displaced by war is perhaps the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Over 3 million Syrians have been forced to seek refuge in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and other countries. Another 6.5 million Syrians remain in Syria, but have been displaced from their homes—people literally fleeing for their lives in an active war zone. Nearly half of Syria’s entire population has been displaced by the war. That's only the beginning.
  • The Best of 2014

    Anonymous
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    This week we bring you our favorite interviews and performances from this past year. Interview guests include Carl Lentz, NT Wright, Pete Holmes, Propaganda, the guys from Radiolab and Scott Harrison. And in-studio performance guests include Brady Toops, Ellie Holcomb, Jon Guerra, Gungor, John Mark McMillan and Us and Our Daughters. We also have two special treats for you at the end of the episode, so make sure you listen through to the end! It's been a great year for the podcast and we're so thankful for our family of listeners who download these episodes every week, interact with us on…
  • RELEVANT’s 10 Biggest Slices of 2014

    darganthompson
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:36 pm
    From dutch biker gangs to Mark Driscoll to Ice Bucket Challenge videos, our most-read slices of 2014 Every day, we keep readers up to date on current events and important cultural happenings with “slices”—the short articles that update in a stream on our homepage. It’s a constant mix of hard-hitting news to entertainment rumors to funny videos. As we wrap up 2014, we decided to look back at the most-viewed slices this year. The result is an interesting insight into the stories and viral trends that shaped this year.
  • 'School of Rock' Is Coming to Broadway

    Anonymous
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Musical theater legend Andrew Lloyd Webber is bringing the Jack Black hit School of Rock to Broadway. Though it will presumably have a similar plot as the Richard Linklater comedy—about a struggling musician who becomes a teacher, harnessing the life-changing power of rock and roll—according to AV Club, the new play will feature a bunch of original songs. No casting has been announced, but as anyone who has seen the movie knows, they’ll have big shoes to fill ...
  • How to Actually Fight for Racial Reconciliation

    christenacleveland
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    5 steps to becoming a racial reconciler. These days, as people around the nation become more aware of racial injustice, many young Christians of all races are eager to be part of the solution.
 
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    david kenney

  • God has a plan for your life

    David
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:53 am
    Christmas songs are great, but there’s only so many and I think by the 7th or 8th time you hear Frosty the Snow man, you start wishing that someone would push him into a hot tub. I also have to assume that these next four weeks are incredibly difficult for anyone whose grandma actually was run over by a reindeer. You know speaking of which I don’t like the song Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer either, it’s a terrible song. I mean think about it, it’s all about everyone treating you like garbage until they realize you have something they need. This year our Christmas theme…
  • Giving God Your Praise

    David
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    We give God our praise And you know, I think like most people, I see the word ‘praise’ or ‘worship’ and I immediately think of singing. But when we read the word ‘worship’ in the scriptures is it always talking about singing? Revelation 4:10 “The twenty-four elders fall down before Him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever.” The Greek word for ‘worship’ here means either to kiss the hand of royalty or to fall prostrate. It has nothing to do with singing, and more to do with the condition of your…
  • Giving God Your Life

    David
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:42 am
    We give God our life I know we always bring Mary out at Christmas time, but she is so much more than just the woman who gave birth to Jesus. In Acts 1:12-14 when we first see the early church after Jesus ascends to Heaven we read: When they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. 13 And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of…
  • Giving God your Heart

    David
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    In Psalm 51, we read For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are … (what?) a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. So, what is the real sacrifice? The Bible says it’s a broken and contrite heart. What’s a contrite heart? That phrase is about as foreign to me as “frankincense and myrrh.” Broken – is the Hebrew word (shabar) and it means “tender.” Contrite – is the Hebrew word (dakah) and it means…
  • The Heart of the Giver

    David
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    This year our Christmas theme is the “the Gifts of Christmas.” And I think at Christmas time (especially when we come to church) we typically think about the three gifts that the wise man brought the baby Jesus, gifts of great significance; gold, frankincense and myrrh. But in truth, those were all tangible items of wealth and opulence, and I often wonder if those first Christmas gifts were also the first Christmas returns. I’m sure Mary and Joseph were better off with the money than with myrrh as a baby shower gift. And while we have been examining the gifts we receive…
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    Serving Strong

  • How To Not Stink At Relationships

    Scott
    30 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    Do you struggle making and keeping relationships with people? Do you wonder why people seem to avoid you after getting to know you or just avoid you from the start? Are relationships vital to what you do in ministry leadership? Well, I’m not saying I have all the answers, but I’ll be 50 years old […]
  • How To Be A Miserable Leader

    Scott
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:29 am
    Each morning, as soon as you awake, recite these few lines to be a miserable ministry leader: “Today I seek to please as many people as I can, regardless of the toll it takes on me.” “Today, I choose to serve solely from my own strength and not seek the strength of God.” “Today, I […]
  • How To Lead Authentically

    Scott
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:22 am
    Discovering your authentic leadership requires a commitment to developing yourself. No one is going to hand you a development plan. That’s something you need to take responsibility for yourself. So, do you want to become authentic? Here is an insight from the Harvard Business Review’s compilation, “HBR’s 10 Must Reads On Leadership”: The journey to […]
  • Making The Most Of Beautiful Moments

    Scott
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Autumn gasps its few remaining puffs of air as winter begins to stir from its slumber. Some of the faithful trees, knuckles white as they grip their once green leaves, stand piously tall displaying tremendous arrays of yellow, red and brown. Other trees gave up weeks ago when the colder winds and rain tempted their leaves […]
  • Leadership And Your Ego

    Scott
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    What part of your leadership includes your ego? Come on now, really. You and I will never end the battle with our ego until we see Christ face to face. In my experience, the human ego is like a ball and chain, causing me to work harder in my leadership than I have to. It’s […]
 
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    Leader Lifter

  • Leaders Leave Last

    Hal Mayer
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    Simon Sinek’s recent book, “Leaders Eat Last” got me to thinking about what leaders do because they are leaders. If you haven’t read his book – at least watch the video.  As I continued thinking, I realized – leaders leave... Continue Reading →
  • Creating a Compelling Culture

    Hal Mayer
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:33 am
    I love the graphic above.  I believe strategy plays a huge role in the success of an initiative or program.  Yet, without a compelling culture – we can miss the outcome we want and need.  Below is a video of a... Continue Reading →
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    ChurchTechToday

  • How to Work a Room [Infographic]

    Lauren Hunter
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:14 am
    Anytime is a good time to brush up on your social skills. It’s especially helpful to do so when the holidays approach and parties roll around. Whether you’re a seasoned party pro or more of a wallflower, these tips from Susan RoAne’s best-seller, How to Work a Room, are most helpful: 1) Prepare 2) Enter 3) Meet and Mingle 4) Breaking and Entering 5) Exit Gracefully and Move On And don’t forget to smile!       How to Work a Room [Infographic] is a post from: ChurchTechToday How to Work a Room [Infographic] is a post from ChurchTechToday - Technology for…
  • Today’s Tech: DialMyCalls [Video]

    Lauren Hunter
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today we’re launching a new Google Hangout on Air video series wherein we profile one of our site sponsors to give you a first-hand glimpse into what they offer and how it will be helpful to your church. During our first Hangout, I sat down with Chris Greene, National Sales Executive for DialMyCalls. In this call we address the multifaceted communication needs that face the church and how their solution helps pastors, youth leaders, small group leaders, and ministers of every kind communicate with church attenders via email, voice, text, and more. DialMyCalls has been gracious enough to…
  • 5 End-of-Year Financial Tips for Churches

    Emily Kantner
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:01 am
    Did you know that 30% of annual giving happens in December—and 10% occurs in just the last 3 days of the year? Donations to churches and other non-profits peak each December 31 from 12 PM until 7 PM, and the average gift size spikes up to 50% at year’s end. Churches are scrambling at this time of year with Christmas cantatas and end-of-year budgeting, but it’s also the perfect time to appeal to your church community’s holiday spirit and make some financial changes moving into 2015: 1. Take a look at the systems your church is currently using. Are you getting the most bang for your…
  • 5 Plugins for Fundraising on Your Website

    Stuart Dyckhoff
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
    Fundraising is critical to providing the ongoing support you need to meet your church’s goals and realize its mission. While you can conduct fundraising in your community and through special events in your church, you can also use your website to raise the money you need for your goals and your special projects. Fundraising through your website is not difficult, and it doesn’t require a fancy, customized web design. There are many plugins that make it easy for you to raise the money you need to meet your goals. Here are a few of the best plugins you can use for fundraising for…
  • ChurchTechToday Acquires ChurchTechy.com

    Lauren Hunter
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:42 am
    I’m excited to share with you today that ChurchTechToday has acquired Stuart Dyckhoff’s church tech blog, ChurchTechy.com. After six years of blogging, Stuart has decided to hang it up and graciously offered to allow us to roll his site into ours and share some of his incredibly valuable content with our audience. I’m pleased to continue the “ChurchTechy” legacy by pointing this domain to ChurchTechToday. I’ll be sharing with you a smattering of Stuart’s insightful church tech articles over the next few months. We are grateful to Stuart for his…
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    mattofact.com

  • Plan now.

    Mattofact
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind. (Proverbs 21:5)Make plans. Write them down. Cross some off. Add a few goals you think are too big. Plan out your steps to get each goal accomplished. Tell someone about everything you want to do this year. Start.    
  • 7 Ways to be more dangerous at work

    Mattofact
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    Watch this amazing video of explorers walking on beautiful clean ice in the Slovakian mountains. It’s some of the clearest ice you could ever imagine. It looks like they are walking on thin ice it’s so clear. In the hustle of getting projects done, meeting deadlines, doing our day-to-day work, growing our careers – and all while juggling home life –  sometimes we feel like we might fall through the thin ice below. But maybe, the ice isn’t thin at all. Maybe the ice is solid and we just need to trust the ground we’re exploring. Be dangerous. Be daring and…
  • Business Videos – Motion Graphics

    Mattofact
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    Business to business solutions can be hard to communicate because the offering and solution are complex most of the time. But, if you can’t explain something simply then you can’t expect others to understand what you do – much less buy it. Check out this killer video worked on by creative Evan White detailing the offering of technology leader Sogeti. I like the quick moving and relevant graphics that support the script well and raise the interest level quickly. Enjoy!  
  • Recognition

    Mattofact
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
    Recruiting volunteers, and good ones, is important for any organization that depends on good people to keep it moving. I’m pumped about this photo shoot and campaign I helped develop. The campaign has a few different goals, most of which is to say thanks to some key volunteers and highlight their volunteer role to others. The campaign also helps recruit people who get a quick understanding that they don’t have to be an expert in a particular area to help out. They just need to be available and willing. These photos really capture the culture of the church by highlighting the faces…
  • Get Cho Kids – Photo Shoot

    Mattofact
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Had a blast snapping Christmas photos of Chaeson and Lilly. Our friends Suzie and Hon have some of the coolest kids in town.
 
