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Feelings Versus Faith

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In pastoral ministry, we are constantly being challenged to live by faith.  Our natural tendency is to slip back into decision-making that is based on our feelings and not on our faith in God. The feelings that dominate our decision-making are rooted in fear, self-preservation, frustration, discouragement, and anger. As a pastor, I cannot make ministry decisions (or even life decisions) based on how I feel or how I think someone else may react. I must make decisions based on…

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100 Ways to Love Your Husband

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As we begin another busy week I want us to focus on our husbands today, and recommend a book written by Lisa Jacobson 100 Ways to Love Your Husband. I dare say as busy as our lives get with ministry, we are all guilty of neglecting our husbands at times. This simple read gives us 100 reminders of ways to love our husbands. I hope you will purchase the book. Here is a snippet on the book and a little…

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16 Times to Hold Your Tongue

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Yes, even pastors need to “hold their tongues”. I have a Psalm I like to quote during these times. I actually turn this verse into a prayer. Psalm 141:3 – “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.” How many situations and circumstances could be better if I would just learn to hold my tongue? How many lives would be impacted if I would just learn to hold my tongue? (You might…

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His Radiant Beauty

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As we begin another week together, I want to ask you a question. Are you taking the time to “smell the roses?” We are so guilty of getting caught up with life and ministry that I am afraid we don’t take the time to “smell the roses” nor do we take the time to be still and enjoy God’s creation. My devotion was on this subject just recently and I would like to share it with you. Worship Me in…

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Why Dying Churches Die

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By Thom Rainer The doctor told my dad he was dying. Our family physician was a kind man, a true friend of the family. But he was firm. Dad was on the short path to death. My father, then 58 years old, had been smoking for four decades. I suppose his time in the military in World War II proved to be the primary impetus to his taking on the bad habit. His peers smoked. There were hardly any voices…

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