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Eight Reasons Long-Term Pastors Still Fall

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By Chuck Lawless We all know stories of long-term pastors – leaders who’ve been in the ministry for years – who still fall morally. We grieve when we hear the stories, and we wonder how it can happen to ministry veterans. Based on my studies of how Satan attacks leaders, here are some reasons even long-term pastors fall. “Success” leads them to let their guard down. The more “successful” pastors are, the easier it is to assume, “That will never happen…

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Pastor, Don’t Waste Your Spiritually Dry Seasons

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By Jeff Mooney Every Christian—and every pastor—has spiritually dry seasons. These moments range from mildly annoying to living in a pre-Aslan Narnia where it’s “always winter but never Christmas.” Some pastors are embarrassed by this experience, which further complicates the matter. What follows includes things I have done—or, things I wish I’d done—in response to my own dry seasons. I hope it will edify and encourage you. 1. Invite other voices to speak to you. This seems like a no-brainer but it…

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8 Reasons I Still Love Ministry

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By Chuck Lawless Yesterday, I posted about what to do when church work just hurts. Today, here are some the reasons I still love ministry, even when it’s tough. For whatever reason, God has called us to this task. Why He chooses to use any of us—particularly me—is beyond my comprehension. It’s humbling, overwhelming, and gratifying at the same time. What we do has eternal significance. Every day, I know that what God allows me to do matters. Even the hard conversations and actions…

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The One Filter Every Believer Needs

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“How do I overcome these negative thoughts and feelings?” Our conversation that day was typical of the many conversations we have with believers who are struggling. They experience the same fears, frustrations, feelings, and failures that all of us have faced at some time. Even the great King David had doubts and fears. Just read Psalm 13: “How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?” How long will you hide your face from me?” How long must I take…

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Five Truths About Discipleship That Make an Impact

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2 Timothy 2:1-2 – You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. I just attended a coaching workshop with 20 other pastors at the Ridge Baptist Association. I was reminded just how important it is to invest our lives in others. As a pastor, part of my responsibility is…

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