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    Brandon A. Cox

  • Three Phases of Accepting a God-sized Opportunity

    Brandon
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:59 am
    When I knew that God was calling me to serve in pastoral ministry for the rest of my life, I wrote a note in the margin of my Bible, “Called to Preach, March 1, 1995.” Seven months later, on October 1, I finally surrendered and said “yes” to His call. I had all kinds of reasons why God couldn’t possibly use a shy kid like me in a preaching role, but my excuses said more about my lack of faith in God’s ability than about my own lack of ability. But God was patient, as He always is, and decided to use me in spite of my reluctance. When I read the story of…
  • A Totally Unexpected Christmas Sermon Series

    Brandon
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    I’m quite excited that after much studying, praying, agonizing, and wrestling, I finally caught a vision for a fresh series of messages for the three weeks leading up to Christmas this year. I’d share the graphics but I don’t own the original. You can find it at Graceway Media. The promo copy… I didn’t ask for THIS! I didn’t see THAT coming! What in the world am I going to do NOW? God had been telling the world to expect a Savior for hundreds of years, but when an angel told a virgin it was time, it was shocking news that changed the world. Been there? When…
  • Just How Large Should a Local Church Be? Well…

    Brandon
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    I love small churches. I love medium-sized churches. And I love large churches and “megachurches” (typically defined as an evangelical congregation with 2,000 or more weekend service attenders). I also agree with a principle shared by Bailey Smith who once said, “There are no large churches. All churches are small, some are just smaller than others when compared to the surrounding lost population.” I’ve pastored churches of 30 and I’ve served as a staff Pastor at a church that averaged about 22,000 attenders at the time. In many ways, the largest of them…
  • Video: The Wife and I Make Some Sermon Promo Magic

    Brandon
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    What better way to teach about how desperately we need grace to make marriage work than to ask my wife to join me for part of the message to talk about how much grace we’ve needed to make our marriage work! So to promote this weekend’s service, we shot a little promo video together. After a couple dozen takes, we gave up, but still managed to make this… It was fun. Video: The Wife and I Make Some Sermon Promo Magic was originally posted at Brandon A. Cox.
  • You Need Counseling, And You Need to Give Counsel

    Brandon
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    Some of the spiritually healthiest people I know are in counseling. There seems to be some stigma around it, but getting help with our mental and emotional issues is really a matter of choosing to grow with the help of others. And the New Testament reveals a pretty neat idea in the mind of God… the church can be a growing body of compassionate counselors. If you’re a Christian, you need counseling from other Christians, and you need to offer counseling to others too. I believe there is a huge need for professional counseling in the culture in which we live, and there are times for…
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    The Navy Christian

  • Becoming a Bible Hacker

    Dan Smith
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    I love reading the Bible. It’s a desire I received from my grandparents. I’d often see them digging around in the scriptures. Unfortunately, I can’t really read my grandmother’s handwriting, so I don’t know many of the notes she wrote, but both of them taught me how to get into the Bible and dig around. I remember calling my grandfather about some verses in Genesis a few weeks before he passed
  • MPW #5: Pray for Children

    Dan Smith
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    It really is the children who suffer most during the military career. Despite the fact that I have been as involved a father as I know how, I know right now that I’m not giving them what other fathers can. There is a unity that they can’t see between my wife and I, though I try to show them what I can, and there is a presence they can’t always see in their lives. It is a simple fact that there
  • MPW #4 Pray for Homecomings

    Dan Smith
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I will never forget pulling in to port after a long deployment and seeing the throngs of people on the pier waiting to greet us. Family members cheered, sailors waved, and music played to welcome the ship back home. You've probably seen videos and pictures posted on the internet that show you the type of excitement other service branches have when they come home too, whether through airports, on
  • MPW #3: Pray against Suicide

    Dan Smith
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Even in laughter, the heart may ache (Proverbs 14:13). We must pray against this level of discouragement that leads to suicide. The reasons for suicide in the military are varied. Some end their lives because of chemical imbalance brought on by war wounds, some others because of otherwise fixable personal problems such as heavy debt, divorce, lost loved ones, etc. Regardless of the reasons
  • MPW #2: Pray for those on Deployment

    Dan Smith
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Deployment is a particularly stressful time in the life of a military service person. It is also very stressful for the family that remains at home. The stresses that are felt at home ripple their way across the oceans that divide the family and touch the deployed member as well. Kids need to be fed and cared for, a spouse needs to feel rest and valued, the car needs an oil change, and countless
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  • We Bought a Castle

    Mark Batterson
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:56 am
    I love the movie, We Bought a Zoo.  It contains one of my favorite movie lines: “Sometimes all it takes is twenty seconds of insane courage.” That’s how we felt a few months ago. We didn’t buy a zoo, but we did buy a castle, the Blue Castle. It took twenty seconds of insane courage and several miracles. Here’s some of the backstory. The Blue Castle, 770 M Street, SE, is one of DC’s most iconic buildings. Built in 1891 by the Washington and Georgetown Railroad Company, it was one of four car barns built to service streetcars. The property sits at the corner…
  • Jack Staples and The City of Shadows

    theaterchurch
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:36 am
    Here’s an excerpt from the opening chapter of Jack Staples and the City of Shadows. Available at all ONLINE retailers and bookstores beginning January 1, 2015.       Chapter 1 THE LIGHTNING DANCER   “It would be far easier to train an elephant to fly than to teach the heart,” Mrs. Dumphry said, chuckling. “Can you imagine that?” She let out a great guffaw. “An elephant, flying! What a magnificent sight that would be. I wonder if any elephants have ever—” Mrs. Dumphry stopped. “What was I saying? Ah, that’s right, you cannot instruct the heart. It must…
  • Jack Staples Christmas Giveaway

    Mark Batterson
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:23 pm
    As many of you know, I recently coauthored a young adult fantasy series. The first book, Jack Staples on the Ring of Time released on September 1. The second book, Jack Staples and the City of Shadows is set to release January 1, 2015. I want to give away 200 copies. If you’d like a FREE SIGNED copy to put under the Christmas tree, barring any shipping snafus, it’s as simple as 1-2-3. Here’s what you need to do: STEP 1: If you haven’t already, read the first book in the series: Jack Staples and the Ring of Time. Then write a review on your favorite online bookstore.
  • Jack Staples and The Ring of Time

    Mark Batterson
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
      Here’s an excerpt from the opening chapter of Jack Staples and The Ring of Time. The trilogy gets far more fantastical, but this sets the scene. Available at all ONLINE retailers and bookstores beginning September 1, 2014. The second book in the series,Jack Staples and The City of Shadows releases January 1, 2015.   Chapter 1 A NIGHT TO REMEMBER A blackbird fluttered through the open flap of an enormous circus tent. Only one boy out of the hundreds of men, women, and children sitting inside noticed. The boy was as thin as a rail with bushy brown hair and bright blue eyes.
  • Seven Prayer Circles for Parents

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

    Emily Kirkendoll
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Our growing Liberty Church Zimbabwe community is making an impact in the lives of families and building up the next generation of leaders. Watch Richard’s story. In Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, projects are already underway for developing the campus and care point, training staff, and meeting needs in the community. Yet there is a great need for new […] Related posts: New Strength—Sustainability and Empowerment An update from our missionaries, Gethin and Bex Amoss Seed Offering 2013 – It’s Time To Sow
  • New Strength—Sustainability and Empowerment

    Emily Kirkendoll
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:33 pm
    We are a church-planting church, and we want to see all the communities we plant to flourish. It is crucial that we support our newest communities in Brooklyn and Zimbabwe as they become sustainable and strong. Together we will enable continued health and growth by investing strategically in our leadership, ministries, and facilities. The promise […] Related posts: Seed Offering 2014 The power of sowing in generosity Seed Fund Update: Brooklyn Community Growing in Strength
  • Parker Green: My Journey to Financial Freedom

    Parker Green
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Let’s be honest, no matter where you’re at in life you have questions on finances. Jesus talks about money more than Heaven and Hell combined. How we view it and how we use it or lose it is important to God. Nobody is perfect, but being a good steward isn’t about being perfect. It’s about […] Related posts: In God We Trust – New Series A lifestyle of gratitude Healing Workshop – May 17th
  • Seed Offering 2014

    Paul Andrew
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:19 pm
    “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing… and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:2-3 Our annual Seed Offering is all about people. It is a pivotal opportunity to invest into missions and to make […] Related posts: New Cities—We sow finance; we reap lives. Seed Offering 2013 – It’s Time To Sow The power of sowing in generosity
  • There’s no place like New York for the holidays

    Emily Kirkendoll
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Last Sunday, Paul Andrew spoke with each of our communities about what God says about Building a Home. “People are happier and healthier when they have a home…The difference between a wanderer and an adventurer is a sense of home.” New York disproportionally has a lot of people who have moved here, but we take […] Related posts: A Christmas Story (Why Angel Tree Matters) About Us Launching In 2013: Our Brooklyn Community
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  • New from Max Lucado | Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer

    Mark Howell
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    Spent some time with a new study from Max Lucado this week.  Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer is Lucado’s newest study.  Dubbed “America’s Pastor” by Reader’s Digest and  named one of the most influential leaders in social media by The New York Times, Lucado is the Preaching Minister at San Antonio’s Oak Hills Church, and no stranger to most.  In almost 25 years of writing, more than 100 million products—80 million books—filled with his words have...Click here for more... »         
  • Thinking Thursday: Confessions of a Futurist

    Mark Howell
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    You might be thinking, “What does this have to do with small groups or discipleship?!?!”  And you’re right in wondering that.  It doesn’t…directly.  Learning how to think about the future, though, has everything to do with building thriving small group ministries.  This is a very interesting talk.  I hope you watch it. Sheryl Connelly is manager of global trends and futuring for Ford Motor Company, tracking shifts and trends in topics as far reaching as...Click here for more... »         
  • Great Question: How Can I Recruit Leaders from the “Crowd”

    Mark Howell
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:07 am
    I get a lot of questions.  I got a great question yesterday and I thought many of you might be interested in this answer. After reading Do You Know This Game-Changing Connection Secret? a reader asked, “What are the best tactics to recruit leaders within the circle?” Interpreting the Question If you haven’t read the article, you might not have learned yet that I believe the most connected people in your church (represented by the square in the diagram) are almost often...Click here for more... »         
  • The Truths Only Fresh Eyes Can See

    Mark Howell
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    I was hanging out with some dear friends; friends I’ve had for many, many years.  We were having a great morning.  Many laughs.  So good to see them. And then the subject of their church came up.  Trying to help, I said what turned out to be a buzz kill and then spent the next 45 minutes desperately trying to help them see the big, giant, massive elephant in the room.  In their church. They just couldn’t fully see it.  It was really like they could only see the issue in...Click here for more... »         
  • The 5 Biggest Ministry Mistakes I’ve Made

