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Grace Hills: A Growing Church for a Growing Community

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I'm in awe of God because He is God and because of all that I know to be true about Him from Scripture. And I'm humbled to be a part of what he is doing in the world today. I just got to share this brief update about Grace Hills Church via Mission:World Magazine. Will you read it …

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24 Great Links for Leaders, Readers, and Creatives

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9 Major Stallers To Church Projects and Initiatives, by Tony Morgan Churches often get a bad reputation for not being able to see things through. In fact, in nearly every church I’ve worked with, someone has shared the story of a past initiative that fell short of the finish …

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Before Your Church Starts Using Social Media…

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Should churches utilize social media for the mission of carrying the gospel to the ends of the earth? Yes! But after a decade or so of helping churches and leaders utilize blogging and social networking for ministry I've come to a solid conclusion that every church leader needs …

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There Is a Narcissism Epidemic In Our Culture. Are You a Carrier?


Me. Myself. And I. The three people we tend to care about the most in western civilization. Since the fall of Adam and Eve, the sickness of self-absorption has infected all of humanity, but it has particularly affected segments of the population that have adopted cultural values …

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If I Could Just Control My Mouth…

Cat Mouth

The Apostle James said it best. The tongue is like a fire, or perhaps poison. When not under control, our mouths can destroy lives, especially our own. He went on to say, "If we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way." …

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48 Great Links for Leaders, Readers, and Creatives – March 16, 2015

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Two Surprising Areas Many Pastors And Church Leaders Are Least Trusted, by Brian K. Dodd Trust is a fragile.  Trust is the foundation of all healthy relationships.  Trust takes a lifetime to build but can be lost at a moment in time.  You cannot grow a church without …

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It Took a Death to Purchase Life

The Cost

Yesterday, Pastor Neil and I were sitting in a local Starbuck's (one of our many new church offices throughout the community) catching up about life and reflecting on our current teaching series at Grace Hills. It's all about the cross. A woman seated directly behind us got up to …

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The Message of the Cross Makes All the Difference

Garden Cross

Yesterday, we launched a new message series at Grace Hills all about The CROSS. I'm not sure I've ever felt the power of God overwhelm me for a message as much as the first in this series, and I think I know why. Paul said it this way: The message of the cross is foolish to …

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Serving Broken People Is Beautifully Messy

Broken Guy

"I'm not broken. Get off my Facebook." Our church uses a lot of sponsored Facebook posts. Aside from attenders bringing friends, it's the primary way that people in Northwest Arkansas discover us and check us out on Sunday. One of our posts referenced an upcoming message about …

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Feeling Guilty? Why We Should Embrace the Gift of Guilt

Cross On the Wall

Regret stinks. It's an awful place to live. None of us like to feel guilty. So here's some good news and some bad news about guilt. The bad news is, you're guilty. As I am. As everyone is. The Apostle Paul made it pretty explicit, quoting the 53rd Psalm, As the Scriptures …

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