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Does God Want Me to Be Happy?

Have you ever thought to yourself, I wish I loved life as much as that person? Why is it that some people can smile at the future even when it seems uncertain? What causes someone to see purpose in the mundane tasks of life? What enables a person to laugh even though they might be walking through a challenging season? Most people, if they were honest, would say that one of their greatest desire is to have joy. But, unfortunately, many people find this goal much more difficult to achieve than they imagined. Read this blog to find out how you can have joy.

How to Start an Online Church Campus

The internet is allowing the local church to expand beyond the physical walls of a building to a global audience of billions of people. By creating a strong digital presence, not only will your church have the ability to create and grow an online community, it will also help your church grow its local congregation. Trends are indicating that over 70% of people will search the internet for an organization before visiting. This gives churches an opportunity to engage potential new visitors before they even step foot on the campus; letting visitors know what to expect, the church’s core values, service times, available resources, and introducing the lead pastor. That is huge! The Church is literally able to engage people in their homes, at their workplaces, in their cars; pretty much everywhere.

Counteracting A Disconnected Culture

It is critical for us to recognize the importance of living in community and relationship with others. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” As you develop new friendships and build on existing ones, you counter the new norm and bridge the gap of disconnectedness in our culture. You never know who God has waiting in your path to encourage you or be encouraged by you.

How the Facebook News Feed Update Affects You and the Church

On Facebook, individuals have profiles and organizations have pages.  Facebook is giving profile, or individual, interactions a higher weight in evaluating how high (if at all) content appears in your Facebook news feed.  Seeing as how churches fall into the “organizations category” this could mean a significant dip in Facebook visibility for churches and other organizations if they don’t adapt. Is this the end of Facebook for organizations and churches?  No, not necessarily.  Facebook has grown to be a staple in many churches’ marketing strategies over the years, so what can the Church do to continue to utilize Facebook effectively in this new age of the “organization-free” news feed?  An organization’s reach on Facebook will definitely take a hit, but there are some things that you can do to minimize the impact and still utilize Facebook.

One thing that can change your life!

Our words have an enormous effect on the world around us. In the same way, it only takes a spark to set a forest on fire, a careless or wrongly placed word can burn down a relationship. Our speech can turn unity into chaos, or bring pain where there should be protection. However, an encouraging word aptly placed can change someone’s entire day. You can enhance your marriage, bring success to your work, help your children, and enrich your friendships by simply letting the words of our mouths be life-giving. The decision is yours, choose your words carefully…

7 Simple New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are an important first step to creating real, lasting change. Although resolutions do not create the change, they do allow us to have a goal. When we combine that goal with action and persistence, our lives can be transformed. Unfortunately, of the over 133 million Americans who will make New Year’s resolutions in 2018, less than 10% will keep them. Noticing the existence of this trend, we’ve created a list of some actionable steps and resources that you can use throughout the year to achieve your goals.

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