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Nine Essential Traits of Qualified Worship Leaders

1. They are true worshippers in private True worship leaders are effective because their public worship is an overflow of their deep private worship. They are able to help bring the congregation into deep worship because it is already something they walk in. 2. They don’t always need the spotlight Mature worship leaders allow other…

Ten Reasons Business Leaders Reject Their Local Churches

I have been a pastor for over 25 years and have ministered to hundreds of pastors and visited numerous churches over the past three decades. During this time I have noticed often that key marketplace leaders who love the Lord have a hard time connecting to a local church. (By “marketplace” in this article I…

Identifying the Antichrist

Much has been made since the end of the nineteenth century regarding the “last days” and identifying the antichrist. During World War II a number of preachers even had scriptures to prove that Adolf Hitler was the antichrist and that they were the last generation. Numerous best-selling books have been written regarding the mark of…

Contrasting American Christianity from Biblical Christianity

It has been evident to numerous biblical scholars that often (if not most of the time) believers (including preachers) interpret the Bible through the lens of their culture. This has resulted in many beliefs, doctrines and practices prevalent in the church that are not in accord with the clear teaching of Scripture. Sadly this is…

Ten Judgments of Jesus against the Religious Systems of the Church

Every church and/or organization has a corporate culture with norms, rules and expectations that pressure participants to conform. Some cultures are good and some bad. That being said, there are particular attributes that characterize false religions or become the norm during religious decline in a true faith such as Christianity. For example, “Every religious system…

21 Contrasts between Commercial and Biblical Christianity

After Pentecost (Acts 3 and later), Christ-followers were first involved in something called “the Way” (Acts 24:22). After the gospel progressed to the non-Jewish world with the planting of the church in Antioch, the world called Christ-followers “Christians” because they were made up of both Jews and Gentiles who exhibited a radical devotion to be…

Eight Contrasts between the Confessing Church and the Compromising Church

During the days of Nazi Germany there arose a Confessing Church movement that rose against the German Church movement, which became the religious arm of the Fascist Nazi Socialist movement. Of the 18,000 pastors in Germany during that time (from 1933 to 1945) less than 5,000 were aligned with the Confessing Church. Hence, only a…

Discerning between wolves, sheep and horses in a church

The Bible uses certain animals as metaphors to depict certain kinds of people in the kingdom. Pastors and senior leaders of organizations need to discern at least three kinds of people in their organizations to effectively lead. Although most people may have a mixture of all three traits at times in their lives, it is…

8 Essential Steps Needed To Bring Societal Transformation

For the church to obey the Cultural Commission of influencing every realm of culture as Salt and light (found in Genesis 1:28 and Matthew 5:13-16) it is essential that believers learn how to think biblically and articulate biblical principles in the language of contemporary hearers; All the covenants point to believers taking the lead in…