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Reaffirmations Friday – April 15th

Whether you’re a church Pastor, directing a ministry, or simply a volunteer, you most likely don’t have too much time during your day to keep up with what’s being written or discussed around key ministry topics like developing discipleship, increasing participation or building stronger church community.
But, that’s OK! Because every week, we’ll round up of some of the most helpful and inspirational news and articles published on the web and give them to you here, in one centralized place as part of our “Reaffirmations Friday.”
Here are the top ministry blogs and articles this week detailing anything you may have missed.
In God We Trust
Is God really real and if so, do we trust Him? That’s a great individual question and it’s a question being actively debated in the culture over the motto “In God We Trust.” On the one hand there are those who want to see “In God We Trust” removed from U.S. currency and on another hand there are those who want to divert public funds to have it added to police cars… Written by Ed Stetzer
How to Resist Temptation’s Mirage Moment
Temptation is not sin. We know this because Eve was tempted before she fell and Jesus was tempted, “yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). Temptation is a disorienting, defiling experience when evil is presented to us as good. Destruction comes dressed up to look like happiness. Sin only occurs when we believe that the destructive lie can actually grant happiness… Written by Jon Bloom
The Top 10 Essentials for Your Church Website
I will bet you a Dr. Pepper that I spend more time on church websites than you do. And I’ve seen it all.  There is a great range of styles and designs that churches use. But regardless of style, here is a list of the top ten essentials that your church website needs to remain relevant, inviting, and awesome… Written by Bob Sutton
Should A Church Accept Lottery Winnings as Offerings?
I have heard a few Christians in my life say that they’d love to win the lottery and then donate it all to the church or a charity but rarely does this ever happen. In 2008 a church member who won $6 million dollars placed $600,000 into his churches offering plate. Another church member donated their winning ticket which was worth $3 million dollars… Written by Jack Wellman
The Real Reason Why You’re Not Growing Spiritually
Have you ever wondered what’s the real reason you’re not as far as you’d like to be spiritually? We blame it on the enemy, our busy lives, our careers, children, even the church we attend. The real reason you’re not as far as you’d like to be spiritually isn’t because of the enemy, busyness, or the complexity of sermons; it’s because we’re distracted… Written by C.E. Stowers
Why We Worship on Repeat
Many a modern church-goer has been miffed by repetition in corporate worship. The Information Age is conditioning us for new content, fresh ideas, new data. Why re-read what we’ve already read, why rehearse what we’ve already heard, when new information is available like never before… Written by David Mathis
5 Biblical Entrepreneurship Principles to Teach Your Kids
I am sitting side-by-side with my son, Kenny as I write this article. He is feverishly banging out the keys of a 1,000 word-blog post titled, “How I Earned My First $100: A Middle Grader’s Business Journal.” Kenny will also be creating cool Lego animations as well to see if more kids grab onto his message… Written by Ken Carfagno
Is there are article you saw this week that you think should have made this list? Let us know!

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