Keys to Worship Planning: Incorporating Testimonies

  “After preaching and music, testimonies are the single most powerful tool you can include in your worship service. People tune in to stories of life change, especially when they recognize some aspect of themselves in the story. You can incorporate testimonies into your service in three ways: 1. Have someone share a live testimony before the message. 2. Bring … Read More

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Focus on the Little Things (Thursdays are for Health)

“Incremental steps are the key in moving from an unhealthy lifestyle to one that will serve you and those around you well. Don’t think you have to undergo a sudden extreme makeover in order to get where you need to be. Rather, focus on minor improvements every day, every week, every month. Over time, you’ll be amazed at the cumulative effect … Read More

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Why Preaching Must Be Simple

Today’s guest post comes to us from Will Graham for One of the greatest temptations for preachers is to speak high and haughty words in the pulpit that unlearned folk are unable to understand. Flowery words and lofty concepts may astonish the congregation’s mind but they don’t feed their needy souls. Paul may have been an academic giant; but … Read More

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Keys to Worship Planning: Test-drive Your Sunday Message

  “You can’t cooperate with God to help the people he has entrusted to you become more like his Son without a strong, grounded plan for your teaching.  Since the message is so important, I strongly encourage you to do a message run-through every week. In the same way that the worship team rehearses every week, so should you. You … Read More

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Kick Chronic Stress (Thursdays are for Health)

“Chronic stress is as detrimental to your physical health as deep-fried foods, couch sitting and lack of sleep. It raises cortisol levels in your blood, which leads to a weakened immune system and a wide range of chronic physical conditions.” If you want to live a healthy life, you have to make sure your heart and mind are at peace … Read More

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Examining the “Spiritual but Not Religious” Group

Today’s guest post comes to us from Barna Group. “I’m spiritual but not religious.” You’ve heard it—maybe even said it—before. But what does it actually mean? Can you be one without the other? Once synonymous, “religious” and “spiritual” have now come to describe seemingly distinct (but sometimes overlapping) domains of human activity. The twin cultural trends of deinstitutionalization and individualism … Read More

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R.A. Torrey on Outreach

“There are two ways of reaching people. One way is to invite them to come to you, the other way is to go to them.” – R.A. Torrey, 19th Century Evangelist, Founder of BIOLA

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