    Mark Howell
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    All of us have made mistakes.  I have made plenty.  You have too.  The key is to learn from your mistakes and only make them once. What are the biggest mistakes I’ve made? Using the same strategy and expecting different results.  Albert Einstein said it well, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results.”  I’ve fallen more than once for the temptation to try the same strategy one more time and pay...Click here for more... »         
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    the mayward blog

  • Love Requires Presence

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    I had the opportunity to preach at North Langley Community Church this past Sunday, which was a unique privilege--this sermon happened one week before my final Sunday at NLCC, allowing me the opportunity to offer a sort of "final words" sermon. So, I talked a lot about Jesus. I shared on John 1:14 and the love of God demonstrated in the incarnation.You can check out the whole sermon in the video below (my apologies, the audio can be a bit fuzzy at times): Message 2014 12 14 Joel Mayward from North Langley Community Church on Vimeo.Love requires presence.
  • On Leaving Canada

    16 Dec 2014 | 3:05 am
    Photo Credit: sea turtle (Creative Commons)About two years ago, I wrote a post sharing the news: I am moving to Canada.One year ago, I wrote about our first year in Canada, the ups and downs, and how much we had learned.Now, just after our two-year anniversary of moving to Canada, we are preparing to leave.My final Sunday at North Langley Community Church is December 21, and if all goes according to plan, we will be leaving the nation of Canada the following morning. We will be moving to Vancouver, WA and live with Katie's mom for a season as we figure out what God has for us next. I am…
  • My Favorite Albums of 2014

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:40 am
    I have an eclectic taste in music. If it's good or interesting or notable, I'll give it a listen, especially if it has a solid drum performance. In 2014, some of my favorite musicians came out with unexpected albums (U2, Damien Rice, Copeland), a few just seem to get better with each album (Spoon, Audrey Assad), and I discovered new favorites (Joe Henry, The War on Drugs, Warpaint).Here was my soundtrack from the past year:10. Katie Herzig - Walk Through Walls. Herzig makes excellent, singable, memorable pop albums filled with heart and depth.9. Warpaint - Warpaint. I love how this album is…
  • Top 10 Mayward Blog Posts of 2014

    8 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    Photo Credit: Andrew Sorensen (Creative Commons)Looking back of 2014, it's been a year marked by joy, pain, perseverance, and unexpected movements of the Holy Spirit. Much of the past year has been recorded here, at my personal blog. As the year comes to a close, I think it's important to look back and remember the highlights from the journey, the significant moments and the writing that accompanied them.Here are the ten most-read, most-shared blog posts of 2014 for The Mayward Blog:10. Youth Ministry Soapbox: Stop Trying to Build Your Platform. "Yes, I am questioning your motives. I am…
  • Confession: I Am In Burnout

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    It's true. I'm there. Burnout is here.About two months ago, I read Carey Nieuwhof's 9 signs you're burning out in leadership. I have all nine. 100%.I had been telling others for awhile that I was living life at an unsustainable pace, that I was feeling drained and weary, that I felt headed towards burnout. Reading Carey's post made me realize I wasn't headed there--I was there.I hesitate to say I've burned out. It's in the past tense, and implies "I quit. Finished. Over. Caput." There's a sense of defeat or devastation with this phrase. Yet I'm not done with ministry, because…
 
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  • Tips for Pastor's Wife

    Godsy Girl(TM)
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    A few weeks ago, I posted a humorous slant on what a “grumpy” pastor's wife might say. I loved your email responses. I can’t believe all of you guys are reading these posts. Maybe I should post more often!Well, it’s only “right” that I post a serious version of “what a pastor’s wife might say” to ensure that the grumpy cat post doesn’t stand alone, right? So, here goes what a “mature” pastor’s wife might say in response to the humorous items detailed in the previous post: 1. Instead of “"No, you cannot speak to my husband. He just got home for crying out loud!”…
  • The Mean Pastor's Wife or First Lady ...

    Godsy Girl(TM)
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    Today I saw a segment promoting the new comedy film featuring "Grumpy Cat" on the Today show. The movie co-stars the cat saying grumpy things. Clearly, this is supposition because the cat cannot... Ummmm.....talk, right? Well, my sense of humor being what it is, I did some "supposing" of my own" So, I came up with a fun list of what a grumpy First Lady might say! Here is what I came up with:1. "No, you cannot speak to my husband. He just got home for crying out loud!"2. "I have no interest in attending your baby shower, Mary Kay party, Tupperware party or whatever money making scheme is…
  • Retreat - Pastors Wives

    Godsy Girl(TM)
    11 Jun 2014 | 6:40 am
    Pure relationship with Jesus ministers to the pastors wifeSome time ago, our church had an event. During these type of events, I usually I sit front and center in my normal spot.  My husband typically wants me to meet the guest speaker and I often see him point me out [to the speaker ]from the pulpit.  Sitting in my usual spot just makes sense during special services, revivals and such.But the most recent event seemed ...well...different.  Although I was ok, I just felt lead to sit as far back in the church as I could possibly get.  I didn't want to feel the lights of the…
  • Prayer is the Key

    Godsy Girl(TM)
    7 Mar 2014 | 3:47 am
    Prayer is the key of perfection and of sovereign happiness; it is the efficacious means of getting rid of all vices and of acquiring all virtues; for the way to become perfect is to live in the presence of God. Wish I had written it, but it's a quote from Jeanne Guyon.Teri C. Brooks is a senior pastor's wife, blogger and speaker in the Kansas City area. She is married to John L. Brooks of Macedonia Baptist Church in Kansas City. Teri blogs at GodsyGirl.com, TheBusy Chick.com and http://godsygirlpastorswives.blogspot.com/.
  • In love with pastor - how to handle the women who love your husband

    Godsy Girl(TM)
    6 Feb 2013 | 5:30 am
    Yes, she wants your husband. One of the most difficult parts of being married to a pastor is dealing with those poor, misguided women that well...fall in love with your husband! So, how do I deal with it? Two word answer: I don't.  I know my response may seem foolish and even strange to some, but, it's how I really feel. I have lived long enough to know that I cannot control what others do in life. I cannot make women stop growing attached to my husband. I cannot even keep my husband from straying - should he decide to do it. There are some things he can do to prevent this, but, I am…
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    GC Ministry

  • 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…
  • Religion

    RevCollins
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    religion [ri-lij-uh n] noun 1. a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs. The definition of religion from deinition.com pretty well sunarizes what most of us think of when we look to define the word  The point I want to focus on today is the ritual observance. Far too often that is exactly what our faith walk becomes. We leave the area of relationship…
  • Top 3 Reasons I Am Here or My Goals

    RevCollins
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Top 3 Goals I am taking a course on WordPress.com called Blogging 201. Day one of the course is a challenge to look at my goals. Why am I doing this? What is my purpose? #1 – More God less Religion My very first goal of this blog has always been to lead others to a greater relationship with Christ. I laid that framework from day one in the About Me page. I am no one special but I want to share the joy of leaving mere religion to walk in a real relationship with God. I want to share that Christianity is more than just rules and regulations, do’s and don’ts, or just plain…
  • Why On Earth are We Here

    RevCollins
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    Ever Wondered Why We Are Here? I wonder if you have ever wondered why we are here on this third rock from the sun? The answers we receive often stem from the simple to the laughable. There are many theories as to why we exist. What our purpose is. New Sermon Series Pastor James Kilby of Harvest Christian Fellowship in West Carrollton, OH begun a series recently on just Why on Earth are We Here. The church recently purchased the 1st Presbyterian building as their first building. It seemed only proper that as the fellowship began to look at what the purpose of the church in this community was…
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  • Historic Gathering of Young Evangelists Set for Wheaton College

    Think Eternity
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Two-day Conference — Feb. 20-21 — to Feature Will Graham, Jon Bloom and More Than 20 Influential Evangelists     WHEATON, Ill. — Evangelists from around the world will gather Feb. 20-21 in Chicago for the Wheaton Evangelism Conference, an event aimed at encouraging and equipping a new generation of evangelists to lead revival. The conference will be held in the Barrows Auditorium in the Billy Graham Center on the campus of Wheaton College in suburban Chicago and will feature the popular TED-style presentations. Seating for the conference is limited to 450…
  • Friendship is Better Than Networking

    Think Eternity
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    The energy was electric as we walked the streets of Washington DC, probably walking the same streets as Abraham Lincoln and other legends had walked, with the same sense of anticipation, the same stirring hope of changing the world.  Over the past two years, we have gathered IRL (online term for "In Real Life") several times in several differents cities, with smaller groups of us meeting up beyond that.  It all started just two years ago, when a new friend Mark sought me out at a large Christian conference in Atlanta. It was quite amazing to think he wanted to talk to me amongst the…
  • The Importance of Heavenly Mindedness by Dave Arnold

    Think Eternity
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    You've probably heard the old adage, "Don't be so heavenly-minded that you are no earthly good." Although it's true that Christ followers should not despise the world and just sit around waiting for Christ to come back, I do believe the more heavenly-minded we are the more effective will be on earth. The more we focus on eternity, the greater the impact we will have on earth. A few years back a met a remarkable woman named Katie when I lived in the inner city of Chicago. Katie had a tough life. As a young girl she moved to Chicago with her mother, but sadly, got caught up in a viscous cycle…
  • Laying Down Insecurity by Blake Mayes

    Think Eternity
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.” –Marianne Williamson  Insecurity is what can keep us from becoming incredible instruments of God. Rather than asking him how we can serve him and walking in obedience to his will, we would prefer to seek the things that would make us happier and more successful.
  • 5 Questions Every Young Christian Should Ask by Grant Skeldon

    Think Eternity
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:17 pm
    In Ephesians 4:1, Paul says, “Therefore I, a prisoner serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.” God is doing amazing things with young Christians all over America, and all over the world. Here are five important questions every young Christian should ask themself: 1. Do you know what God has called you to, and are you confident in your calling?  If you know your calling but you’re not confident in it, you don’t fully understand calling. Calling doesn’t mean you’re necessarily special. It means…
 
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  • Next Level Update

    Rob Shepherd
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:35 am
    It’s CHRISTMAS, holy poo it’s CHRISTMAS, the parking lot, and money money money. It’s time for another Next Level Update… I can’t wrap my mind around the fact that this Sunday we are celebrating Christmas at Next Level. Can you dig it?!!! The pit is filled! Just in time for Christmas we were able to fill the pit left behind by the white building that we tore down. We now have some more parking for guests on Sunday. For Sunday if you are an Owner volunteering and you don’t have little kids please remember to park at the Peninsula Academy to free up space for…
  • My Ugly Christmas Sweater

    Rob Shepherd
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:36 am
    I own an ugly Christmas sweater. I bought it circa 5 years ago at Roses. If you don’t know what Roses is then I’ll explain it like this. When it comes to quality… You have Target. Then under that you have Wal-Mart. Then under that you have K-Mart. Then under that you have Roses. It makes K-Mart feel like Target, but it had a luscious supply of ugly Christmas sweaters. I bought said sweater for an Ugly Christmas Sweater party. I have since worn it every year to an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. I have yet to win. Some would say that means I should give up. I say I’m…
  • The Church Is Awkward

