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Why Don’t Churches ‘Get’ Social Media?

Social media. What in the world is it? Well, think about it. "Social" has to do with people who converse, gather, and relate to each other. "Media" is any platform for spreading any message. Mass media is speaking to the masses through radio, television, etc. Print media is magazines, newspapers, and other printed periodicals. Social media, then, is promoting a message through people, and the phrase is typically used in reference to online media outlets. I'm a firm …

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Generation Next’s Greatest Need: Leadership

Download the MP3 From the Series Journey Through the Word: The Book of Numbers Based on Numbers 26-27 ONE GREAT TRUTH: God is looking for spirit-led, shepherd-leaders to lead each new generation boldly forward. …

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The Positivity of Spurgeon

I'm not an advocate of the "possibility thinking" or "positive thinking" theology when it comes to the depravity of man. It's wrong. But I do believe in positive thinking. I mean, think of the alternative! Or don't, stay positive. We often think of the classics as being more negative in tone, but I'm highly motivated by the positivity of Spurgeon in this post by the Daily Spurgeon. Just an excerpt... He has spared your lives, he has given you health and strength, provided …

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I Am Who I Am Too

When Moses didn't know what to tell people who asked him why he thought he had so much authority, God responded, "You tell them 'I Am Who I Am' has sent you.' The implication? If the self-sufficient Creator has commissioned you, you don't need any other authority. God is whom God is. He never changes or compromises. He is Himself at all times and is completely sufficient within Himself. I am whom I am also, but in a different way. My sufficiency can never be found in …

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Prayer in the Real World

Tonight we'll be talking about prayer again. I'm currently reading several books at the same time that relate to the subject by Andrew Murray, E. M. Bounds, and David Jeremiah. Tonight, we're going to be talking about the practicality of prayer and there are two long quotes from David Jeremiah that really got my attention... Prayer is about real-world concerns, spoken in real-world language. God does not want us to shift into a stained-glass prayer voice to address Him. …

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Social Networking Warning Label: Watch These Isms

Social networking is fun, useful, and can even be profitable if you're into that. Brands and businesses are catching on to the direction media and promotion is moving, so we're really just scratching the surface of what is to come in forging online connections between people. But some stern warnings are needed for all who are venturing into the world of social networking. Personally, I utilize blogging, bookmarking, Facebook, Twitter, and a few other outlets for my inner …

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Speed Reading: Read a Book Per Day, a Blog Per Minute

I'm an avid reader, online and off. I love great blogs and I love good books even more. I may never own a Kindle because I still like to open a book with a spine. There's a problem with reading though - it takes time, and there are way to many books and articles to read to be wasting so much time reading. What's the solution? Speed reading. …

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25 Resource-Providing Creatives to Follow On Twitter

There are different approaches to using Twitter. Some just tweet their status, others try to use it for spammy purposes. My own favorite people to follow are those who pass on resources, and not necessarily their own resources. They are the creative types who retweet often when they find a great and useful link. Here are some of the Twitter users I've had the most fun following because they provide resources for others. They are creative givers, mostly designers and branding …

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In Hot Pursuit of the Love of My Life

When I was in high school, dating was popular. Okay, it's always been popular. I dated... or at least I went on a few dates. There arose here and there those opportunities to ask a girl to go out, and I had a few first and even second and third dates here and there. But I never felt motivated to pursue any of those potential relationships until I met Angie Kirk. Everything changed. I remember meeting Angie for the first time. We sat in a classroom full of old computers by …

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Who Was St. Valentine Anyway?

Most people will never ponder that question, especially men. We're too busy scrambling for romantic ideas. Jay Leno said men like to call February 14 "Extortion Day." I think it's nice to be able to set aside a day to be extra-sweet to that one who means so much to us. But have you ever known much of the history of the holiday? Mark Driscoll has shared a pretty neat article about it that I wanted to pass along - I found the bottom line of it quite sobering. Go ahead and be …

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