What It Means to Be the Church: Churches Filling Needs as Lock-Down Continues

https://churchleaders.com/news/372794-be-the-church-filling-needs-lock-down.html

This is what the body of Christ should be doing…

Not closing our doors for public safety, but engaging the sick, hurting, and afraid with the love of Christ and meeting needs, just as our Lord and his disciples have always done!

You Cannot Serve Both God and Theology

Excellent and balanced article. Knowing God better and loving him more. So often, knowledge gets stuck in our heads but never travels to our hearts.

I have known people that could quote chapter and verse, talk about relationship, prayer, and grace; and yet miss the heart of God… Then, others who couldn’t even quote John 3:16, yet had a more profound faith and understanding of mercy, grace, forgiveness and love, than one with a PhD in Theology.

God promised to write his Word on our hearts, not just on the pages we can read.

https://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/247944-cannot-serve-god-theology.html

The 10 Stubborn People Nobody Can Help

Unless they have a true and transformative spiritual shift that helps them overcome this ingrained tendency…

https://churchleaders.com/outreach-missions/outreach-missions-articles/174489-people-nobody-can-help.html

Quick Update

First, an apology, I have not been posting much for the last couple months nor writing much, for those who are following God’s Word Is Life, I’m sorry. Just really busy with work and family.
Second, I promise to get back on the ball sharing encouragement, perspective, and biblical truth regarding life and recovery.
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Let’s get the message of renewal, hope, joy, and contentment to the world through the mercy and grace offered to us ALL through a relationship with our Creator Father through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus the Christ, and the indwelling Holy Spirit.
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7 Easy Ways to Put a ‘Not Welcome’ Sign on Your Church

I have been to many churches like these… It’s sad, because they see what a ‘family’ they have become, but outsiders feel extremely uncomfortable.

https://churchleaders.com/smallgroups/small-group-articles/306209-7-easy-ways-put-not-welcome-sign-church-ron-edmondson.html

How Can We Nicely Kick Kids Out of Church?

Very good and interesting article.

Some months ago, I was preaching at a small congregation and a newer couple had their children with them.

During worship, mom was in the choir and dad had to take the son to the restroom, leaving the young daughter alone in the pew.

She got up, came on the platform and sat down with me… I was so grateful and humbled, she felt safe to sit with me. When dad came back into the sanctuary and saw her, he looked mortified, as did her mom in the choir. I signaled both of them it was okay…

After a song or two, she pointed to mom in the choir and I nodded. She went to mom. It was a wonderful and touching moment.

I addressed the congregation saying, how blessed are the children…? Never be concerned, they are always welcome. They are the future of the church!

https://churchleaders.com/children/childrens-ministry-articles/358422-how-can-we-nicely-kick-kids-out-of-church.html

Under Construction

Under Construction is my most recent sermon, given at Casey White Oak Church of God in Casey, IL.

Jesus is still building his church. Are we going to remain in step with him, and allow him to grow the congregations we are a part of?

 

10 Signs You’re Attending a Good Church

This article is absolutely right on!

Every church leader should be using this as a metric of potential for the congregation God has entrusted to them.

https://churchleaders.com/outreach-missions/outreach-missions-articles/176826-great-church.html