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Â When you host a special day or event as a churchâ€”such as for Resurrection Sunday or a graduation or conferenceâ€”it is tempting to finish the event and then kick into low gear. Or, if you are Type A like me, finish the event and quickly move on to the next! We have learned however, [â€¦]Related posts:7 Practices to Build into Your Annual Calendar Cultivating Joy, Growth, and a Passion for Excellence in Your Staff 10 Diagnostic Questions to Assess Balance and Sustainability, part 1
No doubt about it, Resurrection Sunday is a highlight of the year. I thank God for the opportunity it provides many churches for extended outreach and gospel preaching, and I praise Him for every soul saved around the world this weekend. It is always a blessing to me to watch our church family invest extra [â€¦]Related posts:Continuing the Celebration: Living in Light of the Resurrection Growth Points 29: Seven Suggestions to Maximize Your Resurrection Sunday Outreach The Empty Tomb: a Surprise Beginning, Pictorial Steps to the Resurrection, Part 8
At Lancaster Baptist Church, we typically observe the Lord's Table several times throughout the year. One of those times is the Sunday before we celebrate Christ's Resurrection. I am thankful for how this focuses our hearts on Jesus' sacrifice and the events leading into His crucifixion and resurrection. Before we observed the Lord's Table this [â€¦]Related posts:Why I Love Laboring in the Work of the Lord What the Passion of Christ Teaches Us about Trials, part 1 How a Christian Should Celebrate Easter
The longer I serve in ministry, the more I recognize the value of working with young people. In fact, the longer I serve, the more I believe we should pour more of ourselves into serving our youth. Some of the most significant decisions of my life I made as a teenager. I sensed the call [â€¦]Related posts:Helping Teens Hear God's Call Growth Points 71: Characteristics of an Effective Servant of God 4 Ways Spiritual Leaders Build God's People
I'll be upfront: as an independent Baptist pastor, I am concerned. Statistics bear that various groups are sliding, and every indication is that established independent Baptist churches are seeing fewer people added to the church by baptism. This means that even as our nation is growing, our evangelism and discipleship efforts are not. Or at [â€¦]Related posts:4 Ways Spiritual Leaders Build God's People 3 Reasons You Should Not Attend Spiritual Leadership Conference (and 5 Reasons You Should) 5 Traits Common to Leaders Who Continue
One of Terrie's early, unspoken expectations of marriage was that I would help around the house. Shortly after we were married, we had invited company over for dinner. I noticed she was stressed with the preparations and offered to help. I was pleased with how delighted she was at my offer and silently congratulated myself [â€¦]Related posts:3 Myths about Marriage 10 Basic Marriage Truths Every Christian Spouse Should Know Marriage and Ministryâ€”Competing or Complementing?
As we approach Resurrection Sunday, our church is praying and working to impact our community with the largest gospel outreach in our history. Many of our friends around the country are similarly using Easter Sunday as an opportunity to magnify the message of the gospel. Over the years, we have developed printed resources for soulwinning, [â€¦]Related posts:What If You Took It Personally?Â 3 Often-Overlooked Ways Every Spiritual Leader Can Be Engaged in the Great Commission 7 Ways to Engage a Church in Regular Outreach
This past Monday, right after preaching at the Capitol Connection meeting in Washington D.C., I received a phone call from Terrie letting me know that her mother had just gone to be with the Lord. In some ways, we were not shocked as Shirley (aged ninety-one) had been in hospice care since this summer. But [â€¦]Related posts:Making the â€śMost Wonderful Time of the Yearâ€ť Wonderful Soulwinning Father's Day Weekend
In part 1 of this post, we set the context for wanting our music to be honoring to God and offered three principles related to music. In part 2 we looked at seven more principles, for a total so far of 10: I believe preaching is central in worship and evangelism. I believe music is [â€¦]Related posts:Biblical Principles for Music and Worship, Part 2 Biblical Principles for Music and Worship 7 Biblical Purposes for Music
In part 1 of this post, we set the context for wanting our music to be honoring to God, and we looked at three principles related to music: I believe preaching is central in worship and evangelism. I believe music is to reflect the holiness of God. I believe there is a true danger in [â€¦]Related posts:7 Biblical Purposes for Music Biblical Principles for Music and Worship 3 Expressions of a Thankful Heart
I thank God for the gift of music. I am particularly thankful for sacred, Christ-honoring music. Music is an integral part of worship and edification. It can draw our hearts closer to the Lord and reinforce scriptural truths in our minds, or it can weaken our walk with God and pull our flesh toward theÂ world. [â€¦]Related posts:7 Biblical Purposes for Music New Podcast Posted: Principles for Biblical Church Growth 7 Principles for Hiring Quality Church Staff
One of the greatest joys of my life is training young men and women in the ministry through West Coast Baptist College. It is aÂ privilege to make a joint investment in what parents, home pastors, teachers, and others have already poured into our studentsâ€™ lives. It seems that wherever I travel to preach (including foreign [â€¦]Related posts:WCBC Graduate Interview: Kyle Haynes We Need More Timothys 10 Indicators of a Spirit-Filled Leader
Words cannot express how thankful I am that the Lord brought Dr. Don Sisk into my life over twenty-five years ago.Â I will never forget the day I met him at a pastor's fellowship in Atlanta, Georgia. The meeting turned out to be non-edifying and issue-orientated, and before it was over, I found myself seated [â€¦]Related posts:Don & Virginia Sisk 60 Years of Serving 10 Ways to Be a Blessing to Your Missionaries
We know that a biblical perspective on our finances is based in the awareness that God is the ultimate owner of everything and has entrusted resources to us to steward, or manage, for Him. Our job, then, is to be faithful stewards. It's easy to talk about faithfulness and to assume we are faithful just [â€¦]Related posts:7 Disciplines of Highly Renewed Life Stewards 4 Stewardship Habits to Teach Your Children Why I Preach about Finances
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