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Posted 4/23/14 at 11:27 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

13 Things to do When Your Church is Hurting Financially

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By Joe McKeever

“My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

A lot of things can happen when a church experiences a money crunch, most of them bad.

The finance committee can get upset, deacons can get angry, church members become scared, and staff members start honing their resumes and looking for a safe place to jump. Nothing about this is good.

Can anything good come from a financial crisis? It depends on how you handle it. Read on.

Keep in mind that sometimes a financial crunch results from a too-aggressive program outstripping the resources. Perhaps the church has become too-invested in a project and the crisis sounds a wakeup call.

In most cases, the causes for the crisis are familiar to every church leader. You have been there before and will be here again….. FULL POST

Posted 4/22/14 at 10:57 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

20 Practical Tips for Preachers About Funerals

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By Joe McKeever

During seminary, my pastorate of 30 months experienced one death in the congregation. The husband of the deceased lady said, “Pastor, do you know where there is a cemetery around here?” (We were in the bayou country southwest of New Orleans.) I told him, “I’ll find out.”

I called the pastor of the larger First Baptist Church of Luling, a few miles away. Don Grafton said, “Joe, I’ve been here 11 years and haven’t had the first funeral.”

He had no idea how to find the nearest cemetery.

That is the exception, believe me. Six years later, when I became pastor of the First Baptist Church of Columbus, Mississippi, if I remember correctly, we had seven funerals the first week or two. It was like people had “saved up” their dying until the new pastor was on the field. FULL POST

Posted 4/21/14 at 11:53 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

The Reason I No Longer Lead People to Intense, Personal Introspection

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By Wade Burleson

Every now and then people will ask me "How have you changed over the years?" Usually the question is asked in regard to my ministry or my marriage. People are either curious as to how I've changed or whether I will admit to having changed. I know that I have changed in a variety of ways in both ministry and marriage over the years. What I'd like to focus on in this post is one particular area where I'm radically different in ministry than when I first began in the summer of 1982.

I grew up reading the Puritans. One of my theological mentors, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, believes that any Christian steeped in Puritanism is benefitted. He writes: FULL POST

Posted 4/21/14 at 11:00 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices |

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Letter to my Six Granddaughters on Whom to Marry. And Whom to Avoid.

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Wedding cake topper.

By Joe McKeever

Six of the finest young people on this planet happen to be our granddaughters. Margaret and I are blessed beyond measure.

In order of their arrival into our lives, they are Leah Carla, Jessica Mae, Abigail Rebecca, Erin Elizabeth, Darilyn Samantha, and JoAnne Lauren. They are as pretty and sweet as their names.

Sometimes, when I’m in the car with one of you, I will raise the question: “How do you choose a husband? What kind of man will you marry some day?”

Now is the time for you to be thinking of this. In fact, you should have been giving this thought for some time now. Leah, senior member of this sextet, is 25 and little sis JoAnne is the youngest at 16.

First, whom to avoid. Run from these types just as fast as you can, as far as you get… FULL POST

Posted 4/20/14 at 9:15 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Finding Love After Loss: 7 Steps for Moving Forward

By: eHarmony Advice & Dr. Ken Druck

We all have "baggage." It comes with being human — and with having relationships.

By age 18, most of us have discovered that relationships can be a source of great joy, satisfaction and meaning when our needs for love, affection and companionship are met. Or a source of heartache and sorrow when they’re not. FULL POST

Posted 4/19/14 at 9:51 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices |

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Online Dating Profile Tips for Men

By: eHarmony Advice

A good profile makes all the difference, guys. Here are some must-haves for yours.

Take a Second Look at Your Settings

When someone is having issues with getting matches, it is often times because their settings are just too restrictive. Take another look at them, and consider being more flexible. If you are confused – eHarmony’s Customer Care team is great at helping with your eHarmony profile! FULL POST

Posted 4/18/14 at 3:02 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Good News! Easter is a Declaration of War!

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By Stephen Altrogge

Why is it that apocalyptic movies, books, and video games are so popular right now? Every other day, a new zombie apocalypse video game is being released. Piles and piles of end-of-the-world novels have been written in recent years. The National Geographic Channel airs a show called “Doomsday Preppers”, in which men and women build bunkers and teach their children to fire semi-automatic rifles. The Left Behind book series sold hundreds of millions of copies. Recently, Hollywood has released Contagion, World War Z, Battle: Los Angeles, Oblivion, Pacific Rim, and countless other apocalyptic movies.

I think one reason the apocalypse is such a popular theme is that it doesn’t require a big stretch of the imagination. Face it: life is really, really hard, people can be really, really bad, and it often looks like the world is falling apart. Russia is invading Ukraine. BP is pumping millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. A young man walks into a school and kills twenty young children. A friend gets cancer. A child is diagnosed with autism. We are constantly teetering on the edge of the apocalypse as it is. FULL POST

Posted 4/18/14 at 9:50 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Is He or She The One? 10 Things to Consider

By: eHarmony Advice

How do you know if your partner is "the one" for you? While some "just know," most people said there were certain signs which clued them in…here’s some dating advice we discovered when we asked numerous couples.

The Writing is on the Wall

It is so disappointing when we find someone -- and our friends and family are lukewarm in their reception of them at best. When the people who know you best are in complete support of your relationship, they will let you know. And you will likely know that this person is very good for you ... and may be "the one." FULL POST

Posted 4/17/14 at 5:41 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

The Most Dangerous Idea

Ideas
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By Phillip Jensen

Which dangerous idea has the greatest potential to change the world for the better?

This was a question put to the panellists at the end of a QandA show during the “Festival of Dangerous Ideas” last year.

One of the panellists asked time to think of an answer. That, in itself, is an extraordinary event in a show that censors anything above a sound bite.

The atheist homosexual panellist launched into his dangerous idea that “abortion should be mandatory” for 30 years to reduce the population.

The feminist, Germaine Greer expressed nothing new – just “freedom”.

When the compere asked Peter Hitchens, his answer clearly startled the others. “The most dangerous idea in human history and philosophy remains the belief that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and rose from the dead and that is the most dangerous idea you will ever encounter.” FULL POST

Posted 4/17/14 at 4:19 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices |

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10 Reasons Why Men Have So Much Difficulty Making Friends

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Number Ten

By David Murray

“Will you be my friend?”

When was the last time you said this or were asked this?

If you’re male, probably aged eight or thereabouts.

Could you even begin to imagine asking it as an adult? What would you do if another man asked you this? Start running?

Over at Salon, Mark Greene asks why men are so bad at making friends with one another. Most of Mark’s answers are based on sociology but here are some of my own answers.

We’re too busy: Deep friendships take time, lots of time, lots of time doing nothing terribly productive but just being together, talking, and listening. Who’s got time for that in today’s busy world? FULL POST

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