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Greg Koukl: There would be no harvesting without good gardening – Christian Article

Some Christians are convinced we should try to get to the gospel in every encounter. Go for the gold. Press for the decision. Close the deal. I think the impulse is right-hearted, of course, but it’s wrongheaded for a good reason. Most people we encounter are not ripe for harvest. Don’t get me wrong. Harvesting is critical. There would be no kingdom expansion without it. But there would be no harvesting without good gardening, so without the spadework, there’s no…

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How to Love One Another, A New Series – Christian Article

Happy new year, everyone! It has been awhile since I have written a new blog post and I apologize for the delay. I am looking forward to another year of learning and growing with all of you. Today, I’m excited to briefly introduce an upcoming series of blog posts. I hope and pray it will be an encouraging series for all of us. The Importance of Love As followers of Jesus, there is nothing in the world more important than…

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Point Kids to the Gospel Through Great Books – Christian Article

One morning, while strolling through Oxford, J. R. R. Tolkien described Christianity to C. S. Lewis as the “true myth.” Christ, Tolkien explained, is the full revelation of God; all other great stories merely echo that truth. Lewis later credited this discussion with Tolkien as instrumental to his Christian conversion. A century later, the wisdom of that dialogue resurfaced in my personal life, though in humbler circumstances. I didn’t walk with scholars among halls of erudition. Instead, I sat at…

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Is our social media presence edifying and Christlike? – End Times Christian Article

By Elizabeth Prata I love the Redeeming Productivity blog and podcast. Here is the author, Reagan Rose’s summary of its raison d’être: A Christian Approach to Getting Stuff Done- timeThis is Redeeming Productivity, a blog and podcast, where we talk about technology, techniques, and theology in the light of the Bible, to help Christians get more done and glorify God in how they do it. I find his voice soothing and his material Christ honoring and useful for the everyday…

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Speaking Ability ≠ Effective Ministry – Christian Article

1 Corinthians 1: 1-5 “When I came to you, brothers, announcing the testimony of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom.  For I didn’t think it was a good idea to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  I came to you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom but with a powerful demonstration by the Spirit, so that your faith might not be based on men’s wisdom but on…

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Merry Christmas from Faithlife – Faithlife Blog – Christian Article

“Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”1 asked Charlie Brown in the Charles M. Schultz 1965 classic A Charlie Brown Christmas. With childlike simplicity, his buddy Linus answers by reciting Luke 2:8–14: And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And…

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Black Friday Deals: Save Up to 90% off Christian Courses and Books – Christian Article

This weekend’s Logos Black Friday sale is full of great resources for students of God’s Word.  Everyday Christians, small group leaders, and church staff alike can find unbelievable discounts on a variety of interesting books and courses, including these favorites: In God with Us: Themes from Matthew, you can see why D. A. Carson is one of the most thoughtful, readable theologians. This short book is an overview of Matthew that takes you chapter by chapter through the Gospel and…

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Cardigan Not Included: 8 Books to Help You Love Like Mister Rogers – Christian Article

These days are hectic and divisive—and while it can feel as if the chasms between each of us are deepening, recent films about Mister Rogers’ life are helping us remember our shared humanity.  I recently went to a screening of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a movie about Mister Rogers inspired by true events. I left the theater with a fresh sense of wonder for the rhythms of ordinary life and relationships. I felt the same way after watching…

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Maybe the Chairs SHOULDN’T Match – Home – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This week I’m at the Orange Conference. This table is not from this years theme. In fact in will quite likely not even be mentioned at all this week. But, as I walked around the conference I found myself looking at this table. As I looked at it, the symbolism of it struck me. This is not about a pretty picture. It’s not about a perfect place setting, worthy of a magazine. This table, and these chairs are about a…

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The Chief Distinguishing Mark of a False Prophet – Christian Article

How would you describe a false prophet? There are plenty of right responses to this question. Usually, what people think of are people who distort the Christian message for personal gain. If you said this you’d be off to a good start. But there is still one chief distinguishing mark of a false prophet above all else. What is it? The context is Matthew 7:13-23, what one church calls “The Scariest Passage in the Bible.” This is the beginning of…

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Resources on Generosity from a Biblical Perspective – Christian Article

Generosity is part of who God is—there are thousands of Bible verses that teach us about his generous character. We can also learn about biblical generosity from one another. Because we’re created to live in community, we are designed to care for and meet each other’s needs. Here are some helpful resources on generosity and the church. Poverty is much more than a lack of material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve it. When…

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Faithlife Ebooks Weekly Deals: Nov. 5–8, 2019 – Christian Article

Here are this week’s top deals, brought to you by Faithlife Ebooks. For more deals, visit our sale page or get our Free Book of the Month. Some of these deals are only good for a few days, so act fast to get these books at the sale price! Victory in Spiritual Warfare: Outfitting Yourself for the Battle In this unique exploration of spiritual warfare, Dr. Evans unveils a simple yet radical truth: every struggle and conflict faced in the…

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Should Christians Believe in Climate Change? – Christian Article

It’s no secret that people in our culture are deeply polarized over many different issues. One of the issues on which there seems to be much division is man-made climate change. Some say that humans are destroying the planet through carbon emissions. Others are doubtful, believing man-made climate change is politically motivated and has no basis in fact. How should Christians respond to the climate change debate? Should a Christian worldview allow for the possibility that we might be damaging…

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3 Tips for Running Ads for Your Church – Christian Article

