A Beginners Guide to Generation Z

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A Beginners Guide to Generation Z

By Carter Brinkley, Student Minister

Who doesn’t love a good statistical breakdown?

Over the last couple of years, researchers have been coming out with statistics regarding our youngest generation, labeled "Generation Z." This group of people is defined as persons born around or after 1995, so these folks are children, teenagers, and those in their very early 20s. To be clear, this is considered to be a generation that is distinctively different from the “Millennial Generation” before them. (We Millennials are already out of college and are now writing blog posts about the people after us.)

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7 Mistakes in Disciple-Making

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7 Mistakes in Disciple-Making

by Ron Leonard, Missions Pastor

The Great Commission from Jesus to His followers was, and is, "Go make disciples..." (see Matthew 28:16-20). But how do we make disciples a couple of thousand years later from when Jesus spoke these words, and halfway around the globe?

Here are a few observations on some mistakes we make and how to avoid them. Hopefully, this will help us all be faithful to the commission given by Christ.

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Does Your Worship Pastor Like Every Song We Sing?

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Does Your Worship Pastor Like Every Song We Sing?

by Andy Hammond, Pastor of Worship & Media

One of the most important (and most humbling) tasks for our worship ministry leadership is choosing the songs that our church sings during our Sunday morning worship gatherings.  Choosing songs for our services is kind of like choosing the food for your kids: your choices as a parent greatly impact the health of your children and set a pattern for their lives.

What we sing in corporate worship matters greatly.  Singing plays a crucial role in the formation of our faith, the physical expression of that faith, and our witness to a watching world.

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Thumbs Up for Clarity

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Thumbs Up for Clarity

by Mike McDonough, Pastor of Discipleship & Administration

Somehow, we as humans can easily make simple things complex. For example, answering the question of where to go out to eat on Friday night can become quite complex. In Hernando, this is especially true because the number of Mexican food restaurants rivals the number of banks we have in town. Everyone has their own opinion but no one agrees. The answer to where to go eat can be simple – a Mexican food restaurant. Yet, this simple answer is quite complex because no one agrees on which Mexican food restaurant to go to for tacos; burritos; enchiladas; nachos, or chicken, cheese, and rice. Anyone hungry yet?

When thinking about our spiritual lives, we often lean towards complexity over simplicity.

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6 Questions to Ask About Your Marriage

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6 Questions to Ask About Your Marriage

by Cliff Pace, Senior Pastor

Imagine this: two people who once looked at each other with such joy, and who once stood before the Lord and said, “till death do us part” to one another, are now sitting across from one another, in a courtroom.  

The looks of joy and love have been replaced with anger and disappointment. This story is all too familiar for some, and much too close for others. 

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Top Secret: How to Get Your Child to Read the Bible

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Top Secret: How to Get Your Child to Read the Bible

by Liz Alexander, Minister to Preschool & Children

One of the most important parts of your child’s spiritual growth is reading and understanding their Bible. To a child (and even adults) picking up the Bible to read can seem like a mountain of a task, but it doesn’t have to be! The Bible is God’s written Word for us to read and help us grow. God speaks to us through His Word, and it is so important for us to know so we can share the Gospel and live a life pleasing to Him.  In my last blog post, I shared with you how to pick a Bible that best suits your child for their spiritual growth. Now’s the time to use it!  

So let me share with you several tips and one very big secret to helping your child in their spiritual growth by reading their Bible.

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Be Winsome, Not a Winner: Speaking About Tough Topics with Kids, Coworkers, and Companions

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Be Winsome, Not a Winner: Speaking About Tough Topics with Kids, Coworkers, and Companions

by Carter Brinkley, Student Minister

If you found this page while perusing the internet, especially via social media, then you have likely already seen something that made you angry or annoyed at someone else. Most likely, the source of your frustration is a family member or friend who just doesn’t see things the way you do. If you are like me, you may be rehearsing an air-tight argument in your mind that you would just love to present to any and every person you know— or don’t know— who needs a "reality check." After all, if you could win everyone to your point of view, there would be nothing left to be angry over, right?

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3 Steps on the Path to Understanding Scripture

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3 Steps on the Path to Understanding Scripture

by Ron Leonard, Missions Pastor

How is Scripture to be understood and applied?  Since we believe "all Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness," it is crucial that we understand how to rightly take in and apply God's Word.

Recommended reading: Grasping God's Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting and Applying the Bible by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays. 

Much of what follows has been gleaned or influenced by this book and it is recommended reading for anyone seeking to personally understand and apply the truths of God's Word.

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Behind the Music: O Church Arise (Arise, Shine)

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Behind the Music: O Church Arise (Arise, Shine)

by Andy Hammond, Pastor of Worship & Media

The songs we sing in corporate worship are integral to the teaching of our faith.  What we sing, we remember.  Our church has embraced the music of Keith and Kristyn Getty as a source of Christ-centered doctrine and beautiful, singable melodies (In Christ Alone, The Power of the Cross, He Will Hold Me Fast, and Behold the Lamb to name a few). 

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