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Powerful prayer: Overcoming today’s weapons of ‘mass distraction’
Mar18

Powerful prayer: Overcoming today’s weapons of ‘mass distraction’

In today’s world, spiritual warfare comes from ever-increasing directions. It is clear that the devil has many varied “devices” and “wiles” in his arsenal. As believers, we are encouraged not to be ignorant of the devil’s devices nor give him a “place” in our lives (2 Cor. 2:11; Eph. 4:27). While several of the enemy’s devices are fairly obvious, some are much more subtle and unrecognized. In this article, we consider devices I call...

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Strengthen: Dealing with generational differences
Feb26

Strengthen: Dealing with generational differences

I recently read a book that has captivated my attention because it addresses one of the most prevalent issues in the life of the church today. This issue is not about what we believe but how we behave in the church.  The book addresses how we relate to one another in the church with an emphasis on how the different generations relate to each other in the church. Many, if not most, of the problems that churches from across the state...

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Shine: Revivals and their relevance today
Feb25

Shine: Revivals and their relevance today

Several years ago my director of missions in Sherman, Texas told me about a revival he held with James Simple.  His name was Norris Cash, and the flyer for the revival said in large bold letters, “Simple-Cash Revival.”  That was my favorite revival flyer until Tuffy Wiggly and I did a revival together and our flyer said, “Wiggly—Quigley Revival.” Needless to say, that flyer turned more than a few heads as it hung in the window of the...

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Evangelism: Don’t just talk about it… be about it
Feb18

Evangelism: Don’t just talk about it… be about it

Over the last few years the Youth Evangelism Conference (YEC) has been transformed into primarily a training and equipping event, though it is still an event for every kind of student. When asked what type of student should churches bring to YEC we say “ALL of them!” Core students go deeper. Fringe students get encouraged to go all in. Evangelists find their happy place. Scaredy cats are in good company. Unsaved students hear the...

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ReConnect: Does your small group have a connection issue?
Feb04

ReConnect: Does your small group have a connection issue?

As we have developed the ReConnect Sunday School strategy, one of the primary connection points has been for the church’s small groups to connect guests or new members into a group. This connection is a primary emphasis in an ongoing small group strategy in the local church. Unfortunately, it is also one of the weakest connections in most small groups. In fact, many churches are letting potential new church members slip through their...

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Multiply: A tear from a glass eye
Jan28

Multiply: A tear from a glass eye

“He looked sad enough to bring a tear to a glass eye.” I heard this saying growing up, but now I was seeing it for myself. His name was Steve. I was a new church planter, and he was my first visit on the first week; a Baptist planting a church in a 97-percent Roman Catholic community, just 12 miles from the New Orleans International Airport. Our new community had the distinction of being named the Andouille (pronounced “On-du-ee”)...

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