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  • Church ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2009
     | 417 views

    CHURCH DROP-OUTS 70% of people who discontinue going to church in America do so between ages 18 and 22. Of those who attend college, 69% of active churchgoing youth stop attending church for at least a year between ages 18 and 22. Yet 71% of active churchgoing youth ...read more

  • The Church  PRO

    Contributed by Charles R. Swindoll on Dec 13, 2004
    based on 5 ratings
     | 1,201 views

    The church is not: * An ark for the saving of a select few. * A ferryboat to take effortless passengers to the shores of heaven. * A life insurance company, with no obligation on policy holders except the payment of a small annual premium. * A social set, welcoming certain people and ...read more

  • Is Your Church A Church Of Bones?  PRO

    Contributed by Jay Mccluskey on Jan 29, 2009
    based on 1 rating
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    IS YOUR CHURCH A CHURCH OF BONES? In the town of Sedlec in the Czech Republic, there is a famous cemetery that dates back to the 13th century. Some 40,000 people who died from the Black Plague in the 14th century and in the Hussite wars in the beginning of the 15th century were buried there. ...read more

  • Fewer Men In Church: In 1990, Church ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 5, 2006
     | 620 views

    Fewer Men In Church: In 1990, church sociologist George Barna found that 40% of the men he polled had some kind of church relationship. That figure has now slipped to 26%. The situation is probably even worse than this data indicates. Many men are in church on Sunday only because their wives and ...read more

  • A Church That Has Passion Is A Church Where ...  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 1, 2001
    based on 139 ratings
     | 1,771 views

    A church that has passion is a church where "Discouraged folks cheer up, dishonest folks fees up, sour folks sweeten up, closed folk, open up, gossipers shut up, conflicted folks make up, sleeping folks wake up, lukewarm folk, fire up, dry bones shake up, and pew ...read more

  • The Church Service Ended At The Lutheran Church ...  PRO

    Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Jun 1, 2003
    based on 13 ratings
     | 571 views

    The church service ended at the Lutheran Church in New Sweden, Maine as everyone “passed the peace.” It was the first Sunday after Easter, and the 50 people in attendance headed to the fellowship hour to have some coffee. Some of the people complained that the coffee was bitter, but people ...read more

  • The Roof Of The Church Hall Of A Little Church ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
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    The roof of the church hall of a little church was falling down. So the members of the church held regular prayer meetings in the hall after the service to pray for funds to repair the roof. There was a rich old man, known to be very tight with his money, who used to attend and sit near the back of ...read more

  • Influential Churches The Church Report Magazine ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 20, 2007
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    Influential Churches The Church Report Magazine has published their annual list of the 50 most influential churches in America. 2006’s most influential church is Willow Creek Community Church. #2 is Saddleback, #3 Northpoint (Andy Stanley); #4 Fellowship Church (Ed Young); #5 Lakewood Church (Joel ...read more

  • Strong Small Churches - The Bigger A Church ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 20, 2007
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    Strong Small Churches - The bigger a church grows, the worse it becomes both in quality and in its capability to reach new people. This surprising finding comes out of a Germany -based Institute of Church Development study of churches worldwide. In churches with attendance of less than 100, 31% of ...read more

  • Playing Church

    Contributed by Russell Brownworth on Aug 10, 2008
     | 562 views

    PLAYING CHURCH Some years ago I met Johnny Moore. Johnny is the lead singer for "His Glory". He tells his story of how he was on his way home one night before he got serious with the Lord. He’d been kinda "playing church." He was on his way home from a Wednesday night prayer meeting, and he ...read more

  • Separation Of Church And ...

    Contributed by Terry Laughlin on Aug 11, 2008
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    Separation of Church and State “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…” (excerpt from Amendment I, U. S. Constitution) If our United States Constitution actually commands Congress ...read more

  • The Invisible Church

    Contributed by Nathan Johnson on Sep 25, 2008
    based on 6 ratings
     | 868 views

    The Invisible Church Warren Weirsbe tells a story of a free-lance missionary that visited a pastor friend asking for financial support. "What group are you associated with?" his friend asked. The man replied, "I belong to the invisible church." His friend then asked, "Well, what church are ...read more

  • No Church, No America

    Contributed by Gene Gregory on Dec 6, 2008
     | 419 views

    NO CHURCH, NO AMERICA This week I received a letter in the mail from the Reverend Barry W. Lynn, the executive director of the organization "Americans United for Separation of Church and State." There would no America if there was no Church. This country was discovered, founded and populated ...read more

  • The Church Is The Rope

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 13, 2009
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    THE CHURCH IS THE ROPE Years ago at Niagara Falls two men were in a boat and found themselves caught in the current. The men jumped from their boat and swam for the shore. At last minute ropes from the shore were thrown out to them. The one man grabbed the rope and was pulled to shore. The other ...read more

  • The Church Is About ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 13, 2009
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    THE CHURCH IS ABOUT FREEDOM The silkworm makes an amazing journey to becoming a moth. At one point in the journey, the worm spins about itself a remarkable cocoon. The little sack is composed of 400 to 800 yards of silk fiber which seals it from the inside as it waits for metamorphosis. When ...read more

  • Essential Church For ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2009
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    ESSENTIAL CHURCH FOR YOUTH LifeWay Resources’ Thom Rainer, after his research among people who stayed in church during ages 18-22 concluded that church should have higher expectations of its younger members. He argues an essential church will expect the younger generation to have a relationship ...read more

  • The Treasure Of The Church  PRO

    Contributed by Anne Benefield on Mar 5, 2009
    based on 4 ratings
     | 831 views

    THE TREASURE OF THE CHURCH St. Lawrence was martyred in 258 A.D., but we remember him not for his martyrdom. We remember him as the Archdeacon of Rome. His responsibilities included maintaining the sacred vessels of the small, struggling church and distributing alms to the poor. While he was ...read more

  • Arthritic Church

    Contributed by Gene Gregory on Mar 30, 2009
     | 456 views

    ARTHRITIC CHURCH Dennis is suffering from Rheumatoid arthritis. Many of you are familiar with the disease. The body attacks itself causing pain, disfigurement, and an inability for the body to function as it should. My friends, the Bible says that we are the Body of Christ. This church and ...read more

  • Diversity In The Church  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 8, 2009
    based on 3 ratings
     | 828 views

    DIVERSITY IN THE CHURCH Philip Yancey put it this way in an article in Christianity Today just this last November. He writes, "As I read accounts of the New Testament church, no characteristic stands out more sharply than [diversity]. Beginning with Pentecost, the Christian church dismantled the ...read more

  • Dead Churches  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 8, 2009
    based on 2 ratings
     | 515 views

    DEAD CHURCHES In the town of Sedlec in the Czech Republic, there is a famous cemetery that dates back to the 13th century. Some 40,000 people who died from the Black Plague in the 14th century and in the Hussite wars in the beginning of the 15th century were buried there. Around 1400 a Gothic ...read more