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What I Learned from Having Sex with My Husband for 40 Days Straight

It all started with a birthday present.<p>I'm probably a lot like you: the pace of my days usually rivals the speed of light. And, unfortunately, sex got pushed to the bottom of my to-do list. Luckily, just as my 13-year marriage was poised for a nosedive, I came up with an idea that resurrected my …

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13 Reasons Marriage Is Actually Pretty Awesome

According to Us the Duo.<p>From the very beginning, music has been an important part of Michael and Carissa Alvarado's love story. The couple — better known as Us the Duo — met on the set of a music video, where they immediately hit it off and decided to become collaborators. Their courtship played …

Loving the Lost: Churches Without the Broken are Broken Churches

It is a natural thing for Christians to want to be around other Christians. Something special happens in the fellowship of believers.<p>We can worship …

To Have a Healthy Church, Have a Healthy Structure

photo credit: aakanayev<p>Structure is far more important that we usually realize. Every building in the world has to have the right structure to stand …

Public Policy

5 Ingredients that Build Pervasive Community in Your Church

If you believe that <b>unconnected people are always one tough thing away</b> from never being at your church again…you have all the motivation you need to …

The Cult of Culture - How to Get Out of This World

Watch out for the world. It’s after you. It wants you in its cult following, wooing you with pleasures and power, fame and fortune, the nexus of …

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One More Way to Outline a Sermon

Adrian Rogers outlined sermons using four phrases:<p>Hey You! (Get the audience’s attention)<br>• Look! (Examine the Scriptures)<br>• See! (Explain the passage)<br>• Do! …

Faith

Alabama Church Presents "Battle Plan" for the Pornography Pandemic

A church in south Alabama is taking action to stop the scourge of pornography by hosting a men’s event called “Battle Plan” to speak frankly about …

5 Skills for Healthy Communication

<i>This is a guest post by Dr. Jim Schettler, Vice President of Student Affairs at West Coast Baptist College. Dr. Schettler is known for his positive,</i> …

5 Honest Thoughts About Small Group Ministry

I am a natural born analyst. Not a day goes by that I’m not analyzing what I’m reading, what I’m hearing, what I’m seeing.<p>As I analyze any small …

How to Have a Thriving Intimacy with God

You can have a thriving ministry without a thriving relationship with God, but only temporarily. Anyone can fake it in the short run, but to go the …

Faith

Ministry in a Fog? 6 Critical Questions that Create Clarity

Yesterday I added a simple exercise you can use to identify next steps. It occurred to me as I wrote yesterday’s post that even completing that …

Idealism

Taking Risks and Seizing Opportunities

When you or your people are presented with an opportunity to grow, a certain degree of risk is always involved. It may be a risk of time or money or …

Why Do Men Fantasize Over Women?

Fantasy. Diversions. Escapism. Vicarious experiences. Men engaged in fantasy football leagues may be a rather benign activity, but when it comes to …

How to Preach Deeper Into the Hearts of Your Hearers

I just had a fascinating conversation with my brother-in-law, Andy, about discipleship.<p>Andy farms and knows all about tractors (especially a certain …

Even With a Team, the Leader Still Makes the Decisions

The concept of “Team Leadership” is popular right now, and many business and nonprofit leaders are moving toward that model. I think there are many …

What Is Required for Life Transformation?

Say “No” 2 Say “Yes” The spiritual war for your energy and expression is on. Between existing demands, competing priorities, and new opportunities …

Restate Your Church Vision Every 30 Days

One of your most important roles as a pastor is as vision caster. Sharing the vision of your church can’t be a one-time event.<p>The Bible says, “If …

Faith

4 Ways Churches Break Attendance Barriers

Almost anytime I mention numbers related to church life, I anticipate some responses about the value of numbers and congregations. In the 1980s, this …

Always Preach for a Specific Response

The Bible is clear that Christians must be “doers of the Word and not hearers only,” (James 1:22) so it’s clear that our responsibility as Pastors …

Free Sermon from Follow Me: What It Means to Be a Disciple of Jesus

The recent Saddleback sermon series Follow Me has featured some of the best teaching pastors in the US. So far we have heard from Greg Laurie, …

3 Answers to the Question, “How Do I Become A Better leader”

1. Trust God from the bottom of your heart.<p>I know that seems like a ‘nah duh’ kind of statement especially for those of us that are called to lead …

From Clique to Community

<i>Why your groups must step out of their boats</i><p>You’ve seen them walk by. The “cooler than thou” group. The group that everyone in the church wants to be …

3 Ways to Continually Affirm the People You Lead

We affirm people when we treat them with dignity, knowing that they matter to God. If you want to stand out in your leadership, one secret puts you …

Is an Artificial Barrier Limiting Growth in Your Small Group Ministry?

If you’re like many, you’ve wrestled with the question, “Why can’t we break through this barrier?”<p>Here are what I believe are five of the most common …

Free Download - The Unique 19: The Church List For the Rest of Us

<b>We all love great stories.</b> And if you are a church leader, you especially love fresh stories of our Savior-King, Jesus.<p>A few years ago, we began to …

Making Your Group Real 'Friends'

Don’t we all long to be a part of something fun, exciting, and life-giving?<p>The sitcom <i>Friends</i> captured this desire. Every week, 50 million people …