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We, as believers in Jesus, in the church, are people who are called to action. Yet we all have unique backgrounds, and we come from a variety of ethnicities.
Can’t someone make commitments and keep promises to a church without being a member?
Just as the addax was designed with special features for life in the harsh desert, we as God’s children are designed with a purpose in mind.
Her story dates back more than 350 years to the Spice Islands of the Indonesian archipelago and the wars that erupted over their control.
I have gone from pulling weeds on Sunday to pruning back unruly shrubs and even, on occasion, to mowing the grass. After church we sometimes join friends for Sunday brunch at a restaurant. I do not wear a WWJD bracelet, but I do wonder how Jesus would react.
When we are broken and humbled, acts of kindness convey God’s care in ways that spark and refresh our sense of being called to serve God.
What do we do with all the promises for peace on Earth that got stirred up during the Advent and Christmas seasons?
I can choose to hit each note precisely and be on my own or I can elect to more or less sing the right notes in a kind of approximate way but at least be singing along with the others.
He tried to say at the end that creation, like salvation, is all about grace, but it seems to me that environmental sermons are a bit fluffy and sermons instead should be about the gospel of the saving grace of Jesus
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Why and what we do matters, yes, but how we do it also matters to God.
There seem to be only three persons absolutely necessary to make a marriage a Christian marriage: the man, the woman, and God.
Given time to reassess, to think about what the potential outcomes could have been, I would have made a different decision. I would not have swerved.
Helping refugees takes finesse, proper training, and certainly prayer. Above all, it comes with great blessing, for in this partnership we are finding friendship, kinship, and the body of Christ.
If we want church to resonate with the next generation, here are a few words to consider dropping.
One of the reasons the “attractional church model” is being questioned today is the realization that it often produces consumers more than it makes disciples.
Reasons for busyness vary from family to family, but one reason is we don’t want to miss out on anything.
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What is your church’s brand? What do people in your community think about when they hear your church’s name mentioned? Not too long ago, our entire denomination and every individual congregation were known as the “Dutch church.” We have made great strides in shaking that image. But to no longer be known as something hardly qualifies as a strong brand.
The church is a community of vulnerability. And God intends that to be our strength.
You cannot resolve the conflicts within your parents’ marriage that are highlighted by these political differences.
Life, in the Bible, is relatedness. It is about belonging, body and soul, to God, and secondarily, to belong in a community.
How do you keep warm in the winter? Maybe you wear a sweater or a winter coat. But how do animals keep themselves warm?