Sunday, 18 September 2016 08:21

The Munsters and a Bicycle

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Do you sometimes go home on Sundays feeling emotionally spent? Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest, but it sure isn’t true for pastors. Take yesterday for instance. I administered a Sunday school at 9:00, drove to a speaking engagement and preached at 11:00, did a refresher course for Sunday school teachers at 5:00, and spoke for 45 minutes in a worship service last night. These activities were in addition to family activities and other responsibilities.

Friday, 09 September 2016 14:04

Do Not Give Up!

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Several times in recent months, I have shared with you the lessons I’ve learned from our colt. This relationship is about to change since the colt is ready to be weaned from his mother, and will be leaving us soon. Please allow me one more story.

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 06:12

Rut or Grave?

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It has been said, “A rut is a grave with both ends knocked out.” Are you in a rut? All of us get stuck in one from time to time.

We try to avoid ruts. It’s not that we get trapped in ruts because of sin or rebellion; however, ruts are real! Ruts can be described as “entrapment, a bad attitude, depression, defeat, boredom, or sameness.” Rut living can include any or all of these definitions.

Monday, 29 August 2016 15:21

The Wonderful People in My Congregation

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Editor’s Note: This week we’re bringing you a bit of humor from Brother Joe McKeever, because sometimes we need to lighten up and have a good laugh. “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

I belong to the greatest church in the world. We have an eclectic group of members and leaders. You would love them. Here are some of their names:

Monday, 22 August 2016 07:44

7 Dangers of Leading in Isolation

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“There are so many clear dangers I see in leading in isolation.”

Not long ago, I sat with a new pastor trying to hold a church together long enough to help it build again. The previous pastor left town - after a series of bad decisions - some decisions the church is still finding out about each new day.

I am happy to help the new pastor acclimate, but my greater concern was for the pastor who flamed out too early. The one who didn’t finish well. The one who left a church in a state of disarray and struggling to recover.

Friday, 12 August 2016 10:34

You Need to Rest!

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Are you bothered when someone tells you what they think you need? What if that someone is Jesus?

Then this is a totally new ball game.

Thursday, 04 August 2016 12:56

Communicating With and Leading an Ugly Church

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Several weeks ago I wrote about an ugly church, the church at Corinth. Corinth faced many issues that made it an ugly church: division, immorality, lawsuits among members, problems with marriage, arrogance, and worship wars. We see similar issues in churches today. In fact, you may be serving an ugly church.

How do you relate to an ugly church? Paul gives us some wisdom. In II Corinthians 2 we find food for thought. First, we must exercise restraint. Paul said, “I determined this within myself, that I would not come again to you in sorrow.” (2:1) Paul restrained himself from making a painful trip to Corinth. He waited until God’s time was right.

Thursday, 28 July 2016 14:17

Better Than Good

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Today I am feeling better than good. You might ask, “Are there days when you are not good?” The answer to that is yes and no. If, every morning, you asked me how I am doing, 90 percent of the time I would say good. However, there are days when things are better than good. Today is one of those days.

Sunday, 24 July 2016 15:19

The Prayer of the Embattled Pastor

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“Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and I have done all these things at Your word.” (I Kings 18:36)

What Elijah prayed on Carmel, I pray.

It is entirely in order for the Lord’s messenger to pray that the people to whom he was sent will recognize that God is God and in charge, and that he himself is the Lord’s servant, on mission from Him.

I prayed that prayer during the worst time of my life when a little group of self-righteous and mean-spirited members clamored for my resignation. I was going through the fire, being tried as I rarely had.

The prayer felt like the dying gasp of the weakest child in God’s family.

Did God hear the prayer? Did He answer?

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