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History Makers: Living By Faith is a new series based on the epic 10-part miniseries, The Bible, created by the History Channel, Mark Burnett, producer of TV’s Survivor, and Roma Downey. See history brought to life as you relive the dramatic stories of the Scriptures. Learn how to leave an extraordinary legacy despite ordinary circumstances.

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BibleOne man’s advice on finding a Bible that speaks to you.
By Ben Irwin

I grew up in a Christian home surrounded by Bibles—all 400-year-old King James Versions. One day, someone gave me one in a language I could understand, and it transformed my life. I went to seminary, worked as a youth pastor for little while, and then worked for Christ Bible Publishers, where I edited Christian literature—which I love. Because of my experience, I’m passionate about helping people engage the Bible—for the first time or all over again in a fresh way.

Many small groups members want to go deeper, but after looking at shelves upon shelves of Bibles, are unsure of what translation to choose. Unlike a paraphrase Bible, which is written by one or a few, a translation is edited by a committee of scholars. Both have tremendous value to the church.

Several translations are available today, which include fantastic resources. The New International Version is clear and accurate, while the New Living is readable, using language similar to ours today. The New American Standard provides detailed word study, while the New King James is an updated version of the cadence…

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The Bible - Help Your Church & Community See The Bible In A Whole New Way

The Bible miniseries, produced by Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice, The Apprentice) and Roma Downey (Touched By An Angel), is coming to television and for two hours every Sunday night for five weeks, from March 3rd through Easter Sunday on March 31st, millions of viewers will see the Bible come to life in a whole new way. Make the most of this opportunity to reach out to the people in your community who will be watching the series but may not attend church—plan a sermon series, small group and outreach campaign and help viewers go deeper and learn even more about the Bible!

Empower Your Members to Invite Friends to Watch The Bible!

The Bible 30-Day Experience Guidebook and Study GuideEncourage Members to Download a FREE Bible Viewing Party Kit
and to host a party for their friends, coworkers and family in their homes. The Viewing Party Kit includes a Host Guide with ideas and helps for planning and inviting friends to come watch the miniseries along with:

  • Invitation Template – just print, complete the party details and give to your…

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Here’s a simple way to evaluate how guests see your church building. Take the “5-Spot Test.”

CasualCoffeeStop at five specific places around your church site for five minutes and answer five questions.

Spot #1: Church parking lot. Just before worship, park in a guest space.

  1. How easy is it to find a parking space?
  2. From here, how enticing is the building’s appearance and landscape?
  3. Is the parking lot well kept?
  4. Is the church sign current and attractive?
  5. Is the main entrance inviting?

Spot #2:  Main Church Entrance. Walk inside at the most obvious entry.

  1. Is the front door clean, attractive, well maintained?
  2. What’s your first impression? Consider décor, lighting, music.
  3. Is the entry area perfectly clean?
  4. Does signage direct guests to childcare, restrooms, worship center?
  5. Are wall displays and printed materials attractive, positive, current?

Spot #3:  Back row panoramic. Sit on the third row from the rear, left side.

  1. Is your view unobstructed? Can you hear well?
  2. What is the overall atmosphere of the worship center?
  3. Are pew envelopes, books, pens or clipboards neat and current?
  4. Are seats, ceilings, walls and floors in perfect condition?
  5. Does worship center reflect careful consideration of décor, upkeep,…

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churchwidecampaign_thumbIf you’ve ever heard the story of Saddleback, you know we moved from one location to another for twelve years before moving onto our campus in 1992. We met in 67 locations in our first 15 years of existence — and broke every church-planting rule that says you must have a consistent meeting location! We grew to more than 10,000 in attendance before we had our first building.

So I’ve never believed that meeting locations are critical to a church fulfilling its mission.

But where you meet to worship is still an important ministry tool for your church. Here are four simple rules we’ve learned at Saddleback throughout the years.

  • Don’t let the shoe tell the foot how big it can get - Never be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to making the most out of your worship space. When your meeting space begins to limit your growth, then it is time to think creatively. Add another service. Find a different venue. Do whatever it takes.
  • Make sure you have enough space - When your service is 80 percent filled, you need to start another service. This is…

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Hear from players during Super Bowl 47 Media Day – how they use the Bible App and what connecting with God’s Word means to them.

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YouVersion is a free Bible for your phone and computer. The Bible App has been installed on over 78 million mobile devices around the world.

When the Bible is always nearby, you can use any moment to read God’s Word.

*Use it on nearly every mobile device
*Enjoy over 400 Bible translations in more than 200 languages
*Listen to audio Bibles on the go
*Choose from hundreds of reading plans
*Share verses quickly on Twitter & Facebook

It’s free. It’s easy to use. It’s right where you are.

