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Incarnational Evangelism

I just read a Pew Research center report that claims the Christian faith is in decline and continues to decline. It is down 12 percentage points over the last 10 years. Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009. Our nation is becoming more and more uncomfortable with the Christian faith. Why? There are perhaps a number of reasons that we could point toward to explain what is happening. But perhaps there is one big reason for this decline: a loss of trust in Christians and the institutions surrounding the Christian faith.

When I attended the Incubator training, I was given a demographic study for the area immediately surrounding our church that covered a two and ½ mile radius around the church. Keep in mind, this is our neighborhood.

The top ten reasons that people in our community did not attend church are:���…

The Spiritual Practice of Gratitude

Phil 4:4-8. 
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellentor praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Today marks the beginning of a series centered around spiritual disciplines.  They are practises that help us grow in spiritual and emotional maturity.  I’ve chosen 4 spiritual practises that relate to the Thanksgiving season.  Over the course of 4 weeks, we will examine g…