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We Don't Serve a God of Scarcity

We Don’t Serve a God of Scarcity

The Bible acknowledges the reality of scarcity, but it re-casts that scarcity in the bigger picture of God’s abundant generosity.

Why Study Local Church History?

Knowing the history of our “neighborhood” enables us, wherever we live, to know and serve both God and our neighbors better in our locale. How does knowing local church history equip us to better serve our neighbors?
5 Things I Learned as a Pastor's Kid

5 Things I Learned as a Pastor’s Kid

I grew up as a pastor's kid and learned some pretty important lessons that churches need to know about pastors and their families.
Acquisition vs. Retention

Acquisition vs. Retention

In the business world, there is a clear understanding about the dynamic between acquisition vs. retention. Meaning the value of gaining new customers vs. keeping existing customers. Both, of course, are important.
Polarization Is Always an Identity Issue

Polarization Is Always an Identity Issue

Polarization happens when we move away from our identity in Christ being primary. Such a move will always call me to put undue weight on the identity of something else.
5 Reasons You Should Preach through 1 Thessalonians

5 Reasons You Should Preach Through 1 Thessalonians

The book of 1 Thessalonians inspires the church to endure the trials of persecution, hope for the future, and pursue everyday faithfulness. These themes are most certainly applicable to churches today.
pride

10 Leadership Statements That Often Come From a Heart of Pride

Many times what may appear to us—or we may label as—a leadership style or personality is actually a leader’s personal battle—and sin—of pride. And pride is very dangerous.
trust in the lord

Trust in the Lord…The Most Important Question to Ask Ourselves in Hard Times

All of us who trust in the Lord will go through challenging and hard times. We live in a fallen world. We suffer ourselves at times. In all these kinds of struggles we can be tempted to fear or wonder if the Lord will help us.
preparing for marriage

5 Ways That Every One of Us Should Be Preparing for Marriage

So much of the church’s language toward single people implies that the only task they have is preparing for marriage. And that’s true, but not in the sense that most people think.
I Wish Someone Had Told Me

25 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me

One of the benefits of aging is gaining a clear sense of what you wish you would have known when you were younger. It got me thinking along the same lines. So just for fun, here are five things, in five areas, I wish someone had told me.
Church Finances

12 Questions That Bring Clarity to Your Church Finances

I've never coached or consulted a church that told me they had too much money. That's why these 12 questions to bring clarity to church finances are helpful for every church.
Celebrity Pastors

Celebrity Pastors: Making Much of Men

We must guard ourselves from the celebrity pastors syndrome. By all means appreciate those men with evident credibility, but give God's Word the place which he has given to it.
Emotional Affair

10 Signs of an Emotional Affair

I often advise couples to be VERY careful about having close friends of the opposite sex, because most affairs start out as “friendships” that cross the line.
coronavirus prevention

When the Coronavirus Comes to Church: Are You Prepared?

As the coronavirus continues to spread outside of the epicenter in China, churches in the United States would be wise to prepare for a potential outbreak by educating themselves about coronavirus prevention.
Satan Loves You

Satan Loves You to Do This

Sometimes we do the things we hate. And sometimes we get confused and begin to hate ourselves for the things we’ve done. Want to know what Satan loves you to do--over and over and over?
Canaanite Woman

Why Does Jesus Call the Canaanite Woman a Dog?

I’ve always been a bit unsettled by Jesus’ reference to the Canaanite woman as a “dog.” But I noticed something a few nights ago when our associate pastor was teaching on this passage. I’d never noticed this thread before and I think it’s actually the key to understanding the passage
reassurance

Change Is Exhausting—Don’t Attempt It Without a Way to Recharge

The more everything changes, the more important it is to have places to rest, find reassurance and build up the courage to step out in faith again.
Looking Down on Others in Our Christian Subcultures

Looking and Talking Down on Others in Our Christian Subcultures

Looking and talking down on others in our Christian subcultures is not a new problem. The “looking down” and “talking down” can reveal we are finding our worth, our identity, and our standing in things that are less than the righteousness of Christ.
sermon illustration

How to Use Stories to Upgrade Your Sermons

A well-placed and relevant sermon illustration is the neutral zone where the application of the biblical text occurs.
who was mary magdalene

Before You Preach: 5 Things You Should Know About Mary Magdalene

Who was Mary Magdalene? She has been made out to be the seductress of Jesus, Jesus’ wife, or a promiscuous woman. But none of these claims are supported by the biblical texts.
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