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This Coming Weekend: How to Have Hope Every Day

Why We Hope Sermon Series

Easter offers us hope for the forgiveness of sin and for eternal life. But there is more! God offers us some huge reasons to have hope every single day! In part two of Why We Hope, coming up this Sunday at Grace Hills, we'll look at the three big gifts Jesus gives today to help us live with hope every day no …

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Leading In the Afterglow of a Big Sunday

Amazing Love

I was humbled by the words scribbled on the back of a communication card this past Sunday: This was my first time to church. I have struggled most of my life and just find myself in the worst situations. Listening to your sermon gave me a lot to think about and I am ready to let Jesus help me find the way. I …

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Facebook Is Making Online Outreach a LOT Harder: 6 Ways Churches Can Still Use It Well

Facebook Page

The gospel did okay before Facebook, and will do just fine without it. But plenty of churches and organizations like mine have found Facebook to be an incredibly useful tool for getting the word out about Jesus and His people. We've devoted time, energy, and even financial resources to gathering a community of …

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In a Culture War, There Can Be No Truce Nor Victory, So…

Angry Face

Hobby Lobby went to court. World Vision changed its hiring policy. Then they changed it back. The President visited the Pope. It's been a big week - not for the kingdom, but for western evangelicalism. And it hasn't been pretty. The church is called, in Scripture, the "pillar and ground of truth," so I …

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The Truth of the Bible Still Matters, and It Always Will

Bible

The Bible is literally true. If I just lost you, that's okay. I get that this may come across as a weird statement to anyone reading who is 1) not a Christian, 2) a new Christian, or 3) a "progressive" Christian who disagrees. And it's downright laughable to the skeptic who denies it on scientific or …

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Worshipping In the Powerful Presence of God

Kayla Bailey Leading Worship

Kayla Bailey performing her original song, Found at Grace Hills. This weekend was powerful. Sunday, we kicked off a new message series called Found and we're exploring what it means for God to be on mission to find us, rescue us, and commission us to go find others. After all, found people find people, …

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Why Talking About Church Growth Matters

Refinery Under Construction

It's inevitable. Every single time we publish an article on pastors.com designed to help Pastors lead their churches to grow, people react with defensiveness and pseudo-spiritual comments. Everyone seems quick to point out that "it's not about numbers," "bigger doesn't mean better," and "my small church matters …

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How Social Media Can Save the Church’s Brand

Coke

Christianity has a brand, like it or not. So does your church. And so do you, for that matter. That might make more sense if you define branding the way I do - as the story people are telling about a person, product, or organization. Artie Davis wrote in his book Craveable that when someone introduces …

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Three Pillars of a Strong, Dynamic Ministry

Pillars

When it comes to leading a strong ministry and building a healthy church, it takes more than solid theology or smart strategy. In fact, it takes a combination of those, plus the Spirit's leading and empowerment. I think of these three as pillars of a dynamic ministry. Every church needs to be led by a Pastor …

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Every Church Should BE a Recovery Ministry

Emergency Room

Some churches don't want a recovery ministry - a ministry that specializes in helping people deal with their addictions and pain - because of the messes they'd have to get involved in. That's tragic. Most churches in this category are less than a generation from their graves because they've forsaken the …

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