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Here are some “don’ts” to keep in mind through these busy days of Advent and the run-up to the Christmas services. December 08, 2016 Margaret Marcuson
Rather than debate the reasons why some say that there should not be services, I would like to give three reasons why there should be worship services on Christmas Sunday. December 04, 2016 Parnell Lovelace, Jr.
One of the most engaging parts of most church services is the worship time. And undoubtedly, the worship leader plays an integral part of the worship experience. Yet some worship leaders try to do too much. November 17, 2016 Mark Lenz
Find out why this 18-year-old from Baton Rouge, La. changed his story when he got to junior high and how this will impact your own story. November 10, 2016
What would these elements look like if hosted by Lord Grantham at Downton Abbey? August 27, 2016 Allen Hamlin
It seems to take a lot to move me. The song "No Longer Slaves" has become a favorite of mine on Christian radio, sung by Jonathan David and Melissa Helser. It is bold and moving to sing about no longer being a slave to fear and being a child of ... July 06, 2016 Phillip Foster
After a few decades of leadership in the church, you’d think I’d be tired of it. Not so! I love to visit every church that comes across my radar. While visiting in a large southern church one Sunday morning last fall with a non-Christian friend, I found myself angered, embarrassed, ... June 08, 2016 Doug Lawrence
People will do anything when they become desperate. Sean Palmer, Lead Minister at The Vine Church in Temple, Texas, uncovers the motives in 2 Kings 7. When has desperation been your motive in a decision and where did it take you? (Excerpted from the NACC conference in 2015.) May 12, 2016
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church reminds us that Pentecost ranks as the second most important festival day in the Church following Easter, the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. However, many preachers ignore the day and its related themes. If Pentecost, which follows 50 days after Easter, is so important, ... April 26, 2016 Jim Farrer
Recently, I had the opportunity to preach at the Fifth Anniversary Celebration of the Bayside Midtown Church, Sacramento, California. This thriving congregation is one of the most ethnically diverse congregations in Northern California. Over the course of four Sunday services, I observed nearly 2,000 people enthusiastically embracing corporate worship and fellowship ... April 22, 2016 Parnell Lovelace, Jr.
Having been in several churches where we had a guest worship leader come in and lead for the morning, I have some thoughts to share. 1. Know your role. Your job is not to come in and teach new songs to the congregation. Your job is to fill in and ... April 13, 2016 Greg Atkinson
As I zip on past the age of 76 (I hope) in coming months, I have to admit that heaven (and the death that comes with it) comes more readily to mind. My mother passed away at age 95, so maybe there is reason for hope that I’ll have a ... April 04, 2016 Ronald Keener
Iran is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for Christians. Almost all public Farsi (Persian) speaking churches have been closed, and house churches are regularly raided, with their leaders and members arrested. Evangelism is illegal and can lead to prison sentences. But despite the most brutal efforts, ... March 24, 2016 Anthony Marr
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If you’ve attended worship at any variety of denominational congregations, it’s readily apparent that the sermon is a major facet of the gathering. In the Anglican church that I attend, the entire service is barely over an hour, with the message usually lasting less than 15 minutes. In many non-liturgical ... March 22, 2016 Allen Hamlin