Why You’ve Never Read Washington’s or Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamations

We’ll continue with Part 2 of “Why the Election Should Spark Church Reform” next week.  Given our discussion of the diminishing influence of Christianity in society, we felt compelled this week to share official declarations by arguably some of the greatest political leaders in our nation’s history about Thanksgiving. Few school children are ever shown these proclamations for reasons you are about to see.  If prayer is not allowed in public schools, then these quotes are most certainly off…

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Why Church Revitalization Will Require a Disruptive Event

Part 2 (of 2)   What would a company do if it were experiencing… Negative growth? High customer turnover? A worsening reputation among non-customers? Little impact in its community? Declining sales from failing to properly train and equip employees to pursue target customers? Compliance issues from not following operational best practices? Diminishing influence on market trends? Any one of those issues would seriously jeopardize the viability of the company.  A business facing all of them would be confronted with…

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Testimony of Thanks

1 Chronicles 16:8-13, “Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders. Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad. Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually. Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done, His marvels and the judgments from His mouth, O seed of Israel His…

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Why Last Week’s Election Should Spark Church Reform

When I first started thinking of writing this post, I was assuming a Hillary Clinton victory, which in the eyes of most Christians likely would have brought with it at best a continuation of a less church-friendly environment, and at worst an acceleration of current trends.  However, watching the aftermath of a surprising Trump win last Tuesday, I’m not so sure that another Clinton administration would have presented churches and Christians with a greater challenge than what confronts the…

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From Voting to Veterans: Thanking Those Who Fight for our Freedom

Thanking Those Who Fight for Our Freedom Psalm 18:1-6, “I love You, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies. The cords of death encompassed me, And the torrents of ungodliness terrified me. The cords…

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Introducing #GiveAnEternalGift!

Last night, we watched the election results pour in and considered how the results would impact the state of our nation.  No doubt this divisive presidential election and the split of the popular vote down the middle has heightened and highlighted our differences: conservatives versus liberals; Christians versus non-believers.  That’s why Christians need to continue to #CastAnEternalVote even though the election is now over.  In fact, demonstrating Jesus’ love to others and telling them who He is now becomes more…

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#CastEternalVote before Election Day

Election Day is almost upon us.  Before we vote for president, let’s #CastAnEternalVote – a simple act of service for someone in Jesus’ name that will have an impact lasting far longer than just the next four years. That message has reached 700,000 people so far on social media.  Tens of thousands have expressed their support for Vote for Eternity 20:16.  What a blessing to see so many frustrated Christian voters encouraged by this initiative and inspired to #CastAnEternalVote!…

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6 Ways to Make Love by Rick Ezell

Love involves the ability to see clearly and keep on loving. Love, the verb, not love, the noun, provides the staying power of any relationship. Love must be practiced every day. Here are six ways to love your spouse. LISTEN You can’t really love anyone until you listen. Ultimately, hearing what one is saying boils down to three words:  Stop, look, and listen. Stop long enough to find out the details. Look beneath the surface. Real listeners don’t just…

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