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She Reminds Me of You

She Reminds Me of You

My Mother’s father grew up in the village of Gungyi, hearing the roaring sounds of Japanese jet fighters, the crescendo of explosions, and the rainfall of debris. As a freelance journalist, he published an article that was falsely accused of criticizing communism. It...

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What Pastors Should Know About Stress

What Pastors Should Know About Stress

What is stress? Not that a pandemic is new in our history. Nor the emergence of many disasters at once an odd occurrence. War, plague, poverty, drought, fires, floods, and revolution, are nothing new. However, the American experience has had relative comfort in most...

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What Kind of Foundation? Part 3

What Kind of Foundation? Part 3

In times like these, we begin to realize how critical our foundations are. We all strive to value strong foundations all the time, but we all know that we struggle to put down strong foundations. It is often easy to build and grow and expand during the good times...

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When We Were Lonely, God Came Down

When We Were Lonely, God Came Down

Sometimes I feel lonely. Of course, there’s a big difference between feeling lonely and being alone. I can be alone and not feel lonely at all. Conversely, some of my loneliest experiences have been when I was in a crowd of people. Perhaps loneliness is meant to serve...

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How God Fills Our Emptiness with His Grace

How God Fills Our Emptiness with His Grace

I heard a preacher say one time that we all have dark thoughts about God. My initial response was skepticism. As someone whose earliest memories are filled with Bible truths, I didn’t want to think that I have anything but esteem and love for God. But I’ve come to see...

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What Kind of Foundation? Part 2

What Kind of Foundation? Part 2

In times like these, we begin to realize how critical our foundations are. We all strive to value strong foundations all the time, but we all know that we struggle to put down strong foundations. It is often easy to build and grow and expand during the good times...

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Leading and Discipling Into the New Normal Pt. 1

Leading and Discipling Into the New Normal Pt. 1

Many Christian leaders are wrestling with what it looks or will look like to reopen in-person church gatherings. Some churches, perhaps yours, are meeting in person now. But whether you are or not, if you’re honest you know things are not “normal.” And so do your...

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Self-Care for Leaders Who are Barely Holding On

Self-Care for Leaders Who are Barely Holding On

Self - Care For Leaders Who Are Barely Holding On This is harder than I expected. All of it. From the lockdown to this weird middle ground, to whatever’s coming next, the sense of constant uncertainty is wearing on me. No, I’m not sick. And none of my loved ones are....

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Enemy Mode: Your Brain on Narcissism

Enemy Mode: Your Brain on Narcissism

Enemy Mode: Your Brain on Narcissism God designed a complex network of neurological circuits to work together to help us stay relationally connected and attuned to each other. When these relational circuits are running as designed, we call this “Relational Mode.” Our...

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Take the First Bold Step

Take the First Bold Step

Take The First Bold Step Some of you reading this are standing at the edge of something new and contemplating your first step across the border. I want to remind you that God has already gone before you. Stepping out may stretch your faith, but God is already...

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Love No Matter What (10 Ways)

Love No Matter What (10 Ways)

Pastor Resources · Love No Matter What (10 Ways) Have you ever winced upon learning that a long-time member has left your church? Even harder, does that individual appear to doubt some or much of what he or she used to believe about God, the Bible, Jesus Christ, the...

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