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Tuesday, 08 November 2016 09:22

Pastors Who Lack Close Friends: 5 Reasons Why

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Barna Research discovered that 61% of pastors are lonely and have few close friends. The loneliest people in churches are often pastors. Why is this so?

The experts say that five key factors inhibit pastors from developing close friendships.

I see part of my role as a senior leader as a developer of other leaders. In church terms, as much as I am called to make disciples, I am called to disciple disciple-makers.

I take this role seriously. I am consistently thinking how I can encourage people around me to be better at what they do. Several years ago, with another staff member - someone who once worked with me - mentioned my intentionality in developing leaders on his blog.

Here’s my theory on the subject.

Thursday, 20 October 2016 06:41

Choose Words Carefully

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The most powerful force in the world may not be the nuclear bomb or earthquakes or hurricanes.  I’m convinced that words may be the most powerful force in the world.  Words can bring comfort; they can bring hurt; they can bring unity; they can bring division.  When used correctly, words are a powerful force to motivate people; they can also destroy.  Some examples of the power of words are:

Patrick Henry stirred the spirits of the people of 13 colonies so that a motley crew beat Great Britain’s army:  “Give me liberty or give me death.” 

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 08:01

Just Walk Away

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Sometimes the best thing you can do is walk away. The place where we built our home, two years ago, has a number of roots that play havoc with a lawn mower. I have been working diligently to remove these enemies. A few days ago I encountered some roots that got the best of me. I just walked away.

Friday, 30 September 2016 14:38

Pastors as Worshippers

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What would you think if you met a chef who would not eat his own cooking? What about a surgeon who would not commit his care to a young person he had trained? What about a builder who would not live in a house he constructed? What about a pastor who is not a worshipper?

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:

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