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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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I believe … in the Church – Christian Article

Recently at church camp, the speaker mentioned about the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed of A.D. 381 in his discussion about the mission of the church, where it states, “I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.” Traditionally, these have come to be known as the Four Marks or Attributes of the Church. As we explore the Book of Acts, particularly the life of the early church, it is worth considering what each of these attributes mean for us and the church.…

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3 Reasons Why You Need a Summer Missions Component with Your VBS – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Vacation Bible School is just around the corner. Hopefully you are well into the planning and preparation. There is always so much to do! Find volunteers. Prepare the spaces Create the decorations. Find volunteers. Gather the supplies. Train the team. Find volunteers. Communicate with other staff. Create promotional materials and get the word out. And did I mention finding volunteers??? So. Much. To. Do!! And this doesn’t even begin to speak to everything that needs to be done. If you’ve…

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Church Growth – Andy Lawrenson – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Church Growth I see many “free” video courses pop up on social media about church growth. “Is your church stuck at ___ (fill in the blank with the number) and you want to grow past _____ (fill in the blank with number). There are a lot of church growth strategies and ideas floating around out there. Here are two ways to grow a church: (in my opinion) Step One: Faithfully SharingBecoming a Great Commission Community. Church members sharing their faith…

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Remember You Are Dust… – Mike King – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent in the Christian liturgical calendar. This is a time of reflection and repentance in preparation for Easter and Eastertide. Ash Wednesday is one of the most meaningful services for me. It is the time when we are deeply reminded of our mortality and utter dependence on the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ. Last night at Jacob’s Well, Tim Keel shared Romans 12:2 from Eugene Peterson’s The Message. “Don’t become so well-adjusted to…

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Simon Peter’s Three (3) Denials of Christ and Peter’s Three Boastful Statements in the Gospel Accounts – End Times Christian Article

Peter’s Three (3) Denials of Christ and Three Boastful Statements in the Gospel Accounts________________________________ Why the Accounts in Luke, John, Matthew, and Mark Differ on What Jesus and Peter Said When Peter Proclaimed His Loyalty to Christ When Simon Peter proclaimed his loyalty to Jesus just before Jesus Christ’s unjust trial, Peter actually proclaimed his loyalty three different times. Twice, he proclaimed his loyalty to Jesus prior to Jesus and His disciples leaving to go to the Mount of Olives…

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Hurry Up and Grow! – Youth Ministry Christian Article

This is part two of a series. You can find part one HERE I’m the worst at waiting. When I’m getting ready to go on a trip I want time to speed up. When I’m in line at the fast food restaurant’s drive thru I want and expect my food is less that four minutes of my order. It seems the faster our technology moves the more impatient I become. Remember the old days on the internet. You would click…

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Do You Love Your Church? Love is Kind. Part 3 – Youth Ministry Christian Article

4 Love is patient and kind.1 Corinthians 13:4 Ministry is about people and there is no getting around it. When we put people in the mix we open the door to frustration. We cannot let our frustration or disappointment lead us to be unkind. Do we love our church? Love is kind, in fact kindness is a fruit of the Spirit. When the Holy Spirit is active in our lives kindness should be evident. If kindness is lacking then we need…

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Are we “pro-family” to families from the church? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

I spent parts of three days in Colorado Springs this past week at a meeting for Christian leaders convened by the Center for Public Justice and sponsored by the Flying Horse Foundation on providing paid leave to parents and caregivers who are eligible to take unpaid time off under provisions of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) but are unable to do so for economic reasons. I discovered during my time in Colorado that considerable bipartisan support exists in Washington…

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Does Your Church Truly Care for True Widows? – Christian Article

An especially important ministry of the earliest church was the ministry of caring for widows. In fact, early in the book of Acts we see that the church’s first conflict was related to widows, when some were unjustly favored over others. The Apostles responded by appointing a body of men of good repute to oversee and ensure the equitable distribution of charity. And though that was undoubtedly the right course of action, it did not solve every problem or answer…

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Andy Stanley Clearly Articulates the Premise of Irresistible

Andy Stanley Clearly Articulates the Premise of Irresistible Maggie John of the daily Christian television show 100 Huntley Street has posted a full, 49-minute interview she did with Andy Stanley, talking first about his famous father and his call to ministry, and then focusing in more directly on his book Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleased to the World. (Thomas Nelson, 2018) Some people have their minds made up about what Andy did say or did not say and that’s…

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Are America’s Megachurches Too Big to Fail? – Christian Article

2008 introduced us to the idea of something being “too big to fail.” In that case it was our nation’s largest banks. They had grown so large and played such a decisive role in our nation’s economy that our national government decided that it could not let the banks fail, even if those banks had made mistakes that should’ve ended with their closure. So the banks got bailouts, the bankers paid very little for destroying the economy, and thousands of…

