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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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4 Reminders in Your Depression

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By Aaron Coalson Last December, I went through a deep depression, one of the worst seasons I’ve experienced.  Depression can often settle in my soul for a few days, and then leave as quickly as it came.  This was different. This lasted for weeks and with a weightiness I wasn’t prepared for and it touched every area of my life. The more I’ve explored the condition of depression and the Christian life, I’ve seen it’s a common thread among many…

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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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Six Considerations Before You Fire Your Pastor This Christmas

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By Thom Rainer Am I the Grinch trying to steal Christmas? No way. Bah. Humbug. I simply want to uncover a dark reality of which many church members have little knowledge: many pastors are being fired this Christmas season. I know. I see it every year. I deal with it every year. To be clear, I cannot be certain pastor terminations accelerate at Christmas. Perhaps the numbers seem high since the timing is so insidious. Regardless, these considerations apply regardless…

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