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Why I Took a Vacation from Meetings

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Have you ever eaten something and as you savor the deliciousness you ask yourself, "Why am I just now tasting this!? Where has this been my whole life?" That is how I feel about this week. My schedule is very full—it has to be because of the demands of my day job. But too often, the demands of my day...

You Can’t Just Preach Away the Problem

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Many pastors think that if you preach at a problem that will fix it. I was one of those pastors (perhaps I still am at times). If you preach often, I am sure you can identify with me - you see a problem in the church, so you plan a sermon to preach at the problem, sure that in the...

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Protect your time because small interruptions have big consequences

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One time a mentor casually asked me if I answered the phone on Tuesdays. It took me a moment to process his question but it soon registered; he was asking if I was willing to interrupt my study time for a simple phone call. He knew the Tuesdays were the main day that I used to study for my...

How to write good content daily: 1000 words by 10:00 AM

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A few days ago I had a conversation with my writer and editor friend about the pace at which I can write in order to stay productive towards my calling to author material. At one point in the conversation he asked “how many word today do you think you can write?" Little did he know that I'd been contemplating...

The Pure Excitement of First Time Experiences

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Last year my daughter, Grace, met Winnie the Pooh for the first time. Come to think of it, so did I - yet there was a drastic difference in the set of emotions the two of us felt. Grace did not stop squealing at the top of her tiny little lungs. Her excitement to see this character, of whom she...

Defending Against Satan’s Five Most Common Plays

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Satan is a crafty enemy, but I don’t want to give him too much credit. He is my enemy because he is an eternal against my God. I cannot tolerate him, bear the thought of him or even stand typing his name. I loathe his existence. Sadly, too often we act as if Satan is just some evil version of Casper...

If Your Life Was a Newspaper, What would I Read?

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In our Christian faith, it is normal to say, “Praise the Lord” for something good that happens. It is normal to pray for someone in pain. It is normal to quote Jeremiah 29:11 when someone is not sure what their life is all about. Bu it is not normal to be honest. One time I was sitting at a Claim...

How Do I Resolve Conflict Biblically?

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Not all passages in the Bible are easy to apply to our life, especially when we've been hurt. Here is one that has hit me right between the eyes many times before: Proverbs 10:12 says, “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers all wrongs” (NIV). When we've been hurt, it can be easy to harbor bitterness or fuel hate. But this...

How To Prepare to Preach Expository Sermons for Maximum Impact

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Preaching well is not something I simply strive to do, it is something I am called to do. When I sit to plan my preaching the weight of that calling can sometimes crush me underneath it. The effort of creating a sermon that allows the Holy Spirit to do great and unhindered work is a sweet but rigorous task. So...

“You Did What?” and Other Questions You Shouldn’t Ask When Counseling

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As a pastor, I have the opportunity to do quite a bit of counseling. I get to sit with the people that I care about deeply and delve into the problems of their life. As I’ve been doing this more and more over the last 6 years, I’ve learned many valuable lessons. Most of my lessons were taught to...

Process of Preparing a Sermon

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1. God Lays a Message on the Heart of the Messenger Here you need to ask the Lord, through fervent prayer, “What is it that you want to communicate to your people, God?” Identify ways that God is communicating to you personally. What is it that He is stirring within your own heart? Also, identify the needs of those you...