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5 Myths We Believe That Keep Us From Rest

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Just like Aretha Franklin so famously sang, “R-E-S-T-I-N-G is supposed to be so good for me, R-E-S-T-I-N-G what’s that? Please help me!” Ok so we all know that The Queen of Soul never quite belted those lyrics, but I have read them in the eyes of countless pastors, mine included. Sometimes it feels like there is just so […]

People Over Process – Improving Church Outreach

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In a recent Pastor Resource’s survey, church leaders responded that outreach is the number one need felt in the church. This need is no surprise since nearly all churches consider themselves dedicated to spreading the word of God and include the term outreach in their mission statement. But why is today’s church falling short in […]

Getting Guests Back

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Easter is coming! You’ve been exhorting, imploring, and challenging your congregation to invite about everyone attend your Easter service. The guests are on the way. Your congregants will be on their best behavior. The church is looking nice. The service is planned in detail. The guest gift bags are filled and waiting at the Info […]

FIVE WAYS TO OVERCOME FEAR

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“Why should I be afraid?” Israel’s King David once asked. I could give him plenty of reasons, from a pulmonary embolism that could have taken my life to a succession of less threatening but still uncomfortable and debilitating ailments, most recently the need for cataract surgery. Instead of worry, I decided to arm myself with […]

Man, the Glory Mirror

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Man was created to worship God’s glory, and we saw in that earlier list of experiences that our appetite for God’s glory is one of the most foundational motives in our lives. We have longings. It’s one of the things that sets us apart from the animals. But here’s another thing that sets us apart […]

Missions with Accent

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Yes, it may indeed be difficult to learn a foreign language, but one thing that English does not have is accent marks! Although English doesn’t really like to obey all the rules, English-speaking learners of other languages find those accent marks to be rather pesky. What part do they play anyway? Those who are learning […]

God and the Experience of God

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I google the word “prayer” And there I am, Hands raised, Eyes closed, Silhouetted Against a backdrop Of God’s warm and welcoming glory. Clicking through these search results might get me re-thinking my prayer life a bit. Perhaps my prayers are lacking because my arms aren’t raised high enough. Or maybe I’m not holding them […]