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Five Ways to Get Through a Dry Season

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We are in a “dry season” here in Florida.  We desperately need some rain.  We will get through the dry season and the rain will return.  In the same way, we can go through dry seasons spiritually.  Yes, we will get through it and yes, the rains of God’s blessing will return. A dry season can be a season of discouragement, disillusionment, difficulties, and even doubt.  It can seem that God is not present, not speaking, not leading,  and not…

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Ten Ingredients for a Successful Marriage

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Anyone who has known me for any length of time can tell you that my wife and I celebrate “Kaye Day” every Friday. We call it “Kaye Day” because it is a day set aside for her. We do what she wants to do, go where she wants to go, talk about what she wants to talk about, and generally celebrate our marriage. We believe that healthy marriages require maintenance. That is, they require regular investments of time and effort…

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6 Reasons Why Church Leaders Must Go to the Mountain

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By Chuck Lawless Jesus modeled the approach for us. He took three of his disciples up to the mountain to pray, and there God did some magnificent things (Luke 9). Jesus was changed in front of them. Moses and Elijah showed up. The Father spoke from heaven. All of that happened when Jesus took His men to pray. I am not suggesting that such miracles will always occur when we get away to pray, but I do know we won’t…

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Six Disciplines That Promote Your Ministry

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In “Dancing with the Stars” the performers had a mental picture of what they wanted to accomplish. Sports legends often state that they pictured their success before they actually achieved it. Even in pastoral ministry, we can begin to picture the desired outcome of our ministry efforts. But we are not limited to mere mental pictures. We are given the high privilege of taking those hopes and dreams to our heavenly Father in prayer. Prayer gives wings to our hopes…

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Five Things Every Pastor Can Do to Stay Healthy

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The grind of ministry can take a toll on the health and well-being of the pastor and his family. At Care for Pastors, we help pastors and their families find balance, develop skills, prioritize ministry, and stay in a place of spiritual vitality. Here are five things every pastor can do to stay healthy: 1. Set Healthy Boundaries On a practical level, this means knowing your own limitations. You cannot keep giving ministry to others if you are neglecting ministry…

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