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The Earth is Not Ours to Do with As We Please
The Earth is Not Ours to Do with As We Please

By: Chuck Summers
So many of the environmental problems we face today have resulted from our failure to understand or remember that the earth is not ours to do with as we please. The earth belongs to God.

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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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Follow the Crucified: An Interfaith Easter Reflection - Part 2
Follow the Crucified: An Interfaith Easter Reflection - Part 2

By: Martin Accad
In its near-unanimous denial of the historicity of the crucifixion of Jesus, the Muslim exegetical tradition - not the Quran - stands largely alone. It also rejects the purpose of biblical salvation history.

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Counting the Spiritual Reach of Your Church
Counting the Spiritual Reach of Your Church

By: David Hull
Faithful members are attending Sunday school and worship services less frequently even as churches reach out to encourage spiritual growth in other ways. How do you count all those connections?

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Bethlehem Bible College: Beacon of Peace for Israel-Palestine
Bethlehem Bible College: Beacon of Peace for Israel-Palestine

By: Hailey Brenden
Bethlehem Bible College in Jerusalem prepares Christian leaders to serve Arab churches and society despite difficult circumstances and a dwindling Christian population.

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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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Legislation Won't Make Us Christian
Legislation Won't Make Us Christian

By: Michael Helms
Lawmakers are eager to pass laws to keep our nation 'Christian.' Tennessee, for example, wants to make the Bible the state book. Instead of forcing the Bible on people, what if we lived out its commandments?

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3 Questions to Ask as You Study the Bible
3 Questions to Ask as You Study the Bible

By: Joe LaGuardia
Scripture tells us that it is good to meditate on God's Word, but how do we dig into its teachings? The next time you study a Bible passage, ask yourself these three questions.

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Praying and Doing: Getting the Balance Right
Praying and Doing: Getting the Balance Right

By: Colin Sedgwick
Some Christians wouldn't dream of missing a service; ask them to do some work, and they won't be found. Others are eager activists, but they neglect to nurture their souls. The trick is getting the balance right.

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Is There a
Is There a "Christian Economics"? Part 1

By: Roger Olson
Whether religious or secular, distributive justice is the determination of how best, if at all, for society to distribute its wealth. It's the place where economics and ethics meet.

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When Your Church Dives into Despair, Try 20-Year Test
When Your Church Dives into Despair, Try 20-Year Test

By: Bill Wilson
A calamity arises in every church. Many react by proclaiming it's the worst thing to ever happen. Instead of bemoaning the church's imminent doom, those church folks need to take the 20-Year Test.

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When You're Helpless: The Power of Prayer and Ritual
When You're Helpless: The Power of Prayer and Ritual

By: Ron Rolheiser
We've all had that feeling. You're facing a dire situation. You need to do something, but there's nothing you can do. No magic wand to wave to make things better. But there is something you can do.

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Are U.S. Christians Being Persecuted - Or Just Whiny?
Are U.S. Christians Being Persecuted - Or Just Whiny?

By: Larry Eubanks
In some circles, it's a common belief that U.S. Christians are under attack. Some folks may criticize us, others may disagree with our positions. But that's not persecution. Are we really that soft?

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How Much Should You Pay Your Bivocational Pastor?
How Much Should You Pay Your Bivocational Pastor?

By: Dennis Bickers
What is the proper compensation for a bivocational minister? Few ministers pursue bivocational ministry expecting wealth, but churches should be fair to them financially.

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3 Questions to Help Your Church Engage its Community
3 Questions to Help Your Church Engage its Community

By: Mark Tidsworth
How can your church connect with its community? Before you resurrect the outmoded Tuesday night visitation program, your congregation should answer these three questions.

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What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

By: Guy Sayles
No matter how old we are, we never really stop asking ourselves what we're going to do when we grow up. For followers of Jesus, we have a call to learn from him how to respond to our time and place.

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Pastor as CEO? All the Perks; Zero Accountability
Pastor as CEO? All the Perks; Zero Accountability

By: Joe LaGuardia
Many in the pastoral profession desire all the perks of being a CEO in a local church but refuse to be held accountable to the same standards as CEOs in the business world.

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Allowing Grace to Break Down Your Dividing Lines
Allowing Grace to Break Down Your Dividing Lines

By: Mike Kuhn
We often assign people to neatly created binary categories. These simple labels allow us to divide folks into them and us. God, however, calls us to love and embrace those who are not like us.

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Whose Heart Will You Wake Up Today?
Whose Heart Will You Wake Up Today?

By: Jim Kelsey
People with no interest in religious faith aren't bad or rejecters of God. They simply do not fully appreciate what lies dormant within them. We can wake up their hearts.

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The Leadership Crisis Faced by Smaller Churches
The Leadership Crisis Faced by Smaller Churches

By: Dennis Bickers
Finding qualified persons for smaller churches is often a struggle. Unfortunately, many pastors refuse to serve smaller churches. For many of these churches, the answer may be sitting in their pews.

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8 Mistakes Ministers Make When Leading Adaptive Change
8 Mistakes Ministers Make When Leading Adaptive Change

By: Mark Tidsworth
Pastoral leaders are at their most vulnerable when attempting to lead major changes in their churches. Here are eight common pitfalls made by many ministers when initiating changes.

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An Example of Christian Leadership You're Not Expecting
An Example of Christian Leadership You're Not Expecting

By: Stuart Blythe
Think of models of leadership in the Bible and several names come to mind: Abraham, Joseph, David. Another individual in the Bible is a model leader, even though he's not foremost on many lists.

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Is Your Church Involved in Mental Health Issues?
Is Your Church Involved in Mental Health Issues?

By: Katie Swafford
Even though 10 million adults in the U.S. live with a serious mental illness, most of us don't notice them in our own communities. This issue won't go away, and churches need to be more engaged in it.

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Bibles Aplenty But Few Folks Actually Read Them
Bibles Aplenty But Few Folks Actually Read Them

By: Thomas Kidd
With the Internet and smartphone apps, the Bible is more widely available than ever before. So why is massive ignorance of its message still high? Getting folks to actually read it is the challenge.

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How God Opened Doors for One Immigrant's Journey
How God Opened Doors for One Immigrant's Journey

By: Juan Aragon
Noemi worked long hours for meager pay to support her family in a small Mexican town. After prayer and fasting, she made the treacherous journey to the U.S., where God has provided for her and her family.

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