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A Thrill of Hope

A Thrill of Hope

If you listened to my Christmas playlist, you’d quickly get bored. It’s essentially every version of O Holy Night available on Spotify. Even though they’ve left out some verses, my favorite version is still the *NSYNC cover. Oh, holy night! The stars are brightly...

Who IS the Reason for the Season?

Who IS the Reason for the Season?

We are the reason for the season? It struck me while reading that popular Christmas phrase one more time. I know I’ve read it hundreds of times. “Jesus is the reason for the season.” But reading it this time made my head tilt to one side with one eye closed. “We are...

Christmas Away From Home

Christmas Away From Home

There are many reasons and places to experience a first Christmas away from home.  If you have, you understand.  Have you thought of the first time anyone spent Christmas away from home - the very first time?  Have you thought of Mary and Joseph in this way?  About 90...

4 Thoughts on Christmas Services

4 Thoughts on Christmas Services

It’s so hard to believe that it’s already December. Where did the year go? It seems like just a couple months ago we were celebrating Easter and the resurrection, and now we’re getting ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Before I share with you my thoughts on...

How to Prioritize Your Family During Advent

How to Prioritize Your Family During Advent

We’ve all seen it too many times. Pastors’ kids who grow up resenting the church and walk away as soon as they’re out of the home. According to a study conducted by the Barna Group, “one–third of pastors (33%) say their child is no longer actively involved in church.”...

The American Orphan Crisis

The American Orphan Crisis

Every Church Can Do Something I remember the first time I learned about orphans as a young boy. It was from a late-night infomercial highlighting starving orphans in Africa. It hit me hard then, and still today, I cannot fathom not having a loving family to take care...

Socially Distanced Christmas Events

Socially Distanced Christmas Events

Christmas is a wonderful time of year for churches. It’s a chance to celebrate our Savior’s birth, increase charitable efforts, and reach out to the local community to spread the truth about the season. However, many of our traditional events will have to be put on...

Five Benefits of Advanced Discipleship Training

Five Benefits of Advanced Discipleship Training

Equipping the Saints for Ministry - Ephesians 4:12 As pastors, it is our Biblical mandate to make disciples and equip the saints to do the work of the ministry so the Church can be built up by what each one has to offer. All too often we become so busy doing the work...

Never Too Late to Contend for the Faith

Never Too Late to Contend for the Faith

Do you have people within your congregation who desire to know more about the Bible and grow in their faith, but have neither the time nor finances to enroll in seminary? Do you want your church to not only have a stronger understanding of what and why they believe,...

Molded and Transformed

Molded and Transformed

Blacksmithing serves as a perfect metaphor for the long, hard, repetitive, seemingly violent method of transforming a leader. If the purpose of a transformational leader is, in the words of Dr. King, to “hew out of a mountain of despair stones of hope” then we would...

A Thrill of Hope

A Thrill of Hope

If you listened to my Christmas playlist, you’d quickly get bored. It’s essentially every version of O Holy Night available on Spotify. Even though they’ve left out some verses, my favorite version is still the *NSYNC cover. Oh, holy night! The stars are brightly...

Who IS the Reason for the Season?

Who IS the Reason for the Season?

We are the reason for the season? It struck me while reading that popular Christmas phrase one more time. I know I’ve read it hundreds of times. “Jesus is the reason for the season.” But reading it this time made my head tilt to one side with one eye closed. “We are...

Christmas Away From Home

Christmas Away From Home

There are many reasons and places to experience a first Christmas away from home.  If you have, you understand.  Have you thought of the first time anyone spent Christmas away from home - the very first time?  Have you thought of Mary and Joseph in this way?  About 90...

4 Thoughts on Christmas Services

4 Thoughts on Christmas Services

It’s so hard to believe that it’s already December. Where did the year go? It seems like just a couple months ago we were celebrating Easter and the resurrection, and now we’re getting ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Before I share with you my thoughts on...

How to Prioritize Your Family During Advent

How to Prioritize Your Family During Advent

We’ve all seen it too many times. Pastors’ kids who grow up resenting the church and walk away as soon as they’re out of the home. According to a study conducted by the Barna Group, “one–third of pastors (33%) say their child is no longer actively involved in church.”...

The American Orphan Crisis

The American Orphan Crisis

Every Church Can Do Something I remember the first time I learned about orphans as a young boy. It was from a late-night infomercial highlighting starving orphans in Africa. It hit me hard then, and still today, I cannot fathom not having a loving family to take care...

Socially Distanced Christmas Events

Socially Distanced Christmas Events

Christmas is a wonderful time of year for churches. It’s a chance to celebrate our Savior’s birth, increase charitable efforts, and reach out to the local community to spread the truth about the season. However, many of our traditional events will have to be put on...

Five Benefits of Advanced Discipleship Training

Five Benefits of Advanced Discipleship Training

Equipping the Saints for Ministry - Ephesians 4:12 As pastors, it is our Biblical mandate to make disciples and equip the saints to do the work of the ministry so the Church can be built up by what each one has to offer. All too often we become so busy doing the work...

Never Too Late to Contend for the Faith

Never Too Late to Contend for the Faith

Do you have people within your congregation who desire to know more about the Bible and grow in their faith, but have neither the time nor finances to enroll in seminary? Do you want your church to not only have a stronger understanding of what and why they believe,...

Molded and Transformed

Molded and Transformed

Blacksmithing serves as a perfect metaphor for the long, hard, repetitive, seemingly violent method of transforming a leader. If the purpose of a transformational leader is, in the words of Dr. King, to “hew out of a mountain of despair stones of hope” then we would...

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