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[31 Aug 2009 | No Comment | 295 views]

A young man was called upon to preach a big meeting. When he was asked to come to the pulpit to preach, he was so self-confident and egotistical that it was quit noticeable. However, when he got through preaching, it was evident to all that he had dropped the ball. Head lowered and feeling bad, the slump shouldered young man walked down from the platform rather humiliated. An elder came up to him and said, “Son, if you had walked up like you walked down, you would have walked down …

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[28 Aug 2009 | No Comment | 348 views]

We need to remember that faithfulness is not measured primarily by our highs but by our long. It’s our ability to remain faithful in the routines of life that proves our commitment.

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[27 Aug 2009 | No Comment | 1,174 views]

If you cannot worship the Lord in the midst of your responsibilities on Monday, it is not very likely that you are worshiping on Sunday either.

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[26 Aug 2009 | No Comment | 297 views]

There are many things we, “believe”, but don’t talk about.
The less we talk about them, the less we believe them.
Some belittle, “preaching to the choir”… isn’t it amazing, though, how quickly we forget what isn’t reinforced.
This is why Israel was commanded to write their beliefs on the doorposts of their home… talk about them in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening.
If we stop talking… we stop believing… if we stop believing. It’s over.

Inspiration, Ministry Development »

[25 Aug 2009 | No Comment | 753 views]

1. Get people in
2. Keep ’em
Seriously, though… I spent a lot of time deconstructing what we do in our church, and the plans of several other successful church plants and growing churches. I ended up bringing it all down to the lowest common denominators, and ended up with two solid principles to church growth.
1. Attracting new guests to the church and its points of connection, and
2. Employing a capable structure of converting and keeping those who come.
Is it really that simple? I think so.
In fact, the growth we have seen …

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[24 Aug 2009 | 2 Comments | 782 views]

The surviving pages of the world’s oldest Christian Bible have been reunited online. The early work, known as the Codex Sinaiticus (“the book from Sinai”), has been housed in four separate locations around the world for more than 150 years. As of last week, it is now available for anyone to peruse at the Web site www.codexsinaiticus.org, allowing scholars and other readers to get a closer look at this unique treasure. The only other Bible that rivals Codex Sinaiticus in age is Codex Vaticanus, which was written around the same …

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[24 Aug 2009 | No Comment | 320 views]

King Ahaz of Judah (in 2 Kings 16) went to Damascus in Syria and was impressed by how they worshiped. So impressed, in fact, that he recorded the dimensions of the Syrian altars and sent them back to Urijah the high priest to build one just like it. That is how a strange altar was introduced into the house of the Lord. The parallels to the modern day church are stunning. Perhaps we should exercise the greatest of caution when considering to adopt the worship of those who do not …

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[21 Aug 2009 | No Comment | 508 views]

Have you ever had that satisfaction of receiving a word in just precisely the perfect time? Might have been a book that you picked up and read, a message you heard, or a word of encouragement from a friend, or even an email received. But they weren’t just “good words”… they were… literally PERFECT words for the path you’re walking at that very moment. Not words for later. Not words to tuck away and remember, but “right now” words.
A word fitly spoken. Proverbs 25:11 says it’s like “apples of gold …

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[20 Aug 2009 | No Comment | 335 views]

U.S. District Judge George H. King of California has ruled in favor of a college student who was openly insulted by a professor during a speech on the value of traditional marriage.
Jonathan Lopez, a student at Los Angeles City College, was participating in a class assignment to give a speech on “any topic.” While he was delivering the speech on his Christian faith, Lopez addressed the issues of God and morality; referred to the dictionary definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman and also read …

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[19 Aug 2009 | No Comment | 510 views]

So, you are a devoted saint in your local church, and support your pastor. You give happily into the church of your time and finances, and don’t cause any trouble. But still, there are a few things your pastor wishes you knew that would make his job easier and more enjoyable. If only you knew what they were! And as a pastor myself, I’m about to reveal those valuable secrets to you! Interested yet?
Hebrews 13:17 instructs us to, “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for …