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105 Ways to Follow Jesus

105 Ways to Follow Jesus

Pastor Resources · 105 Ways To Follow Jesus   If you pay close attention while reading the Gospels, you discover that nearly every time Jesus talks with someone, He uses a new approach. He does so for good reason. After all, each individual starts at a different...

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How to Memorize Scripture by Accident

How to Memorize Scripture by Accident

  Full disclosure: You can’t memorize Scripture by accident; it does take effort. But if you put these following steps into practice, you will discover that it’s a lot easier than you think. These are the steps that I use to memorize Scripture, so I know they work and...

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The Enneagram Goes to Church

The Enneagram Goes to Church

Pastor Resources · The Enneagram Goes to Church   Adaptation from The Enneagram Goes to Church by Todd Wilson Adapted from The Introduction, “Pastoring Is About People” After months of sitting with the Enneagram and sharing in its insights, my mind turned from me, my...

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Barriers to Inclusion

Barriers to Inclusion

As a pastor who is learning to navigate life with my own autism diagnosis as well as lead a church, I am often asked by special-needs families how to find a church that can help meet their spiritual needs. What are some of the ways that families can determine if the...

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Lead from the Strength of Your Home

Lead from the Strength of Your Home

I remember one evening many years ago, in a season when all my kids were little, they all had a massive meltdown at the dinner table. No joke, all four were melting down. Steve and I looked at each other across the table and knew something had to change. Steve had...

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The Permanent Values of Family Worship

The Permanent Values of Family Worship

How would you answer the question, “How do we pass on the worship of God to our children?”? One can falsely assume that worship of God can be communicated and passed along once you begin to have regular family evenings. This is not so. You may pass along to your...

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4 Ways Senior Church Members Can Stay Fit

4 Ways Senior Church Members Can Stay Fit

It is important for seniors to stay fit, but they often feel intimidated by the younger crowds at the gyms and fitness centers. Seniors who are active in their churches, however, can take advantage of the welcoming atmosphere of the church and begin fitness and...

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Passing on the Worship of God to Your Children

Passing on the Worship of God to Your Children

What is the nature of worshiping God? In 1920 a famous strongman known as Kid Dundee lifted a barbell that weighed 1,454 kilograms (about 3,200 pounds) – roughly the same weight as the original Volkswagen Beetle with passengers! How would you have reacted if you had...

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What is God Doing in Perplexing Times?

What is God Doing in Perplexing Times?

For ten years, Hezekiah lived under the threat of the Assyrian empire threatening to pillage the southern tribes of Judah. I bet he wondered “what is God doing?” Habakkuk watched his nation deteriorate into chaos—injustice, evil, idolatry, and violence prevailed....

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Thoughts from the Back Pew on COMMUNION

Thoughts from the Back Pew on COMMUNION

What, if anything, makes communion different from the rest of our worship service? Should communion create feelings and/or emotions in me other than those I have during a regular service? Most messages during communion focus on what Jesus has done for us and...

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Ask the Right Question – Getting Rid of WHY!

Ask the Right Question – Getting Rid of WHY!

If you have been impacted this year by COVID, you may have found yourself at times asking, “Why is this happening?” “Why now?” Or “Why do some businesses get to prosper while others aren’t allowed to open?” Why? We all are asking these types of questions today and are...

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One of My Best Defenses Against Depression

One of My Best Defenses Against Depression

Down in the pit of depression, we struggle to see that far. We can’t feel the warmth of God’s love in that icy place. We have no assurance that God’s even there. I get that low sometimes. I’ve believed and loved God for most of my life, and I write about Him all the...

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Talking About Abortion from the Pulpit

Talking About Abortion from the Pulpit

Working in the pro-life movement, I hear many stories of women that have experienced an abortion struggle with shame and regret silently in our churches. Lifeway Research published that 36% of women were attending a Christian church once a month or more when they made...

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Can We Really Finish 2020 Victoriously?

Can We Really Finish 2020 Victoriously?

 I’ll never forget my first and only Ironman triathlon finish. It was actually my third triathlon. My first was an Olympic distance and my second was a half iron man, and I had just turned 55. The training to complete the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and the...

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