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Power Hungry

5 WAYS TO GET POWER HUNGRY by Trevor DeVage All of us are more powerless than we want to admit. But in this time of quarantine, with daily reports of death and disease, we may feel more helpless than ever. In these challenging days I’ve been thinking afresh about prayer. And I’ve come to believe […]

EVERY CHURCH IS PLANT

EVERY CHURCH IS NOW A CHURCH PLANT By Trevor DeVage As every aspect of our daily lives is being reconsidered and refashioned by the pandemic, churches are rethinking their futures, too. Or at least they should be. But I’m afraid some are anticipating the days ahead only with a vision of the years behind. And […]

PRACTICAL PRAYING

FOUR R’s FOR PRACTICAL PRAYING by Trevor DeVage We’ve all been told we ought to pray. Some of us pray often. More of us struggle to pray. Many Christians feel embarrassed or guilty when they’re urged to pray, because they already knew they don’t pray like they should. Often they don’t pray because no one […]

KOBE BRYANT: 4 LESSONS

KOBE BRYANT: FOUR LESSONS ABOUT MOURNING by Trevor DeVage The world gasped Sunday as the news hit the airwaves and spread across the Internet. Kobe Bryant was dead, killed in a tragic helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others. You didn’t have to be a sports fan to feel the impact. TV […]

AUTHORITY IN THE CHURCH

SUBMITTING TO AUTHORITY IN THE CHURCH by Trevor DeVage Last week’s post was about authority in ministry. It was aimed primarily at Christian leaders and included a warning against a perverted version of authority gained by power grabbing instead of service. I quoted a favorite verse in that post. Hebrews 13:17 reads like this: “Have […]

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE MAKE POLITICS OUR PRAISE

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE MAKE POLITICS OUR PRAISE by Trevor DeVage Not long ago I passed a house with a shocking photo on display in the front yard. It showed a man holding up a middle finger above a caption that used the ugliest epithet to suggest what viewers could do if they didn’t vote […]

CHURCH INSTITUTION

WHY AND HOW YOUR CHURCH CAN AVOID BECOMING AN INSTITUTION by Trevor DeVage It’s usually sad when a person is institutionalized. When your aging grandmother becomes too confused to take care of herself, her children institutionalize her. When your elderly uncle becomes too weak to live alone, your cousins institutionalize him. When a child with […]

Canceling Cancel Culture

WHY THE CHURCH MUST CANCEL “CANCEL CULTURE” by Trevor DeVage If you’ve written off someone because of one mistake or dumb remark, you’re participating in what has become a growing problem, “cancel culture.” “There is no single accepted definition of cancel culture,” according to Forbes, “but at its worst, it is about unaccountable groups successfully […]

SHIRLEY POWELL’S STORY

Shirley Powell, who first came to Christ’s Church in 2008, was baptized here in June of 2009 and was a faithful member until she moved to Clarksville, Tennessee in December, 2017. Her transition from here to there was accompanied by blessing upon blessing, and she’s giving God the glory.   Looking back, you can see […]

WORSHIP IN THE PAIN

LEARNING TO WORSHIP IN THE PAIN: 3 LESSONS OBSERVED FROM MY FRIEND EMILEE JOYNER by Trevor DeVage   Last week I promised a post that I’ve decided to delay till next week. After I wrote those words, life was interrupted by the sudden, shocking, unexpected death of someone dear to our church, and I want […]