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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

7 Reasons to Thank God for Unanswered Prayer

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Do you know what it’s like to continually wait on God for an answer to your prayer? Maybe someone you minister to is struggling with the fact that they’ve been praying and God hasn’t been answering. I’m a firm believer that God knows exactly what He’s doing when He says “no” to our prayers, when […]

Make Counseling Easier With These 5 Resources

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One of the most difficult aspects of a pastor’s job is the role of counselor. No two situations are the same, so there is no one-size-fits-all way to go into a counseling situation. Many times an issue can’t be resolved by just talking with a minister; a person may need time to work through issues. […]

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 […]