Mother’s Day & the Infertile



By Russell D. Moore LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) — Mother’s Day is a particularly sensitive time in many congregations, and pastors and church leaders often don’t even know it. This is true even in congregations that don’t focus the entire service around the event as if it were a feast day on the church’s liturgical calendar. […]

Jesus at the Beach



Earlier this month, Sandy and I spent a couple of relaxing days at Cape May, N.J., where the houses are Victorian, the breezes are fresh, and the beaches are wide. The only downer was the vicious cold I developed just in time for our little getaway. But even that couldn’t take away from the loveliness […]

Theology Matters…No, Really It Does



What songs should we choose for the worship service? What should we do for our fall campaign? How many minutes should the sermon be? How should we organize the chairs in the worship center? The list could go on. Pastors are constantly faced with practical questions. What to do has become the driving force of […]

Now That the Sting Is Gone



Now that Christ has thoroughly obliterated all your reason for fear of death and the grave, what are you doing to ensure that you remain fully engaged, at maximum performance, and with sustained health? What does your life plan consist of? Source: Serving Strong

Get a Life!



“’And do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for behold, I will bring adversity on all flesh,’ says the Lord. ‘But I will give your life to you as a prize in all places, wherever you go.’” (Jeremiah 45:5 NKJV) “Once you get into the real world, you’ll find it’s not […]

“Getting Ready to Go to Church…”



“How lovely is your dwelling place, LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” (Psalm 84:1–2 NIV) “Getting ready to go to church.” What emotions does that phrase evoke in your family? In your heart? Your mind? The psalmist […]

We Must Become Spiritual Explorers With Adventurous Hearts



I’ve just recently read “Mud, Sweat and Tears,” an autobiography by adventurer Bear Grylls. In case you’re not familiar with Grylls, he’s the star of TV’s “Man vs. Wild.” During each show, Grylls is dropped in some of the toughest terrains on Earth and then has to find his way back to civilization. Highlights so […]

Life is Short: Redeem the Time



Your days are numbered. That cheery thought occurred to me — not for the first time — as I read a USA TODAY story headlined, “How long do I have, Doc?” Patients often hesitate to ask their doctors that question, but many would like to know the answer. They can visit a new website that […]

Church Planting: When to Start Worship Services



In 1990, my wife and I moved to Castaic, California to start a church. Because we had limited start-up funding and because we realized that starting worship services was the expected method to start a church, we determined to hold our Grand Opening on November 4th – just three months after moving. Once we set […]

14 Great Books on the Subject of Prayer


Handle with Prayer

I’m wrapping up a message series on the subject of prayer this Sunday, and I’ve grown in my personal prayer walk as a result of preaching it. I’ve learned from some great sources and wanted to pass along a list of my favorites… Handle with Prayer: Unwrap the Source of God’s Strength for Living by […]

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