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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Biblical Church Revitalization

September 8th, 2016 Viewed 631 times

Perhaps you know a church or someone that would grow from this book?

Thousands of churches close their doors each year. Think about that for a minute. When churches close there is a haunting hush of a lamp being extinguished in a community. This is heartbreaking.

Thankfully God has given many church members the resolve to hang on and seek help to breath life back into a fellowship that is suffering. Likewise God has given pastors a desire to step in and attempt to lead the work to see a church become healthy again. This work is called church revitalization.

Book Review: Biblical Church Revitalization

Recruiting and Keeping the Best Volunteers

August 26th, 2016 Viewed 555 times, 1 so far today

If you get a group of pastors or church leaders together and ask them about their biggest challenges, volunteers and leaders will come up. The idea of recruiting volunteers is overwhelming and difficult at times. There never seems to be enough people, and the ones who are serving are often tired and feel like they are the only ones serving.

In light of that, there are some crucial things to keep in mind as you invite people to use their gifts and talents at your church and keep them engaged in those roles. Note, the words you use are incredibly important.

How to Recruit and keep the Best Volunteers

German Protestant Church Decides It’s No Longer Christian

November 3rd, 2015 Viewed 1029 times, 1 so far today

Country-Church.jpgWhen a Christian church decides that it no longer needs to spread the Gospel, isn’t that a sign that it’s no longer Christian?

One of Germany’s largest Protestant regional churches has come under fire from other Christians for speaking out against efforts to convert Muslims just as tens of thousands of refugees from the Islamic world are streaming into the country. 

Read more at German Protestant church’s scandalous idea rocks evangelical community [hat tip German Protestant church’s scandalous idea rocks evangelical community]

Reaching these people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ would be the only reason to be for bringing these people into your nation.


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Who Are The Most Overlooked People in a Church Plant?

July 9th, 2015 Viewed 844 times, 1 so far today

In every church plant there is a group that is often overlooked. If you ask every church planter what he wishes he had more of, his answer would be this group. It is older people, established people, people with wisdom to share. – Read More at The Most Overlooked People in a Church Plant

Lost Over Time: 2 Keys to Early Christianity That Are Making a Comeback

June 18th, 2015 Viewed 792 times, 1 so far today

Mentor by Andrew Yee

Every generation comes up with new ideas—things that they believe were never thought of before, new technology, and new methods of communication.  With these advances comes the idea that not only is our technology better, but our methods are better than those that have come before, and as such we begin to replace tried and true methods with things that we think will work better.

In our busy and independent lives, two items that were key to the early Christian life started to fall by the wayside, but now through the Internet and a growing sense of the need to be more authentic in our Christian lives, these two things are making a comeback.

Mentoring

Mentoring is nothing new.  Children used to learn skills through apprenticeship to their chosen profession or by learning how to do their parent’s field through watching and practicing with their parents.  The Bible talks about mentoring in Titus 2 when Paul is instructing Timothy to have the older men and women to teach the younger men and women in their churches the appropriate behavior and expectations for believers.

Do Churches Believe Their Doctrine?

May 7th, 2015 Viewed 942 times
English: Pond and church, Mill Hill Village. T...

English: Pond and church, Mill Hill Village. The church building is the bethel of the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, a christian group which originated in Nigeria in 1964. See http://freespace.virgin.net/dolly.daniels/doctrine/doctrine.htm for information on the beliefs and practices of the organisation. Photo taken from the south – the pond is frozen over. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is much in the news today about what true Islam is.  Is it the kind that practices jihad and terror attacks or the more moderate version?  Depending on what you believe about this religion colors how you answer this question.

What I’ve found is that this is an appropriate question to ask every person who clings to a faith or cites a preference for an individual religion or worship.  In the different churches that I’ve visited or been a part of there has always been the lingering question about how a church’s doctrinal statement and the practices of the individual believers match up.

At one church, we were getting into the habit of reciting the church covenant and what we found was that as we did this not everyone agreed on some of the cultural things– specifically, does the Bible condemn all alcohol or just being drunk.

The Rise of Secular Humanism

October 8th, 2012 Viewed 2331 times

Dark Waves

Few things happen in an instance, and like the frog that is cooked by slowly bringing the water to a boil, what we see around us today is not the result of something imposed by our current leaders or from without, but from a careful, slow movement from within.

No, I’m not speaking of conspiracy theories, or trying to frighten, but to bring to the forefront what many of you have already felt—the steady march of this country from Biblical Christianity towards Secular Humanism.

Blessed Assurance

November 23rd, 2011 Viewed 2952 times, 1 so far today

Power in the Blood

There are many hurt people out there.  The unfortunate thing is that some have been hurt by people that name the name of Christ, and this has the effect of turning people away not only from the people that have hurt them, but from God Himself and His Church.

Many of these people struggle to come to grips with what happened.  Some attempt to keep a relationship with God, but end up searching for something opposite their experience in an attempt to flee everything attached to those people that hurt them.  Many of them end up rejecting the church and proclaiming Atheism—conflating God with those who claim to follow Him.

For both of these groups, there is healing at the cross, and there’s answers for their questions.  However, the latter group is less likely to see this and instead will pose endless questions regarding the faith.  These questions are important to consider and have answers for.  So, this is where we find ourselves with today’s post.

A Free Garage Sale

July 30th, 2011 Viewed 968 times
Garage sale

Garage sale (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bible Baptist Church in Bonner Springs, Kansas, has an idea that I think my church should try—it’s a free garage sale:

Members of the Bible Baptist Church of Bonner Springs, 426 Emerson Ave., began the program they call “Neighbor Helping Neighbor” last year. They collected donations over several months and then opened their doors to anyone who needed the items, no questions asked, in a free garage sale of sorts. Pastor Ed Fuller says as they gear up to have the event again this year from 8:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 6, they hope to spread the word to both gather more donations and help many more.  [Church ministers through free garage sales]

Cardboard Testimonies

May 20th, 2011 Viewed 11103 times

Who were you before you came to the Lord—this video is powerful:

Check out this powerful video.

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.