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Alternatives to Halloween and 35 Movies to Watch

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This year, why not introduce folks to two wonderful Christian holidays that occur at the same time – All Saints Day and Reformation Day? All Saints Day takes place on Nov. 1. Historically speaking, it has become primarily a day to honor Christian martyrs or “witnesses” who gave their lives peacefully to serve their Divine Savior, […]

Being On Mission On Halloween

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Dad, what are ghosts? My daughter asked her dad this question one morning before school. When my husband replied that ghosts weren’t real, she quickly responded, “My friend says that ghosts are dead people that come back to life.” It is important to be an example to the young people in your life that are […]

Violence in Las Vegas + Natural Disasters: How to Respond

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Las Vegas remains in a state of shock. Puerto Rico lies devastated by multiple hurricanes. Monsoon flooding has decimated parts of India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Families in Houston and parts of Florida continue to reel from hurricane-related damage. Multiple earthquakes in Mexico buried people alive in some of the poorest areas. Fires destroyed hundreds of […]

Avoiding Burnout When You Feel Like Giving Up

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Now that fall is upon us and holiday craziness is looming, are you struggling with motivation? Is it taking all you’ve got to just face what’s on your to-do list? I remember waking up one morning and thinking “I don’t feel like getting out of bed.  I don’t feel like doing all that I have […]

Counseling the Couple Who Has Had It

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Chances are, you have many women or couples in your congregation or ministry who are frustrated and ready to give up on their marriage. They are tired of trying. Their minds are nearly made up. They have truly “had it.” But before they walk away from what they once hoped would last forever, here is […]

What It Takes to Be Fully Engaged

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Every pastor who wants fully engaged board members, staff and church members need to ask three probing questions. Do I understand the Greatest Commandment and take it seriously? Do I understand that I can love God wholeheartedly only if I have received, embraced, and cherished His deep love for me? Do I understand that I can love […]

Why God Doesn’t Want You to Stress

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What stresses you out? Work? Finances? Your kids? A project you are working on that doesn’t appear to be coming together? An over-packed schedule that has you striving for the impossible? Maybe it’s even your ministry or service to God that has you stressed out! Stress results when we worry that something won’t work out […]

Winning During Football Season

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I’d be curious to know if there are any men in West Coast churches on Sundays during football season. Seriously, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought to myself how thankful I was that I live on the East Coast where NFL games begin at 1:00 on Sunday, versus 10:00 (!!!) on the […]

How Women Encounter the Love of Christ

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Do women experience their relationship with God differently than men do? If so, in what ways? And what does that mean for our churches? For our ministries and our sermons? And for the way that pastors lead? Of course, “the role of women in ministry” has received much airtime in Evangelical circles. It has been […]