Archive for Phil Ware

Ancient Wisdom, Modern Grace: Passing It On

by Phil Ware  When we saw the little body of Alan Kurdi washed ashore on a beach in Turkey, we were shaken by the real human anguish of the refugee crisis. One overturned life raft, a lost wife, and two lost sons made the agony of a father and husband inescapably personal. Two years later, […]

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Ancient Wisdom, Today’s Grace: Surprise!

by Phil Ware “Daddeee,” Megan said in her sweetest voice and using her pet name for me, “are we nearly to MiMi’s yet?” Megan loves her MiMi. It didn’t hurt that as she grew up, Megan’s MiMi lived in the country in an old farmhouse with lots of outside space to explore with her cousins. […]

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Ancient Wisdom, Today’s Grace: Singing the Jesus Song

by Phil Ware     Critical Moments Fragile. Vulnerable. And, threatened! The precious young church in Philippi was fragile, vulnerable and threatened. Two women, Euodia and Syntyche, had been essential in evangelizing and leading many of their new believers to Jesus. Now, however, they were at odds. The stain and strain of their disagreement was permeating […]

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Ancient Wisdom, Today’s Grace: Finding God’s Will

by Phil Ware Our Challenging Reality: A young woman shared her heart in Bible class: We all prayed and asked for God’s wisdom to know whether my dad should move to this new church, but we obviously misread the will of God. From the moment we arrived at that church, there were problems. People began […]

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Hearing God’s Call for Your Church (part 3) – Doing Your “One Thing”

by Phil Ware –  “No way! Jesus NEVER left behind someone who needed his help! I refuse to believe he ever did that!” The student was adamant. In fact, she was angry at even the suggestion that this could be true. Then came the problem. I read the following to her: Simon and his companions went […]

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A User Friendly Church (Part 1) – A Yes! Church?

by Phil Ware –  As surely as God is faithful, our word to you does not waver between “Yes” and “No.”  For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” He is the one whom Silas, Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate “Yes,” he always does what […]

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What Time Is It At Your Church? (part 3) – Time To Re-Prime?

by Phil Ware – I was recently asked, “Why do so few churches regain their former glory once they realize they are past their prime?” The answer to that question is as simple as it is harsh: nostalgia. Many people seem to believe that the only way for a church to regain its former glory is […]

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