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Five Ingredients for a Game-Changing Worship Experience

Mar 3, 2019 |

If you’re looking for ways to improve or shake up your worship routine, here five things you might want to consider. Preparation Two key elements of genuine worship are a mind cleared of distractions and a heart attuned to God. Both require some advance work. First, before you enter God’s presence, ask Him to help ...

A Little Empathy Goes a Long Way

A Little Empathy Goes a Long Way

Empathy is more than an attractive personality trait. It’s an instrument of healing. Jesus understood that better than anyone. He interacted with people from all walks of life—from wealthy merchants to tax collectors to blue-collar workers to the outcasts of society. Jesus changed their lives because He first understood their lives.   In order to ...

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Leadership Lessons from the Nativity

Dec 12, 2018 | |John C. Maxwell

The beauty of Christmas is that it’s a profound message, yet so simply given. Three ordinary objects from the Christmas story offer profound lessons in leadership.   THE STAR: BE A TRAVEL GUIDE Scripture says the star the wise men saw “in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the ...

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Paul’s Encouragement to Timothy

Nov 11, 2018 |

In his final and intimate letter to his “son in the faith” (2 Timothy) Paul reminded Timothy of the essentials of the faith, the basis of Christian ministry. Paul did not want Timothy to drift away from the truth, as Phygellus and Hermogenes had done (1:15). Therefore he passionately exhorted Timothy to hold on tightly ...

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The Challenge of Contentment – Paul’s Message to Timothy

There is neither godliness nor contentment found in accumulating the things of this world.  What was Paul’s message to Timothy about contentment?   Paul’s young disciple Timothy had his hands full in Ephesus. The apostle had left Timothy in that city to oversee the organization of the church. Timothy was to provide consistent teaching, help ...

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What Do You Know If You “Know” the Bible?

Oct 10, 2018 | |Max Anders

Most Christians would say that they would like to know the Bible, but what does that mean?   Some time back when I was actively teaching in college and seminary, I used to ask the students “What do you know if you ‘know’ the Bible?” The students would volunteer subject after subject. The subjects they ...

30 Days to Understanding the Bible

Build a Foundation for a Lifetime of Spiritual Growth

Oct 10, 2018 | |Max Anders

There is some information so vital to the Christian life that if you do not know it you cannot become a mature Christian. If you rely only on Sunday sermons and occasional input from blog posts, YouTube videos, or simple internet Bible studies…if there is no overall game plan to hit all the vital subject ...

What Is the Starting Point to Studying the BIble

What is the Starting Point for Understanding the Bible?

Oct 10, 2018 | |Max Anders

Every Christian needs a good understanding of the Bible.  Our entire experience as a believer depends on it.  But if you wanted a good understanding of the Bible, where would you start? The answer was not obvious or easy for me. I became a Christian after my first year in college. I was a young ...

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Eliminating the Divisions Between Us and Them

Two pronouns lie at the center of human history: Us and Them. Us is the inclusive part of human nature. Us is the God-given desire for relationships, community and fellowship. Us is the instinct that inspired our ancestors to live together, first as families, and then as clans, villages, cities, nations, kingdoms and empires. Us ...


Preachers Who Don’t Preach the Word

A friend once told me about a time when his spirit felt empty. He had been attending a church where the sermons, while entertaining, were often filled with pop psychology and personal opinion. One week, my friend decided to visit a small, out-of-the-way church pastored by a simple old man. The pastor wasn’t a dynamic ...