Resources by Theme: Practical

Dec 31, 2015

The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards by Staff

Resolved, That I will do whatsoever I think to be most to the glory of God . . .

Dec 16, 2015

How To Evaluate Your Pastor's Sermons by Keith Collier

Unfamiliar with the search process, this dear sister asked if, after examining all of the resumes, we would whittle the number of candidates down to two and have them come in to participate in some kind of “Preach Off.” Then and only then would the members vote for the one they liked best.

Dec 15, 2015

2 Active Ways to Grow in Our Desire for the Kingdom by Michael Kelley

I wish that I longed for the kingdom of God to come so much that its coming is a heartfelt and genuine request from the deepest recesses of my soul. But I don’t.

Dec 10, 2015

5 Strategies for Daily Bible Reading by Gavin Ortlund

As I have tried to help guys struggling in this area, and also remain vigilant and creative and fresh in my own Bible intake, I’ve come up with a couple basic ideas that some have found helpful.

Dec 10, 2015

3 Ways To Build A Legacy by Darrin Patrick

Here are 3 ways your family can participate in God's mission by building a God-honoring legacy . . .

Dec 6, 2015

Church Facilities: Holiness and Hospitality by Jared C. Wilson

Ultimately we want to honor God with the resources we've been given. These premises are God's before they are ours.

Dec 3, 2015

6 Things You Should Say To Your Wife by Dayton Hartman

All wives need to hear their husband say these six things.

Dec 1, 2015

Living On Mission in An Area Saturated With Churches by Steve Rahn

One big challenge is how many people in the community think they know what it means to be Christian

Nov 29, 2015

When Church Leaders Get Gossiped About by Matt Mitchell

It hurts to be gossiped about. Because church leaders are out in front, their lives can be closely scrutinized. They make obvious targets. And no leader is immune, no matter how godly.

Nov 24, 2015

Bringing Good News Into Your Workplace by Darrin Patrick

You’re not there just for your job. You’re not there just for a promotion. You’re not there just to make a name for yourself and build your resume. God didn’t just put you there for you. He put you there for others. He wants to reach your workplace with the gospel through you.

Nov 14, 2015

How To Win The Battle For Your Heart by Casey Lewis

Christians are in a battle with the world, a battle that rages continually as we are confronted with promises of pleasure, joy, and satisfaction at every turn. These messages are often subtle, chipping away at our defenses little by little.

Nov 5, 2015

4 Magic Words For Your Next Argument by Erik Raymond

This step of humility has a very high success rate because it does one thing right away: it fires our prestigious lawyers.

Nov 4, 2015

Wielding the Sword of God Without Being Trite by Sean Nolan

Effective ministry is not simply saying, “Take this Bible verse and call me in the morning."

Nov 3, 2015

Is Building Your Business Bruising the Body?

Multi-Level Marketing and the Church

Everywhere I look are photos and testimonies about the wonders of this dark spot correcting cream, essential oils, healthy shakes that aid in weight loss, and that body shaping wrap. What strikes me most about these posts is that they are coming from men and women in the church.

Oct 28, 2015

How To Marvel At Your Wife's Creativity by Erik Raymond

Over the last several years I have watched my wife prepare for birthday parties, holiday seasons, or other special events. She, like many women, gives considerable time and attention to the details. This is what women do. Men on the other hand, we think function. We reuse our forks, wipe our chin on our sleeves, and pass on the straws. We skim past the details without noticing.

Oct 27, 2015

5 Things You Should Never Do On Facebook (As A Multilevel Marketing Business Owner) by Julie Masson

Since I love to help women business owners be effective on social media, I find that a lot of people that ask me for help are those that work from home as a “consultant” or “rep” for a Multi-Level Marking (MLM) company. Here is my short and condensed list of things that you definitely should NOT do if you want to go far with your business.

Oct 26, 2015

Resolving Conflict God's Way by Mike Ayers

Through his Holy Spirit, Christ is powerfully present when believers meet together for the purpose of making relationships right.

Oct 24, 2015

10 Strategies to Safeguard Regenerate Membership by Tom Johnston

In a perfect world all members of a church would be regenerate and would remain so throughout their lives. But we do not live in a perfect world. So it is beneficial that we have strategies in mind to safeguard regenerate church membership.

Oct 22, 2015

3 Barometers for Church Growth by Jim Fowler

How does one measure health in the church? This has been a question that has plagued me for years. How do we take a step back and take an honest view about where we are at as a church?

Oct 22, 2015

3 Ways to Minister To Your Wife's Weary Soul by Joshua Hedger

How do we minister to our wives? How do we encourage them, especially when their hearts are weary?

Oct 21, 2015

On Loving My Neighbor Through Email by Russell L. Meek

God showed me that my attitude toward email was sinful. In writing short, to-the-point, sometimes brusque emails, I was misrepresenting the gospel. By not seeing the people behind the emails I was essentially elevating myself above them and ignoring an opportunity to share Christ’s love with them.

Oct 17, 2015

3 Ways to Help Your Deacons by Casey Lewis

If you want your deacons to be all they can be, to serve your church, and Christ’s mission well, you should not only pray for them, but you should also encourage them in their work. 

Oct 14, 2015

Simple, Practical Ways to Improve Your Preaching by Erik Raymond

These are things you can do right away and they will bring immediate impact. As I look back on sermons that have seemed to have the most traction, they have most often been the ones when I have faithfully unfolded the passage, gotten out of the way, and let these 5 friends loose.

