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Created on Thursday, 21 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Pastors, ministerial leaders, suicide, depressed, difficult issues, escape, hopeless, discouraged, Christian, non-Christian, community, talking about suicide, indicators, teens, elderly, self-vi
He was a business acquaintance and a good friend. We did not commonly spend time together outside of necessary meetings, but when we did there was a mutual enjoyment of each other's company. From the outside ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Starched, iron, Joe McKeever, prim, proper, rigid, set in their ways, pretty, not functional, self-righteous, legal, unloving, pharisaical, proud, convictions, leadership positions
"You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart ... "  (Acts 7:51).  "No one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch pulls away from the garment and a worse tear results. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ed Stetzer, God's mission, glory, reflect, culture, Israel, transforming power, deny yourself, ministry, redemption, Jesus, crucified, nailed cross
Last week, I wrote a bit about the importance of focusing our lives on mission for the glory of God. This week, we look at a couple of practical ways in which this can be done. What does it practically ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: George Wood, Assemblies of God, monitor, progress, ministry, leadership, invitation, responsibility, self-enrichment, questions, serve, personality, struggles, credibility, integrity, confidence, ...
Leadership is an invitation to responsibility, and responsibility means hard work. Leadership also is a trust. Leaders—especially in the church—must tend to two fundamental, legal duties: to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ed Stetzer, mission, self, God's glory, worship, idolatry, prestige, professionalism, missional effectiveness, pastors, leaders, agenda, religious, megachurch
Mission is the opposite of self. That sounds simple and obvious, yet the sad truth is that we revert to non-mission—or self-centered mission—very simply and obviously. The ease with which we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Greg Atkinson, pride, powerful worship, God, humility, C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, speak to your heart, yourself
I was looking back on a blog I wrote over 7 years ago and I saw something I felt God speak to me during a time of powerful worship: "When pride walks in, I walk out." I remember God speaking in His still, ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 18 July 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, calling, ministry, Evangelical, Pentecostal, churches, local church, self-ordained pastors, The Apostle, Elmer Gantry, U.S. military, anointing
... in my city approached me in 2005 about consecrating me as a bishop, the first thing I did before allowing such a consecration was to have them call several local and national bishops who knew me well to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Artie Davis, leaders, characteristics, public confidence, traits, defensive, selfish, proud, vision, Jesus, killers
Leaders are held to a certain standard when it comes to character. Here are some traits that can hurt public confidence in a leader: Defensive If you're defensive as a leader, it means you aren't leading ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 June 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Holy Spirit, church, miraculous anointing, boldness, joy, enthusiasm, sin, selfishness, raw power, flesh, gifts, altar, tongues, vibrate, shake, prayer ministers
When the Holy Spirit comes in His fullness, people receive miraculous anointing, remarkable boldness, overflowing joy and irresistible enthusiasm. Yet because we are all bent toward sin and selfishness, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, misery, toxic, fumes, Lord, servant, self-destructive, undermine, effectiveness, salary, retirement, employer, appreciation, needs, God's people, churches, congregation
I don't know anyone who wants to be miserable in anything, much less in serving the Lord, but some people give the appearance of working hard to achieve it. Here are three self-destructive things (you'll ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 06 June 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, students, information, education, expert, mental illness, self harm, The Huffington Post, Internet, ministry, leaders, suicide, abuse
As I continue to love on students and family through pastoral care, there are some things that I've had to become knowledgeable about. Because students and their families are dealing with these issues and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Rick Warren, PEACE Plan, pastoral influence, church planting, worldwide, gospel, every nation, Hong Kong, Argentina, 50-year plan, poverty, self-centered leadership, spiritual emptiness
Pastoral Influence A few years after founding the PEACE Plan, pastor Rick Warren and his Saddleback Church congregation decided they wanted to be the first church in history to take the gospel to every ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 May 2014 / Community
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, people, help, responsibility, excuses, self-improvement, heart, God, wisdom, accountability, negative outlook, vision, future, self-deception, price, success, kingdom, age
I've been involved in pastoral ministry for 30 years, and I have a desire to help everyone. But I have learned the hard way that I cannot help every person who attends our church or who comes to me for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastors, depressing, self-imposed, scars, sufferings, perfectionism, frustration, resignation, Dorothy Hamill, gospel, mother
When showing his scars and enumerating his sufferings, Paul ends with a mention of the daily care of the Lord’s people. That was a great burden also. You don’t bleed from caring for the Lord’s flock. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, leadership, mistakes, failure, falling, activity, productivity, poor decisions, peers, intimate contact, spouse, family, self-discipline, eating, obesity, prayer, Bible
Unfortunately, in every level and realm of life, we have all witnessed serious leadership failure. It is no longer a surprise when we read about a high-level pastor, celebrity, sports figure or politician ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, fallen pastor, grace, Christians, mean, online, victorious, will, failure, self-induced pressure, sin, glory, positive feedback
I wrote recently about another fallen pastor. I shared how devastated I was at the news. I’ve been amazed at some of the rude comments I’ve received. And I love that on my blog, I can delete those comments ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, Christian, narcissism, Jesus Christ, leaders, inconsiderate, selfish, excessive attention, entitlement, brilliant, charismatic, behavior, prayer, eyes opened, humility, trust, adviser, ...
Narcissism should not be said in the same breath as Christian. The former is love of self; the latter is love of God in Jesus Christ. But the sad reality is that narcissism can and often does creep into ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: God, Joe McKeever, steal, tithes, offerings, embezzlement, pastors, jail, Paul Yonggi Cho, Barry Minkow, thefts, rationalizations, ministry, self-delusion, lawbreaking
... after his sin during the capture of Jericho. Achan confessed, “I saw the mantle and 200 shekels of silver and a bar of gold … I coveted them … I took them … I hid them” (Josh. 7:21, paraphrased). I saw, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 April 2014 / Culture
Tags: John Burke, sin, root, appeal, Gateway, Austin, behavior, struggle, Frank Laubach, experience, selfish
I’ll never forget a quote by a guy who joined Gateway’s recovery group. He had just found faith earlier that year and had been growing to experience this moment-by-moment life with God. When asked what ... [ +++ ]
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