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Month: March 2010

Tony Blair’s Speech – Part 1

Tony Blair’s Speech – Part 1

<< Previous The Foundation which bears my name and which I began less than a year ago is dedicated to achieving understanding, action and reconciliation between the different faiths for the common good. It is not about the faith that looks inward; but the faith that resolutely turns us towards each other. Bringing the faith communities together fulfils an objective important to all of us, believers and non-believers. But as someone of faith, this is not enough. I believe restoring…

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Tony Blair’s Speech to the National Prayer Breakfast

Tony Blair’s Speech to the National Prayer Breakfast

(February 10, 2009) It is an honour to be here. A particular honour to be with you Mr. President. The world participated in the celebration of your election. Now the hard work begins. And now, also we should be as steadfast for you in the hard work as in the celebration. You don’t need cheerleaders but partners; not spectators but supporters. The truest friends are those still around when the going is toughest. We offer you our friendship today. We…

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President Barack Obama’s Speech at National Prayer Breakfast

President Barack Obama’s Speech at National Prayer Breakfast

(February 10, 2009) Good morning. I want to thank the Co-Chairs of this breakfast, Representatives Heath Shuler and Vernon Ehlers. I’d also like to thank Tony Blair for coming today, as well as our Vice President, Joe Biden, members of my Cabinet, members of Congress, clergy, friends, and dignitaries from across the world. Michelle and I are honored to join you in prayer this morning. I know this breakfast has a long history in Washington, and faith has always been…

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10 Reasons Why Churches Stay Small – Part 2

10 Reasons Why Churches Stay Small – Part 2

<< Previous 7. Bad health. Anyone who has spent time in more than a few churches can see that some are just unhealthy. And by that, we do not mean they are small—they are sick. You can be small and healthy; behold the hummingbird. An unhealthy church is known more by what it does than by a list of characteristics and attributes. A church that runs its preachers off every year or two is unhealthy. A church that is constantly…

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10 Reasons Why Churches Stay Small – Part 1

10 Reasons Why Churches Stay Small – Part 1

<< Previous 3. Domination by a few strong members. The process by which a man (it’s almost always a man) becomes a church “boss” is subtle and rarely, if ever, the result of a hostile takeover. Say the pastor of a small church leaves for another town. The pastorless congregation looks within its membership for leaders to rise up and "take care of things" until a new pastor arrives. So two or three faithful and mature (we assume) members are…

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10 Reasons Why Churches Stay Small

10 Reasons Why Churches Stay Small

By Joe McKeever I know more about getting smaller churches to grow than larger ones. I pastored three of them, and only the first of the three did not grow—I was fresh out of college, untrained, inexperienced, and clueless about what I was doing. The next two grew well, and even though I remained at each only some three years, one almost doubled and the other nearly tripled in attendance and ministries. By using the word “grow,” I do not…

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