How God Answers The Worst Prayer In The Bible

In I Kings 19:4-5, in the aftermath of a roller coaster season of spectacular success and stunning betrayal, the prophet Elijah prays this prayer: ‘Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.’ Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.” It's the worst prayer...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five “Rules” Of Funeral Ministry

I don’t hear many pastors of churches our size and style talk about funeral ministry. Sometimes I get the impression that if your church is somehow “contemporary” or “large” or even “mega,” then people in the congregation don’t die, so pastors don’t have to devote...

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HELL OR HIGH WATER LAUNCH — “What The”

Hell. There.  We said it. So … is it a swear word?  A place?  An idea?  A threat? A relic? A metaphor? A destination? And if it is in any sense real, who goes there?  Why do they go there?  And how do we make sure its number never includes any of us? Hell Or High...

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Creating A LifeGroup Culture

We're more than a church "with some LifeGroups." We're less than a church "of LifeGroups"  (a claim I've usually taken as somewhat hyperbolic anyway). I guess you could say we are a church whose culture revolves around LifeGroups. (By the way, the term "LifeGroups,"...

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Talks & The Talking Talkers Who Give Them

I spent both Monday and Wednesday afternoons in Ocean Grove, NJ with this group of student ministry interns.   In between their programming, counseling, and shepherding of the teenagers who are part of this Jersey Shore based camp meeting, they gave several hours...

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