07/25/15 Because You Prayed

READING: Isaiah 37-39: Psalm 76 TEXTS AND APPLICATION: Do you believe that prayer makes a difference? Isaiah 37-39 are filled with evidence that prayer matters.  First, King…

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Four Elements of Assimilation

For several years, Thom Rainer and I studied evangelistic churches in North America.* In almost every study of assimilation in these churches, we found…

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The Devil and Leaders

I write this post with some hesitance. I have studied spiritual warfare for many years, and I don’t want to suggest that the devil should be our role model for anything. On the other hand, it seems to me that the devil is, in some ways, a more effective leader than many leaders today.

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07/22/15 The Cry of Exile

READING: Isaiah 28-30 TEXTS AND APPLICATION: Do you find yourself feeling like you’re in exile today — distant from God, wandering without peace?  Today’s reading in Isaiah…

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12 Things a Church Should Know about Its Pastor

I love the local church. In the church I have found a family that loves me, prays for me, challenges me, and stands beside me. My experience is that most churches want to love and follow their undershepherds as they walk together.

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Eight Ways to Pray for Missionaries

Most believers realize that missionaries need prayer. Their disconnect comes in knowing how to pray for them. The sad reality is that this lack of knowledge means many churches simply say: “God bless the missionaries.”

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