Oct 12, 2015

Being a Multi-Generational Church

9 Lessons from the Pastoral Epistles

By God’s all-encompassing grace, fast-forward 5 years and there’s a bit more variety in style, coif, music, gender, and seasons of life at Maranatha.

Oct 1, 2015

5 Steps of Repentance by Joel Lindsey

The importance of repentance is hard to overstate.

Sep 26, 2015

The Practice of Sermon Note-Taking by Jim Fowler

Through years of trial and error, I have come to follow these five keys to taking notes during a sermon.
 

Sep 26, 2015

Boundaries That Promote Sexual Purity in the Pastor's Life by J. Alan Branch

These five boundaries promote an attitude of sexual purity and can keep us safely away from situations which could make it easier to commit sexual sin.

Sep 9, 2015

Trusting God Like Jesus Did by Joel Lindsey

Given the variety of difficult circumstances in our lives, recalling and trusting the promises of God can feel nearly impossible. Thankfully, our gracious God provides a model for trust through his gracious Son.

Sep 4, 2015

7 Suggestions For Responding to Criticism by Jared Bumpers

According to James, our tongues are small but powerful firemakers and untamable beasts. They are capable of great danger, and we must pursue maturity and seek to avoid stumbling with our words.

Aug 31, 2015

How Do You Know If You're Discontent? by Erik Raymond

If we are grumbling then we can be sure that we are not content. We are essentially saying that God is getting it wrong.

Aug 29, 2015

5 Christian Lifehacks - Debunked by Adam McClendon

The desire for instant gratification has also crept into the church to combine with this self-gratifying approach to the spiritual life. As a result, we often want an instant spirituality that results in comfort.

Aug 24, 2015

Train, Part 2

Rusted Hammers and Grace for Immaturity

Training men means that you and I will spend much of our time wire brush grinders, chipping away at the rust of hammers left in the grass. Let’s do it with grace, using the opportunity to train men how to avoid mistakes as much as possible how to take responsibility for mistakes when they are made, and how to rest in the grace of our God through it all.

Aug 21, 2015

6 Ways To Raise Up Preachers In Your Church by Kevin Larson

Good intentions don’t produce good preachers.

Aug 16, 2015

The Three Generosities of a Local Church by Jared C. Wilson

A gospel-centered church will grow into a kingdom-mindedness that is a constant reminder that no local church owns anybody and that what is best for every local church is whatever is best for the expansion of the gospel and worship of Christ.

Aug 14, 2015

3 Tips for a Healthier Prayer Life by Joel Lindsey

Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar: You decide it’s time to pray, so you close your eyes. Fifteen seconds in, out of nowhere, tomorrow’s to-do list pops up and your thoughts are off on a tangent . . .

Aug 12, 2015

Preparing Your Soul For Seminary

A Reading List

A small compendium of voices, saints of old and new, who will both challenge and grace you with the things necessary for “survival and thrival” in seminary.

Aug 10, 2015

5 Lessons I've Re-Learned About Prayer by Darin Smith

You and I can no more attempt to live this thing called the Christian life without prayer than we can live each second and day without breath. And yet the weakest prayers yield the most grace.

Aug 10, 2015

What to Do When Met with a Beggar by Jared C. Wilson

Is Jesus smart? Does Jesus know the way the world actually is? Can he be trusted in this moment to give us sound counsel?

Aug 9, 2015

How to Almost Guarantee Your Children Will Run in the Opposite Direction from the Faith by Staff

Do we want to guarantee that our children will run in the opposite direction of our most cherished biblical convictions? All we have to do is sterilize our churches.

Aug 5, 2015

11 Ways Single Christians Enjoy Their Singleness Without Wasting It by David Qaoud

Singleness might be a waiting season, but it doesn’t need to be a wasted season.

Jul 29, 2015

Train, Part 1

6 Musts in Training Men

All men, whether they desire to be pastors or are simply husbands and fathers, need training in 6 key areas. Men who desire to be pastors must then learn to apply these 6 areas to a whole other section of life, a larger family -- their church.

Jul 25, 2015

Does The Bible Say Anything About Sleep Habits? by David Roach

Can a lack of sleep indicate a spiritual problem? Does the Bible say anything to guide us in our sleep patterns?

Jul 25, 2015

How To Have the Best Vacation Ever by Jim Fowler

A perfect vacation is not about the waves, fresh powder, or the length of stay.  It is found with your loved ones, by being alone, present, willing, and intentional.

Jul 24, 2015

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Leaving Your Church by Sean Lillis

The bad reasons for leaving a church are many, but they all share one thing in common—they are born out of the error of thinking that the church exists primarily for me.

Jul 23, 2015

What to Do With 'Some People Are Saying . . .' by Jared C. Wilson

The pastor should give no harbor to about-talk that avoids to-talk.

Jul 22, 2015

How We Teach and Admonish in Our Worship by Sam Parkison

God wants us to experience our messy community when we come together in worship. He is honored by it.

Jul 20, 2015

Confession as Idle, Lustful Babbling by Jared C. Wilson

5 errors that masquerade as biblical confession of sin.

Jul 18, 2015

3 Surprising Ways to Boast in the Lord by Michael Kelley

What does it look like to boast in the Lord? There is, of course, the most straight forward meaning – that boasting in the Lord is not being proud of your own accomplishments, but instead sharing freely and loudly what Jesus has done on the cross. But is that the only way to boast in the Lord?