Church & Ministry
Posted 4/28/16 at 9:12 AM | Ron Edmondson
Everyone wants to be successful in life, but the truth is many people never really achieve what they set out to accomplish. Many of us fall short of obtaining our dreams and goals. This is true in life and leadership.
After years of observing a lackluster success rate among some of the people to whom I minister and to leaders I coach, I began to examine why some people never seem to succeed.
What is it which keeps people from being achieving what they claim to want most in life?
Are there some steps which can be taken to enhance our chances of winning in this “game” of life?
If I am asked to coach someone to be a winner, these are some of the steps I will start.
Step One: Get in the right race.
Many people never achieve the success they wanted, because they entered the wrong competition. They are aiming for the wrong targets. We should ask ourselves “where do I want to go in life and what do I eventually want to accomplish?” Until we know how we want our life to end we will never know the steps to take to succeed. This is true for leaders. If you don’t have a vision for your leadership – where you’re leading people – you’re failing before you get started. Of course, I believe in life this starts with a decision to allow Christ to set your path. Proverbs 16:9 says, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” FULL POST
Posted 4/26/16 at 11:56 AM | Kristi Porter
The Orange Conference, a conference for entire family ministry teams, will be held April 26–28, in Atlanta. For those who can’t attend in person, a Live Stream will be held to give those at home a glimpse of the event. Over 7,000 key influencers—NextGen, student, children’s and preschool leaders—will gather in person to discover how to make what you do on Sunday matter more during the rest of the week. The Live Stream will begin with the conference’s opening session, starting tonight at 7:20 pm ET. To watch the Live Stream or view the schedule, visit live.theorangeconference.com.
The Live Stream will include select main sessions, such as the opening session with Orange founder Reggie Joiner, as well as speaker and author interviews, the debut of new family ministry resources, giveaways and much more.
Drawing together speakers, authors and church leaders from around the world, Orange sets out to rethink the way the traditional church model approaches family ministry. The event is structured around the Orange Strategy of partnering families with the church to have a greater impact on the faith of kids and youth. “Thinking Orange” blends two vital, yet often unconnected worlds to reshape the current ministry model. Every year thousands of family ministry teams attend the conference to get realigned, hear new ideas, discover resources and answers that are specific to their needs, network with innovators, bond as a team and have fun. FULL POST
Posted 4/25/16 at 8:27 PM | Robin Schumacher
She was ready to be healed.
After all, charismatic healer Nathan Morris consistently boasted how he/God had supposedly caused Delia Knox to walk for the first time in 22 years after being paralyzed in a car accident, so why not her? The young woman had come to a recent Nathan Morris event in our city to walk again.
A friend of mine who was close to the girl at the gathering watched her enthusiasm, saw her excitement, and witnessed Morris command her to be healed. Sadly, my friend also saw the girl’s disillusionment and grief as she was wheeled back up the same aisle she had come down, still unable to walk.
Its episodes like this that have me turning a corner on those in the Church who insist that the gift of miracles is normative today. The more I see things like the above happen to good people, the more I grieve over the damage being done by them. FULL POST
Posted 4/21/16 at 2:53 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
Otoniel Martinez grew up in a Christian family. His father was a pastor in a time when government pressure made it difficult to follow Jesus. Otoniel was a gifted student and could have attended one of the top schools in Cuba.
But in order to attend a top university, he had to deny his Christian faith, which he would not do. He decided he would bypass upper-level education to follow Christ no matter what, according to a report by United World Mission (UWM).
His resolve was tested many times as he faced opposition from the authorities. He successfully planted one church, which proceeded to reproduce 26 other churches.
From there, the Holy Spirit planted a God-sized vision in Otoniel’s heart: to see churches planted in every corner of Cuba and to send workers into the rest of the world. For assistance, Otoniel reached out to UWM, because they led his family to Christ many years ago. FULL POST
Posted 4/19/16 at 7:28 AM | Yvonne Perkins
All across the nations the headlines scream of senseless murder, unbelievable violence, sex trafficking, kidnapping and horrific torture of individuals/families. Terrorists groups seem to pop up from nowhere trying to establish their name and gain recognition. Gang leaders meet to plot their devious plans. Sometimes not even the police can be counted on to serve and protect but instead appear to be gangsters with a badge. People are being shot driving on the expressway. Innocent children being executed because their parents have gang ties. Governors and mayors are at a loss to know how to solve the problems. It seems like the secret service has even fallen down on their jobs to adequately protect the President of the U.S. It is only by the grace, mercy of God and prayers of the saints that his life and his family has been spared.
