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The Angel Gabriel

In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares a truth-packed word titled, “The Angel Gabriel.” Join us as we study God’s Word and hear powerful wisdom about who the angel Gabriel is and how he delivered some of God’s most important messages. Our prayer is that this message would deepen your understanding of the spiritual realm and God’s desire to strengthen and encourage you!

Original content can be found The Angel Gabriel on JRC

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Why a Church Should Consider Having Gouldian Finches in Their Lobby

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The lobby is the first place your congregation sees whenever they come to your church. Its design could determine your ability to attract and retain new members. Even if your old members are loyal to your church, and they are unlikely to abandon it because of the shabby appearance of your lobby, you are still encouraged to enhance its appearance.

This will encourage your members to congregate in the area, and to use the lobby to engage and interact with one another after church. If you can keep your members engaged in the lobby, it will give you an opportunity to talk to them. And what leader doesn’t want to connect with his church members after a riveting service?

If you don’t know how to spruce up your lobby, consider adding some Gouldian finches. The birds, which are native to Australia, have so much to offer. For instance:

1). Appearance

Gouldian finches are very beautiful. People keep them because their plumage is so gorgeous. It would be easy to populate your lobby with art pieces and flowers. But a finch is far better because it is just as colorful as the most attractive flower and yet it is alive. You can find finches in a variety of colors.

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2). Song

Like many birds, finches sing. Some people dislike their sound. But most of your church members are bound to enjoy it. It will add some energy to the quietest days, giving the people in the vicinity something to listen to. You don’t have to worry about the birds disrupting service. They make noise but they are not that loud.

If anything, they will enhance the sermon with their sounds by complementing your preacher’s voice.

3). Activity

Gouldian finches don’t like humans. This makes people think that they are anti-social but that isn’t true. Finches are quite playful with one another, especially if they are kept in a spacious cage. Your church members, both young and old, will enjoy watching these creatures as they frolic.

This is another reason why they are preferable to plants and art pieces. You cannot rely on an art piece to entertain you. The same is true for plants and flowers. They are static items that never move. Birds like finches, on the other hand, will keep your visitors entertained for several hours on end, particularly if you have several birds.

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4). Human Interaction

The problem with keeping pets in a public space is that people are always trying to pet them. This is a problem because such human interaction can give the pets in question the opportunity to escape.

Some pets entice people to touch and pet them with their behavior. But gouldian finches are different. As was noted above, they hate human interaction. Therefore, no one will fault you for putting up signs that discourage people from touching them.

More importantly, finches won’t invite human interaction. You don’t have to worry about hapless visitors accidentally opening their cages and setting them loose. Your church members will be content to simply look at them.

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The Vow of Christ

Even in the face of our sin, Jesus doesn’t blink.

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A New Normal

In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares a powerful sermon titled, “A New Normal.” Join us for our final sermon of the decade as we read what God’s Word says about the life of Jabez, and learn truth-packed teaching on God’s blessing for your life. Our prayer is that this message would strengthen your faith and help you desire a new normal of God’s blessing as you walk into the new year.

Original content can be found A New Normal on JRC

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There is Joy in the Journey

In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares an encouraging sermon titled, “There is Joy in the Journey.” Join us as we read Philippians 1:1-11 and study four keys the Apostle Paul gives Christians for living a life of joy. Our prayer is that this message would encourage you to set your heart on heaven and seek God in prayer as you cultivate a life of joy in the Lord!

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The New Math of the Gospel

Religious or irreligious, people far off and people nearby, “prodigal sons” and “older brothers” — we are all debtors to grace.

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A New Normal (Pt. 1)

In this message, special guest Al Toledo shares an uplifting sermon titled, “A New Normal (Pt. 1).” Join us as we read God’s Word and deepen our understanding of prayer and how prayer can cause us to have a breakthrough year in 2020. Our desire is that this message would encourage you to start the day off with prayer and believe God for powerful things in your life and the lives of others!

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The Joy of Sharing Christ

In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares a powerful sermon titled, “The Joy of Sharing Christ.” Join us as we read what the Apostle Paul writes about how his trials advance the gospel in Philippians 1:12-14 and hear three principles about sharing Christ during the storms of life. Our prayer is that this message encourages your faith and brings clarity to your heart about how God uses challenges to build the Kingdom!

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‘Yesterday’ and the Forgotten Gospel

Why I’m glad for the vast army of theological plagiarists being trained up among the younger generation.

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What Does it Matter?

In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares an insightful sermon titled, “What Does it Matter?” Join us as we study Philippians 1:15-18 and hear powerful wisdom about the perspective and grace from which we should view others as we minister alongside them. Our prayer is that this message would instill a passion in your heart to see the gospel preached and rejoice in the Lord in every season!