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Your Words Are Powerful; Use Them to Build Up
Your Words Are Powerful; Use Them to Build Up

By: Matt Sapp
Because words have a unique power, you should use them wisely. Use them to affirm, support, encourage and love. Use them generously in your relationships and with your emotions.

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What Role Do Churches Have in Shaping Public Policy?
What Role Do Churches Have in Shaping Public Policy?

By: Matt Sapp
President Trump's executive order to instruct the IRS to overlook the Johnson Amendment raises the question of the church's role in shaping policy. Hint: It's not about fairness; it's about generosity.

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When You See God's Creative Grandeur on Display
When You See God's Creative Grandeur on Display

By: Matt Sapp
We have a responsibility to nurture and care for all that God has created. After all, the only appropriate response to God's creative initiative in our lives and in our world is unending praise.

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Game Show Reflects Society's Worship of Money
Game Show Reflects Society's Worship of Money

By: Matt Sapp
After watching NBC's new prime-time game show, "The Wall," any reasonable observer can only come to one conclusion: We worship money and pray at the altar of good fortune.

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Putting Leaves of Encouragement on Our Branches
Putting Leaves of Encouragement on Our Branches

By: Matt Sapp
Like leaves on a tree, our lives are covered with people used by God to influence and encourage us. If we take that a step further, is each of us ready to be the kind of person who influences and encourages others?

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Why Many Religious Folks Don't Trust Their Leaders
Why Many Religious Folks Don't Trust Their Leaders

By: Matt Sapp
The poll is in, and it's not good. Only 17 percent of religiously affiliated Americans are confident their religious leaders act in the best interest of the public. Only two alternatives explain this poll.

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7 Actions That Will Nurture Your Distracted Soul
7 Actions That Will Nurture Your Distracted Soul

By: Matt Sapp
Constant updates. 24/7 cable news. Alerts on our smartphones. This information overload hits all of us. Distractedness is killing our souls, but you can take steps to turn it around.

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5 Lessons Learned by a Local Church Pastor
5 Lessons Learned by a Local Church Pastor

By: Matt Sapp
Pastors have many lessons they've learned over the course of their ministry. One local pastor shares five of them. The first one? Slow and steady wins the race. Church work is no sprint.

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Like Water on Hot Days: 5 Things to Remember this Summer
Like Water on Hot Days: 5 Things to Remember this Summer

By: Matt Sapp
Water is necessary to life and is a central element of Scripture. As the tribalism in our national dialogue heats up, we can look to Scripture to offer some cooling relief to extinguish the vitriol.

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During Turmoil, Modern-Day Prophets are Guiding Lights
During Turmoil, Modern-Day Prophets are Guiding Lights

By: Matt Sapp
Biblical prophets provided historical context and perspective to the passionate concerns of the day. During our tumultuous times, who are your modern-day prophets?

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Has U.S. Society Reached a Moral Turning Point?
Has U.S. Society Reached a Moral Turning Point?

By: Matt Sapp
Our divided nation agrees on one thing: We're concerned about our nation's moral condition. Can Christians offer an alternative between moral relativism and the dogmatism of religious fundamentalists?

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6 Steps to Help You Overcome Discouragement
6 Steps to Help You Overcome Discouragement

By: Matt Sapp
Discouragement often sneaks up on us. It drains energy, stifles motivation, clouds vision and leads to paralyzing anxiety and inaction. Here are six steps you can take to overcome it.

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How the Cross Fixes Us
How the Cross Fixes Us

By: Matt Sapp
The churchyard cross has seen better days. While it may need fixing, the cross actually fixes us. It reminds us that God's peace is stronger than war and God's love stronger than hatred.

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Why You Treat 'Rest' Like a Four-Letter Word
Why You Treat 'Rest' Like a Four-Letter Word

By: Matt Sapp
Many of us have no trouble seeing our work as something that we do to honor God. But we forget that rest is something we do to honor God, too. So take a break. And don't feel guilty about it.

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5 Things to Quit to Discover God's Future for You
5 Things to Quit to Discover God's Future for You

By: Matt Sapp
Quitting gets a bad rap. We equate quitters with losers. However, it's actually a very Christian thing to do. Consider quitting some of these things, and you'll have more room for something else.

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My 'Endorsement' for 2016's Presidential Election
My 'Endorsement' for 2016's Presidential Election

By: Matt Sapp
The presidential race turns to a new chapter today as the Iowa caucus kicks off primary season. Here are four things pastors and laity need to do as we consider which candidates get our votes.

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Like King, Heroes are Ordinary Folks Who Rise Above
Like King, Heroes are Ordinary Folks Who Rise Above

By: Matt Sapp
Heroes are ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, who find the momentary and sustained courage to rise above their limitations. Like them, we can be heroes, too.

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A Christian Response to Yet Another Mass Shooting
A Christian Response to Yet Another Mass Shooting

By: Matt Sapp
What do we do following yet another mass shooting? Christian political engagement is no substitute for personal, individual action. One thing's clear: We can't match hatred for hatred.

