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[30 Sep 2010 | No Comment | 339 views]

The best investment in the future is a proper influence today.

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[29 Sep 2010 | No Comment | 305 views]

A careful man I want to be,
A little fellow follows me;
I do not dare to go astray
For fear he’ll go the self-same way.
I cannot once escape his eyes.
Whate’er he sees me do he tries.
Like ME he says he’s going to be –
That little chap who follows me.
I must remember as I go
Through summer suns and winter snows,
I am building for the years to be –
That little chap who follows me.

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[28 Sep 2010 | No Comment | 206 views]

A lot of preaching in our generation at large is good stuff. The greater question: is it God-stuff? There is a big difference between good stuff and God stuff!

Illustrations and Research, Ministry Development »

[27 Sep 2010 | No Comment | 488 views]

Here are the ten most common reasons the dechurched said they left the church between the ages of eighteen and twenty-two:
1. Simply wanted a break from church.
2. Church members seemed judgmental or hypocritical.
3. Moved to college and stopped attending church.
4. Work responsibilities prevented me from attending.
5. Moved too far away from the church to continue attending.
6. Became too busy though still wanted to attend.
7. Didn’t feel connected to the people in my church.
8. Disagreed with the church’s stance of political or social issues.
9. Chose to spend more time with friends …

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[24 Sep 2010 | No Comment | 201 views]

Google CEO Eric Schmidt states that the only way to erase your past from the Internet is to have your name changed.
What an interesting concept! When we are baptized into Christ, we have put on Christ! Many times in scripture, we find the names of people changing due to their encounter with God. Abram to Abraham, Sarai to Sarah, Jacob to Israel, Simon BarJonah to Peter, Saul to Paul. When we get our name change, we are no longer tied to the identity we once had!
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/7951269/Young-will-have-to-change-names-to-escape-cyber-past-warns-Googles-Eric-Schmidt.html

The private lives of young …

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[23 Sep 2010 | No Comment | 565 views]

The greatest miracle that God can do today is to take an unholy man out of an unholy world, and make that man holy, and put him back into that unholy world and keep him holy in it.

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[22 Sep 2010 | No Comment | 316 views]

Stage 1–The Empty Pew
Sleeping late
Weekend visits
Excuses
No resolve
Deepening neglect
Stage 2–An Empty Heart
No time for God
No time for prayer
Not interested in the Bible
Spiritual cobwebs
More excuses
Stage 3–An Empty life
Influence for God–nil
Influence for church–nil
Example to children on selecting the best–nil
Influence on neighbors–nil
Materialism growing
Stage 4–An Empty future
No “well done, good and faithful servant”
No “thou has been faithful over a few things….”
No crown of life
No “enter thou into the joy of the Lord”
Author unknown

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[21 Sep 2010 | No Comment | 205 views]

Excuses are the cradle…that Satan rocks men off to sleep in.

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[20 Sep 2010 | No Comment | 374 views]

This is a man speaking with a tele-prompter. If not, I would say perhaps a memory lapse caused it… but at 22:30 he begin quoting the Declaration and says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Mr. President, the quote is, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the …

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[17 Sep 2010 | No Comment | 359 views]

‘How can we stop the oil gusher?” may have been the question of the summer for most Americans. Yet for many evangelical pastors and leaders, the leaking well is nothing compared to the threat posed by an ongoing gusher of a different sort: Young people pouring out of their churches, never to return.
As a 27-year-old evangelical myself, I understand the concern. My peers, many of whom grew up in the church, are losing interest in the Christian establishment.
Recent statistics have shown an increasing exodus of young people from churches, especially …