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Nehemiah: Step #2 in Rebuilding Our Lives, Families & Communities - Take Action and Initiative

 

Nehemiah-Rebuilding the Walls from James Nored on Vimeo.



Nehemiah was a cupbearer to King Artaxerses, a Persian, when the people of Israel were in exile in Babylon. When he heard that his home city of Jerusalem was a black,…

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Added by James Nored on April 10, 2015 at 9:13am — No Comments

If Your Sermon Does Not Contain These TWO things, It Will Fall Flat

"Preaching was established by Jesus because God had a job to do. 

To get the job done, preaching must be committed to two goals: first it should be passionate and second, fascinating. 

Passion makes preaching seem imperative and urgent. Narrative is a force that postmodern preachers must use and listeners must reckon with.…
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Added by James Nored on April 10, 2015 at 8:49am — No Comments

Why No One Listens to Your Sermons Online - and 3 Ways How to Change This

We Need to Change the Stories We Tell Ourselves (from Ruth) from James Nored on Vimeo.

Churches, ministers, pastors, and church administrators go to the time and trouble of posting sermons online each week on websites and social…

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Added by James Nored on April 8, 2015 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments

Nehemiah: Step #1 in Rebuilding Our Lives and Our Families - Prayer and Godly Sorrow

Nehemiah-Rebuilding the Walls from James Nored on Vimeo.

What do you do when your life or your family is a smoldering mess? One of the books of the Bible, Nehemiah, has much insight into…

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Added by James Nored on April 6, 2015 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Religious Freedom Laws, Airplane Crashes, Terrorism, Cancer - Why This Easter, I Am Praying for Christ's Return

Today is the day that milliions of Christians around the world celebrate Christ's resurrection. The resurrection of Christ from the dead was an incredible act of God. By this act, death itself was defeated! Paul wrote in 1 Corintians 15:…

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Added by James Nored on April 5, 2015 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Praying for Our Community: This Week's Prayer - Single Moms

Our community is made up of those in a particular geographic region that we live, work, or inhabit, as well as the close and extended relational contacts that we have. Most people's communities in this day and age are wide and diverse, made up of many different demographics, social,…

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Added by James Nored on March 30, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Praying for the Lost: This Week's Prayer is for Muslims

Last week I spoke out at the Tulsa Workshop. I had two seminar sessions--one on "Reaching Out to Muslims," and another on "Reaching Out to Today's Postmodern Culture." In the study and preparation for this, I was very much convicted of the need for…

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Added by James Nored on March 27, 2015 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

A Personal Transformation

What is “transformation?” It is a metamorphosis from one state to another. It requires a “change” – a change of attitude and a change of action. We are admonished to “grow” to maturity. Sometimes this means a reexamination of our…

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Added by Lynn S. Nored on March 3, 2015 at 7:30pm — 6 Comments

Should we resign ourselves to a miserable, bitter life--or trust that God will change our situation?

The Book of Ruth

Today I would like to share some thoughts with you about…

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Added by James Nored on February 26, 2015 at 12:13pm — 6 Comments

Redemption from a Bitter Life - A message from the book of Ruth

I am preparing a message from the book of Ruth on "Redemption from a Bitter Life." Naomi, an Israelite, moves to Moab due to a famine, and there her husband and her two sons die. She goes back to Israel, and she tells people to call her "Mara," which…

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Added by James Nored on February 23, 2015 at 10:09am — 3 Comments

What Happens When We Break Our Promises to God?

This week I was reading the book of Judges. And if you are familiar with this book, you know that there is a common cycle that the people of Israel find themselves in.

1. They sin by following after other gods--the evil, false gods of the Canaanites.

2. God punishes them…

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Added by James Nored on February 19, 2015 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

The Power that Raised Jesus from the Dead

A lot of my life was centered around fear, mostly running away from fear itself. Even after I became a Christian, I avoided thinking about the fear that lived within my troubled heart. A lot of the ways I stepped out in faith were my attempts to overcome fears. I chided myself with…

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Added by Jerri Harrington on February 18, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Remembering God's Promises - Lessons from Joshua

One of our great fallacies as humans is that we forget. Our memories become faulty, and we may misremeber details.



In college my wife and I became really close with a young couple that we knew from choir. We became such good friends that, though they were several years younger than us, it seemed like they had always been in choir with us. For instance, we kept inserting them back into our choir trip to New York, even though they could not possibly have been there then. We…

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Added by James Nored on February 12, 2015 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

Outreach and Evangelism Tip/Idea #5 - Equip Teens to Start Evangelistic Bible Study at School

Story of Redemption 1.1. - "Intro and In the Beginning" (from Love and Creation) from James Nored on Vimeo.

In thinking about and planning for outreach, we often only focus on adults. And yet teens (and even those younger) can be incredible evangelists for…

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Added by James Nored on February 5, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

3 Reasons to Connect Each of Your Core Values to a Biblical Narrative/Story

This weekend I have been blessed to participate in a "StratOp" retreat with Stan and Gena Granburg, directors of Kairos Church Planting, and the Richardson East Church of Christ. This type of retreat helps the church define their mission, vision, and values--and…

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Added by James Nored on January 24, 2015 at 1:40pm — 7 Comments

More On Relationships

I checked my last entry on the Missional Outreach Network and found that it was in September! Time flies by so quickly! I will be sharing a video soon on The Relationship Project.

I will be sharing the latest on the Relationship Project.

Today's Thought to ponder; In a Christian worldview relationships must be a priority. Instead of looking at the relationships of others, it is time for leaders to begin examining our own life and relationships.In fact a good place to begin in…

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Added by Nancy Watta on December 3, 2014 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Coffee Shop Conversation Manners - 7 Ways to Lovingly Talk with Seekers

In their book Coffee Shop Conversations, Dale and Jonalyn Fincher have a…

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Added by James Nored on November 25, 2014 at 10:47am — 4 Comments

7 Simple Ways to Reach Out/Bless Someone this Thanksgiving - A Missional Thanksgiving!



Thanksgiving is a great time of food, family, and fun (the fun in our family includes watching the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving game!). But did you know that Thanksgiving is also a great time and opportunity to reach out.



Here are seven simple but powerful ways to reach…

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Added by James Nored on November 21, 2014 at 8:59am — No Comments

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

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