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Found

Found

adjective: discovered after a deliberate search; located, recovered, brought back Imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure...

Path

Path

    noun: way of life, conduct, or thought; route or course May the Master take you by the hand and lead you along the path of God’s love and Christ’s endurance. 2 Thessalonians 3:5 In the Pacific Northwest, we love to hike. It’s exhilarating. We hike trails...

Mindfulness and the Pastor

Mindfulness and the Pastor

    Mindfulness is a big deal in today’s culture. Businesses such as Apple, sports figures such as basketball player Kobe Bryant, and the popular press such as Time magazine have all given it their stamp of approval. Governments are spending hun­dreds of...

Proximity and Presence

Proximity and Presence

    At Canaan we are trying to live into our tagline “the church where love makes the difference,” which we have found to be a very dangerous statement. Christians often tell people we love them before we have ever lived with, listened to, or learned from...

Time to Simplify!!!!

Time to Simplify!!!!

Let’s face it…life is complicated! The more advanced our society becomes, the more complicated every single thing has become. Oh, yes, there are many who will tell us how these gadgets and systems are making life easier. Perhaps there is some validity to that, but...

Pastor Practices

Pastor Practices

Now a word about pastors with doubts. When I was in college, I waited tables at one of my then-favorite restaurants, which served amazingly soft rolls with cinnamon butter and allowed you to throw peanut shells on the floor, a brilliant combination of two of my...

Becoming an Unhurried Leader

Becoming an Unhurried Leader

Hurried leadership makes me think of a childhood toy called a Chinese finger trap. This long, narrow cylinder is often woven from bamboo strips. A child puts a finger from one hand into one end and a finger from the other hand in the other end and pulls. The trap...

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership

When the early Wesleyan bands of Christ-followers got together in small group meetings, their first question to each other was “How is it with your soul?” This is the best possible question for us as Christian leaders in light of Jesus’ warning and in light of what we...

Disconnect to Get Connected

Disconnect to Get Connected

One way to connect with other people is to disconnect from technology from time to time. I’m a techie, and I love my gadgets. But a few years ago, I became a reluctant convert to the discipline of disconnecting. The insidiousness of having work with me wherever I...

Daybreak Devotions – Excellent!

Daybreak Devotions – Excellent!

November 16 “An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.” (Proverbs 31:10 NASB) Why is it that on my wife’s birthday every year, I’m the one who feels like he’s received the gift? I met her at a weekly Bible Study. I had been asked to teach the...

Found

Found

adjective: discovered after a deliberate search; located, recovered, brought back Imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure...

Path

Path

    noun: way of life, conduct, or thought; route or course May the Master take you by the hand and lead you along the path of God’s love and Christ’s endurance. 2 Thessalonians 3:5 In the Pacific Northwest, we love to hike. It’s exhilarating. We hike trails...

Mindfulness and the Pastor

Mindfulness and the Pastor

    Mindfulness is a big deal in today’s culture. Businesses such as Apple, sports figures such as basketball player Kobe Bryant, and the popular press such as Time magazine have all given it their stamp of approval. Governments are spending hun­dreds of...

Proximity and Presence

Proximity and Presence

    At Canaan we are trying to live into our tagline “the church where love makes the difference,” which we have found to be a very dangerous statement. Christians often tell people we love them before we have ever lived with, listened to, or learned from...

Time to Simplify!!!!

Time to Simplify!!!!

Let’s face it…life is complicated! The more advanced our society becomes, the more complicated every single thing has become. Oh, yes, there are many who will tell us how these gadgets and systems are making life easier. Perhaps there is some validity to that, but...

Pastor Practices

Pastor Practices

Now a word about pastors with doubts. When I was in college, I waited tables at one of my then-favorite restaurants, which served amazingly soft rolls with cinnamon butter and allowed you to throw peanut shells on the floor, a brilliant combination of two of my...

Becoming an Unhurried Leader

Becoming an Unhurried Leader

Hurried leadership makes me think of a childhood toy called a Chinese finger trap. This long, narrow cylinder is often woven from bamboo strips. A child puts a finger from one hand into one end and a finger from the other hand in the other end and pulls. The trap...

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership

When the early Wesleyan bands of Christ-followers got together in small group meetings, their first question to each other was “How is it with your soul?” This is the best possible question for us as Christian leaders in light of Jesus’ warning and in light of what we...

Disconnect to Get Connected

Disconnect to Get Connected

One way to connect with other people is to disconnect from technology from time to time. I’m a techie, and I love my gadgets. But a few years ago, I became a reluctant convert to the discipline of disconnecting. The insidiousness of having work with me wherever I...

Daybreak Devotions – Excellent!

Daybreak Devotions – Excellent!

November 16 “An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.” (Proverbs 31:10 NASB) Why is it that on my wife’s birthday every year, I’m the one who feels like he’s received the gift? I met her at a weekly Bible Study. I had been asked to teach the...

 

5 out of the box community outreach ideas

We’re hearing that many pastors are struggling right now.

If you’re looking for fresh ideas for prayer, worship, communion, and community, then you can find some of the very best right here.