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Outreach & Evangelism Tip / Idea #3 - Pay to "Boost" Facebook Posts of Church Gatherings and Events

Tonight we had one of our "Coffee House" events at our church--a night of music (sung and played), art (painted by our members and displayed at our gathering), and spoken word (poetry, short readings--even a rap from our interns back in the summer). We are doing this…

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Added by James Nored on October 2, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

Outreach and Evangelism Tip / Idea #2 - Invite Unchurched Friends & Neighbors to Give to or Serve in Social Justice Ministries

Jesus calls us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and visit the sick. And if we do this to even "The Least of These," we have done this unto Christ (Mt. 25:40). So there are so many reasons to reach out to the poor in those in need in our community. It meets a need. It shows kindness. It brings…

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Added by James Nored on September 25, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Relationships And Relationships, A Few Words From Nancy J.

My life is always filled with relationships. From a young age my family life was filled with a large family; Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Friends. Our small home was filled with people coming and going of all ages. As an adult I became an account executive and five days a week my life was filled with…

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Added by Nancy Watta on September 22, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Outreach & Evangelism Tip / Idea #1 - Reach People by Inviting People--and Companies even!--to Serve the Community With You

Tonight was a fantastic night of service for those going to the Dominican Republic family trip this December. My girls, Gina and Emily, were able to serve alongside other families in checking the Magi boxes, making sure that they were ready for…

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Added by James Nored on September 21, 2014 at 7:12pm — No Comments

Meet Jacinta, a Seeker from Mozambique, and Hear her Story of Redemption

Today we were blessed to have a study with a woman named Jacinta. She starting worshiping with us about three weeks ago, after being directed towards us by one of our church leaders who works for a local non-profit.

Jacinta checked on her connection card (member/guest card) that she was interested in a seeker Bible study. We have this listed as a prominent type of response that people can check on their card, which helps in setting up these studies. So we got…

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Added by James Nored on September 14, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

BEWARE-5 Ways that Satan Will Viciously Attack a Church that Reaches Out

I love sharing the gospel, seeing people come to faith, equipping others to reach out, starting missional movements within a congregation. I hope that, no matter your gifting, that is something that you want to see happen too.

While this is the church that God…

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Added by James Nored on September 6, 2014 at 3:05pm — 1 Comment

BEWARE-5 Ways that Satan Will Viciously Attack a Church that Reaches Out

I love sharing the gospel, seeing people come to faith, equipping others to reach out, starting missional movements within a congregation. I hope that, no matter your gifting, that is something that you want to see happen too.

While this is the church that God…

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Added by James Nored on September 6, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Is the Bible Really Intended to Be Read Individually--or in community? 5 Reasons Why Communal approaches are Best

As a good product of the Reformation movement, I applaud the fact that billions of people around the world have access to a Bible, should they choose to have one.

Historically, I realize that the translation of the Bible into the vernacular German, combined with the printing…

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Added by James Nored on September 2, 2014 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

REAL STORY - The Power of a Plan, an Invitation, and PRAYER in Starting a Seeker Bible Study!

Does prayer make a difference in reaching out to others for Christ--including starting seeker Bible studies? Does having a specific time and date and plan for a seeker study matter? Is there power in making a specific ask of people?

The answer to these questions is…

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Added by James Nored on September 1, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Applied Sociology: Is Making Community the Target of Small Groups a Mistake?

One of the areas that church leaders and seminaries would do well to read and train in the area of sociology, the study of how individuals and groups of people interact with one another, for three primary reasons:

  1. The church is a social system, or community, and a…
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Added by James Nored on August 26, 2014 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Top 10 Ways Churches of Christ in America Can Survive and Thrive in the "4th Great Awakening"

Today I received a call from a dear woman who has a sweet spirit and tender openness towards God. I had added her to one of our outreach groups, as I felt that she had a heart for reaching broken people with love and tenderness.

She mentioned that I had put her in…

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Added by James Nored on August 21, 2014 at 5:00pm — 9 Comments

Lessons About the Usefulness of Christianity

Recently my wife and I were privileged to attend the Dedication Ceremony for the donation ceremony of Dr. Virgil Trout’s 16,000 volume library. Dr. Trout has lectured in over one-third of our nations major universities on Christianity, ethics, and Science. (See http://devotionalsforeverydayliving.blogspot.com/2012/10/dr.html for a short bio). His topic at the dedication was: The Usefulness of the Impossible. The…

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Added by Lynn S. Nored on August 15, 2014 at 12:03pm — No Comments

How Do We Reach People for Christ? - 5 Lessons From Colossians 4:2-6

How Do We Reach People for Christ? - The Apostle Paul was one of the major writers of the New Testament and one of the greatest evangelists who ever lived. In the close to his letter to the church in Colossi, Paul wrote:

2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3…

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Added by James Nored on August 14, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Who do People Say Jesus Is?

In the events leading up the “Great Confession,” Jesus had done amazing things. He had cast out demons, healed diseases, fed five thousand, and literally walked on the water.

To us today, it would seem clear that Jesus was doing things that only God could do. But for many, there was a confusion or…

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Added by James Nored on August 14, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

EXPOSING AND DESTROYING WITCHCRAFT!

Hello everyone,



I have information about spiritual warfare on my website:



http://www.valentinabestmusic.net/spiritual-warfare-daily.html



including very informative and educational material about destroying witchcraft and dangers of the occult.



Please read gospel tracts entitled: "Exposing And Destroying Witchcraft!" "Dangers Of The Occult: Exposed!" and "You Can Be Set Free!"… Continue

Added by Valentina Moza on July 28, 2014 at 8:23pm — 1 Comment

7 Ways to Make VBS More Evangelistic and Reach People for Christ!

Vacation Bible School was once billed as an outreach event. And indeed it was at one time. Unfortunately, today it is often merely an event for our own children. So, how do we make VBS more evangelistic.

  1. Pray for this event,…
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Added by James Nored on July 28, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Have you read any of these design magazines or gone to their websites?

I am reading a great book right now entitled "A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future." It is really about how certain global and cultural changes are moving us from a heavy left brain emphasis to a much more balanced left-right brain world. 



I will share later some of the…

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Added by James Nored on July 14, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Hobby Lobby Case - Can We Count on the Supreme Court to Preserve Our Religious Freedom??

This past week there was a landmark Supreme Court decision regarding Hobby Lobby--a privately held, family owned religious craft and bookstore company based in Oklahoma--and religious freedom. In a narrowly framed 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that companies of this nature could not be compelled to offer health care plans to their employees that covered contraceptives that cause abortion…

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Added by James Nored on July 3, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

5 Reasons You May Be Ineffective in Sharing the Gospel

I love sharing the gospel with people. And I love seeing people start following Jesus and be baptized into his name.

This past Sunday, Vololona (2nd from the left in picture above) and her nephew, Earnest (2nd from the right in picture above), were baptized into Christ! They…

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Added by James Nored on July 1, 2014 at 11:00pm — 8 Comments

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