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How to Grow in Intimacy with God

How to Grow in Intimacy With God

The truth we need to remember is that Almighty God, who made Heaven and Earth, wants to be in relationship with us and wants us to know Him the way He knows us.
7 Ways to Love Your Pastor

7 Ways to Love Your Pastor

Sometimes, as we reflect upon our pastor's love and care for us, we wonder how we can love our pastor well in return.
Should Our Smaller Church Be Growing?

Should Our Smaller Church Be Growing?

Many American Christians have this idea that if a church is big, it must be better. Not necessarily. Our obsession with “bigness” can be a reflection of American values, rather than biblical ones.
Pastors, Here’s a Novel Idea: Invite Newcomers to Lunch

Pastors, Here’s a Novel Idea: Invite Newcomers to Lunch

How do we treat those visiting or relatively new to our churches in ways that make them know we are glad they came?
When You Are Living With Functional Depression and Anxiety

When You Are Living With Functional Depression and Anxiety

We must be brave and bring our truth to light through sharing our deepest fears, worries and anxieties with those we love most.
5 Questions to Help Millennials Grow into Leadership

5 Questions to Help Millennials Grow Into Leadership

Here are five questions we can use to measure our efforts to determine, “Did I do what a leader should have done today?”
If You Don't Care for the Poor, You Don't Understand the Gospel

If You Don’t Care for the Poor, You Don’t Understand the Gospel

Forgiveness is not a license to avoid the hard work of compassion. It’s a catalyst to drive us deeper into it.
8 Signs Your Church May Be Closing Soon

8 Signs Your Church May Be Closing Soon

If a church has four or more of these signs present, it is likely in deep trouble. Indeed, it could be closing sooner than almost anyone in the church would anticipate.
What If Unbelievers Aren't Miserable?

What if Unbelievers Aren’t Miserable?

I’m convinced that one of the reasons we do not have a sense of urgency in sharing the gospel with our neighbors is because we don’t really believe they need it…at least not now.
Is Unity in a Diverse Church Even Possible?, Part 2

Is Unity in a Diverse Church Even Possible?, Part 2

Trusting in Jesus does not remove our cultural distinctives; it just shows us that we are not ultimately defined by our cultures.
7 Things Christians Should Give Up to Reach Unchurched People

7 Things Christians Should Give Up to Reach Unchurched People

The challenge is that unchurched people aren’t exactly flocking to most churches, and many Christians seem stumped as to why that is.
What to Say When You Don't Have the Whole Story

What to Say When You Don’t Have the Whole Story

Frequently, in Christian ministry, we are told about a situation and are invited to make a response. And often we know only one small part of the whole story.
6 Reasons to Sit in a Different Seat at Church This Weekend

6 Reasons to Sit in a Different Seat at Church This Weekend

Here’s my crazy suggestion: Sit in a different place every week. Don’t let yourself get stagnant in your approach to church, beginning with the simple decision of where you sit.
Through the Fog, Help Us Find You, God

Through the Fog, Help Us Find You, God

Tragic events in the Church can leave us in a fog of doubt, confusion, and pain. These are times when we need to lean into the comfort and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
7 Simple Ideas for Daily Prayer

7 Simple Ideas for Daily Prayer

The question is not whether God is speaking but if we are listening.
Is Unity in a Diverse Church Even Possible?, Part 1

Is Unity in a Diverse Church Even Possible?, Part 1

Many people in our day love the concept of a multi-cultural society, but achieving it has proven quite difficult.
Please Stop Giving Bad Invitations

Please Stop Giving Bad Invitations

How many people are in hell today who once walked to the front of a church and repeated a prayer? How many went to hell with a false assurance that they were saved when in all reality their assurance was based on their decision to walk to the front and pray?
When Your World Caves In (What To Do And Not Do!)

When Your World Caves In (What to Do and Not Do!)

Of course there’s nothing wrong with having a positive attitude; it’s always better than the alternative. But I’ve grown a little weary of the abundant and overused sappy or religious platitudes.
Horizontal Hostility: What Is It, Why Is It Killing the Church, and How to Fix It

Horizontal Hostility: What Is It, Why Is It Killing the Church, and How to...

The church is caught in a dramatic downward spiral and rather than banding together, we’re scattering farther and farther apart.
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