Articles for Outreach & Missions

Articles for Outreach & Missions

It Starts with One

It Starts With One

As we look at revivals in the Bible and at historical revivals, we see they often began with one individual, one person who decided to do something.
Christian persecution The Doctors Never Thought She'd Make It, But God Had Other Plans for Samiha

The Doctors Never Thought She’d Make It, but God Had Other Plans for Samiha

When a bomb exploded right next to Samiha at St. Peter’s Church in Cairo on December 11, 2016, everyone thought she was dead.
forgiving yourself

The Empty Pursuit of Forgiving Yourself

After my conversion, my pillow soaked up many tears—tears of joy at first, but then tears of sorrow.
The Best Follow Up Processes For First Time Guests

The Best Follow-Up Processes for First Time Guests

Churches spend a lot of time, money, and energy encouraging guests to visit their church. And rightfully so.
reality of marriage Top 6 #RealityChecks of Marriage

Top 6 #RealityChecks of Marriage

I had a set of unrealistic expectations going into marriage.
romans 8:26 What Makes Prayer so Difficult. and Why We Keep at It

What Makes Prayer So Difficult. And Why We Keep at It

Events like the National Day of Prayer keep us focused on the importance of prayer, and probably dump a load of guilt on all of us for not praying more or better.
single in the church 5 Things To Do While You Are Single

5 Things to Do While You Are Single

Being single isn’t a disease. It’s an opportunity for you to grow, learn and experience life in a way that you won’t be able to when you are married. Here are 5 things to do while you’re single.
In Nigeria, Kidnapped, Raped, Mocked, Saved by God: A Boko Haram Survivor’s Story of Radical Forgiveness

In Nigeria, Kidnapped, Raped, Mocked, Saved by God: A Boko Haram Survivor’s Story of...

Sexual violence is a characteristic of the ongoing insurgency, during which thousands of women and girls have been kidnapped and raped by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.
Social church social Media in a Replant: 5 Pointers

Social Media in a Replant: 5 Pointers

In days gone by, the church with the highest steeple in town would receive the most visits from newcomers. Today, most people find a church by first visiting that church online. The online presence of a church is experienced two ways: the website and the church’s social media presence.
Stop Doing Everything

Stop Doing Everything

Being a workaholic may not be your reason for striving to do all the ministry. I’ve spoken with other pastors who have openly admitted that their motivation for hoarding all the ministry responsibility stemmed from pride. Others mentioned it provided them a sense of job security. There are several reasons for why leaders choose to do everything on their own.

4 Types of Unconnected People and How to Connect Them

"Relentlessly communicate the importance of being connected."
We Are Not Healthy and We Are Not Fooling Anyone

We Are Not Healthy and We Are Not Fooling Anyone

I’m troubled by what’s happening in my denomination. I was born and raised in a Southern Baptist Church. I’ve been a Southern Baptist all my life. I’ve watched our denomination go through the Conservative Resurgence and a return to the inerrancy of Scripture. Yet, there are issues that can’t be ignored and problems that won’t seemingly go away.
The Ebb and Flow of Physical Attraction in Marriage

The Ebb and Flow of Physical Attraction in Marriage

I was astounded to find that half of the respondents to a survey admitted struggling with a lack of physical attraction toward their spouse.
Characteristics of Prayer in the End Times

Characteristics of Prayer in the End Times

Jesus is not coming back to a prayerless Church, but to one that is operating in close partnership with Him in intercession for the end-time harvest
thom rainer A Simple but Incredible Way to Reach Your Community and Grow

A Simple but Incredible Way to Reach Your Community and Grow

We gave each of our members attending a loaf of bread and asked them to give the bread to someone in their neighborhood or community.
The Greatest False Idol of Modern Christianity

The Greatest False Idol of Modern Christianity

Idolatry is a dangerous thing. Sadly, too many Christians are guilty of it.
young missionary My Young Friend Wants to Be a Missionary: Here's the Advice I Gave When He Asked

My Young Friend Wants to Be a Missionary: Here’s the Advice I Gave When...

It's a privilege to plant seeds for missions into this young person's heart. What should you tell him?
meaningful life 5 Keys To Having Meaningful, Life-Giving Conversations With Non-Christians

5 Keys to Having Meaningful, Life-Giving Conversations With Non-Christians

At some point, if you are sincere about your Christian faith, you are going to have a conversation with someone about it. Or are you?
When Laundry is Your Biggest Sin Problem

When Laundry Is Your Biggest Sin Problem

A recent Barna survey asked Christian women what their biggest sin struggle is, and the top two answers were disorganization and inefficiency.
11 Reasons I Struggle To Say No

11 Reasons I Struggle to Say No

OK, this blog is a confession. I’m not good at saying “no.” Consequently, I sometimes struggle with a heavily-booked calendar and an overwhelmed spirit.
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