Surprising Church Trends

In his1995 Broadman & Holman book, Giant Awakenings,  Thom S. Rainer shared nine surprising trends he saw in the church world that could benefit the church. Let’s look at a couple of the trends here…. A movement towards prayer. Rainer believed that the trend towards prayer was the most important of…

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Disciples Must Dare to Be Different

Dare to be different! That was the title of one of  my morning messages as well as a motto for my life. Be different! It will get people’s attention and possibly point them to Christ! John the Baptist was one of those “different” guys. To be honest, he was just plain…

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The Value of a List

As a young man, Benjamin Franklin resolved to attain the habits of virtue that would lead to success by making a game out of self-improvement.  He wrote thirteen key virtues in a notebook, one to a page, and checked off each instance in the day when he failed in one…

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Ordering Your Private World

“Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God re-make you so that your whole attitude of mind is changed.”  Romans 12:2 (Phillips) Gordon MacDonald’s book, Ordering Your Private World, is was one of the most helpful books I have ever read.  I highly…

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Are You Spiritually Healthy?

How’s your spiritual health? No, really — how is it? In his book, Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, Donald Whitney helps the reader determine if he or she is spiritually healthy or simply spiritually busy. The two are not the same thing. As you will recall, no group was…

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American Idol

I just walked upstairs after watching American Idol. The last few seasons, my family and I have watched most episodes of the show. Being a musical family, we enjoy the time together listening to some excellent young musicians. Ultimately, the American viewers determine who will be the “American Idol” by…

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