On your computer: http:/

Install it on your phone in seconds:

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What On Earth Am I Here For?We’re showing you this letter from Rick to the Saddleback Staff for a couple of reasons.

First, it is reflective of the way Rick communicates to the staff.

  • He says things in a positive way and conveys his own sense of excitement about the things that are happening at the church.
  • He gives tangible examples that show success, and then he affirms the staff.
  • He also talks about the ‘this is next’ plans, helping to building enthusiasm for what comes next. He wants to avoid a let down after the hard work of a successful plan.

Second, he’s already talking about Easter, helping the staff to prepare for a high attendance Weekend.

Third, he talks about Saddleback’s new campaign, “LIVE YOUR CALLING: What On Earth Am I Here For?” This campaign has been reimagined for a new generation and offers a discipleship tool proven to be effective in any church, regardless of size.

What’s happening on the Weekends for the next 10weeks — up to Easter

Dear Staff,

I hope you sense the air of excitement and growth our church has entered into. Last we had 24,500 at services!!!! FOUR of…

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By Jon D. Wilke

LifeWay Christian Resources has launched a new ebookstore at and a new mobile ebook reader, making it more convenient for customers to take their favorite books with them wherever they go.

The LifeWay Reader app is now available as a free download from the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad and from Google Play for Android devices. LifeWay’s new app allows users to build a personal library from a growing list of ebooks and resources from the same Christian publishers found in LifeWay Christian Stores and at The ebookstore currently offers more than 8,000 titles.

The LifeWay Reader app comes with a free pre-loaded copy of the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB). Other free content also is available online.

“The Bible features in the LifeWay Reader app make it stand apart in the market,” said Tim Vineyard, president of LifeWay Christian Stores.

All ebooks with Scripture references are automatically linked to the related Bible passage. Users can click on the link to display a pop-up window in the app without having to switch apps or wait for a new browser program to…

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For years I have dreamed of providing a best of class and totally free book summary service to church leaders. Now its time! And it’s called SUMS.  Imagine getting 26 summaries a year absolutely free!

What got me thinking about SUMS?

I love reading, and I appreciate book summaries like most church leaders. But I wished a team would get serious about selection of books for church leaders, design of something great to look at, and application for the ChurchWorld context.

How have we selected books?

There are three kinds of books we are focusing on. 1) Classic leadership texts that are worth revisiting, 2) Books targeted for church leaders, 3) Current business and leadership releases. To the left  is the first one in our series and and example of that the cover looks like.

Who is behind SUMS and actually writing the material?

Bob Adams is the SUMS team leader and the Vision Room curator. One time when I was eating lunch with Bob, years before he was on the Auxano team, he showed me the trunk of his car- it was filled with books.

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Share Your Faith AppNew social technologies have enabled people to share their faith at unprecedented rates, which makes this a great time in which to pass along tools and resources to the people in the pews to help them along. One such great tool is the How to Share Your Faith app. It’s free, and it’s available on a variety of platforms.

Check out the demo video:

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The English language is rich with words and phrases with a variety of nuances. The problem is that we sometimes write or say some of them incorrectly. As I continue my grammar cop theme from yesterday, I want to feature eight phrases that are often used incorrectly:

  1. “I am nauseous.” That little sentence phrase literally means that you make other people sick. The correct usage is “I am nauseated.” Of course, I sometimes say, “I am nauseous” because I know I make some people sick.
  2. “PIN number.” The phrase is redundant since PIN means “personal identification number.” When you therefore say “PIN number” you are saying “personal identification number number.”
  3. “To wreck havoc.” “Havoc” means “devastation.” So why would you wreck something that is already devastated? Correct usage is “wreak havoc” which means to “inflict devastation.”
  4. “Free reign.” When we use that spelling of the word, we seem to be talking about a monarchy that is free to do what it pleases. The correct spelling is “free rein.” It refers to loosing the grip of a horse’s reins so that the horse has more control over his action. We thus use…

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Jesus Film Mobile App ScreenshotThe story of Jesus Christ is one that is unchanging, no matter how you present it. But technology and our way of communicating is changing, and so is the way we share the gospel. Through a link on any social media site, or via a text message, or even chatting over coffee with someone, we can share the Bible with others. But what if there were a simpler way to witness to others at your fingertips?

Literacy rates, electricity or even speaking different languages is no longer a barrier for sharing the gospel with others. The JESUS film project has created a way to ease the burden of how to share Jesus’ story with everyone. Jesus Film Media app, available on iOS now and soon out for Android, is just the way to do it. This new app allows users to access the complete library of The JESUS Film Project, some 66,000 video clips. Providing the original 2-our film, JESUS, with 61 teaching segments in more than 1,150 languages; Magdalena, The Story of Jesus and My Last Day, all subsequent films about…

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