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Until I Met A Man With No Legs

Ever hear this before? "I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet..." Well, meeting this man with no feet will make you cry... …

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Thanks for the Forks!

This morning when I walked out the door to go to church, I was met by several hundred white plastic forks sticking up out of my yard. I would later find the other few hundred out front. Apparently some "friends" planted them for us at about 11:00 Saturday night. Thanks guys! No, …

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Everybody’s Got Shoes, My Lord!

Everybody's Got Shoes

That's a lyric from an old gospel song about needing new shoes to walk around heaven someday. Well today, we gave away almost 500 pair of shoes at Bethel Baptist Church. Two news crews even showed up and we'll be on the evening news on 2 channels (and I wore horizontal stripes!) …

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Church Growth and Its Wonderful Problem

Okay, Bethel has hit a tight spot in a very good way. We're growing... quickly right now. We've obviously hit kind of a ceiling on how many people we can hold in our auditorium. Last Sunday we had 240 souls present, 206 of them in the auditorium and it was crowded. What are our …

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The Chapmans on Good Morning America

In case you missed this on Good Morning America... …

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Defining Discipleship

It's tough sometimes to hear a clear voice on how discipleship should be defined. We always like to attach methodologies to it - "you disciple people by..." Today I read a simple, yet thorough definition of discipleship that includes all the essential elements. Tony Evans, in his …

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Creative Margin

Does your family play the garbage game? You know, that game where the trash begins to overflow and you come up with imaginative ways of placing one more piece of trash in such a way that the mass of garbage doesn't collapse, utilizing every nook and cranny and every physical …

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Marketing the Church

I know this is a sensitive subject, which is exactly why I'm addressing it. It seems there is, in the minds of many Christians, a correlation between "marketing" and compromise. The thought is that if you market the church or its message in any way similar to the secular world, …

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Being A Creative Leader

I think creativity is overlooked and underrated among Christian leaders today. Quite frankly, we're afraid of what changes creativity may bring. We're paranoid some crazy guy will hijack our conservative churches and turn them upside down. But what about a leader who is focused …

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Walk In the Spirit Together

America is becoming a graveyard for churches. Across the land stand tombstones that were once church buildings. Some of these churches failed to accomodate changing neighborhoods. Others became unfaithful to the Word and God gave them up. Some destroyed themselves - they …

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