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19 Things That We Should Give Thanks to God For

thanksgiving-imageAs we head into the next few weeks, we will be celebrating two major Holy Days. The reason I like using the phrase Holy Day is because the word holiday comes from the Old English word hāligdæg (hālig meaning holy + dæg meaning day.) In the beginning this phrase or word originally referred only to a special religious day.

Today the word “holiday” means any special day to rest, relax or take a day off from work.  However, the next few weeks can be a great opportunity for us to move from Thanksgiving straight into Christmas by being thankful every week for all God has done for us.  These days can once again, become Holy Days of worship as we give thanks to Our Creator and celebrate the birth of His Son!

Here are 19 things that we should give thanks to God for as we move from Thanksgiving straight into Christmas: Continue reading

4 Reason Teamwork Will Not Work in Church

4 Reason Teamwork-Will-Not-Work-in-ChurchThere are many churches that claim to be structured by teamwork.  Even though a fellowship may claim to work like a team and create team names for all their organizations this does not mean that they possess the characteristic of a team approach to their ministry?

The Bible gives clear guidance on working together. So, why is that teamwork will not work in some churches?

Here are four things to consider as to why some congregations will never be able to create a teamwork environment.

1.    Many churches simply do not want their church to evolve into a team approach for ministry.  To do so would mean that sharing the responsibilities would be necessary and some church members are simply unwilling to share the control of the church with someone else. Continue reading

12 Quotes to Help Grow a Strong Prayer Life

12-quotes-to-help-grow-a-strong-prayer-lifePraying is a powerful resource.

Here are a 12 quotes to help grow a strong prayer life:

To pray is no small thing. It is nothing less than a sacred pilgrimage into the heart of the whole world. - Wayne Muller, author

If we truly love people, we will desire for them far more than it is within our power to give them, and this leads us to prayer. - Richard Foster, professor of religion

Be thankful that God’s answers are wiser than our prayers. - Seen on the marquee of an auto body shop in Greensboro, North Carolina

We don’t pray to get God’s attention. We pray to turn our attention toward Him. - Christopher Knippers, Author

When you pray be sure that you listen as well as talk. You have things you want to say to God but He also has things He wants to say to you. - Joyce Meyer, Author and Teacher

‘Help’ is a prayer that is always answered. - Anne Lamott, Author

Go out on a limb when you pray for others. Take a risk. Be outrageous. Be passionate. Take a leap. Love a lot, not just a little. - Rick Hamlin, author

The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays. - Soren Kierkegaard, philosopher

We must lay before him what is in us; not what ought to be in us. - C.S. Lewis, author

Blessings are the spiritual equivalent of breathing in, and prayer is the spiritual equivalent of breathing out. - Monsignor Tom Hartman and Rabbi Marc Gellman

The best result of prayer is awareness of the presence of God, which allows us to face life with fortitude and dignity. - Sheba Ross Delaney, writer

People may refuse our love or reject our message, but they are defenseless against our prayers. - Rick Warren, pastor

Deceased Churches?

Deceased-churchWhy are deceased churches popping up everywhere!

Growing up in the southeast of the United States has introduced into my life many wonderful traditions. I have been introduced to all types of experiences that have made me thankful for my “southern” heritage. The south land of our country has been referred to, for decades, as the Bible Belt.  This title was created due to the saturation of churches in the southern states developed by Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists and Pentecostals fellowships just to name a few.

Even though there are many congregations in the south, I have noticed in the past twenty years an increasing closing of churches. Continue reading