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  • The Church  PRO

    Contributed by Charles R. Swindoll on Dec 13, 2004
    based on 5 ratings
     | 3,748 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

  • Church ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2009
     | 1,985 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

  • Is Your Church A Church Of Bones?

    Contributed by Jay Mccluskey on Jan 29, 2009
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,541 views

    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

  • Influential Churches The Church Report Magazine ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 20, 2007
     | 1,322 views

    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
     | 1,828 views

    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

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

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 1, 2001
    based on 139 ratings
     | 3,983 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
     | 2,942 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

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

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 5, 2006
     | 1,467 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

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

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
     | 2,412 views

    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

  • Touching In Church

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Sep 6, 2005
     | 1,717 views

    Touching in Church What is all this touching in church? It used to be a person could come to church and sit in the pew and not be bothered by all this friendliness and certainly not by touching. I used to come to church and leave untouched. Now I have to be nervous about what is expected of me. I ...read more

  • Church Stats

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 10, 2006
     | 1,206 views

    Church Stats: · 23.9% of Americans belonged to an evangelical denomination in ’65 compared to 25.4% in ’96. · In ’65, 27.2% belonged to a mainline denomination, in ’96 it was down to 22.1%. · Catholics have declined from 23.9% of the U.S. population in ‘65, to 21.8% in ’96. · In ’90, 65% of ...read more

  • Church For Fanatics

    Contributed by Paul Wallace on Sep 20, 2006
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,245 views

    Church For Fanatics One man wrote "I was a supply preacher for a small town Texas Church, coming in early Sunday, preaching a sermon to the congregation, and then leaving after lunch. Arriving early one Sunday I sat down at a local donut shop, opened my Bible and went over my sermon notes. " A ...read more

  • Trouble In The Church  PRO

    Contributed by Douglas Duvall on Dec 3, 2006
    based on 5 ratings
     | 2,304 views

    Trouble in the Church ACTS 15:1-12 I. Decision 15:1-4 A. Men 15:1 B. Method 15:2 C. Messages 15:3-4 II. Demand 15:5-6 A. Demands 15:5 B. Deliberations 15:6 III. Declaration 15:7-12 A. Choice 15:7 B. Comparison 15:8-9 C. ...read more

  • Joy In Church  PRO

    Contributed by Paul Green on Oct 28, 2009
    based on 3 ratings
     | 4,016 views

    JOY IN CHURCH Then there’s the story about a little boy in church with his mother. He was a good little boy, quiet and well behaved. He didn’t cause any problems. But every once in a while he would stand up in the chair, turn around, look at the people behind him and smile at them. His smile was ...read more

  • Division In The Church

    Contributed by Michael Mccartney on May 20, 2008
     | 2,207 views

    DIVISION IN THE CHURCH We might sum up the divisions in this church this way according to Parsons: i. "I follow Paul" -- This group may have taken the attitude that Paul started this church and he will always be the leader. These are the traditionalists. 1. They always live in the past and ...read more

  • The ‘detonator’ That Churches ...  PRO

    Contributed by David Dewitt on Jan 8, 2001
    based on 120 ratings
     | 1,904 views

    “The ‘detonator’ that churches lack today is prayer. It has the power to ignite the dynamite of the Gospel and ...read more

  • After Church…  PRO

    Contributed by Melvin Newland on Feb 20, 2001
    based on 151 ratings
     | 3,484 views

    AFTER CHURCH... There he stood, in the midst of the Golden Corral restaurant, with Thousand Island dressing dripping from his hair, over his glasses, down his face, all over his jacket, pants, & shoes. And I’m not talking about a little bit of Thousand Island dressing, I’m talking about 2 ...read more

  • Church Members  PRO

    Contributed by Tony Searles on Jul 25, 2002
    based on 43 ratings
     | 2,494 views

    10% of church members cannot be found? 20% of church members never attend church 25% admit that they never pray 35% admit that they do not read their Bibles 40% admit that they never contribute to the church?tithe or offering 60% never give to missions 70% never assume responsibility within ...read more

  • The Fellowship Of The Church  PRO

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 4 ratings
     | 3,372 views

    THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH Calvin, who saw that the Devil’s chief device was disunity and division and who preached that there should be friendly fellowship for all ministers of Christ, made a similar point in a letter to a trusted colleague: "Among Christians there ought to be so great a ...read more

  • This Is My Church  PRO

    Contributed by Rob Ross on Apr 9, 2003
    based on 35 ratings
     | 2,263 views

    This Is My Church It is composed of people just like me. It will be friendly if I am. It will do a great work if I work. It will make generous gifts to many causes if I am generous. It will bring others into its fellowship if I bring them. Its seats will be filled if I fill them. It will be ...read more