Let's not hustle for a moment

I’m constantly watching friends like Carlos Whittaker and others, including Jon Acuff encourage others to hustle. I have no problem with that.


5 reasons why all Christians should observe Lent

The Church Lenten season begins next Wednesday. Lent is a period of 40 days. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (before Easter). Lent was designed as a time of reflection, repentance, prayer, fasting, and meditation on Scripture. It became a time when new believers prepared for ...
February 04, 2016   Matthew Fretwell

4 potent prayers to invigorate evangelism

These four, simple prayers will help solve a pastor’s most enduring and most important problem: motivating church folks to evangelism. They are more compelling than harangue, more persuasive than sermons, more energizing than admonition, and more biblical than any motivational gimmick you can imagine. If you teach your church these ...
February 03, 2016   Bud Brown

You are invited!

You are invited! David’s life is chronicled for us so that we also know of his weaknesses and failures, not just of his more honorable exploits or God-glorifying endeavors. If you read the Psalms written by David, he admits to a number of ineptitudes. He readily confesses to sin, to worry, depression, ...
January 30, 2016   Phillip Foster

30,000 Persian-language children’s Action Bibles in print

30,000 copies of the Persian translation of the full Action Bible have come off the press, Elam Ministries says. This hugely popular publication has enormous potential to enthuse Iranian children and youth with a love for the Scriptures, Elam, whose mission is to help build the church in the Iran ...
January 20, 2016   Anthony Marr

Prioritizing pastoral roles (part 3)

“The church’s first business is with the truth” writes James D. Smart in The Rebirth of Ministry (p. 134), yet the complexities of life have added more and more expectations and roles for the pastor. One denomination lists 33; my alliterative lists continues. Read Prioritizing pastoral roles Part 1 and Part ...
January 19, 2016   Jim Farrer

2 critical components of caring for your missionaries

I was recently asked by a church missions committee leader for some advice on how they could best provide care and support for their overseas missionaries, both while they’re on the field and when they return back home periodically for furlough. I spent some time brainstorming a list of practical ...
January 15, 2016   Allen Hamlin

Five ways to serve moms and the unborn

More than 57 million babies have been aborted in our country since the January 1973 Roe v. Wade court decision. The Christian church has a better answer to unwanted pregnancy than abortion. This Sunday, January 17th, is national Sanctity of Life Sunday. Many churches will set aside time to observe ...
January 14, 2016   kris eldridge

An old man's conversation with God

“It’s natural for someone who has lived a long time to be afraid,” LeRoy Lawson says as he takes a reflective look at Psalm 71. What do you fear as you age? How does this impact your ministry? Lawson shares the secret to peace in the midst of aging. (Excerpted ...
January 12, 2016  

What’s your most valuable asset?

Is it leadership? Personality? Ministry strategy? Teaching, writing, preaching? Actually, your best asset may not be what you think. Jodi Hickerson puts a new spin on what should qualify as your most valuable offering. (Excerpted from the NACC conference in 2015.)
January 06, 2016  

“Remember those in prison as if you were with them in prison”

The release of Iranian Christian Farshid Fathi, after five years in jail in Iran, was a great encouragement, and a demonstration of the power of prayer. Farshid was released on December 21, 2015, after five years in prison in Iran for his faith in Jesus Christ.
December 29, 2015   Anthony Marr

Imprisoned Iranian Pastor Farshid Fathi finally released

Iranian Christian pastor Farshid Fathi was released on 21 December 2015 after five years in prison in Iran for his faith in Jesus Christ. “We are deeply grateful for your faithful prayers for Farshid while he has been in prison,” Elam Ministries, whose mission is to help expand the church ...
December 22, 2015   Anthony Marr

How to take the “my” and “I” out of ministry

Do you have tunnel vision? Where is your focus when it comes to ministry? LeRoy Lawson, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Emmanuel Christian Seminary (Johnson City, Tenn.), gives insight into Psalm 71 and how this passage speaks to reevaluating your perspective. (Excerpted from the NACC conference in ...
December 21, 2015  

I know about rehab, but not about Rahab

How do we connect with those who don’t believe? Is it about head knowledge and sermon delivery? Learn the secret of reaching those who have yet to know Jesus. Jodi Hickerson challenges Christ-followers with this secret. (Excerpted from the NACC conference in 2015.)
December 21, 2015  

Book Review | Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God

Timothy Keller’s book on prayer is a resource of such depth that if used wisely, can revolutionize your prayer life. He collects some of the richest and yet most practical insights from Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Owen and Edwards and shows how they can be easily integrated into our prayer life ...
December 16, 2015   Lang Montgomery
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Silent, aloud, alone, in groups or meetings – prayer is conversation with God. Asking God for help, praising him, repenting for sin, listening for his direction, yielding to his will, and seeking his revelation in the Bible are all a part of prayer.