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Why have churches started by missionaries remained weak? We send missionaries unprepared, ill-equipped, unloved, and as if they were a tool– A benefit of vision is that we are like a family– You are only as accountable as you want to be– Stay in contact, you aren’t alone The people in foreign countries typically don’t...
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Pastor Austin Gardner, Missions Director Jeff Bush, and Missionary to Chile Jason Holt come together to discuss one of the most important and complex aspects of planting a church on the mission field–chartering. They go in deep and intense detail over the course of an hour in an effort to take every aspect in consideration....
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Pastor Gardner and Director Jeff Bush continue their series on cultural adaptation, and, in this edition, they talk about the example of the Apostle Paul and the different ways in which he adapted to the cultures he was in. This episode offers an excellent Biblical example of how important it is to adapt to the...
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But, you will say, surely it might have been as well if Moses had lived to have seen Joshua win the country. Would this have been desirable? Do active men find much delight in sitting still and seeing others take the lead? Moreover, had Moses lived, he would before long have felt those infirmities from...
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Today’s reading Numbers 4:21-6:27 Numbers 4:47 From thirty years old and upward even unto fifty years old, every one that came to do the service of the ministry, and the service of the burden in the tabernacle of the congregation, Earlier the Levites weren’t numbered. I think that might have been to keep Israel from...
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As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.… They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. —Romans 3:10, 12 The crowds-at-any-price mania has taken a firm grip on American Christianity and is the motivating power back of a...
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People often wonder what size is normal for a church. There are two ways of determining the size of a church. The median size is determined by taking the number of churches and getting half as larger and half as smaller. That puts the median church attendance at 75 regular participants for Sunday worship. The...
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Church Still Works, An In-Depth Study of the Practices and Potential of Twenty-first Century Local Churches I just finished this book by Paul Chappell and Clayton Reed. I found the book well worth your time to read it. I read the book because Trent Cornwell encouraged me to do so. I enjoyed the material they...
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Travis and Teri Snode have three wonderful children. They are from left to right, Darci, Cali, and Grant. They have been the most wonderful hosts for this past week. We have really enjoyed our time with them. Teri has worked like crazy trying to meet our every need. Plus teach a lady’s meeting, be in...
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Luke 14:12-14  Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the...
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