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Great Traits

What are the traits and characteristics you appreciate most in volunteers, workers, and leaders in your church? Read the responses



Beautiful Balance
Tony Cooke

Tony CookeDo you remember trying to learn to ride your bicycle without training wheels? In a word, you were trying to achieve balance. You wanted to stay upright and make forward progress, and you didn’t want to fall to one side or the other. Spiritually speaking, balance is also a good thing. In Deuteronomy 28:14, Moses said to the people, “...you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.” In other words, he wanted them to avoid erroneous tangents. Read this article by Tony Cooke



Building Each Other Up In Love
Lisa Cooke

Neglected DoctrineBeing a children’s volunteer myself at different times when Tony and I were employed by two different churches, I know the value of being valued. I know how much a nurturing camaraderie among the workers helps promote enthusiasm for returning to the classroom each week. One of the most helpful things is to appoint “joints” or people that are good at the supply and equipping of this specific part of the body of the local church. Find your folks with the gift of encouragement and assign them the task of supplying doses of love and appreciation to those faithful workers. Read this article by Lisa Cooke



Staying on Course
Virgil Stokes

Virgil StokesIt happened twice this last week. It seems as if it happens with remarkable frequency. I was just reading some articles when I saw a headline about a Christian leader who has been accused of misconduct. That was followed by word of another fellow who has gotten off the doctrinal track. Then a famous pastor on trial for financial malfeasance. And can anyone count all the gifted men and women who have fallen into sexual or financial wrongdoing? All I know to do is pray for them, and then for myself. “Lord. Forgive them and restore them. And please, keep me on the beam!” There are a few things in my routine that help me stay on the right track... Read this article by Virgil Stokes



The Power of Choice
Shane Philpott

Shane PhilpottIt has become apparent today that many have lost the ability to make wise, Bible-based decisions without large amounts of influence and pressure from others. There was a day when a person would take pride in the fact that the decision they made was prudent, sensible, and intelligently thought out. However, while traveling on today’s fast-paced, social and media driven information highway, the ability for other people to influence a person’s choices has increased exponentially. Frequently, we find our decisions being subjected to and influenced by a host of people we don’t even know. If bad company will corrupt good character, then bad advice will corrupt good decisions. Read this article by Shane Philpott



Church and Ministry Q & A - Focus on Expense Reimbursements
Mark Helland, C.P.A.

Mark HellandHow do I get reimbursed when I personally pay for a church expense? Can I pay my housing expenses and other personal expenses directly from a church or ministry bank account? I have taken someone out to eat for my ministry. What is the appropriate way to document the event? Can I use the church’s debit, credit or gas card to buy gas for my vehicle? Read this article by Mark Helland




Tony Cooke Quotes

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FELLOWSHIP
“Be united with other Christians. A wall with loose bricks is not good. The bricks must be cemented together.”
- Corrie Ten Boom

GRACE
"All Christian power springs from communion with God and from the indwelling of divine grace."
- James H. Aughey

HEAVEN
“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”
- C.S. Lewis

SIN
"The truth is there are two great classes of sins---sins of the body, and sins of the disposition. The Prodigal Son may be taken as a type of the first, the Elder Brother of the second."
- Henry Drummond

TRUTH
“Peace if possible, but truth at any rate.”
- Martin Luther