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  • Using Technology In a Traditional Church Service

    The technological revolution we’ve seen in our Baptist churches over the past 20 or so years is astounding. What’s even more remarkable is the speed at which technology in the church continues to improve and change the way some worship.  A few years back having one projector screen was a revolutionary way to change worship. Now many worship services include multiple screens, concert-style stage lighting, websites, apps, live streaming, Computerized Child Check-In, Video Announcements, video

    Matt Souza
    Matt Souza
    Church 7

    What Happened to my Church?

    It seems that in the last 30 or so years our churches have taken on a whole new look and atmosphere. As these changes were being made to attract more people to church, more and more people are having a hard time finding a church to call home? Recently, I attended a the Baptist Church that I grew up in. While growing up, this church was a very conservative church. Never would they have entertained the thought of having anything other than a piano or organ on the stage. Upon this visit, I not

    Matt Souza
    Matt Souza
    Church 4

    The Funniest Church Bulletin Bloopers

    Maybe you have the daunting task of putting together your church bulletin, or just maybe you have read the church bulletin on a Sunday Morning and got a little chuckle on how a sentence was worded or the wrong placement of a comma. Here is a list of some of my favorite things that have somehow made its way into our church bulletin. Reminds us that we all need proofreaders at times. Enjoy. For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery down stairs. The eigh

    Matt Souza
    Matt Souza
    Humor 1

    Why are Millennials Leaving the Church?

    Stats suggest that millennials are leaving “religion” in droves.  According to pewforum.org, only 28% of millennials attend church weekly, 38% a few times a year, and 34% never darken the door of a church each year.  In society millennials seem to get a bad reputation, but what is leading them to leave church? One of the primary objectives of every generation of the church is to hand the faith and the church over to the next generation. Has the church failed in this objective? The Bible tea

    Matt Souza
    Matt Souza
    Church 18

    Youth Pastor Charged with Sending Sexual Texts to a 15-year-old Girl

    BELLEVIEW, Fla. A 30 year old Youth Pastor has been arrested for sending sexually explicit messages to a 15 year old girl. Christopher Patrick, a youth pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Belleview, Fla was arrested on Tuesday morning, Feb 12 after the authorities were alerted by teen parents of the youth group. Patrick denied knowing anything about text messages when arrested and instead requested a lawyer. Authorities was able to retrieve text messages from his phone including ones Patrick

    Matt Souza
    Matt Souza
    News 4

    Westboro Baptist Church to Picket the Oscars

    estboro Baptist Church is planning on picketing the Oscars on Feb 24 in Los Angeles California. Westboro Baptist Church has claimed that they have protested 63,540 events during a stretch of 1443 weeks. Westboro is know to picked events such as American soldier funerals, weddings, high schools, sporting events, and many other public events. They are known for their hate speech and crude methods of protesting. Megan Phelps-Roper, the granddaughter of the founder of Westboro Baptist Church ha

    Matt Souza
    Matt Souza
    News 3
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    • Stats suggest that millennials are leaving “religion” in droves.  According to pewforum.org, only 28% of millennials attend church weekly, 38% a few times a year, and 34% never darken the door of a church each year.  In society millennials seem to get a bad reputation, but what is leading them to leave church?

      One of the primary objectives of every generation of the church is to hand the faith and the church over to the next generation. Has the church failed in this objective? The Bible teaches this in Titus 2:4-5 "That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed".

      So the question must be asked:  How does the church reach the next generation? Music and technology are probably the two most  things used to reach this generation. We're told that music must reflect the culture of the generation. A.W. Tozer says it best,  “Worship is no longer worship when it reflects the culture around us more than the Christ within us.” How the church wins people is how they have to keep them. 

      What do millennials want? The same thing everyone is looking for. Our time. Our heart. Our attention, along with a chance to actually connect with people. That is one reason why small groups do well with Millennials. Relationship is something every church can be good at. Everyone at your church doesn't need to know everyone. But everyone needs to know someone.

      While culture changes, God is the same yesterday, today and forever. We don't need to have our churches reflect entertainment and the culture to draw people to His church. Christ like love still draws people to Christ. 

      Please let us know in your comments below why you feel our young people are leaving the church.
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    • Sermon on Depression - Lighthouse Baptist Church: San Diego, California. I have had the privilege of hearing Pastor Doug Fisher preach on numerous occasions at The Summit at Solid Rock Baptist Church in Berlin, NJ. There has been many messages that he preached that has helped me as a pastor and issues that we were dealing with in our church.

