spiritual

Created on Monday, 03 February 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Ron Edmondson, pastors, lies, Satan, hurt, spiritual warfare, self-confidence, too small, task, control, growing, church
My heart is for the pastor. Maybe it stems from the fact that I spent so many years as a layperson, a deacon and Sunday school teacher and, now, as a pastor. I realize now how much I didn’t understand ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 February 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, close friends, pastor, ministry, boundaries, relationships, confidant, struggle, sin, spiritual guide, safe, healthy, people, trust, time
One of the most difficult aspects of being a pastor or working in church ministry isn’t talked about much—and that is the difficulty of making close friends. One of the unique things about being in full-time ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, relationships, spiritual warfare, fight, battle, flesh and blood, darkness, evil, Paul, Jesus Christ, ministry, Satan, demonic forces, advance, gospel
Only days ago, a pastor wrote to me about how one of his staff members had split their church and took some members in order to start another church. The pastor was concerned, hurt, and requested prayer. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, physical training, spiritual training, gluttony, skinny, Pillsbury Doughboy, mental capacity, energy, ministry, discipline, forced rest
One would have to be living under a rock to not know we have grown larger as a people in the United States. Obesity is a growing concern in our nation. And, few in the church have bothered with the issue ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 / Healing
Tags: Jack Hayford, restoration, process, healing, prayer, time, discipline, fallen leader, mending, punishment, judgment, mercy, spiritual leadership, significance, submission
The discipline of a fallen leader is not a punishment by others. It is a voluntarily accepted state of one who believes the full teaching of the Word about three things: God’s mercy in forgiveness, God’s ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 13 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joseph Mattera, sexual sin, resist, James, flesh, temptations, leaders fall, firewall, intimate fellowship, spouse, trust, children, purpose, call, God, example, spiritual sons and daughters
The Bible teaches, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). It also tells us to turn away from those who are led by various lusts (see 1 Tim.3:5-6). Many great people in God have fallen ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 December 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Rick Warren, Christmas, Easter, guests, grace, evangelistic mandate, love, seek, shepherd, wise men, distracted, Herod, Jesus, spiritual family
If the two times of the year that guests typically show up for a weekend church service are Easter and Christmas, then we have an evangelistic mandate to make the most of the opportunity to welcome them, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 December 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Rick Warren, pastors, physical health, spiritual health, God, Creator, longevity, sharpness, challenge, bodies, ideal weight, diet, exercise program, sleep, rest, processed junk foods
As pastors, we tend to like to focus on spiritual things. But God is the Creator of our physical bodies, and it’s in our physical bodies that we live our spiritual lives out before others. We pastors have ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, pastor, faithfully, challenge, professionally, personally, new year, evaluation, examination, relationships, church culture, elevate, Christ, walk, spirituality, leadership, future
With the holiday season looming, how can you end the year faithfully? In other words, pastor, what should your focus be for these last few days of the year? You can lead aimlessly to nowhere or aim ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 15 November 2013 / Education
Tags: Justin Lathrop, young pastors, equipping, ministry, spiritual devotion, church innovation, personal development, overall wellness, global mission
I recently hosted an event aimed at equipping young pastors with the resources they need to thrive in their ministry. This was the culmination of a vision I’ve had for a very long time. I’ve been in ministry ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, vision, challenge, communication, clarity, concrete, tangible, real, spiritualization, concise, compelling, action, enthusiasm
Casting vision is one of my favorite things to do as a pastor. It has also been a joy to do it beyond my local church in some major settings. Each time, I find it a joy. I love getting into the challenge ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, preaching, calendar, factors, content, balance, Old Testament, New Testament, spiritual growth, style, tone, 1 Corinthians, purposes, church
Hopefully by now, you’re already thinking through your preaching calendar for next year. Part of shepherding a congregation toward long-term health is offering a balanced diet from the pulpit. Your preaching ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
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