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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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Six Vital Lessons on Forgiveness

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Forgiveness is something every Christ-follower needs, and every Christ-follower has the power to give. Pastors and their families need to see the healing power of forgiveness released in their lives. Most of the problems we face in our marriages and our ministries could be significantly impacted if we were willing to practice forgiveness. In my counseling of pastoral couples, I often say to husbands and wives, “we need to see ourselves as professional forgivers.” Yes, I have had to forgive…

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Abortion: A Biblical Response

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Prior to the 1960’s, abortion was illegal in all 50 states. The only exception was when the pregnancy endangered the life of the mother. In 1971, New York enacted legislation that permitted abortion for any reason during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. The 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court decision (Roe vs. Wade) struck down all existing state laws prohibiting abortion. That decision stated that a woman has control over her body and the life of the unborn child. You might…

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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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