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How to Contend for Your Faith

Do you ever struggle with your faith? Do you ever doubt or question what you believe? We all do at one time or another. Our faith is being challenged everyday that’s why I want to encourage you to “contend for your faith”. Jude wrote this very thing to believers in the first century, “Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.” Why would we need to contend for our...

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God is faith to complete the good work 0

God Finishes What He Starts

God finishes what He starts. Even if you don’t see it, God is still at work, that includes working in you and your life. You may feel like God has forgotten about you. It may seem as if He’s given up on you. Your life may be a mess and things may look hopeless. You may think God’s mad at you. He’s not! God is for you. (Romans 8:31) Philippians 1:6 reminds us that God is faithful to complete the work He started in us. What God starts, He finishes. Where God guides, He provides. And where God leads, He...

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7 Keys factors for church growth by Pastor Bruce Edwards 0

7 Key Factors for Church Growth

God wants the church to grow. He wants your church to grow. Why? Because growing the church is about reaching and discipling people and God is all about people. However, there are barriers to growing a church and there are critical ingredients needed to grow a church. If we can remove the barriers and diligently add the right ingredients- our churches will grow. There’s not one extraordinary factor or some unique formula that promises church growth, but there are several characteristics that are common in and among churches that experience consistent growth. In fact I’ve identified 7 key ingredients that...

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8 Traits of Great Pastoral Leadership

The single most influential factor to growing a church is great pastoral leadership. The difference between a growing church and a stagnant church is – great leadership versus average leadership. Great leaders build great churches that are vibrant and healthy while average leaders build average churches that often become sluggish and stagnant. That being said every pastor, regardless of how effective they are as a leader is extremely important. However, you can be a great pastor, but a poor leader. Pastoral care and pastoral leadership are not synonymous. You can be a great preacher, yet not a great leader. You...

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7 Church Growth Myths by Pastor Bruce Edwards 0

7 Church Growth Myths

Things that don’t necessarily produce dynamic church growth, but you think they do – 7 church growth myths; Great Facilities – the churches that have experienced great growth have done it in the most unlikely, inconvenient, dysfunctional places. Most often large churches build their large facilities after they have experienced dynamic growth. When they experience their greatest levels of growth they are often in temporary or make shift buildings. Spending a lot of money and energy on design and “cool stuff” often is wasted time and money. Pay attention to functionality and cleanliness and leave the rest for later. Written...

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bounce back by pastor bruce edwards 0

How to bounce back from failure

You can bounce back from failure. Everyone experiences set backs in life. Thomas Edison failed 1000’s of times trying to invent the light bulb. However, he would bounce back after each failure to try again. He is quoted as saying, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” The automobile was an invention that would change the world forever, however when Henry Ford built his first automobile, it didn’t have a reverse gear. You can’t always drive forward and so at first it looked like a failure. But Henry Ford didn’t give up he bounced back;...

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faith and knowledge by pastor bruce edwards 0

Faith Based on Knowledge

Is faith based on knowledge? We’re going to answer that question today.  There are both Christians and non-Christians who think that faith and knowledge are some how in conflict. Faith is commonly portrayed as some arbitrary blind leap in the dark that has no relationship to reason, evidence or knowledge. To the contrary real faith is based on knowledge. The biggest misconception about true Biblical faith is that it’s opposed to knowledge. The Bible does not promote a belief in the irrational or any type of unwarranted blind faith. Faith Based on Knowledge 2 Peter 1:3 says, “His divine power...

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strenthen your faith by pastor bruce edwards 0

How to Strengthen Your Faith

It’s more important than ever that you strengthen your faith. We all need to develop and grow in our faith, so we can stay strong in the face of the increased opposition we face in the world today. There is no question we are living in an era of radical skepticism, especially in the area of morality and religion. As a result, moral standards within our culture have changed dramatically. Right has become wrong and wrong right. The greatest challenge we face is not from outside the church, but from within. The skepticism we are confronted with exist as much...

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Is There a Limit to God’s Mercy?

Does God’s mercy ever run out? Is God merciful no matter what we’ve done or how many times we’ve sinned? We all need mercy, but how much mercy does God really have? Is there a limit to God’s mercy or is it limitless? God’s Mercy is Unlimited The mercy of God is inexhaustible. Lamentations 3:22-23 says that God’s mercies are brand new every morning! Mercy flows from God’s love and goodness. It is of His very nature to show mercy. He cannot NOT be merciful. If God stopped being merciful He’d stop being God. Regardless of who you are, where...

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The world we live in seems to be spinning out of control. The news is filled with troubling and disturbing reports around the world. Within our own nation, the USA, we see the moral fabric of our society slowing eroding away. The financial markets around the world are in turmoil. Nations and cities are facing bankruptcy. We live in a shaky world. If one is not firmly established in the faith they can easily become shaken. I want to encourage you, to not be shaken! Hebrews 12:28 tells us, “Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us...

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