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3 Needs That Help Church Groups Grow Disciples
3 Needs That Help Church Groups Grow Disciples

By: Mark Tidsworth
When Christians commit to following the way of Jesus Christ, they realize they can't sustain that effort on isolation. Here are three ways that robust church groups meet spiritual needs of members.

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Should the Poor Seek Justice and Liberation? Part 2
Should the Poor Seek Justice and Liberation? Part 2

By: Rupen Das
While the Bible places responsibility for social justice on society as a whole, the poor need to exercise the rights already given to them and to continue pursuing a more perfect justice.

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Is Your Church Like Cut Flowers?
Is Your Church Like Cut Flowers?

By: Bill Wilson
Some churches are like cut flowers, beautiful but facing a future of slow decline. Churches should strive to be like garden perennials, springing up year after year, rather than "flash in the pan" annuals.

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Whatever Happened to Missions Sunday in Churches?
Whatever Happened to Missions Sunday in Churches?

By: Roger Olson
A generation ago, many churches regularly held Mission Sundays, focusing on world missions and evangelism every month or quarter. Today, such Sundays are rare. What happened?

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Why the Bible Isn't Your Instruction Manual
Why the Bible Isn't Your Instruction Manual

By: Nick Lear
When seeking how to approach life's complexities, do you read the Bible looking for answers or for wisdom? It may seem like an esoteric exercise in semantics, but your answer reflects how you approach life.

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How Does Your Church Look to Unexpected Guests?
How Does Your Church Look to Unexpected Guests?

By: Shannon Youell
How would unexpected guests, those persons who randomly show up at your church, react to your worship service? Would they understand what was happening? It's time to see your church through their eyes.

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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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Setting Goals to Map Out Your Church's Future
Setting Goals to Map Out Your Church's Future

By: Ircel Harrison
Churches planning for the future need to set goals to map out how they'll reach their destination. There will always be those who resist goals. Here are ways to answer those objections.

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Putting Yourself First Goes Against the Gospel
Putting Yourself First Goes Against the Gospel

By: Ron Rolheiser
As individuals and as a nation, we are increasingly sinking into some unhealthy forms of tribalism concerned primarily with taking care of our own. It's happening around the globe and contrary to the gospel.

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7 Options to Survive the Coming Pastor Shortage
7 Options to Survive the Coming Pastor Shortage

By: Dennis Bickers
Pastor shortages will get worse before they get better. We have fewer pastors than we have churches, and nothing on the horizon will change this. Here are 7 options to help your church survive the shortage.

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Which Set of Questions Best Defines Your Church?
Which Set of Questions Best Defines Your Church?

By: Mark Tidsworth
When it comes to church, there are driving questions behind and underneath everything we do. Of these two question sets - one foundational, the other organizational - which one drives your church?

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Church Isn't the Place to Avoid Hard Questions
Church Isn't the Place to Avoid Hard Questions

By: Logan Carpenter
Sometimes, church seems like a place where we skirt around hard questions of our faith. Instead, churches should welcome questions, explore what Scripture says and admit when we don't know the answer.

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When Anxiety Attacks: 3 Questions to Correct Your Course
When Anxiety Attacks: 3 Questions to Correct Your Course

By: Bill Wilson
Christians often talk about how God is always good yet live anxious and obsessed lives. That gap between rhetoric and actions is at the heart of the dysfunction of many local churches and individual Christians.

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When You Struggle to Love Your Neighbor
When You Struggle to Love Your Neighbor

By: Ron Rolheiser
We are good-hearted people, but if we're honest, we find it hard to love our neighbors. We don't turn the other cheek or love our enemies. We struggle, mostly unsuccessfully, to wish our enemies well.

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12 Healthy Trends Emerging in Revitalizing Churches
12 Healthy Trends Emerging in Revitalizing Churches

By: Barry Howard
Does your church need to be revitalized? It is a process of restoring a healthy vision, good congregational morale and a sustainable model for engaging in mission and ministry. Here are 12 healthy trends.

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Spiritual Fitness Tracker: How to Get Your '10,000 Steps'
Spiritual Fitness Tracker: How to Get Your '10,000 Steps'

By: David Hull
Personal fitness trackers are in demand and are a great way to measure our fitness goals to reach 10,000 daily steps. What if you could wear a spiritual fitness tracker? What would it measure?

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Will Your Compassion Break Through Racial Barriers?
Will Your Compassion Break Through Racial Barriers?

By: Terrell Carter
Many barriers divide our country today, but the most visible and contentious one is race - in particular how black and white people perceive and act toward each other. Who is worthy of your compassion?

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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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Love All Thy Neighbors, Not Just Those Like Us
Love All Thy Neighbors, Not Just Those Like Us

By: Simon Barrow
God loves us beyond the divisions that life naturally imposes. The idea that our hospitality should extend only to those of our own nation flies in the face of the biblical call to love our neighbors.

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Celebrate Religious Liberty: Exercise Your Freedom to Worship
Celebrate Religious Liberty: Exercise Your Freedom to Worship

By: Barry Howard
Religious liberty allows people to worship freely without fear of persecution and protects citizens from compulsory religious participation. It's also a freedom we too often take for granted.

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Why We've Abandoned Life, Liberty and Happiness
Why We've Abandoned Life, Liberty and Happiness

By: Wade Smith
Our nation is polarized, angry and fearful. Political rhetoric and vitriol continue to escalate. Our fear has robbed us of how to live. We've forgotten the meaning of liberty and the joy of pursuing happiness.

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Church Unity: Lessons from an Unlikely Source - Part 2
Church Unity: Lessons from an Unlikely Source - Part 2

By: Mike Kuhn
If we can begin to overcome the hindrances to unity that have plagued Christianity for hundreds of years, maybe we'll discover that our traditions and diversity can be mutually enriching.

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Church Unity: Lessons from an Unlikely Source - Part 1
Church Unity: Lessons from an Unlikely Source - Part 1

By: Mike Kuhn
Radical Islamic groups, known as takfīrīs, control through power and enforced conformity. Divergence can mean exclusion or death. While Christian churches aren't so harsh, we can enforce rigid rules.

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When Days Seem Darkest, Hope Still Trumps Despair
When Days Seem Darkest, Hope Still Trumps Despair

By: Chuck Summers
Every day seems to bring news of yet another horrible event. It's enough to make you despair. However, the efforts of good people and our faith in God give us hope and keep us from succumbing to despair.

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God's Grace Doesn't Require Additional Rules
God's Grace Doesn't Require Additional Rules

By: Terrell Carter
Following a set of rules doesn't make people acceptable to God, yet we have a tendency to use rules to determine who is worthy of God's love and who can be cast aside. We are all equal in God's sight.

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