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NEW Mother’s Day Mini Movies You Need to See

What words come to mind when you think of moms? There are so many to choose from. How about protector. I know that word can easily be associated with a father figure, but the mom is there at a moments notice to watch over and protect her little ones. How about comforter. When children get hurt, who do they call for? Mom. It’s how God hard-wired us. When we experience pain, hurt, or sorry, we want mom’s comfort. How about encourager. I don’t think anyone on the earth can encourage a person like their mom. The words of affirmation that come from a mom can be so life-giving. How about sacrifice. This is a big one. From the pregnancy stage forward, a mother will sacrifice her time, her energy, her desires, all for her children. And she does this with a willing heart and a smile on her face. How about strength. Any woman who gives birth to a child can automatically have the word strength ascribed to her! But not only through child-birth, but also through the sleepless nights, and the balancing of all life throws her way. A mother is strong.

This Mother’s Day, let’s honor our moms. Let’s raise the bar and show them how much we care and cherish them in our lives. And let’s be sensitive to women with no biological children of their own, who choose to use their time and gifts to serve as a mother to younger women. They, too, should be honored. So how do you plan on honoring the mother’s in your congregation? Flowers, notes, special recognition are all wonderful ideas. Another idea is to let them know how we feel by showing them on of these new mini movies from Journey Box MediaCenterline New Media, and Blue Ridge Community Church. These mini movies will have you laughing, feeling all warm inside, and reminded of how important our moms are in our lives. They are perfect choices to use in your service this Mother’s Day.


Magic Mom by Journey Box Media

This is such a beautiful story of a Father and his daughter working together to bless their mom who can take the mundane, and turn it into something beautiful.


Mother’s Day: Jiggle Off” by Blue Ridge Community Church

Once you pick your jaw up off the ground, and watch this for a second time, you will find yourself rolling with laughter, and interestingly enough, identifying with the moms in this mini movie. This is a great choice to bring a smile and a laugh to your church.


Mother’s Day Gift by Centerline New Media

This mini movie will remind you just how important mothers are in our lives. It will take us on a journey of recognizing how important a mother’s life is to a young child. It is an excellent choice to show the value and power of a mother’s life.

I hope you enjoy these mini movies and can find a way to show them in your services on Mother’s Day. Remember, our mother’s are protectors, comforters, encouragers, and those who sacrifice their needs for the sake of their child. Let’s honor and recognize them this Mother’s Day.

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Mother’s Day Mini Movies That Always Make Me Cry

I love celebrating Mother’s Day. I love recognizing my mom and thanking her for all she has done over the years. During those times of countless screw-ups, mess-ups, and hang-ups, she has always been there, in my corner, supporting me, encouraging me, disciplining me, pushing me on, and loving me.

It wasn’t until I started to have a family of my own with young children, however, that I really started to appreciate the role of a mother. I see the sleepless nights. I see the unappreciated service. I see the unrecognized sacrifice. I see her give hugs to my children that just won’t stop. I see her love for our children that makes me stand in awe. It’s then that I step back for a second and realize that that is how my mom was with me.

This Mother’s Day, let’s give her the gift she desires more than anything: time. Let’s take the time to call, visit and just talk with her. Whether we had picture-perfect childhood growing up, or a less than perfect childhood, we can all, through God’s amazing grace, reach out and say, “Thank you”.

And please remember, all moms deserve to be recognized, appreciated, cherished and loved. Whether stay-at-home moms, single moms, working moms, and for women with no biological children of their own, but who use their gifts to mother younger women, they all should be honored.

These mini movies, produced by Hyper Pixels Media, Floodgate Productions, and Igniter Media, are here for you to utilize in your services on Mother’s Day to give that special nod, that recognition that the mom’s are appreciated. And please be careful. These mini movies may just move you to tears. I know they do for me.


Mom! by Igniter Media

Mom! is a tremendous mini movie from Igniter. Sorry, but I can’t make it through without tearing up. It shows how moms are there with us through it all, always by our side. What a great mini movie to use to honor our moms.


Mother’s Day Blessings by Floodgate Productions

Mother’s Day Blessings is a powerful mini movie that opens our minds to see that this is a bigger day than we think. All moms everywhere are to loved, honored, and cherished. This is a great choice for you to use in your service.


The Beauty of a Mother by Hyper Pixels Media

The Beauty of a Mother is a beautiful mini movie sharing the different roles a mom plays in our lives. The team at Hyper Pixels shows us that many of the characteristics of a mother are actually first and foremost, characteristics of God. This is a powerful mini movie to use for your congregation.

