BOO!

“But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world,” 1 Peter 5:9.  What spooks you in ministry? Finances, conflict, meeting expectations, cold calling, counseling … any of those send a shiver down or up…

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COMFORT & COMFORTERS

“For even when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within. But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus,” 2 Corinthians 7:5,6. A spiritual leader depressed? Must not have much faith. Probably living in some kind of compromise. Maybe he’s been…

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GIVE ME A HAND?

We are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together [k]by what every joint supplies, according to the [l]proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. Ephesians 4:15b,16 I did a lot of…

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ON GUARD

“You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness,” 2 Peter 3:17. In the sport of fencing, the French phrase ‘en garde’ (on guard) means prepare to defend yourself. To not take it seriously, is…

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SEEING

“Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9:36 This summer I finally got around to having my eyes tested. My wife said, “Your ears need a little attention too!” To which I responded, “Hey, do you want me…

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RECLINING

“When it was evening He came with the twelve. As they were reclining at the table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me–one who is eating with Me.,”John 9:4. There is just something about a recliner. After a busy day, those…

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REMEMBERING

“Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.” Revelation 2:5 What’s your first love? If you’re a Christian, especially a Christian leader, you…

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March Madness

It’s tournament time!  District and Regional tournaments have been a rush. Blowouts, upsets, and the expected have stirred fans and talk all over town. In fact, some, who show no interest during the season, sit on the edge of their seat just to listen to the evening TV sports report.…

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