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  • The Church  PRO

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

    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 more

  • Church ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2009

    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 more

  • Is Your Church A Church Of Bones?

    Contributed by Jay Mccluskey on Jan 29, 2009
    based on 1 rating

    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. more

  • Influential Churches The Church Report Magazine ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 20, 2007

    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 more

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

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 20, 2007

    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 more

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

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 5, 2006

    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 more

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

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

    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 more

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

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007

    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 more

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

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 1, 2001
    based on 139 ratings

    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 more

  • Trouble In The Church  PRO

    Contributed by Douglas Duvall on Dec 3, 2006
    based on 5 ratings

    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. more

  • Sleeping In Church

    Contributed by Charles Salmon on Jan 15, 2007
    based on 1 rating

    Sleeping in Church A Minister, while preaching, noted most of his congregation was asleep. He stopped the sermon and asked a deacon to pass the offering plate. The deacon woke up red-faced and reminded him the offering had already been taken. His response; “Never mind, take up another one. I more

  • Church Stats

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 10, 2006

    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 more

  • The Fellowship Of The Church  PRO

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 4 ratings

    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 more

  • The Perfect Church  PRO

    Contributed by Keith Davis on May 5, 2003
    based on 14 ratings

    The Perfect Church I think that I shall never see A church that’s all it ought to be; A church that has no empty pews, Whose preacher never has the blues; A church whose deacons always “deke” And none is proud but all are meek; Where gossips never peddle lies Or make complaints or more

  • What Is The Church?  PRO

    Contributed by Troy Borst on May 28, 2003
    based on 10 ratings

    What is the church? Russ Blowers is a minister who is active in his local Indianapolis Rotary club. At club meetings each week a member gives a brief statement about his job. When it was his turn, Russ said: "I’m with a global enterprise. We have branches in every country in the world. We have more

  • The Perfect Church  PRO

    Contributed by James Chandler on Jun 29, 2003
    based on 19 ratings

    The Perfect Church Mavis Williams If you should find the perfect church Without one fault or smear, For goodness sake! Don’t join that church; You’d spoil the atmosphere. If you should find the perfect church Where all anxieties cease Then pass it by, lest joining it You’d mar the more

  • Touching In Church

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Sep 6, 2005

    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 more

  • Church Fights

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007

    Church Fights I’m told that there is a church in Texas that debated over the issue of telling a lie. Some felt that there were some occasions in which a little white lie was acceptable. The others felt that there was never an occasion in which a lie of any kind was acceptable. The discussion got so more

  • The Church Household

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 28, 2007

    (1 Timothy 3:1-13) Chrytsostom writes, "The church leader must be ’one that governs well his own house.’... For the church is, as it were, a small household. In a house there are children and wife and domestic duties, and some person has to provide order for them all. So in the church there are more

  • Comeback Churches  PRO

    Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Oct 31, 2007
    based on 2 ratings

    In his book Comeback Churches, Ed Stetzer said: Comeback churches cast a compelling vision for outreach. They made intentional, strategic efforts to move outward. ** - The main reason a church does not grow is that it doesn’t want to grow. Everyone in the church should be engaged in more