Saturday, 13 April 2019 22:59

Easter Foolishness

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Joe McKeever gets real with advice learned by the hard experience of many Easters

Saturday, 13 April 2019 22:46

Think Outside the Box

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Do you ever feel compelled to think outside the box? A few days ago, I felt burdened to minister to a man, who is suffering with severe health issues. Due to my schedule it appeared almost impossible to fulfill this task. My mind went into overdrive and I thought outside the box. I ended up buying my friend a hamburger and visiting with him, over lunch.

Saturday, 30 March 2019 16:46

What to Look for in a Good Friend

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God made us to be in relationship with each other. We were made for community and we all want good friends. But what do good friends look like? What do they do or not do? In the most intimate of the 13 letters the Apostle Paul wrote that help form the New Testament, Philippians, we see a portrait of what to look for in a friend. Consider these 5 behaviors that a good friend will consistently live out and ask yourself if you model them as a friend yourself.

Sunday, 17 March 2019 16:40

Flip the Pancakes

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Flip the pancakes. How could such a simple statement be hard to digest?

Sunday, 17 March 2019 16:29

When a pastor has exceeded his expiration date

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(The Shepherds Connection shares this article to give wisdom to all who face such issues.)

If all the questions church people send my way this may be the most difficult.

Our pastor has been here umpteen years. He has lost his vision and his energy, and the church is dying. At what point does a pastor need to be told that his time here is up?

There are no simple or easy answers to this. Handled wrongly, this matter can destroy a church, inflict a terminal wound to a veteran minister, and hurt his family in lasting ways.

Sunday, 10 March 2019 21:20

Criticize or Laugh

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A recent husband/wife confrontation left me torn between two extremes, laugh or criticize. This episode went something like this. I came home at the end of the day and had to pick up our garbage can at the end of the driveway. After unloading the garbage can by our garage, I parked my truck in the garage. I mistakenly left the tailgate on my truck down. Leaving a tailgate down is not conducive to lowering a garage door. See where I am going? LOL!

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 15:51

Confronting Resentment!

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Do you resent someone in your church or a former church? Come on, ministers don’t carry resentment, do we? LOL!

I once struggled with resentment toward a group of leaders who thought it was time for me to change churches. They thought they knew God’s will for me and for our church.

I once struggled with resentment toward a group of people who deserted our church and went to the church down the street. They thought the other church was more spiritual, and more spirit-filled than our church.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 09:07

Seek Small Wins

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Last weekend my wife and I led a Shepherds Connection retreat. In our discussions, an unexpected subject came up, but everyone knew the topic. The subject was, “seeking small wins” as you serve in ministry.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 08:56

I Caught a Six Pounder

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Recently I took a friend to a catfish pond, in pursuit of the “big one.” I must say up front, it was not a good day for fishing, but it was the only time available. It was cold and the wind was blowing out of the east. My daddy always said an east wind would kill fishing.

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