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Created on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, Christmas, gifts, appreciation, responses, heartbreak, cash, pain, exhortation, inquiry, financial struggle, Thanksgiving
I am always grateful when pastors and church members share with me topics of interest to them. Those suggestions tend to be viewed by more readers than my own ideas. I guess that says something about my ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, servant, heart, leadership, others, created, Ephesians, Christ, belong, owe, 1 Corinthians, life, meaning, reward, eternity
Jesus said in Matthew 20:26-28, “Anyone wanting to be a leader among you must be your servant. And if you want to be right at the top, you must serve like a slave. Your attitude must be like my own, for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, More than Dodgeball, small groups, youth ministry, curricula, ideas, books, formulas, approaches, Bible, life, Christ, prayers, leaders, students, heart, salvation
I totally revamped my approach to small groups in our ministry recently. We have tried a multitude of curricula, ideas, books, formulas and approaches. It has been topical and as simple as opening ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 November 2013 / Culture
Tags: Ron Phillips, Lord, liar, lunatic, Heart of Abba, Scripture, Good News, Jesus, Great Commission, Constitution, First Amendment, cross
I recently read an article that was disturbing beyond belief to me as a Christian, a pastor and an American. The Conservative Baptist Association of America is suing the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Greg Stier, crash landing, sermons, take-off, flight, evangelism, God's Word, communicators, hearts, grace, landing gear, turbulence, conviction, turn, commit, surrender
Beautiful takeoff. Wonderful flight. Crash landing. Unfortunately, that’s what I’ve witnessed toward the end of many preachers’ evangelistic sermons. These well-meaning communicators of God’s Word often ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 November 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Matthew Barnett, Dream Center, Phoenix First Assembly, Tommy Barnett, Los Angeles, gang-infested community, liquor store, Echo Park, broken-hearted, runaway teens, homeless, addicts
Matthew Barnett was 20 years old when his father, Phoenix First Assembly of God leader Tommy Barnett, asked him to take over a Los Angeles church with 18 people that was located in a gang-infested community ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 November 2013 / Married
Tags: Support, encouragement, ministry, Debbie Jones, Stadia, church planting, spouse and family support, elevate, gifted, passion, heart, church
I can still remember the day my husband, Tom, returned from a church-planting conference and said those 10 words that changed our family forever: “I think God is calling us to plant a church.” In the weeks ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor, staff, decisions, ministers, heart, clueless, careless, salary, lackey, committee, respect, integrity, loyalty, support, liberty
“My pastor called me in and informed me that the church is hurting financially; therefore, my pay would be cut by [so much], and my health insurance is being terminated.” In the last year, at least a half-dozen ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 24 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, volunteers, youth, program, destroy, successes, failures, assumptions, lessons, initiative, heart, passion
One thing I can freely assume about volunteers is that they want to help. Other than that, I should be careful about anything else I assume. I’ve been working with volunteers for a while and can say I’ve ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Scott Attebery, pastor, appreciation, truth, teach, listen, social worker, university professor, guidance, stress, workload, pressure, demands, laughs, cries, mourns, heart, lonely, giving of self, ...
... Church Ministries from 2000-2005, Scott Attebery pastored Wyatt Baptist Church in El Dorado Arkansas. In 2008, Scott’s wife, Jill, passed away in an automobile accident. He recalls, “God used our church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Greg Atkinson, pastor, confession, salvation, healing, testimonies, rescue, deliverance, dead heart, setting people free, Galatians, hurt, anger, shame, guilt
God did something amazing in my heart recently (but it’s not about me). God did something amazing in our church (but it’s not about us). I could share stories and testimonies with you all day (and maybe ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 September 2013 / Service
Tags: Scott Attebery, grief, loss, Romans, pastors, Christ, grief coordinators, hospital, heart, service, ministry, communication, support system
... After serving in campus ministry at the University of Central Arkansas and coordinating student conferences for the Department of Church Ministries from 2000-2005, Scott Attebery pastored Wyatt Baptist ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 July 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Artie Davis, points, sermon, head, thinking, heart, Bible, Hand, truth, action, Scripture
I enjoy speaking and preaching in our church. Honestly, though, for years it was difficult to get ahead in thought and stay focused with a simple plan for each sermon. Yeah, I know, I took homiletics too. ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 03 July 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, preaching, response, Christians, Bible, James, God's Word, sermon, prepared, verdict, commitment, message, challenge, mind, heart, will
The Bible is clear that Christians must be “doers of the Word and not hearers only,” (James 1:22) so it’s clear that our responsibility as pastors and preachers of the Word is to challenge people to do ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 / Marketplace
Tags: Dan Reiland, Pastor's Coach, megachurches, Jesus, 12Stone, heart of God, Holy Spirit
I love to eat! When I was in high school, I would go for a day or two without eating and never even notice. We had plenty of food; I was just busy with other things. Now I barely go for an hour ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 June 2013 / Uncategorised
Tags: Ron Edmondson, pastors, exciting, Christ, baptism, believer, child, church, note takers, sacrificial givers, visitors, servant hearts, new people
Pastors get to see the best and worst of life it seems, but there are many positives. Obviously, seeing someone become a follower of Christ or baptism of a believer, has to rank as a highlight of the pastor’s ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 June 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Ron Edmondson, frustration, quit, pastor, leader, depression, work environment, prayer, memories, burdens, rest, heart, journal
I was talking to a staff member of a church recently who is ready to quit. But he can’t. What he’s experiencing is not depression, in my opinion. It could turn into that at some point, if he’s not careful, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, public scandal, God, space, heart, self-aware, honesty, temptations, healthy relationship, spouse
Every week it seems there is another scandal breaking out with a high-profile person, whether in politics, sports, media or the church. A person could have done much good their whole life but with one ... [ +++ ]
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