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Your Children’s Ministry Summer Reading List (and Giveaway!) – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Summertime is fast approaching and, while summer can often be a very busy season, it can also be a great time to catch up on some reading. For the Children’s Ministry Leader, that means taking the time to read some of the best books on leading our ministry effectively. Here are three of the best books we recommend that every Children’s Ministry Leader should read (all were included in our recent post called 10 Great Books Every Children’s Ministry Leader…

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Five Theses on Preaching | Mere Orthodoxy – Christian Article

By Brad East (originally posted on Resident Theologian) 1. The principal subject matter for preaching, always and everywhere, is the triune God of Israel attested and revealed in the good news about Jesus, the Lord and Messiah of Israel. If a sermon could not plausibly be said to have been about that, it was not a sermon. 1.1. This is primarily a substantive point, that is, regarding what a sermon is “about,” which doesn’t mean that counting the number of times…

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What Does “Church” Mean Today? – Christian Article

In this week’s episode, Christian and Amy are exploring some questions about church and get a little help from some friends. What does the church mean in the 21st century? What of our identity, systems, or traditions should be preserved or continued? What needs to die? How do you think the Christian religion will look differently a generation or two from now? Topics and themes discussed: intersectionality, that is, the overlap of the labels we use for people, how differentiation…

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Five Things I Love About Churches of Christ – Christian Article

I grew up in churches of Christ. I unapologetically claim them as my family. But as a millennial, I recognize that many of my peers in churches of Christ are leaving or are incredibly critical. Of course, I recognize the truth in some of their complaints, but there are still countless reasons I love, appreciate, and remain committed to the congregations who identify as churches of Christ. Please don’t read the following list in a holier-than-thou tone I’m not saying…

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The Beautiful Unity of the Church – Christian Article

By Luis Palau Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God.— EPHESIANS 4:11–13 Deep in the jungles of a Latin American nation that shall remain nameless, I met three young men. Much like any passionate young fellows, they enjoyed time…

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Now That We’re All Here, You Can Home

Driving to church yesterday, I listened to a radio broadcast from a church located about two hours from where I live. After the sermon ended, the pastor announced that as the month of June was approaching “our programs are winding down for the summer.” Two years ago I combined a number for older posts into a single article, Church Continuity, Summer Shutdowns and Lake House Mentality. (Or you could say, ‘Cabin Mentality,’ or as we say here, ‘Cottage Mentality.’)  I’ll…

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Autism, God, and Family – Christian Article

In this week’s episode, Christian and Amy talk about autism, families, and ableism in the church. Their son, Mattias, who is on the spectrum, comes on the podcast to talk a little bit about what it’s like being on the spectrum, some of the challenges he faces, the most difficult moments in his life, what has changed, his experience in a new school environment, and about the time he told everyone in his class about being on spectrum. Amy and…

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For Those Whose Church Attendance is Down

by Ruth Wilkinson Boston was one of our most unique expeditions. Really interesting city, American history machine aside. Cool architecture, good subway, Chinatown, really easy to get lost, terrible maps, good food. Perfect. Some historic churches. Mostly for “freedom” reasons, of one kind or another. We chanced upon one that really struck me. Not as old as some of the others, probably. No “Paul Revere slept through the sermon here” plaques. But a lovely red brick building, tucked away in…

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Grace & truth | Skillful Shepherds – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Much has been debated recently regarding Singapore’s Penal Code, in particular Section 377A, following the recent decision by the Indian Supreme Court to rule in favour of decriminalising homosexuality. Several individuals (including prominent public figures) and groups have weighed in on both sides in print and online media platforms, and some have even been aggressively garnering support for online petitions either to support or repeal. What follows is a personal reflection on this pertinent…

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4 Ways To Keep Your Pastor From Quitting – Christian Article

Note: This post was written in partnership with The Good Book Company. However, I’m writing it from my own personal experience as a pastor.  — What’s the most awkward passage for a pastor to preach? Maybe one from Galatians where Paul uses the word “circumcision” approximately 57 times? Or maybe a passage out of Leviticus regarding uncleanness? Or maybe the one where David asks Saul what price he must pay to marry Michal (let the reader understand). Nope, not even…

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131 Questions to Ask a Potential Church Employer – Christian Article

One of the best things you can do in the job-search process is ask questions. I have created some of the questions below from scratch and others I’ve adapted. I’ve organized them by categories so they’re easier to use. Before you read them, here are a few things to keep in mind. First, the questions are malleable. Some questions may not fit your context until you tweak them. Second—and I want to stress this—the goal isn’t to ask every question.…

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On Being a Church for the Weak – Christian Article

By Matthew LaPine “How many BTU’s you rocking?” my co-worker ribbed on my boss’s deck. For a mid-2007 loan officer success was partly measured in British Thermal Units (the performance measure for gas grilling). The grill, the plasma, and the car were all tangible marks of winning a game that (it seemed) everyone was playing. One year before the Great Recession what motivated nearly every person in my business unit was not a secret: commissions. I only lasted a year…

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