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broken relationships

5 Tips for Broken Relationships in the Church

Relational casualties, broken relationships, will come with close friends, church board members, core group participants, and treasurers, and sometimes from their own children.

Finding Peace Through an Ancient Prayer

One simple sentence, filled with meaning -- and peace.
more-than-help

In Need of More Than Help

Acknowledging we are frail, dependent, and our need of more than help is the first and sustained step to living with ultimate hope.
biological sex

Understanding Transgender, Non-Binary, and Intersex

We’re not just talking about an issue; we’re talking about people. Because It’s about both people and an issue, and so we must aim to be both biblical on the issue and loving to people. Especially when people are struggling with their biological sex.
Cultivate a Heart of Contentment

How to Overcome Comparison: Cultivate a Contented Heart

Cultivate a heart of contentment for true peace.
church evangelism strategies

5 Must-Have Church Evangelism Strategies

Will Mancini offers time-tested wisdom with these five essentials that any outreach strategy MUST have in order to work in your local culture.
fear not

“Fear Not”: The Signpost of Another World

One of the most repeated phrases in scripture is fear not -- do not be afraid. It’s almost as if the God who created us knows us and knows that much of what we do is driven by the blasphemy of pessimism.
Operation Christmas Child

The Good News Blossoms in Gambia Through the Greatest Journey

“Thank you, Operation Christmas Child, for the great opportunity to reach out to kids,” Johnjames, a missionary, said. “My involvement with the Samaritan’s Purse project has really encouraged my ministry in Gambia."
new church

5 Leadership Reminders When Launching a New Church

God used the pandemic to birth four new congregations, officially launching last weekend. My heart is so full as I write this. I am so proud of our team and so thankful to be able to see a new church in those amazing cities.
find volunteers

2 Reasons You Can’t Find Volunteers

Working with ministries around the world the one question we hear more than any other is, “How do you find volunteers?”
When Prayer Doesn't Work

6 Things to Do When Prayer Doesn’t Work

What do you do when prayer doesn't work? You know God loves you. You know He answers prayer. You know your eternal destiny is secured. But have you ever secretly, quietly, wondered, “God are you with me right now?”
never say to your pastor

The One Sentence Pastors Hate to Hear

There is one sentence you should never say to your pastor or church staff. Even as the first few words are spoken, the listener feels his or her emotions plummeting.
disrespectful people

How to Honor Disrespectful People

None of us are perfect, but that doesn’t mean we are to withhold honor from people who are dishonorable.
Christian

11 Signs of an Emotionally Mature Christian

Why are so many Christians judgmental and defensive? Part of the answer lies in a failure to be a mature Christian.
9/11

Three SBC Leaders Reflect on 9/11

Twenty years later, our call to love others, uphold religious liberty, and share the gospel remains.
characteristics of evangelistic pastors.

12 Characteristics of Evangelistic Pastors

In almost 25 years of studying churches in North America, never have I yet found an evangelistic church that was not led by a strongly evangelistic pastor. Here are 12 characteristics of evangelistic pastors.
singles events

Singles Church Events – Please Give Us Space to Mingle

Even well-meaning church leaders might be unaware of the pain a lot of Christian singles feel when it comes to finding a potential spouse. The church can step in to create singles events that are just the right balance of intentionality and fluidity.
Dream Center

L.A. Is Struggling. Here’s What Motivates Me To Stay and Serve

Matthew Barnett of the Dream Center: "We are currently living in the most outrageous ministry era that looks like the set of a motion picture."
verses about sexual purity

It’s Not for Teenagers Only: Verses on Sexual Purity

If we look at Bible verses about sexual purity, it's obvious that purity is just as much for the Gen X’ers and the Baby Boomers as it is for Generation Z. Basically, it doesn’t matter if your 15 or 55. We're all called to be pure.
Relationship With Jesus

Relationship with Jesus – Heart Over Intellect

An omniscient God is not impressed with the size of our intellect, but he is impressed with the size of our heart. He desires relationship with Jesus over intellectual skill.

Cathedral to Replace Confederate Windows With Stained Glass Reflecting Black Life

Four years after the Washington National Cathedral removed windows depicting Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, the windows will be filled with work by artist Kerry James Marshall related to racial justice.

Ann Voskamp: What We Are Missing in God’s Vision for Hospitality

"It's not about becoming like Julia Child," says Ann Voskamp. "Hospitality is about welcoming in the marginalized as the next child of God."

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