Ron Cook

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7 Ways I Protect My Family Life in Ministry

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By Ron Edmondson If a pastor is not careful, the weight of everyone else’s problems will take precedence over the issues and concerns of the pastor’s immediate family. I see it frequently among pastors I encounter. How many pastors do we know who have adult children that don’t even attend church anymore? Lots. I’ve heard from many who resent the church that stole their family time. There have been seasons of my ministry where this was the case, especially on abnormally…

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What God Does with Our Sin

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By Chuck Lawless I tend to focus long on my sin, failing sometimes to take God at His Word and accept His forgiveness. When I do that, I let Satan the accuser win. If that’s where you are today, cling to these images of what God does with our sin: He has separated us from our sin an immeasurable distance: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12)….

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6 Reasons Why Church Leaders Must Go to the Mountain

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By Chuck Lawless Jesus modeled the approach for us. He took three of his disciples up to the mountain to pray, and there God did some magnificent things (Luke 9). Jesus was changed in front of them. Moses and Elijah showed up. The Father spoke from heaven. All of that happened when Jesus took His men to pray. I am not suggesting that such miracles will always occur when we get away to pray, but I do know we won’t…

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Eleven Specific Ways to Pray for Your Pastor

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By Thom Rainer We all need prayer. We all need to pray. Pastors specifically need prayer. The Enemy will do whatever he can to destroy the ministry of your pastors. Will you consider praying for your pastors in these specific areas? Pray for wisdom for your pastor. These leaders are often confronted with incredibly challenging situations and decisions. They need God’s wisdom to continue to be the leader of the church God has called them to be. Pray for your pastor’s…

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9 Ways Pastors Let Ministry Harm Their Marriage

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By Chuck Lawless Too many of us know a ministry couple that has divorced. I encourage pastors to be aware of ways we sometimes let ministry harm our marriages – and be ever alert to not let disaster hit their own home. If you are not a pastoral leader, let these words lead you to pray for your pastors. Too little energy is left for relationship building at home. Pastors serve others in various difficulties of life such as hospitalization, relational…

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