All posts tagged local church

10 Highlights of LBC Open House!

Many of you have been praying for our annual Open House at Lancaster Baptist Church. Today was amazing, so I thought a quick report was in order. Here are the highlights: 1. The church family knocked on approximately 80,000 doors. What a delight it was to see church members going out soulwinning all week at…

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One Brave Little Girl!

For those of you who prayed for the Kehres family, a friend just emailed me this photo of Lynzie, the daughter that was the most seriously injured. As you can see, she’s doing well and God is answering prayer in a marvelous way! Today is Lynzie’s 11th birthday! Just two days ago, she was in…

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Why Leaders Need More Communication

WARNING: Failure to communicate frequently and effectively will bring distrust, tension, and grief in any valuable relationship. A large percentage of our problems in work, family, and ministry could be attributed to communication failures—either miscommunication or a lack of communication. Everybody has people in their lives with whom they should work at communicating more effectively…

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USATODAY Reports on the New NIV 2011

Revealing Words from NIV Translators Regarding Their Next Version Thanks to Eric Johnson, Youth Pastor at Liberty Baptist Church in Newport Beach, CA for twittering the link to this article in USA Today. The article details the planned release of yet another NIV bible in 2011! The most amazing quote from the article was this:…

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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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Living on God’s Economy—A Great Resource!

This is a small book that every Christian should read! This is a new book from Dr. Paul Chappell that was made available in July. Most of our announcements spotlighted other projects, but this one is well worth being noticed and used! Pastor Chappell did a marvelous job of taking many years of studying, teaching,…

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A Must-Read Soulwinning Story

While on vacation with my family last week, I received this email. It powerfully encouraged my heart on many levels. I pray it will encourage you that soulwinning still works. Dear Pastor Schmidt: I just finished reading your book “done.”. I thought you might like to know how I came upon the book.

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The Right Spirit Toward Spiritual Leaders

There are two very different attitudes towards spiritual leaders. Some Christians seemingly never see anything good, and in fact have given themselves over to criticism and fault-finding. While other Christians opt to be prayerfully and joyfully supportive and encouraging toward leaders. Which position have you taken in life? Just a couple of quick thoughts to…

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Living Hymns—A Personal Story

During my senior year of high school, the Lord allowed me to meet Dr. Al Smith and have lunch with him. I was visiting Bible colleges with my father and praying about God’s will for my future. Little did I know that God’s will for me would include serving in music ministry. I’ll never forget…

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New Website and Book—Church Still Works!

One of the Most Important Books I’ve Ever Read! Striving Together Publications is happy to announce the new book Church Still Works from Paul Chappell and Clay Reed—available July 13! (And sooner for Amazon Kindle.) This is one book every Christian and local church leader should read and re-read. It is fascinating, encouraging, biblical, and…

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A Glimpse Back at Spring Banquet

A Special Memory for the Senior Class of 2009 Last Monday we had the privilege of hosting our Senior High teens and many of their parents at Spring Banquet 2009. It was an amazing evening, featuring a delightfully decorated “Grand Ballroom” at the Disneyland Hotel. The students arrived at church at about noon, dressed their…

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My Favorite Moment of WCBC Commencement 09

Praying with the “LBC Brats” that Graduated Today! Today was a special commencement for West Coast Baptist College! For Dana and me it had a special significance as 20 graduates of the Lancaster Baptist Church youth group were graduating from Bible College. This was a special class! They have always had a fantastic, encouraging spirit…

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Book Review—A Glorious Church

A New Book about the Biblical and Historical Integrity of the New Testament Church Evangelist Mike Gass has written a fantastic new book now available from Striving Together Publications. “A Glorious Church” is a study of the origin, identity, heritage, and integrity of the New Testament Church. It is a fantastic read filled with historical…

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