FROM PEACEBREAKING TO PEACEMAKING

Eight Ways to Reshape a Church's DNA Fourteen years ago our church melted down in our last great church fight. When the dust settled, both vocational pastors had resigned, all the lay elders did the same, and half the deacons withdrew from office as well. It was ugly. Since then we've worked hard to cultivate a culture of peace at OGC. If we can help it, we don't ever want to go again to such a devastating place of disunity. We've worked hard over the years to cultivate a culture of peace eager to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph. 4:3). ...

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CHURCH PEACE: A WARFARE MATTER (1)

Four Spiritual Warfare Strategies for Preserving Peace in the Church Conclusions matter. From dessert and coffee at a restaurant, to the the climax of a story, to (this matters especially to pastors like me) how the sermon ends, the way things come to a close can make all the difference in the experience. Lately in my study I've camped out a lot in Eph. 6:10-20. Paul's treatment there of the challenging subject of spiritual warfare forms the focus of my church's men's retreat at the end of this month. Think about it. He ends this exquisite letter to the the ...

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SWEET REASONABLENESS

For PC's latest blog post click here.

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ANOTHER PERSONAL UPDATE

For the latest on PC and Nancy's health click here.

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T4G

For Pastor Curt's latest blog post related to this week's conference in Louisville, please see his website at www.curtheffelfinger.com.

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WORTHLESS RELIGION

Why Our Tongues Matter So Much To Our Church's Peace It never ceases to amaze me. No matter how many times I read through the Bible it happens over and over again. I see something for the very first time. How it escaped me all those previous times I'll never know. Reading through James recently it hit me unlike ever before. A faith that works--the book's theme--demonstrates its validity significantly in control of our tongues. Track this emphasis with me in these verses: James 1:26 "If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his ...

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A PERSONAL UPDATE

A dear self-professed atheist friend of mine follows my blog. This both humbles and encourages me. But he did recently complain about the content. "Too much religion. Not enough about you." Just like my buddy. This post he will like, I think. I had to shut down the blog for a couple of weeks recently due to ongoing treatment during my current medical absence. Following jaw surgery six weeks ago my surgeon ordered ten hyperbaric dives to aid in my recovery. They completely wiped me out. Productivity of any kind flew out the window from day one. Fortunately I've left those ...

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PHILIPPIANS: A PEACEMAKER’S MUST

Mastering the Letter As We Study the Book Last Sunday we embarked on a pulpit study of Paul's epistle to the Philippians. This choice by our elders during my medical leave of absence thrills me. Why? The theme of peacemaking runs throughout it. We don't get any further than 1:27 before Paul begs, so that I may hear of you standing firm in one spirit , with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel. Then in 2:2 the apostle goes so far as to plead, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. ...

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The Latest on Nancy’s Fight with Cancer

For my latest blog post with a status update on my wife's health struggles please click here.

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How To Be the Church When the Pastor Can’t Be the Pastor

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