The joy and challenge of Scripture is that all of it is “God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” says Timothy (2 Tim. 3:16), but you might not know that Timothy became the leader of the church in Ephesus by the request of Paul. And, Ephesus is likely the last place that Mary, Jesus’ mother, lived. We put together some of these kinds of tidbits in the following list of “Bible Things You Never Knew”. We hope it’s both refreshing and inspiring. (more…)
Celebrate Independence Day with these top 15 4th of July church graphics! Sharefaith has all of your media resources from PowerPoint templates, worship backgrounds, bulletin covers, church flyers, video loops, church service videos, stock photos, church newsletters and mini-movies! All of these amazing sermon and worship media resources are bundled together into an affordable membership package for a church of any size. Without further ado, here are the top 15 4th of July church graphics.
Sunday school is a wonderful opportunity to serve. There are few things as rewarding as sharing the Gospel with our little ones. But, for all its rewards, Sunday school also carries with it some unique challenges. Read through these humorous Sunday School Problems and see how many you have experienced. If you know some fellow faithful volunteers who can identify with these #Sundayschoolproblems, be sure and pass them along.
Or even better, if you have your own ideas for #Sundayschoolproblems, share them with us in the comments section below. Who knows? We might even use the best suggestions to create #Sundayschoolproblems2 (more…)
Just so we are clear, I do not believe the Bible directly tells us how to vote in the 2016 election. And, yes, I have my personal opinions. However, this posting is not about my opinions. This post is about what the Bible instructs believers in regards to our duty as Christian citizens. It is a historically and biblically Christian ethic to be good citizens. While this is true, our faith has also resulted in being subversive to power when it oppresses. As a pastor, Martin Luther King Jr. believed in non-violent protest as the means to fight injustice and inequality for African Americans and others. Paul eloquently defended his rights as a Roman citizen as he traveled to preach the gospel. This got Paul out of some tough spots and Rev. King as well. (Acts 16:37, 22:26-28, 25:11). Being a good Christian citizen means that, when we preach the gospel or fight for justice, how we fight matters.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself a ransom for all (1 Timothy 2:1-3)
School is out, the weather warms, and summer church attendance wanes with the expected vacation season. This can be disheartening to pastors and leaders who serve their congregation all year in the ebb and flow of seasons. If your summer season is less attended, it does not mean your church has to stop reaching out. In fact, the summer season might be a perfect time to connect with new people in need of the community your church offers. Beyond that, the Gospel never rests. Every season is a season for good news. So, when your church pews seem to thin out for the season, there are ways to take the church out to the people and manually boost your summer church attendance. (more…)
We’ve all heard ‘Dad Jokes’ before. What are ‘Dad Jokes’? Think about the funniest joke you’ve heard recently, it’s not anything like that. The nature of a ‘Dad Joke’ is to make you laugh in a different way, in a way that completely relies on how hard your dad is laughing at the joke. Yes, these jokes are dry. They are ‘puns’. What’s a pun? The dictionary defines a ‘pun’ as a joke that exploits the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike, but have different meanings. Here you go, dads, a healthy supply of ‘Dad Jokes’ that will drive your family crazy. Families, let’s encourage our dads this year by laughing harder than them at their prized ‘Dad Jokes’. We promise this will mean more to them than a fancy tie or cuff links. (more…)
Are you in need of some Father’s Day media for your upcoming Father’s Day service at church? Look no further! Sharefaith has the top 20 Christian Father’s Day media sets for church, as well as more media resources that you’ll need for Father’s Day.
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This Fatherhood Secret Will Secure Your Child’s FutureThis One Thing Will Secure Your Child's Future Click To Tweet
Raising a family is a daunting task, not for the faint of heart. Our modern times are filled with a ton of choices, distracting us from sure-fire habits that sow good things into our family. We have a huge responsibility. However, what one thing has proven best in this task over the years? The one fatherhood secret that can secure your child’s future — if anything can — is reading to your children. We must be examples. This doesn’t mean perfection, however. Which is good as none of us can achieve that. But, as followers of Christ, we as fathers and mothers should long to lead our children to be even more fervent than we are. This means being a teacher, a mentor, and a friend as they grow into young adults. (more…)
Having the mindset to encourage your child is immensely important for their spiritual growth. Discouragement is an unwelcome storm cloud that darkens life. It drains the fun out of things we enjoy, causes us to pull away from those we love, and robs us of our passion for truly living. Sadly, discouragement is not exclusive to adults. Our children can find themselves walking under this dark cloud. However, as parents, you can eliminate discouragements – you can encourage your child today!
In Proverbs 16:24 (NLT), the Bible teaches us: “kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” Speaking words of encouragement to our children literally brings them health, for both body and soul. Now that’s an amazing promise! If your little one has been slumping under the gloom of discouragement, then it’s time to flood their heart with some light. (more…)