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Created on Monday, 26 January 2015 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, church, Bible, secularized, influence, salt, light, Ezekiel, popular, controversial, standard, membership, serving, ministry, pre-marital sex, family, marriage, secular music, ...
The Bible teaches that the church is supposed to influence the world as salt and light (Matt. 5:13-16), but instead the church has often been influenced by the world. Ezekiel 22:26 sends a stern ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 January 2015 / Relationships
Tags: Patrick Morley, Man in the Mirror, Christian faith, difficult, harshly judged, innocent, behaviors, Bible, legalism, hearts, rules, grace, mercy
Many have left the Christian faith after being harshly judged for innocent or non-conforming behaviors. And many more will leave in the coming year. Here's how to be part of the solution, not the problem: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 16 January 2015 / Worship
Tags: Justin Lathrop, Bible, reading, alarm, five minutes, calendar, meetings, God's Word, production, audio version, download, verses, plain sight, coffee, alarm, consistency
Have you ever noticed that when life gets busy, spiritual disciplines are the first to go? We don't mean for that to happen, but bills and meetings and car repairs and errands are louder and more persistent ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 / Technology
Tags: LifeChurch.tv, YouVersion, church, digital revolution, Bible app, languages, cyberspace, Bobby Gruenewald, computer, mobile device, electronic evangelism
... Oklahoma, was in a long security line at Chicago's O'Hare Airport in 2006 when the thought struck: For spreading the Word, cyberspace could rival the printing press in historical significance. The 38-year-old ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 / Communication
Tags: Brandon Cox, articles, pastors, truth, Bible, Hobby Lobby, Supreme Court, church plant, social media, church growth, control, marriage, disciples, local churches, disappointment, give up
I loved 2014. It was crazy busy, but there has also been a sweet rhythm to life. I haven't blogged as regularly as I have in past years, but my posts have often been longer, more article-length, and at ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 January 2015 / Administration
Tags: Women, church, authority, Wendy Alsup, Gospel-Centered Woman, Richard Rohr, abuse, submission, personal weakness, Paul, Romans, government, Bible, guidelines
"The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority." ―Stanley Milgram "Wherever there is a man who exercises authority, there is a man ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 December 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Rick Warren, Christmas, Jesus, relevance, God, Earth, Heaven, baby, Bible, communication, tempted, suffered, death, cross, God's love, sins
When man landed on the moon, it was big news. It was almost as if the whole world stopped to watch Neil Armstrong's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. But it is nothing compared to the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Joe McKeever, birth, Jesus, story, Christmas, adventure, genealogy, mystery, history, conspiracy, Herod, Holy Family, woman, babies, Bible prophecy
... (Luke 2:10). It's the best news ever. We praise His holy name. After five years as Director of Missions for the 100 Southern Baptist churches of metro New Orleans, Joe McKeever retired on June 1, 2009. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Brandon Hilgemann, Christmas, sermon, church, attendance, opportunity, message, return, keep it short, Bible, A game, boring, jokes, hook, story, gospel
For a church, Christmas Eve services are typically one of the highest attended days of the year. A great message is absolutely essential on such a big day. This may be the only time many of these ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 / Children
Tags: Christmas story, birth of Jesus, principles, children, Incarnation, Mary, hard, situation, great faith, Bible, obedience, purpose, reverence, honor, gospel, praise
The Christmas story is literally crammed full of powerful teachings. Here are 10 takeaways that speak directly to students: 1. The Incarnation is awesome. Luke 2:6-7 says, "So while they were there, the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Rick Warren, prayer, Bible, Christlike, illumination, Heaven, Holy Spirit, isolation, concentration, principle, insulation, transformation, exemplification, preservation, preparation, revelation, ...
Years ago, an old saint shared with me 12 prayer principles from the life of Jesus Christ. It made such a difference in my personal prayer life. There are only 17 references to Jesus praying, and most ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: LifeWay Christian Resources, transformation, Mountain Vista Bible Church, TCAT, significant debt, consultation, worship experience
When interim pastor and church consultant Lavern "Bud" Brown was leading Mountain Vista Bible Church in Mesa, Arizona, through a time of transition, he decided it was the best time to assess the strengths ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 / Youth
Tags: Tamera Kraft, children, church, teens, games, wow factor, entertainment, relationship, Jesus, watered-down Bible stories, Christian education, ministry, segregation, intergenerational
... Kraft has 30 years' experience in children's ministry and founded Revival Fire Kids Ministry in 2007 in her hometown of Akron, Ohio. Tamera received the Church of God National Children's Leader's Association ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 November 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, myth, sin, sinner, love, harm, conviction, heaviness, grace, truth, hate, conversation, mercy, Christ, shame, Pharisees, Bible prostitute, responsibility
If you've been in the church for a while, I'm sure you've heard this phrase: Love the sinner, hate the sin. We know we're called to love all people, but we use this phrase to explain how we can love people, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 23 October 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Steve Murrell, discipleship, empowered church, Joey Bonifacio, Ministers Fellowship International, City Bible Church, Frank Damazio, WikiChurch, Holy Spirit, witnesses, apostles, growth, persecution, ...
It was a privilege to preach at City Bible Church during their Purple People (Purple Book) campaign and to teach WikiChurch discipleship principles at the Ministers Fellowship International (MFI) Focus ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, kingdom-centered church, box church, Constantine, marketplace, cathedrals, clergy, building, equipping, Bible, the Word, celebrated, sacred, mission
Ever since the fourth century when the Roman Emperor Constantine made Christianity legal, the church progressively went from a decentralized "saints movement" to a temple-centered, "clergy-dependent" movement. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 October 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Jesus, quotes, Joe McKeever, Paul, Christians, Sodom, Bible, Leonard Ravenhill, hell, implications, pastor, preaching, kingdom of Heaven
Somewhere around the house I have an old book with the wonderful title of 657 of the Best Things Ever Said. It would not surprise you to know most of them are silly. As beauty is in the eye of the beholder, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 October 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, habit, lifestyle, theologian, conversation, God's glory, Holy Spirit, Bible, grace, Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit
We say that worship is a lifestyle, but how many of us actually live it? Merriam Webster defines lifestyle as "a particular way of living: the way a person lives or a group of people live." If that's the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, preschool, early childhood, ministry, church, childcare, elementary, pre-ten, students, culture, chapel, nursery, Bible, songs, God's Word
How important is the preschool/early childhood ministry in your church? Many people think preschool ministry is simply "childcare" and not as important as elementary, pre-teen or student ministry. This ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Wayne McDill, grace, credibility, God, preaching, faith, obedience, guilt, Bible, principle, character, capabilities, intentions, record
Faith is not created by calling for faith, criticizing the faithless, or aiming for obedience or guilt. You will only build the faith that changes lives by pointing beyond the believer to the One to be ... [ +++ ]
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