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[30 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 481 views]

There are many reasons we can justifiably put our confidence in the Bibles we hold and read today as the Word of God. One of them would be that Jesus and His disciples trusted the Hebrew Scriptures wholeheartedly and used them often.
The Old Testament Scriptures were affirmed by Jesus—who often quoted from them—as authoritative and inspired. Jesus appealed to Genesis 1:27 and 2:24 when teaching on the permanence of the marriage bond (Mark 10:6ff). He called David “inspired” (Mark 12:36) and declared that Scripture cannot be broken (Matthew 26:54; Luke …

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[29 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 183 views]

Following the lead of Texas and other states, Kentucky’s Senate Education Committee has unanimously approved legislation that would effectively return the Bible to the state’s classrooms. The proposed Bible courses would be offered as electives. [OneNewsNow.com]

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[28 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 160 views]

New statistics just released show that the Catholic Church has made substantial gains (up 1.49%) since the last census. The Mormons are also up by 1.71%, as are the Assemblies of God (up 1.27%). Others in the top ten church bodies in America have no change (Church of God in Christ, both bodies of National Baptists), or are down (Southern Baptists -0.24%, United Methodists -0.98%, Evangelical Lutherans -1.62%, Presbyterian Church USA -3.3%.
Source: 2010 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches

Quotes »

[27 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 184 views]

“It is not a matter primarily of whether or not we reach our particular goals. As individuals and as a group we need to reach our potential. Nothing else is good enough. We must reach toward our potential.”

Quotes »

[26 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 267 views]

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.

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[23 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 793 views]

Dear God,
Please untie the knots
that are in my mind,
my heart and my life.
Remove the ‘have nots’,
the ‘can nots’ and the ‘do nots’
that I have in my mind.
Erase the ‘will nots’,
‘may nots’, and
‘might nots’ that find
a home in my heart.
Release me from the ‘could nots’,
‘would nots’ and ‘should nots’
that obstruct my life.
And most of all, dear God,
I ask that you remove from my mind
my heart and my life all of the ‘am nots’
that I have allowed to hold me back,
especially the thought
that I ‘am not good enough’.
Amen.

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[22 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 210 views]

Emergent leaders often say the message remains the same, but our methods must change if we are going to be relevant to our generation. The measure of success for many pastors today is how many are coming, rather than how many are listening and obeying what God has said in His Word.
Roger Oakland, author of Faith Undone and Another Jesus?

Ministry Development »

[21 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 305 views]

Church Anniversary? Pastoral Installation? Pastoral Anniversary? Other major church celebration?
Following are 10 ideas to help commemorate such a special time.
1. Start with spiritual renewal. A matchless way to set the tone for a special church occasion.
2. Glance back. Strengthen the faith and resolve of your people by helping them remember where they’ve been, why they’ve been there and what they’ve done while they’ve been there. Reflect and remember.
3. Pause. Think and talk about what is happening now. This is a great way to set the stage for what’s to come. …

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[20 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 294 views]

Most of us are far more concerned about our comfort than God’s glory.

Illustrations and Research, Sermon Starters »

[19 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 281 views]

Collatz conjecture is an unsolved conjecture in mathematics. It is named after Lothar Collatz, who first proposed it in 1937. The conjecture is also known as the 3n + 1 conjecture. In the Collatz conjecture, you take any natural number n. If n is even, halve it (n / 2), otherwise multiply it by 3 and add 1 to obtain 3n + 1. The conjecture is that for all numbers this process converges to 1.
For example, take the number 3. 3n + 1 would be 3×3+1=10. Because 10 is even, …