Tuesday, 02 January 2018 07:45

If I Could Start Over

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Do you ever wonder what you would do differently if you could start over in ministry? As I draw closer to retirement age (I am 64) I find myself pondering this question more often. The beginning of a new year also challenges us to reflect on new beginnings. (We call them resolutions.)

Monday, 18 December 2017 16:22

Giving is a Joy

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Do you remember a time when a gift you gave lit up the face of a child or someone special?  During the holiday season we are given the opportunity to repeat this action a number of times.  As a believer it is my prayer that I would always remember the joy of giving.

Friday, 08 December 2017 09:11

I Feel Flat

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Do you ever get up in the morning and feel flat? I equate this feeling to a flat tire. A flat tire is depressed, of no value, and not prepared for the purpose at hand. Surely pastors never feel this way. LOL!

So, what can we do when we feel this way? I share these thoughts from my journey.

Saturday, 02 December 2017 18:35

Christmas Giving: 10 ways to transform your Christmas

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1)  Never pass a Salvation Army kettle without dropping in some money.

My friend Annie got me started on this. Recently, I noticed on her Facebook page that she was re-emphasizing this commitment, and told how after finding herself with only big bills on one occasion, she has made it a practice of having a number of ones and fives in the front of her purse, just for this reason.

Friday, 24 November 2017 08:12

Maintaining an Institution

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Years ago I heard a speaker say, “The modern church has been given the task of maintaining an institution.” How true! Buildings, budgets, meetings and administrative tasks are a necessary part of church life, but it can be a drag.

Saturday, 18 November 2017 12:58

Thanks for Co-workers

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In Romans we find a warm word of thanks from Paul for his co-workers Priscilla and Aquila. “Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles” (Romans 16:4).

We are in the Thanksgiving season and want to take this opportunity to give thanks for you and to offer a holiday greeting.

Saturday, 11 November 2017 12:32

Giving up Control

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Do you struggle as much as I do with giving up control? Recently I organized an event that required me to give up control. The requirements of this assignment meant that I had to put together a team and then release them to do ministry. The event was/is much larger than one person can handle. Such occasions require that somebody give up control, and that’s a hard thing for me to do. However, if I am called upon to lead people, it is critical that I continually give up control.

Monday, 06 November 2017 12:21

Turning Frustration into Positives

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A few days ago, I borrowed a dirt mover from a neighbor. With the machine I borrowed some frustration I did not want. My neighbor and I spent three out or four hours working on the machine. At one point my neighbor went to pick up a part, to answer some of our frustrations. While he was gone I decided to use the frustrating, supposedly wasted time in a positive way. I used the time constructively to address another need.

Monday, 30 October 2017 12:34

8 Ways to Bust Leadership Discouragement

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Discouragement is a universal experience for ministry leaders and the word actually self-defines itself…dis-courage meaning no courage. Some of the Bible’s greatest characters faced it: Moses, David, Paul, Mary the mother of Jesus, and the apostles. Nehemiah, the great Old Testament leader faced it when he led the Jews to rebuild the wall. Yet, his response offers us hope when we face it.

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