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4 Super Effective Ways to Help Graduates Keep Their Faith in College

4 Super Effective Ways to Help Graduates Keep Their Faith in College

Prayer is a vastly underrated tool in helping our teenagers keep their faith long-term.
4 Ways Satan Uses Christian Generosity for Evil

4 Ways Satan Uses Christian Generosity for Evil

"Let’s be generous, but in helpful ways."
When Church Members Insist on Their Rights

When Church Members Insist on Their Rights

I tell my brethren that putting up with such trash talk is why the Lord has to call people into this work, instead of them lining up to volunteer. It’s why they pay us the big bucks.
3 Ways We Hate Sin in Others More Than in Ourselves

3 Ways We Hate Sin in Others More Than in Ourselves

After David committed adultery and murder and the Lord regarded all of it as evil, the Lord sent a prophet named Nathan to confront...
How Scarcity Can Help Your Ministry Grow

How Scarcity Can Help Your Ministry Grow

"Scarcity is a powerful tool to help drive engagement and, ultimately, growth at your church."
Does God Want You to Be Happy or Holy?

Does God Want You to Be Happy or Holy?

"When we separate God from happiness and from our longing for happiness, we undermine the Christian worldview."
Why Do Churches Get Stuck in Growth

Why Do Churches Get Stuck in Growth

They love each other, but no one has a growth vision for the future. The family of God enjoys a maintenance mode that doesn’t require change.
Is God Interested in Making You Happy?

Is God Interested in Making You Happy?

“He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness." -Hebrews 12:10
How Telling Someone "You're Going to Hell" Can Be the Kindest Thing

How Telling Someone “You’re Going to Hell” Can Be the Kindest Thing

"Kindness may be one of the most overlooked pieces of the fruit of the Spirit."
Prayers To Make It Through 2017

Prayers to Make It Through 2017

In 2017, we need Jesus and to become more like Him.
Modern Outreach Has Shifted: 5 Keys Your Church Needs to Know

Modern Outreach Has Shifted: 5 Keys Your Church Needs to Know

"You can't "build it" and have them come, but you can "create it" and have them be invited."
Why We Do Parent Commissioning Instead of Baby Dedication

Why We Do Parent Commissioning Instead of Baby Dedication

There are a lot of roles our church can fulfill—ministers to the least of these, gospel advocates to the unreached—but one role that we must never take on is that of being the primary discipler of all our kids.
8 Reasons Churches Became Too Busy

8 Reasons Churches Became Too Busy

Most churches keep their members so busy they don’t have time to do ministry.
How 5 Minutes Can Save Your Marriage

How 5 Minutes Can Save Your Marriage

"There are always two kinds of divorces—ones that people see coming a mile away, and those that completely blindside people."
How to Bridge the Gap With Your Creatives

How to Bridge the Gap With Your Creatives

"There can be some tension because you have two different values rubbing against each other."
Dear Teenager, Are You Buying the 5 Terrible Lies That Can Lead to Suicide?

Dear Teenager, Are You Buying the 5 Terrible Lies That Can Lead to Suicide?

After 25+ years of working with teenagers I'm convinced that suicidal thoughts among young people are NOT uncommon.
Don't Need to Go to Church to Worship God? This Is For You

Don’t Need to Go to Church to Worship God? This Is For You

"We need the church because the church is God’s covenant community today."
8 Reasons Church Conflicts Turn Into Raging Fires

8 Reasons Church Conflicts Turn Into Raging Fires

"Here’s why the fires of church conflict often burn out of control quickly."
Your Kingdom Awaits

Your Kingdom Awaits

Every day, just like with that mall slogan, you and I are invited to build our own kingdom. But we can't blame the retailers and advertising agencies. It's only ever first because of the sin inside of us that we are attracted to the evil outside of us.
Are Growing Churches Just Lucky?

Are Growing Churches Just Lucky?

"Leaders who criticize more than they contribute never make a lasting impact."
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