Small Changes for Big Rewards (Thursdays are for Health)

“What if you could improve your health by just 10% over the next six months? What if you could improve it by 10% more the following six? That would make you 20% healthier this time next year.” If you could do that again the following year, you’d be 40% healthier two years from now. Small changes to your lifestyle will … Read More

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Keys to Worship Planning – Cooperating with God

  “Never forget that you have the incredible privilege of cooperating with the one who charted the universe. Give him room and permission to map your preaching for his purposes, as you fulfill your obligation to be an excellent representation of his nature.”                – Nelson Searcy and Jason Hatley The above quote is from … Read More

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Too Tired to be Healthy (Thursdays are for Health)

“Poor food choices combined with a lack of physical activity are a recipe for constant lethargy, which makes ‘I’m too tired’ a self perpetuating excuse. Make a healthy meal even though you are tired. Go for a walk even if you don’t feel like it. Over time, with consistent effort, you will have more and more energy and this excuse … Read More

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Keys to Worship Planning – Don’t Change that Message!

  “Every pastor is sometimes tempted to change a message at the last minute. But if you have planned prayerfully and properly – trusting that God knows the exact message that needs to be preached at the exact moment it needs to be preached – you should never change your message based on last-minute feelings or circumstances. Every time I have … Read More

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Make Time for Healthy Living Now (Thursdays are for Health)

“Part of our calling is to care for the needs of others. So, when we don’t have time to eat well or work out because we are busy serving other people, well, that’s just the price we pay for doing God’s work, right? Wrong. This is nothing more than a righteous-sounding reason for taking our temple for granted. In reality, … Read More

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Keys to Worship Planning – Don’t Plan Your Preaching Calendar Solo

  “Don’t fall into the temptation of planning by yourself. Let God use the creative souls he has placed around you. When you plan alone, you only get your ideas. The problem is, your ideas may not be the best ideas.  By accepting input from the people God has placed around you, you will create a sharper, more in-tune preaching … Read More

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A Question of Priorities (Thursdays are for Health)

“Do you have time to get before God each day? Do you have time to spend with your kids? Do you have time to connect with your staff about weekend service? Of course you do, because you understand the importance of those things. When you understand the importance of being proactive about your health – and hopefully that won’t be … Read More

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Markers of Especially Welcoming Churches

Today’s guest blog comes to us from Greg Atkinson for I recently had lunch with a local senior pastor for whom I was doing some coaching and consulting. He asked, “Greg, what are the most common things you see as a church secret shopper?” I’ve heard this question often enough to know what he was really asking: “Where do … Read More

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