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Jesus-Approved Self-Care

Jesus-Approved Self-Care

Fausto comes into my office for his therapy appointment balancing his coffee and backpack in one hand and holding his phone in the other. He acknowledges me with an apologetic smile as he ends his conversation, takes a sip of his too-hot coffee, and sits heavily in...

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How Busy People Can Read More

How Busy People Can Read More

Warren Buffett reads 4-5 hours per day—he considers it an important part of his work. Bill Gates reads an average of one book per week, which is equivalent to what the average CEO does. Rick Warren starting reading two books per week at age 14, and says that at one...

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Building Community post-Covid

Building Community post-Covid

One of the lessons of the pandemic is how important relationships and social connections are. People don’t do well without them! And more than ever, people are aware of that and are looking for places to connect. “Connection” has gone from a good idea to a primary...

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Why Women Matter in Ministry

Why Women Matter in Ministry

Women have held some of the most important roles in the story of Scripture. From Genesis to Revelation, there are countless examples of the impact of women in Biblical history. One of the best-known biblical stories about women features Mary and Martha, who were...

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Subversive Mission

Subversive Mission

Didn’t Jesus call us to go out into all the world to make disciples and build his upside-down kingdom? Didn’t God call us to bring good news to the poor, freedom for those in captivity, and comfort to those who mourn? In Ephesians 4:11-13, Paul describes five...

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Born to Belong

Born to Belong

We all have a fundamental human need to belong to a community. We need “our people” who understand us, support us, encourage us, and challenge us to grow. Secular communities fulfill some of these needs. Yet secular communities leave a gap in our sense of meaning and...

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Having the Mind of Christ

Having the Mind of Christ

We're all wearing paradigm glasses of one kind or another. We all see the world not as it is, but from our own perspective. We are finite, embodied beings with specific histories, relationships, knowledge, and social locations. None of us see the world objectively...

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Analog Church

Analog Church

A life of increasing contentment, resilience, and wisdom is something we’re all after. And in one way or another, most of us know that the digital age has dangerously undone some of the necessary work of such a life. But there is an ancient and timeless remedy for...

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Clinging to The Great Physician

Clinging to The Great Physician

During an outbreak of the bubonic plague nearly five hundred years ago, the no-nonsense leader of the German Reformation, Martin Luther, wrote a practical letter of advice to Johann Hess, a pastor in the city of Breslau. Many of his words relating to Christians’...

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Finding Balance in a Teeter-Totter World

Finding Balance in a Teeter-Totter World

Do you ever feel that life is out of tune —a discordant schedule of pastoral engagements, spousal obligations, parental demands, friends’ needs, children’s activities, and church activities expecting your participation? When your head finally hits the pillow, does...

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Revival

Revival

Who is limiting the opportunities for revival in our area—God or us? We must think it is not us. Why else would we be praying to God for revival and then be waiting for God to act? Of course, there is no revival unless and until there is an outpouring of the Holy...

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Help Is Here

Help Is Here

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be [c]witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NKJV)  Somewhere in my midthirties I ran out of fuel.  While serving churches...

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Serve in the Spirit

Serve in the Spirit

There are two ways to serve God. One is to serve in the energy of the flesh; the other is to serve in the power of the Spirit. Serving God in the flesh simply means relying on your own natural abilities, the things you received at birth—your natural talent,...

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Planned Giving Programs For Churches

Planned Giving Programs For Churches

Should a Church Have a Planned Giving Program? If you’ve been brainstorming fundraising ideas, you may have tried church yard sales, basket raffles, or capital campaigns. An alternative idea is to create a planned giving program for your church, allowing your...

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The Importance of Boundaries in Healing

The Importance of Boundaries in Healing

Shelby was working as a first responder when she signed up for a Tribe group that met at the church she attended. She said very little during the first few meetings but slowly began to open up as the program progressed. She shared with the group that she was going...

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