Monday, 21 May 2018 06:08

Lord, This Isn’t What I Planned

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“Mr. Jon,” my young son asked, “what is the purpose of Skyler’s life?” I gasped with embarrassment that he would ask such a question, and then thanked God for our friend’s response. “Skyler’s purpose is to bring glory to the Lord.” Jon’s daughter Skyler is confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak, yet, her dear father sees a deep purpose in her life - to glorify God. No matter our life’s situation, no matter how much or little we think we can accomplish, God has big plans for us.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 07:53

The Integrity of Approachability

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Our approachability is vital. Our integrity is at stake.

 “Did you read my email?” A ministry friend asked me this question – he was following up on an earlier promotion that had sent me. At times like this you have several choices: lie, act dumb, or admit the truth. By the time the question was posed (truthfully) I could not remember the email correspondence. My answer was, “I cannot remember getting the promotion.”

Friday, 04 May 2018 13:11

Self-Glory

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Are you ever guilty of worshipping yourself? What a disturbing possibility! In his book, Dangerous Calling, Paul David Tripp says, “Perhaps in ministry there is no more potent intoxicant than the praise of men, and there is no more dangerous form of drunkenness than to be drunk with your own glory.” (p. 167)

Monday, 30 April 2018 09:15

The Hard Work of Communication

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Let me say up front, I AM NO EXPERT ON THIS SUBJECT! There, I’ve cleared my conscience.

Sunday, 22 April 2018 21:15

Smart Leaders stay close to their Critics

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MEN WANTED FOR HAZARDOUS JOURNEY. SMALL WAGES, BITTER COLD, LONG MONTHS OF COMPLETE DARKNESS, CONSTANT DANGER, SAFE RETURN DOUBTFUL. HONOUR AND RECOGNITION IN CASE OF SUCCESS. Little did those accepted for this job out of the thousands who applied realize how true those words would eventually become.

Friday, 13 April 2018 15:13

IN SPITE OF

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Years ago I cut an article from a magazine entitled, “In Spite Of.” The writer, J.B. Fowler, was editor of a Christian newspaper. Fowler referenced people who had significant life accomplishments “in spite of” challenging circumstances. Some of the examples he used included:

Saturday, 07 April 2018 21:00

Light Houses Don’t Compete

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Have you ever been envious of another church or another minister? Come on, all of us have been affected by such emotions!

As a young preacher I sometimes dreamed of walking in Billy Graham’s shoes. As a pastor I sometimes dreamed of leading the next Saddleback. Our desire to reach such heights varies in intensity and scope, but it is there.

Saturday, 31 March 2018 21:46

Easter Foolishness

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

Here are 12 things we church leaders do on Easter Sunday that undermine our effectiveness in reaching people for the Lord Jesus.

Woundedness: a condition this side of heaven we will all face from time-to-time. Pastors are not immune. I’ve been hurt and you probably have been as well. If you’re a wounded pastor right now because of what someone in your church or family said or did, what should you do? Consider these five critical choices that can help you deal with your hurt.

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