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Preaching From the Shadows: Bring Depression into the Light, not the Spotlight

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By Dave Barringer If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a hundred times. From face-to-face to messages sent to me. “Stop giving your depression power by admitting you have it. The more you talk about it, the more power it has over you.” As a pastor of a larger congregation, I recognize the gravity of my influence. With my title, my church, and my social media following, whether I like it or not, people put “weight” to my opinions….

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10 Ways I Know When My Spiritual Walk Is Stagnant

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By Chuck Lawless This post is confessional, but I trust it will be helpful to you. As I make disciples, I encourage them to be ever aware of markers when their spiritual walk loses its fire. Here are some of those markers for me: Bible reading is a chore more than a delight. I never miss reading the Word each day, but some days I find myself doing it because I’m supposed to – not because I just want to hear…

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Letter to a Wounded Pastor

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By Darryl Dash Dear Pastor, Thank you for your ministry. It may not seem like it right now, but God has used you. I know this because God uses the kinds of things you’ve done — preaching the Word, praying for your people, caring for sheep, calling people to worship — to make an eternal difference. We often don’t get to see the results of our ministries, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. I know you’re not perfect. I’m…

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How to Fight Three Common Enemies of the Soul

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By Dr. Paul Chappell We easily name the world, the flesh, and the devil as the three primary enemies of the Christian life—and rightly so. Ephesians 2:2–3, 1 John 2:15–16, and dozens of other passages deal with these three enemies of the soul. But rarely do these present themselves unveiled in the heart of a Christian. Satan doesn’t show up announcing his presence and his intent to destroy your life, nor do fleshly temptations present themselves as the destructive “old…

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Church Leaders: Ministry Is From God, But It Is Not God

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By Eric Geiger When I first began serving in local church ministry, a pastor told me that “church is a great place to hide out and a great place to burn out.” He further explained that ministry can attract workaholics, those who live off affirmation from others for the work they do. And that ministry can also attract people who are somewhat lazy and want to hide, not doing much of anything. The key, he told me, is to work…

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