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A Small Church With Tons of Money

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Small churches are chronically short of cash. They struggle to pay their small staff, often just a single pastor who is underpaid. They struggle to pay the bills, much less find money to improve and grow. They struggle to reach out beyond themselves, because its hard enough to maintain what they have.
 
The point of this post is simple. What would small church finances look like if everyone gave ten percent?

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Face The Fact – There’s Nowhere Else To Go

Are Christians hiding from reality?
Or are they the only ones really facing it?
 
This Sunday, my good friend Tyler Weatherly will be teaching about everything Jesus friends and students said about him in the book of John.
 
They said all kinds of grand things about him. They called him the Son of God, the Messiah, the Saviour of the world… But there is one very plain statement about him that has always stood out to me.

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Tangible Consistent Faith

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Faith without works is dead. That’s a quote from James the brother of Jesus.

It is one thing to say we believe in Jesus. It is a different thing to trust him in a specific situation where we feel unsafe.

 

Put your money where your mouth is. That expression became popular in the 1930s. It is one thing to talk about what you are going to do or what you believe. It is a different thing to put your own money behind a plan or a cause. It separates those who mean business from those who are just talking.


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Out Of This World

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Imagine if we were to travel back in time to an earlier society and show them how much we could help them with our cell phones, airplanes, antibiotics and vaccines, and high-tech home appliances. They could receive our help with awe and thanks. Or they could be scared and skeptical.


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Repent and Go

A bit of self-disclosure: if I had grown up during the nineties or later, I would likely have been diagnosed with ADD and probably be on the Asperger’s spectrum, or as my wife affectionately calls me, “a bit Aspy”. To this day, I still find it difficult to concentrate on things I’m not interested in (work, taxes, emotions), and find it hard to not block everything and everyone out when I am interested in something (theology, history, science).


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Could, Would, Should

Education and Parenting through COVID-19: Navigating the Coulds, Woulds and Shoulds.

I am a parent and an educator. Many of my friends are also parents and/or educators. This has not escaped the algorithms of social media – so I get a steady stream of posts, stories, webinar offers, online courses and lengthy commentaries about how we could, would and should be managing our children’s education during this time.

If those weren’t enough to navigate…


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Connection Matters

I teach Grade One and Two and I miss my students. I was already a little sad about just being away from them for a whole two weeks at Spring Break! I was not prepared to walk away from the classroom altogether. As it became obvious that school wasn’t coming back in session, I approached teaching online with as much strategic thought and enthusiasm as I could find.


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Coronavirus and End Times Anxiety

I don’t know about you, but my Facebook feed has recently been flooded with stuff about prophecy and the beginning of the Great Tribulation as recorded in the book of Revelation. Even though there’s still much debate about how much or which prophecies have been fulfilled, the general theme right now is that we are literally in the very end times, and coronavirus is some kind of harbinger.

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Finding Joy in Suffering

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”  James 1:2-4
 
Let’s admit that suffering is hard. It’s not fun, and it even seems absurd to try and have joy

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Yes I Will

Sometimes I don’t want to do the things I want to do. Do you ever feel like that?

I want to stick to a schedule during social distancing. I want to be patient with my family. I want to gently lead them into prayer, worship and activities that will help everyone keep the right attitude. I want to serve God and put other people first. I want to serve Him even when it is hard. But sometimes I don’t want to do what I want to do.


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Devotions Are An Act of War

What are devotions? 

Just a term that Christians useto talk about prayer, Bible study and often also singing worship songs. They can be done on your own or with a very small group.

Why are they an act of war?
We are fighting an invisible battle.


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