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A Dangerous Inconsistency

A Dangerous Inconsistency

Ministry preparation is as old as the church itself. The apostle Paul had received formal Jewish instruction at the feet of Gamaliel before receiving personal instruction from Christ Himself. Bringing this concept full circle, Paul exhorted Timothy to “be diligent to...

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3 Reasons Pastors Need Rest

3 Reasons Pastors Need Rest

As pastors, we’re on the move! We’re movers and shakers of influence by nature. That’s how we became leaders.  We have big dreams and dynamic plans. Yet, following Jesus requires that we rest. After an intense season of ministry, Jesus offered this invitation to His...

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Ministry to the Vulnerable

Ministry to the Vulnerable

I remember when I first heard the word “vulnerable” a couple of years ago. My wife, Julie, and I had been invited to be the CityServe National Directors for the Vulnerable Initiative, but to be honest, I wasn’t sure I knew who “the vulnerable” were. I soon learned...

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Building Endurance In Ministry & Life

Building Endurance In Ministry & Life

The coffee bean is a tiny thing that drives many people through the day. Maybe we don’t “need” it to survive, per se, but, for some, it plays a critical role in our ability to function effectively and apparently helps us live longer. Prayer similarly has this...

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Demonstrating Gentleness 

Demonstrating Gentleness 

Demonstrating gentleness toward others, especially when they’re against us, means we’re walking in the humility needed to handle others with care in the ways we speak and the ways we act. Gentleness is a determination to encourage and bless others as we interact with...

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Hope When Your Heart is Breaking

Hope When Your Heart is Breaking

Truck drivers see it all the time. I’ve seen it a few times when we’ve needed to drive through the night. It comes about the time you’ve opened the window on a frigid night. And you’ve turned to the most annoying radio station you can find. Because the night is...

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The Healing Power of God

The Healing Power of God

When Curt was diagnosed with brain cancer, all of us were heartbroken. All except Curt, who stood tall and resolute. He told us God was in control. On the eve of the day the doctors would operate, our group of seven held a healing service in Curt’s home. I had never...

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Leadership Success in 10 Minutes a Day

Leadership Success in 10 Minutes a Day

Why do leaders sometimes struggle with decision-making? There are at least five major reasons. The first is fear of the unknown. The leader may not have knowledge or experience concerning the decision at hand. He or she may be looking for some sort of assurance or...

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Becoming What We Sing

Becoming What We Sing

Following American Idol’s season 7 “Idol Gives Back” episode on FOX, viewers raced online to react to pop-star competition contestants performing Darlene Zschech’s contemporary worship staple, “Shout to the Lord.” Some regarded this performance, which was on the...

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Everyone in Your Wake

Everyone in Your Wake

"Everyone in your leadership wake benefits when you do the personal work to shrink your integrity gap." Whether one or millions follow you, how you live and lead matters. You and everyone you influence benefits when you wake up to the importance of shrinking your...

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Jerusalem – Cardo

Jerusalem – Cardo

Revival that spreads rapidly often–if not exclusively–is a result of persecution and/or efforts at the very least suppressing God’s people. The Carto, a bustling street in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem is a perfect example of this reality. The Romans...

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Cruciformity and Knowing Your Limits

Cruciformity and Knowing Your Limits

We can make several points about cruciformity that will help us to see that this is the most hopeful reality possible for pastors and ministry leaders. First, being a person claimed by the cross means that God is pouring out resurrection life on me to renew the image...

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MEGIDDO

MEGIDDO

As excavators brought Megiddo back to life, they saw a stronghold. This place was the intersection between Assyria and Egypt – the main trade route between the east and the west. In Revelation 16:16, Har Megiddo is even referred to as Armageddon. When we think of...

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Do You Have a Relationship with Jesus?

Do You Have a Relationship with Jesus?

I know this seems like a strange question to ask in a pastor’s blog, but it is one Holy Spirit recently asked me. Like myself, you probably answered, “Absolutely” very quickly. Also, like me, you would be mistaken. The nature of a relationship is somewhat precarious....

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4 Ways to Avoid the Pitfalls of Email

4 Ways to Avoid the Pitfalls of Email

Reflecting on some of the mistakes I made in ministry I am thankful for the people who showed me grace but were also honest with me.  One area where I was ignorant and needed accountability was email.  I am not talking about how to technically use email, but how to...

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