    Rob Shepherd
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:21 am
    No matter how you try to dress it up the local church is awkward. At times it can be as awkward as shaking someone’s wet hand. Why is it wet? Is that sweat? It can be as awkward as calling someone the wrong name. It can be as awkward as having someone you’ve called the wrong name correct you after three days of wrong name calling. It can be as awkward as clogging the toilet at someone else’s house who doesn’t keep a plunger by the toilet. Do you ask for the plunger or do you let the poo sit? It can be as awkward as a public bathroom with incredibly short stall doors.
  • Stop The Sin Of Passive Aggressiveness

    Rob Shepherd
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:14 am
    Most people I know are somewhat people pleasers. I’m a recovering people pleaser. Sometimes I fall back into bad habits, but I’m a work in progress. One area where people pleasing shows it’s ugly head is in passive aggressiveness. I like Urban Dictionaries definition of passive aggressive – “A defense mechanism that allows people who aren’t comfortable being openly aggressive get what they want under the guise of still trying to please others. They want their way, but they also want everyone to still like them.” Just in case you are not sure about…
  • 5 Random Questions

    Rob Shepherd
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    I love getting to know the readers of robshep.com. That’s led me to a series that I like to call 5 Random Questions. Here’s how it works. I ask 5 questions and you answer them in the comments. Ready. Set. Go. Do you prefer to sleep on your back, side, or stomach? Would you rather use sand paper for toilet paper or vinegar for eye drops? If you had to get rid of one Christmas tradition what would you pick? Who do you know that is considered by most to be the best in their field? If you could make one wish, and it could only be one wish (no asking for more wishes), but you had to make it…
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    News and prayer information from Richard and Pinuccia Wilson

  • A day in church

    Richard Wilson
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    Yesterday we had our first whole day out together. It did not start well, as we forget the babies’ bag with everything they need to survive more than a couple of hours, so I had to go back home to get it before arriving in church almost an hour late. Apart from that, Mattia and Luca went well: when they were not being passed around everyone in the church, they just slept quietly in a corner in their double stroller. The reason for this long day was the monthly lunch after church, which this time included the Sunday School’s work to raise funds for a school in India – they made…
  • Presentation

    Richard Wilson
    16 Nov 2014 | 1:57 pm
    This morning we made our first appearance in church as enlarged family. We did not do too bad in organising ourselves to go out (just a few minutes behind when we hoped to leave the house) given that we had no system yet, and there was a last minute vomit from one twin and nappy change from the other. So we were able to receive lots of compliments from our friends, but especially present Luca and Mattia to the church to thank God for them and to ask for their continual prayers for us as a family. It was the last Sunday that my in-laws will be with us, and we wanted them to be a part of this…
  • The photo I’ve been waiting for

    Richard Wilson
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    Pinuccia, Mattia, Stefania, Daniele, Luca, Richard Finally all together (Mattia on the left, Luca on the right).
  • Festival, fan, family

    Richard Wilson
    2 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Next Saturday there will be a festival in the quarter of Trento in which the church hall is located. We’ll be opening our doors, and putting on various activities for children in the afternoon, a concert in the evening, and following it up with an evangelistic meeting the following week. Pray for the many people that will be around on that day, that they will also come to visit us, and that we will have boldness in taking up the opportunities that come up. Today I met one of my fans. Someone came to church, having travelled from Rome on the overnight train, just in order to meet me,…
  • Twins day 6

    Richard Wilson
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    It was a long day today. In the morning the hospital told us that also Luca had left the intensive care ward, was out of the incubator and in a heated cot, and that we would be able to pick him up and hold him for the first time. That was wonderful news for us, but then we had to wait the hours until we were going to go to the hospital in the afternoon… When we arrived, it got even better: we could hold Mattia as well. So we had a good time getting to know them. Unfortunately for the other children, Daniele had a fever this morning, so he and Stefania had to stay outside and watch through…
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    Will Mancini

  • Take the Nice IS Naughty Quiz for Pastors this Christmas

    Will Mancini
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    You’ve heard of the naughty or nice quiz before. We put people on one side of the behavior equation this time of the year. And if that doesn’t cross your mind, then someone at North Pole Central is finalizing the tally before Santa’s globe-trotting, Christmas Eve sleigh ride. This year, however,  I want to put these terms on the same side of the equation. I think pastors need to consider “niceness” from an entirely different point of view. That’s right, I have a growing fear that we, as ministry leaders,  too often do the wrong thing in the name of…
  • Last Day Founding Subscriber Offer to My Blog Readers for SUMS Book Summary Tool

    Will Mancini
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    A few weeks ago, I shared that you would have the first opportunity to become a founding subscriber to SUMS reMix. This book summary tool is the most innovative content resource I know of in the church space. Many of you have already received an e-mail reminding you of the benefits for founding subscribers and the instructions to sign-up. But I wanted to remind you with another post if you haven’t acted yet. In a nutshell you will receive: 50% off regular subscription price, lock-in for life 3 additional Christmas gift subscriptions, totally free (give you boss or buddies in ministry…
  • 10 Ways We Get in the Way of God Building His Church

    Will Mancini
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Scriptures clearly remind us that God is building his church. But the reality of church can seem so contradictory to this truth. Reggie McNeal once wrote, “We have the best churches men can build, but we are still waiting for the church that only God can get the credit for.” When things don’t go well at church, is it possible that we are getting in God’s way? The quote from Reggie  has been retweeted quite a bit this last week. It got me thinking about theses question: How am I unintentionally trying to build a church without God? How I do become an obstacle to the…
  • The Top 10 Reasons to Advance Church Goals One Big Goal at a Time

    Will Mancini
    6 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Most church leaders never experience what it feels like to have one big goal for their entire church. (Unless of course they are raising funds in a traditional capital campaign.) Yet, to be a part of a church culture that sets and achieves big goals time and time again is as God honoring as much as it is exhilarating! What do most churches do instead of having one big goal? Its pretty simple. They either have no clear and stated aspirations at all or they have too many goals in an overwhelming strategic plan or cumbersome dashboard. The sweet spot is a rare yet priceless in-between: one…
  • Why You Need More than Church Capital Campaign to Fund Your Ministry

    Will Mancini
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Why does your church need more than a church capital campaign? Because pastors and church leaders and good-hearted church attenders are tired of the “campaign fatigue” brought upon by the traditional approach to raising funds. Stop Campaigning and Start Discipling The potential abuse of the traditional campaign companies comes by focusing on fundraising cycles, back to back (typically in 3-year cycles) designed to raise money without adequate vision, leadership development or disciple-making strategies in place.  Two years ago, the Auxano team felt led by God to address the…
 
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    Alastair Vance

  • Video: Let Your Kingdom Come – Lyric Video

    Alastair
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    Here’s a video from last weekend of the band playing Let Your Kingdom Come at STORYCHURCH. It’s a song I posted on my blog a couple of years back. If you’d like chords, refer to this post.
  • Instagram Post

    Alastair
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Nathan is in there somewhere. from Instagram
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    Alastair
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    More fresh bread. Liz decided to show me how it was done and managed to make finer bread than me from the very same ingredients. from Instagram
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    Alastair
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Don’t get to mix very often. Last night I was unleashed to look after 3 faders all by myself. from Instagram
  • Our most obvious need isn’t always our greatest need.

    Alastair
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
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    What I Learned Teaching Sunday School

  • Marseille, Our Second Port of Call

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:03 pm
     Marseille is the oldest and third largest city in France. The city was built in just about 600 BC, well before the Romans settled the region. It is documented by Roman travelers and Greek merchants that it was, that long ago, the most important trading settlement of the Mediterranean Sea. In the late Middle Ages, the Renaissance period, King Francois 1 decided to protect this very important port from his enemies and had two forts built. One was on the islandof If, part of the archipel of Frioul, a group of small outcroppings about a mile or two from the entrance to the port of…
  • Majorca, Our First Port of Call

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Majorca (Mallorca in Spanish) is the most popular of Spain's Mediterranean islands. Although it is heavily crowded in July and August crowds considerably drop off in September when we’ll be there on our cruise. And the weather will still be great!People flock to the island’s beautiful coast filled with upscale resorts, but you can also find secluded beaches and picturesque coves.And the beaches are only a small part of Majorca’s draw. Head toward the mountains and hike to the hilltop monasteries. You’ll find kite-surfers, windsurfers and be able to look down on sailors in the…
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    18 Nov 2014 | 8:21 am
    Genesis 31 Jacob heard that Laban’s sons were saying, “Jacob has taken everything our father owned and has gained all this wealth from what belonged to our father.” 2 And Jacob noticed that Laban’s attitude toward him was not what it had been.3 Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.”4 So Jacob sent word to Rachel and Leah to come out to the fields where his flocks were. 5 He said to them, “I see that your father’s attitude toward me is not what it was before, but the God of my father has been with me. 6…
  • Genesis 30

    16 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Genesis 30 When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!”2 Jacob became angry with her and said, “Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?” 3 Then she said, “Here is Bilhah, my servant. Sleep with her so that she can bear children for me and I too can build a family through her.” 4 So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife. Jacob slept with her, 5 and she became pregnant and bore him a son. 6 Then Rachel said, “God has vindicated me; he has listened…
  • Genesis 29

    15 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    Genesis 29 Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples. 2 There he saw a well in the open country, with three flocks of sheep lying near it because the flocks were watered from that well. The stone over the mouth of the well was large. 3 When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone away from the well’s mouth and water the sheep. Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.4 Jacob asked the shepherds, “My brothers, where are you from?” “We’re from Harran,” they replied. 5 He said to…
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    the mayward blog

  • Love Requires Presence

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    I had the opportunity to preach at North Langley Community Church this past Sunday, which was a unique privilege--this sermon happened one week before my final Sunday at NLCC, allowing me the opportunity to offer a sort of "final words" sermon. So, I talked a lot about Jesus. I shared on John 1:14 and the love of God demonstrated in the incarnation.You can check out the whole sermon in the video below (my apologies, the audio can be a bit fuzzy at times): Message 2014 12 14 Joel Mayward from North Langley Community Church on Vimeo.Love requires presence.
  • On Leaving Canada

    16 Dec 2014 | 3:05 am
    Photo Credit: sea turtle (Creative Commons)About two years ago, I wrote a post sharing the news: I am moving to Canada.One year ago, I wrote about our first year in Canada, the ups and downs, and how much we had learned.Now, just after our two-year anniversary of moving to Canada, we are preparing to leave.My final Sunday at North Langley Community Church is December 21, and if all goes according to plan, we will be leaving the nation of Canada the following morning. We will be moving to Vancouver, WA and live with Katie's mom for a season as we figure out what God has for us next. I am…
  • My Favorite Albums of 2014

