I. This Sunday in Church: 11th Sunday After Pentecost
Bible Readings for This Sunday (July 31)
Sermons for This Sunday (July 31)
II. Lectionary Reflections
The Mission of The Church
In commissioning the apostles in today's Gospel, Jesus gives them, and us, a
preview of His Church's mission after the resurrection. ...
Jesus' sending the disciples out 'traveling light' makes perfect sense.
Maybe this is especially true when we are sent with the Good News as the
disciples were --- so that both those who are sent and those who are
receiving would more fully be able to receive the gifts of God. ...
Finding Life in Saying No
In clearing away what doesn't matter, Jesus hopes that his disciples will have room to see what
really does. ..
Clearly saying no to what you think is essential and even your "right" makes room to hear what
really is essential. ....
Church: An Oasis of Hope
I think we sometimes approach church more from the standpoint of consumers than
communers. We may think of going to church the way we think of going to a movie
How Your Church Can Change the World
God intends for church to be much more than just a local place to find
inspiration; God wants it to be a place where He empowers people to
join Him in the work of redeeming this fallen world. ...
III. Featured Articles on Evangelism
The Difference of Jesus and the Difference it Makes
The most basic content of evangelization is the breathtaking assertion that
Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. From this assertion flows another equally
astounding bit of good news: Jesus is who he said he was. ...
Build a Bridge
If we want to effectively share the gospel with people, then we need to
engage them. What did the master evangelist Jesus do as He talked with the
woman at the well in Samaria? He engaged her in conversation. It was
give-and-take. He spoke . . . He listened. ...
Should Christians Say That Their Aim Is to Convert Others
to Faith in Christ?
The fact that God is the ultimate and decisive cause in conversion does not
mean we are not causal agents in conversion. We are. And as God's agents in
conversion we aim at itówe choose what we do and say in the hope that it
will be used by God to bring about conversion. ...
Evangelism: Self-Benefit as a Catalyst
While we see the immediate benefits that sharing our faith has toward
unbelievers, we do not see the immediate benefits that sharing our faith has
toward ourselves. Yet the benefits toward our own walks with the Lord should
move us to share. Here are four benefits. ...
IV. General Weekly Features
Family Special: 12 Truths I Want My Daughter to Know before She Enters College
These are 12 things I wanted my own daughter to know before she entered
college Ė and 12 things she is still, by the grace of God, holding fast to
Family Special: 7-Minute Marriage Solution
Dr. Tim Clinton speaks with Stephen Arterburn about the things to stop and start in order to have an enjoyable
Inspiration: We All Fail - What Happens Next Is Important...
We all fail, my friends. What's important is not what leads up to it or how you
feel in the midst of it, but how you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and
continue to stand tall after it. We must "persevere long enough to achieve our
Choices - Choosing Not to Complain
Imagine what we could do in our homes, with our families and in our personal
lives if we made the choice to replace complaining with positive belief.
Imagine what you could do with those extra moments and hours of your life if
you made the choice, right now, to never complain. ....
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