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Christmas is a Time of Giving

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I think we would all agree that the essence of Christmas is giving. We are celebrating God fulfilling all the prophetic messages of the giving of His Son as the sacrificial Lamb for the sins of humanity. John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For those of us in ministry, that is the biblical message we share every year…

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What About Your Marriage?

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Much has been written about the same-sex marriage decision; I hesitate to jump in but as I have prayerfully contemplated the issue, I have some thoughts; thoughts that I feel I must express. Now I’m sure someone else has written the same thoughts so I won’t claim them as my own, although I haven’t read them exactly like this. I believe the God-given covenant model for marriage is one man and one woman for a lifetime. Most evangelicals I know…

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Fingerprints, we all have them. We all leave them behind. Each of us has fingerprints that are unique to us. Fingerprints are another evidence of how God in His great creativity created us with similarities, but also has created us with distinctive characteristics and differences. Everywhere I go I leave fingerprints that out of the billions of people in this world no one will leave the same mark. Have you ever considered this great truth? Over my life time I…

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20 Lessons I Wish They’d Taught Me in Seminary

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By Dr. David W. Manner Even when my ministry position allows me to have the last word it doesn’t have to be mine. I can have a vision for future ministry without denigrating past ministry. If I hoard leadership to receive all the credit when something works, I will also receive all the credit when something doesn’t. Progress at the expense of relationships is not anymore virtuous when the goal is noble. Affirm staff and volunteers in public; evaluate them in…

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Get This Right for Lasting Success!

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By Scott Perkins (Guest Blogger) The quality of our inner circle relationships is a key foundation for successfully enduring the unique rigors of church leadership and pastoral ministry. We all need connections, outlets, relationships for support and comfort.   While in ministry my world collapsed, and because my inner circle was empty, my fall was hastened.  

Some of the emptying was done for me; some of it was done by me. My wife and I had no connection.  She had…

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