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10 Reasons Why Many Churches Aren’t Evangelistic

The following article was originally published at ThomRainer.com on September 5, 2016. Thom S. Rainer serves as president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Among his greatest joys are his family: his wife Nellie Jo; three sons, Sam, Art, and Jess; and seven grandchildren. Dr. Rainer can be found on Twitter @ThomRainer and at facebook.com/Thom...
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Christmas Gift

CHRISTMAS GIFT!That and "Christmas Eve's Gift!" are expressions I grew up with in my family.The idea being that one would make the exclamation to another and the one that it was said to was expected to give the other a gift.Never worked for me then and doesn't work out well for me now.Perhaps it is a tradition in your family as well?I was curious a...
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Why Church Membership Matters

​Romans 12:5 (NIV) 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Church MembershipIn a day when commitment is a rare commodity, it should come as no surprise that church membership is such a low priority to so many believers. Sadly, it is not uncommon for Christians to move from church to churc...
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Preach the Present Pentecost, Not the Past

This coming Sunday (May 15th) marks Pentecost Sunday 2016.  As I sat thinking about that and what we as a church will do to celebrate it, the idea seemed so...old.  So nostalgic.  Please don't get me wrong.  I love looking back to the "good ole days".  But we seem stuck in that mode; never truly moving forward ...
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Celebrate Our Risen Savior!

There has been no one in the history of mankind that has frustrated and infuriated others like Jesus Christ.With teachings like:I am the light of the world (John 8:12 and 9:5) I am the way the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except by me (John 14:6) If you had known me you would have known my Father (John 14:7) Anyone wh...
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Lent and the Christian

So today is Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) and tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, but what does that have to do with Jesus?Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday refers to the day before Lent starts.Lent always starts on a Wednesday, therefore the day before is always a Tuesday.The reason it is called "Fat" or "Great" is because it is associated with great food and...
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The Season of Advent - Love

​This week we light the fourth Advent candle and celebrate the Love of our coming Savior. Love permeates every aspect of the Christmas story: God so loved the world that he send his Only Begotten Son, and Jehovah so loved us that he deigned to become the Babe of Bethlehem — and later, as the man Jesus, to suffer, die, and rise again for us. Ch...
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The Season of Advent - Joy

"The birth of Christ is the central event in the history of the earth – the very thing the whole story has been about." – C.S. LewisThis week we light the third Advent candle and celebrate the Joy of our coming Savior.Have you ever watched an early morning sunrise or a sunset and marveled at all the beautiful hues of purple and red and orange? ...
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The Season of Advent - Peace

Today, the 2nd Sunday of Advent, we celebrate Peace. Sometimes, with all the chaos and disorder, it's hard to imagine the possibility of peace in this day and age. We spend countless hours and dollars searching for that perfect gift while running from store to store like Teddy Roosevelt yelling "CHARGE"… God gave us that perf...
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The Season of Advent - HOPE

In my previous blog I related how the word Advent means "coming" or "arrival" and how the Season of Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation of the return of Christ the King.This week I want to look at the first of the five Advent elements.Traditionally, each of the Advent elements is represented by candles.While the colors themselv...
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The Season of Advent

The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." The focus of the entire season is preparation to celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the reve...
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