Markers of Especially Welcoming Churches

Today’s guest blog comes to us from Greg Atkinson for ChristianityToday.com. 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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Charles Finney on Revival

“A revival is nothing else than a new beginning of obedience to God.” – Charles Finney, Father of American Revivalism


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Keys to Worship Planning: 3 Critical Questions

  “What happens in your services is of no use to your people if they don’t walk away with a clear understanding of how to incorporate the teaching and worship into their lives. That’s why it is so important to begin your worship planning with the end in mind. At The Journey, we do this by asking and prayerfully answering … Read More


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Two Big Steps to Better Health (Thursdays are for Health)

“If Satan can steal your health, kill your drive and destroy your peace of mind, then your ability to do God’s work well will be obliterated. Thankfully, there are things you can do to keep the enemy’s schemes at bay. Start by surrendering your body to God. Then, stop making excuses.” – Nelson Searcy, Steve Reynolds & Jennifer Dykes Henson The … Read More


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The Power of Reflection (Part 2 of 4)

In the first part of this four part series, I shared my equation on personal growth. As I was reflecting on that equation, I was reminded of something I’d once heard: Failure is a few errors in judgment repeated every day. If you go too long in life making these little errors and you don’t make time to stop, evaluate, … Read More


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Tips for Listening to a Sermon

Today’s guest post comes to us from Will Graham for EvanglicalFocus.com. Will shares some straightforward steps that pastors can share with their congregations which will help people better understand the content of Sunday’s message. If the preaching of the Word of God is the most important part of the Protestant church service, then learning to listen to the sermon becomes vitally important. … Read More


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John Knox on Preaching

“I have never once feared the devil, but I tremble every time I enter the pulpit.” – John Knox


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Keys to Worship Planning: Making Every Sunday Count

  “We are called to a higher purpose. This Sunday could be the Sunday someone who hasn’t been to church in thirty years walks through your doors. This Sunday could be the Sunday God wants to use you to work a miracle in someone’s life. This Sunday could be the Sunday someone’s eternity changes. You have been given the awesome … Read More


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Spiritual Warfare and Your Health (Thursdays are for Health)

“You know as well as I do that spiritual warfare is nothing to be taken lightly. What you may not realize is that your health is not exempt from the war. Satan will do anything he can to throw up roadblocks to your ability to live the life God has is store for you, and getting you to sabotage your … Read More


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The Power of Reflection (Part 1 of 4)

One of the big myths you often hear is that “experience is the best teacher.” Now there is no doubt that experience is a path to learning, but in the moment rarely do you learn the lessons. The truth is, EVALUATED experience is the best teacher. Holocaust survivor Corrie Ten Boom said, “Memories are the key not to the past, … Read More


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