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Easing the Burden on Our Stressed-Out Families
Easing the Burden on Our Stressed-Out Families

By: Matt Sapp
In our fast-paced society, you can either take care of your family financially or you can actually be there to take care of your family. For a growing percentage of the population, you can't do both.

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These 3 Steps Will Embolden Your Prayer Life
These 3 Steps Will Embolden Your Prayer Life

By: Matt Sapp
The problem for a lot of us isn't that we don't want to pray, but that we don't know what to pray for, and we're not sure what to say. Check out these three suggestions to pray more boldly.

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How Your Church Resembles New-Car Technology
How Your Church Resembles New-Car Technology

By: Matt Sapp
People love technology that makes a car safer, more reliable or more comfortable. But if new technology isn't directly applied to the car's core purpose, most folks can take it or leave it. It's the same with the church.

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5 Keys to Help Your Church Achieve Grander Vision
5 Keys to Help Your Church Achieve Grander Vision

By: Matt Sapp
Churches have been reluctant to embrace new vision at the speed necessary to keep up with the shifting culture - and we're seeing rapid church decline as the inevitable result.

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3 Lessons Your Church Can Learn from The Rolling Stones
3 Lessons Your Church Can Learn from The Rolling Stones

By: Matt Sapp
The Rolling Stones have been going strong for more than 50 years. Their show has changed to adjust to the times, but their music and message are still the same. The church should take note.

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What's Your Church's Priority? Getting Bigger or Better?
What's Your Church's Priority? Getting Bigger or Better?

By: Matt Sapp
Our society craves bigger stuff, and it's the same for the church. Bigger buildings, budgets and programs. More people. But is bigger always better? Or is it better to be better?

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4 Responses for Church Leaders on Financial Giving
4 Responses for Church Leaders on Financial Giving

By: Matt Sapp
As more middle-class families feel the economy's squeeze, giving to church becomes a greater challenge. Sometimes, church leaders need to stop asking and start saying thank you louder and more often.

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How Your Church Can Support Healthy Minds
How Your Church Can Support Healthy Minds
By: Matt Sapp
Churches haven't always promoted healthy attitudes about mental health, but churches can and ought to be places that promote mental well-being and emotional balance.
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Let's Challenge Fear That Fuels Prejudice, Inhumanity
Let's Challenge Fear That Fuels Prejudice, Inhumanity
By: Matt Sapp
When people are afraid, they quickly fall into an "us" versus "them" mentality. This Christmas, let's no longer remain silent and have the courage to speak out against prejudice.
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Profiles in Goodwill: Matt Sapp
Profiles in Goodwill: Matt Sapp
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Matt Sapp, pastor at Heritage Baptist Fellowship in Canton, Georgia, is a featured columnist on EthicsDaily.com. His favorite film is a classic starring Jimmy Stewart.
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4 Ideas to Guide Your Church Budget
4 Ideas to Guide Your Church Budget
By: Matt Sapp
It's budget time for most churches. This is a time for spiritual self-assessment as your church organizes your plans to accomplish God's dreams. What does your budget say about your priorities?
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ISIS, Bombings and the Prince of Peace
ISIS, Bombings and the Prince of Peace
By: Matt Sapp
With bombs falling on Syria, how should followers of Christ respond? We have a responsibility to resist the temptation toward violence and vengeance, which draws us away from love of neighbor.
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3 Lessons Shakespeare Has for the Church
3 Lessons Shakespeare Has for the Church
By: Matt Sapp
Some say Shakespeare is inaccessible because the language is unfamiliar to modern ears, but the Bard had a knack for portraying characters who face the same joys and temptations that we do.
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3 Things You May Have Forgotten about Faith
3 Things You May Have Forgotten about Faith
By: Matt Sapp
Many of us live as if faith was only an intellectual exercise, but faith is more than intellectual assent to a set of propositions. Here are three things we often forget about faith.
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For Struggling Millennials, 14 Christmas Truths
For Struggling Millennials, 14 Christmas Truths
Many millennials have trouble connecting to church. They want – but don't often find – honesty and transparency. Here are 14 truths about Christmas for millennials and others seeking truth.
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Everyone Harbors Hidden Gifts. What's Yours?
Everyone Harbors Hidden Gifts. What's Yours?
Everyone we meet is hiding something great from the world – a special ability or a fragile gift that they fear others would tear down. What are you hiding from the world?
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How to Astonish a Society That's Seen It All
How to Astonish a Society That's Seen It All
People these days can be tough to impress, much less astonish. We would do better, though, to recover a healthy sense of awe and wonder. After all, two disciples did it.
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Churches Should No Longer Tolerate Loneliness
Churches Should No Longer Tolerate Loneliness
Everyone needs to know they're loved. The church must be a people who do not tolerate loneliness that too often leads to destructive consequences for both the individual and the larger community.
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5 Happy-Life Secrets (That Were in the Bible All Along!)
5 Happy-Life Secrets (That Were in the Bible All Along!)
A study following a group over 75 years to learn what makes us happy and fulfilled revealed their findings recently. What were the secrets? Well, they've been in the Bible all this time.
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