       
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    • It seems to be common problem where I am that Sunday morning is the biggest service by numbers, but no matter what your actual numbers are, Sunday evening is about half or less than Sunday morning, and Prayer meeting (Wednesday night for us) is about half again - so only about 25% of the morning service.

      Thoughts people?

      How can we (biblically of course) find a way to help people see the importance of the other services?

      I struggle to understand it personally, because pretty much from the day I got saved I was in every service I could be. It just seemed to be what I should do, but that is apparently not "normal".......

      (How surprising is that? I am not normal!!!!! 😂 )
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    • This is from a discussion that came up in our church. We all have had to search for a church at one point in our life. Whether it is going on vacation and looking for a church, or simply just moving to a new location, we mostly had to do research and find a church that is of like faith. 

      I know the first thing we do in this age is go on the internet and look  and maybe shoot an email to them, but sometimes church websites are so vague that you don't know the beliefs or style of the worship service, but my question for you is when you first walk into a church for the first time, what are some of the first things you look for?

       

      For me the first thing I do is look and see if they have Bible pews, and if they do, I check to see what version they are. Not a fully telling sign, but its a start.

       
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    • Let's start an encouraging thread as it seems that the negative many times is "louder" than the positive in our churches. What is your favorite thing about your local church, what do you love about it?
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  • A look at "this generation"...

    When Jesus said "this generation", did He always mean "the whole body of all the people now living"? Clearly, He was in the following verses: From the KJV: Matt. 11: 16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, Matt. 12:42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and

    robycop3
    robycop3
    End Times/Bible Prophecy 11

    Before They Call, I Will Answer

    This beautiful story was written by a doctor who worked in South Africa...  One night I had worked hard to help a mother in the labor ward; but in spite of all we could do, she died leaving us with a tiny premature baby and a crying two-year-old daughter. We would have difficulty keeping the baby alive; as we had no incubator (we had no electricity to run an incubator). We also had no special feeding facilities.  Although we lived on the equator, nights were often chilly with treachero

    Jerry
    Jerry
    Writings and Poetry

    Who are today's Rechabites?

    Jeremiah 35:19 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever.    There were three "Rechabs" in Scripture. The first was the  son of Rimmon, a Benjaminite, in 2 Samuel 4, whom David killed for murdering Ishbosheth. The third was in Nehemiah, whose son, Malchiah, repaired the Dung gate of Jerusalem's wall. The second one is whom I'm concerned with here. His son Jehonadab, was a close friend of Jehu's, &a

    robycop3
    robycop3
    End Times/Bible Prophecy
  • Understanding and Knowing the One True and Living God

    Hello Family of God, I will be sharing some FACTS regarding the Triune God of Scripture and His Immutable Attributes. It seems as if the God of Holy Scripture has been accused and slandered among many, even those who profess to belong to Christ and God. I will begin with . . .  [Why God must be Triune in BEING]: Simple Answer: God is Love; and what I mean by that is the Divine/Perfect Love shared within the Triune Godhead from Eternity past (cf. Matt. 17:2; Jn. 17:24; 2 Pet. 1:17)

    *Light*
    *Light*
    Devotionals 1

    Psalm 89 - Part 3: King David and His Tabernacle (Given to Israel as a Picture of Christ's Church)

    "Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David." Christ is called the "Son of David" by the Old Testament believers for a reason and often those recognizing Jesus as that Christ, when he ministered physically on earth, would call upon him for mercy. One of the main reasons for this was because of the teaching here in Psalm 89. God had given Israel King David and His Spiritual House as a picture of the one day true King "the Holy One of Israel" that would come, granting both Spiritual and Physical

    John Young
    John Young
    Devotionals 2

    The Furnace Of Affliction - Part Two

    The Furnace Of Affliction - Part Two Come Forth As Gold

    Jerry
    Jerry
    Jerry's Sermons 2

    The Furnace of Affliction - Part One

    The Furnace Of Affliction - Part One As Silver Is Tried

    Jerry
    Jerry
    Jerry's Sermons 1

    Thankful For The Love Of God

    I guess I still got a sermon section here. 😉 Thankful For The Love Of God Love is not an emotion (though it may effect them) - love is a choice. Love is an action verb. Always seeking the best for others. John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 15:13  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Romans 5:6-10  For w

    Jerry
    Jerry
    Jerry's Sermons 3

    Exposing Satan and his lies and deceptions

    [Knowing your Adversary and Archenemy]: "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not [war] after the flesh: (For the weapons of our [warfare] (strateia) are [not carnal], but [mighty through God] to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down [imaginations], and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a [readiness] (Grk. "hetoimo") revenge all disobedience, when your obedience

    *Light*
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    Devotionals 1
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