Why a Virgin Birth? How to teach our congregations its importance

Why A Virgin Birth?

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us,” says John (1:14). It’s incredible and surprising! God takes on flesh and comes down to engage us, change us, redeem us, and make us ready for eternity. And as quickly as this chapter of God’s plan begins, the naysayers, cynics, and Devil’s handiwork kicks in with a vengeance… and it hasn’t stopped.

Sure, those on the broad road to destruction may be easier targets. But, how about those in the church? There’s a raging battle for the hearts and minds of those inside the walls of faith. If Satan can rip out any surprise from the Gospel message; cynicism, pride and general boredom can all flood in and make a home. Satan’s crafty plan starts with stealing away the truth of the virgin birth and carries further to Jesus’ death and resurrection and certainly the hope in the second coming. But, given the season and the importance of starting well, here are some points to consider when teaching on the virgin birth specifically.

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10 Things Worship Leaders MUST Leave Behind in 2017!

10 Things Worship Leaders MUST Leave Behind in 2017!

A new year brings new opportunities! But, what about those things best left behind? What if the New Year requires clearing off the table a bit to give room for the new? Worship Leaders and their teams engage in a very important task each weekend. It would then be, at best, unwise to forget to evaluate problematic trends and, at worst, negligent. Yes, adopt the new in the coming year 2017 as you hold on to the best of practices. But, do this with wisdom. A mistake I know I have made is to try to improve without thinking about what is actually in the way. Often leadership is best defined as removing barriers rather than making something happen.

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5 Common Church Website Mistakes To Avoid

Common Church Website Mistakes


Over 201 million people use the internet in the United States, or about 63% of all Americans. That’s almost as high as the 83% of Americans who identify themselves as Christians. If you want to reach your flock, then it’s more important than ever for your church to have a website. But it’s not enough to just have a website. Your church website design needs to be clean, easy to use, and impactful. Here are some mistakes that churches are notorious for making with their websites.

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The Ultimate Audio Compression Guide

The Ultimate Audio Compression Guide

There are many devices available to sound operators designed to help us improve our mixes, whether it be in a live situation or in a recording studio: Microphones, microphone pre-amps, equalizers and dynamics processors to name a few. One of the most misunderstood and often misused devices would be the compressor, which is a dynamics signal processor. Other processors in this group would include limiters, noise gates and expanders (downward and dynamic) de-essers (removes sibilance) and duckers.

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Is It Worth It To Wait on God’s Timing?

God's Timing - Is It Worth It To Wait

God’s timing, is it worth the wait? Whether young or old, We’ve all faced this question and struggled with the challenge of waiting for God’s timing, or knowing if it is God’s timing or not. John Weirick shares his thoughts with us and some personal stories with us on “Is It Worth It To Wait On God’s Timing?”, John’s writings have been featured on The Huffington Post, RELEVANT Magazine, Lifehacker, Donald Miller’s Storyline Blog, and many more sources.

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What is the real historic church calendar for the approaching holidays?

Church Calendar - Church Holiday Calendar

Marking it down, putting a date on some event is human. We want to memorialize a birth, a wedding, a funeral. We want to remember. Our culture remembers important dates. The end of World War I, the signing of the Declaration of Independence, New Year’s Day, they each have a place on the calendar as they call out, inform, educate, revere, and celebrate something.

Our corporate church life offers a separate list of important dates. They live more as altars to God, much like the altar Jacob built where he wrestled the angel, the one Moses constructed after the Red Sea exodus, or Solomon’s Temple, where God dwelt in more permanence.

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Christmas Backgrounds

Christmas Backgrounds - Church Motion Graphics

With hundreds of Christmas backgrounds, Sharefaith has the largest selection of Christmas church motion graphics on the planet!  These Christmas backgrounds and graphics are perfect for use throughout the holiday season, Christmas services, Christmas Eve Service or your church’s Christmas play. With over 78,000 sermon and worship media, Sharefaith has all of your Christmas media-related needs, from Christmas sermon PowerPoints,  Christmas church bulletin covers,  Christmas church newsletters, Christmas worship video loops,  Christmas worship backgrounds,  Christmas church service video loops, Christmas church flyers and more!

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Celebrate How? A Look Back At The Origins Of Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions - Christmas History

Christmas decorations are an automatic expectation for most Christian households and public spaces like our churches. It usually includes some basics: manger scene, tree, ornaments, stockings, lights, mistletoe (maybe not at church), and probably some hot drinks spiced up with cinnamon and nutmeg. But was this always the way Christmas was celebrated? What can the past teach us about how and where our own Christmas traditions originated? Perhaps through our learning, we might be more aware on what to make significant and (perhaps) what to dismiss.

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Silent Night Christmas Mini-Movie & Media Bundle

Silent Night Christmas Mini Movie

Christmas season is here and this new Silent Night Christmas mini-movie is perfect for churches. Which such a powerful and moving Christmas Carol, Silent Night plays in the background of this mini-movie as candles flicker and you can see imagery of the life of Jesus Christ from birth, to death, to resurrection. This Christmas mini-movie is a must see.

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Invite Others to Church: 3 Reasons to Use These Amazing Tools for Christmas

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Every church knows that the birth of Christ is central to the message of the Gospel. So, making a concerted effort to promote your Christmas Services in your community gives your church a great opportunity to share the Good News. In fact, if you plan ahead, Christmas can be one of your highest attended gatherings of the year. But, it takes more than just promoting your service times from stage to draw a crowd from your community. Statistics show that the number one reason someone comes to church is because a friend or family member invited them!

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