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The Work of the Pastor

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By Darryl Dash I love learning from old, faithful pastors. We’re often drawn to the young and charismatic. I’m learning we need the veterans who served and finished well. William Still was such a pastor. He served for forty years (1945 until shortly before his death in 1997) in Gilcomston South Church in Aberdeen, Scotland. Still gave five lectures on pastoral ministry in 1964 and 1965, which became the basis for his book The Work of the Pastor. Still has a…

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See Yourself Through God’s Love for You

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By Josh Reich One of my biggest struggles and I don’t think I’m alone in this is experiencing and believing God’s love for me. And yet… One of the strongest and clearest messages throughout the Bible is God’s love for us. We are reminded that God doesn’t forget us (even though many of us feel forgotten), that God is close to us (also though He often feels far away), and that not only has He created us in His image but He knows us, and…

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A Truly Good Thanksgiving

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By Daniel Henderson Thanksgiving is a day when Americans, some of whom seldom reflect on God’s goodness, take time to consider the source of their blessings in this life. Truly, pausing to express gratitude is ultimately a recognition of the goodness of God. Yet, many of us fail to understand the real nature of God’s goodness. In fact, in the next few days, tune in to the common and often confusing use of the word “good” as it is employed…

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Eight Reasons Long-Term Pastors Still Fall

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By Chuck Lawless We all know stories of long-term pastors – leaders who’ve been in the ministry for years – who still fall morally. We grieve when we hear the stories, and we wonder how it can happen to ministry veterans. Based on my studies of how Satan attacks leaders, here are some reasons even long-term pastors fall. “Success” leads them to let their guard down. The more “successful” pastors are, the easier it is to assume, “That will never happen…

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Pastor, Don’t Waste Your Spiritually Dry Seasons

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By Jeff Mooney Every Christian—and every pastor—has spiritually dry seasons. These moments range from mildly annoying to living in a pre-Aslan Narnia where it’s “always winter but never Christmas.” Some pastors are embarrassed by this experience, which further complicates the matter. What follows includes things I have done—or, things I wish I’d done—in response to my own dry seasons. I hope it will edify and encourage you. 1. Invite other voices to speak to you. This seems like a no-brainer but it…

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