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Created on Friday, 12 September 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Robert Morris, leadership, empowered, Jesus, serve, delegate, Gateway Church, The Word, power, authority, insecurity, exaltation, promotion
On more occasions than I can count, I have heard positive comments about my empowering approach to running a church. I've had more than a few of our recent hires come to me and say something like, "Robert, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, pulpit, sermons, courage, pews, compromise, messenger of God, graciousness, wisdom, kindness, judgmental, withdrawal, flawed plans
"The Lord is for me; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" (Psalm 118:6. See also Heb. 13:5-6) I read that scripture-–especially the Hebrews 13:5-6 incarnation-–and smile.  Asking "what ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 June 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Ron Edmondson, Twitter, social media, God, forgiveness, mistake, whole picture, worried, promises, Jesus, offend, trust
I sent out a couple of tweets recently that received some attention. They had the hashtag #ThingsGodMightSay and were intentionally designed to encourage people. In my work, I always know a lot of struggling ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 June 2014 / Men
Tags: Phil Cooke, G. Allen Jackson, men's ministry, success, Promise Keepers, World Outreach Church, Angus Buchan, Mighty Men Conference, God initiative, culture, gospel
Over the years, reaching men with the gospel has been an important but challenging effort. From the early days when Edwin Louis Cole launched the Christian Men's Network, to Coach Bill McCartney's Promise ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 / Married
Tags: MarriageToday, Jimmy and Karen Evans, biblically equip, save, marriages, uncompromised design, reach the masses, gates of hell, resources, finances, sex, intimacy
Marriage Ministry No one has to tell Jimmy Evans about the spiritual crisis facing marriages in this day and age. Through their ministry, MarriageToday, he and his wife, Karen, have been laboring diligently ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Dr. Bob Rhoden, Assemblies of God, mentor, Moses, Joshua, willingness, example, verbal promises, perspective, prophecy, David Wilkerson
... that would define his future in ministry. When I left a certain position in 2006 not knowing the details of my future, an elderly pastor friend laid hands on me and prayed for God to use me in venues that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, Easter, preacher, sermon, declarations, springtime, eggs, Holy Spirit, death, Jesus Christ, resurrection, promise, claim, verification, heaven, eternity, speed bumps, sins, Good Ne
It’s Easter, preacher. What are you preaching? Don’t preach about springtime, as much as we all love it. This is not the day for that. Don’t make the analogy about how Easter eggs speak to us about new ... [ +++ ]
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 Monday, 28 October 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, thoughts, leaders, deadly, fallen, mistake, failures, compromise, family time, rock the boat, tough decisions, procrastination, second chance, main goal, money
By the time we hear of a leadership failure, any attempts at intervention to save the leader are usually futile. The damage has been done. The family or organization suffers as their leader has fallen ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 27 September 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Mark Howell, impact, small groups, ministry, growth, senior pastor, spokesperson, champion, planted meal, promotion, leadership, requirements
Once you make the decision that small groups will be your primary (or only) delivery system for connection and discipleship, it only makes sense to look for ways to accelerate small group ministry growth ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 September 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Rick Warren, integrity, reverence for God, temptations, influence, testimony, promotion, accountability, pastors, love, David, discipline, eternal rewards
Last week, I wrote about the three greatest temptations of leadership. This week, I want to talk about the three ways we can keep our integrity and prevent those temptations from destroying our testimony ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 August 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Rick Warren, privileges, temptations, leadership, pastors, prosperity, success, position, power, antidote, promotions, overseers, church, Christ
Do you think it’s easier handling success or failure?  Thomas Carlyle once said, “For every 100 people who can handle adversity there is only one who can handle prosperity.” I think most people can’t ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Sean Dunn, Groundwire, beauty, mess, choices, promises, substances, relationships, authority, parents, exterior, interior, pain, anger, hostility
Alisha’s life was a mess. Her family was dysfunctional and broken. Her past was littered with poor choices, shattered promises, substances and illicit relationships. She hated her parents, despised authority ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, kids' ministry, worship leader, worship singer, prompting, storytelling, children, filling the gap
After the past few years of observing the worship element of our kids’ experiences, I’ve discovered three key skills that distinguish a worship leader from a worship singer. The former leads kids to engage ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 / Vision
Tags: Brad Lomenick, make it happen, team, culture, goals, leaders, responsibility, promptness, meetings, solve problems
All of us want to be part of a team that is successful, accomplishes goals and gets things done. But a “make it happen” team culture is only possible if we, as individuals and leaders, are truly committed ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 January 2013 / Delete this
Tags: Promises, God, Children, Mike Shreve, Miracles
As you can easily assume from our recent picture, my wife and I are blessed with two healthy, bright, wonderful children. They are both miracles. Our son, Zion Seth, had a very traumatic birth that, according ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 / Kingdom Culture
Tags: Reinhard Bonnke, promise land, wilderness
A whole generation of Israel wished—and died wishing. For them, 40 years of wandering turned the Promised Land into Fantasy Land. For those same 40 years, Joshua nurtured a victory just waiting to happen. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 December 2012 / Ministry Tools
Tags: Stanley, Holy Spirit, pastors, believers, helper, role, Apostle Paul, prayer, obeying, prompting, conversation
One of the world’s most beloved Baptist pastors, Charles Stanley shares how to walk in step with the Holy Spirit’s promptings Several years ago during a photographic trip, my group had been traveling up ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 November 2012 / Ethics
Tags: Janet Boynes, homosexuality, compromise, righteousness, Christians
There is strength in numbers, but in the past election the numbers weren’t on the side of those who care about Christian values. The lack of unity in the church has caused us to lose ground in the fight ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 January 2012 / Main
Tags: Defending Truth Without Compromise
... conservatively on most core social issues, do not consistently view the world from a biblical perspective. In late 2003, Christian sociologist and pollster George Barna conducted a fairly extensive poll ... [ +++ ]
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