Ron Cook

The Stewardship of Pain

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When we think about stewardship our mind usually goes to two biblical principles: Stewardship of our financial resources that God entrusts us with and Spiritual gifts, those God-given abilities to serve. I believe there is another level of stewardship that Christ followers are often unaware of and that is the “Stewardship of Pain.” Pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars every year to aid in the alleviation of pain. Have you ever considered that bodily pain is a gift from God?…

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Longevity in Ministry: How to Stay as Long as God Wants!

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By Joe McKeever “Certainly, I will be with you” (God to Moses in Exodus 3:12). Poor Moses.  He served the same congregation for forty years. During all that time, Moses had no opportunity for advancement. And instead of getting easier as the years came and went, the work seemed to never let up.  One challenge after another.  It was enough to age a fellow prematurely.  Which is why, perhaps, the Lord chose a fellow who was already old–like eighty!–at the…

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What “Be Still” Means

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By Josh Reich Psalm 46:10 is an often quoted verse. It says, Be still and know that I am God. It’s on coffee mugs, posters, greeting cards. It is an invitation to experience God, to rest, slow down. It is also an invitation that I and many others reject on a daily basis. Our rejection of this invitation is interesting because of how tired most Americans are, how worn out we are, how run down we are from living life. You would…

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Your Marriage Is Your Most Important Ministry

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By Eric Geiger Last week Kaye and I celebrated 22 years of marriage. Over dinner we talked about the journey the Lord has taken us on together, what we enjoy about each other, and how our marriage has made each of us better. Though our marriage is not perfect, it is healthy and I am so grateful for Kaye and the time we have been given to enjoy each other and serve alongside one another. I don’t want to only…

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When the Church Wounds You

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By Jamie Brown Six weeks ago I began a four-month long sabbatical, for a whole lot of reasons, not the least of which was to have the time and space to heal from a couple decades’ worth of bumps and bruises and scrapes and scars caused by the everyday journeys of life and ministry. The break from weekly worship leading has allowed me to slow down, zoom out, and examine myself and my ministry from 30,000 feet. God has graciously,…

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