Help! My Church’s First-time Visitors Aren’t Coming Back for Future Visits

If the title of this review is the lament of your church, then this book is for you and help is on the way. Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, wrote this book based on information received from hundreds of first-time guests who visited Bible-believing churches. He asked why the guests didn’t return after their first visit. Rainer then listed their top ten responses. This book is a wake-up call to churches who feel that they are friendly churches but may not realize that a first-time visitor may draw the opposite conclusion. This book will help churches see things from the viewpoint of a first-time visitor and improve your church’s appeal to those looking for a house of worship to make their spiritual home.

Did you know that opting out of a certain method of getting your name out there or doing it poorly may result in your church not even getting a chance at 7 out of 10 potential visitors? In other words, a large majority of visitors may not even consider yo…

Ingenuity, Daring and More Than a Few Good Men Helped to Win the War of Independence: a Book Review

Angels in the Sky: How a Band of Volunteer Airmen Saved the New State of Israelis a great book I would recommend. If you love history, love Israel and marvel at the miracle of the Jewish nation’s rebirth and successful fight for survival, this book is for you. It is an especially appropriate read as we near the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence.
It was only a few years after the Holocaust when the Jews declared their independence on May 14, 1948. The modern state of Israel was born. However, five neighbors were determined to defeat the new country and the balances were weighed heavily against her. One of the reasons for this was that each of those nations had well-equipped militaries while Israel did not and international law forbade the importation of arms and able bodied men into the area of conflict. However, Jews and Gentiles, many of whom fought in World War II, volunteered to be the fledgling air force of the new Jewish state. Amazing efforts were brought to bear to find …

Websightings: Free and Great Priced E-books

Free Warren Wiersbe's Exodus from his Bible study seriesAmazon also on Google Play, iBooks, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook and Faithlife

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It's Not My Fault: The No-Excuse Plan for Overcoming Life's Obstacles for $4.99Amazon  also in hardcover from as low as 25 cents
Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah for 99 cents Amazon Note: look for other Edersheim works for 99 cents when you click on the link

Billy Graham: Biographies, articles of note, Billy Graham library and his memorial service

Billy Graham: A guidestar for preachers, as well as millions of followers

America's Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation by Dr. Grant Wacker, Duke Divinity School

Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham
by Billy Graham
I read this after I borrowed it from our local library years ago. It is a very good read.

The Billy Graham Library

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s invocation at Madison Square Garden Crusade in 1957 

Russell Moore on Billy Graham's Life and Influence

A Farewell to Billy Graham, pt. 1 of his memorial service (above)

A Farewell to Billy Graham, pt. 2 of his memorial service (above)

Go inside the story of an unlikely messenger who touched the world with the message of Christ. "Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey" airs Sunday, March 4 at 7 p.m. ET on Fox.

Valentine Deals and Ideas

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Even though he was born without arms or legs, Nick Vujicic created a "ridiculously good life." But after dating disappointments and a failed relationship, he reached his mid-twenties worried that he would never find a woman to love him and share his life. Then Nick met Kanae and everything changed. But even with undeniable chemistry, they would have to navigate twists and turns worthy of a romantic comedy before becoming "one" in marriage. In Love Without Limits Nick and Kanae tell how they improbably found each other, fell in love, and then fought to overcome skepticism from others about their relationship. Filled with practical insights that will benefit any couple, this inspiring book describes a godly courtship and the early years of the Vujicics' marriage and parenting journey.

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With astonishing vulnerability that engages readers from the first page, John a…

Great Deals on Commentaries and Other Christian E-Books

Logos Free book of the month: The NIV Application Commentary on Mark. (currently $22.99 on Kindle)
Logos also allows you to add on Job at $1.99 in the same series and/or 1 Peter for $2.99

I Will Follow You, O God: Embracing Him as Lord in Your Private WorshipKindle Edition
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Battling UnbeliefJohn Piper
Kindle edition for $1.99
No one sins out of duty. We sin because it offers some promise of happiness. That promise enslaves us, until we believe that God is more desirable than life itself (Psalm 63:3). Only the power of God’s superior promises in the gospel can emancipate our hearts from servitude to the shallow promises and fleeting pleasures of sin.

Delighting in the bounty of God’s glorious gospel promises will free us for a less sin-encumbered life, to the glory of Christ. Rooted in solid biblical reflection, this book aims to help guide you through the battles to the joys of victory by the power of the gospel a…

Hurricane Harvey Charity Links

The American Red Cross
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Samaritan's Purse
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From the ministry site: Hurricane Harvey, a devastating Category 4 storm, hit the Texas coast on August 25. Many areas were battered, and Houston is experiencing catastrophic flooding. As waters recede, Samaritan's Purse U.S. Disaster Relief teams will fan out across affected areas and bring relief to homeowners in Jesus' Name. Specifically, our volunteers will tarp roofs, cut trees, and perform mud-outs—tearing out waterlogged walls and flooring and taking damaged belongings to the curb. Please keep families in Houston and alon…