How Depression Robs Us of Our True Identity

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The death of Kate Spade and TV host Anthony Bourdain brings to light an issue few people truly understand but many battle, depression. Here is a biblical look at this delicate subject.
How Depression Robs Us of Our True Identity

 

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Is the Church Making Disciples of Jesus or are We Making Consumers of Ministry Services?

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I have to admit I have been one who has complained unconnected people only want to be entertained or view the church as a product and themselves as consumers. Often pondering the “what do members want from church discipleship or services question?” Upon further review and distance, whose fault is that? Are churches sending the wrong message to Christ’s followers and to those we are attracting? [ 797 more words ]

Are We Setting the Church Back 2,000 Years?

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Philip Yancy shares this story in his book, “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” “At the height of the Cold War, Billy Graham visited Russia to meet with their political and religious leaders. Many conservatives in the US criticized him for not taking a more prophetic role. One accused him of setting the church back 50 years. Graham responded, “I am deeply ashamed.
Are We Setting the Church Back 2,000 years?

A Prayer to Begin Your Week

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Dear Lord,

It’s Monday and going back to the grind of daily life can be a hard day. Sunday afforded us an opportunity to reconnect with you and be fed and nourished by you. Now, Monday brings the dance of another week all over again it is the beginning of a work adventure, possibly new challenges, new adventures, or new opportunities.
A Prayer to Start Your Week

 

How Our Understanding of Spiritual Gifts Impacts Our Service

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Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (ESV) 1 Corinthians 12:4–7 Having served with and on many different teams on this perfectly created biosphere during the course of my fifty plus years of my existence, I have come to the realization that doing ministry is challenging.

How Our Understanding of Spiritual Gifts Impacts Our Service

 

How Our Understanding of Vision Impacts our Ministry Capacity

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In my work with congregations, besides stewardship programs and evangelism causing a rip in the congregational space and time continuum, talk of vision and vision planning also creates havoc. With stewardship, the issues are guilt and often a struggle with trusting God to provide. In evangelism, we feel inadequate. Believers do not feel equipped to talk about their faith with any level of confidence.

How Our Understanding of Vision Impacts Our Ministry Capacity

 

Who are you missing on your Emmaus Road Experience

That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. (ESV Luke 24:13-15) “Can’t see your nose in front of your face ” [ 910 more words ]

Who Are You Overlooking on Your Emmaus Road Experience?