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10 Ways to Pray for the United States this Fourth of July

Rachel Ankers June 28, 2018

We are in the midst of the heat of summer, and the Fourth of July is around the corner. Certainly we look forward to celebrating with family and friends by cooking out and enjoying fireworks together, but as Christ-followers, the freedom we enjoy as citizens of the United States means even more. The freedom to… Continue Reading »

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3 Truths to Help Fathers Use Their Influence

Meredith Mahon Morris June 7, 2018

As Father’s Day approaches, our thoughts turn toward the tremendous privilege and responsibility of fatherhood. God speaks many times to fathers in Scripture and holds them to high standards (Ephesians 6:4). Men, in many different stages of life, will fill the seats of our congregations in June as we honor the role of fathers. Some… Continue Reading »

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He is Risen: 3 Impacts of Easter

Rachel Ankers March 29, 2018

Easter is here once again, and we as church leaders are inundated with egg hunts, special programming, boosted attendance, and hard-core community outreach.  It is, after all, the day on which we commemorate the reason for Christianity: Christ’s death and resurrection. It is probably the most important day on the Church calendar.  It’s a day… Continue Reading »

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A Very Special Season: Four Things to Focus on During Lent

Rachel Ankers February 17, 2018

Although it seems that the new year just started, we have already entered into the run up to Easter, perhaps the most important holiday for Christians around the world.  Celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus is the center of our faith and cause for much rejoicing. As we prepare ourselves and our congregations for… Continue Reading »

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10 Ways to Do Valentine’s Day Differently This Year

John Gilman February 2, 2018

Wouldn’t it be a nice change to shift the focus of Valentine’s Day from ourselves to look up at the people around us? There are people all around us who need to know that someone sees them and cares. And they need to know that Jesus cares. Wouldn’t it be just like Jesus to challenge… Continue Reading »

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The Power to Say No: When Quitting is a Good Thing

Rachel Ankers December 29, 2017

The New Year is right around the corner. This is when we begin reflection and self-evaluation, which is really a nice way of saying we may look back at 2017 with frustration and disappointment. Too often as we recount 12 months of working toward meeting the resolutions we made last January, we realize we did… Continue Reading »

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Focusing on the Meaning Instead of the Perfection

Rachel Ankers December 22, 2017

We all want to experience the meaning of Christmas and create memories with our families. We want beautifully decorated Christmas trees and holiday get-togethers around tables filled with our favorite Christmas treats. The reality, however, is often far different from what we dream. As hard as we try, most things just don’t turn out the… Continue Reading »

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