Kids in Church

KidFor a bit of a laugh …

3-year-old Reese: "Our Father, Who does art in heaven. Harold is His name. Amen.' 

A little boy was overheard praying: "Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a real good time like I am." 

After the christening of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car.… Read the rest

2011 Leadership Book Awards

BooksThey say that "leaders are readers" and "readers are leaders." Without doubt, each of us can only give out what we have inside. We fill our inner world through prayer and reflection on God's Word, through meditation and grappling with our own thoughts, but we are especially aided by engaging with others.… Read the rest

WORD and SPIRIT

JournalA few thoughts from my prayer journal this morning …

WORD and SPIRIT, Mark. These are your two legs for walking on. EVERY DAY, soak in My WORD and My SPIRIT. Allow them BOTH to saturate your soul – your mind, will, and emotions.Read the rest

10 Trends in Multi-Site Church Ministry

Jim Tomberlin is an expert on what multisite churches are talking about these days. Recently he noted 10 trends in multi-site in the USA. 

The multisite model continues to grow in its acceptance as a legitimate and effective vehicle for outreach, volunteer mobilization, leadership development and regional impact with more than 3,000 expressions of multisite church across North America.… Read the rest

Reflections on Jesus’ Model Prayer

PrayerJesus taught his disciples to pray using this simple but powerful model prayer:

Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. 

May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us today the food we need

And forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.Read the rest

God’s Blessings – the Beatitudes

BeattThe Gospel of Matthew records five main teaching discourses from Jesus. Matthew 5-7 is Jesus' call to righteousness, which is about doing the will of God. Jesus is teaching his disciples and the multitudes from the mountain.

Jesus begins with what is commonly called The Beatitudes which are the blessings of God (Matt.5:1-12).… Read the rest

Barna Group: Top Trends of 2011

BarnaThe Barna Group recently released a list of trends it has observed during 2011 from its research in the USA. Although Australia is very different ftom America, there are similarities, and the profound influence of America on the world continues. 

Here is the first trend …

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Faith for the New Year

New yearToday begins a new year – a new season and a new part of our journey. It's not time to press 'Rewind' then 'Repeat.' It's time to move forward – into new things. Uncharted territory. New horizons. New experiences. We haven't been this way before … so we must stay in step with the Spirit.… Read the rest