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Created on Monday, 27 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Joe McKeever, tiny churches, megachurches, North Alabama, nursery, electricity, frills, kerosene lamps, bonus, pastor salary, finances, size, congregation, Paul
Not long ago, I was worshiping with friends in a small, rural and very old church not far from our family home in North Alabama. The building was erected in 1857 and has been used by various congregations ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Pastor, stress, Kim Martinez, Paul, minister, burnout, Acts 19, healing, pieces of cloth, demons, reaching the masses, evangelism
You are on your way to your kid's ballgame, and you get a call. Mildred, saint of the church, was in a wreck and is at the hospital. Her family thinks you should come. No matter what you choose in this ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 January 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, passion, energize, enthusiasm, ministry, Paul, purpose, Brent Hobbs, Charles Spurgeon
Passion is what energizes life. It turns the impossible into possible. In fact, if you don’t have any passion in your life, ministry will become boring, dull, routine, monotonous. I’ll go so far as say ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Mark Driscoll, single, pastors, Jeremiah, Jesus, apostle Paul, qualifications, lifetime, John Stott, ministry, tough odds, 1 Corinthians 7
The Bible is full of godly single men who served God faithfully. The prophet Jeremiah, the apostle Paul and, of course, the Lord Jesus come to mind first. However, they suffered difficult lives and died. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 December 2013 / Relationships
Tags: George O. Wood, Great Commission, Assemblies of God, church planting, team, young people, schoolteachers, accountants, lawyers, business people, Jesus, apostles, Book of Acts, Paul
It takes everyone working together from all walks of life to carry out the Great Commission. As part of our AG church-planting initiative, we share our vision on college campuses, and we’ve had as many ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 December 2013 / Multicultural
Tags: Derwin Gray, pastors.com, multi-ethnic, church, Apostle Paul, racism, classism, sexism, Jew, Gentile, Latino, Asian, black, white
The apostle Paul did not go into a Greco-Roman city and plant a church for the Jews and then a church for Gentiles (non-Jews), because that would have been out of step with the gospel he loved, lived and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Greg Stier, atheist, gospel, intimidated, flight, St. Louis, Denver, preacher, shock, questions, grenade, Paul, Christ, why, anger, church
Last week I sat next to James on a flight from St. Louis to Denver. As we talked, the subject turned to spirituality and religion. I confessed that I was a preacher, and he confessed he was an atheist. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 November 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, preacher, weaknesses, character, handicap, prayer team, staff, public speaking, adrenaline, Saddleback Church, Peter, Paul, confession, dependence on God, pride, governor, minister
Instead of hiding and denying our weaknesses, we need to learn to recognize them. We need to learn to share them. And we need to learn to glory in our weaknesses. If God is ever going to use you greatly, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 October 2013 / Culture
Tags: Jesus, world, hatred, theology, sociology, likeability, Apostle Paul, social revolutionaries, temporal economy, earthly government, Christians, hatred, love, parallels, connections
I talk and write often about the concept of likeability because I believe it can have a tremendous impact on our personal and professional lives. The most difficult feedback I receive goes like this: “Okay, ... [ +++ ]
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 Monday, 14 October 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Joe McKeever, church, membership, last days, End Times, slanderous, guests, banquet, ungodly people, Apostle Paul, gospel, Satan, behavior, immature, carnal-minded, leaders, Holy Spirit, influential, ...
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 October 2013 / Money
Tags: pastor, salary, congregation, church, wrinkle, supplies, utilities, leadership, LifeWay Christian Services, tax credit, Apostle Paul, money, Timothy, bi-vocational
Every once in a while, someone comes up with a new wrinkle on church headaches. A young pastor friend wrote to say the church he now serves went through a split a year or so before he arrived, and the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Rick Warren, Kay Warren, Matthew Warren, suicide, mental illness, loss, honesty, transparency, 2 Corinthians, Apostle Paul
In their return to Saddleback Church after the death of their son, Pastor Rick and Kay Warren share the very personal story of Matthew and his battle with mental illness. They explore the stages of loss ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, evaluation, church health, assessment, Bible, body of Christ, Paul, supernatural, relationships, ecclesiological structures, traditions
... from that study, however, is that men are closing the gap. From 1989 to 2009, the gulf shrank from seven years to just over five. The reason? Males were living healthier lifestyles and had become more ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 September 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, abrasive, Christian, God's Word, teacher, Apostle Paul, Peter, patience, gentleness, kindness, blessing, hindrance
This week, in Lynne Olson’s Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941, I found this interesting depiction of Harold Ickes, a member of FDR’s cabinet during ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 / Healing
Tags: 9/11, Christian, terrorism, Paul Fox, mercy, Good News, CrossOlive, New York, World Trade Center, terrorist attack, plane, North Tower, South Tower, Battery Park
In 1999, the company I worked for was acquired by the world’s largest insurance broker, which was based in Manhattan. I was appointed the chief information officer of one of the subsidiaries and began ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 / Education
Tags: Steve Murrell, early morning, Manila, traffic, grace, expert, builder, Jesus Christ, Apostle Paul, grace, gifts, foundations, flash, others, self
My alarm rang at 3:30 a.m. I’m not a morning person. My wife, Deborah, is. Most mornings I stagger around like a cranky zombie. She bounces out of bed ready to attack a new day. Opposites attract. We are ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 August 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, words, rodeo, fights, wrangling, theology, Paul, biblical words, firestorm, Facebook, Charles Spurgeon, 2 Timothy
I’m not sure most of us preachers fully believe the scriptural command to avoid word fights: “Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 July 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Steve Reynolds, Anti-Fat Pastor, plate, Apostle Paul, Acts, Christians, overweight, diet, congregation, Bible, bodies, pulpit
The Apostle Paul said, “Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:26-27). Christians are ... [ +++ ]
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