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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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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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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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Waiting on God

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Pastors are often placed in the position of having to wait on God. Think of the number of times in the past month when you had to wait on God. You are waiting for Him to answer prayer, to mend a relationship, to change hearts, to heal brokenness, to restore health, and to move in the congregation. Why is it so difficult to wait on God? Perhaps it is because we just don’t like the idea that we don’t have…

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Confidence and Courage for the Future

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Pastoral ministry is unique in its challenges. No other occupation on the planet is like it. There are challenges to our faith, our families, our relationships, our finances, our leadership, and our identity. This occupation, this calling, this vocation, is like no other in that it challenges our confidence and courage for the future. We must decide where we will turn when fear, frustration, exhaustion, and emptiness, seeps into our lives. Let’s talk about the three things that can give…

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