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Created on Thursday, 31 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Kurt Bubna, awesome, awful, empowerment, fear, insecurity, rejection, flesh, preacher's kid, pastor, pride, heart, grow, dust, move on, spiritually mature, blessers, biters, New Testament
We pastors are a strange lot. We have been called and commissioned by God, empowered beyond our own resources, and granted the privilege of caring for His flock. And yet we still struggle with fear and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Joseph Mattera, sexual sin, pornography, adultery, Proverbs, emotional firewalls, barriers, temptation, spiritual strength, Holy Spirit, intimate fellowship, trust, spouse, children, compromise
The Bible teaches us to “resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7), and in another place it tells us to flee lusts (1 Tim. 6). Many great people in God have fallen into various fleshly ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 / Growth
Tags: Kyle Searcy, church planting, growth, expansion, parents, exhilaration, baby, DNA, Norcross, Atlanta, Montgomery, team work, dream, funds, grace, components, prayer, community, spiritual exercis
When my wife and I decided to start a family, we thought we were ready to become parents. We had read the best books, asked for advice from our most auspicious relatives and mustered our prayer life around ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: youth group, youth minister, teens, spiritually disengaged, sexual activity, drug experimentation, biblical model, Bible study, church
... entitled Divided: Is Modern Youth Ministry Multiplying or Dividing the Church? (Divided has been viewed by 200,000 people.) The survey is still active online through Friday, Nov. 8. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 October 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Chuck Lawless, leaders, spiritual attack, enemy, Satan, Apostle Paul, Jerusalem, others, neglect, caregivers, spiritual disciplines, ministry activity, power, failure, little sins, Charles Spurgeon, ...
New Testament writers warn us again and again about the reality of spiritual attack. The Apostle Paul, a leader extraordinaire, challenged believers to wear the full armor of God (Eph. 6:11), being ever ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, churches, busyness, programs, activities, ministries, diet, fruitfulness, discipleship, LifeWay, sacred cows, spiritual growth, families
Most churches—more than eight out of 10—are busy; too busy. These churches need to slim down their plethora of programs, activities, and ministries. They need to go a busyness diet. Unfortunately, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, prayer, fasting, pastor, abstinence, spiritual goal, supernatural, holiness, Holy Spirit, desperation, The Power of Prayer and Fasting, Direction, miracle, humility, cancer, minist
Prayer and fasting is one of the most neglected spiritual disciplines in the life of the pastor. We know that prayer and fasting was not only a part of the lifestyle of many major leaders in the Scripture, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, youth ministry, parents, role, principles, primary, perfect, answers, prayers, encouragement, spiritually
This is a topic that freaked me out my first year in youth ministry. As a young parent myself, it’s not easy telling grown ups how to deal with their children. So, it took me a while to really get to a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 August 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Dan Reiland, leaders, spiritual growth, philosophy, human nature, Asbury Theological Seminary, 12Stone® Church, capacity, fun, price, risks, vision
If you love to learn, improve and grow, think back on who helped to ignite that fire within you. A mentor in my late teen years, Ray Crowell, was the first person to inspire me to grow as a person. He ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 August 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Paul Andrew, church planting, urban, churn, Sydney, Australia, New York, Liberty Church, pace, margin, community, cost, Tokyo, authenticity, value, marketing, logistics, spiritual warfare, local
When pastors Paul and Andi Andrew made the decision to move with their kids from Sydney to New York City to plant Liberty Church, they only knew two people in the city.  That was 2010, and just a ... [ +++ ]
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