The frantic holiday season typically drowns out the beginning of the new year. You might make a new year’s resolution, say a prayer of thankfulness to be done with the last year, or jot down a few things you’re looking forward to. Most of us kick off the year as exhausted and frantic as we ended the last one. Our culture drives us to move from one thing to the next without giving thought to the events that just happened. When we do this, we never engage the happiness, pain, fear, or struggle with our hearts or minds—our bodies are simply moving through it.
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Don’t Give Up Praying for Your Children
The more accumulated time I spend in Scripture, the more I read history, and the more I observe as I grow older, the less confidence I place in my perceptions of how things appear at any given point.
SIX MARKS OF A CHURCH CULTURE THAT DEEPLY CHANGES LIVES: PART 1
In this Podcast episode, Pete explores the first and most important characteristic of a church culture that deeply changes lives – a slowed down spirituality. This is a church culture where people refuse to allow a hurried world to set the pace for their lives but instead live by rhythms that are slower and more deliberate. They set aside time each day to immerse themselves in Scripture, silence, and solitude, which are foundational practices for their communion with Jesus.
HOW TO USE A COMMENTARY: 4 WAYS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR DAILY STUDY
So as an avid commentary reader and one who has made a daily habit of expanding my Biblical literacy, I wanted to write some advice to put you the path to well-informed biblical interpretation. My hope is that you will eventually come to stand on your own and not rely on the interpretive skills of others, even more so, I want you to be able to spot bad interpretation in a sermon, a small group, or in the media. Too often we say to ourselves “that doesn’t sound right,” but we simply don’t know why. Well, read these tips, grab a cup of coffee, and start interpreting.
360˚ VR WORSHIP SERVICES ALL AROUND THE WORLD
Watch Alliance worship services happening simultaneously all across the globe in 360 degrees!
HOW TO START A MISSIONAL COMMUNITY FROM SCRATCH
As someone who helps lead a local church, and as someone who regularly coaches pastors wanting to learn how to lean into this whole ‘missional’ thing, one of the most frequent questions I hear is, “How do I start a Missional Community?”
RECAP: GREENHOUSE ENVIRONMENTS
Watch the highlights from the Spring 2018 Greenhouse Environments training intensive.
Back in February 2018, several church leaders met together for a Greenhouse Environments training intensive. Greenhouse Environments is part of the Alliance Southeast’s MIP (Multiplication Impact Process) that is the umbrella initiative that includes Gospel Footprint and Flywheel.
ENGAGING IN SCRIPTURE: NEW RESOURCE FROM THE BIBLE PROJECT
Have you ever heard of The Bible Project? If you have, scroll on down to the next section of this article. If you've never heard of this amazing resource, here's the brief (taken from their website): The Bible Project is a non-profit animation studio that produces...
PRAY SHORTER PRAYERS
When Christians pray, we pray as those who have been freed from praying like the world. We pray as those who first have heard from our God in his word, who have embraced his gift of unsurpassed grace in the person of his Son, and who have no need to earn his favor with our repetition, posturing, and pretense.
Rather, we can ask simply, as children. We can ask profoundly, with new hearts trained on him, not just the things of earth. And we can ask with humble confidence knowing that our Father already knows our needs, and knows them even better than we do, and is even more committed than we are to meeting them in the deepest and most enduring ways.
RESOURCE: STREETLIGHTS BIBLE
Streetlights Bible is the world’s first urban audio Bible, combining the authentic Word of God in the New Living Translation with a dynamic score influenced by the cultures of the inner city. Top recording artists and accomplished music producers unite to bring you...