Jesus Never Actually Said These Twenty Things

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We hear and read a lot of things attributed to Jesus that just might not be. Do we make God in our own image? Whether it’s cultural values blending with biblical ideas or simply well-intentioned but poor theology, we put words in the mouth of Christ. Here are 20 things that might be attributed to Jesus or the Bible yet do not quite make the grade.

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60 Bible Verses About the Resurrection of Jesus

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The flesh and blood resurrection of Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of our Christian faith. Its implications are simply staggering, both for who Jesus truly is and for who we can be, through faith in him. Our Savior has risen! This is a truth that should always be on our lips and ever upon our hearts. Today, be encouraged by these 60 passages of Scripture, all related to the Resurrection!

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11 Mistakes a Failing Church Will Make

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Churches fail. There’s no  getting around it. People who feel called to pastor churches have a special passion to help people grow in their Christian faith and walk with God. Pastors go to school to learn how to preach and teach the Word of God BUT often lack the administrative gifts that are required when you are managing people and money.

These church leaders wear many hats and conflicting responsibilities often result in unintentional mistakes, which can lead to a failing church. Many business processes need managing within a church – budgets, people, processes, systems, strategy and goals. Consequently, making mistakes in managing any of these operational areas can threaten the church’s long-term viability.  Here’s 11 signs of a church headed for failure. Continue reading “11 Mistakes a Failing Church Will Make” »

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10 Ways to Encourage Spirit Filled Worship

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If you want to start a “spirited” discussion amongst Christians, ask them to define/describe Spirit filled worship. For some it is found in the passionate, energetic expressions of worship that bring the faithful to their feet, clapping, singing, even shouting God’s praise. Others find it in the overwhelming sense of God’s presence as one quietly prays in the places of great reverence and stillness that honor God. Some will want to quote the Bible to you. But which passage? Is it one of the many demonstrating exuberance and power before the Lord, like David dancing in the procession of the Ark or the coming of the Spirit to the disciples? Or do we look at the times when the Spirit comes in stillness, as in a whisper in 1 Kings to Elijah or the woman who washed the feet of Christ with her tears? How can we, as worship leaders, know if our  encouragement to others to engage the Spirit in worship is effective if the outward evidence of this worship is so diverse? 

Here are 10 thoughts and suggestions to focus our hearts on the Spirit in worship so that we can, with confidence, know that our worship is Spirit filled. Continue reading “10 Ways to Encourage Spirit Filled Worship” »

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Top 20 Online Theological Seminaries and Schools for 2016

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Online seminary education is more and more popular because it allows you to remain in your day job while you pursue a possible vocational shift. If you’re already in ministry, online programs provide you with more education as you serve your congregation full time. We found that several seminaries also offer free courses and entire programs for non-credit, in an effort to provide complete accessibility for anyone in your congregation. In selecting the follow seminaries we looked at several criteria that included accessibility, organization of delivery 2016TopSeminariesBadge-onlineplatform, legacy of seminary in the marketplace prior to online classes, convenience of scheduling classes, and cost, though less a factor. No one of these took precedence over another, but in addressing these areas in combination we feel this list reflects many, if not most, of the best programs currently available online (based in the United States). We’ve included several schools that offer extension and hybrid models (and there are many more of this kind) since that structure seems to work for many students who desire to learn with at least one foot in a more traditional environment. 
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Top 20 Worship Songs Of This Decade (2010-2016)

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There are some amazing new worship songs that have made a penetrating impact this current decade. Now that we have less than half way to go, it’s a good time to look at the music that has not only topped charts, but inspired and deepened the worshippers all over the world. Perhaps there are some trends to consider. Of course a list like this cannot contain many incredibly inspiring songs—and there are many! With diverse expressions of worship, no one style, artist, or song fits all. We think you that beautiful fact will be clear when you see the list of the Top 20 Worship Songs of this Decade. Continue reading “Top 20 Worship Songs Of This Decade (2010-2016)” »

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10 Procedures to Follow When Firing Church Staff

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One of the most difficult aspects of managing church employees is the inevitable reality that there will come a time when someone needs to be terminated. As Christians, we should be even more sensitive to how losing a job can affect an employee and their family.

This is coupled with the political fallout if the employee and their extended family happen to be members of the church. All of these dynamics make the decision, and process of firing church employees, a difficult one.

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10 Boundaries All Children’s Volunteers Must Respect

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Boundaries are a part of our daily lives. From traffic signals to numbered vacation days, they are needed tools. But for children, boundaries are more than a useful tool, they serve as foundations by which our little ones find safety, security and confidence. Without clearly set and respected boundaries, our children are set adrift. As those who serve children, defining and respecting boundaries is a must. We owe it to our kiddos to maintain an environment in which they can thrive. The craziness of children’s ministry can make boundary lines easy to blur, so let’s clearly define 10 and why each is so important. Continue reading “10 Boundaries All Children’s Volunteers Must Respect” »

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10 Ways to Set Your Worship Pastor Free

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Each week, worship leaders will be in front of believers gathering all over the United States with the goal of serving their congregations in inspiring and powerful ministry of music. In order to serve well as a leader of worship and music, work has to be done to gain a better understanding of the culture of the church, vision of the pastor, and strategies to leverage the talents of the worship team in place. Multitasking as a communicator, manager, musical director, and pastor require both a solid structure as well as freedom to execute the worship leader role—or in reality, there are many roles or hats to be worn. Continue reading “10 Ways to Set Your Worship Pastor Free” »

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5 Signs Boys Join Youth Group For the Wrong Reasons.

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You got into youth ministry because you wanted to make a difference. You remember how challenging those years were: peer pressure, puberty, breakups, makeups and then breakups again. Now that you’ve come through the other side, you want to help the next generation. However, you’ve got a sneaking suspicion that some of the boys you are trying to help could care less. Continue reading “5 Signs Boys Join Youth Group For the Wrong Reasons.” »

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