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December 22 2010 By virtueonline Five Significant Facts about Church and First–Time Guests

* Are parking attendants in place?

* Is there appropriate signage?

* Are your ushers and greeters welcoming?

* Is the environment you take for granted user-friendly?

2. Most church members aren't friendly. Churches claim to be friendly. But the truth is that most church members are friendly to each other, but not to guests.

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December 22 2010 By virtueonline Five Significant Facts about Church and First–Time Guests

* Are parking attendants in place?

* Is there appropriate signage?

* Are your ushers and greeters welcoming?

* Is the environment you take for granted user-friendly?

2. Most church members aren't friendly. Churches claim to be friendly. But the truth is that most church members are friendly to each other, but not to guests.

Read more
December 22 2010 By virtueonline Five Significant Facts about Church and First–Time Guests

* Are parking attendants in place?

* Is there appropriate signage?

* Are your ushers and greeters welcoming?

* Is the environment you take for granted user-friendly?

2. Most church members aren't friendly. Churches claim to be friendly. But the truth is that most church members are friendly to each other, but not to guests.

Read more
December 21 2010 By virtueonline WHY PLANT A NEW CHURCH?

NEW CONGREGATIONS ARE MORE EVANGELISTIC

Bruce McNicol of Interest Ministries is quoted in the magazine "Christianity Today" as saying, "Among evangelical churches, those under three years old will win ten people to Christ per year for every hundred church members; those 3 to 15 years old will win five people per year. After age 15, the number drops to three per year."

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November 12 2010 By virtueonline Jesus's Message to Muslims: I Will Take Your Shame and Give You A New Heart

This crie de Coeur is very apparent to missionaries who work with Muslims, both in traditional Islamic countries and in the West. I recently heard from a reliable source that in the Muslim world, there is roughly one missionary for every one million Muslims. If the USA were a Muslim nation, there would be a total of 325 missionaries in our entire country. No wonder few Muslims ever hear the gospel.

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October 06 2010 By virtueonline The coming evangelical collapse

This collapse will herald the arrival of an anti-Christian chapter of the post-Christian West. Intolerance of Christianity will rise to levels many of us have not believed possible in our lifetimes, and public policy will become hostile toward evangelical Christianity, seeing it as the opponent of the common good.

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October 05 2010 By virtueonline Demoralizing The Gospel - Andy Comiskey

Christian morality does not stop there; it understands that the way of life and action of Jesus Christ is the highest expression of morality. Jesus Himself said in the Sermon on the Mount that He came to fulfill the moral law, that unless His followers were more righteous than the most scrupulous moralists, they would not make it to heaven. (Matt. 5: 17-20)

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August 31 2010 By virtueonline China: the future of Christianity?

Today, estimates of Christians range between 40 million and 100 million.

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August 27 2010 By virtueonline Your Church's Apgar:A New Way to Measure Spiritual Vitality

Apgar gave nurses a way to rate the health of babies at delivery: "Ten points meant a child born in perfect condition. Four points or less meant a blue, limp baby."

This simple score, devised by an unlikely person-she had never delivered a baby, as a doctor or even as a mother-"turned an intangible and impressionistic clinical concept-the condition of new babies-into numbers that people could collect and compare."

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August 24 2010 By virtueonline China invests in confident Christians

State funding

On the outskirts of Nanjing, a building site illustrates the scale of the communist state's commitment to supporting the development of Christianity.

Local officials say that the building under construction will become China's largest state-sanctioned church - with space for 5,000 worshippers.

The land - and 20% of the building costs - are being provided not by local Christians, but by the municipal government.

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