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Pastor to Pastors: When It’s Time To Invest in ‘Me Time’

A few years ago, I woke up one day and realized that I had teenagers who would go to college in a few years. In my mind, this meant that my wife and I would be in a position to stop working or at least we could work less. BY CEDRIC NELMS So, I began to do research on what it would take for us to retire. My wife and...

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Free Drinks For LA and the Birth of Grace Cafe Outreach

As a church planter in Los Angeles I am always looking for creative and effective ways to reach the community for Christ. Since launching Grace City LA last September, I have had the privilege of exposing people in my congregation to the beauty of expository preaching, Christ-centered praise music, and fellowship that mixes people of all age and ethnic backgrounds. Since day one, we also started evangelism, which is one...

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God Even Calls Broken Believers into Ministry

Editor’s Note: Testimonies can play a huge part in encouraging one another in our walk with Christ, our ministry journeys, and in fostering unity within our community of believers. For this reason, I’ve included this story told by a ministry leader (below). Hundreds of thousands of people are now in recovery from their deepest hurts, habits, and hang-ups thanks to Celebrate Recovery, which is now a ministry featured in...

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Engaging Culture Well: How to Share Your Faith Critically and Contextually

In every time period and historical context during which it has been shared, the gospel has confronted culture in one way or another. By ED STETZER During the years of Christ’s ministry, it challenged the mistreatment of the poor. During the Reformation, it drove Martin Luther to condemn the selling of indulgences. During the late 1700s, it inspired William Wilberforce to abolish the slave trade. The message of Christ’s redemptive love and free gift...

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Can’t Get No Satisfaction? Answers To Job Fulfillment

Editor’s Note: Steve Lindsey is director of the Center for Faith + Work Los Angeles. CFWLA recently hosted its 2018 conference: God@Work (See photo of panelists during one of the sessions below). For more information about future events and classes: faithandworkLA.com. Piggybacking on a thoughtful blog recently posted by Hugh Whelchel titled Can Work be Truly Meaningful?, I’d like to explore how people seek satisfaction in their Jobs. There are...

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3 Easy Ways To Know If You Are Looking Or Lusting

Is looking the same as lusting? BY CARL THOMAS XXXCHURCH You’d think that the answer to that question would be pretty obvious, but I believe more often than not, people get confused when it comes to these two topics (especially Christian people). Here’s the thing: You can lust after anything, not just the opposite sex. You can lust after money. You can lust after a car You can lust after power. And the list goes on. The word lust...

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The Sacred Ordinary

In getting a string of CFWLA (Center for Faith + Work Los Angeles) activities lined up for the year I’ve found myself recently buried in a long string of emails, phone calls, lists of details to follow up on, and scheduling coordination. On any given day I might finish a few of these or spend several hours doing tedious editing on a section of curriculum for one of our...

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The Best Leaders Are Broken Leaders

I am broken. I lead a community of broken people called a church. And we often say, unapologetically, that we are a community of the broken who have good news for the broken. PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE Don’t misunderstand. I don’t mean that we’re “broken” in the sense that we’re rendered useless by our imperfections. The opposite is actually true. We’re made more useful, and we discover our greatest purpose through our pain...

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7 Key Principles For Getting Things Done

As a pastor, you need to be able to put together projects efficiently and effectively. Whether you are starting a new church, planning a new ministry, opening a new building, or just preparing for next weekend’s services, you need to mobilize people around a common task. That’s leadership in a nutshell. When Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem to help rebuild the city’s wall, he had a monster project on his hands....

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The Reality of Urban Church Planting: Fear and Faith

There’s something different about someone who acts on their deepest desire to impact lives, ultimately leaving them feeling both vulnerable and fulfilled in their own life. That is the heart of a church planting pastor. There is a certain level of uncertainty to planting something that is counter-cultural to the current state of society. As an urban church planter, there have been times of great joy and extreme lows. Church planting...

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