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When Christianity and Politics Should Mix
When Christianity and Politics Should Mix

By: Gershon Nimbalker
Some Christians believe their faith and politics don't mix. In a secular democracy, however, Christians should speak out to protect individuals' rights, promote the common good and pursue justice.

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Training the Church's Next Generation of Leaders
Training the Church's Next Generation of Leaders

By: Ircel Harrison
It's not enough to identify and disciple leaders for the church. Leaders need to invest their time to mentor young leaders who will in turn invest their time training the following generation.

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Your Church Must Choose: Window or Aisle Seat?
Your Church Must Choose: Window or Aisle Seat?

By: Bill Owen
You may feel cramped in the window seat of a flight, but you have a great view of the world. The aisle seat offers far more comfort. Metaphorically speaking, many churches prefer the aisle seat.

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10 Places Members Go When They Skip Church
10 Places Members Go When They Skip Church

By: Bill Wilson
Weekly church attendance is in serious decline as loyal members attend less frequently than before. Here are 10 of the most frequent places they go on Sundays when they're not in church.

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Dominion, Not Domination, Over Our Island Home
Dominion, Not Domination, Over Our Island Home

By: Guy Sayles
God has given mankind dominion over the earth, but we've distorted that meaning to justify exploitation of the earth's nonhuman creatures and profligate waste of its resources. We are not owners, but stewards.

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How 2 Hispanic Immigrants Are Fulfilling God's Purpose
How 2 Hispanic Immigrants Are Fulfilling God's Purpose

By: Juan Aragon
God not only shows compassion and mercy toward foreigners in the Bible, but also uses immigrants today to fulfill his divine purposes in the world. Here are two examples.

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Guardian or Gardener? Which Describes Your Church?
Guardian or Gardener? Which Describes Your Church?

By: David Hull
Churches are either guardians or gardeners. Is yours protecting the ministries that were planted yesterday or digging new soil, planting new seeds and pruning back the old so that new growth can occur?

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Genocide Awareness is Needed In April, Year-Round
Genocide Awareness is Needed In April, Year-Round

By: Zach Dawes
April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month in several states. For churches that want to educate their members and to increase their vigilance about genocide, abundant resources exist.

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Why Too Many Christians Go it Alone, Pilgrim
Why Too Many Christians Go it Alone, Pilgrim

By: Mark Tidsworth
Many Christians see the process of growing as disciples as personal, private and individualistic, believing they don't need a community of faith. Here's why playing the John Wayne type won't work.

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Taxation - A Topic Rarely Engaged in Churches
Taxation - A Topic Rarely Engaged in Churches

By: Zach Dawes
Taxes are essential to a functioning society, yet you'll rarely hear a sermon or attend a church study on the topic. Christians need to engage in more frequent moral and ethical reflection on taxation.

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No Higher Calling: Advocating for Poor, Powerless
No Higher Calling: Advocating for Poor, Powerless

By: Bob Browning
Jesus couldn't ignore the plight of those who were being exploited, especially by the religious leaders. He accepted his mission to be an advocate for the poor and powerless. We also have no higher calling.

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Israeli Election is Wake-Up Call to Church: Part 2
Israeli Election is Wake-Up Call to Church: Part 2

By: Azar Ajaj
While the church in Israel is doing a good job on the spiritual level by presenting the gospel, little has occurred on the social level and almost nothing on the political level. It's time to be a prophetic voice.

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The Danger When Your Church Keeps Secrets
The Danger When Your Church Keeps Secrets

By: Dennis Bickers
Church leaders sometimes keep secrets from congregations, often thinking they are protecting the church. When those secrets are exposed, trust is broken. Here's how to rebuild that trust.

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Israeli Election is Wake-Up Call to Church: Part 1
Israeli Election is Wake-Up Call to Church: Part 1

By: Azar Ajaj
The events of the Israeli election are a wake-up call to the church in Israel, a challenge to become more effective in its mission. How can churches better serve Arab Israelis as well as the Israeli community?

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What Filters Does Your Church Need to Jettison?
What Filters Does Your Church Need to Jettison?

By: Greg DeLoach
We filter our email to weed out unwanted solicitations, but the church should be a place where all are welcome and no one is filtered out. Yet churches have many filters that need to be jettisoned.

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Resurrecting Martin Luther King's Message of Love
Resurrecting Martin Luther King's Message of Love

By: Terrell Carter
Before Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, it seemed like the majority of the world had turned against him. His message of love was falling on deaf ears. Can we resurrect it?

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How to Lose the Next Generation of Church Leaders
How to Lose the Next Generation of Church Leaders

By: Ircel Harrison
If your congregation wants to enlist and nurture a new generation of church leaders, it won't happen by putting them on committees, especially if most of those assignments don't provide any sense of fulfillment.

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Lenten Fast Like Juice Cleanse of Spiritual Toxins
Lenten Fast Like Juice Cleanse of Spiritual Toxins

By: Agnes Howard
The New Year's barrage of juice-cleanse ads promises atonement for holiday indulgence. Similarly, a Lenten fast helps you reflect on spiritual poisons you need to cleanse from your system.

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How TED Talks Differ from Your Pastor's Sermon
How TED Talks Differ from Your Pastor's Sermon

By: Stephen Holmes
TED talks and sermons differ in one key area. Preachers need to remember that the sermon should never be about proposing new ideas, but about changing hearts and attitudes.

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Why Some Successful Pastors See Themselves Negatively
Why Some Successful Pastors See Themselves Negatively

By: Mark Tidsworth
Some pastors tend to discount their competence and success. When pastors believe God has given them what they need in order to serve well, they lead more effectively.

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Ministering to Homeless by Restoring Right to Choose
Ministering to Homeless by Restoring Right to Choose

By: Hugh Hollowell
Homeless people first and foremost have lost their right to choose. Instead of denying them the ability to make choices, even bad ones, we should love them enough to restore their right to choose.

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6 Ways for Ministers to Build Trust, Transparency
6 Ways for Ministers to Build Trust, Transparency

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
Pastors should be prepared to give an account of their ministry to the lay leaders of their churches. Here are six ways that pastors and churches can build trust and transparency.

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Restoring Creation Care to Our Theology
Restoring Creation Care to Our Theology

By: Larry Eubanks
Care for the earth is a part of biblical theology, but somehow it doesn't find its way into a lot of Christians' theology. If we are going to get our lives in line with the plans of God, we must recover this emphasis.

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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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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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