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Inspiring Generosity in a Struggling Economy
from Pastors.com
Have you seen the national news lately? The media is reporting that the percentage of income Christians give has been steadily declining over the last 40 years. What can you do to help face the growing economic storm and downward giving trends? Here are five recommendations to inspire generosity in your church. More

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Illinois Church Finds Youth are Flocking to Worship
from the Herald & Review
It's not about Jeremy Snead's intimidating 6-foot-4-inch frame or his ability to relate to youths at their level that has caused the youth ministry at LIFE Foursquare Church to more than double in size in the past year. It seems to be more of a new zest of faith the youths have. More
See related article: Interest in Faith is Growing Among Teens

Showing God's Love
from the White Lake Beacon
This past week, a large group of adults and teens from Evangelical Covenant Church in Whitehall, Mich., showed Godís love in a practical way to three residents in the White Lake area. And, while they performed home maintenance work for free, the volunteers also grew closer in unity. More

25 Signs of a Healthy Church
from LifeWay
We all want to be part of a healthy church. But what indicators show a vibrant, healthy congregation? There's no question that church health is a work of God. But there's also no question that He uses people to accomplish it. More

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Christian Diet Programs Making Gains
from the Washington Times
Diane Cornell of Falls Church had tried it all - shots, pills and "every diet that came down the pike." In January 2007, she signed up to take part in a weight-loss program, Losing to Live, at Capital Baptist Church in Annandale, Va. She has lost 46 pounds and would like to drop 50 more. This time, Cornell has faith she will get there. More

Bible Gardens for Serious Gardeners Only
from The Associated Press via the Springfield News-Leader
People who grow gardens grow in faith, according to the Rev. Marsh Hudson-Knapp, which accounts in large part for the Bible garden he helped established adjacent to his church a quarter-century ago. "A lot of people's spirituality is rooted in nature," said Hudson-Knapp, pastor of The First Congregational Church of Fair Haven, Vt. "There's always been a deep (biblical) connection with gardening. With each new season, life is bursting forth again." More

Group of Seminarians Intent on More Young Church Leaders
from USA Today
They come from a host of mainly Christian denominations, but one thing unites them: they are part of a shrinking number of theology students nationally who are interested in taking over a pulpit rather than doing something else with their degrees. About 100 seminarians from over two dozen denominations, from Baptists and Roman Catholics to Unitarian Universalists, are attending a week-long conference aimed at reversing a trend of young people shying away from the gaps in churches nationwide left by retiring Baby Boomer ministers. More


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Kingdom Come
from The Christian Century
In his new book, The Great Awakening, Jim Wallis describes how as a young man growing up in an evangelical church, he never heard a sermon on the Sermon on the Mount. That telling personal observation reflects a phenomenon about which I have been increasingly concerned: that much evangelical Christianity on both sides of the Atlantic has based itself on the epistles rather than the Gospels, though often misunderstanding the epistles themselves. More

In Hard Times, the Truck Stop Offers a Place to Pray
from the New York Times
More than six million souls pass through this quarter-mile strip of all-night waffle houses and gas stations each year. The Rev. Shannon Rust hopes to save at least a few of them. For nearly two decades, he has pulled the chapel inside his 18-wheel tractor-trailer twice a week to this bustling truck stop where the Pennsylvania Turnpike meets Interstate 70. More

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