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  • The Surprise Of The Rich Man And His Attempt To ...

    Contributed by Philip Gill on May 29, 2008

    The surprise of the rich man and his attempt to fix things up is a bit like the story of the young assistant curate who, while pedaling his bike to a pastoral visit, sees Jesus walking through town heading in the direction of his church. He races back to the vicarage and rouses the vicar. He more

  • Jesus Said In John 13: 35, "Your Love For One ...

    Contributed by Jerry Blaxton on Aug 3, 2008
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    Jesus said in John 13: 35, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” A great New Testament example of this being done is in the early church. As Jews began to put their faith in Christ as the Messiah, they began to feel the effects of hostility toward them. They more

  • Think Steps, Not Programs

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Oct 5, 2010

    THINK STEPS, NOT PROGRAMS In his book, Seven Practices of Effective Ministry, Andy Stanley writes: "Think Steps, Not Programs" (p. 88). The idea is this: Instead of having a strategic vision that focuses on programs, you have a strategic vision of a people-process, a pathway that takes people more

  • Self-Centered Christianity  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 6, 2011
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    SELF-CENTERED CHRISTIANITY John Koessler pastored for years before becoming a professor in the pastoral studies department at Moody Bible Institute. In 2007 he wrote, A Stranger In The House of God, chronicling his experience in various churches. "Most of the Christians I know are disappointed more

  • How Not To Market The Church

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 10, 2011

    HOW NOT TO MARKET THE CHURCH When we speak of marketing the church (writes David Wells) we are not referencing such things as advertising church events, providing excellence in church programming, being kind to visitors, or providing ample parking. No one is arguing the importance and value of more

  • High On Their Huddles

    Contributed by John Hamby on Apr 25, 2011
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    HIGH ON THEIR HUDDLES One of my favorite preachers is Dr. Tony Evans in Dallas. Some years ago I heard him give the following description of the purpose of the church service. He said, "In football they have a huddle, the goal of the huddle is to give you thirty seconds to call the play; that is more

  • Church As A Spectator Sport

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 5, 2011

    CHURCH AS A SPECTATOR SPORT A British pastor and author made this observation a few years ago. I think it’s still accurate. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones said, "Men and women no longer...exercise in sport as they used to. Instead, people tend to sit in crowds and just watch other people play. ...And more

  • Not Ashamed

    Contributed by William L. Vincent on Aug 15, 2011

    NOT ASHAMED No matter what you are looking for, you can find a religion or philosophy to fit your state of mind. We find this culture creating pressure on the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. We find people church-shopping--looking for the right “fit” for their needs. And I realize that we need more

  • Spiritual Consumerism

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 15, 2011

    SPIRITUAL CONSUMERISM In February 27 2009 article from the website “Slate” titled, “Why American churchgoers like to shop around” also caught my attention. That article cited statistics from a Barna Group survey that revealed that one in seven adults changes churches each year, and another one more

  • Stay Out Of The Stagnant Water

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 25, 2011

    STAY OUT OF THE STAGNANT WATER Palmer Chinchen, in his book, True Religion, talks about traveling to the western edge of Zimbabwe with his brothers to raft the Zambezi River, starting at the base of the Victoria Falls. The falls are the largest in the world, more than a mile wide and three more

  • The Conductor's Job

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 11, 2009

    THE CONDUCTOR’S JOB In a symphony orchestra, a violinist will not go around checking what a trombonist is playing, nor will an oboist worry about whether a trumpeter will come in on time. That is the business of the conductor. These people play their parts and the conductor puts it all together. more

  • 48% Of The Average Church Budget Is Spent On ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 16, 2009

    48% of the average church budget is spent on personnel expenses. more

  • It's About Relationships  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 10, 2008
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    IT'S ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS According to the Stanford Research Institute, the money made in any endeavor is determined only 12.5% by knowledge, and 87.5% by your ability to deal with people. 68% of customers quit shopping with you because of an attitude of indifference toward them by an employee. more

  • Nearly 70% Of U.s. Churches Provide Direct ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 10, 2008

    Nearly 70% of U.S. churches provide direct health services and 65% provide educational health programs, according to the National Council of Churches (NCC) USA Congregational Health Survey. Only 6.4% offer no programs of any kind in health care ministries. The congregations surveyed have an average more

  • Churches Can Now Host Super Bowl Parties Without ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 10, 2008

    Churches can now host Super Bowl parties without opposition from the National Football League. The League will not object to live showings of the Super Bowl by a religious organization on a routine and customary basis. The League will implement this more

  • 86% Of U.s. Pastors Believe The Church In ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 10, 2008

    86% of U.S. pastors believe the Church in America is failing to accurately represent the character of God to the country. 54% believe the same is true for their own church. 75% believe their church has a good more

  • Mentoring As A Church Practice  PRO

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on May 18, 2008
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    MENTORING AS A CHURCH PRACTICE "...In most churches, the congregation pays the pastor to preach, win the lost, and build up the saved—-while the church members function as cheerleaders (if they are enthusiastic) or spectators. The "converts" are won, baptized, and given the right hand of more

  • Cicadas: Spiritually Dead

    Contributed by Richard Tow on Sep 16, 2009
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    CICADAS: SPIRITUALLY DEAD I grew up in West Texas and there were a lot of Cicada insects. They’re not technically locusts but we called them that. During the hot summer days the loud, shrill sound that the males made would fill the air. You would usually see them in the trees. At times you more

  • Top Ten Indications That Your Worship Service ...  PRO

    Contributed by Chip Monck on Feb 15, 2005
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    Top Ten Indications That Your Worship Service Might Be a Bit Too Relaxed: 10. The choir wears bath robes and bunny slippers! 9. Every prayer ends with "Yeah, God, You be the Man!" 8. The church just replaced their old pew bibles with the ABV (Authorized Barney Version)! 7. more

  • Richard Foster In Celebration Of Discipline - ...

    Contributed by Chip Monck on Mar 1, 2005

    Richard Foster in Celebration of Discipline - “Celebration is at the heart of the way of Christ. He entered the world on a high note of jubilation: ‘I bring you good news of a great joy,’ cried the angel, ‘which shall come to all the people.’ He left the world bequeathing his joy to the more