The Aggravating Sin of Apathy

Apathy is probably a universal Christian experience, and it is stunting the growth of millions. Apathy is aggravating, because you sometimes see it in yourself and loathe it. However, you feel powerless to do anything precisely because you are apathetic. What is this condition of spiritual apathy, and how do we handle it?

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Christian Phrases to Use With Caution

We as Christians have built up a collection of pet phrases and familiar jargon. Some of this Christianspeak is okay. Some of these Christian phrases, however, either lack meaning or have questionable meaning. Here are a few Christian phrases to use with caution.

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Is God Really Among Us? A Bold Declaration of God’s Omnipresence

Omnipresence is a big word — almost daunting, actually. It brings to mind ponderous catechisms or dusty systematic theology textbooks. In spite of its off-putting, twelve-letter appearance, omnipresence is an attribute of God that we should cherish. Omnipresence — God’s being everywhere present at the same time — is to be boldly declared, and confidently believed.

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Five Summer Activities that Will Enhance Your Ministry

During the summer, everything changes. Your schedule changes, the routine of activities change, and the weather changes. Your ministry changes, too. Often, we reach the end of the summer thinking, “How did it go by so quickly? What did I accomplish?” Although you can do the following five activities at anytime during the year, engaging in them during the summer months will help you to take back your summer and enhance your ministry for the long term.
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Family Feud or Family Unity? How Should a Family Act?

Many Christians refer to the people in their church as the “church family.” We call fellow Christians “brothers and sisters.” But do we as Christians really live like a family — a loving family, minus the bickering, feuding, and conflict? Here are six ways in which we might better better live out the loving family reality that Scripture describes.

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Fourth of July – The Problem with Patriotism, Politics, and Partisanship

On July 4th millions of Americans will celebrate. The celebration will involve American flags, barbecues, picnics, speeches, music, and fireworks — lots and lots of fireworks. Americans will listen to “God Bless the USA” at least 91 times on the radio. They will see a lot of red, white, and blue. And they may even hold a sparkler with a surging sense of patriotism in their heart.

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Church Habits: Rethinking the Old

We love grooves. Following patterns is easy. The same-old becomes the good-old. In fact, little habits may become die-hard traditions. Some of this is good and appropriate. But sometimes, we may need a breath of fresh air or some new life, especially when it comes to our church habits. Here are five areas to think about.

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Tips for Summer VBS Programs

It’s VBS season, and as you’re reading this, some church is in the middle of a week of VBS. Maybe you’re an old hand at VBS or maybe you’re a newbie. Whatever your experience level, here are some tips to keep in mind as you head into your week of VBS.

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Ten Ways You Can Make Your Pastor’s Sermons Better

So maybe he’s not the most interesting preacher in the world. What should you do about it? Have you ever thought that you might be able to help your pastor preach better? Here are some suggestions to help your

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Is Yours a Kid-Friendly Church?

Is your church kid-friendly? I’m not wondering if you sanitize the nursery toys, put stools in front of the water fountains, and have enough Sunday school teachers. I’m wondering if your church — the people, the leadership, the services — are really friendly toward children. Here are four things that might be affected if we had more kid-friendly churches.

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