The Essential Mark of Christian Hospitality – Christian Article

If you were asked to list biblical marks of a true Christian, what would your list look like? There are certain marks that should point to an inward conversion—one such mark is hospitality. If you were to talk to many Christians about the fruit of a believer, you would often hear about a love for the Bible, an affection for the local church, a passion to reach unbelievers with the gospel, the use of spiritual gifts within the local church,…

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Angela Watkins Rivers: Sunday – God Starts the Church – Children’s Sunday School Lesson – Acts 2:1-12, 22-24, 36-41 – Christian Article

God sent the wind and the fire and gave the disciples the ability to speak in different languages. He did this so all the people would know that God had decided it was time to start the church. Peter wanted everyone to know that the man they knew as Jesus was the Son of God. People who belong to God’s church believe that Jesus is God’s Son. What makes the church special? What special thing about Jesus do people in…

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Disability ministry will become essential to the church’s witness in the 2020s – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This post in the first in a series examining ten disability ministry trends to watch in the coming decade. Today Dr. Grcevich will explore the forces that will propel ministry with the vulnerable – highlighted by ministry with persons with disabilities – to the forefront of the church’s public witness. Compared to a lot of my friends involved with ministry, I get to spend much of my time at work surrounded by colleagues who are either indifferent or openly hostile…

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3 Traits of Kids Who Don’t Leave the Church – Youth Ministry Christian Article

“What do we do about our kids?” The group of parents sat together in my office, wiping their eyes. I’m a high school pastor, but for once, they weren’t talking about 16-year-olds drinking and partying. They were talking about youth church attendance. Each had a story to tell about a “good Christian” child, raised in their home and in our church, who had walked away from the faith during the college years. These children had come through our church’s youth…

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Jesus’ Parents Took Him to Church on Groundhog Day :-) – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Well, maybe not exactly😄 February 2nd (40 days after Christmas) can be celebrated as the day that Jesus first went to church?   In Luke 2:22-35 it is recorded that 40 days after Jesus’ birth, Mary and Joseph took infant Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem for the ritual purification of Mary after childbirth and  to present their first born which was required by the Law of Moses. As they presented Jesus to Simeon, he prophesied: According to Your word;For my eyes have…

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Dear Church—Please Don’t Overlook or Undervalue the Young – Christian Article

In a recent article, I pointed out why the local church should not overlook or undervalue the elderly. Today, I want to address another group that can be overlooked or in some cases the basis of frustration within the local church. Interestingly enough, it’s the young ones—sometimes even the youngest of all. We are living in a time in history where children are undervalued and often avoided. “When Virgin Voyages debuts its first ship in 2020, it will sail without…

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Advocating for Women in Youth Ministry – we really must do better! – Youth Work Hacks – Youth Ministry Christian Article

A couple of years ago I received a bit of pushback to my 11 essential youth ministry books because none of them were written by women. My response was that this, unfortunately, is the reality of the market. For every youth work book written by a woman there are dozens written by men. There is an enormous problem with the body language of youth ministry towards women. Women and Youth Ministry I’m always nervous writing on topics like this because I don’t want to…

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Violence Against Christians Surges; More Than 1,000% Increase in Attacks on Churches Since 2018 – Christian Article

“If one part [of the Body of Christ] suffers, every part suffers with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:26 The world has become less tolerant and less safe for hundreds of millions of Christians. Based on current statistics, every day around the world … 8 Christians are killed for their faith 23 Christians are raped or sexually harassed 25 Churches are targeted and attacked 10 Christians are unjustly arrested or imprisoned for their faith. [Sign up to receive the free email devotional,…

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FREE Social Media Course – TerraceCrawford.comTerraceCrawford.com – Youth Ministry Christian Article

My friend, Nils Smith, is one of the leading voices on Social Media in the church world today. He has created a 3-part Video Course designed to help churches grow! Are you ready to grow your church using social media? Nils has created 3 unique training sessions on the following: Top 10 Mistakes Churches Make with Social Media The Facebook Framework to Grow Your Church Defining the Win for Your Church on Social Media There is no catch, it’s absolutely…

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The Deficient Great Commission – Christian Article

As I was reading the book I could tell the author was driven by the prospect of making disciples. Every other word was “mission” “culture” “multiplication” “evangelism” “outreach” and so forth. Governing the author’s intention was his understanding of the great commission which is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. This is a good start. “We exist to make disciples of Jesus,” a church’s mission statement might say. You’ve probably seen that on a website or a church sign before.…

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New Uses for the Hymn Board – Christian Article

New Uses for the Hymn Board After yesterday’s discussion on Twitter prompted by Traci Rhoades, I thought you’d like to see what my wife did when she inherited a hymn board at the church where she now serves. For Advent it got more complicated! The second line in this board is replaced each week… …with the lines shown on the right in this picture. And the candle flames on the left……end up on the hymn board on the other side of…

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Angela Watkins Rivers: Sunday – The Church Gets Busy – Children’s Sunday School Lesson – Acts 2:42-47 – Christian Article

The Believers Share Their Lives Together. The Fellowship of the Believers. Spiritual unity finds practical expression in readiness to share money and possession. What things do people do at Church? The believers studied what the apostles taught. They shared their lives together. They ate and prayed together. Everyone was amazed at what God was doing. They were amazed when the apostles performed many wonders and signs. All the believers were together. They shared everything they had. They sold property and…

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New Documentary: Spirit & Truth – Christian Article

Recently, I had the privilege to watch the new documentary Spirit & Truth and I want to explain why you should take time to watch it yourself.  The Necessity of Worship As followers of Christ, we are called to worship God. Worship is not something that’s optional. God has created us as beings who will worship God or something else. When we pause to consider the necessity of worship—that God has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light…

