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Four Types of Pastoral Leadership

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As a pastor it can seem noble and even Biblical to try to be all things to all men. The apostle Paul even said as much in his letter to the church in Corinth. “19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of […]

Praying for Your Missionary

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Why a Book on Praying for Missionaries? I’ve been in pastoral ministry for over twenty-three years now, spanning four countries—America, Canada, Australia, and South Korea. So I know how hard, lonely, and challenging being a pastor can be. I grew up thinking pastors didn’t have the same kind of struggles that “regular” people had, but […]

Keep Up

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“You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way . . .” (1 Peter 3:7 NASB) I often joke that it’s easy to see that Peter was married and Paul was not. In his instructions to husbands, Paul spent a great deal of time talking about sacrificially loving our wives […]

Pastor Practices

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Now a word about pastors with doubts. When I was in college, I waited tables at one of my then-favorite restaurants, which served amazingly soft rolls with cinnamon butter and allowed you to throw peanut shells on the floor, a brilliant combination of two of my favorite things: carbs and littering. But after working there, […]

Improvise

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“Enjoy life with the wife you love all the days of your fleeting life . . .” (Ecclesiastes 9:9a HCSB) I had the perfect date planned for my young bride. We had only been married a few months and didn’t have a lot of money, but I wanted to give her the best experience and […]

Jesus Cares About Your Joy

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These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. —John 15:11 Last words matter. When someone dies, we often think back to our final conversation, remembering and reflecting on what we said to each other. I hope my final words will be full […]

Freed

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“Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do.” (Romans 8:12 NLT) The old sinful nature is a slave driver, a drill sergeant. It demands obedience. It uses the desires and longings of the body and soul to shout at us. It drives us with […]

Abundant

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“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10b NASB) Jesus intends that the life experience of those who follow Him should be rich and rewarding, exciting, and full of joy, meaning, and purpose . . . in a word, abundant. Jesus revealed the secret to experiencing abundant life in a […]

Counselor

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“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever.” (John 14:16 HCSB) There have been many times in the middle of a counseling session I’ve thought, “Boy, this person really needs a counselor!” This is when I take comfort in the fact that Jesus is the […]