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The Praying Church

Posted by Brady Boyd

Most churches pray, but not all are praying churches. Most churches pause during their gatherings to pray, sometimes out of ritual, but certainly out of sincerity. But, how does a church make the leap to become a praying church, where prayer is the engine and fuel behind every spiritual advancement? 1. Prayer is modeled Prayer [...]

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The Civil War – Pragmatists vs. Idealists

Posted by Brady Boyd

The leaders of most local churches generally are influenced by either pragmatism or idealism when making decisions and leading their congregations. Leaders who are pragmatists tend to assess situations and solve problems in a practical, matter-of-fact way. Idealists tend to be moved by all the possibilities, while pragmatists immediately see the limitations. The truth is [...]

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The Thinking Church

Posted by Brady Boyd

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. Philippians 4:8-9 What are you thinking about right now? Are you considering any new ideas or imagining new possibilities or realities? Have our [...]

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Sons and Daughters – Hype vs. The Holy Spirit

Posted by Brady Boyd

My new book is called Sons and Daughters and it releases everywhere October 9th. Here is an excerpt from chapter 29   A COUPLE OF years ago, I began to “follow” on Twitter a dozen or so high-profile pastors whose ministries I deeply respect. Every few days, I’d receive their 140-character updates and initially would be [...]

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How Many Weekends Should a Pastor Preach?

Posted by Brady Boyd

How many times do you expect your pastor to speak on the weekends at your church? I am assuming your pastor gets to take some time off for vacation and rest, but is he supposed to be in the pulpit each of the other Sundays? When I became the pastor here at New Life, I [...]

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The Night I Attended Church Again

Posted by Brady Boyd

Most pastors I know do not attend church. I just started back, myself. We are almost always in church on the weekends but we are there primarily to minister to others, which leaves little room for receiving ministry ourselves. Thus, it’s possible for a pastor to be caught up in perpetual church activities and still [...]

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The Birth of a Sermon

Posted by Brady Boyd

Sundays come around with an alarming regularity. That is the truth. For most pastors, the most discouraging day of the week is Monday when they realize they must craft another sermon for the following weekend. Thankfully, for me, I have discovered a rhythm of study and preparation that takes a lot of the weight off me. My [...]

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What I Learned from a Fire

Posted by Brady Boyd

The most destructive fire in the history of Colorado is still burning as I write this post. Thankfully, our valiant fire fighters have most of it contained and many homes that were once threatened with devastation are now safe. Last week, I watched in awe as gale force winds drove the flames over a ridge, [...]

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Conflict Resolution 101

Posted by Brady Boyd

  An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel. – Proverbs 18:19 Some of the best work our enemy does is an inside job. Christians tend to rally around one another when there is an outside attack or threat, but it seems we [...]

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Pop Quiz – How Well do you Know New Life?

Posted by Brady Boyd

As a former high school teacher, I love to give pop quizzes. From time to time, I give one to our staff to test them on how much they know about the church where they work. The results are always very surprising and reminds us that we have to communicate clearly and constantly, especially since [...]

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