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Wisdom For Your Weekend: your weekly installment of things we’ve been reading (and watching) around the web.

Video of the Week

The Power of Morning & Evening Routines, The Art of Manliness. Yes, the audience for this video is, unsurprisingly, men. But we promise, this is relevant even if you aren’t concerned with increasing your “manliness.” And if the word “routine” inspires feelings of dread in your heart, you might need this video. The right routines can make the world—or, at least, your world—go round.

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I got this note a couple weeks ago from one of our Summit members, just after Kids Week ended. I love hearing stories like this. This is one of the many reasons we pour out the blood, sweat, and tears (all literal) for Kids Week.

“Steve” is one of the kids in our neighborhood, and he plays with our boys frequently in our cul-de-sac. He comes from a home where his mom is a believer and goes to church intermittently and his dad is agnostic. Over the past few years, my husband and I have done several things to reach out to them and build a relationship with them. We went through the Gospel-Centered Marriage curriculum with them in our home. We had them over for Advent during Christmas time. And in general, we’ve just tried to be in their lives and to spend time getting to know them. But they’ve never shown any interest in attending church with us. They have a lot of family struggles going on, and despite our reaching out, they’ve kept God at arm’s length.

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Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches that Send is officially available to order starting today!

Many of us in church leadership think of successful ministry as a big attendance with big conversion numbers and a big budget … and even bigger attention for the leader behind it all.

But Jesus said, “Except a grain of wheat fall to the ground and die, it abides alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.” The kingdom of God works on the principle of the harvest: we reap only as we send out; living comes by dying; gaining comes by losing. That’s a lesson it’s taken me a while to learn. And this book reflects a lot of the growing pains that our church has gone through as we seek to write sending into our DNA.

Gaining by Losing isn’t just our story, though. I’m grateful for the many men and women whose ministries have helped shape me, our church, and the Church as together we pursue kingdom multiplication. I’m grateful for their support, including those who generously endorsed this book:

“Wow! I just finished reading Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches that Send. I rarely finish a book and feel like it took my breath away. This book by J. D. Greear is nothing short of incredible. I truly believe that all the concerns about the health of our churches could be alleviated if we practice the biblical truths in this book. It’s just that powerful.”
~Thom S. Rainer, President & CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources

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