Ron Cook

Pastor’s Kids, If I Knew Then What I Know Now…

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By Barnabas Piper I wouldn’t worry so much about what other people think. People’s opinions are only that—opinions. They shouldn’t dictate what I do or don’t do, especially when it comes to my lifestyle. I still struggle with this as a grown man with my own family. Once upon a time it was what kind of music I listened to or what words I used. Now it’s more like how I spend my money or raise my kids. I’ve only been…

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Start a New Year With a Blank Page

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By Ron Edmondson One of my life goals has been to get to a blank piece of paper stage in my walk with God. Ultimately, I want to present God with a blank piece of paper so He can plan my life. It started like this. Years ago I was explaining to a friend I was at one of those “trying to discover God’s will” points in my life. (I have been there many times before and will be again.)…

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Seven Christmas Gifts for Your Pastor (That Won’t Cost You a Dime)

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By Thom Rainer I love pastors and church staff. I think their vocation is incredibly tough. In fact, it is impossible without God’s strength and comfort. As we reflect this Christmas Eve on the blessing of our Savior’s birth, let us also reflect on the blessings of the pastors and other church staff who serve us, who care for us, and who love us. May I be so bold and presumptuous to suggest some Christmas gifts you can give those who…

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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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