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No Lost Causes

No Lost Causes

“Then Jesus told them this parable, ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the one lost sheep until he finds it?” Luke 15:3-4, niv In a family full of lost sheep, my uncle Jack...

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Healing a Wounded and Critical Spirit

Healing a Wounded and Critical Spirit

As I have spent more time gardening in the past year than ever, I’ve learned some valuable lessons about weeds that look like flowers to the untrained eye and how they smother the good things I’ve planted. Fortunately, I have a gardener friend who helped me rescue our...

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Is This How Christians are Supposed to Act?

Is This How Christians are Supposed to Act?

Have you ever bought a box of strawberries and opened it up to find one rotten strawberry? Of course you have. We all have. When that happens, we don’t throw away the entire box of strawberries. We assume that there was one bad fruit in the bunch and go on eating the...

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The Real Rescuer

The Real Rescuer

Watching my son play soccer ranks as one of my favorite weekend activities. Now that he is a teenager, the games require much more skill and strategy than in years prior. His team wins when they play wisely and employ skills possessed through many hours of practice....

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Boundaries

Boundaries

When I look back at my time in full-time ministry, I see how much I struggled making clear boundaries.  I want you to learn from the mistakes I made and help you to have a long-term healthy run in ministry leadership.  Without boundaries, the chance of a quick burnout...

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Rising from the Pew

Rising from the Pew

Does your church have chairs or pews? The old pews I grew up sitting on really wore on the tailbone and backbone; today’s chairs are so much more comfortable. But then again, comfortable is not what we’re supposed to feel at church. Church is where we sit for a bit,...

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The Church and Today’s Single Mom

The Church and Today’s Single Mom

Is your largest mission field in your neighborhood? Single moms and their families are one of the most unchurched population segments. One in four homes is single-mom led 50 percent of American children will live in a single parent home before age 18 85 percent of...

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Preach LIFE

Preach LIFE

How many sermons have you heard or preached on Protecting and Promoting LIFE? I believe the pulpit is the best place from which to teach and have a conversation with the body of Christ about how to support at-risk moms with a crisis pregnancy. But, it seems even the...

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Set Up Your Nonprofit in 6 Easy Steps

Set Up Your Nonprofit in 6 Easy Steps

Starting a nonprofit organization may sound like a daunting task, but if you make sure to fulfill several key activities, you will be running your own 501(c)(3) in no time. Pastor Resources shares what you need to do in order to set up your business and help those in...

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Three Ways to Engage Your Small Group in Prayer

Three Ways to Engage Your Small Group in Prayer

Do you wish your small group would spend more time praying? Here are three ways to incorporate more time for communicating with God during your gatherings. Praying together can transform your small group time because God loves to meet with us and make us more like...

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Birthing your Sermon

Birthing your Sermon

Rock Stars My wife was a birthing rock star. As she progressed through the pains of labor all the way to that last exhausting push – after each of our four kids, she emerged glowing and proud – a smile on her face that seemed to welcome the challenge of delivery as...

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Three Pastors and a Lesbian

Three Pastors and a Lesbian

It’s not a setup for a bad joke. This story really happened.  My friends and I were taking an Uber to a local pizza place after attending a missions conference in Houston, Texas. All three of us were church planters, which means we split the fourteen-dollar charge for...

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You Want It All? Surrendering Every Part of Me

You Want It All? Surrendering Every Part of Me

If you’re like many believers, you feel confident you’re past the magic-lamp phase of prayer. You understand surrender. You understand God’s will. And yet, no matter how good we are at surrender, we each hold on to something in our lives.  That one thing we keep...

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