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Argentinean leader Ed Silvoso said, "The Church in the West today presents too easy a target for Satan. We do not believe we are at war. We do not know where the battleground is located...

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5 Ways to Overcome the Summer Giving Slump

"God never estimates what we give from impulse. We are given credit for what we determine in our hearts to give; for the giving that is governed by a fixed determination." -Oswald Chambers

Helping our people experience the timeless truth of moving from impulse and haphazard giving to systematically and joyfully giving is a continuous process.  

We see this in Paul's writings, 

"Each one must give as he has decided...

Spiritual Formation: Slaying the Elephant in the Church

By Dick Loizeaux

Dallas Willard has written: “…non-discipleship is the elephant in the church; it is not the much discussed moral failures, financial abuses or the amazing general similarity between Christians and non Christians. These are only effects of the underlying problem, the fundamental negative reality among Christian believers now is their failure to be...

Is the Hole in Your Holiness Hurting Your Church?


By Dick Loizeaux

In the last Converge MidAmerica newsletter Gary Rohrmayer discussed “10 Characteristics of Spiritually Plateaued Leaders.” If you discovered that you aren’t stumbling around in the swamplands of spiritual mediocrity, good for you! But now let me change the question: “Have you scaled the heights of holiness as high as you would like?” That’s a little more...

What Are You Offering To God As Worship?

By Gary Rohrmayer

In revitalizing our public and corporate worship services we must first seek to awaken our private and personal worship.  One of the liberating and transforming principles in the apostles' teaching is the priesthood of all believers.

Peter writes, “As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual...

Why We Are Losing At Spiritual Formation

By Dick Loizeaux

I just read another one of those depressing surveys that show Christ’s church is failing spectacularly at spiritual formation.  Lifeway Research identified 21 functional characteristics of a disciple.  They then surveyed 2500 Protestant churchgoers and found only 17% received a decent discipleship or spiritual formation score against those 21 characteristics.  You read that right -17%....

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