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Sharing Jesus in a Post Christian Culture – 5 Keys

Sharing Jesus in a post Christian culture isn’t all that scary or difficult. It may require some patience, it will require getting to know people, and it will require faith, real and honest.
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The Language of Tears

As our High Priest, Jesus is able to sympathize with our weaknesses and so provide what he knows we need. He understands the accent of our tears.
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10 Traits of a Real Man

What is a "real man"? Our society has a lot of answers to this question, but what if our culture is grossly misleading us? Here are 10 true traits of a man.
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When the Church Bully Happens to Be the Pastor

We don't like to think there could be pastors who bully...but there are. So what should we do when the church bully is the pastor?
making disciples

Two Vital Needs of Every Believer: Being and Making Disciples

Jesus calls us to follow him, and teaches us how to call others. I’m not talking about evangelism, I’m talking about making disciples. Real discipling is about making a way for others to approach the Father.
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Missionary Parents Teach ‘Active Christianity’ and Sacrifice to Kids

Missionary parents Wesley and Emily Smyth are raising their four children to understand that the Christian life is supposed to be active, self-giving and about glorifying God and serving others.
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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.
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The Apostle Paul and the Wrath of God

Do our hearts break for those who have not yet received Christ’s forgiveness, perhaps living under the wrath of God? Are the gospel and people the overarching passion of our lives?
God protects

8 Ways God Protects Us From Ourselves

Fortunately for us, God does great things to provide us with protection against the terrible things we would do to ourselves. Here are eight ways God protects us from ourselves.
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Evangelical Division: Why Have We Christians Suddenly Become So Divided?

The evangelical movement today is dividing into separate communities that hold some common tenets but differ dramatically in other ways. Will this splitting of the evangelical soul end — or will evangelical division only continue to grow?
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How Do I Pull My Friend Out of the Rabbit Hole of Conspiracy Theories?

In the last few months more and more people have asked me, “How can I get my friend out of the rabbit hole of...
3 Not-So-Obvious Reasons Church Visitors DON’T Return to Your Church

3 Not-So-Obvious Reasons Church Visitors DON’T Return to Your Church

Maybe it's not the music or the preaching that that's the reason visitors don't return to your church.
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Church for Millennials – 5 Things They Need

When it comes to church for Millennials, one of the questions almost every church leader I know is asking is, “How do we reach them?” Here are 5 things Millennials are looking for.
What Others Think

6 Things to Do When You Worry Too Much About What Others Think

I worry too much about what others think. Sometimes when I walk into a room, I think all eyes look at me, and all people think about me. I believe they judge what I wear, what I look like, and what kind of mood I’m in.
studying your bible

8 Blessings of Studying Your Bible

Studying your Bible can sometimes feel burdensome, difficult, confusing and unexciting. But these wonderful blessings come when you are willing to do so.
christian leadership

5 Marks of a Great Christian Leadership

Over the years I have had the privilege of knowing, working with and serving under some great Christian leadership. These leaders were not always the flashiest but they all carried a certain gravitas that everyone could sense.
spiritual battle

Don’t Grow Weary in the Spiritual Battle

The fact is you and I are in a battle.  But, it is not a battle of finances, physical health, time management, or anything of the physical realm. It’s a spiritual battle and it is real.
4 Sure Signs Your Church Needs More First-Time Guests

4 Sure Signs Your Church Needs More First-Time Guests

As I’ve worked with churches across the country pondering over these issues, I’ve bumped into these sure signs that are evident in churches that aren’t seeing enough first-time guests arriving at their church.
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And Now, A Completely Different Argument for Tattoos

For most of my life, until yesterday, I thought the best I could do as a Christian was eek by, building a series of excuses for why I think it’s actually ok for me to have tattoos and still love Jesus.
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A Refuge for the Guilty Soul

When we consider the greatness of our sin — including the times we have harbored murderous anger toward a brother or sister — we must flee to Jesus, the refuge for the guilty souls of sinners.
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United Methodists' debate over sexuality did not begin with the ban on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ ordination the denomination’s global decision-making body reaffirmed at its 2019 special session. It started in 1972.

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