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3 Things That Christians Should Be Angry About Today

Angry

Anger isn't bad. It's an emotion. It's a matter of deciding what to be angry about, how angry to be, and how long to stay angry. Sometimes, I see Christians getting angry about things that seem like misplaced priorities. What catches my attention is that we get mad about certain cultural issues and we group up …

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7 Signs of a Healthy Small Group

Small Group

I'm sold on small groups. There are very few ways to create an atmosphere conducive to building strong relationships than studying the Bible in the living room of a friend. I also agree with Rick Howerton about the need to consider a more organic pathway to healthy groups. I was recently in a conversation …

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Two False Assumptions to Leave Behind When You Preach

Public Preaching

I realize that we pastors are going way beyond motivational speaking in our sermons. We are sharing the gospel and leading people to the cross. But we are still speakers and communicators nonetheless, and our effectiveness and influence depend on our understanding something about the nature of speaking. Seth …

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How to Bring Joy to Your City

The City of Vancouver

I love that part of the story of the early church in which God allows persecution to scatter the Christians from Jerusalem like ants. The Bible says that everywhere they went, they preached the gospel (see Acts chapter 8). Phillip, in particular, headed to a city in Samaria and became the earliest …

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Are We Still Praying for the President?

Barak-Obama

Polls indicate that most Americans don't trust our chief governmental leader right now. He's pushed through an unpopular piece of legislation with potentially damaging effects and its rollout has been an all out blooper reel. At times, he seems unbending and arrogant - unfazed by the barrage of criticism …

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Serving Others Is a Win For Everyone

Keith of the Olivet Eagles

Don't read what I've written until you watch this video... Once you dry your eyes, think about some of the huge implications of this story for people who serve in Christian ministry, personally or vocationally. Lots of teams win games (50% actually) but THIS kind of win gets celebrated …

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Do I Need Medication, or Prayer? Counseling, or More Faith? Yep.

Mental Illness

The soul is a complex thing. Our intellect, emotions, and will or decision-making capabilities are all wound up together in the psyche, the soul. And God designed a pretty amazing engine called a brain to drive the soul. But sometimes, our engine needs a tune-up. As a Pastor and mentor to Pastors, I am often …

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Let’s Make Disciples of All the Nations… Today!

Sad List of Unreached People Groups

Jesus told us plainly, don't talk about a harvest happening someday. Look at the fields that are white for the harvest today. As long as we see the Great Commission as some far off, unreachable goal, we will remain far off from reaching our goal. Earlier today, 175 people gathered in a movie theater in …

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Grace Hills – You’re a Game Changing Church

Serve

This past Sunday marked the second week in our latest teaching series, Game Changers. With week one, we focused in on Jesus as the ultimate game changer who gave His life as a ransom for anyone who would trust in Him for all of eternity. Nothing and no one has ever changed the game for humanity more. And this …

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The Power of Preaching a Limitless Life

Labels and Cross

Last Sunday, we wrapped up our teaching in the series Limitless Life, based on the book by Derwin Gray by the same title. The basic idea is that we are all limited by the labels we wear. Some of those labels were given to us by other people and others, we've applied to ourselves. But none of those limiting …

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