Friday, December 09, 2016

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A Lean Ministry is a Smart Ministry

one local church can do every ministry. The question then becomes which ministries and how many? How do you decide? How many is too many? Read More

Vital Leadership – Part Seven

The work of leading a church in a revitalizing work is not for the faint of heart or the fly-by-night leader. You will need others to encourage you. And, the right people in your life can motivate you to see far more than you might dream. Do you have a mentor who exhibits a passionate, Christ-loving life, and effectively leads? You do not have to walk this road alone. Read More

40 Ways to Increase Baptisms in the Next Year

Baptism is the outward sign of an inward change in a person who has placed their trust in Jesus. We don’t save people — Jesus does that. We just have the privilege of helping them make their big outward profession of faith in the form of baptism. Read More

Shrinking God: Why that’s not a good idea

For some reason, at the very time we need God’s great love and power, we keep trying to make Him less than He is. Read More

The Precious Blood Of Jesus

Erik Raymond examines to whom the blood of Jesus is precious and why it is unique. Read More

Continually Washed by the Gospel

Right after you were born, the blood and vernix on your body was washed off by a nurse or even your mom or dad. Have you taken a bath or shower since the day you were born? Of course you have. Our bodies continually become dirtied, requiring new cleansing. It is the same way with us spiritually. Even after we are born again by the Spirit of God (John 3:1–8), we continue to sin. We have to be washed for the first time by Jesus, but He also continues to wash us of our sins. Read More

3 Points on Delegation You Cannot Ignore

You’re overworked or out of your skill set. Something needs to change. Read More

10 Reasons Pastors Stay in a Tough Ministry

A student asked me this week if I’ve ever thought about running from my ministry. Yes, I have, especially during the toughest times. Based on my own experiences and my interviews with struggling pastors over the years, here are some reasons pastors don’t run. Read More

Evangelicals, your attacks on ‘the media’ are getting dangerous

Gallup recently reported that “trust and confidence” in media have fallen to record lows. “News has become akin to religion; it’s accepted or rejected as a matter of faith, depending on the source,” Robert Samuelson, a right-of-center columnist, recently wrote for The Washington Post. Read More

Recent Research on End-of-Life Issues Reveal Holes in Our Theology

If we are pro-life, we are anti-assisted suicide. Read More

Only Half Of America's 30-Year-Olds Are Making More Than Their Parents

The American Dream is slipping out of reach for a greater number of young people, according to a new study, which shows the declining odds that children will earn more money than their parents. Read More

U.S. Kids Far Less Likely To Out-Earn Their Parents, As Inequality Grows

The widening gap between rich and poor Americans has pushed the chances of children earning more money than their parents down to around 50 percent, economic researchers say. That's a sharp fall from 1940, when 90 percent of kids were destined to move up the income ladder. Read More

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