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Timeless Family Values We Still Need in Modern Life

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Timeless Family Values We Still Need in Modern Life

When you want to have a healthy family, there are certain things that you should do to help your children develop particular morals or ethics. Here is a list of ways to help your children develop timeless values for their future. Helping People in Need Your children should learn that there are other people who have problems so that you can teach them how to help others. If there is a devastating event such as a hurricane, then you and your children can collect clothing, food, and water to send to the location. Alternatively, you might want to bring your...

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Thoughtful Ways to Foster an Inclusive Community

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Thoughtful Ways to Foster an Inclusive Community

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, to bring praise to God.” Romans 15:7 These words are an excellent touchstone for any congregation working to be more inclusive. Building community while pursuing individual faith can be challenging, especially in today’s fast-paced world. Even the best among us can wake up and realize we’ve created a community that doesn’t live up to this ideal, a place where some feel less than welcome. Grace allows us to recognize this shortcoming, and to move forward with solutions. Where there are walls, impediments to inclusivity, we can take concrete steps to break...

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5 Reasons Pastors Should Be Thinking About Church Security

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5 Reasons Pastors Should Be Thinking About Church Security

For hundreds of years, churches were places where personal safety. The sanctuary they offer was never in doubt. However, that has changed dramatically. With multiple violent incidents at churches across the United States, pastors have security at the top of their list. According to USA Today, since 1999 there have been 723 violent acts committed in U.S. churches, with 38 percent resulting in at least one death. And with guns, knives, bombs, and automobiles used in these incidents, it's clear churches must make security a top priority. To learn more, here are five reasons why pastors should be thinking about...

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5 Creative Ways to Keep Your Congregation Engaged

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5 Creative Ways to Keep Your Congregation Engaged

Has your congregation been drifting off lately? Are you not seeing more parishioners stepping up and helping to expand the reach of your church? The big issue here is that the congregation may no longer be connected, and sooner or later this could be devastating to the church as a whole. Here are five creative ways to keep your congregation engaged.   1. Give the Church a Facelift Perhaps the building where you hold services hasn't seen a fresh coat of paint since the last century. The expression about judging a book by its cover could apply here, so get...

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Straight and Narrow: How to Display Morality in Tough Situations

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Straight and Narrow: How to Display Morality in Tough Situations

Morality is natural when things are going well. Few would be willing to sacrifice their principles when it's easy to defend them, after all. The real test of morality comes when things aren't going well - when the situation gets desperate and sticking to your morals means the possibility of adverse consequences. There are, however, methods of making sure you can display morality even when situations are tough. Examine Your Morals Perhaps the best place to start is with an examination of your morals. What is at the core of your moral code and what's merely window dressing? It's often...

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