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Habits That Transform What Matters Most

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I remember the discussion like it was yesterday. I was sitting with a pastor friend of mine, and we were enjoying a cup of coffee and good conversation. I was expressing my recent ministry struggles and how, as a young pastor and a newly married man, I was feeling “crispy” from the endless demands on […]

GOD IS WITH US IN ZOMBIELAND

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“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31 NIV) Life is hard, fast, and complicated, and we are easily distracted by the demands … constantly juggling schedules with obligations. […]

Getting Guests Back

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Easter is coming! You’ve been exhorting, imploring, and challenging your congregation to invite about everyone attend your Easter service. The guests are on the way. Your congregants will be on their best behavior. The church is looking nice. The service is planned in detail. The guest gift bags are filled and waiting at the Info […]

Developing a Gospel-Centered Identity

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How does one know whether their core identity is centered in the truth of the gospel or something else? The key is where a person gets their sense of worth. How do they feel when achieve certain accomplishments? It is appropriate to feel good about our achievements, but do they define us? If a person […]

Getting from here to there!

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Last week I was driving down I-44 in the middle of a rain storm and I went to pass a semi truck that was going 65 in a 75 mph zone. Just after I passed his rear dual axels, things got dicey. He veered into my lane and I immediately took to the shoulder and […]

Three Ways to Engage Givers and Increase Giving

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If I had to name the biggest leadership struggle currently in the church I serve, I believe I would choose the area of giving. How many of you can relate? It’s not that they’re not generous, most of them are. It’s just that small towns and rural communities typically don’t have as much to give. […]

Path

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noun: way of life, conduct, or thought; route or course May the Master take you by the hand and lead you along the path of God’s love and Christ’s endurance. 2 Thessalonians 3:5 In the Pacific Northwest, we love to hike. It’s exhilarating. We hike trails that lead through old forests, along rivers, or through alpine […]

WHY WE DON’T ASK, AND WHY WE SHOULD

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Our cultural reluctance to ask for things is certainly a hurdle for our spiritual life. So we need to spend a little time thinking about how we can carve out a different path than the one our culture encourages when approaching God with requests. First, we need to remember to whom we are directing our […]

Aligned

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“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you and your joy may be full.” (John 15:11) The Holy Spirit unites with our spirits the moment we receive Jesus as our Lord and savior. Because of this union, we can’t help but feel what the Holy Spirit within us is […]