Thursday, 04 August 2016 12:56

Communicating With and Leading an Ugly Church

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Several weeks ago I wrote about an ugly church, the church at Corinth. Corinth faced many issues that made it an ugly church: division, immorality, lawsuits among members, problems with marriage, arrogance, and worship wars. We see similar issues in churches today. In fact, you may be serving an ugly church.

How do you relate to an ugly church? Paul gives us some wisdom. In II Corinthians 2 we find food for thought. First, we must exercise restraint. Paul said, “I determined this within myself, that I would not come again to you in sorrow.” (2:1) Paul restrained himself from making a painful trip to Corinth. He waited until God’s time was right.

Thursday, 28 July 2016 14:17

Better Than Good

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Today I am feeling better than good. You might ask, “Are there days when you are not good?” The answer to that is yes and no. If, every morning, you asked me how I am doing, 90 percent of the time I would say good. However, there are days when things are better than good. Today is one of those days.

Sunday, 24 July 2016 15:19

The Prayer of the Embattled Pastor

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“Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and I have done all these things at Your word.” (I Kings 18:36)

What Elijah prayed on Carmel, I pray.

It is entirely in order for the Lord’s messenger to pray that the people to whom he was sent will recognize that God is God and in charge, and that he himself is the Lord’s servant, on mission from Him.

I prayed that prayer during the worst time of my life when a little group of self-righteous and mean-spirited members clamored for my resignation. I was going through the fire, being tried as I rarely had.

The prayer felt like the dying gasp of the weakest child in God’s family.

Did God hear the prayer? Did He answer?

Thursday, 14 July 2016 15:15

When Pressure Comes!

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Have you ever stepped on a rotten piece of fruit? Such missteps are not a pretty sight. The pressure of your step might cause an explosion of gunk. Not fun Charlie Brown.

This image leads to the question of the day. Have you ever exploded under pressure? This often happens when you work with people and organizations, such as the church. The issue is not the pressure but how we cope with the pressure.

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.

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