By Michael C. Mack How is your church helping married couples before they get into crisis mode? Lindy Lowry, founder of MarriedPeople (www.marriedpeople.org), says she’s found that while every church spends time and resources on helping marriages, efforts are mainly reactive rather than proactive (see the chart of her findings). Lowry has found five steps […]
By Gary Zustiak When I do premarital counseling, I require a five-session commitment from the couple. Here’s what I cover in those sessions: Session 1: Basic Information I get to know the couple by asking how they met, how long they’ve dated, and how long their engagement is. I have them answer the five questions […]
By Jim Tune I wasn’t intending to eavesdrop. It just sort of happened. I had left the company of two close friends, but realized minutes later I had left a personal item behind. My friends were still talking when I returned, and they were talking about me. I wasn’t trying to eavesdrop, but I couldn’t […]
By Mark A. Taylor I first prepared the following as a Communion meditation for the church where I worship. It occurs to me that it considers a biblical challenge that Christians everywhere do well to remember. We don’t read far in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians till we see this was a church with […]
By Steve Reeves A megachurch minister with decades of experience explains why and how staff members’ spouses and children—including his own son—serve together with him. I have been lead pastor at Connection Pointe Christian Church, Brownsburg, Indiana, for almost 29 years. When my wife and our three preschoolers moved here in July 1986, there was […]
This treatment of the International Sunday School Lesson is written by Sam E. Stone, former editor of CHRISTIAN STANDARD. It is published in the August 23 issue of The Lookout magazine, and is also available online at www.lookoutmag.com. ______ By Sam E. Stone During the past three months we have seen how various Old Testament prophets took God’s […]
By Arron Chambers Christian leaders, some of them preachers themselves, tell us about a sermon they can’t forget—and maybe you won’t either. Steve Malone Steve has been in the preaching ministry for 24 years and currently is lead pastor at Maple Grove Christian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. Steve’s Best Sermon: The best sermon I’ve heard […]
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