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:40 am
    I have an eclectic taste in music. If it's good or interesting or notable, I'll give it a listen, especially if it has a solid drum performance. In 2014, some of my favorite musicians came out with unexpected albums (U2, Damien Rice, Copeland), a few just seem to get better with each album (Spoon, Audrey Assad), and I discovered new favorites (Joe Henry, The War on Drugs, Warpaint).Here was my soundtrack from the past year:10. Katie Herzig - Walk Through Walls. Herzig makes excellent, singable, memorable pop albums filled with heart and depth.9. Warpaint - Warpaint. I love how this album is…
  • Top 10 Mayward Blog Posts of 2014

    8 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    Photo Credit: Andrew Sorensen (Creative Commons)Looking back of 2014, it's been a year marked by joy, pain, perseverance, and unexpected movements of the Holy Spirit. Much of the past year has been recorded here, at my personal blog. As the year comes to a close, I think it's important to look back and remember the highlights from the journey, the significant moments and the writing that accompanied them.Here are the ten most-read, most-shared blog posts of 2014 for The Mayward Blog:10. Youth Ministry Soapbox: Stop Trying to Build Your Platform. "Yes, I am questioning your motives. I am…
  • Confession: I Am In Burnout

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    It's true. I'm there. Burnout is here.About two months ago, I read Carey Nieuwhof's 9 signs you're burning out in leadership. I have all nine. 100%.I had been telling others for awhile that I was living life at an unsustainable pace, that I was feeling drained and weary, that I felt headed towards burnout. Reading Carey's post made me realize I wasn't headed there--I was there.I hesitate to say I've burned out. It's in the past tense, and implies "I quit. Finished. Over. Caput." There's a sense of defeat or devastation with this phrase. Yet I'm not done with ministry, because…
 
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    Don't Eat The Fruit

  • What Moby Dick Can Teach Us About What We Click, Read, and Post

    John Dyer
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    “Grand Contested Election for the Presidency of the United States.” “Whaling Voyage By One Ishmael.” “Bloody Battle In Affghanistan.” [sic] — Moby Dick, Herman Melville My wife is a literature professor – but not the typical read-a-few-texts-and-give-a-quiz kind. She’s that rare gift to the world who can give students an experience in class so profound that it makes math majors want become English scholars. She even inspired me to start reading the classics, and when I finally cracked open a copy of Melvin’s masterpiece, I was surprised to find the above…
  • What Can We Learn about Video Churches from Mars Hill’s Closing?

    John Dyer
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:56 pm
    It’s been a while since I’ve written here, but I did put together a piece about the video satellite model of churches for OnFaith. As I write in the piece, I’ve always been a bit skeptical of the model since I want to favor in-the-flesh personal encounters and avoid celebrity preachers and branded models of church. However, when I actually talked to churches using this model, I found that some of them had actually thought through a lot of the common objections and come up with creative ways to overcome them. Here’s how it starts: At the Acts 29 Conference in Dallas,…
  • A Technology Fast from Everything *Except* the Internet

    John Dyer
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    A few months ago, I moved my family from hot and sunny North Texas to cold and rainy northern England so I could start a PhD on digital Bible use. I hoped to learn a lot about technology, but I what I didn’t expect on was how much the move itself would teach me. Technology Fasts and Sabbaths Almost anytime Christians discuss the internet or mobile phones, someone suggests that it is important to take a break from technology from time to time in the form of a short-term fast or a regular Sabbath. If you feel yourself checking your phone a little too often or feel overwhelmed by our…
  • “The Bible”: A book or a category of things?

    John Dyer
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    When you browse through the Christian section of your favorite  online or neighbor store and see a book with the term “Bible” (or its much murkier corollary,  “Biblical”) on the cover, what exactly does that term mean? Over at Second Nature Journal, I explore this question looking at how various content creators use the term “Bible” and ultimately argue that it isn’t as clear as one might prefer. Here’s how it starts… Tonight, after dinner, baths, and a lot of screaming, my wife and I will settle down next to our toddlers and attempt…
  • What Form of Video Best Addresses Phone Addiction & Isolation?

    John Dyer
    5 May 2014 | 2:41 am
    We all know the basic message: “put down your phone” “talk to a real person,” and “pay attention.” And we’ve probably all noticed the irony of people use social media to post videos that contain these messages and warn about  the dangers of social media. As I’ve been watching these, I noticed that some struck me as quite powerful while others as predictable and even boring. Why is this? Is there a simple reason why some of these videos more effective than others? Why do some make us stop for a moment, but others are easy to dismiss?
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    Nathan Creitz

  • What Are Your Disciple Making Goals for 2015?

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    Millions of people will soon be writing down their New Year Resolutions. We might decide to eat healthier and exercise more, but will disciple making be a goal in 2015? Making disciples is a spiritual exercise but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t set goals and develop a strategy. Satan has a strategy. He has a disciple destroying strategy and it is extremely effective. He has a goal and that is to undermine the work of God. Satan has been perfecting his strategy for millennia and he’s using it on you. Today. We say we don’t need a strategy because we live by the…
  • NYC Mayor and Board of Education Want To Use Church Space For UPK Expansion

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    In recent months, Mayor Bill de Blasio has asked religious institutions to help with his expansion of prekindergarten in New York City. Who benefits the most from this arrangement? Should churches be serving the city in this way? Or are there better ways to help? On September 4th, 53,000 four year olds in New York City walked into a classroom for the very first time. Some of those classrooms are in community-based or faith-based organizations, including churches. By next year the mayor has promised an additional 20,000 openings. In an effort to generalize the UPK experience across such a…
  • 3 Reasons You Need To Know Jesus

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    What if Mark’s Gospel had been written as a series of blog posts? Here’s what he might have to say about Jesus based on Mark chapter one verse one. The Beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. – Mark 1:1 Everyone needs to know Jesus. Why? Here are 3 reasons that come to mind: 1. Jesus is King The word “gospel” means “good news”. But not everyday good news. Like, “Gospel! My indigestion seems to be clearing up!” More like, “Gospel! A king has been born.” Or, “Have you heard the gospel? Our king conquered…
  • David Platt: Newly Elected President of the IMB

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    David Platt has been selected as the new president of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. I find it important to highlight this breaking news because of the strategic importance of the IMB and because of my respect for David Platt. If you don’t know about David or the IMB, let me give a brief introduction of my own and then share a few resources to help you get to know the man and the mission. Brief Introductions The IMB is “the largest denominational missionary-sending body among American evangelicals”. With nearly 5,000 career missionaries,…
  • Jesus is asking, “What do you want me to do for you?”

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Prosperity Theology brags, “Give us the highest positions of power.” True Belief begs, “Please be merciful and give me sight.”
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    The BIGBible Project

  • #TommyTheTiger (@ijasonham)

    Jason Ham
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Christmas is normally a big time for high street brands to unleash their festive adverts to attract customers into their store. And this year John Lewis’s ad featured a penguin nonetheless. But St Thomas Church in Norwich created a parody video to promote their Christmas services, if you haven’t watched it yet do check it out at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fK9GsOGVXBI&feature=youtu.be   #TommyTheTiger in such a short amount of time has notched up over 40,000 views, and it’s unsurprising: I think it’s fantastic! It’s such a great example of creativity in the church and…
  • Spiritual Disciplines: The Holy Habit of Hope (@longingtobeholy)

    Nick Parish
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Jeremiah. There’s certainly some weird stuff in there. Some pretty sombre stuff, too. And some fairly brutal messages. But apart from everything else, there’s one thing that oozes out of Jeremiah, and that’s hope. Of course, there’s the classic, oft-quoted (and occasionally pulled out of context) 29:11 – ‘…plans to give you hope and a future…’ It’s a verse I’ve loved for years. But there’s also that stunning point, just on in chapter 31 – “The time is coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a…
  • Jeremiah – a place of pain, a place of healing (@nicolahwriter)

    Nicola Hulks
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    ‘My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain! Oh the walls of my heart! My heart is beating wildly. I cannot keep silent for I hear the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.’ (Jeremiah 4:19-22) So reads an excerpt from the prophet Jeremiah and as I read it this morning it struck me that this cry could still be repeated the world over. How many people woke up this morning to the ‘alarm of war’? Jeremiah’s writings, his pain and anguish, are the stuff of human life at its darkest. War, devastation, loss, pain and death. All things that make up our existence and all…
  • Digital Media and The Bible for Kids – (@tim_hutchings)

    Tim Hutchings
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:04 am
    If you have kids, have you tried using something digital to help them learn about the Bible? If so, what did you think? I’ve been working on a Digital Pilgrimage Project all year (and, hey, shameless plug time – I’ll be giving a seminar about that in Durham in January, so come along!). For the future, though, I’ve been thinking about some more research on Bible apps and digital Bibles, following up on the studies I’ve blogged about before. Academics have had lots and lots to say about how Christian adults and young people use digital media, including a few…
  • Singing the Prologue of John #ChristmasStarts @durhamjohnston

    pmphillips
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Last week I attended the Christmas Concert at our local school, Durham Johnston Secondary School. The two music teachers, Mr and Mrs Holmes, are wonderful teachers and lead an amazing music department which all three of our children have benefitted from. This year, Jessica Holmes has written an amazing setting of John’s Prologue – focussing especially on John 14 – Et Verbum Caro Factum Est. I thought I’d pass the link along… Et Verbum Caro Factum Est Pete
 
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    Children's Ministry Online

  • Child Dedication: When you can connect the dots

    Kenny
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    Over the years, I’ve written a lot about child dedication. Click here to see pages and pages of Child Dedication thoughts and ideas. However, I thought I’d say something about the process and event since it’s been a few years since I’ve written about the event. We’ve only made some minor changes in the last few years, but I’m feeling the itch to re-invent and refresh a little. Hopefully I’ll process much of this here so the greater kidmin community can both help me and benefit from my process at the same time. We held a child dedication just a week…
  • You can be replaced

    Kenny
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    That’s not meant to be a threat or insult. Maybe if your manager called you into his office and said “you can be replaced,” it would feel a little uncomfortable. But its true. I wrote a very applicable post about this in August called “Imagine you are gone.” It speaks specifically to this idea that one day you will be gone and even though it doesn’t seem even remotely possible – the ministry you tirelessly lead will go on without you. We end up frustrating ourselves (and burning ourselves out) because we put ourselves in a place where our ministries…
  • Five Reasons why you need to go to Church!