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Church on mission (Craig Ott 2019) – Christian Article

Church on mission (Craig Ott 2019) I had the privilege of sitting through a book talk at our TEDS library given by Dr Craig Ott, our PhD ICS director and program advisor. He was speaking on a newly written/launched book “The Church on Mission,” based on part of the EFCA’s mission statement – “To glorify God by multiplying transformational churches among all people.” A big part of my enrolling and coming to TEDS and the PhD ICS program here is because…

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Angelica Zambrano Mora’s Second (4th) Testimony of Heaven and Hell – End Times Christian Article

A note from admin: Before we show you Angelica Zambrano Mora’s fourth experience, we want to share a message with you. Please take time to read this first. It will bless you. Angelica Zambrano Mora (an Ecuadorian evangelist) received out-of-body experiences, dreams, and visions to share with the world since she was 17-years-old. Her main audience is in Spanish-speaking countries, but her videos have been translated into English. She had her first experience in Heaven and Hell back when she was 17.…

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Angelica Zambrano Mora’s Third (3rd) Testimony of Heaven and Hell – End Times Christian Article

A note from admin: Below this message is a translation of an Ecuadorian evangelist’s third testimony. Angelica Zambrano Mora received out-of-body experiences, dreams, and visions to share with the world. Her main audience is in Spanish-speaking countries, but her videos have been translated into English. She had her first experience in Heaven and Hell back when she was 17. Since then, she has had other experiences.  Through her testimonies, she has shared with the world how God had supernaturally taken her out…

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Dammit Isn’t God’s Last Name – Christian Article

On the last Friday night of the month, Youth Pastor Wayne Wyatt would suspend the normal Youth Group format in order to have either a sports night or a music night. For the music nights, he would book a band that was known either locally or regionally, but this week was an exception. “We don’t really have a name;” the guitar player told him. Wayne preferred to use bands that had played other area churches so he could contact the…

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Angelica Zambrano Mora’s Second (2nd) Testimony of Heaven and Hell – End Times Christian Article

A note from admin: Before we show you Angelica Zambrano Mora’s second experience in Heaven and Hell, we want to share a message with you. Please take time to read this first. It will bless you.Angelica Zambrano Mora (an Ecuadorian evangelist) had out-of-body experiences, dreams, and visions, which she has shared with the world. Her main audience is in Spanish-speaking countries, but her videos have been translated into English. She had her first experience in Heaven and Hell back when she was…

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Angelica Zambrano Mora’s First (1st) Testimony of Heaven and Hell – End Times Christian Article

A note from admin: Before we show you Angelica Zambrano Mora’s first experience, we want to share a message with you. Please take time to read this first. It will bless you. Angelica Zambrano Mora (an Ecuadorian evangelist) received out-of-body experiences, dreams, and visions to share with the world. Her main audience is in Spanish-speaking countries, but her videos have been translated into English. She had her first experience in Heaven and Hell back when she was 17. Since then, she has had other…

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12 Vital Reasons Each Of Us Should Be Part Of A Church – Christian Article

Do you really need to be involved in a church? Can’t believers just worship Jesus on their own? Why do we need to be involved in “organized religion?” It seems like a growing trend that many Christians don’t believe they need to be part of a church.  Yes, we can and should worship and love Jesus individually. But we should also worship, pursue and love him with others. In fact, it is essential and vital to our spiritual lives and…

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Two Church Votes—One was Joyful and the Other was Sorrowful—Both Resulted in Tears – Christian Article

If you’ve been a member within a local church for any length of time, you know that being engaged with a church family has both highs and lows associated with it—much like your nuclear family.  This past week, as we gathered for our quarterly membership meeting, we reviewed items of business and heard from various pastors within our church on ministry reports and important service opportunities that are approaching on the horizon.  What came next were two conclusive church votes,…

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Being in the moment with people – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

  Photo courtesy of @kaneshow via Twitter What do you do if you’re a rock star and a ten year old super fan, who happens to have Down’s syndrome, gets super nervous and subsequently sinks to the ground upon meeting you backstage? If you’re Adam Levine, you ask the entire Maroon 5 band to join you in laying down on the floor near the boy as his mother cradles him. Then you chat. About life, music, and how cool it is…

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Church visits (Chicagoland) | Skillful Shepherds – Christian Article

Church visits (Chicagoland) I had the opportunity to visit 2 church services last Sunday. The first was a satellite extension of megachurch Willow Creek at South Lake. Worship, welcome and communion was live, but the sermon was livestreamed from their main campus at South Barrington (as they are going through a series on Philippians).The other was a homey small church near TEDS called Village Church of Lincolnshire (VCL), part of the EFCA denomination. The long-serving pastor of 20+ years there…

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How To Avoid Distraction In Church On Sunday – Christian Article

We arrive with the intent to worship Jesus with focus. But the burdens of our week, the tensions of our morning, the children by our side, the anxiety of our upcoming schedule all conspire to distract us. here are four ways you can avoid Distraction in Church   1. Choose your seat wisely. For me, I have found that sitting in the center towards the front helps me to focus my attention.  I have fewer things to look at because…

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Summer Break – Andy Lawrenson – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Life is hectic! Who isn’t busy this summer? One of the things I enjoy in life is posting here to my blog. It has been a while since I posted. I have found that I have been pretty busy this summer. What has happened so far this summer? In June I traveled with our student ministry to the island of Eleuthera on our mission trip. While in Eleuthera our students helped Camp Bahamas prepare for summer camp. Side Note: By…

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