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Developing Leaders (Newsletter 2-12 Blog)

  By Dr. Paul A. Murray Then, we move to what leadership is in the church and again too often members serve in multiple positions because there just are not enough leaders to take on the growing tasks and ministries of the local church. Pastors and those in leadership become frustrated because of all the […]

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Reclaiming Discipleship (Newsletter 2-12 Blog)

By Robin Johnston When I was a young aspiring writer attempting to learn the craft, I poured through the pages of the Writer’s Digest looking for tips to improve my chances of getting published. I remember seeing full-page ads from the Kimberly Clark Corporation asking writers to be sure to use the phrase “facial tissue” […]

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Why I Am Against Growing Churches (Newsletter 2-12 Blog)

By Eugene Wilson Recently I read an article by Greg Laurie titled “Four Dangerous Church Growth Myths.” Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, a church of some 15,000 people. Although the church is large in number, Laurie cautions against growing churches. That is, focusing on numerical growth and following […]

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Gifted for Purpose (Newsletter 2-11 Blog)

By Brent Coltharp “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). As a child at Christmas, it is difficult to comprehend the possibility that there is anything better than receiving a gift. However, as a father of four, I have discovered that there is nothing like witnessing the excitement and joy in […]

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The Legend of the Hammer (Newsletter 2-11 Blog)

By Henry Mobley Not long ago a man was operating a piece of construction equipment, digging gravel out of a creek to use in repairing a driveway. While spreading the gravel, he noticed something that obviously was not stone. Upon closer examination he found that it was an old ball-peen hammer head. Ironically, he did […]

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The Discipline of Resolve (Newsletter 2-11 Blog)

By Nate Whitley Face it.  You just can’t help yourself. You tell yourself that you are going to read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Next, you write down that you will pray more in the New Year. And since you didn’t fast nearly enough last year, you set the goal of increasing your fasting. […]

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Put a Little Salt in the Oats (Newsletter 2-11 Blog)

By Wendell Elms There are many idioms and proverbs that illustrate truths+ We use them almost every day. I read in the history of proverbs that such sayings give richness to language and, to some extent, define a culture. One such proverb we have all used at one time or another is “You can lead […]

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Boots on the Ground (Newsletter 2-11 Blog)

By John Wolfram When I was a new convert I heard a missionary ask the question, “Where in the world is the world?” Then he answered, “You’re standing on it.” Yes, our world is where we live, and Jesus needs boots on the ground to fulfill the Great Commission. Boots on the ground is a […]

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Pentecostal Zionism: Charles Fox Parham and the Lost Tribes of Israel (Newsletter 2-10 Blog)

By Matthew Shaw Pentecostals are historically apocalyptic. When the Holy Ghost baptism evidenced by speaking in tongues was rediscovered in the early Twentieth Century, converts to the theology were convinced of its centrality to worldwide evangelism and the final harvest of souls before the imminent return of Jesus Christ. Bro. Charles Parham, founder of the […]

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What Would Jesus Do? (Newsletter 2-10 Blog)

By Dr. Dennis Bowman Happy are the “pushers”: for they get on in the world Happy are the hard-boiled: for they never let life hurt them Happy are they who complain: for they get their own way in the end Happy are the blasé: for they ever worry over their sins Happy are the slave-drivers: […]

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What Will You Be Doing When Jesus Comes? (Newsletter 2-10 Blog)

By Robert Stroup “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” There is no greater miracle than that of a transformed life! “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Few things, if any, offer […]

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The Need for Prayer (Newsletter 2-10 Blog)

By Kenneth Carpenter My hopes are that you have enjoyed a great season of reflecting on the goodness of God and His incarnation at Bethlehem. We are now in the early days of a new year, filled with potential. Almighty God has blessed the ALJC abundantly. We are made up of people who love God, […]

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The Little Maid (Newsletter 2-10 Blog)

By Cindy Hart And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife” (II Kings 5:2). The exact age of the little maid is unknown, however, it is believed she was 20 years of age or less, […]

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The Birth of the Church (Newsletter 2-10 Blog)

By Wes Comer I met my friend, Pastor Nate Whitley, for coffee today. He and his sweet wife, Ashley, just welcomed their firstborn daughter into the world a few short days ago, and he was showing off his pictures. She’s gorgeous. The quintessential little girl made of sugar and spice, and everything nice. (And, thankfully, […]

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Sarah, Are All the Children In? (Newsletter 2-10 Blog)

By David Reynolds “For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; … Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?” Jeremiah 8:21, 22. I remember my mother testifying in church, and exhorting the parents by […]

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Just Gotta Make it to Heaven (Newsletter 2-10 Blog)

By Rick A. Hughes Goals. I have goals for everything. Short-term goals. Long-term goals. Goals for each day, week, month, year, etc. Some goals I have reached and celebrated, while other goals I failed to reach and was disappointed. However, of every goal I have ever had, one goal remains the first priority far above […]

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