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Three Phases of Accepting a God-sized Opportunity

When I knew that God was calling me to serve in pastoral ministry for the rest of my life, I wrote a note in the margin of my Bible, "Called to Preach, March 1, 1995." Seven months later, on October 1, I finally surrendered and said "yes" to His call. I had all kinds of reasons why God couldn't possibly use a shy kid like me in a preaching role, but my excuses said more about my lack of faith in God's ability than about my own lack of ability. But God was patient, as He …

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A Totally Unexpected Christmas Sermon Series

I'm quite excited that after much studying, praying, agonizing, and wrestling, I finally caught a vision for a fresh series of messages for the three weeks leading up to Christmas this year. I'd share the graphics but I don't own the original. You can find it at Graceway Media. The promo copy... I didn't ask for THIS! I didn't see THAT coming! What in the world am I going to do NOW? God had been telling the world to expect a Savior for hundreds of years, but when …

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Was the Grinch a Christian? Exposing the Real Grumps of Christmas

One of my favorite holiday movies is How the Grinch Stole Christmas, especially the new Jim Carrey version. Dr. Seuss invented a character that became so wildly popular, he's now a cliche (i.e. "Don't be such a grinch!"). Anyone who puts a damper on the holidays falls into the grinch category. As a Pastor, I'm immersed (often beyond my own comfort level) in what I've come to think of as the Christian subculture. This is the realm in which Christian believers live. We have …

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Think “Warm” As You Plan Your Church’s Christmas Calendar

I've never really considered this before, but Gary Molander makes a pretty deep point about where our audience is when we go into the holiday season. As we design communication pieces, craft messages, and plan services, it's a good idea to think about the perspective from which our audience is listening - not for the purpose of making the message any more palatable, but to improve our ability to communicate it clearly. Listen …

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10 Unique Gifts We Hope to Have Under our Tree

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My Christmas Greeting to You

The angels opened the portal of heaven and their sound and the brightness of their glory was overwhelming to the humble shepherds in the field. But their message was that Jesus wasn't to be found in that throng of angels. He would be found in a manger in a stable in the sleepy hamlet called Bethlehem. Jesus isn't hard to find, unless we're looking for the wrong thing. My greatest hope for you this holiday season, more than anything else, is that you will FIND …

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Photography Inspiration For the Holidays

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Top 10 Christmas Social Bookmarking Icon Sets

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All Your Pastor Wants for Christmas

Disclaimer: I don’t know your Pastor (probably) and so I can’t say for sure he wants any of these things, much less that he wants these things exclusively, but I thought I’d take a stab at saying here’s what, in my estimation, many Pastors would love to have… if you’re looking for ideas. A Kindle! I don’t have a Kindle, but I do use the Kindle iphone app and if I buy books for myself, I buy them in this format. Why? I can read them anywhere. I can highlight things, add …

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Christmas Food Court Flash Mob, Hallelujah Chorus

via youtube.com All I can say is... hallelujah! …

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