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Two North County Churches – New Locations

Judy and I recently visited two of our newer churches in San Diego County. Anthem Church, now in Vista, and LifePoint Church, now in Carlsbad. Pastor Mark Finnigan leads LifePoint Church. Pastor … more

Amid pandemic and personal struggles

(RNS) — Pastor and bestselling author Max Lucado believes the story of Esther can help guide Christians through challenging times. Lucado should know. The biblical book bearing … more

Why a pastor should pastor his children first

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). I’ve heard it said that a new father has lots of opinions and … more

From luxury stays to 'champing' in the sanctuary

(RNS) — After the death of their founding pastor a few years ago, membership at Cullen Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, took a nosedive. With less revenue coming in pledges and … more

Leaning on faith and prayer: One family’s journey with the God who carried them through

Chad and Anna Nelson prepared to welcome their first child in Spring 2010. Everything appeared normal until just 18 weeks into the pregnancy, when an anatomy scan uncovered a problem and the couple … more

Son leads 85-year-old father to Christ through online Bible study

NASHVILLE (BP) – Barry Calhoun opened the Bible study book on his desk and thought about Jesus’ parable of a man who refused to stop knocking on his neighbor’s door for help. It … more

Local Churches Caring for Afghan Refugees at Home

In the days since the tragic fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, thousands of Afghans have fled the only home they’ve ever known to seek safety in other countries. In the coming weeks, some of … more

Five simple ways to motivate church volunteers

Summer is almost over, families are back from vacation and everyone is returning to work and school. Pastors and church staff are gearing up for the new year too, and the needs are many. First, … more

Hurricane Ida: SBDR response begins amid ongoing efforts to restore water, power to hard-hit areas

A massive response is just getting started in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, which struck the state Aug. 29 as a Category 4 storm. Ida made two landfalls, the first near Port … more

Women church planters hope to give Christianity a fresh start

(RNS) — The Rev. Liz Rios has a simple philosophy of ministry: What God wants her to do, she’ll do. “I'm from the school that if God called me, can you please get out the … more

Maranatha Ethiopian Christian Fellowship

The Lord has been good to Maranatha Ethiopian Christian Fellowship during this Covid time. We have been preaching, teaching and praying seven days a week twice a day. The services were by Zoom, … more

Jennifer Hudson: Their shared faith ‘definitely’ helped her depict Aretha Franklin in ‘Respect’

(RNS) — Singer Jennifer Hudson, who performed an Aretha Franklin song when she auditioned for “American Idol,” is now set to portray in a movie the woman whose career in some ways … more

CDC researcher Susan Hillis on how people of faith can support COVID orphans

(RNS) — Susan Hillis, a member of the COVID-19 International Task Force at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, remembers the phone call she received from a director of a … more

Humorist, author advises audiences to find reasons to laugh

Jeanne Robertson insists she’s not a comedian or a motivational speaker, and though she’s “definitely a Christian,” she doesn’t call herself a Christian speaker … more

Helping a child through a faith crisis

JACKSON, Miss. (BP) – And when your children shall say, ‘What does this rite mean to you?’ you shall say…. (Exodus 12:26). Parents, you’d better be prepared. … more

Southern Baptist missionaries serving in Tokyo set for Summer Olympics

In spite of numerous setbacks related to the Summer Olympics, Southern Baptists in Japan are going for the gold as they seek to engage the Japanese with the gospel. The Tokyo Games, originally … more

Vacation Bible School Reflection

"Children are a gift from the Lord, they are a reward from him." (Psalm 127:3). Children are a gift and as someone who recently had the opportunity to serve our kids ministry in VBS, I got to see how … more

Summer Blast at Shadow Mountain Community Church

After a year of not having kids on site for Summer Blast, Shadow Mountain Community Church (SMCC) in El Cajon was excited to once again host their summer program on July 12 through July 16. Summer … more

Why churches need to be multigenerational, and why it’s hard to do

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article originally ran at chucklawless.com. Many churches consist of one primary generation, and that’s not the healthiest church. At … more

What a week at New Song Community Church!

We hosted our 20th annual Kids Camp July 12-16, 2021.  We enjoyed a record number of in attendance and salvations with 327 and 86, respectively.  God is good! We offered 10 … more
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