Category Archives: Blog

How to Make Evangelism More Normal in Your Church

Published by Rooted Network on January 30, 2023

When you read the Book of Acts, you see that sharing Christ was as much a daily part of the lives of believers then as texting on a cell phone is today. But today, in most churches, evangelism is occasional at best. How...

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5 Reasons I Am Hopeful for the Church in 2023

Published by Rooted Network on January 22, 2023

A few months ago, I stood in Caesarea Philippi in front of a cave where historians believe a spring once flowed. During Jesus’ day, the spring was known as flowing from the underworld and the cave as the “gates of Hades.” The false god Pan was...

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Connect People with Stories

Published by Jeremy Maxfield on January 17, 2023

“There’s no place like…” “May the Force be…” “Life is like a box of…” “To infinity and…” You probably recognize those incomplete movie quotes, finishing the sentences and even picturing the scenes in your mind. The...

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Family Discipleship: Instruction and Identity

Published by Rooted Network on January 8, 2023

Parents love imperatives. I know I do. Just take a close look at the parenting vocabulary and you’ll find it riddled with imperatives: “Eat your broccoli.” “Don’t hit your sister.” “Quit setting the dog on fire.” That...

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Walking in Newness of Life

Published by Jeremy Maxfield on January 1, 2023

Jesus is making all things new. Christians throughout the world start each new week by gathering to celebrate this reality. In fact, our calendars remind us week after week and year after year of the life-changing truth of Jesus. He was born,...

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Looking Back as an Act of Worship

Published by Jeremy Maxfield on December 26, 2022

As disciples and disciple-makers, it’s important to reflect on and retell the stories of how God has worked in our lives. Throughout Scripture and Church history, people have set time and space aside to acknowledge God’s activity. Whether it was...

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A Quick Reminder to R.E.S.T. This Christmas

Published by Jeremy Maxfield on December 18, 2022

In the busiest time of year here’s one more thing for your to-do list: Rest. Or perhaps that’s one less thing. Or a lot less things. But even if you can’t simplify your commitments right now, perhaps you can be intentional with your...

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Sharing the Good News this Christmas

Published by Jeremy Maxfield on December 12, 2022

Holidays can come with a mixture of emotions stirred up like a snow globe shaken by a child. Thoughts, feelings, and memories swirl around inside us all. Unlike a snow globe, we can’t see what’s going on below the surface of other people’s...

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The Christmas Story of Faith in Action

Published by Jeremy Maxfield on December 7, 2022

Advent is a season of anticipation. The prophets foretold of the coming Messiah—God’s Word proved reliable and true. As God’s people, we too, wait expectantly for His return. Our hope is found in what God has done and will do in Jesus...

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Repentance and the Hope of Advent

Published by Jeremy Maxfield on November 29, 2022

The holiday countdown has begun again. So, how do we prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus? How can we help others do the same? The Christmas story doesn’t begin (or end) with the New Testament Gospels. Throughout Scripture, the coming of...

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