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by Nate Holdridge - 1 month ago

New Book Release: "Christ Unites"!

Christ Unites: How Jesus Connects His People to His Purpose In "Christ Unites," Pastor Nate Holdridge takes you on a journey through Paul's letter to the Ephesian church. There, Jesus is seen as the head of the church, the originator of a new humanity designed to carry out His will. Each chapter tackles a different dimension of Christ's work at unifying all things to Himself, at His purpose and ...

by Nate Holdridge - 4 months ago

Does Love-Fueled Ministry Exist?

My start in ministry was unexpected. I'm the son of a church-planting pastor. My childhood memories consist of awkward church people, financial struggles and a fatigued father who was trying his best. Many memories stand out, but here is one: One winter rain hit our community particularly hard. The church office, rented from another local congregation, was the only permanent space our church occupied. Bei...

by Nate Holdridge - 4 months ago

6 Lessons I've Learned About Small Group Ministry

Having pastored a church without small groups, and now having pastored a church where always at least half of the congregation is in a small group, I can tell you the latter is preferable. People need to know each other. People need to interact with healthy Christians. People need community. But many churches have a hard time establishing a thriving small group ministry. I know this through observation, bu...

by Nate Holdridge - 2 years ago

Three Christlike Attributes We Find in the Warrior Caleb

In Israel's heyday, to call someone a "dog" was an insult, not a stage name in the rap game. Some say the name "Caleb" meant "dog." Well, not anymore. The Caleb of Israel changed all that. We know Caleb as a warrior, a man of faith, a faithful believer in the power of the God of Israel. He was no dog. Like Christ, he came from Judah. And like Christ, he was a lion of Judah. No dog in Caleb whatsoever. ...

by Nate Holdridge - 2 years ago

The Blessings That Come When We Fear the Lord

"Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it" (Proverbs 15:16-17). "Better is." What a phrase. It strikes me as final, bold. There is no waffling, no room for error. It firmly states the fact. "There is a better life," the author declares, "And this is it." Black and white, clear. ...

by Nate Holdridge - 2 years ago

Mary Magdelene's Perspective on Christ's Resurrection

A historical fiction: The agony of the moment was of the severest variety. I was in such torment. I'd been tormented by demons before, but this torment was different. It was the torment of love and devotion. He had meant so much to me, so much to many others. The lepers and paralytics and blind all came to him. The demon possessed too. We all needed Him. He healed and spoke and touched and c...

by Nate Holdridge - 2 years ago

Seven Ways to Become a Person of God

"And the woman said to Elijah, 'Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is truth" (1 Kings 17:24). She knew. Now she knew. After all she had been through with the prophet, this was the moment. To her, "now" he was a man of God. He had been so for a long time, but now she knew it. She was utterly convinced. Doubt gave way to confidence. Elijah, in her eyes, was a man...

by Nate Holdridge - 3 years ago

We will Not Die Before Our Time

“About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church. He killed James the brother of John with the sword, and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread” (Acts 12:1–3).Not much is told to us of the ministry of James the brother of John. Part of Jesus’ inner circle of three, James isn’t spoken of ...

by Nate Holdridge - 3 years ago

Seven Ways Modern Church Leadership Can Walk by Faith

Pastor Nate Holdridge will be a workshop speaker at the 2017 CCCM Pastors & Leaders Conference on June 26-29. For more information, please visit the website.It would have been awesome to have been part of the first church. But instead, I was born in 1978. Still, in my mind, I am part of that fir...

by Nate Holdridge - 3 years ago

Five Points on the Mission Statement of a Christ Follower

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:1–2).Modern companies have mission statements...