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The New Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast is LIVE!

We are happy to announce the Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast! The messages from Emmanuel Baptist Church of Newington, CT are now available on iTunes and through other Podcast directories (soon) for free download. Usually, three times each week you can download the preaching and teaching series that are presently being delivered. We are excited about…

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New Podcast—A Soulwinning Church

Don’t miss this month’s Spiritual Leadership Podcast from Pastor Paul Chappell. The topic is “The Soulwinning Church by His Spirit.” The lesson focuses on how to maintain your church family’s passion to share Christ and lead others to Him. It’s a lesson that will help you personally and corporately to avoid the tendency to drift…

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My Christmas Day Train Wreck

I have recurring Saturday evening nightmares. I think it’s a part of being a song leader or church service director. But today topped them all! First some background: At least once a month, and some times more frequently, I pillow my head on Saturday evening only to be tormented all night by some nightmare experience…

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iPad, iPhone, Apps, and Ideas…

(This one’s just for fun…) When iPad was introduced, nearly every blog and media outlet had an article about it. Some were sceptical, some critical, some more analytical, and some prophetic. Six months into using an iPad, and a couple years for the iPhone, I wanted to share how these devices have impacted my ministry…

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Announcing the SM127 Podcast for Students

We are excited to announce a new podcast flowing from the ministry of Lancaster Baptist Church—SM127 Podcast, which simply stands for Student Ministry! This podcast will be a part of the free Ministry127.com family of resources and will be for teens. It will feature messages from our ministry events for teenagers—West Coast Baptist Teen Camps,…

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To TV or Not To TV?

To TV or not to TV? Many Christians wrestle with this question. Many choose to not have a TV at all. Others choose to have limited TV and tight controls. Yet others open the floodgates completely. Regardless of where you are on the TV decision, this experience was too powerful not to share. For several years…

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Do Social Networks Change Behavior?

USAToday published an interesting article today about the impact of the internet and social networking. Here are a few of the statistics they shared: How social-networking services affect the everyday behavior of millions of Americans: An Ohio State University study links Facebook to lower grades. According to a survey of 219 students, published in April,…

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Defeating the Media Monster-Part 2

Media will eat your family alive unless you tell it not to! In part one we uncovered five challenges that modern media brings into our lives and homes. To beat the challenges, tame this monster, and prepare your children to have discernment and wisdom, may I make the following suggestions: 1. Build healthy relationships committed…

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Defeating the Media Monster—Part 1

Media will eat your family alive, unless you tell it not to! I have a deep inner aversion to living things that crawl, creep, fly, or slither around and find their way into places they don’t belong. They bother me. They creep me out. I just want them dead as quickly as I can make…

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What’s a Podcast?

Introducing Our Ministry Podcasts and How to Use Them When it comes to technology and helpful tools, I’ve decided to quit making assumptions. After all, there was a day when I asked this same question—what in the world is a podcast?? (If you are already familiar with the concept, you might want to skip down…

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New Research on Social Networking

Both TIME magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle recently reported on some dangers surfacing behind the many hours that teens are spending in social networking. Here are a few quotes from the San Francisco Chronicle article that relayed the results of a poll of 1,000 teens and 1,000 parents: “From behind their bedroom doors, more…

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The Best and Worst Uses of Twitter

I have written a couple of posts about twitter—why I decided to use it and things I’ve learned from the experience. Overall, twitter has been a positive experience, but not entirely. Here is a short list of the best and worst ways to use twitter: The Best Uses of Twitter: Encouraging Connections—Twitter is a great…

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A New Design

After a lot of encouragement from friends over the past two years, I have decided to develop the blog a bit more. This new design and collection of new features is the first step. (Not to mention that the last design was barely more than basic.) Here’s a quick highlight of what’s on this new…

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Twitter—90 Days Later

The Blessings and Benefits of Learning the Art of Microblogging! A little over 90 days ago, I began using Twitter. Eight months ago I was sure it was the dumbest thing I had ever seen. But after a little examination and consideration, I decided to give it a try with my family and friends. It’s…

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Blogs and Twitters—Is There a Point?

Why I Decided to Start Using Twitter Why blog? Why Twitter? Is there a good reason for these things? That is the question I’ve been asking myself for the past year or so. I’m not usually an “early adopter” of potentially harmful things. Rather, I like to study, to watch, to pray, and to consider….

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Cyber Families Part 3

Reconnecting a Disconnected Family In last month’s edition, we were working on solving the problem of being a disconnected generation. Sure we have our high speed internet connections, our iPods, our Xboxes, and our high-tech homes, but we’ve lost the most important connection—that direct connection to the heart of our teenager! Perhaps it’s common in…

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Cyber Families Part 2

Reconnecting a Disconnected Family! In last month’s Baptist Voice, we talked about the fact that we are the most technically “connected” generation in human history, yet we’re also the most relationally “disconnected” as the same time! More than ever teens and children are left to themselves while Mom and Dad have to work harder and…

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Cyber Families Part 1

Connected Families Losing Their Most Needed Connections! A few weeks ago, my wife and I decided to stay up late to work on some projects. I chose to stay in my chair in the living room, while she chose to sit up in bed and work—both of us on our laptop computers. Before long, we…

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