About Michele Edgel

I currently attend St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church in Leitersburg Maryland. I am married to Jim my true soulmate. and am enjoying our walk through this life in Christ together.

New Month – No Theme

So May is here and it is a month which will have no theme – that is right never know what you may find this month.

We are searching our hearts for topics to spread the word.

If there is something you would like one of us to write about, post a comment or send a message.

Always remember – God Loves You And So Do We

 

Michele

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Scrappy Church – Book Review

“Is your church dying from self-inflicted wounds?”

 

“Leading a church would be a lot easier if we didn’t have to deal with people”

 

“A God powered minority”

 

“God did not put the church at that address by mistake, there is a plan”

 

“Cultural Christianity is dead”

 

These are just a few of my most thought-provoking quotes from the book by Thom Ranier. Scrappy Church is not for the faint of heart. It gives a thorough review of all things that may be driving your church to extinction.

 

Author of over 20 books dealing with church health, Mr. Ranier gives an honest look through the eyes of members, leaders, and visitors to show how a church can kill itself without even realizing it. But he does not leave you hanging on for dear life. He also gives a blueprint for preparation to turn the church around, I will briefly overview this blueprint later.

 

He gives the main characteristics of a church to become “Scrappy”, focusing on prayer as one of the main and most important items. He tells us to remain positive, partner with other churches in the area and do not consider them the enemy, and focus on outreach.

 

Under his blueprint for preparation, Mr. Ranier lists three different areas to work on: Outward Deluge, Welcome Readiness, and Backdoor Closure. None of these points can be met honestly until the church undergoes an “Attitude Adjustment”. And it is not just the members, but also the leaders and even the Pastor that need to take part in this step. These three items focus on the structure of the church as a welcoming body of Christ.

 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it as a read to build or even maintain the health of your church.

You may purchase this book at:

 

https://www.lifeway.com/en/product/scrappy-church-P005812466

 

This book is also available as an ebook

 

 

I have a free copy of this book in return for an honest and fair review – Disclaimer pursuant to FTC 16 CFR Part 255

A Life of Lovely – Book Review

A Life of Lovely

 

It is hard for anyone to find the lovely in the ugliness that can sometimes surround us.  The author, Annie Downs, does a wonderful job of helping young, and older, women navigate the sometimes disappointing journey of life with humor and perseverance.

 

The author takes the reader through all aspects of modern life using humor and scripture to help ease the reader into finding the “lovely” where it does not appear to exist.

 

I like the upbeat style and humor that makes the book an enjoyable read; I give it 4 out of 5 stars and found her words a fun way to look forward to finding my “lovely.”

 

 

Purchase this book at this link: https://www.lifeway.com/en/product/a-life-of-lovely-P005802325

Worship Essentials – Book Review

Song is an important part of our worship as a congregation. In this book, Mike Harland (the author), explains how praising and worshiping God is referred to throughout scripture. We are told that the followers of Christ sang Psalms, hymns and praises to the Lord. Worshiping through music is a time-honored tradition that Christians have used for over 2000 years.

 

Lately, the church has become a house divided.

 

Where did it go wrong?

 

The author makes a great point that instead of integrating the newer music into our services, we have divided into traditional and contemporary or praise services. This has now created a congregational divide, or a generational gap, which is completely contrary to biblical teaching.

 

The author uses sound theological examples to explain the importance of all generations worshipping together.

 

The reason we attend church is to worship God and show gratitude for the blessings we have received all week long, not a building we go to once a week to get our fill up of God.  We should use music for the same thing. To give praise and thanks to God, not for an emotional appeal but for a spiritual awakening.

 

I believe that the author has used his personal experiences and biblical knowledge to help guide today’s churches to not be music exclusive but to be musically inclusive in their ministry.

 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and feel most people would receive benefits from reading it.

 

Purchase this book at this link:  https://www.lifeway.com/en/product/worship-essentials-P005803794

What About Kids Ministry – Book Review

Along with 18 other contributors, Bill Emeott has compiled and edited a comprehensive book about kids’ ministry.

 

This book outlines step by step instructions and guidelines for the formation of a successful and biblically based ministry centered on youth. I feel the book is planned and laid out in a sensible and easy to read format.

 

Mr. Emeott has broken kids’ ministry down into 10 chapters. He starts with where to start in Chapter 1 and how important it is to craft a plan based on your ministry philosophy. The book then goes into more valuable information in the next several chapters about details, help you may need and tools needed. There are several chapters devoted to understanding the children, their families and some difficult topics that may arise and how they can be handled.

 

There is a chapter about God’s plan for children and sharing the Gospel with them, conflict resolution within the group, families, and staff. The final chapter is about how to balance the life of a ministry leader. It reminds us not to neglect our own spiritual, emotional, familial, physical, etc. health so that you can be the best example for the youth that is possible.

 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. The step by step instructional layout is great for someone like me, a layperson, to develop a healthy, spiritually balanced youth ministry and does not requires years of schooling to accomplish the goal.

 

Purchase at the following link:  https://www.lifeway.com/en/product/what-about-kids-ministry-P005807609

New Month – No Theme

This year we are going to change things up a bit.  We will alternate months with themes and without.

Obviously, this is a month without – no telling what may come up.

Idea, Suggestion, Comment, Just want to say hi – Please let us know

We would love to know what you want to hear about, questions to answer or just a subject that is pulling at you.

God Loves You And So Do We