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Five Men Sentenced to Death for Burning Christian Couple Alive

Ruling on 2014 incident is rare moment of justice for Pakistani Christians facing blasphemy allegations. Last week, Pakistan sentenced five men to death for the murder of a Christian couple who were burned alive in November 2014 forShow More Summary

Increasing Evangelism in Church Planting

Can our people articulate a simple gospel message and call men and women to faith in Jesus Christ? There’s no question that church planting has become the hot new thing. And I’m glad. When I started my first church in 1988, it was an oddity. Show More Summary

Coloring a popular adult hobby

Coloring a popular adult hobby that has led to the Adult Coloring Book craze. Not to mention it is said that, "All types of coloring can stimulate a person's creative juices while simultaneously strengthening his or her mental well-being." The...Show More Summary

Growing Up in a Porn-Saturated World

22 Ways Your Kids’ World is Much Different Than Yours Longtime readers here know that adult content on the internet was once a more common theme here. Despite some publisher interest, when the book project didn’t move to the next steps, I moved on to other activities. What would have been very much needed at […]

What I Want Pastors to Know About Women’s Ministry

Is the local church meeting the needs of half the congregation? There was a time, in our not too distant past, when women’s ministry was a punchline. For years, women’s ministry was viewed as a second rate ministry, more akin to a social club than a serious effort at discipleship. Show More Summary

Burdens or Blessings You Determine the Purpose of the Load – Outdoor Truths

This weeks Outdoor Truths w/Gary Miller is about Burdens or Blessings You Determine the Purpose of the Load. The Bible is clear about the devil and his ways. It says he is the father of lies and his purpose is to destroy your faith by causing you to doubt and disbelieve the Word of God. Show More Summary

Music Musings (2) The Worship Agenda

Recently I read somewhere that the present worship agenda for many of our churches is being set by three large churches which have produced three worship music families: Bethel Worship, Jesus Culture and Hillsong. While the word agenda may imply something rather sinister, the point is that compositions from these groups currently dominate the music […]

Top Ten Politically Correct Christmas Carols

This is a greeting card with the Top Ten Politically Correct Christmas Carols. IF the PC police came in and changed things, I am sure this is how the Christmas Carols... um Holiday... um Winter Songs would be that is listed on this greeting...Show More Summary

Music Musings (1) Calling in the Pros

I grew up in a large church that would regularly pay professional musicians to augment the choir and orchestra’s Christmas productions. In hush whispers, some conversations among the regulars consisted of speculating on the spiritual standing of these people, though some were definitely Christians. Last night at the choral concert we attended, I started thinking […]

Christmas acronym

A Christmas acronym, Christmas Acrostic, Christmas Poem written by Steve Patterson. Includes a free printable version! #Christmas #ChristmasAcronym #ChristmasAcrostic #ChristmasPoem The post Christmas acronym appeared first on Courageous Christian Father. ©2004-2016 by Steve Patterson of Courageous Christian Father.

Always Something There to Remind Me

Every Thursday afternoon I get an email from my church reminding me what’s happening at weekend services. It’s somewhat the same every week — I’ve told them a weekly verse of scripture and a graphic people can use on their Instagram and Facebook accounts would help — but it’s definitely appreciated. (Someone even takes the […]

Perched on the Shoulders of Giants (Part 2)

Building on Legacy for the Sake of Mission Vision & Strategy Our history and relationships are vitally important, but the missional impulse of a church will plateau if the overall vision and strategy for mission is not clear. Based on...Show More Summary

Psalm 100: A Call to Give Thanks

Behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. One of the first chapters of scripture I memorized was Psalm 100. It was actually easy to memorize because it was put in the form of a song. It started, “Make...Show More Summary

Is Addiction a Disease? Yes, and Much More

Four core aspects of recovery that are essential for addressing addiciton. M any people see addiction... as a character flaw or a bad choice. They don’t recognize that addiction is in fact a chronic disease of the brain.” That statement...Show More Summary

Membership by Stephen the Levite Music Video + Lyrics

Membership by Stephen the Levite, music video & lryics. This song is from the the album The Church Called & Collected. #Membership #StephentheLevite #ChurchMembership The post Membership by Stephen the Levite Music Video + Lyrics appeared first on Courageous Christian Father. ©2004-2016 by Steve Patterson of Courageous Christian Father.

The Grace of Church Discipline

We do no one any favors if we ignore or downplay core beliefs. T he response was not surprising. Some called it a “purge”; others a “witch hunt.” In October, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) told its 1,300 staff members that they are expected to abide by the organization’s theological commitments—in particular those on human sexuality. Show More Summary

Our Sustaining Force

How the gospel truth lightens our load. G race is a slippery truth. In my faith tradition, I was taught to preach the gospel constantly to myself for exactly this reason. Our sin nature, the Devil’s wiles, and cultural scrupulosity conspire...Show More Summary

When Christmas Meets the ‘Umbrage Industry’

If history is any guide, there’s no escaping the hostilities that erupt every December. T here is no easier way for politicians or pundits to rally the base this time of year than hyping the “War on Christmas” by liberal elites. Donald...Show More Summary

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