What is the answer? There is a spiritual answer to this natural problem. Demonic spirits can take over regions. Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. We have power to Bind the ruling spirit of Murder. Is there any hope? What can we do? God has already provided the answer. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Let the people of God cry out for repentance and revival then we shall see the power of God when we once again understand the power of repentance and prayer. FULL POST
Posted 4/14/16 at 8:39 AM | rahul singh
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Posted 4/13/16 at 8:20 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
At the climax of a lengthy, Spirit-filled day of prayer and worship in the L.A. Coliseum on Saturday, fifth generation preacher Daniel Kolenda delivered an evangelistic message aimed at a “perverse generation.”
Organizer Lou Engle hoped to fill the venerable sports venue to capacity and had 115,000 registrations prior to the event, but spotty rain dampened the attendance to about 70,000. The youthful throng who attended were energized by a passion for revival.
Kolenda, who lives in Florida with his wife and three children, succeeded Reinhard Bonnke as head of Christ for All Nations, and has participated in massive evangelistic campaigns throughout the world, mostly in Africa.
He began his talk by noting the timing of the event coincided with the 110th anniversary of the Azusa Street revival in Los Angeles.
“The outpouring of the Spirit we are celebrating tonight did not begin at Azusa Street. It began in the Upper Room,” he said, as he proceeded to follow the Apostle Peter’s first sermon message recorded in Acts 2. FULL POST
Posted 4/13/16 at 8:13 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
Madagascar is considered a gem of the Indian Ocean with romantic beaches and world-class tourist resorts. But beneath the sparkling veneer lurks a trafficking culture that is rotting away the fabric of society.
On a small island off the coast of northern Madagascar, a boat pulls into shore. Those aboard are buying local children, especially girls, who will later be trafficked. Down in the southern part of the country, women are put on the auction block and sold to the highest bidder. After sunset, orgies continue through the night, according to a report by Baptist Press.
In a tourist area, dozens of young women parade themselves in front of foreign men who will hire them for the night. Deals are finalized and couples go away in the dark.
Throughout the island, children brandish sledgehammers, pounding stone that will be sold for construction projects. In another tourist area, men and women decide which baby girls will grow up to be “their” prostitutes, earning money for them. Nearby, two foreigners are lynched, suspected of harvesting organs from a young child, according to Baptist Press. FULL POST
Posted 4/10/16 at 7:44 PM | Chris Fedorcek
This past week I had the privilege of attending Student Leadership University’s Youth Pastor Summit in Orlando. One of the main speakers on Monday morning, Brent Crowe, made this statement that struck me, “We serve because we’ve been saved.” This simple statement spoke volumes to me when looking at the heart of many who serve in the local body in leadership positions.
As someone who blogs I often get asked, “Why do you write?” I find this question curious because my aim in writing isn’t to create a platform to boast from, or an attempt to create a sphere of influence in which I plan to earn anything from. I simply write because God has given me a passion for writing and a passion for people. My prayer is that by combining these two passions that one person will read one of theses blog posts and their lives will be positively impacted.
I often speak with ministry leaders who are often times more interested in developing their platform and influence rather than developing and pouring into the people that God has blessed him or her with. As disciples of Christ we are called to wisely steward what God has blessed us with. Most people tend to look at stewardship in regards to money or talents, but we must also take a perspective of stewardship in regards to the people that God has placed in our life. You see, we are called to foster these people and to develop them to their fullest potential. As church leaders we must steward these men and women effectively in order to help them reach their destiny. FULL POST
Posted 4/7/16 at 4:26 PM | George Sarris
Until now, most Christians have assumed that evangelicals – people who base their convictions clearly on the teaching of Scripture – cannot possibly be universalists – people who believe that God will one day redeem all mankind
With the release on March 8 of Zondervan’s Four Views on Hell (Second Edition), that understanding suddenly changed!
For the first time, a well respected, evangelical publishing house has clearly acknowledged that universalism is a view Christians should seriously consider.
An Evangelical Universalist
The four views presented in the book are: Eternal Conscious Torment, Terminal Punishment, Purgatory, and an essay by Robin Parry on Christian Universalism.
According to the book’s general editor, Preston Sprinkle – FULL POST