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7 Staggering Things Happen When We Pray for One Another

Praying for one another is part and parcel of the Christian life. Paul told the Ephesians to pray for one another and asked them to pray for him. Here's what happens when we pray for one another.

Is the Sin of Gluttony Really That Serious?

How can we identify this sin in our lives?

Sharing Jesus in the Muddy Water of Modern Culture

I have a few gripes with some of the methodology that is prevalent out there today when it comes to sharing Jesus. The biggest, of course, is that many are not clear on the gospel of grace. But,  I guess, muddy water is better than no water at all.

‘Oh, and I’m Bisexual’: Sharing Jesus With Those Who Are Different From Us

It’s hard to introduce people to Jesus when they don’t even want to talk with us in the first place. Are you ready for these kinds of conversations?

100 Remarkable Reasons to Give Thanks

One hundred blessings that will cultivate gratitude in your heart.

7 Lessons Learned in a Time of Leadership Transition

Whatever leadership transition you may face, know that God is presently, actively, and personally working in, around, and through you. He is always worthy. You are always valuable.

“Evangelize” Is in the Bible: “Evangelism” Isn’t

The word evangelize is used 52 times and the word “evangelist” is used a few times as well, but the word “evangelism” is as absent as a loudmouth in a boot camp for mimes.

Three Ways We Go Wrong When Discussing Homosexuality

Historically, we in the church haven’t done a great job in discussing homosexuality, and we’ve done an even worse job caring for those experiencing this. If we look humbly and open-mindedly at what the Bible says, then...

25 Leadership Nuggets from Ron Edmondson

Here are twenty-five leadership nuggets I’ve learned over decades of ministry and church leadership – many of them the hard way.

6 Church Members Who Build Up the Church

Healthy local churches make a powerful and attractive testimony to a watching world. This means that all of the church members have to be devoted to building others up.

5 Resources on Church Multiplication

From time to time I find it helpful to share a list of some of the top resources on church  multiplication. Here are several that have impacted me:

5 People You’d Rather Not Pray For … But Really Should

How should we pray for those we don't like—or even hate?

5 Keys to Winning People Over

Here are five things to help you stay the course in winning people over when you pitch a project, champion a strategy and win people over to lead change of any kind.

Raped at Age 11, Daria Bullard Chose Life. Her Son is Now a WWE Superstar

It’s still hard for Daria Bullard to talk about. She was robbed of her childhood and her innocence. So instead, she tries to emphasize the good in her life instead: her son, and her own incredible strength of character.

Learning How to ‘Fear Not’ in a Culture of Constant Fear

In a culture where fear is ever-present and all-pervasive, we turn to almost anything to find comfort and to find help. But the answer that we are given to combat this fear is false optimism. It's true faith.

Praying in Crisis: Asking God for Deliverance – Or Going Deeper WIth God?

How do you approach praying to God? We often turn to prayer for deliverance from our pain, but God is calling us to something much deeper.

Finding Peace Through an Ancient Prayer

One simple sentence, filled with meaning -- and peace.

13 Ways Church Can Encourage Mental Health

Jesus approached mentally ill people with a great deal of compassion, involving himself in their mental mess to offer his love. Jesus, by his actions and ministry, showed us how to encourage mental health.

6 Things to Do When Prayer Doesn’t Work

What do you do when prayer doesn't work? You know God loves you. You know He answers prayer. You know your eternal destiny is secured. But have you ever secretly, quietly, wondered, “God are you with me right now?”

Hearing God’s Voice – The Key to Knowing God’s Will

If you have a willing heart, the kind of heart that is humbly open to the Father's voice, I offer these suggestions for getting to know God’s will:

Matt Chandler Returns to Pulpit, Received Neurological Exam After ‘Unguarded and...

Matt Chandler, pastor of The Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas, returned to the pulpit on Sunday after a three-month leave of absence due to an inappropriate DMing relationship with a woman who was not his wife.

Max Lucado: ‘The One Thing That Has Helped Me More Than...

Max Lucado joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to share his best tips for creating and delivering a sermon that draws people in.

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