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System and Culture

All churches, especially those churches that have been around for any length of time, have a certain culture, that culture is often times tied deeply with the church’s traditions.
Years and years of letting the paid professional minister do much of the work in the church became the culture or the norm in most churches. Visit the sick? That’s what we hired him for. Teach the class? That’s what we hired him for. Teach the children? That’s what we hired her…

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The “Catch All”. Learning to say “No”

Every home has a “catch all” place.  It may be a desk, table, top of a dresser, a drawer, a place where stuff gets dropped.  Some of those things have a place they should go but the person doing the placing is too lazy to take the extra moment to put the item in its proper place.  Some items we just aren’t sure where to put it so we put it in the “catch all” place.  If you don’t have…

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Critics (Part 4)

So Andy, you don’t think that we should confront the wrongs? Yes I do think we should. But I think we should confront the wrongs the way our Savior and Lord says we should. Matthew 18 15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that…

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Critics (Part 3)

Here is the deal, the truth. Websites and blogs, authored by “Christians”, that attack other believers and churches is essentially the body of Christ turning on itself, the church attacking the church. When the body attacks itself it is essentially a form of spiritual cancer. This is why I call it Cyber Gossip. Gossip, whether true or false or disguised as a prayer request, is talking or writing or blogging about someone else without them present. Gossip is a sin.…

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Critics (Part 2)

It’s a shame but in this age we live in with the technology we have the Internet has become an avenue for what I call, “Cyber Gossip”. It is super easy to find hundreds if not thousands of web sites and blogs that are dedicated to pointing out the wrongs (or what is perceived as wrong by the authors) of other believers and churches. Websites and blogs litter the WWW and all they are known for is what they are…

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Critics (Part 1)

I’ve recently started reading in Acts for my daily quiet time. In chapter 3 Peter and John encounter the man who had been crippled for forty years. The cripple man was begging for money, this is how he survived. Peter and John have no money to give him but they meet his greatest need, they bring healing from God to this man’s life. Next we find them preaching about Jesus Christ. As the result of the people witnessing this need…

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Change or Status Quo

Change happens all around us on a daily basis. Are you one that fights off change? Do you like things to stay the way they are? I’ll admit I’m a creature of habit and function better when my days follow a certain pattern. BUT at the same time I like things to change. I like the excitement that change brings. I don’t ride roller coasters so change is about the only adrenaline rush I get. When I was going through…

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A Church Making an Impact

I have been attending church my entire life (43 short years) and in all those years the churches I attended had baptism services seemed like an afterthought or something to tag on right before the offering.   The very 1st step in obedience as a believer, a follower of Christ, is to be baptized.  Christ set the example for us.  When we read about the birth of the church in the book of Acts we find that the early Christians…

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Taking Up Space? Part 1

We weren’t created to simply take up space on this planet.  Likewise we weren’t created to simply take up space in a church auditorium.  You and I were SHAPED to be a minister.  When we study the early church we see that ministry was done by the church, believers serving one another.  Over time the church has drifted from this model.   Ask someone what he or she thinks of when they hear the word “minister”?  Many think of good…

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Article on Age Segmentation in the Church

Nate, our worship and arts dude, sent me a link to a great article.  Here it is.  A good read for church leaders and parents of teens.  Don’t think you are interested in reading the article?  Read some of the things the article shares below: “The statistics are grim. Rainer Research estimates that 70 percent of young people leave the church by age 22.” “If adults in a church caught a vision that every kid needs to have their name…

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