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Tag: christianity

With a Grateful Heart

As we come to a close of a busy season in the Church Ministries Department, Nyree and I want to share our gratitude, for you! Looking back over the past several months of traveling across our state and holding several events, we want to…

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Healthy Churches are Missional Churches

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (ESV) Exiting the highway, we pulled up to…

Journey Together as a Church

Walking the District grounds one cool December morning, I was joined by 3 groups of geese. All total there were nearly 50 who were wandering along with me. Of course, they were not all that happy that I had joined them and told me…

The Church of Purpose

When I began pastoring my first church, I remember visiting with people around town, inquiring about the church that they were a part of.  While there were many who gave various responses to my questions….

The Results of Right Pursuit

In our pursuit of happiness, are we pursuing the right things?

Send me!!

Isaiah 6:8 (ESV) — 8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” I have often contemplated what Isaiah must have experienced and felt as…

Triumph in Suffering

In preparing for a message that I will be preaching this coming Wednesday night, I wanted to share a few thoughts with you concerning triumph and suffering.  I am looking forward to sharing with our congregation, a message of hope that will encourage people…

Overcoming Discouragement

The story of Elijah has often brought great inspiration to me as a leader.  This was a man who had a nature like us, yet God worked in incredible, supernatural ways in his life.  When he prayed, God answered, in a big way!  Drought,…

Top Ten Reasons Pastors/Leaders Experience Difficulty in Transitions

Every leader feels the need at one time or another for a tranistion to take place in their organization.  Whether it is a church or a business, each of them require the leader to factor in the human dynamics that accompany this kind of…

A Minute Devotional–2.29.12

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” Jeremiah 31:3 (ESV) What a wonderful promise! God has, does, and always will love us with an everlasting love!  It’s the kind of love that cannot be bought…

3 Nonnegotiable Traits of a Leader

Leaders must possess many traits that will assist them in their leadership position.  But if you were to narrow them down to three specific traits that are nonnegotiable for a leader to be defined as a success, they would be: Competency: Defined as having the…

One Minute Devotional–2.28.12

“Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.  For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.” Hebrews 10:35–36 (ESV) This is an incredible promise to the…