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PRAYER IS . . .

PRAYER IS . . .

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Unwrapping Gifts

  God is our gift giver. And all too often we are like hesitant, nervous children, questioning the gifts under the tree. We leave them lying idle, gathering dust. Our Creator, our heavenly Father, the ultimate parent, has lav¬ished on us a generous wide range of...

The Most Important Thing I Learned in the Third Grade

The Most Important Thing I Learned in the Third Grade

  Third grade started out very badly. I hated my new teacher, and to make matters worse, I was sure that she hated me. Some of the blame goes to my second grade teacher. She was nice - so nice. In fact her name was Miss Nice - really. Miss Nice had a soft way, a nice...

Vocational Pain: It will take you out!

Vocational Pain: It will take you out!

  You’re a pastor. You have been faithful in the Christian disciplines you preach and teach. You have seen God’s hand move in miraculous ways in your life and the lives of others. You may have attained some level of “success” or become a sought-after speaker in...

A man of faithfulness

A man of faithfulness

  In 1 Chronicles 11:41, we see Uriah listed as one of David’s “mighty warriors”—the men who “gave his kingship strong support to extend it over the whole land, as the Lord had promised” (verse 10). Uriah was clearly consumed with the purposes of his king, David....

Shots Fired

Shots Fired

  It was shortly after 3 am as I was rudely jolted from sleep by my ringing cell phone. Good news for pastors rarely travels at 3 am so I bolted from my comfy bed expecting an emergency. The call, from one of our Sheriff’s Deputies, informed me, as their...

5 Unhealthy Habits for Leaders to Avoid

5 Unhealthy Habits for Leaders to Avoid

   The recently deceased monk Thomas Keating said that to be human is to carry three lifelong needs—the need for approval, the need for security, and the need for control. These needs are not bad; in fact, they are hardwired into our souls by God himself—so that he...

8 Ways Members Can Support a Church Plant

8 Ways Members Can Support a Church Plant

    If you’re considering planting a new church or prayer group, gaining and maintaining the support of a core group of like-minded people will be very important. My wife and I participated in a church plant some years ago that began in our own home with five...

Longing for Revival

Longing for Revival

    It’s important to long for revival for a few reasons: First, it has some biblical basis. The Psalmist prays, “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” It’s right there: a prayer for the revival of the Jewish people and their...

PRAYER IS . . .

PRAYER IS . . .

<iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay"...

Unwrapping Gifts

  God is our gift giver. And all too often we are like hesitant, nervous children, questioning the gifts under the tree. We leave them lying idle, gathering dust. Our Creator, our heavenly Father, the ultimate parent, has lav¬ished on us a generous wide range of...

The Most Important Thing I Learned in the Third Grade

The Most Important Thing I Learned in the Third Grade

  Third grade started out very badly. I hated my new teacher, and to make matters worse, I was sure that she hated me. Some of the blame goes to my second grade teacher. She was nice - so nice. In fact her name was Miss Nice - really. Miss Nice had a soft way, a nice...

Vocational Pain: It will take you out!

Vocational Pain: It will take you out!

  You’re a pastor. You have been faithful in the Christian disciplines you preach and teach. You have seen God’s hand move in miraculous ways in your life and the lives of others. You may have attained some level of “success” or become a sought-after speaker in...

A man of faithfulness

A man of faithfulness

  In 1 Chronicles 11:41, we see Uriah listed as one of David’s “mighty warriors”—the men who “gave his kingship strong support to extend it over the whole land, as the Lord had promised” (verse 10). Uriah was clearly consumed with the purposes of his king, David....

Shots Fired

Shots Fired

  It was shortly after 3 am as I was rudely jolted from sleep by my ringing cell phone. Good news for pastors rarely travels at 3 am so I bolted from my comfy bed expecting an emergency. The call, from one of our Sheriff’s Deputies, informed me, as their...

5 Unhealthy Habits for Leaders to Avoid

5 Unhealthy Habits for Leaders to Avoid

   The recently deceased monk Thomas Keating said that to be human is to carry three lifelong needs—the need for approval, the need for security, and the need for control. These needs are not bad; in fact, they are hardwired into our souls by God himself—so that he...

8 Ways Members Can Support a Church Plant

8 Ways Members Can Support a Church Plant

    If you’re considering planting a new church or prayer group, gaining and maintaining the support of a core group of like-minded people will be very important. My wife and I participated in a church plant some years ago that began in our own home with five...

Longing for Revival

Longing for Revival

    It’s important to long for revival for a few reasons: First, it has some biblical basis. The Psalmist prays, “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” It’s right there: a prayer for the revival of the Jewish people and their...

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