Practical, inspirational resources to help you grow
Faith and optimism—two simple words that can change you, your church, and your future. A positive, healthy attitude based on hope and faith is the number one human ingredient in church growth. In this inspiring article produced by Ministry Magazine (Dec. 2012), author and pastor Joseph Kidder shares real life examples that will challenge your thinking paradigm in leadership.
Happy Sabbath Praise
“God would have His servants become acquainted with the moral machinery of their own hearts,” we are told from the pen of Inspiration. This is what ethics for the invisible is about: understanding the moral machinery of our own hearts—who we are when no one sees but self and God. This inspiring but thought-provoking article, by Larry Lichtenwalter, is sure to challenge your thinking and living.
Jesus longed for His fledgling church to come together in purpose, harmony, and mission. Today, amid perhaps unprecedented polarization in the world, our nations, and our church, we too need to heed Jesus’ counsel to seek His Spirit and come together for mission, especially for the least of these. The task seems daunting and impossible in our humanity. That’s why we need to pray as never before for the miracle of healing and reconciliation that only God can bring.
Happy Sabbath Praise
In Adventist circles, the story of Desmond Doss's bravery and how he faced persecution from fellow soldiers is repeated over and over. Now, seventy-one years after his heroic efforts, saving the lives of so many in Vietnam, the Desmond Doss story is being shared with the world. So how do we respond to the questions that many may ask as a result of this movie? Here's some pointers. (This article is reprinted and shared from the magazine: "For God and Country: A Journal for Seventh-day Adventists in Military and Public Service" Issue 3, 2016.)
In this short video devotional, Brenda Walsh warns of the dangers of not only sharing gossip, but listening to it as well. Let this make us think twice before we engage in conversations that defame or wound or bring division and discord. The Bible has some very pointed things to say about how we use our words. Let us pray to always speak for His glory!
Prayer, Daily Discipleship
Scuba diving is nothing short of spectacular! While there are many things you need to know before scuba diving, you might find it surprising that the number one and most important rule in scuba diving is simply this: Don’t hold your breath! Whatever happens, just keep breathing! As long as you are breathing, you can deal with any difficulty below, The same is true for our spiritual life above the surface. Listen in as Taj Pacleb shares.
The words of Scripture can be full of surprises. Sometimes the thoughts God reveals to us in the Bible are challenging to our understanding because there is more in God’s Word that needs to be explored—and obeyed. But sometimes it is not the words of Scripture that pose the biggest challenge to our faith. It is God’s silence. So what do we do when God is silent? This article, by Dr. Frank Hasel, offers some new perspectives to grow our eyes of faith.
In this sixth episode of "United Prayer Works," we find the early church facing some serious practical problems. However, with prayer the problems were solved and the church continued to flourish. Might we learn some lessons from the early church in this regard?
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