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How to Shepherd Your Flock in a Politically Charged World

Everything gets politicized these days. It’s never been easier for churches to also get caught up in waves of political enthusiasm and social activism.

So, what should a pastor do when their fellow church members see needs and want to meet them, see injustice and want to stop it, or see a good cause and want to support it?

First, we should rejoice! When a church does a good job equipping people to think and live as Christians in a fallen world, the people become like rivers overflowing the banks of the church gathered (the lake). The landscape changes when there are lakes and rivers. But not all lakes need to be rivers.

So what do you do when one person wants their passion to be the primary passion for the whole church?

There are no easy answers to this question because every church and every community and every activist is a different mix of personalities and passions. But here are some principles to keep in mind.

1. Demote the political sphere while encouraging your politically active members.

For too many in our society, politics is everything. In This Is Our Time, I write about the politicization of everything, where politics has become a religion. Our country is still faith-filled; it is just that today our faith is misplaced. Too often, it’s directed toward government, not God. And many of our frustrations come when we realize government can’t ultimately save us. It was never meant to. Peggy Noonan writes: “When politics becomes a religion, then simple disagreements become apostasies, heresies. And you know what we do with heretics.”

All around us are people who believe the myth that politics is the only real place where you can effect change or transform the world. When you think that laws are the most important factor in changing the world, then every battle must be fought to the end. Otherwise, you’re sacrificing the cause!

The gospel challenges that myth. It tells us that the political sphere is just one area in which change can take place. It helps us put the political in a broader context, to realize that it is not everything. All gains are temporary, but so are all setbacks. Even if we lose a political cause, we can still be faithful. We are called always to witness, not always to win.

With all of this in mind, pastors should demote politics to its proper place, while simultaneously encouraging Christians who are active in their community. Understanding that the political sphere is not ultimate does not mean we should retreat. We cannot be indifferent, hoping to enter our houses of worship or our closets for prayer, as if holiness is all personal and private. No, the apostle Peter calls us to holiness and honor as a way of being on mission in this world. “Holiness is not supposed to be cloaked in the chambers of pious hearts,” says theologian Vince Bacote, “but displayed in the public domains of home, school, culture, and politics.”

2. Be aware of how quickly the uniting factor of a congregation can become a cause rather than the cross.

Once you have demoted the political sphere to its proper place and encouraged your church members to remain active, you should keep an eye on what is at the center of your preaching and teaching. It is easy for the unifying factor of a church to become what we do for others instead of what Christ has done for us.

A church’s unity for a cause can eventually displace the cross. The gospel is still there, but it’s no longer in the center. Something else is uniting the church – a political cause, social work, a community ministry.

Why does this matter? Because we want long-term fruitfulness in our communities.

When you put the gospel at the center, various ministry opportunities will come alongside as demonstrations of the power of Christ’s work on the cross. But when you put a cause at the center, various ministry opportunities may flourish for a time but then wither away, because they are no longer connected to the source of life that can sustain such activism.

3. Guard the platform of your church.

As a pastor, you’ve probably received multiple self-invitations to take “just a few minutes” of precious platform time to give a report or make a congregation aware of a need. Whether it’s people spreading Bibles around the world, missionaries coming home from furlough, medical missionaries providing essential healthcare or pro-life opportunities… everyone wants just a few minutes. Except for the congregation. They expect you to say “no” and protect them from the countless ministry opportunities that could be presented every week.

Do your congregation a favor and guard the platform of your church. Only put activities in the bulletin that correspond to your church’s mission and presence in the community. You can’t be a megaphone for every single thing people in your church want to promote.

4. Observe your church’s particular gifts and passions, and provide opportunities for community involvement.

Right now, our church is involved with tutoring elementary school students down the street. We’re helping plant a church in Cincinnati. We’ve celebrated when families have adopted children from overseas, and we’ve hosted fundraisers to help them offset the cost. We’re assisting refugees being resettled in our area.

These are ways that our church is ministering to the community. Enough people in the congregation were involved in the need for the church to realize it could help facilitate some of this good ministry.

J. D. Greear lays out three approaches to individual ministries – Own, Catalyze, and Bless. He explains it this way:

To “own” a ministry means we staff and resource it directly.

Those we “bless” are those we know our members are engaged in, but as an institution we have little interaction with them other than the occasional encouragement.

