Posts in Church Life

59 Important Questions You Must Ask a Missions Agency

By Kenneth Berding Aug. 26, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions

I recently came across an excellent list of questions that every missionary thinking of joining a missions agency should ask before signing up. This list, and the introductory paragraphs, were written by Dan Crane from the First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton. They are reprinted with permission.

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Israel and Palestine Conflict: Summer 2014

By Ron Pierce Aug. 7, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Missions, New Testament, Old Testament

Just this month, after leading a two-week study tour with the Whittier Area Community Church, our group returned home on June 8, 2014. Most of us met a barrage of questions about “What’s really going on over there? Resulting conversations intensified when the latest surge of “Israel vs. Hamas” fighting erupted in the Gaza Strip about three weeks later ...

 

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How Can You Discern Whether an Overseer is “Free From the Love of Money”?

By Kenneth Berding Aug. 6, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Ethics, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

One of the qualifications for an overseer/elder/pastor (all the same office in the Bible) is that he be “free from the love of money” (1 Tim. 3:3). Now suppose that you are on an elder board and seeking to know whether a new candidate for the office is in fact free from the love of money, how can you figure it out? Here are five useful diagnostic questions.

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Reflexiones Sobre El Matrimonio En Nuestro Aniversario / A Few Thoughts About Marriage On Our Anniversary

By Octavio Esqueda Jul. 30, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Marriage and Family

La semana pasada mi esposa, Angélica, y yo celebramos 16 años de casados. Angélica es, sin duda, la mayor bendición que he recibido y nuestro matrimonio ha sido el mejor y a la vez el más difícil tiempo de mi vida. Estoy profundamente agradecido por la dicha de haber encontrado el favor divino en mi esposa y puedo asegurar con toda certeza que soy feliz a su lado. También he de reconocer que el matrimonio no es fácil y caminar por la vida junto a otra persona por momentos pareciera una carrera de obstáculos. Esta combinación de realidades, aunque parecieran contradictorias, reflejan acertadamente mis años de casado y estoy seguro la de la mayoría de los matrimonios entre seguidores de Cristo.

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The Importance of Spiritual Formation - A Personal Story

By Joe Hellerman Jul. 29, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Each August the Hellermans spend several weeks vacationing in the mountains, in Mammoth Lakes, CA. One afternoon, on one of our getaways, our oldest daughter (then thirteen years old) came out of her room with a play she had written. Rebekah has always been into drama. She had participated in a number of children’s theater productions at our previous church. On the home front, Rebekah recruited neighborhood friends and staged “plays” before a captive audience of indulgent parents ... So began an adventure that continues to unfold today, sixteen years later.

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Some Thoughts on Work

By Michelle Lee-Barnewall Jul. 24, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Church Life, New Testament, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

I am all for weekends (even when I have to work, such as doing lesson planning, grading, or writing a blog post!). But sometimes we can fall into the trap of thinking of work as the negative and leisure or rest as the positive aspect of our lives. Work can become something we need to “get through” in order to make it to the weekend; Sundays are our “spiritual” days as opposed to our “working” days that begin on Mondays, and so forth.

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What Is a Leader?

By Gary McIntosh Jul. 16, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

People have studied leaders for centuries. To study leaders is to analyze the characteristics of individual people who demonstrate the ability to gather a group of followers. However, the study of leadership is a relatively new discipline dating from about the year 1900. To study leadership is to inspect the interactions a leader has with his or her followers. Both areas of study require one to define a leader. So just what is a leader? ...

 

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