For Pastors

Twenty Amazing Truths for the New Year

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On January 1, every year, I set goals in eight areas of my life. This is not a blog about goal setting. It is about finding our value in what God has declared about us in Christ and not in our goals or potential achievements. Our true value comes from what our Creator and Redeemer says about us and not the number of goals we set/reach, achievements, awards, positions, possessions, or promotions. For years, I have wrongly seen my value…

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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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Four Purposes for Your Difficult Days

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James 1:2-5 – Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. I know a number of people who are going through really difficult times right now. Some are…

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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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