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Why Prayer Counts

“When Robert Louis Stevenson was four years old he announced a great discovery. “Mamma,” he said, “you cannot be good without praying.” “How do you know?” his mother asked. “Because,” said he, “I have tried”–Parker and St. Johns, Prayer Can Change Your Life, 116. If you use prayer “as a spare tire, only when an…

Is Your Church Healthy or Unhealthy?

We all want health in any institution or relationship. Healthy institutions thrive and help their communities. This is especially true in the church. Of all the things you could say about your church, being healthy is one of the best. Recently, Thom Rainer of Lifeway Christian Resources says that there are two practices which characterize…

Five Things I Try to Remember When I Am Afraid

Fear is an enemy that kills without firing a shot. Fear cannot grasp you, but it can paralyze you. Fear cannot choke you, but it can leave you gasping for air. Fear destroys. We know what it is to be afraid. From walking through a cemetery at night as a child to worrying about the…

Do You Want to Live Longer?

How long do you expect to live? How long would you like to live? Most people I know would like to live longer if they could live healthily and happily. You probably would, too. A few days ago USA TODAY published an article which cited the research of two colleagues at Harvard University. Building on…

Are You Underestimating God?

By: Waylon Bailey ~ I know it sounds strange to ask people who love God and attend Church regularly, but I want to ask if you are underestimating God? I suppose it’s easy to think that God can’t or won’t work in our world. The apostle Paul said that God will do super abundantly more…

What Do You Want Your Church to Be?

Have you ever thought what you want your church to be? Maybe it’s only a question that pastors think about, but I don’t think that’s the case. I think we all have a vision for the church – – a desire of what we want the church to be and do. Last night, I had…

Learning to pray

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Jesus disciples asked Him to teach them to pray as John the Baptist had taught his disciples. It seems that prayer – – and learning to pray – – is a universal need. The disciples wanted a meaningful and effective prayer life. They saw in others that kind of experience with…

Six Areas Where Your Pastor Is Struggling

Let’s not be naïve. Every pastor struggles. Most of us have been around pastors and churches long enough to know the truth of these statements. Christian maturity also helps us to understand that every pastor and leader struggles. Today, I want to equip you to help your pastor by recognizing some of the most prominent…

Six Reasons You Should Read the Bible

We live in a world that is ignorant of Scripture, and therefore we live in a world in jeopardy. Here are six reasons why you should read the Word of God. First, reading, studying, memorizing, and meditating on Scripture puts you in a position to hear from God. What could be more important than hearing…

What Would Malachi Tell Us Today?

Recently I have been studying the prophecy of Malachi. Malachi is widely understood to have been the last prophet of Old Testament times. From the time of Malachi to the beginning of New Testament times, there was no prophet speaking to the people of Israel. Malachi had a unique perspective and message. What would he…