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5 steps our church is taking to prepare for our restart

This may or may not be helpful. For those who are interested, here are five things we've done to prepare our church to restart. These aren't inspired and they may or may not work. We'll know soon! 1) We started using the word "restart" very early. The week after Easter, "restart" became an important element of our leaders' shared vocabulary. We wanted to hit the ground running when the time came. 2) We talked about "change" and "growth" as critical pieces of our restart. From the very beginning, we discussed this "stay-at-home" time as a sort of sabbath. We asked people to spend time considering three questions: - What have you learned about what is really important in life? - What would you like to change about your life's rhythm when you restart? - How are you going to do that? 3) Once we set a target date, we repeatedly used four words to communicate the important details of the plan: - MAY 31 - RE

10 Inspirational Verses To Launch Your Day

Whatever your day may hold, you can boldly charge forward knowing that you may not be able to control everything, but you know Who can. Read these verses aloud to yourself. Choose one and carry it with you today. At the very least, let these verses inspire to action. Isaiah 40:31 But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. Psalm 31:24 Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Romans 8:31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so

4 Bible Passages That Speak To The Coronavirus Debates

I'm not settled. But here are some of the Bible passages I'm chewing on as I consider my position on the myriad of issues surrounding COVID19 and my response as a Christian and a pastor. The Tower of Babel in Genesis 11. All the people of earth were unified in their pursuit of a common goal. Driven by scientific and technological advancements, they planned to make a name for themself. At the core of their efforts was their assertion that they could solve anything on their own. They no longer needed God. Is COVID19 reminding us that even if we all unite, we are still not omnipotent and we are still vulnerable? The Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25. Everything God gives us is to be used for His kingdom and His agenda. Are we, as God's stewards, rising up the challenge of COVID19 and using this opportunity to double our kingdom influence? Or, are we in fear hiding the talent we have been given? Jesus Calms The Storm in Mark 4. My favorite piece of this story i

7 Verses To Help You Taste Your Words Before You Spit Them Out

Words are small but mighty. Your words can be a gift or a grenade. They can encourage or they can explode. With your words you can inspire your neighbor or you can crush your friend. With your words, you can bring calm to a storm or you can escalate a conflict. If you are working on "holding your tongue" more often, create a hard copy of these verses and keep them with you. Read through this list 3-5 times every day and remind yourself that you want to taste your words before you spit them out! Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; ‭‭James‬ ‭1:19 If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet. Proverbs 29:9 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble. ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭21:23‬ A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back. Proverbs 29:11 Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool sp

14 Verses To Help You Focus On Who God Is

A great way to start and end your day is to simply think about who God is. Here are 14 verses to remind you of a few of God's character traits. Read these aloud and remember who He is! 1 Corinthians 10:13 | God is FAITHFUL No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 John 1:5 | God is LIGHT This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. John 3:16 | God is GENEROUS For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 1 John 4:8 | God is LOVE Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. Psalm 18:30 | God is a SHIELD This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refug

5 Verses For Uncertain Times

Whether or not life is uncertain is simply a matter of perspective. While I may feel uncertain about what is coming next, God does not. He is certain and He is not worried. When you were a child riding in the back seat of the car, there were many times you didn't know where you were going. Your parent(s) did, though. Most of the time, it didn't even cross your mind to be nervous about your uncertainty, because you trusted the driver's knowledge and ability to deliver you to the destination. God's knowledge and ability are far superior to the driver of that car. He is not uncertain. Not only does He hold tomorrow, He knows what tomorrow holds.  Here are five verses to read aloud when you feel some of life's uncertainty creeping in. Matthew 6:26 "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" Proverbs 3: 5 -6 "Trust in the LORD w

7 Verses For The Moments You Feel Alone

You can get through this! Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Use your times of solitude to draw closer to God. Luke 5:16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. God is with you. He is in control. Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Jesus knows exactly how you feel. 1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. Even if everyone abandons you, Jesus never will. Proverbs 18:24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Don't be afraid to tell God how you feel. 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for y