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Beware of greatness

Beware of greatness

Get the picture. A distraught father whose son was possessed by a demon brought his boy to Jesus' disciples (Mark 9:14-29). Under the demon's influence, the son often threw himself into fire or water to...

One key reason most churches do not exceed 350 in average attendance

One key reason most churches do not exceed 350 in average attendance

Nine out of ten. That's a lot. Nine out of ten churches in America have an average worship attendance of less than 350. And that percentage has not changed significantly for many years. Yet the unchurched pool...

The power of admitting your mistakes

The power of admitting your mistakes

Even though we've all eaten Domino's Pizza, few people know just how successful the company is today. In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Patrick Doyle, CEO of Domino's Pizza was profiled for...

The single greatest key to beating stress

The single greatest key to beating stress

Is life, your job, or your career stressing you out? If you're trying to accomplish anything with your life, and you were honest, I'll bet you'd admit to being stressed out at least some of...

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The integrity of words and our confession of faith

The integrity of words and our confession of faith

In the beginning was the Word. Christians rightly cherish the declaration that our Savior, the crucified and resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, is first known as the Word — the one whom the Father has sent to communicate and to accomplish our redemption. We are saved because the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

Believers are then assigned the task ...

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Around the world, Christians mark Palm Sunday

6 tests for a God-given dream

6 tests for a God-given drea…

We all have dreams for our lives, our families, our businesses or church ministries. For some those dreams lie dormant and quiet, but they're there. For others, the challenge is deciding which dream to follow out of the many they…

Mind and mouth

Out of the fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks.—Matthew 12:34 Today's verse reminds me of a woman who came to one of my conferences and shared with me that she never stopped thinking and talking about her problems, even though she…

Why your critics (and your cheerleaders) shouldn’t define you

Why your critics (and your che…

Though we might not verbalize it quite this way, most of us split the world up into two distinct groups of people: our Critics and our Cheerleaders. The former are usually the ones who correct or criticize or …

Why do brilliant ideas sometimes fail?

Have you ever had a brilliant idea that just flopped? Oh good – it's not just me then! So ... welcome to the club. Okay – why do our "brilliant ideas" fail sometimes? Well here are the top 3 reasons and what you can do about them: Reason #1…

Big ways to think small

Big ways to think small

While some churches are shrinking into oblivion, others are growing into oblivion. Sometimes numerical growth squishes the very things that appealed to those who fueled the growth. This is often the case with …

The ministry breakthrough of the year

I was explaining "radical hospitality" at a church workshop. I almost choked when I said my usual line: "Radical hospitality goes beyond a smiling greeter at the door." I was aware that this church hadn't yet covered even the basics of hospitality. The office staff had…

Why I was depressed as a “progressive” Christian

Why I was depressed as a “prog…

One of the most acclaimed episodes of the classic series The Twilight Zone is "It's A Good Life." The plot focuses on a six-year old boy named Anthony who has godlike powers. His actions are terrifying but exac…

5 reasons why Millennials do not want to be pastor…

Not all Millennials are averse to serving in leadership roles in established churches. But many of them are. And our churches are approaching a tipping point where many are unable to attract Millennial members or leaders. It …

Hillsong United celebrates RIAA Platinum Status for ‘Oceans’

Hillsong United celebrates RIA…

Hillsong UNITED continues to make an impact with their No. 1 single "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" as the song has received RIAA Platinum status. Hillsong was included also in 10 of Billboard's End of Year char…

Wolves At The Gate announce second album

Wolves At The Gate have announced their sophomore album "VxV" (pronounced "five by five") which will be released on June 10th. The first track "Dust to Dust" has been released, which you can watch above.

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52 Things Sons Need from Their Dads

52 Things Sons Need from Their Dads

Perfect? No. But you're still the right dad for your boy. Bestselling author Jay Payleitner, dad of four grown sons (and one amazing daughter), gives you a bucketful of man-friendly ideas…

Bridge to Haven

Bridge to Haven

This is a book you won't want to miss and won't soon forget. It's one that will make you think; give you courage and hope, for no matter what you…

Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive

Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive

Modern life can seem like being lost in a jungle. With distractions and dangers emerging from every direction, it's easy to lose focus. Over time, we lose touch with one…

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