Church leaders want to be good stewards of what is entrusted to them, but each generation has struggled to find an appropriate way to measure their effectiveness. Businesses measure return on investment (ROI), but measuring return on ministry investment (ROM) is much trickier. Here’s a few reasons why: The Inputs Healthy ministry takes more than money and...
Author: Kent Shaffer
Most pastors see themselves as preachers first. They naturally want to maximize their pulpit time. Indeed, sermon length is increasing worldwide. However, I want to identify compelling reasons to keep a man's rapt attention. There’s very little evidence to suggest that longer sermons produce more mature Christians. And long, rambling sermons are one of the main reasons men...
Author: David Murrow
Topic: Preaching & Teaching
What is the model for the Christian church? We know that Jesus said that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Paul tells us that as believers we will one day judge angels! How much authority should the church possess? What are the limits of the church's authority? Most of us have had a problem with authority at one time or another. Every person, no matter who...
Author: Tom Terry
Topic: Preaching & Teaching
Are there tears in heaven for believers? Of course, we are saved by faith, but Scripture teaches that God "will wipe away" every tear. Certain passages teach that our judgment will include both rewards and loss, that we will be judged by actions and motives. One day our closet motives will come to light. Everything we take pride in ultimately was received from God and will be...
Speaker: Larry Osborne
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3 - 4, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 1 Corinthians 4:21, Matthew 7:21, Matthew 22:36-40
James writes to dispersed Jewish Christians about how to rejoice in trials, to live wisely, to pursue godliness and to practice integrity.
Scripture: James 1 - 5
I continue to receive emails from parents asking about modern day prodigal children. Whether the prodigal is defying family rules, living an undesirable life style, or leaving to who-knows-where, it’s a heart wrenching experience for any parent. Parents have poured so much energy, time and love into their son or daughters life. I was prompted to blog on this subject after...
Author: Kevin Leman
Let’s be clear from the outset: The Roman Catholic doctrine of purgatory is taught nowhere in Scripture. It was invented to accommodate Catholicism’s denial of justification by faith alone. And it offers false hope to millions who anticipate ample time beyond the grave—perhaps eons, if necessary—to achieve their own justification. Scripture very clearly teaches that an...
Author: John MacArthur
Dear Roger, My mother died this week. I’d like to know what the Bible teaches about what happens after death. Love, Roger Dear Roger, Death and dying is a subject on the back burners of everyone’s minds from preschoolers to the oldest adult. Some 9-year-old children were asked what they thought of death and dying. Brittney: “When you die, they bury you in the...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
Topic: Preaching & Teaching, Family, Heaven , Hell, Death and Dying
Christian character has always been important, but it seems like it’s never been as important as it is now. Ephesians 5:1-4 states: " Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 3 But...
Author: Carey Nieuwhof
Scripture: Ephesians 5:1-4
All religions: Hinduism, Islam, New Age, Mormonism, Scientology-have some truth and beauty but are not the same. Christianity is far different because a holy, mighty God freely gives the gift of salvation apart from our works. Find out how this unconditional love can change your life. Preached at www.lifechurch.tv. Used by permission.
Speaker: Craig Groeschel