Church advertising? Isn’t that a bit . . . commercial? I felt that way when I first started using Facebook ads for my church. But then I saw who was liking my church’s ad. Far from the usual suspects, dozens of people I’d never seen at our church were liking our ads—some even commented to ask for our address (don’t be like me: include your address and service times in your church ad). And it’s all because we made an…

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3 Ways to Battle Bitterness in Marriage – Christian Article

Most of us knows the story of the Trojan horse. For 10 years the warriors of ancient Greece besieged the city of Troy, but the stalwart defenders withstood their advances. Finally, Greece gave up frontal assaults and resorted to deception. They made a great wooden horse, inserted a band of commandos into its belly, and withdrew. Convinced their besiegers had given up, and curious about the horse, the men of Troy dragged the great statue into their city and went…

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Who Else Needs Wholesome Kids’ TV Shows for Holiday Breaks? – Christian Article

With Fall break and Thanksgiving break coming soon, kids will have more free time on their hands. Wouldn’t it be great to give them wholesome, faith-based kids’ tv shows to watch in their spare time? With Faithlife TV Plus, you have a wealth of Christian cartoons, movies, and shows created just for kids—accessible from any device. There’s even a kid’s mode so they can easily find their favorite shows. Be sure to check out the animated series, Ryan Defrates: Secret…

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A Christian Musician You Should Know – Christian Article

Tenielle Neda is a Reformed Christian song-writer from western Australia. With over 25,000+ monthly Spotify listeners, she’s mustered up a bit of a following, all without having released an official album. After listening to her songs you can see the draw. In a day where so much music sounds the same, Tenielle’s style and voice brings a refreshing contribution to the Christian genre. Photo Credit: Fuzz Digital Her new EP, Mercy, is officially out. There are six tracks on the…

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Expecting Much From Jesus This Week – Home – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This morning I sit in a Starbucks in Duluth, Georgia. Duluth is part of the greater Atlanta metropolitan area… at least that’s what I’m calling it. I’m sitting here, expecting Jesus to do something this week. You see, I’m in Atlanta for a conference. This is like my 7th or 8th time coming for this conference. In those years I have had a lot of fun and have seen Jesus do some great things in me and in whatever church…

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5 Resources to Celebrate World Teachers’ Day – Christian Article

Teaching is often thankless and can be exhausting. Yet every day teachers impact society by the lives they touch. Since today is World Teachers’ Day, we at Faithlife want to say “thank you” to all teachers for the work you do.  Here are five unique resources for teachers—whether you or a loved one teach elementary or secondary school, homeschool . . . even homiletics. For school teachers Created to Learn: A Christian Teacher’s Introduction to Educational Psychology, Second Edition This revised and expanded…

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Christian Reflections on Anger – Christian Article

Recently, I preached a sermon on anger (Matthew 5:21-26). As a result, I’ve been thinking more about this emotion. Today I want to share some of my imperfect reflections. This list not exhaustive just some things that came to mind. You can find them below. In no particular order: 1. There’s a difference between righteous anger and unrighteous anger. Is anger always a sin? No. The Bible never says, “Thou shall not get angry.” In fact, the Apostle Paul says,…

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Help Your Church Take Action on Their Generosity – Christian Article

As believers, we all experience times when the Holy Spirit speaks to us and we are compelled to action. During those moments, we’re in good company.  There were many times during Jesus’ earthly ministry when he was moved with compassion to help others. He stopped in the middle of a huge crowd to talk with the woman who touched the hem of his cloak (Mark 5:25–34). He passed by a man who was born blind and healed his sight (John…

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How One Alaska Church Is a Beacon in the Darkness – Christian Article

Nestled between the Chugach Range and the Talkeetna Mountains sits Palmer, Alaska, a city of around 7,200 people just 40 miles northeast of Anchorage. Palmer might look similar to many small towns throughout the United States, but its challenges are unique.  While Palmer is small, the city—and the state of Alaska—has the highest teen suicide rate per capita in the whole nation. As if that wasn’t heartbreaking enough, many Palmer residents face extreme poverty, abuse, hunger, and drugs. That’s where…

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The Difference Between “Natural Talents” and “Spiritual Gifts” – Christian Article

In the many years before I was a Christian, I used to hear believers talk about their “spiritual gifts”. They would describe their ability to sing or teach or perform a certain task, and for the life of me, these abilities merely sounded like “natural talents”. I came to the conclusion those wacky Christians just had a language all their own and a strong desire to see everything as a gift from God (when it could more easily be described…

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Who First Showed Danny Akin the Beauty of Jesus? – Christian Article

Emma Lou Akin was my mother and one of the kindest, godliest people I have ever known. She showed me the beauty of Jesus her whole life. Our family regularly noted that the phrase “I want” seemed to be completely absent from her vocabulary. Every time a special occasion rolled around, like her birthday, anniversary, or Mother’s Day, we would always ask, “Momma, what do you want to do?” “Where would you like to go out and eat?” Much to…

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Faithlife Ebooks Weekly Deals: July 2–5, 2019 – Christian Article

Here are this week’s top deals, brought to you by Faithlife Ebooks. For more deals, visit our sale page or get our Free Book of the Month. Some of these deals are only good for a few days, so act fast to get these books at the sale price! Glory in the Ordinary Folding laundry. Weeding the garden. Cooking dinner. Changing diapers. Work in the home can seem so meaningless. In this encouraging book, Courtney Reissig combats the common misconceptions…

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