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What to Preach This Sunday In Light of the End of the World

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It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine... That's a line from the chorus of a hit song by the band R.E.M. And I think, surprisingly, there's a great deal of truth in it. I was pulled aside after a Sunday morning service not long ago by an attender who …

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5 Ways to Recover Your Passion for Pastoral Leadership

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I've been there. I've been burned out and depressed, discouraged and defeated. I've led in atmospheres where every creative idea was smothered by questions rooted in fear. I've been distracted by secondary interests. I've given into my own emotions and have isolated myself from …

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SINCE Jesus Christ Rose from the Dead…

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When I was a kid, I heard the gospel and believed it. I didn't fully understand it, but I believed it. I can remember attending our annual Easter Sunday sunrise service at the foot of the hill that hosted the headstones of our little country church's cemetery. The Pastor …

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4 Ways You Can Use Social Media for Good

Small Groups

I just wrote an article for one of the best websites on the net for small group ministry, SmallGroups.com. Here's the intro: No one can deny the popularity of social networking. It's everywhere. It's the cloud we breathe all the time without even thinking about it. If you're …

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What Did Jesus Suffer? And Why?

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About seven hundred years before Jesus died on the cross, Isaiah wrote about it in extraordinary detail... Who has believed our message? To whom has the LORD revealed his powerful arm? My servant grew up in the LORD’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry …

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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

Saddleback Church Staff

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?

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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…

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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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