Ready for a bit of Bible geography? I hope so. Knowing the geography in and around Israel is an important part of our understanding the whole Bible – from the call of Abram to the travels of Paul. We should consider including geographic details as part of our instruction, both in small Bible studies and embedded in our sermons.
Monday July 10th, 2017, Medford, Oregon. Sharefaith Inc, the largest provider of all-in-one church resources acquired ChurchWebsites. With ChurchWebsites now forming part of the Sharefaith Inc family, we’ll continue to provide world-class support and exceptional award-winning church websites and hosting to all ChurchWebsites.com members.
Personal monitoring has been around for decades, but there are still many, many churches that have not made the transition from floor monitors (wedges) for a number of reasons.
Some of which are:
- Too expensive!
- Too difficult to implement.
- We have people who will never use them.
- We don’t fully understand the advantages.
A long time ago I remember hearing a Scott Wesley Brown song about Africa. The chorus says, “Please don’t send me to Africa, I don’t think I’ve got what it takes. I’m just a man, I’m not a Tarzan, don’t like lions, gorillas or snakes. I’ll serve you here in suburbia in my comfortable middle class life, but please don’t send me out into the bush where the natives are restless at night.” That was 1995. Today, the Internet a plethora of news, some of it good news, about God’s work around the world. Still, our discomfort about how this news might effect, change, and shape us is the same.
Writing songs of worship and prayer for your church is different than writing just any song. You need to keep in check three tensions: (1) your church; (2) your community; (3) and your experiences. All three need to be biblical and contribute to discipleship. Too often, modern worship is about being divorced from the past, and, more specifically, from our parents’ church. Instead of throwing out sacred songs, we should consider reimagining them.
Every year it’s the same summertime forecast in church. Attendance is lower, giving is off, and activities slow down. Families vacation or simply skip out to enjoy the outdoors. It can be a season where discipleship hits a wall or is refreshed, depending on the intensity of your weekly small groups and the preaching schedule.
Choosing where to learn and prepare for ministry is a very important decision. It creates a wonderful opportunity to spend time in preparation, discover new circles of influence, engage in rich discussions, and plan for where God is calling you. With so many schools to choose from with great reputations, the decision is not one to take lightly. Many factors come into play like personal convenience and geography. But those factors aside, we’ve assembled the Sharefaith Top 20 Theological Schools and Seminaries for 2017. Each theological school or seminary has their own strengths, weaknesses, foci, and constituency. (more…)
“Friends everywhere, I ask you to pray as I preach,” said Charles Fuller. “In all my ministry never have I felt the conflict of Satanic powers as I do now when I stand before the microphone, preaching the shed blood of Christ as sinful man’s only way of approach to God.”
Charles Fuller’s call to Gospel ministry began with hearing Ephesians 1:8, preached by Paul Rader in 1917. “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened,” Paul writes, “in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.” After that day at the Church of the Open Door in Los Angeles, Charles Fuller was never the same.
July 4, 2017, marks 241 years since the American colonies declared independence from the British Empire. For the American colonists, the after effects of the expensive French-Indian War of 1754-63 brought about the need for separation, as the British exploited increasing ways to make the colonists pay their fair share of wartime expenses.
Today, few churchgoers think much about whether the colonists had any biblical grounds to go against the king in 1776, especially since the United States is a story of success. But, as with any war, it is good wrestle with what Scripture instructs and allow God to shape us through his Word and not our own. This is certainly true as we approach Independence Day celebrations.
According to Asia Harvest, there are approximately 84 million Protestant Christians and 21 million Catholics in China. That sounds like a lot of people, but it represents only 7.7 percent of China’s population. Compared to only four million in 1949, the number of Christians has rapidly increased, especially since the government eased religious restrictions in the 1970s. That said, Communist China keeps a watchful eye on churchgoers, forcing them to document their activity. The government also tears down church buildings or the distinguishing mark of their cross in the name of beauty.