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I Never Expected to Doubt

I had been experiencing doubt about God’s existence and the Christianity I had believed to be true my whole life. But until that moment, I didn’t realize how deeply that doubt had wrapped itself around my mind.

8 Elements Common to Answered Prayers

Our God tells us what to ask for, and even when we ask amiss, he grants us only that which is good for us and for his glory. Today we examine another stanza from Psalm 119 that tells us how to know what requests to make of God for answered prayers.

5 Things Young Adults Need from Church

Everyone seems to be talking about millennials, from how they vote to their work and their relationships. It’s a complex generation, and as they enter adulthood, many church leaders are considering how best to minister to young adults.

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.

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.

4 Ways to Build Leadership Transparency

After a two-year study process, our board of elders presented the changes to our church resulting in overwhelming approval, a unanimous vote. A key reason the process went so well was because they ruthlessly practiced leadership transparency.

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?

One Prayer That Works Every Time

I really just wanted to share with you what I’ve discovered as the ONLY prayer that works 100 percent of the time.

Why the Church Needs a Greater Sense of Wonder

After twenty-four years of pastoral ministry, I have found the one thing the church in our day loves most is change and innovation, but the one thing we need most is a sense of wonder.

5 Deadly Sins of an Unhealthy Church

When I encounter these sins in an unhealthy church they become the subject of much of my teaching and leadership, since each of them have biblical implications. I am not afraid to challenge these head-on if needed

Do Denominations Matter?

Do denominations matter? "Associating" and "cooperating" for a common goal is easier said than done. Cooperation requires common conviction, unity, and grace.

Can Rich People Go to Heaven?

The rich young man thought he was acting in his own best interests by clinging to his wealth. He couldn’t have been more wrong.

7 Signs You Are a Counterfeit Christian

What are qualities of a counterfeit Christian? This question is important. Much like fake money, fake Christians have no value.

What Does the Bible Say About Domestic Violence?

What does the Bible say about domestic abuse victims? Despite it being a reality within the church, we have largely remained silent on the abuse so embedded in our homes and neighborhoods.

4 Reasons Every Church Needs Senior Saints Ministry – And IN Ministry

Sometimes senior saints question their usefulness in the church as they age. That’s unfortunate because they’re an essential part of the body of Christ. Here are four reasons every local church needs them.

5 Ways to Sweeten Your Morning with God

Give your morning devotions these five major upgrades, and you will likely see a big difference in the grace you see flowing into your life during those quiet hours.

11 Obstacles to Effective Discipleship

Do we give up in this work? No, we recognize the obstacles and push around them. Making effective disciples is not optional for us. 

Is God a Bully? (Some People Think So)

Is God a Bully? Does the Bible talk about God’s wrath? Yes. But does this mean God is a wrathful being looking to seek and destroy anything that comes in his way? No!

Do Contemporary Churches Make Disciples?

Is it any surprise that contemporary churches are filled with people who do not demonstrate a significant difference from the rest of society?

Are American Christians on the Path to Severe Persecution for Their Faith?

"American Christians still enjoy broad religious protections under the law," says David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, "and the intensity of what Christians face here pales in comparison to the depths of persecution suffered by followers of Jesus in many places around the world."

Not a Will Ferrell Movie: ‘Soccer Baby Jesus’ Is Real —...

FIFA initiated its highly anticipated month-long tournament known as The World Cup. That means fans of Mexico's team have already begun praying to "Soccer Baby Jesus" in hopes of capturing the coveted trophy.

Trillia Newbell: How Church Leaders Can Deal With Fear and Anxiety

Trillia Newbell joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to explain how the Lord has helped her with her fear and anxiety and also to share some thoughts on women in ministry.

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