How to Strengthen Your Faith

Christians and other religious people are often called “people of faith,” but do you ever wonder if your own faith needs a little kickstart? We read in the gospels when Christ tells his disciples that if they have faith like a grain of mustard seed, they could move mountains. If that’s the case, our own faith feels like it’s in the size category of a subatomic particle. Is there a way to strengthen our faith?

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What Your Doctrinal Statement Might Be Missing

Is your doctrinal statement missing anything? Did you leave out something about the resurrection? A line about the atonement? Was it your trinitarian position? Could it be, heaven forbid, that you neglected to enunciate some hardline dogma on your millennial position or the correct English translation of the Bible? Some of those issues are important, and some aren’t. (You can decide which ones.) It’s more likely that your doctrinal statement is missing something that is at the core of Christianity.

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Is Your Church a Safe Place?

There aren’t a lot of places where we can go to find true safety. For many of us, our jobs are a place of stress and bitterness. Our homes are sometimes filled with fighting and dissension. Is there a place where we can go and be safe? Ideally, that place is the church. But is your church a safe place?

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Ministry Is Tough: Why You Desperately Need Prayer

We’ve all heard it said that ministry is tough. Often, our response in the face of such difficult labor is to grit our teeth and press on. Perhaps we could all use a bit more grit and endurance. But maybe we need something more. Maybe we need more prayer. Because ministry is tough, we desperately need the power of prayer.

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Saving Grace: Never Give up on Anyone to Be Changed by God

Have you ever wondered if anyone is beyond the reach of God? It’s likely we’ve all thought about this at some point. Some people are just, well, so bad. It seems utterly impossible that they could be changed. That’s where the shocking, scandalous, and mind-blowing grace of God comes into the picture. God’s saving grace means that no one is too far gone for God to be rescued.

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Reasons to Remember 9/11

Even though the tragedy of 9/11 happened more than a decade ago, it still impacts America and the world. Even though time has passed, we still feel the pain and grieve over the victims. Even though eventful years have come and gone, most of us can remember exactly where we were when we heard the news — and the grief we felt. Even though the terror of 9/11 elapsed in a few hours, the world feels its effects today.

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The Busy Pastor Syndrome, And What You Should Do about It

Jeremy was busy — busier than he ever thought was humanly possible. When accepting a new assistant pastor position six months ago, he knew it would be a lot of work. Phrases like “you’ll be in charge of the music,” “oversee the youth,” and “do some visiting” had been part of the conversation. But now, Jeremy was rising at 5:30 each day, and falling into bed exhausted well after midnight most nights. He was originally told that he would have Tuesdays off, but that was a long-gone vestige of his first few weeks on the job. Now, Jeremy was trapped on a treadmill of ever-increasing speed, fury, and freneticism. He felt as if he didn’t know his two little children, aged 2 and 4. He felt as if he and his wife hadn’t talked in months…and they hadn’t, really. Jeremy’s own soul was parched — worse, he was angry, discontent, and deeply troubled.

But, it was okay, he told himself, because he was doing it all for God. Wasn’t he supposed to “burn out for Jesus?”

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The Next Great Awakening: Coming to a Cubicle Near You

Picture the hustle and bustle of New York City in the middle of the workday. It’s noon. Thousands of people are walking from their places of work to a church or to a coffee house, storefront, or bar. There, they gather for prayer. All across the city, tens of thousands of people are praying, crying out to the Lord for healing, for cleansing…for revival. Can you imagine this scene taking place in New York City today?

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God Is Bigger than You Think

If you’ve ever been to Disney World with kids, you’ve probably experienced the ride, “It’s a Small World.” Sitting in a boat-like car, you travel on a river through a fantastic display of characters singing over and over (and over again), “It’s a small world after all.” In some ways, the song has got it right. With the advance of travel, technology, and communication, the world seems smaller. But in other ways, we’re only still discovering how vast this world is. And more significantly, we’re discovering how big our God is. To put it bluntly, God is bigger than you think.

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Creating Authentic Faith Communities In Home and Church

The following is a guest post by Daniel Darling, Christian author and pastor.

One of the most destructive myths in our families and our churches is the false idea that we, mere sinful fallen humans, can by our own effort manufacture disciples of Jesus. We see this idea refuted clearly articulated at the very beginning of John’s gospel, where the aging Apostle writes that spiritual life comes, “not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor the will of man, but of God” (John 1:13).

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