How to express your love for God

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I recently observed an unrestrained public display of affection by a couple who had just fallen in love. They were quite demonstrative, leaning on each other, fawning over each other, and frequently kissing each other. It made some onlookers feel...

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Jews fleeing France for Israel--fulfilled prophecy?

Today’s headlines reflect biblical prophecy. That is reflected in an article last month in USA Today. It reported: “(The recent) terror attacks on the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper and a kosher supermarket confirmed Jessica Belhassn’s decision to leave France for the Jewish homeland, an individual journey that’s part of a ...
February 10, 2015   Bob Russell

Encourage annual retreats to strengthen your families

For six years, my wife and I have led our family on an annual retreat. We recharge, plan and pray together. If the families in your ministry could benefit from stronger spiritual ties, encourage them to consider this as one weapon in their arsenal.
January 28, 2015   Kent Evans

Ten areas where pastors need training for the 21st century

Any pastor or other church staff member should be prepared in biblical truths, as well as theology. Indeed, you shouldn’t forsake any of the classical disciplines. Nor any of the practical disciplines, such as missions, evangelism, or church planting. Still, American culture has shifted dramatically in a relatively short period ...
January 15, 2015   Thom Rainer

As a father, I must simply be faithful

In raising boys, I have a strong desire for them to know and follow the Lord. However, they will need to choose that and I cannot control their choice. I must simply be faithful and leave the outcome up to the Lord.
December 11, 2014   Kent Evans

Divorce Rate and the Skewing of Church Demographics

For him it was two, for her three, and they were making plans for a combined total of seven. On five separate previous occasions, in the sight of their closest family and friends, each had promised an unending “I do.” Now they were inviting me to witness them both pledging ...
December 03, 2014   Phil Wood

When holidays aren't happy

Recently I spoke to a group of several hundred people who openly admitted they dread the holidays. The period between Thanksgiving and Christmas isn’t the favorite for a lot of people. I’ve read there is more alcohol consumption, more domestic fights, more arrests, more suicides and more people battling depression during ...
December 02, 2014   Bob Russell

9 Ways a pastor can lead a church to become more evangelistic

The influence of a pastor in a local congregation is powerful. Like a parent who can influence—but not ultimately determine—the path of his or her child, so in some ways is the pastor with the congregation. Earlier this year I had a conversation with Tony Merida, lead pastor of Imago ...
November 06, 2014   Thom Rainer

I love the church

I wrote a magazine story several months ago about why I love the church. While space doesn’t permit me to reproduce the full text here, I think it is worth offering a condensed version to remind every church leader of the need to project love and admiration for Christ’s bride ...
November 04, 2014   Bob Russell

When Churches Don't Fit Right

Is your church the wrong size for the ministries you are trying to support? This blog looks at some of the factors that contribute to a misaligned fit between size and ministries.
October 02, 2014   Steve Reynolds

5 Reasons churches benefit by seeking external help

The pattern is conspicuous. Churches that operate in an isolated and insular fashion are not as healthy as churches that regularly seek outside perspectives. Of course, there will always be exceptions. But, as a rule, those churches whose leaders and members are involved solely in their own ministries tend to ...
September 25, 2014   Thom Rainer

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