The Way of Weakness

“Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore …

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Following Jesus Takes Guts

"...and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.” ~ Philippians 1:14 Following Jesus takes guts. It is dangerous. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. We live in a war zone called earth. There are two kingdoms in conflict. You …

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How Every Ministry in the Church Can Be a Gospel Sharing Ministry

She had never lived in the United States before moving to our town to teach at the high school. She was unfamiliar with our culture. She knew no one. But when someone told her about our church, she was immediately interested in the choir because of her love for singing. Choir members befriended her. They …

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Eleven Days or Forty Years?

Can it take 40 years to complete an 11-day journey? It will when any people refuses to trust God. The result is that forward movement towards spiritual maturity gives way to a wandering, aimless existence. “It is eleven days' journey from Horeb by way of Mount Seir to Kadesh Barnea. Now it came to pass …

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Disaster Relief Thoughts: Staying Refreshed Under Stress

Every few days I’ve been sending out a disaster relief update to our Northshore Baptist Association ministry leaders regarding the ongoing work and opportunities to serve in those areas affected by Hurricane Laura. Ways to plug in. Ways to get involved. But it’s a “long run” effort. And it can get exhausting. There are many …

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Why We Should See One Another “in Color”

As the American church continues to struggle with the issue of racial diversity, one popular catch-phrase suggests that the church should somehow become "color blind" -- ignore our differences and treat everyone in the same manner. While I most certainly affirm our need to love every person with His love, "color blindness" is not the …

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Leadership Expectations as a Source of Pastoral Pain

I’m old enough to recall when “leadership” became the latest buzzword among pastors. The key to being a good pastor was to become a good “leader.” I won’t bore you with the history of how it happened, but gradually we replaced “discipleship” with “leadership” as a primary pastoral objective. (Ironically, the seminary that pioneered secular …

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3 Considerations for Churches Taking Advantage of the Payroll Protection Provisions of the CARES Act of 2020 (H. R. 748)

“Our Sunday offerings have dropped off dramatically.” As church members are unable to work due to the COVID-19 closures of their workplaces and schools, the financial support of church ministries and staff are also being affected. In the past week, many pastors are reporting that weekly gifts have decreased. Although some churches have reserve funds …

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5 Ways Your Church Can Respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

(Published by Baptist Press on April 18, 2007) As the coronavirus disease spreads around the globe, thousands of deaths have forced decision-makers to cancel sporting events, restrict international travel, and discourage common social interactions. Individuals are being asked to self‑quarantine themselves. Financial markets are in disarray. Daily lives are being disrupted. For the elderly and …

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Risk Management: Making Your Church a Safe Place to Worship and Serve

While I was in college, a youth minister asked me to “fill in” for him and host a party for the students at his church. One of the games involved “bobbing” for apples. As the evening unfolded, students were laughing and playing hard, until one student opened his mouth too wide to grab an apple …

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