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This Is Why You Don’t Put New Wine in an Old Wineskin

Don’t be satisfied with the old wine of your traditions and risk refusing the new wine of Christ’s grace. If you are pertinaciously clinging to an inappropriate, legalistic tradition, there’s something you can do today: let it go!

7 Reasons Most Churches Don’t Reach the Lost

Through prayer, hard work and a relentless Gospel focus we experienced strong growth primarily due to new believers being added to our church roles.

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.

How To Receive Criticism and Respond With Grace

Randy Alcorn: "I love this advice from Scott Sauls about how to receive criticism and respond with grace. There’s a lot of wisdom here."

5 Reasons I’m Starting To Read a Paper Bible Again

"What are your thoughts and experiences about reading a paper Bible versus an electronic one?"

We Can Do Better Than “Because the Bible Says So”

When using because the Bible says so with those who do not accept the total authority of Scripture, the argument is a non-starter. Why would they give any special credence to a source they consider elusive or dubious?

6 Ways to Love People Like Jesus Did

Over the years, I’ve explored the life of Jesus, and here’s what I’ve learned about his approach to loving humanity. Now I want to love people like Jesus did.

7 Ways to Lose Ministry Volunteers

If ministry volunteers aren’t validated in the ministry you lead, then they will look for another place where they are.

6 Must-Ask Questions to Help Find Your Personal Calling

As we locate the warm embers of God’s personal calling inside ourselves, we must faithfully fan those flames. God desires for a sense of mission to burn within us, driving us forward in the perilous journey we call life.

13 Thanksgiving Meditations

Slow down! You're probably not scheduled to preach on Thanksgiving Day, so why not enrich your own spiritual life with these Thanksgiving meditations.

7 of the Most Dangerous Church Cultures I’ve Observed

It is hard pastoring a toxic church. Sadly, according to numerous statistics, more churches are in decline or have plateaued than are growing. Here are some of the characteristics of the most dangerous church cultures I have observed.

Is Your Church a Fellowship of Low Expectations?

Many pastors lack the vision of a church filled with mature disciples and are trapped in the fellowship of low expectations. Is it any wonder the church at large is powerless?

10 Things Healthy Leaders Do Daily

What makes people healthy leaders? It’s not what you can do in A day, but EVERY day that matters. Here are 10 things strong leaders do daily.

15 Preaching Quotes for Thanksgiving

Good preaching quotes great preachers. How much will you talk about Thanksgiving (or the giving of thanks) from the pulpit this year? 400 years of American history, coupled with the full history of the church worldwide, provides us with plenty of preaching quotes for Thanksgiving.

12 Things Leaders Must Demand From Their Teams To Be Successful

Great leaders are always calling out the best in their teams and expecting them to go to the next level. Here are 12 things leaders must demand from their teams to be successful.

Psalm 46:10 Meaning: “Be Still” – and Know the Context!

“Rest in the presence of the Lord” is what most are meaning when they quote this verse. The theology is true but it’s not honest to what Psalm 46:10 is actually saying.

What is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

The baptism in the Holy Spirit is one of the most amazing gifts that God offers to us. It’s nothing to be afraid of or to avoid, so go on and be filled and re-filled.

Led by the Spirit—What Does it Mean?

Every true believer is being led by the Spirit of God. We are led away from our sin and into paths of righteousness. This is what it means to be led by the Spirit of God.

Greg Laurie: Are Thoughts Sin?

Why is it important that you watch your thoughts? It has been said, “Sow a thought, reap an act; sow an act, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” And we can learn a lot about this principle from the life of Joseph.

7 Sayings People Mistake for Scripture

These commonWhen we start assigning cultural idioms, catchphrases or ideals to Scripture, it's probably time to make sure that what we're sharing is actually from the Bible. In that vein, here are seven phrases and ideas that people commonly mistake for Scripture but actually come from many different sources.

Mission Aviation Fellowship Issues Urgent Call for Release of U.S. Citizen...

Mission Aviation Fellowship has urged officials in Mozambique to expedite the release of pilot Ryan Koher, a U.S. citizen who has been wrongfully detained in the country since November 4.

Bryan Loritts’ Best Advice for Church Leaders Struggling With Fatherhood

Dr. Bryan Loritts joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to encourage church leaders who are struggling with fatherhood and to share four important gifts all dads can give their kids.

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