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4 Ways to Overcome Insecurities about Being the Spiritual Leader of Your Home

Who is the spiritual leader of my home? Any entity must have a leader for it to survive, progress, and flourish. He or she is entrusted with promoting and instilling the common objective to foster success of the stated goal. Moreover, the head is responsible for the adherence to all of the principles as required for the accomplishment of the mission. The physical church needs a strong spiritual leader as its shepherd. Likewise, every household should have a designated spiritual leader. The familial spiritual leader serves as an example and offers instruction for the further cultivation of the other members’ spiritual walk. When more of our homes inhabit strong spiritual leaders, there will be fewer houses possessed by the lyrics of Cardi B and Lil Nas X.Charles Spurgeon preached, “when fathers are tongue-tied religiously with their offspring, need they wonder if their children’s hearts remain sin tied?” When we instill the core principle of loving the Lord your God with all of our hearts and all of our souls and with all of our strength, Deuteronomy 6:5 becomes a natural way of life for our household. When something becomes instinctive, there is less room for insecurity.Photo Credit: ©GettyImages/digitalskillet

How the Practice of Lament Can Help Churches Heal

Grief always goes somewhere. And we have had plenty to grieve within the last couple of years. Thankfully God has not left us without a way to deal with our grief. This “release valve” is the practice of lament.

5 Things That Steal Your Sabbath

There seems to be a direct correlation between the winding down of the pandemic (in America at least) and the increase of busyness in our lives. Life is starting to feel like a race car revving its engine at the starting line, ready to bolt at the sound of the gun. But before you take your foot off the brake and jam the gas pedal to the floor, it might be a good time to throw it into neutral and take stock of how well you are doing at creating space for rest and reflection in your life.Participating in a regular Sabbath can give us the space we need to keep busyness at bay. Unfortunately, there are many things that can steal God’s gift of the Sabbath. Let’s look at five things that can potentially steal our Sabbath and what we can do to get it back.

7 Warning Signs That Legalism is Sneaking into Your Faith

Legalism is a huge buzzword in churches, to the point it has almost lost its meaning. But as a real concern, there are warning signs legalism is sneaking into your faith.What is legalism? Simply put, legalism is when we act with the belief that what we do saves us. Legalism relies upon the power of self and can express itself through religious duty and behavior.This lie leads to death. The letter of the Law kills, Paul tells us, but the Spirit gives life (2 Corinthians 3:6). The Law itself isn’t the problem; only us trying to adhere to it apart from God. Our own abilities can’t save us or make us righteous. We need God and his grace for both.Here are seven warning signs legalism is sneaking into your faith.Photo Credit:©iStock/Getty Images Plus/SIphotography

7 Sneaky Ways Satan Stops You from Praying

We start our morning with good intentions to have our devotional or quiet time with the Lord, and then somehow, the day slips away before we ever get around to it. We promise ourselves we’ll make time to pray before bed, but then exhaustion or sleepiness overtakes us, and soon we’re sound asleep.Satan doesn’t want us praying and listening to our Father in Heaven, so he will use his emissaries to intervene, interfere, or interrupt our conversations with the Lord. Really, prayer is just that, a simple conversation with God. Talking to Him about praises, requests, concerns, feelings, hopes, dreams... and then listening for His still small voice answering us through the Holy Spirit.The more aware we become of Satan’s sneaky tactics to stop us from praying, the better prepared we’ll be to combat and conquer them. See if any of the following satanic ruses have happened to you, and consider trying some of the solutions offered to victory in praying with your Lord and Savior.You who love the Lord, hate evil! He protects the lives of his godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked. Ps. 97:10 NLTPhoto Credit: ©GettyImages/tommaso79

5 Profound Reasons Why Showing Up Matters in Christianity

A famous adage says, "Half of life is just showing up." Although people may dismiss this statement, there's some truth to it. While technology tries to replace in-person church attendance, small groups, and other in-person communication, connection and intimacy can only be achieved through events that we do in groups or one-on-one. Technology cannot replace the connection and community we receive when we attend something in person. We make friends and receive strength, correction, and grace when we need it the most. Furthermore, when we attend in-person events, we not only receive encouragement from the people around us, but we give encouragement as well. Here are some reasons why showing up matters in Christianity:
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What Should a Pastor's Primary Passion Be?

Consultants tell businessmen and pastors alike that to achieve the highest level of success, one must have a passion for growing his business or his church. What is your passion? What drives you? What springs you out of bed in the morning and still has you going late in the evening when normal people would be watching television?

Is it Wrong for Churches to Play Secular Music?

While playing secular music in church seems culturally sensitive, there is the danger of it backfiring, in that many unchurched newcomers come to the church to seek a different approach to life and their problems. Thus, hearing pop or country music may just do the opposite of being attractive.

How to Be Careful about Politicizing Your Spirituality

The “political stumping” pastor runs the risk of alienating half his audience by focusing on politics over people. Admittedly, I often boast following a Volunteers win over Kentucky or an extended winning streak of the Atlanta Braves despite the opposition’s presence in the pews. They know that my high-pitched tone will be short-lived after the inevitable big loss.Sunday morning pastors have the challenging task of eliciting a response from a congregation of mixed loyalties, ages, and circumstances. He wants to preach the gospel but often must connect that gospel to culture and contemporary issues. With that connection, however, inevitably comes political parties or candidates and their respective social issues. Those issues – such as same-sex marriage, legalization of drugs, gun control, and abortion – often birth division within a church body. The pastor will often attach stances to the issues of one party or another. However, no one appreciates being “force-fed” politics.Photo Credit: ©Getty Images/lawcain

How Are Women Uniquely Equipped to Serve the Church?

If we all take a good look at what is happening within our churches, we’ll most likely hear, read about, and see groups of women focused on numerous tasks. Both women’s and men’s activities within the church are important, but why are so many women involved in the church? What are today's churches doing well in connecting with women, and how can women use their unique talents and abilities to reach more for the Kingdom?Photo credit: ©Getty Images/SouthWorks

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