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The Perfect Church Part 1

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The one phrase I’ve been told over and over and over again throughout my time in the church world is: “There is no perfect church.” I hate this statement; passionately hate it when people say this to me. Why? Because it makes us sound lazy. It allows us to make excuses. And it’s wrong. There […]

Budget Blunders

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Whether your church has sixty-five people or sixty-five hundred, money matters. Even so, many pastors tell me that they find budgeting to be—at best—a necessary-but-distracting process. I’ve never heard a young pastoral candidate confide that the initial draw to ministry was the joy of managing resources. You know how divisive talking about gathering, stewarding, and […]

Announcements, Bulletins, and When to Say No

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“Can you announce that the mission team is having a barbeque fundraiser this Saturday? The ladies quilting group won’t be able to meet next week either. Make sure to get that in the bulletin. Oh and by the way, last Sunday you forgot to mention that the Richardsons had their new baby here for the […]

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Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. (Ephesians 6:10 NIV) Human strength is relative. One person may be considered strong until compared to a professional weight lifter. The professional weight lifter’s strength is weak compared to that of an ox. Human strength is relative, but God’s strength is absolute. The old […]

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Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. (Proverbs 3:9-10 NIV) We will not truly honor God until we honor Him with our wealth. This is because we honor God only by […]

BUT GOD: Retrospective on my Daughter’s Suicide – Part 2

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[This post is continued from Darlene Franklin’s post BUT GOD: Retrospective on my Daughter’s Suicide – Part 1.  Here she enumerates the ways in which God remained faithful and provided in her grief over her daughter Jolene’s suicide.] BUT GOD: Retrospective on my Daughter’s Suicide By Darlene Franklin What I can say beyond any doubt is […]

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“Praise the Lord who has given rest to his people, just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises he gave . . .” (1Kings 8:56 NIV). “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ.” (2Cor. 1:20). Generally, we don’t think about sitting down […]

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“Is not My word like fire?” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?” (Jeremiah 23:29 NASB) There will always be obstacles in the way of your dream. Having vision, goals, plans, and promises doesn’t move the bramble and boulders obstructing your way. But, God’s Word is like fire. It’s like a […]

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“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16-17). The Father gives us the Holy Spirit to do in and for us what Jesus did in and through His disciples. The Holy Spirit is our counselor who helps us […]
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