Saturday, 09 July 2016 11:13

When People Compare Pastors

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Written by Charles Stone, reprinted with permission - http://charlesstone.com/

Many pastors secretly struggle with measuring up to very successful pastors and churches. It’s tough, but it comes with ministry. People compare pastors. In this post I suggest a few ways to deal with this “measure up mentality.” I begin with one pastor’s experience. He received this e-mail from someone in his church. The names are changed to protect the innocent (uh, I mean the guilty).

Saturday, 02 July 2016 14:43

Lessons from a Foal

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About two months ago Judy and I became the proud parents of a beautiful baby foal. (I learned that baby horses are called foals for the first year after which they are called yearlings. During this stage males may be called a colt and females may be called a filly.) So much for word semantics. We had a baby horse. LOL!
Friday, 24 June 2016 11:53

Why Do I Do This?

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As a minister, you have surely asked yourself, “Why do I do this?” When we ask such questions it usually comes at a time of discouragement or personal struggle. When discouraged or weighing motives, instead of asking the negative question, “Why do I do this?” I think it important to consider the positive, affirming statement, “Why I do this.”

Saturday, 18 June 2016 11:22

Is Your Church Ugly?

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Let’s face it; the church is not always pretty! In fact, there are times when we would say, “The church is downright ugly.” Laugh out loud or cry out loud? Regardless of our response, God has given us the responsibility of shepherding the church.

Friday, 10 June 2016 11:13

Nine Things Great Leaders Do

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The book of Acts describes the amazing story of Jesus’ work through the Holy Spirit in the early church. With an explosive start, problems were certain to surface. And they did. In the first example of internal dissension the Apostles displayed great leadership. The church had grown so rapidly that some of the widows were being overlooked in the regular distribution of food (Acts 6.1-7). And murmuring began that potentially could fracture the church. However, they lead the church well and model for us 9 things great leaders do.

Saturday, 04 June 2016 12:41

Push On!

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About two years ago I accompanied my sons on a hike up Mount Le Conte, a 6,593 foot mountain peak in the Smoky Mountains overlooking Gatlinburg, Tn. This is a grueling hike. I have made the hike a number of times. This particular hike was different. I was approaching my sixtieth birthday and my sons were in their 30s. The energy and age difference was obvious. I had to push on, even when I felt like my engine was running out of gas. (I can laugh about it now.)

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 10:22

Five Things I Hate about the Church, Part 2

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Reprinted with permission, http://joemckeever.com/wp/

One: I hate the conflict. It has been with us from the beginning (see Acts 6:1-7). God can use conflict to achieve good results, but it’s no fun and unless it’s handled well will, it can hold the church up to ridicule in the community.

Reprinted with permission, http://joemckeever.com/wp/

One: I like the idea of church – a regular gathering of the redeemed to worship, remember, nurture one another, hammer out questions, and hold one another accountable. After all, “it is not good for man to be alone.” We were made needing one another and do not function well in isolation.

Saturday, 14 May 2016 14:16

You Thought You Had It Bad!

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Do you ever feel like you have it bad? All of us have been there. A good prescription for such times is studying the trials experienced by the Apostle Paul. I recently led a study of II Corinthians. A major emphasis in this book is Paul’s sufferings and trials. Any minister who reads this book will find his trials to be minimal in comparison. When we think we have the worst situation possible we can look around and find someone whose situation is worse. This is certainly the case when we compare our trials to those of Paul.

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