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Seven Prayers for Pastors for a New Year

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By Thom Rainer As we move into 2021, may I suggest we churchgoers spend more time in prayer for our pastors? Could we commit to a few minutes a week specifically praying for these servant leaders? Frankly, I have never seen a season where pastors have withstood attacks at the level they did in the previous year. Perhaps one of our first lines of ministry should be praying for our pastors. While I could provide a lengthy prayer guide, let’s…

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5 Reasons Pastors’ Kids Struggle With Doubt

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By Barnabas Piper Doubt is common to all Christians. We struggle for a million reasons ranging from difficult intellectual questions to times of extreme suffering to feeling like God is absent. And sometimes the people you think are the least likely to struggle with doubts actually struggle the most. My father was a pastor of the same church, Bethlehem Baptist in Minneapolis, from three years before I was born until he retired on my 30th birthday. The church grew steadily…

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7 Ways to Slow Down This Christmas

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By Danny Franks Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, which typically means the official kickoff to the holiday season. Today, turkeys will be basted, football will be watched, and politics will be gingerly avoided. Tomorrow, alarms will be set, deals will be sought, and Christmas music will be turned on (I will not accept an alternate opinion on this). And from now until December 25th, we will be in an all-out race to hit every socially-distanced party and bake every treat and…

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The Church I Get to Enjoy

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By Darryl Dash One of my pastoral heroes taught me this: celebrate the church you’re privileged to pastor. Stand up on Sunday and communicate, genuinely, that it is the privilege of your life to be their pastor. Tell them that you’ve been waiting all week, and you can’t believe that you get to be with them. A pastor who believes this can’t help but love that congregation. That love will probably be enough to transform that church, at least a…

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Patience: The Way to Do Ministry

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By Mike Osbourne Christian ministry is hard. There are struggles, temptations, and challenges that are unique to pastors, missionaries, and other Christian workers. And we must respond to these situations in a godly way or else they will be our ruin. One of the unique temptations we face, especially in these days when technology is ubiquitous, is impatience. We expect too much of ourselves. We want to be holy and obedient and loving and kind and skilled and pure…right now….

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