Your Greatest Gift

This Kids Korner article is from GenMin National Coordinator Jeffrey Broadnax. [caption id="attachment_340" align="aligncenter" width="205"] Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6)[/caption] By now the tree has been taken down, the boxes and wrappings placed at the curb for garbage day, and the glow of Christmas is fading. What if I told you there is still more for you to give, especially to the young people in your family, congregation and community? In fact, I believe your greatest and most lasting gift has yet to be given. That gift? PRAYER! Those around you I have spent the last month praying for a young teenage girl who is in the fight of her life with... Read the article

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Sermon for Dec. 9, 2018 (Advent 2)

Note: This sermon is for the second Sunday of Advent, the season that spans the four Sundays preceding Christmas day. To read a Surprising God post explaining the meaning of Advent click here. For four GCI-produced videos for Advent, click here. Scripture readings for today: Mal. 3:1-4 • Luke 1:68-79 • Phil. 1:3-11 • Luke 3:1-6 Participants in Christ’s Ministry (Luke 3:1-6; Philippians 1:3-11) Introduction Note to preacher: You might begin with a personal anecdote about anticipation-preparation: expecting the birth of your first child, the wedding of an adult child, the birth of a grandchild. When anticipating something good such as a high school graduation, a wedding, the birth of a child or grandchild, a visit with old... Read the article

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Whole-Life Discipleship: Evangelism in a Post-Christian World

This article from GCI-USA Regional Pastor Randy Bloom continues our series on Worldview Conversion and Whole-Life Discipleship. Introduction [caption id="attachment_11047" align="alignright" width="139"] Randy Bloom[/caption] In the Western world today, Christian faith is largely marginalized. We've entered a post-Christian era in which traditional approaches to evangelism (a key part of whole-life discipleship) are largely ineffective. That being the case, we are challenged to answer an important question: How can we, as followers of Jesus, participate with what the Holy Spirit is doing to evangelize people who lack any semblance of a Christian worldview? Much has been written in answer to this question, but rather than reviewing the... Read the article

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From Greg: Worldview Conversion

Dear Pastors and Ministry Leaders: [caption id="attachment_7376" align="alignright" width="156"] Greg Williams[/caption] Because we humans are “prone to wander,” those of us called by God to serve within the church as under-shepherds must join Jesus, the Great Shepherd, in protecting his flock from harm (Acts 20:28). This is a vital calling, given the many forces in our day that threaten our members, including the devil's schemes to undermine a worldview that is solidly Christ-centered. Sadly, an increasing number of Christians view reality (including the Christian faith) through the “lens” of a worldview that is more secular than it is centered on the heart, mind and ways of Jesus. This issue of Equipper begins a new... Read the article

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Worldview Conversion | Healthy Church

This issue of GCI Equipper begins two new series of articles exploring the important topics of Worldview Conversion and Healthy Church. From Greg: Worldview Conversion Greg Williams introduces a series of articles on worldview conversion, which is facilitated by whole-life discipleship. Worldview Conversion: What and Why Ted Johnston defines worldview and shows how it shapes our sense of personal identity and ethics. Healthy Church: Faith, Hope & Love Venues Greg Williams begins a series on healthy church, looking at the three venues where church health emerges. Kid's Korner: Back-to-School Blessing Georgia McKinnon looks at conducting a back-to-school blessing service. Prayer Guide: August 2018 Here are... Read the article

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Sermon for September 30, 2018

Scripture Readings: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22; Ps. 124; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50 Sermon by Ted Johnston from James 5:13-20 Drawing from commentary by Warren Wiersbe (Bible Exposition Commentary), Peter H. Davids (New Bible Commentary) and Luke Timothy Johnson (James, Anchor Bible). Let Us Pray! Introduction In today's reading in the Epistles, James, the half-brother of Jesus, is wrapping up his letter to Christians. In doing so, he returns to one of his main themes: the power of the tongue. Having already mentioned that the tongue can be used for evil, he now shows how to use it for good by praying for those who are suffering, for those who are sick, for the nation, and for believers who have wandered. There are, of... Read the article

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Sermon for September 23, 2018

Scripture Readings: Prov. 31:10-11; Ps. 54; James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37 Sermon by Martin Manuel from Mark 9: 30-37: Prov. 31:10; Prov. 9:10; James 3:13-16 Restoring Humility to our Humanity Introduction Though we all possess the corrupt, fallen human nature that resulted from Adam and Eve's rejection of God, there is good news: The eternal Son of God, in the person of Jesus, entered into the human condition, assumed our corrupt nature, and through his life of perfect submission to the Father overcame its fallenness, opening to all humans the possibility to be who they truly are in him—their true selves, beloved children of God. Now, through the ongoing ministry of the Holy Spirit, God works to conform believers to... Read the article

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