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Guided By My Shepherd

Guided By My Shepherd

I will fear no evil, for you are with me. (Psalm 23:4) Psalm 23 is a good word for every stage of our lives. In it, David reminds us that “he guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3). My Good Shepherd has it in his heart to guide me along the...

Recapturing Your Calling

Recapturing Your Calling

One obstacle that every leader confronts is discouragement. I’ve often heard something like this: “Jim, can I tell you something? I’m feeling defeated. I find myself in front of the church preaching, putting on a happy face, but inside I’m discouraged, worn down,...

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...

Would You Like God to Give You a Word for the Year?

Would You Like God to Give You a Word for the Year?

Holly and Glenn Packiam practice life-giving rhythms to experience freedom and abundance as they abide in Christ. In this excerpt from their book, The Intentional Year, Glenn gives guidance on living into a word for the year. I grew up in a church that believed in...

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...

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...

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’...

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...

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...

Guided By My Shepherd

Guided By My Shepherd

I will fear no evil, for you are with me. (Psalm 23:4) Psalm 23 is a good word for every stage of our lives. In it, David reminds us that “he guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3). My Good Shepherd has it in his heart to guide me along the...

Recapturing Your Calling

Recapturing Your Calling

One obstacle that every leader confronts is discouragement. I’ve often heard something like this: “Jim, can I tell you something? I’m feeling defeated. I find myself in front of the church preaching, putting on a happy face, but inside I’m discouraged, worn down,...

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...

Would You Like God to Give You a Word for the Year?

Would You Like God to Give You a Word for the Year?

Holly and Glenn Packiam practice life-giving rhythms to experience freedom and abundance as they abide in Christ. In this excerpt from their book, The Intentional Year, Glenn gives guidance on living into a word for the year. I grew up in a church that believed in...

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...

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...

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’...

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...

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...

Helping Your Small Group Thrive

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