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How to Fan the Flame of God in Your Church

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At my son’s school the other day, I spotted some artwork that lined his classroom walls. Each child created a flower and wrote five descriptive words about another classmate on each petal. One girl said my son was “handsome, smart, friendly, trustworthy, special.” When he came home, I affirmed all of those traits within him. […]

Mental Illness as a Preacher, Teacher, Pastor, and Leader

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Rev. Pamela Yerby-Hammack, visionary and founder of Wind of Change Ministries, shares her story of brokenness and mental illness. Diagnosed with depression and anxiety, she shares how God used both prayer and medication to bring her out of a place of darkness and show her His love in ways she had never known before. In […]

Resurrection Day In The Muslim World

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  I was a pastor for 20 years before God called me to launch into missions in the volatile Muslim world. It was three months before September 11, 2001, and if I’d known what was coming, I might’ve asked God to send me to South America instead. You can imagine the flak that my wife […]

Where’s The Deep End Of Discipleship? 

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“I’m just not being fed.” Every pastoral leader cringes when they hear this from concerned church attenders. What am I doing wrong? What can our ministry do to help? While it’s tempting to double sermon prep time, launch a series of apologetics classes, and recruit retired seminary professors to lead small groups, resist beefing up […]

The Case for Lent

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Aaron Damiani, writing for Pastoresources.com One of the common beliefs among evangelical pastors is that Lent is legalistic. The word “Lent” conjures associations of petty and pointless acts of self-denial, like giving up chocolate or meat while conspicuously wearing ashes on your forehead. As a pastor myself, I know the dangers of legalism: spiritual pride, […]

Cocaine Trafficking, Heroin, and the Grace of God

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If you feel you’ve walked too far from God, trust and know that you can never go too far from God’s love and salvation. James Sizemore, pastor of Radiant Church, shares his redemption story of drugs, trafficking, and addiction and how through God’s grace, he and Radiant Church are ministering to the people who need […]

Expectation Versus Reality For Pastor + Congregation

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My husband became a minister in his mid-thirties. Being actively involved in church life prior to entering ministry has its advantages. We both worked in the youth department, held various committee positions, worked in the nursery, and my husband served as a deacon for several years. We have seen the pastorate from both sides: from […]