But the third category, “catalyze,” is where we put most of our energy. When we catalyze something, we identify members with ideas and ask them to lead us. We come alongside them, adding our resources, networking power, etc. We serve them. And that means sometimes they don’t do things exactly the way I would prefer. But in the long run, an empowered church catalyzed to do ministry will do more gospel-good in the community than if the church owns and staffs all its own ministries.

5. Publicly affirm and bless the kind of activism you want to see.

This is perhaps the most important thing you can do. Lift up examples of people who are the kind of activists you want to see.

When you hear of people in your congregation doing good in the community, don’t be shy in letting the rest of the church know. What you celebrate, you become.

 

Trevin Wax is Bible and Reference Publisher for LifeWay Christian Resources and publisher for the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) Translation. A former missionary to Romania and current pastor, Trevin hosts a blog at The Gospel Coalition and his latest book is This is Our Time: Everyday Myths in the Light of the Gospel (March 2017, B&H Publishing).

 

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Get Ready, Salem Church Products Is Hiring

Salem Church Products (SCP) is hiring and YOU could be the one to join our team, or you could know the perfect person to come on board, making an impact in tens of thousands of churches on a regular basis. The Church Media Blog is a part of SCP which exists to serve pastors, church leaders, and ministries with online resources in the areas of preaching & teaching, media, worship, youth ministry, kids ministry, employment, and more. We are looking for the right person who will fit the role as a Web Developer. In this position you will be working on sites including WorshipHouse Media, SermonSpice, ChurchStaffing, SermonSearch, ChurchMedia Blog, and more.

Here are some details for you:

1. RVA
If you don’t know what that is quite yet, no worries, I’ll fill you in. It stands for Richmond, VA, and it’s where we are located. So, yes, you will be working with us in beautiful, sunny, RVA. It’s the capitol of Virginia, but it just has that small town feel. It’s a great place to live as a single person, or a married couple with or without children.

2. Fun
Oh my. Let me count the ways.

  • Team lunches.
  • Team building.
  • Company parties.
  • Ultimate frisbee teams.
  • Ping-Pong tournaments.
  • Free caffeine – Keurig (25+ choices) and soda machine (with La Croix now!).
  • Daily snacks.
  • Randomblessings of free doughnuts, subs, pizzas, Chick-Fil-A, and more.
  • Don’t get me started on our Christmas party. Whew…it’s good!

3. Team
20 out of 20 people here at SCP agree that this is just the best company to work for. Does it get better than that?

4. Values
I love working for a company that has values such as:

  • We look for ways to encourage each other. We celebrate each other’s wins and have each other’s backs.
  • We are known as people who get things done. We take ownership of our work.
  • We are proactive in confronting challenges. We run towards problems with creative solutions.

5. Work
Alright, now here’s where it gets fun. To be a Web Developer with SCP, we’re not just looking for anyone. We’re looking for someone who can decipher the following:

  • CSS (random letters)
  • HTML (I know this has to do with the web!)
  • ASP.NET (more random letters)
  • C# (does this mean you have to have a music degree?)
  • PHP (here we go again with the random letters)
  • Coldfusion (Do you need a physics degree?)
  • SQL Server (Squool server??? as in crossing guard or cafeteria experience, perhaps)
  • TSQL (enough with these letters…who really knows what they mean anyway?)

6. Impact
Get ready to have your mind blown. Do you want your work to make a difference? Everyone wants to make an impact, right? Well, this job will put you in a position to impact…are you ready for this…hold on…here we go:

  • 30,000+ churches on a weekly basis
  • 1,000,000+ monthly visitors that visit the sites you will be developing!

Come on! That is a significant impact you can make.

There you have it. If you think this position is a good fit for you, then click on the link below. You’ll find more details for this position and instructions on how to apply.

Web Developer – Salem Church Products

 

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Great Church Media Deal for April

I’m excited about what I get to share with you today. Playback Media, a site designed to equip churches with powerful visuals, is having a great sale on motion and still backgrounds. So for only $10, you will be able to pick up 8 motion backgrounds, 8 still backgrounds, and 1 countdown to use in your service. That’s 89% off the regular price!

This theme pack is called the “Rising Songs” Collection, and is a perfect option to use this time of year. Whether you need a beautiful Welcome slide, a Goodbye slide, or a blank slide to put your own words on, then this pack has you covered. You can find the pack here. Be sure to head on over to Playback Media and check out all the other great content they are offering.

Here is a sample of what is included in the collection:

 

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