Resources by Theme: Practical

May 24, 2016

Dr. Greg Belser on Difficult Ministry Milestones by Greg Belser

We ask Dr. Greg Belser, "What are some milestones in ministry that are difficult or impossible to prepare for?"

May 24, 2016

What Does God Have to Do With It? by Jim Elliff

We fit the occasion and have our place, but the “doing” of evangelism is done by God.

May 20, 2016

6 Prayers of a Spiritual Fire-Caretaker by Darin Smith

You must become one of the fire-caretaker if you want to stay warm with God.

May 20, 2016

When Honor Becomes Toxic by Dave Harvey

We all fall prey to stalking honor. But is there a bright side?

May 18, 2016

Why is the Bible So Repetitive? by Chad Ashby

Praise the Lord that he is willing to repeat himself, because the best truths deserve repeating.

May 17, 2016

Sure Signs of Bad Leadership by Dayton Hartman

A few sure signs your leadership is trending downward.

May 13, 2016

Should I Tell My Spouse about Struggles with Sexual Purity? by Garrett Kell

Regardless of where you land on the spectrum, it is important for husbands and wives to develop a plan to help each other fight sexual temptation.

May 11, 2016

Engagement and Mission in the Realm of Sport by Reid Monaghan

The cultural world of sports in which some people live and move and have their being is a place that should be engaged by a robust Christian witness.

May 10, 2016

The Church, A Battering Ram by Zach Barnhart

In response to modern culture, the Church often assumes a defensive position. Christ has called us to something more.

May 3, 2016

Looking for the Perfect Church? by Casey Lewis

We can't shine as lights to the world if we are all centered on ourselves.

Apr 28, 2016

What I Learned the First Two Years of Church Planting by Jason Davis

If I were to give a potential church planter some advice for that season in their process of planting, I would encourage them in the following ways . . .

Apr 21, 2016

3 Tips for Leading a Volunteer-Led Church by Joshua Hedger

Your volunteer leaders are your greatest resource at your church.

Apr 18, 2016

Making Evangelism a Habit by Tom Johnston

Developing godly habits is extremely important. And one of these healthy habits is to share the gospel with those we encounter.

Apr 15, 2016

How To Be Yourself in Prayer by Stephen Miller

Prayer is naturally one of the most spiritual things we can do as believers, so we don’t need to add anything extra to over-spiritualize it.

Apr 15, 2016

3 Ways to Get Involved in Church Planting by Joe Thorn

We need more partnerships between churches, and we need more churches. Working together to plant churches is a biblical way to fulfill the cooperative commission to make disciples.

Mar 28, 2016

10 Common Ways Churches Get Off Mission by Jared C. Wilson

Here are some common ways churches engage in “mission drift.”

Mar 7, 2016

What Does It Really Mean to Train Up a Child? by Chris Borah

To show and teach our kids what a renewed mind thinks requires us to renew our minds.

Mar 3, 2016

Make Friends, Not Just Converts by Darrin Patrick

Here’s some good news: You don’t have to share the gospel the way I did. You don’t have to dread doing evangelism. And you don't have to treat it like a salespitch. Jesus certaily didn't.

Feb 26, 2016

The GPS for Walking in Victory Over Porn by Adam McClendon

The key to staying on the right course is GPS.

Feb 17, 2016

When Tough Texts Bury Us by Rachel Black

Here are some of the things that I have done to better understand difficult Bible verses . . .

Feb 9, 2016

Developing a Vibrant Reading Plan by Jeremy Rose

I recommend that you always be reading.

Feb 4, 2016

5 Ways to Love Your Husband by Darrin Patrick

Your spouse is a gift from God, there to encourage, support, and affirm you. But your spouse is not the primary source of your encouragement, support, or affirmation

Feb 3, 2016

20 Qualities of Good Listeners by Gavin Ortlund

I’ve been blessed to know many people who were good listeners. What makes them good listeners? Some observations . . .

Feb 2, 2016

9 Disciplines of a Successful Seminary Student by Jason K. Allen

It is better get an ‘A’ at home and a ‘C’ in the classroom, than an ‘A’ in the classroom and a ‘C’ at home.

Jan 29, 2016

5 Ways to Love Your Wife by Darrin Patrick

Husbands, we love our wives by going to the hard places with them.

Jan 22, 2016

The Whisperer, The KJVer, and Other Types of Group Prayer Participants You Dont Want to Be by Steve Burchett

There are certain types of group prayer participants none of us should want to be.

Jan 14, 2016

The Secret to Disciple-Making by Phil Wade

How do you inspire fellow believers to take up the call to make disciples?

Jan 9, 2016

Eat the Word for Breakfast by Casey Lewis

While I have always known God's Word changes lives, experiencing it in my life and that of others has given me the confidence to stand with the Reformers of years past in calling for the primacy of God's Word in our lives and churches.

Jan 6, 2016

How the Gospel Can Transform Your Marriage by Phil Auxier

Here are 9 ways the Gospel directly affects marriage.

Jan 5, 2016

7 Principles of Sabbath Rest by Gavin Ortlund

Here are 7 principles about Sabbath rest that I am learning. I share them in hopes they might help others fighting the battle of busyness, fatigue, and endurance.

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?