Pray

Created on Thursday, 18 July 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Staff, pastors, pain, pacing, flailing, depression, anger, erosion, buries, avoidance, burden, prayer
Recently, a friend told me of a major shift in his home life—one of the life-altering kind. The thing that bothered me most (and the whole thing is an issue for prayer) is that I didn’t sense that anything ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 July 2013 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, thinking, expectations, church leaders, ambition, prayer, influence, spirituality, contentment, laziness
When Christian leaders become ambitious, things get tough. Often other people will mistake our ambition for pride or presumption. But Jesus was ambitious about building His church. Paul was ambitious ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Rick Warren, affirmation, leadership, jeers, cheers, believers, notice, listen, applause, contributions, ministry, beyond church, positive words, prayer
We affirm people when we treat them with dignity, knowing that they matter to God. If you want to stand out in your leadership, one secret puts you head and shoulders above everybody else—be an encourager. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 / Prayer
Tags: Hal Seed, prayer, danger, heart, lost, desire, extraordinary risks, community
Many years ago I prayed a prayer that has changed me more than any other. It changed my vocation, location, orientation and just about every other “ation” in my life. What was the prayer? “God, I don’t ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 04 July 2013 / Family Life
Tags: Power, prayer, spiritual formulas, Julie Albracht, Jimmy Evans, Marriage Today, identity, children, neglect, real
In a recent interview for our daughters’ new school, I was asked some personal, thought-provoking questions about my walk with God. My answers surprised the interviewer a little: “I didn’t grow up in ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Brady Boyd, God, pastor, disappointments, offerings, congregation, change, safety, numbers, praying, sleep, authority, perspective
You probably know by now that being a pastor doesn’t shield you from disappointments. Sorry for the buzzkill beginning, but that’s the truth. The offerings will sometimes be less than your church expenses. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Kim Martinez, mentally challenged, church, psychotic episodes, discomfort, guilt, prayer, Jesus, good protocols, mood disorders, good resources
You know the feeling—you see her coming and you want to turn away. Mary is in your church. Something isn’t quite right with her. Sometimes she seems balanced, lucid and smart. Other times she is really ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 July 2013 / Culture
Tags: Ron Edmondson, lies, Christians, hurt, help, control, God, understanding, marriage, time, prayer
Here are 12 of the biggest lies I’ve heard people tell: 1. I’m not going to let him (or her) hurt me anymore. 2. I don’t need any help. 3. I’ve got this under control. 4. I’m only going to try it one time. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 June 2013 / Preaching
Tags: teaching, sermon, learning, congregation, Scripture, learning styles, relevant examples, pastors, prayer, auditory learners
It's Sunday afternoon, and you have just delivered a powerful, life-changing message to your congregation. However, Sister Million Questions and Brother Doesn't Understand have cornered you again. They ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 June 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom S. Rainer, pastors, burnout, vision, prayer, Word, Bible, dreams, comparison, non-Christians, negative, positive, fun, gratitude
There are few vocations that can engender burnout like the pastorate. The demands on a pastor’s time, emotions and energy can be overwhelming. When I was a pastor, I often felt at least the symptoms of ... [ +++ ]
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