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This Mysterious Thing Called the “Church”

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The “church” is eternally precious to Jesus Christ – He’s passionate about it. What a privilege just to be a part of it! Plenty of people make the mistake of defining the church as a building, a religious institution, or a particular denomination, but the Bible’s definition of …

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Everything Is Changing Again!

Planting & Growth

That's how God keeps growing us. He never lets us sit still. Even if we spend our entires lives in one place geographically, things are changing inside us and around us all the time. Our family has been through a lot of changes over the last year and a half. We've added Sam to …

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4 Keys to Preparing to Do God’s Will for Your Life

Maps, Maps, Maps

In John 17:4, Jesus makes an astounding statement in His conversation with His Father, "I brought glory to you here on earth by doing everything you told me to do." (NLT) That's a claim that none of us can ever make. Jesus did everything the Father had given Him to do. What …

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The Easter Story, As Told by Marshmallow Peeps

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You may see this as trite, or you might see it as a really tasty way (pun intended) to share the basic elements of the story of Jesus through imagery familiar to everyone who has ever experienced the awesome goodness of Marshmallow …

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Is Mad Men a Religious Program?

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Well... no, but it certainly makes for a good illustration of a very simple biblical principle - that of consequences. The laws of "sowing and reaping" or "cause and effect" are realities we cannot escape. I loved Russell Moore's post on this topic so much I wanted to pass it …

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A New Definition of YOU

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You may not remember the musical group, The Turtles, but you probably remember one of their more famous songs. Do these words ring a bell? Me and you and you and me No matter how they toss the dice It had to be The only one for me is you And you for me So happy together We …

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My Interview Question to Dennis Quaid

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Yesterday was a cool day in Los Angeles for me. For my wife, it was cool, mixed with managing a very active almost-one-year-old at a small outdoor shopping mall in 90 degree weather for a few hours while I was off in Hollywood attending a press junket for the Soul Surfer …

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Cages Are Lonely

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... so break free. In Jesus, be free indeed. …

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Value the Shrapnel

Social Media Flow

This afternoon I met with some thinkers at Saddleback Church to talk about using social media in ministry. While we were meeting, a thought hit me and I started scribbling in my Moleskine... After I finished with my chicken scratch (a southern term for doodling, …

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Phil Cooke On the Biggest Mistakes Christians Make in the Media

This is an article that Pastors and anyone in the field of Church Communications needs to read and bookmark for later research. It's the short version of a talk that Phil gave at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention. Phil was instrumental in sparking a huge interest in …

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