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Created on Monday, 29 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Jesus, eating, Justin Lathrop, lessons, meal, last supper, sacrifice, death, resurrection, salvation, bread, wine, Leonard Sweet, table, ministry, connection, sinners, status, lifestyle
Did you know that 80 percent of the gospel accounts are made up of Jesus either going to or coming from a meal? Many of his miracles surrounded food, his ministry happened around the table, and his first ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 August 2014 / Youth
Tags: Tiffany Sullivan, youth, pastors, advice, parents, Word of God, middle schooler, impact, follow, lead, pop culture, God, actions, words, time, technology time, read
Every youth pastor out there has young people in their youth group. Hence the name "youth group." And those youth have parents. This article is an open letter to them, the parents of youth, from a teen. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Brian Dodd, blog, social media, website, generosity, readership, churches, pastors, resources, Ralph Waldo Emerson
A few days ago I was having lunch with a friend who wanted to launch a blog and he asked me what was most responsible for my site's growth. He was pleasantly surprised when I told him what has helped my ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Justin Lathrop, pastors, life blood, power, strength, Bible, God, intimate, refueling, job description, peace, rest, connection, change locations, read a book, go for a drive, study for yourself, ...
As pastors, our life-blood, our power and our strength comes from the time we spend with God. But if you've been in ministry for more than a few minutes, you may have noticed that as a pastor, spending ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 / Worship
Tags: Chris Vacher, Canada, worship, leader, assumption, crowd, ready, Psalm 121, hate, engaged, sweet presence, Jesus, danger
Worship leaders, in general, are artists. Artists, in general, tend to be emotionally invested in their own situation. Emotional investment, in general, results in assumptions, which have varying degrees ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Hal Seed, sermons, preaching, calendar, series, multi-site campuses, planning, season, unchurched, The Purpose Driven Life, balance, depth, breadth
... In 2001, I developed the perfect preaching calendar. Then 9/11 hit. I was scheduled to speak on spiritual gifts. Like every preacher, I changed my subject that week. I spoke on destiny, then three weeks ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 / Vision
Tags: Steve Murrell, preaching, gospel, privilege, burden, calling, read, study, teach, communicate, disciples, ministry, Bible, Jesus, burden, vision, values, mission, preparing, hearts
Preaching the gospel is privilege. It is also a burden, and a calling. I have been a preacher since 1982. I love my job. I love to read, study, teach and preach. Every day I am thankful that I get to do ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: John Burke, maturity, leader, prayer, Word, Bible, ministry, connected, God's Spirit, community, confessing, Bible, Reveal survey, reading, reflecting
The single best practice to change your spiritual life is ...? Before I tell you what research says, let me tell you what I've noticed in my own life and watching others over 25 years of ministry. About ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 May 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, leaders, beliefs, strong convictions, attack, ministerial leaders, hardship, theological, ethical, practical, derision, discouragement, dread, discord, division, distractions, defamation, ...
The real foundation of great leadership is character, not charisma. And one aspect of a leader's character is the convictions to which he is deeply committed. Great leaders have strongly held beliefs. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 April 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, goals, Jesus, personal relationship, gospel, leader, forgiver, friend, Bible reading, parents, spiritual, child
Yesterday, I had a phone interview with someone who is finishing up a degree in children’s ministry. He asked some great questions. One that he asked was, “What should be the big 'wins' for a children’s ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, weight loss, obesity, bad health habits, ice cream, gluttony, health, BMI, physical exam, diabetes, energy, treadmill, three miles, pedometer
In a previous post, I confessed my obesity and my desire for God to change my bad health habits. I felt my Christian witness was compromised by my gluttony. I also promised that my blog would not become ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Frank Viola, discipleship, Bible, evangelism, church, pray, accountability group, character, cross, himself, deny, temper, pressure, slander, spread, teachable, corrected, justification, rationa
If you ask most evangelical Christians what marks a true disciple of Jesus, their answers will mostly be external. They read their Bibles every day. They evangelize. They go to church. They pray daily. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 February 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: grace, God, Jesus, apostles, Mark, Savior, loaves, fish, disciples, bread, water
I love to read the stories of the disciples in the Gospels, yet perhaps for an unexpected reason. I’m grateful God calls surprising people like the disciples to lead His church, but that’s not the primary ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 February 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, small group time, social media, devices, narrative, read, pray, dinner, snack, lecture, facilitate
This year with my small group of high schoolers, I decided to try some things that I didn’t do with my last group, and boy, has it paid off. I thought I’d share with you five things that I’ve tried this ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 January 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastor, tragic, affair, church member, sexual encounter, wife, devotion, patterns, vulnerabilities, neglect, accountability, guidelines, counseling, prayer time, Bible reading
The conversation is always sad, always tragic. The pastor who left his church after a two-year affair with another church member; the student pastor who has been out of vocational ministry since he had ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, hurting, challenging, immoral, community, Pew Research, clergy, moral failures, widespread coverage, Christian faith, nation, marginalize, tenure, entitlement mentality, social ...
A day does not pass that I do not hear from a hurting pastor. Serving in that role has to be one of the most challenging vocations today. Sure, there are some bad and immoral pastors. But the vast majority ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, New Year, resolution, Jesus, Mark 5, seek, passionately, tightly, claim, readily, public attention, experience, faith, honor
One of my closest friends and I hosted a Christian radio talk show for 17 years. He was out of town one morning for Christmas break and I had to do the show alone. As I was preparing that morning, I read ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, books, secular, read, Bible, pastor, priority, theology, doctrine, leadership, training
... to Great by Jim Collins Though this book was published in 2001, it continues to be a best-seller today. Every chapter has valuable insights for the pastor, but the chapter on Level 5 Leadership is my favorite. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 / Preaching
Tags: billy graham, my hope, evangelism, spiritual awakening, repentance, awakening, revival, fresh vision for america, gospel, spreading the gospel, prayer and fasting
All of us care a great deal about our country. The intensity of opinions and feelings during the long political campaign showed the depth of that concern. Now with the votes counted, it is important to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 March 2010 / Main
Tags: aid money,bread of life,federal funding,houston,ministers,rudy rasmus
QUOTE: “The count can [and] will really determine the funding for many agencies in this city who benefit from federal funding in many ways.” —Rudy Rasmus, pastor of St. John’s Downtown in Houston, ... [ +++ ]
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