    Kenny
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Some of the most unchurched people I know are children’s pastors. I know, that’s a ridiculous statement, but there’s a truth to it. Kidmin staff are often so busy leading, putting out fires and sometimes single-handedly making ministry happen that even the thought of attending the adult service is a luxury. I know many who attend once a year or less – and I’m not talking about those who lead at churches where they only have once service. Yes, there are countless reasons why ministry staff don’t make it to the main service and there will always be more…
  • Making small groups a priority

    Kenny
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    Last month Orange asked me to write an e-single (something between an article and e-book) on reprioritizing for groups at your church. I was excited for the opportunity because reprioritizing for groups has been my story for the past 5-6 years. It’s not been an easy transition, but we’re really seeing the payoff for hundreds of kids every year as we’ve put caring adults in the lives of every kid who comes to church. Here, you can watch the short video about the e-single here: Trust me, I understand the hesitation. When I started in Children’s Ministry, small groups…
  • Your best connection to families

    Kenny
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:23 pm
    I’d like to wrap up this conversation of rethinking family ministry with what I believe is a church’s best opportunity to impact families. It’s not a curriculum or a program. It’s not an event or a seminar. It’s actually not something your staff or key leadership will do at all. The secret weapon isn’t what most people expect, including the people who have potential to make the biggest impact. If you buy into this idea, you’ll find that building a healthy family ministry might be less work than you anticipated because it doesn’t involve…
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    Art Lessons From God

  • How Should Creatives Prepare for 2015?

    tsnipes
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
    So important I had to PULL OVER to share it with you! This is so important I had to pull over on the side of the road and capture it! I’ve been sharing this all over the web, so I MUST make sure my ALFG family hears my heart, too! Related posts: What Is Your ONE Game Changer? We are already almost one quarter of the way through... 3 Tips and Tools That Will Boost Your Creative Business (Audio) The tips in this week’s podcast can be put to... Word Of Mouth Promotion On Steroids Are You Using the Medium to its Full Potential? You...
  • Want to Get Something Done That You Keep Putting Off? MAKE IT PUBLIC

    tsnipes
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:57 pm
    I‘ve been dabbling with a book idea for years now. I’ve finally decided to launch it in March of 2015. But to keep this idea from joining the many I’ve put off, I’ve started posting little things about my progress each week. I’ve been telling hundreds of people about it using tools you know. First … Continue Reading → Related posts: How to Make Money from Your Book…Without Selling a Single Copy The question came up: Can you really make money by... PART 2: ‘How To Launch Your 2013 Idea’ Live Streaming Webinar NOW AVAILABLE HERE ONLY:…
  • 3 Ways to Advance the Kingdom by Mastering Media

    tsnipes
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:31 pm
    HOW DO WE ADVANCE THE KINGDOM OF GOD? One sure fire way to do it is to harness and master the power of modern media! No other time in history have the people of God had the ability to broadcast to the WORLD from ANYWHERE, anytime and for little-to-no cost! You can either: LISTEN TO … Continue Reading → Related posts: 8 Reasons Why Artists Need Their Own Websites I came across a very simple but informative article with... How to Find Time to Launch Your Creative Idea (Audio) How do you take action on your creative calling while... Audio Version: 3 Ways to Make REAL Money From Your…
  • Tony’s Gift Giving Picks: “What Do You Do With An Idea?” the book

    tsnipes
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:25 pm
    This book hides under the guise of being written for the young, but it engages a question that creative entrepreneurs have ALWAYS wrestled with: ‘WHAT DO YOU DO WITH AN IDEA?” Watch my video below to see why I think you need to give this book to others for Christmas! Be sure to place your … Continue Reading → Related posts: Word Of Mouth Promotion On Steroids Are You Using the Medium to its Full Potential? You... 3 Methods of Making Money This Christmas for Creatives If you want to have the BEST Christmas ever for... How to Make Money from Your Book…Without…
  • What We Can Learn From TAYLOR SWIFT: Marketing Genius

    tsnipes
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Whether you’re a fan or not you MUST pay CLOSE ATTENTION to how Taylor Swift is marketing her new album “1989”…IT’S GENIUS! Taylor has done a phenomenal job launching her latest album. They do a lot of what I’ve taught my clients about the product launch strategy, so YOU CAN DO THE SAME: 1. CREATE … Continue Reading → Related posts: 4 Steps For Getting Free Marketing for Your Creative Business One of the best ways any business can market themselves... Word Of Mouth Promotion On Steroids Are You Using the Medium to its Full Potential? You... If…
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  • Do Saturday Emails Increase Sunday Church Attendance?

    samluce
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:16 am
    I’m always a sucker for info graphics. I came across this one from the people at unSeminary. I started sending out summaries of my blog posts on Saturdays so this blog post caught my attention. It was fascinating and  the results definitely have made me think. This is something we will start doing at our church at some point. Here are a few interesting findings from the research. 57% of the churches that sent emails saw a week-over-week increase in attendance. The average attendance increase in those churches was 13%. The increase in attendance amongst all the churches was over 1,000…
  • The lost art of moment making.

    samluce
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
    A few days ago Derek Jeter came to a local college to speak to the student athletes and then do a public forum that evening. A friend of mine graciously gave me a pair of tickets. I took my youngest son. We waited over an hour in below freezing temps and it was well worth the wait. I don’t care if you hate the Yankees you have to respect Jeter. He played for the most demanding owner, in the most demanding city with the most demanding media coverage and he did more than survive he played a legendary career. It was very interesting hearing him talk about his family, the final game, retirement…
  • Free Bible Lesson Romans: Book of the Repentance

    samluce
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    – Book of Repentance Key Point – How to say you are sorry? Memory Verse – Romans 2:4b “The goodness of God leads you to repentance.” Children’s Sermon, Bible Story –Tell the story of Zacchaeus. The tax collector – Restitution. Luke 19:2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. How do you know when someone is sorry? Repentance is more than to say you are sorry it is to change the way you act. We know because they change. The Bible explains in Romans How to repent(say we are sorry). Rom. 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth,…
  • 6 elements of kids worship

    samluce
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    1. Make it fun – I love fast songs fun songs, we have done “The Roundup” for over 10 years and our kids still love it. The round-up has nothing to do with Jesus it’s just fun. I try to be the best father I can yet I make mistakes our Father in heaven is perfect. If I delight in the sound of my kids having a good time laughing and playing in the next room, imagine how our Father in heaven delights over us. Our father in heaven delights in us when we are simply having fun. 2. Teach kids to worship – One of the advantages of having age appropriate environments is you can teach kids why…
  • Logos: Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament.

    samluce
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    A couple of weeks ago I was preparing a message for our church.  I have always used Logos as a resource rather than a tool. In my study I would look up a passage in a commentary I own. The ability to search those commentaries and cut and paste into my notes was so helpful. I am always so amazed how quick I have all the information I need. I remember how tedious it was in Bible College working through books to look up the meaning of the word. We are truly spoiled today. The problem we face today is not having the time to search for the information we need. The problem we have today is having…
 
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    What Christians Want To Know

  • Is There Ever A Reason For Christians To Tell a Lie?

    Jack Wellman
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Are there times when it is permissible for Christians to lie?  What are these times? Thou Shall Not Lie The 9th of the Ten Commandments is “You shall not bear false witness” (Ex 20:16). ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 7 Bible Verses To Ease The Mind

    Crystal McDowell
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Troubling times tend to influence our minds with fears, anxieties, and doubts even though we know that God is in control. We must make the intentional effort of focusing our minds on the truths of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Is The Importance of Biblical Doctrine?

    Dr. Michael L. Williams
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the most exciting times as a pastor was when I completed my initial seminary studies and ordination as I prayerfully considered callings from different churches. However, I was dumbfounded by... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Different Types Of Prayer Found In The Bible

    David Peach
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    There are many different types of prayers found in the Bible; some given by name and others by example. There is also variation in how people categorize various prayers in the Bible. Here is a good... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Is The Spiritual Gift of Discernment? How Do You Know If You Have It?

    Jack Wellman
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    What is the gift of discernment?  How do you know that you have it? How does this gift help the church? A Valuable Gift Do you discern things when others miss them?  Are you able to see, hear, or... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Matthew Starner

  • Christmas Carols and God in the Flesh

    Matthew Starner
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    With Christmas less than a week away, we’re about to be bombarded by a bunch of songs that we only hear once a year. Classic Christmas carols, some of which the church has been singing for centuries, are going to be a part of every Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship services – not to mention all the airplay they’ll get on radio stations too. The celebration of Christmas is a celebration of the incarnation – when God became flesh. That baby lying in the manger is the very Son of God. He is the Word who was present at creation, through whom all things were made.
  • The Babe, the Son of Mary

    Matthew Starner
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:34 pm
    I came across an article from Christmas 2013 by Aaron Armstrong over at Blogging Theologically about the best and worst Christmas songs last week. While the article was fine and for the most part I agreed with his choices of Christmas songs, the part that caught my attention was in the comment section. In particular, one comment listed “What Child is This” as a song that fell into the “bad” category. I was intrigued, because it’s a pretty decent Christmas carol, as Christmas carols go. What could be so bad about it? His problem was the last line of each verse,…
  • Modern Worship Resources: Christmas

    Matthew Starner
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Like I’m sure many of you would probably agree, Christmas has always been one of my favorite times in the church year. Spiritually, the incarnation and birth of our Savior is one of the most important parts of Christianity (without Jesus’ birth, there’s no suffering, death and resurrection…) but it’s also a time filled with nostalgia and memories of Christmases past. The scale of Christmas makes it that way. There aren’t really any Ascension Days or Trinity Sundays that stand out in my memory, but give me enough time and I can probably recall something from…
  • A Great New Leadership Resource

    Matthew Starner
    14 Jun 2014 | 7:14 am
    My friend and mentor, Pastor Scott Sommerfeld, has just launched his own website/blog this week: HolyManners.org. He’s been talking about putting one together for a long time and is excited to finally be able to put it together. Holy Manners is something that Pastor Scott teaches to churches and organizations about having healthy relationships and interactions with each other. It’s a tremendous blessing for those organizations that he has helped and I’m glad that it has the potential for wider exposure now! Pastor Scott is also a leadership fanatic. He’s crazy about…
  • Holy Week: The Gospel in Real Time

    Matthew Starner
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Holy Week, the week beginning with Palm Sunday (also known as Passion Sunday) and Easter Sunday, is a unique time in the church. The rest of the year, we move quite quickly through the life and ministry of Jesus. In December, we spend 4 weeks leading up to Christmas and Christ’s birth. A couple of weeks later, we’re at Epiphany and we move right into Jesus’ life and ministry. In a matter of a few weeks, we cover a span of 30+ years of time. After Easter, we move to Pentecost and then again to the ministry of Jesus, often moving around in the timeline of Scripture. But in…
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    The Long Page

  • Mission Force Distribution: Clumping at the Crossroads

    Justin Long
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sometimes we get the stereotype that agencies are all about planting “flags” in various countries. However, I’ve gone back through several sources of mission agency deployment statistics: old copies of Operation World, old copies of the MARC Mission Handbook, and the like. I’ve found a different picture. No one has a complete picture of the deployment of missionaries worldwide. The reasons are fairly obvious: first, they change a lot; second, security. (There are other reasons, too, but these are the two big elephants in the room.) However, you can get a “decent” idea when you…
  • 18 things that kill Pioneer Missions

    Justin Long
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Adapted from “Startup mistakes,” cross-pollinated and applied to mission. “one mistake that kills startups: not making something users want.” We all need the Gospel. We don’t all want the Gospel. We therefore have to present the Gospel in a way that is spiritually attractive – in a way that is a blessing – (without watering it down.) The 18 mistakes: 1. Single Founder. Missions send people out in teams, generally speaking. YWAM always requires new bases have a team. We at MUP recruit to teams (even if the team is a broader affinity block or cluster facilitator team). To have one…
  • Can we, should we, worship alone?

