How to Keep Christmas from becoming a Mess!

Isaiah 9:6
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

With all of the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, I thought it would be good to take a moment to help us focus on ways to keep Christ in Christmas.

Today, I am going to be presenting 4 main points under the topic of “How To Keep Christmas From Becoming A Mess”. These steps will help you keep your sanity and focus during what can be the most stressful time of the year. Logged in Members, CLICK HERE to view full text!

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Memorial Day Tribute

Intended to be read in a Church or Congregational setting:

On this Memorial Day weekend, we would like to take a few moments during this service to recognize and appreciate those who have paid the highest price possible to secure our freedoms.  Those who have given their life.

It is a profound thought to think that one human being would sacrifice something of so much value, not only to themselves, but also to their families and friends who tearfully said their good-byes as the call to serve beckoned.

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Is Facebook hiding something from you?  Well, in a manner of speaking…yes!

If you are on Facebook, no doubt you have taken the time to click “LIKE” on various pages that interest you.  However, Facebook decides what pages to show in your News Feed, and for the most part, the pages you have “liked” will never get into your Newsfeed unless you take action.

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One of the tremendous features of having a membership at ChurchLetters.org is the fact that we continue to add letters to the site.  Keep your membership active so you will be able to access them in their entirety moments after we upload them.  Need a Membership?  Click here now…

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9 Considerations For Conducting a Pastoral Visit

VISITING with people in their home or work environment, pastorally, is something I’ve been doing regularly for nearly twenty years. Every time we step into someone else’s environment we do so as guests with certain privileges, but also with certain responsibilities.

These following considerations are worthy of reflection for any of us who conduct visitation:

1. Pray before you arrive: it’s good to ensure our hearts are prepared and our minds are attuned. On the way to a home or workplace I’ll try and envisage what the environment might look like, prepare myself for the greeting I’ll receive, and just generally psych myself into being myself. It’s important to be relaxed.

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Pastoral care is more than simply help for the hurting. It is much more a holistic way of applying the discipleship process. And, indeed, pastoral care is globally the pastoral method integrating diverse aspects of prayerful action through fellowship within the activities of the life of a church. The church, from an interactional viewpoint, might exist to serve the community, but the pastor exists to “to shepherd… to take on the role of guiding, watching over, and protecting the entire flock.”

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October is PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH

(full disclosure…I am a Lead Pastor of a wonderful local church which blesses me and my wife abundantly, so this will not be posted on our church sites.)

How do you honor a faithful pastor?

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Lone Ranger Christians

One of the greatest deceptions of the enemy in this day is the belief that the local church is not needed for the disciple of Christ to grow, while that same Christian becomes captive to a plethora of voices and opinions via social networking connections, television, radio, internet, etc. etc.

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March 19th, 2014

Greetings!

4 Reasons to Share Your Church Facebook Posts (Article)

Share!

How many times did we hear that growing up as our parents worked to instill the value of sharing with others? I don’t know about you, but I heard my “share” of instructions to do the right thing and Logged in Members, CLICK HERE to view full text!

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As many of you know, the Philippines recently suffered with a tremendous disaster called Typhoon Haiyan in which many lives were lost, and massive destruction took place as the wind and rain wreaked havoc upon homes, businesses and property. Logged in Members, CLICK HERE to view full text!

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Here are nine quick ways to show your appreciation throughout the entire year… not just Pastor’s Appreciation Day!

1.  Write a note telling the pastor how good a particular sermon was.

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