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Leading Your Heart Through Spiritual Battle

Spiritual battle calls for clear-headed diagnosis and strategic response. Ignoring it will eventually leave you exhausted and depleted, which is no way to lead forward. Your enemy wants you to lead from an empty, confused, foggy place.

Modern Scripture Meditation on the Good Samaritan

We should never confuse our musings and scripture meditation as having the authority of the Bible--far from it! But scripture meditation, when used humbly, can be a valuable tool in applying the Bible to our everyday lives.

Why the North American Church Is Unlikely to Experience Revival

While revival is a gift of God, our church culture doesn’t exhibit some of the characteristics that have preceded God’s great movements. Here are seven thoughts on why we may not see revival in America any time soon.

5 Essential Ingredients for Planting Churches

Growing larger isn’t the most beautiful part of our story. It’s that we’ve managed to spread out and multiply by planting churches.

Is Being Rich a Sin?

Money. Loot. Moola. Scratch. Greenbacks. Dough. Bank. Benjamins. Wad. Shekels. Bills. Dead presidents. Is being rich a sin?

The Worst Consequence of Skipping Church

The first sin of skipping church is the sin of failing to love others.

3 Ways We Should Live in a Politically Divisive Time

The good news is that we are not the only Christians to live in a politically divisive time, so thankfully we can learn from those who have gone before us.

When You Say You’ll Pray After a Prayer Request

We often say "I'll pray for you"—as a common and almost automatic response we give without even thinking. But then we go on our way and forget the prayer request altogether.

Why Your Church Isn’t Getting a Bigger Social Media Response

Here’s what you need to know about posting on social media and how to get a robust social media response.

Recovering the Lost Art of Encouragement

In their book, unChristian, my friends Gabe Lyons and Dave Kinnaman wrote a sobering commentary on Christianity’s decline in the West due to departure from the biblical vision to engage a secular world with grace and love. Similarly, Philip Yancey wrote in What’s So Amazing about Grace:

Bad Church Stewardship Ideas – 4 Mistakes Churches Make

Change can be hard. Evaluate where you are honestly, and consider these church stewardship ideas. Then take the next faithful step toward teaching your church how to be more generous.

Disabling the Idolatry of Ableism

Ableism is ungodly preferential treatment which exalts the able-bodied and dehumanizes the physically less capable.

5 Things God Never Said

Misconceptions of God can be costly because they can be very defeating. For example, it’s agonizing to me how many people think “cleanliness is next to godliness” comes from the pages of Scripture.

How Do We Show Our Love for God?

Here's a great metaphor for how to express your love for God. I recently observed an unrestrained public display of affection by a couple who had just fallen in love.

What Non-Christians Really Think About Christians

These surprising insights into what non Christians think about Christians could profoundly impact your outreach.

4 Steps to Launch a New Ministry in Your Church

A verse comes to mind. “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin”. (‭‭Zechariah‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬) I have found, however, that to launch a new ministry is often easier than we think.

Can Your Church Be Found?

Just as your church’s physical location matters, so does your church’s location on the Internet. There are 823,000 monthly searches for “churches near me.” Can your church be found?

5 Tips For An Engaging Website

In today’s world, your church’s digital presence allows you to reach people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Here are the five essential ingredients to serve up the best online engagement and connect more people to your church.

4 Groups Your Hybrid Church Can Better Reach

The pandemic revealed that digital tools can reach people where they are, and church leaders are realizing that many people would be better served with a hybrid model of church.

UPDATE: Britney Spears Responds to Claim Catholic Church Did Not Deny...

Pop star Britney Spears has responded to claims that she never contacted the Catholic church she says denied her request to use its building for her wedding. Spears says she did reach out to the church through her wedding planner.

Alan Hirsch: The Church Needs To Stop Making Jesus in Its...

Alan Hirsch joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to talk about why he believes the American church is out of alignment with Jesus and what we need to do to put our focus back on him.

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