    Justin Long
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:41 am
    I ran across this interesting infographic and blog post today. (source link): The post suggests that these ideas are bad, and representative of a rugged individualism that ignores community. Ignoring community isn’t good, I agree. But are the principles highlighted on this graphic actually representative of that? Let’s spend a moment thinking deeply about this. Here are four nuances I see that could be explored: 1. Worshiping with one’s family vs worshipping with the church: oikos or household worship vs “forsake not assembling together.” Is one a replacement for…
  • Inherit the Nations: a year of united prayer for 50 unreached people groups

    Justin Long
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    A new prayer campaign: for one year, prayer communities and intercessors are asked to adopt a specific unreached people group for weekly prayer. Through a partnership with the US Center for World Mission, you’ll receive a special Christmas Package that contains your adopted unreached people group and resources that you can use in praying for them.  You won’t self-select a people group, you’ll receive them as a gift!  We’re hoping in 2015 even on short notice to see 50 prayer communities adopt 50 unreached people groups.  As part of this initiative, you’ll: Receive a…
  • Movements need the people skills of introverts

    Justin Long
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Just because you’re an “introvert” doesn’t mean you’re off the hook or unimportant to God’s work in the world. Introverts have critical skills needed to expand the Kingdom. I max the Myers-Briggs introversion scale. I’m an introvert. Being an introvert isn’t the same as being shy. It means: I’m better with individuals than groups. I have to manage my energy, since lots of people & noise tends to drain me. I like people–preferably one-on-one, talking deeply over a subject. I go deep with people I know, but getting to know…
 
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  • Why Do Saved Sinners Have To Confess If All Their Sins Are Already Forgiven By God?

    revtrev
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    This guest post is by Rico Uy of http://degospelist.blogspot.ca/ You can connect with him on Google Plus if you're on there. He is covering a topic I've been asked quite a bit.  Why Do Saved Sinners Have To Confess If All Their Sins Are Already Forgiven By God? If you are someone who has trusted in [...]
  • Christmas According to Mark

    revtrev
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
    A few years ago I wrote this post Looking at the Christmas Stories Through the Eyes of the Authors. Two years ago I put some other thoughts to video. This year I'm reposting the content...it's good stuff :) Christmas According to Mark I wonder how many people came to this section with no idea that Mark [...]
  • Christmas According to Matthew

    revtrev
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    A few years ago I wrote this post Looking at the Christmas Stories Through the Eyes of the Authors. Two years ago I put some other thoughts to video. This year I'm reposting the content. Christmas According to Matthew The Gospel of Matthew was written to Jewish believers. His genealogy places Jesus in Jewish history. He [...]
  • Christmas According to the Gospel Writers

    revtrev
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:54 am
    A few years ago I wrote this post Looking at the Christmas Stories Through the Eyes of the Authors. Two years ago I put some other thoughts to video. This year I'm reposting the content. The Christmas Story comes down to us from antiquity from two main sources. I’m not counting the Armenian Infancy Gospels or [...]
  • What do you do when you face the impossible?

    revtrev
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    What do you do when you face the impossible? [Tweet "What do you do when you face the impossible? @revtrev"] Today we look at the story I knew we’d focus on when we started to look at the lives of the Kings of Judah. It’s a big one. Right up there with the parting of [...]
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  • Burning From The Inside Out

    Nate
    29 Nov 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Have you been feeling like you simply want to pack up your bags and disappear or feel like you want everyone to simply forget your name and number even if it’s just for a day. Those feelings are real feelings … Continued
  • Where’s Waldo Nate?

    Nate
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:03 pm
    It’s been a while since I have blogged, not to mention my posts on a few social media networks have also been very lite as well. Some of you have asked … “Where’s Nate?” … “What’s going on? Everything ok?”. … Continued
  • Achieving Your Goals

    Nate
    17 Feb 2014 | 12:48 pm
    It’s kind of fun to do the impossible. ~ Walt Disney Hard to believe that it’s almost March already. Spring is coming and summer is around the corner. For many, summer can be rather depressing, especially if you made a resolution to … Continued
  • The 2014 Top 100 Kidmin Tweeters

    Nate
    14 Jan 2014 | 9:20 am
    Over the last few weeks I have had the incredible opportunity to work with a few other children’s pastors from around the country to develop an awesome list called “The Top 100 Kidmin Tweeters”. This list has been talked about … Continued
  • 3 Books Every Leader Should Read

    Nate
    25 Dec 2013 | 6:24 am
    Reading over the years has become a staple in my life. It’s part of my DNA. As a matter of fact, I seem to even get cranky when I don’t get to read. It’s like a chocolate covered frozen banana … Continued
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    ResonateOrDie

  • The Difference Between Your Ministry Identity and Your Ministry Logo . . . and Why It Matters

    Kerry Bural
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
    People often confuse their identity with their logo and think the two are one in the same. You may have heard them refer to their logo as their “brand.” While I get what they’re saying, it’s important to be clear in understanding that there are significant differences between the two. Your logo is merely a group of lines, symbols and colors that either adequately or inadequately represent your ministry. These elements do not (nor should they) represent the totality of your identity. Your ministry identity is about your style, vibe and uniqueness. It’s about what people sense when…
  • Why We Are Thankful

    Ruben Nunez
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:24 pm
    This week, we are especially thankful for our family, friends, clients and team members who make life rich. We are also thankful for the opportunity to intersect with each of you and to watch your work and impact as it unfolds. Keep pressing on . . . Kerry
  • Give Your Poor Logo a Break (Part Two)

    Kerry Bural
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    If you missed part one, check it out here. Our team is often asked to create logos that are totally original, crazy unique and significantly different than anything else on the planet. Understandably, people tend to have bigger than life ideals about their ministry and desperately want their baby to succeed. We get it. We really do. Unfortunately, we also often crash into the realities of the over-saturated and hyper-stimulated visual era in which we live. The truth . . . is that there is simply “nothing new under the sun.” Yeah, I know it is painful to be reminded of this, because…
  • Give Your Poor Logo a Break (Part One)

    Kerry Bural
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    We put our ministry, nonprofit and church logos under far more pressure than they can bear. Think about it. Your poor logo does not have super powers. It simply cannot communicate everything about you and your vision, mission or values. Nor should it. Why do we expect so much of these poor little guys? Imagine how overwhelmed your logo must feel knowing that you expect it to transfer everything you believe and want to communicate through its limited symbols, colors and elements? Put under such unrealistic expectations, it’s amazing they agree to stick around and still be a part of the team.
  • 14 Urges Leaders Should Resist Every Day

    Kerry Bural
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    If you are like every other leader I know, you have to constantly identify and manage certain areas of your life that threaten to take you down. We all have them. Yes, even that leader who seems focused, tidy, successful and super spiritual. These things are your nemesis: they relentlessly threaten to get you off track, throw you to the ground and kick you in the gut. They rear their head a thousand times a day depending on where you are in your journey and the intensity of the struggles you are facing. They remind you of the realities of the human condition. They hold a mirror up to your…
 
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    Ramblings on the Way

  • When you SHOULDN'T apologise

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:52 pm
    If you've been around churches long enough, eventually you'll hear about boundaries, primarily based around the book Boundaries and its offshoots. Essentially, you need to be aware of where you, physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually stop and others begin. In order to have healthy, safe relationships, boundaries need to be respected.At times, in churches, we get this wrong.At times, those who work in churches, get this wrong.When this happens, we should apologize (like I did here).We should apologise when the boundaries of others have felt trampled on, violated or…
  • Two consequences because words matter

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:44 am
    Words matter. Is it ironic then, when I first posted this, that the title had a typo?The words we use matter.The words others use matter.One of the most probing questions you can ask is "Why did you use THAT particular word?"Often, they give subtle indications into what we truly think and feel.In short, this has two important consequences for those in ministry.1 - Be cautions and deliberate with the words you use. Speak carefully.2 - Pay attention to the words the people you're speaking to use. Listen closely.
  • The core of being a minister

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:17 am
    I still think I gave a kick-a$$ answer here, back in 2008, to my understanding of the role of a minister.Now, when asked to whittle down my job, I give two responses - Care and Protect.God grants me the privilege to care for and, when need be, protect those He has placed in the church I minister within.Reflecting a pastoral shepherd (like that described in John 10 & 1 Peter 5 and preached at my very first induction service), I am able to stand with, and share life with, those placed in my care. I get to watch out for and help guide people who want to follow…
  • Why you shouldn't program what you're studying

    13 Dec 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Tomorrow I'll get to wear a black robe, a funny hat and graduate with a Bachelor of Theology.In theory, for a while, it will be the end of my studies (aside from some more Greek I'll be doing next year) and, in partnership with a question I was asked during a congregational meeting, the process has reminded me about programing.When I was asked about the curriculum we use in our youth/children's ministry, I mentioned that I've already planned a rough outline for the cycle of the children's and youth ministry (thus I could look up and tell them an outline of what we'll…
  • Training attitudes

    11 Dec 2014 | 3:25 am
    Each year I go to a number of training events and conferences with the standard I use to weigh up their success, usually, being the number of blog posts generated.But if I'm honest, when I go to many training events, my attitude isn't completely positive and my expectation isn't one brimming with receptivity.But, having been to two all-day training event this week, I have a renewed marker for conference/training success.Is my attitude better going out than it was going in?Because, even if my thinking going into a conference is less than stellar, if the few hours of…
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • Ancestors

    Fr. Peter
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    I have been neglecting the blogging exercise that I agreed to participate in during this season of preparation for the feast of the Nativity.  I feel like the folks in the Gospel passage from St. Luke this past Sunday.  They all had an excuse to not come to the feast, sure I have excuses but none of them are valid!  I just need to do it! So the topic for today, actually it was for yesterday, is ancestors.  We have been challenged by Fr. John to write a story about our family, well I am going to cheat and link to several stories I have written in the past about my family. As many of you…
  • Top Posts of the Last Week

    Fr. Peter
    13 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here is a list of the Top Posts of the Last Week. First Children’s Sermon Determination Self-Pity Orthodoxy and Contraception Christmas Lent Do Symbols Matter? December 6th St. Nicholas Ancestral Sin vs. Original Sin Eastern Rite Anglicans Sermon ~ Do Not Weep The post Top Posts of the Last Week appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Self-Pity

    Fr. Peter
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:21 am
    Self-Pity I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself. D. H. Lawrence The post Self-Pity appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • My First Children’s Sermon

    Fr. Peter
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:03 am
    You may think this odd that I have been a priest for 10 years and never preached a Children’s sermon before this, but it is true.  My parish really never had children, well in the time I have been here anyway, until now and we are very thankful for that. So this past Sunday, December 7th, I preached the first, of what I hope to be a monthly tradition, my first Children’s Sermon.  I focused on the story of St. Nicholas helping the three maids with their dowry and in the end gave them all coins.  I think it went well. I will be honest and tell you I was a little nervous but in the end it…
  • #Giving Tuesday: Help Us Continue The Mission

