Saturday, 24 October 2015 08:35

You Are Unique!

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Editor’s Note: For the next three months we will share a 10-part series entitled, “Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary,” written by Tim Patrick. These articles will be interspersed with other articles of interest.

Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary – Part 1

When I was twenty-one I finished college. At about the same time I submitted to God’s call to ministry. This was an interesting transition. My college training was in agriculture! I must admit, I knew more about agriculture information than the Bible. Seminary offered special training that enabled me to make the transition from agriculture to ministry.

Friday, 16 October 2015 10:23

Recovering from “Ain’t it Awful” Preaching

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 “We preach Christ….God’s power and God’s wisdom” (I Corinthians 1:23-24).

Rick Warren says a lot of what pastors are feeding their people is “ain’t it awful” preaching.

I am so in agreement on that.

Friday, 09 October 2015 08:36

8 Indispensable Qualities Every Leader Needs

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Israel’s second king, King David, poses a question about character in Psalm 15.1, “God, what do you look for in those who draw close to You?” He them summarizes the answer in the first part of verse 2 with the words “blameless” and “righteous.” The NASB version uses the word “integrity” for “blameless.” These eight qualities rise out of this passage.

Friday, 02 October 2015 07:04

The Causes and Cure for Leadership Burnout

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Leadership is tough. Good leaders understand this and manage their lives and leadership demands to avoid burnout. Sometimes, however, even the best leaders get burned out. If you’re now facing it, examine the cause list below to see what factors may be contributing to it. Then, take one proactive step this week from the cures list to take better care of yourself.

Friday, 25 September 2015 09:48

Resurrection Nonsense

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The title of this article seems to represent the thoughts of a liberal thinker. That is not the case! It was Jesus’ apostles who had these thoughts! Yes, Jesus’ handpicked, chosen apostles/disciples. Consider the context. After the resurrection a group of ladies, “Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women” reported the empty tomb to Jesus’ disciples. (Luke 24:10) The first response of Jesus’ disciples was that the report was “idle tales” (KJV) or seemed to be “nonsense” (HCSV). In fact, the disciples were unmoved by the report. The Bible tells us they did not believe the report.

Thursday, 17 September 2015 09:40

They Won’t Follow

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One of the most discouraging seasons of leadership is when people will not follow. Such disheartening situations can be the actual facts or they can be our perception of the facts. Regardless of the reason we need to examine the cold hard facts of this problem.

Friday, 11 September 2015 10:58

Politics or Wise Leader?

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I recently presented a new idea concerning the youth ministry at our church. I used the following protocol in presenting the idea: I presented the idea to my pastor, then to the youth workers, and finally I met with the parents. After working this process my ideas flew to a successful destination.

“But as for you, keep a clear head about everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:5)

The deacons in Church A promised the new pastor that if he would come, they would deal with a difficult situation they had been condoning and which was destroying the witness of the church.

Friday, 28 August 2015 10:01

Who Influenced You?

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Who has influenced your thinking as a Bible student? Up until the time I went to seminary, I had accepted an interpretation of Revelation based on my religious training and heritage. At seminary I adopted a new interpretation of Revelation based on the teachings of a professor. The professor greatly influenced my thinking.

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