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God Doesn't Want Us to Live as Walking 'Selfies'
God Doesn't Want Us to Live as Walking 'Selfies'

By: Greg DeLoach
Now that every other person has a phone with a camera, the world's awash in selfies. Church can include groups of "selfies," too, but God has called us to reach out to our neighbors.

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Seeking Out the Light in Others
Seeking Out the Light in Others

By: Chris Duffett
When you share the gospel with others, do you do most of the talking and assume they know nothing? Or do you seek out the light that's already within them and listen to their stories?

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How Not to be Discouraged by the Church
How Not to be Discouraged by the Church

By: Guy Sayles
Devotion to the church often keeps company with doubts about the church. While we can be greatly discouraged and hurt by people at church, it's also where we discover God's grace.

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Welby: Church Exists to Worship God, Make Disciples
Welby: Church Exists to Worship God, Make Disciples

By: Jon Kuhrt
The church exists for two reasons, says Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The first reason is to worship God in Jesus Christ. The second is to make disciples. Everything else is decoration.

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St. Patrick Built Bridges to Other Faiths
St. Patrick Built Bridges to Other Faiths

By: Joe LaGuardia
Only peacemaking and understanding of other faiths will provide a sustainable battlefront against religious, radical fundamentalism - one of the greatest enemies of our time.

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How Your Congregation Can Encourage Diversity
How Your Congregation Can Encourage Diversity

By: Terrell Carter
One of the simplest evidences of our commitment to seeing and treating people as equals before God is through the diversity that is found within our congregations and leadership.

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Jesus' Healings: Restoring Every Person to Wholeness
Jesus' Healings: Restoring Every Person to Wholeness

By: Drew Smith
The stories of healing of a prominent synagogue leader's daughter and an unnamed social outcast are intertwined in Scripture, reminding us that healing is available to all in society.

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7 Signs Your Church Reflects Authentic Christianity
7 Signs Your Church Reflects Authentic Christianity

By: Roger Olson
Many churches strive to be authentically Christian like the first-century church but often only focus on outward symbols. What does authentic Christianity look and feel like in its corporate expression?

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Achieving Peace with
Achieving Peace with "Lots of Cups of Tea"
By: Rick Love
It's not only prominent events that demonstrate the power of nonviolent resistance to attain peace. The small day-to-day interactions make a difference, as one pastor discovered through many cups of tea.
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When a Church is Not Really a Church
When a Church is Not Really a Church
By: Larry Eubanks
The church needs to gather together, but they should be so much more than just people who gather for worship and prayer. The church is a group of people with a common mission out in the world.
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How Our Notion of Justice Compares to God's
How Our Notion of Justice Compares to God's

By: Stephen Holmes
The ideas of justice differ enormously across the whole spread of human culture and history. The Bible doesn't offer a clear definition, but we know God expects justice to reach all people without fear or favor.

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How Your Church Can Make Missions More Effective
How Your Church Can Make Missions More Effective
By: Barry Howard
Without any long-term objective to your church's mission strategy, your church could be encouraging a sense of entitlement that trends toward continual poverty. Here are five steps to break that cycle.
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How Your Church Can Help Our Society Trust Again
How Your Church Can Help Our Society Trust Again
By: Joe LaGuardia and Karen Woods
Clashes between protesters and police officers illustrate the growing distrust that rules our society. When distrust breeds disharmony and violence, how can churches step in to provide reconciliation?
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Despite What Churches Think, Bigger Isn't Better
Despite What Churches Think, Bigger Isn't Better
By: Colin Sedgwick
Too many pastors and church members believe that size is the supreme mark of "success" in church life. What if we made our true priority being the most loving, Spirit-filled or prayerful?
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To Find Your Voice, Listen to God
To Find Your Voice, Listen to God
By: Bob Browning
Do you believe people need to hear what you have to say? Peter, the leader of Jesus' disciples, did. However, he learned that before he could find his voice, he must first be willing to listen to Jesus.
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5 Reasons
5 Reasons "We Cannot Bomb Our Way to Peace"
By: Rick Love
Jesus gives five commands that form the basis for a multi-faceted, long-term approach to peacemaking that addresses ISIS and other expressions of violent extremism.
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The Key to Successful Leadership in Small Churches
The Key to Successful Leadership in Small Churches
By: Dennis Bickers
To effectively lead a small church, you must first find out who are the influential members. In order to be effective, you must be willing to lead through the leaders.
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Lessons You Can Learn from Anti-Beatitudes
Lessons You Can Learn from Anti-Beatitudes
By: Joel Snider
You know the blessings within the Beatitudes. When you reverse them, you discover curses for those who ignore those blessings. These curses help you better understand the road map that Jesus gave you.
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True Christian Virtues Rising From the Ashes
True Christian Virtues Rising From the Ashes
By: Preston Clegg
The cross of ashes on peoples' foreheads on Ash Wednesday is a sign of penitence, humility and mourning. They're virtues for which Christians today seem to have little use.
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Iraq's Religious, Ethnic Minorities Face Genocide
Iraq's Religious, Ethnic Minorities Face Genocide
By: Elijah Brown
Iraq's religious and ethnic minority communities – Christians, Yazidis, Shabak and Turkmen – are living at the edge of extinction and face virtual non-existence without immediate action.
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Which Is Better: Small Churches or Big Churches?
Which Is Better: Small Churches or Big Churches?
By: Thomas Kidd
Is it easier to live out biblical Christianity if you attend a small church or a large one? The truth is neither model is better than the other. Each comes with its own tradeoffs. Here are three.
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When Ministers Ignore Ethical Boundaries
When Ministers Ignore Ethical Boundaries
By: Ircel Harrison
Certain boundary issues – money, relationships, time management –are often overlooked in ministerial training. Why do good leaders ignore common sense and fail to observe boundaries?
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Taking Our Role as Co-Creators Seriously
Taking Our Role as Co-Creators Seriously
By: Chuck Summers
Creation is meant to be a reflection of God's glory, not ours. By failing to take seriously our role as co-creators with God, we have marred or dimmed the reflection that is meant to be seen.
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Young Adults Must Step Up into Church Leadership
Young Adults Must Step Up into Church Leadership
By: Joe LaGuardia
As younger adults become increasingly independent, they have the potential to take more ownership in local churches. And local churches must be willing to let them lead.
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How Lent Calls You to Pay Attention to Life
How Lent Calls You to Pay Attention to Life
By: Britt Hester
Lent is about more than the practical benefits of giving up vices and taking up virtues. It's a time to pay attention to your life and determine where you are on your journey.
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