    Fr. Peter
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:10 am
    On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, you can help my parish launch a new tradition by joining a movement that celebrates human generosity called #GivingTuesday. We’re excited to participate in #GivingTuesday.  Following up on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a chance for us to give back to those who give so much. If you have been following these pages for any length of time you know that my parish, St. Michael Orthodox Christian Church, in Southbridge provides a free meal to the community twice each month.  We are entering our 5th year of this ministry in which we serve an…
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    Jonathan Herron

  • Facing Down the Gates of Hell

    Jonathan Herron
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    One of the key religious sites I was most amped about seeing last month in Israel was the Gates of Hell.  Yes, it is a real, literal, historical place! This post is part of a series from my recent trip to holy sites throughout Israel.  Previous posts: Live from the Sea of Galilee Caesarea: The place where worms busted royal guts and where Paul was in prison That Time I Went Swimming in the Dead Sea The Gates of Hell are located on the very northern edge of Israel, so far north that we could literally see the borders with Lebanon and Syria.  We stopped to wave at ISIS (not really). 2,000…
  • Why National Adoption Awareness Month is so personal

    Jonathan Herron
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    In short, I couldn’t imagine life without my two kiddo’s. I love being their Daddy. Both of my children are adopted and they are awesome. Adoption is a beautiful, messy, crazy adventure. Sometimes Many times when we’re out shopping, well-meaning strangers say dumb things to us.   Here’s a Public Service Announcement from Adoptive Families Everywhere: Adoption is an adventure and we are looking to do it again… but we need your help. Check out this hot-and-fresh new page we just set up. Forward/Retweet/Share.  Please. The more this gets shared on social…
  • That Sunday Morning Where Everything Went Wrong (and Right)

    Jonathan Herron
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Many times on blogs and social media, I only see the stories of how everything is awesome and how people I follow and admire are having everything fall perfectly into place. This blog post isn’t one of those stories.  We are smack in the middle of a month-long Grand Opening of our new facility at Life Church.  We’ve worked our tails off in fundraising, training volunteers, tending to details, getting people focused on our mission, and strategically inviting the community to our services. Yet today ended up becoming a Sunday morning where everything went wrong (and right). It…
  • That Time I Went Swimming in the Dead Sea

    Jonathan Herron
    8 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    I still can’t believe I was in the Middle East just three weeks ago.  Absolutely blows my mind and I’m still unpacking everything that God taught me while touring holy sites throughout Israel.  I shared about Caesarea last week, now here’s a snippet about the Dead Sea. Because it is the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea is flush with incoming minerals and salts.  This makes the body of water separating the international borders of Israel and Jordan impossible to sink in. Seriously, you can try all you want, but the abundance of minerals literally pushes your body up to…
  • PHOTO ESSAY: Life Church, 11.02.14

    Jonathan Herron
    2 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The place was on fire!  That’s all I can say about the kick-off of our month-long Grand Opening of Life Church’s new facility.  Our Lifers went above and beyond in taking risks and inviting friends to church — we ended up seeing 11 hands shoot up in the air in response to the message!   Here’s some fun snapshots of this amazing, landmark morning:   The post PHOTO ESSAY: Life Church, 11.02.14 appeared first on Jonathan Herron.
 
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  • Pro Media is Free for Christmas

    Jason Hickerson
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:32 am
    Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. For some people this will be their first time to church since last Christmas. Put your best foot forward with Pro Media and communicate the birth of Jesus with beautiful imagery. No matter what type of service you are planning Pro Media has what you need. As a special Christmas bonus you can get a custom video with your church name. Use the Christmas Lights video to point all the Christmas festivities back to Jesus and build a thematic service using a custom video with your church name. It will look like you hired a design team to build your…
  • Win Big This Christmas!

    Kaleb Cuevas
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Proclaim is more powerful when you partner it with Logos Bible Software 6. Right now you can enter to win a Macbook Pro and Logos 6 Collector’s Edition (a $10,000 digital library) and receive it before Christmas. Create beautiful slides in seconds using your brand-new Macbook and software. Select any text or image and instantly convert it into an image for engaging presentations! Share your insights and craft stunning presentations while you study. No more opening multiple programs and windows—the Visual Copy feature streamlines your workflow so you can create beautiful slides, images,…
  • Free Christmas Video

    Jason Hickerson
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:49 pm
    The Proclaim team has been busy creating a mountain of Christmas media for Proclaim users. All Proclaim subscribers have access to this engaging Christmas video. Put this 90 second video in your “Warm Up” and tell the Christmas story like never before: If you haven’t purchased Pro Media yet, December is your month! All Pro Media subscribers will receive a custom welcome video that matches the look and feel of the Christmas video above. Welcome people to your service with this beautiful video with your church name. This isn’t a video with flat text. It animates your church…
  • Christmas Update to Pro Media

    Jason Hickerson
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Christmas is quickly approaching and people are frantically searching for Christmas media. The search is over! There are 17 new packs of Christmas Media. No matter what type of service you are planning we have the media that is perfect. If you want to use Pro Media slides but don’t have Pro Media yet, that’s okay. Just purchase your Pro Media subscription in Proclaim, or over the phone at 855-715-6467.
  • Free Song from the Worship Initiative

    Jason Hickerson
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Proclaim is teaming up with Shane & Shane to give our readers a free song from the brand new Worship Initiative Christmas album. Enter your email and download “O Holy Night” for free!   What is the Worship Initiative? Shane and Shane locked themselves in a studio and created some of the most insightful and helpful content made specifically for musicians. If you are a pastor you need to get this in the hands of your musicians. If you are a musician, worship leader, or songwriter–you need to check it out today!. Sign up for a free 7 day trial today. With a free 7 day…
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    United Faith Church

  • The Star of Bethlehem

    Kris Burke
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:44 am
    Matthew 2:1-2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalemand asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” UFC, The Magi followed the Star of Bethlehem in search of the Messiah when He was born. They saw the light from afar and followed it to its source so that they could come and worship the “King of the Jews”. Jesus Christ has been a beacon of light since the moment He was born. That light shone brightly in His life, His death and even after…
  • Godly Sorrow

    ufc
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. – 2 Corinthians 7:10-11 UFC, Few people ever dare to take a real look “behind the curtain” of their own hearts. But God, in His love, continually shows us the state of our heart so that we can rid ourselves of sin and come closer to Christ. When we do see that sin, we can…
  • Remember the moments…

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, you his servants, the descendants of Israel, his chosen ones, the children of Jacob. – 1Chronicles 6:12-13 We’re in the season of Thanksgiving. Of course, it’s a time that we get together with family and friends to eat until we can’t eat anymore! But, much more, it’s a time to remember. To remember how good the Lord has been and the countless times he’s delivered and helped us. Throughout this week let there be times that we stop what we’re doing and simply remember.
  • Prayer

    Kris Burke
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    1 Chronicles 29:11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. UFC, People underestimate the power of prayer. Throughout the country we can see prayer as an under utilized part of peoples walk holding no expectation of an answer. But what, in all the world, is as powerful as prayer? When we are praying we are not just speaking to the air but we are lifting our petitions to the ears of the Most High God. Our prayers enter the realm of…
  • A City on a Hill

    Kris Burke
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. UFC, When I first read this verse I immediately started thinking about Jesus on the cross. Picturing that, “city on a hill” reminded me of Jesus being brought up a high hill and than lifted up high in the air on the cross for all to see. Jesus allowed himself to be brought up that hill and raised up on that cross to be on display. The enemy thought it was to display His shame but Jesus Christ knew it was a display of His victory. Now we, reborn by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, are also being raised up and…
 
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  • Introducing The Church Theme Finder

    Andrew Wilson
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:58 pm
    By Andrew Wilson Are you one of those people who just has to know? The kind that gets a little obsessed with things way too easily. Maybe,  you even go “overboard” when you have an idea in your head and you’re looking for a solution. Well, that’s what happens to me. I spend hours researching the internet to […] This is a post from WP Ministries. Read the original post at Introducing The Church Theme Finder
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  • Here’s how ‘normal’ people instantly turn into great Sunday School Teachers

    Nathan
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:16 am
    Let’s start with a little bit of truth talk up in this joint: Teaching Sunday School can seem daunting. You see kids sitting there very Sunday staring you down, listening to your every word, soaking up everything you have to say, and the doubts start to creep in: “What if I’m not saying the right things!!” “I’m not very smart!” Guess what…the best Sunday School teachers aren’t that smart. You know what smart people do when they teach? They use big words. They complicate things. That talk in terms they understand while totally leaving kids wondering what is going on.
  • Hannah and Samuel Sunday School Lesson

    Nathan
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
      Introduction How can you tell someone is strong? (take answers) Good thoughts? If I could do 10 push ups would I be strong? 20? 30? 40 pushups? I don’t think I could do that many!! Well I am not super strong, but today we are going to talk about God being strong. But I have question… How can you tell how strong God is? I mean, we can’t see Him, so you can’t look at Him and tell He’s strong. You can’t watch Him lift a heavy box and know that He is strong. How can we tell if God is strong? I’d like to tell you a story from the Bible that I think perfectly illustrates just…
  • Bitter Water to Sweet, Manna from Heaven, and Water from a Rock Sunday School Lesson

    Nathan
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:42 pm
      I’d like to start this lesson with a joke: A four-year-old spilled his cola on the rug and wanted to clean up the mess himself. So his mother told him that the mop was just outside the back door. Quickly, he ran to the door, but realized that it had become dark outside. Suddenly scared, he told his mother what the problem was. Assuring him, she told him that Jesus is everywhere, even in dark places, and that he'll always protect him. This put a smile on his face! So, he opened the door just enough to poke his head outside and called out, "Jesus, if you're out there,…
  • Great Sunday School Teachers Always Answer These 4 Questions

    Nathan
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
    Every wonder how some teachers seem to always keep their class engaged? It seems that no matter what they teach their kids are listening and enjoying the lesson! Meanwhile, the rest of us teachers are sitting there thinking, we basically told the same story and yet, we didn’t have nearly the excitement or engagement level that they did! Well I’d like to show you 4 questions, that I saw Andy Stanley present, and I thought they were fantastic for teachers of any age. If you organize your thoughts around these 4 questions, not only will you be a better teacher, but your students will…
  • Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden Sunday School Lesson

    Nathan
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Introduction / Activity: Today we are going to talk about a story that many of you already know. The story of Adam and Eve. So I want your help in telling the story. Who brought their Bibles? If you have your Bible find Genesis chapter 1, it’s at the very beginning of your Bible. Here’s what we are going to do. I want you to find verses in Genesis 1 that talk about what God made. For instance one verse in Genesis says, “And God said let there be light, and there was light.” When you’ve found a verse that talks about God making something stand up and I’ll choose some people…
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