Valentines Outreach

Valentine’s Day – the most Christian of all holidays

by Steve Sjogren


  Valentine’s Day, that stands for a celebration of love, is arguably the most “Christian” of all holidays each year. With Valentine’s, there is no misunderstanding what it stands for, as does Christmas (Santa) and Easter (bunny rabbits). I’ve read several surveys that ask children what Christmas stands for. Nearly all of them think it […]

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The Top Things

by Steve Sjogren


  Learning from history doesn’t cost much. And it’s worth whatever we have to pay for it. No matter where you are located, there is something momentous going on around you. I’ve heard the opposite time and again from various settings around the world. I usually ask leaders, “What great stuff is God doing around […]

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The Skill of Resilience

by Editor


How easily do you bounce back from a disappointment? What is your reaction to change? Change is a fact of life. Biologists define a living organism as something that moves (among other factors). Regardless of the type of organism – human, animal or even something microscopic – change comes as movement takes place. When movement […]

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“Ready, aim. Ready, aim. Ready, aim…”

by Steve Sjogren


Sometimes leaders come across like they are a stuttering, dyslexic firing squad – continually using this as the motto above. That’s all okay as long as they are willing to admit they are stuck, and are willing to begin to work toward change. The problem comes when we convince ourselves that what we are doing is […]

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8.5 of My Favorite Mistakes of 2015

by Steve Sjogren


“Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly.” – G. K. Chesterton   I take a bit of time at the end of each year to take an honest, deep look into how the year gone by has gone. I group these together as “Mistakes” that are as positive as possible – I try to see […]

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Facing The Odds In Church Planting

by Toni Spry


We live and minister in the Raleigh, NC area.  Our part of the state has not been affected by the economic downturn as much as other parts of the state.  Most of the new home building had ceased for a while, which has hindered growth, but things are starting to pick up now.  Some of […]

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Diversifying Assets

by Ralph Moore


Any investment advisor will counsel you to diversify assets. Holding all your marbles in one bag leaves you vulnerable if you should lose that bag. Centralizing your financial investments creates the same risk. We must diversify to protect whatever we possess. Yet in church we tend to gather rather than scatter. Americans, in particular, seem […]

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