Family Advent Calendar

December 10, 2017 — Leave a comment
  My Kid’s Minister, Jenny Smith, has created an excellent online Family Advent Calendar. Christmas is a busy season for families, which is why I like this simple tool. The purpose is to give your family intentional times to discuss Jesus. It’s easy to use. Just click on the star that corresponds to each date and follow the instructions. Each day includes Scripture to read together, discussion questions, an online activity, and a prayer prompt for your family. The devotional should Read more [...]
  On Wednesday December 13th our church will send several small teams to visit with widows and widowers, especially those who are homebound and cannot gather regularly with our church. We call the effort “Christmas Chats.” The idea is simple: Bring them a gift and sit in their homes and talk. Frankly, not as many people will show up to do this ministry as on other Wednesdays. I get it—going to an older person’s home feels strange, particularly if you don’t know them. For those Read more [...]
    Author Daniel Im joins EST to discuss discipleship in the established church and the impacts small changes can have on the church's overall discipleship strategy. This episode is brought to you by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and LifeWay Pastors. Subscribe: iTunes ● Google Play Follow us on Twitter: @estchurch, @jowiki, @micahfries, and @samrainer.   Read more [...]
  Preaching is a grind I welcome every week. Expositing God’s Word is one of the toughest but most rewarding aspects of being a pastor. You can’t treat preaching like a sprint, rushing to get a response on Sundays. It’s more like a marathon, a paced lope in which long strides are made over time. Illustrations are not the most important part of a sermon. The meat is the exposition of the text—always. The illustrations add spice and flavor. Nobody wants to eat just spices for dinner. Read more [...]
  A couple of years ago, I wrote a similar post. But I believe these words bear repeating. It’s important to express thankfulness more than once. Everyone needs to hear the words “I love you.” I tell my wife and my children all the time. The phrase is more than trite acknowledgment. It’s consistent assurance I will stick to my covenantal commitment in the relationship. Churches are no different. They need to hear “I love you” from their pastors regularly. Here are ten things Read more [...]