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Interconnected Grace

Interconnected Grace

Far from isolationism, we are called to

Phil Ware challenges us to think about the small blue planet we find ourselves on and how are we going to interconnect it with grace.

Sometimes There Are No Answers

Sometimes There Are No Answers

What do you do when you can't figure out the answer?

Tom Norvell reminds us that there are a lot of questions in life that we cannot get answers to; but more than answers, we need God's presence.

Christian Graces

Christian Graces

More Kingdom work is done in hospitals than in church buildings

Dying and death come at inconvenient times, interrupting life. Yet, I have become convinced it is at precisely those times that one can see firsthand Christian Graces. Walking with the real people as death interrupts their living, by listening, preparing

Blame Game

Blame Game

What? I haven't done anything wrong...!

Phil Ware uses a traffic incident and a crazy, cursing woman to help him make a point about blaming others rather than owning our sin and asking forgiveness for it through confession.

What If?

What If?

How do we handle our deepest grief?

Teresa Bell Kindred writes about the 24th anniversary of her mother's death and how it is still real to her and then she gives some good pointers on grief.

A Place of Rest

A Place of Rest

How do we face unspeakable loss?

May such tragedies never come your way. But should they come, please remember these thoughts. A child who dies leaves a world of strife, finding a place of rest. We can't bring them back, but we can live our lives in such a way that we will go to them.

Tortured!

Tortured!

Not what any of us wants in our obituary!

Phillip Morrison writes about a serious situation that was brought to light by an obituary -- child abuse -- and Phil Ware offers some helpful suggestions on ways to bring redemption out of the hurt of this world.

What Time Is it in Your Church?

What Time Is it in Your Church?

Can your church tell time?

Tim Woodroof shares the final post or article in his series Change in the Life of Church, and talks about a time to be born and a time to die and asks what time is it in our church?

Loveliness: The Greater Problem of Good

Loveliness: The Greater Problem of Good

Have we've been asking the wrong question for too long?

Ann Voskamp writes to put all of the bad news of the last few weeks in perspective and suggests that we've been asking the wrong question, a misguided question, far too long?

It Is Not Too Late

It Is Not Too Late

Some older people worry that they have missed their chance to follow Jesus. Not true

It is never too late to follow Jesus. He is still calling you to come to him. Now matter how old.

Closing Time

Closing Time

Sooner or later you have to say good bye, but what does good bye really mean?

Phil Ware finishes the third in a series of posts that focus on the 2014 July mission trip to Lima, Peru and Sagrada Familia children's home and he focuses on the last day of saying good bye and welcoming new children into the family of God.

The Declining Church

The Declining Church

What can we learn from Acts about the traits of a declining church?

Tim Woodroof continues his six part series on life and growth and stages of churches, especially churches in decline.

'If it Aint Broke, Don't Fix It?'

'If it Aint Broke, Don't Fix It?'

Sometimes we need a mission change even when things are working well!

Phil Ware continues his 3 series of articles on Sagrada Familia in Lima, Peru and talks about the need to change missions occasionally for the sake of a grander goal and greater return.

Peruvian Homecoming

Peruvian Homecoming

Boots on the ground and knees in the dirt incarnation — nothing less will do!

Phil Ware writes about his latest trip to the Peruvian Orphanage (called Sagrada Familia) and Gladys and Arecelli.

Sinners and Holy People

Sinners and Holy People

Jesus came for the good, the bad, and the ugly

Jesus wants to remind us that performing a series of religious acts doesn't make us right with God. Our attitude matters. What the Bible calls "the heart." While men look at the outside, God looks at the heart.

Finding True Center

Finding True Center

All anyone wants to talk about is Jesus!

Phil Ware concludes his series on Inviting Jesus back to church with this message on Jesus being our center.

Defining Faithfulness

Defining Faithfulness

Is fighting for the status quo and defending the way we've always done it really faithfulness?

Tim Woodroof continues his series on "Change in the Life of the Church" and focuses this week on faithfulness and how we define it and how Jesus and Paul define it -- staying on the journey and responding to changes faithfully rather than trying to do thi

When Home Makes a Heart Call

When Home Makes a Heart Call

Do you have a bad case of homesickness?

Cathy Messecar describes how her son went to camp and didn't want to be there but wanted to come home and she makes a connection with the story of the prodigal son in Jesus' parable in Luke 15.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

If I lose a $20 bill, it doesn't matter if I still have two other ones. I want to find the lost one. God feels that way about us.

Just like we rejoice over finding lost money, God rejoices when lost people are found.

Sing the Jesus Song!

Sing the Jesus Song!

So we are supposed to sing a song to get us on the same page?

Phil Ware of www.interimministrypartners.com continues his series on inviting Jesus back to church with us and asks us to use Jesus to evaluate everything we do based on Jesus' example and teaching and use Paul's Christ hymn as our Jesus filter.

A Fan

A Fan

Doing right is always good, but not always honored by the world around you.

our culture disregards the "role model" for the "role idol" where everything celebrities do is worshipped including their unseemly behavior and outward expressions. Like Bobby Richardson, there are some celebrities who strive to live the Christ like lif

Jesus Goes Home

Jesus Goes Home

Was there something Jesus really couldn't do?

Phil Ware continues his series on inviting Jesus to church and focuses on the question, who is Jesus family, the ones who find it so hard to believe and who will not allow him to act because of their unbelief.

Going to the Dogs

Going to the Dogs

What can we learn from this faithful friend?

Teresa draws a parallel between what we can learn from our dogs and what we can learn from Jesus.

Fences

Fences

Is God a party pooper?

My dogs just want to chase squirrels. What they don't realize is the danger that puts them in. They don't understand that the fence that seems restricting is actually something put there to protect them.

Refuse to Make Jesus Boring

Refuse to Make Jesus Boring

How can we make the message of life so boringly predictable?

Phil Ware begins a series of 5 messages on Inviting Jesus to church; this one focuses on not making the message of Jesus boring.