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Time: Every Marriage’s Friend and Foe

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Ever heard of Daniel Frederick and Susan Bateman? No? That's okay. They aren't movie stars or government leaders or megachurch founders. Their lives are significant, however. They were married on August 29, 1772, till death did they part, 91 years and 12 days later. Daniel and Susan represent history's longest …

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10 Values of a Stellar Church Staff

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At Grace Hills, one of the most important things we ever talk about is our Code - our Core Values. We talk about these values in every membership class and in most staff meetings. They've done more to guide our growth than anything else we've written down. Recently I began reflecting on where our church's …

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10 Ways to Raise the Spiritual Temperature of Your Church

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There is a cold, hard fact I remind myself of often as a Pastor. No one does more to determine the spiritual temperature of my church than me, the Pastor. It's part of shepherding. I'm the lid. I'm the limit. I define passion as the heated desire with us to do or to be something. Paul talked about being on …

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Passionate Leadership Is Highly Biblical

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One of my favorite little Bible verses might seem somewhat obscure, but in its original language, it's packed with meaning. Paul wrote to the Romans, "I am eager to come and preach the gospel to you..." (Romans 1:16) The word translated as eager comes from a compound Greek word that means "on heat," or as we …

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When the Church Is Working Right

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I believe that Jesus was the first church planter. I realize that most evangelicals refer to the Day of Pentecost as the "birthday of the church," but the church was really born as Jesus began gathering His earliest disciples, and the plan and strategy for the church had been in existence for eternity …

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Fast, Fluid, Flexible… and Flourishing

World War Z

Movement is life. I recently watched the blockbuster hit, World War Z. I had been anticipating it for a long time, and it didn't fail to impress me with it's non-stop intensity starting two minutes in and not ending until the credits roll. There is a moment when Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is trying to give …

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A 4-Part Definition of Ministry

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Here it is: Ministry takes place when divine resources meet human needs through loving channels to the glory of God. - Warren Wiersbe, On Being a Servant of God According to Warren Wiersbe, one of America's long-term leading thinkers on ministry issues, this definition consists of four vital parts. Our …

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Discipleship Is a Catch-and-Release Process

Fishing Net

Jesus stopped a few fishermen one day in the Sea of Galilee and challenged them to turn the world upside down by issuing a simple call... "Come, follow me, and I will send you out to fish for people." (Matthew 4:19, NIV) Many have taught about how the disciples left their careers behind to follow Jesus into …

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Spiritual Maturity Is a Pathway We Walk Together

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God created you to be like His Son, Jesus Christ, and He has a pathway for you to walk on the way to spiritual maturity. Nearly two thousand years ago, Jesus formed a community of people who could walk this pathway together and He called it a church. Today, spotting the globe are hundreds of thousands of …

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When It Comes to Worship, Don’t Hold Back!

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Christians like to talk about church music and call it worship. Church music usually is a means by which Christians worship. But worship is much more than music. We even have our own "worship wars" in which we decide what "style" of worship is right, wrong, or most biblical. I still see the phrases …

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