1 powerful moment to spark transcendent worship


Worship should be beautifully mysterious, and transformingly vitreous. One could call this, “worship in balance.”   There is a wonderful thread of mystery that weaves itself through the fabric of God’s description of Himself (Go find a used copy of Lloyd Ogilvie’s Autobiography of God at Amazon—it’s brilliant!).


“Seduced”: Million Kids to establish an email blast in locating runaway kids—before it’s too late for them. Part 3

Our regular Saturday night family dinner was taking place at a local restaurant, across four generations, when my grandniece, who had just turned 19 the day before, began checking her smartphone for messages from her friends. As usual, her nose is in that phone at the table, not engaging in ...
July 30, 2015   Ronald Keener

Church turnarounds: Fruitful methods: (Part 4: Intercessors and the Bible)

Importance of intercessors Even if churches use the most popular and helpful turnaround methods, their efforts may not all be blessed by the Lord. We seldom realize when our apparent successes might be the result of following idols or having “walked according to the flesh.” (II Corinthians 10:2) Thus we ...
July 20, 2015   Jim Farrer

3 things Evangelicals can learn from liturgical worship

And also with you!   We all know what an evangelist does…they preach! If they’re any good at all, they preach with great fervency. I’ve always been one of those guys when it comes to Evangelical worship. I have even often bashed anyone who wasn’t from that, “we do it ...
July 18, 2015   Doug Lawrence

Your front door stuck to visitors? Try opening a ‘side door’ to your community.

The “side door” to our house when I was growing up was what we called the “grade door”—halfway from going up to the kitchen or down to the basement. For author Charles Arn, a church’s “front doors” are closing, he opines, where there’s “an insufficient number of visitors coming in ...
July 17, 2015   Ronald Keener

Leaders have to break some rules

When it comes to breaking rules and receiving criticism, it is not always a bad thing. In fact, as Craig Groeschel explains, it may be an indication that you are doing something right for the sake of the gospel! Hear the story of one such example at LifeChurch.TV and why ...
July 07, 2015  

Church turnarounds: Fruitful methods: (Part 3: The role of prayer cont.)

When a friend discovered that I was writing on prayer, she remarked that I should have checked with her first. She continued, “Avid Scrabble players will recall that when you rearrange the letters in the word “Presbyterian” you get “best in prayer.” I don’t know what my acquaintance might decipher ...
July 07, 2015   Jim Farrer

“Breathtaking": The court’s decision—and God’s intentions for marriage

Bummed by the outcome Friday of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality (why should I have been surprised?), I found some solace in Albert Mohler’s blog when he wrote: “Those who cannot accept this redefinition of marriage as a matter of morality and ultimate truth, must acknowledge that the ...
June 29, 2015   Ronald Keener

Two mentalities that leave a church ineffective

Sometimes churches can drift into ineffectiveness. Kevin Holland identifies two mentalities that have a way of infiltrating churches that have the potential of robbing them from being effective and fruitful, the way God intends the church to be. Have you seen these at work in a church you know of? ...
June 26, 2015  

Church turnarounds: Fruitful methods: (Part 2: The role of prayer)

According to former missionary and retired Princeton Seminary professor Sam Moffett, the secular culture sees prayer as an escape from the world or as a Christian cop out. Revolutions make headlines; prayer does not. However, from his study of Christian spiritual awakenings beginning in Acts 1:13, Gordon-Conwell professor Richard Lovelace ...
June 23, 2015   Jim Farrer

Replacing good intentions with true passion

Too often, churches and leaders say that they want to reach people for Christ but lack the passion to see it become a reality. Learning from the men in Mark 2 that lowered their friend through a roof to get him to Jesus, Craig Groeschel offers keys to igniting passion ...
June 19, 2015  
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