Personal Life

Preaching From the Shadows: Bring Depression into the Light, not the Spotlight

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By Dave Barringer If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a hundred times. From face-to-face to messages sent to me. “Stop giving your depression power by admitting you have it. The more you talk about it, the more power it has over you.” As a pastor of a larger congregation, I recognize the gravity of my influence. With my title, my church, and my social media following, whether I like it or not, people put “weight” to my opinions….

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10 Ways I Know When My Spiritual Walk Is Stagnant

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By Chuck Lawless This post is confessional, but I trust it will be helpful to you. As I make disciples, I encourage them to be ever aware of markers when their spiritual walk loses its fire. Here are some of those markers for me: Bible reading is a chore more than a delight. I never miss reading the Word each day, but some days I find myself doing it because I’m supposed to – not because I just want to hear…

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How to Fight Three Common Enemies of the Soul

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By Dr. Paul Chappell We easily name the world, the flesh, and the devil as the three primary enemies of the Christian life—and rightly so. Ephesians 2:2–3, 1 John 2:15–16, and dozens of other passages deal with these three enemies of the soul. But rarely do these present themselves unveiled in the heart of a Christian. Satan doesn’t show up announcing his presence and his intent to destroy your life, nor do fleshly temptations present themselves as the destructive “old…

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4 Guaranteed Ways to Improve Your Communication

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“What we have here is a failure to communicate!” You might remember this famous line from the Paul Newman movie, Cool Hand Luke One of the more serious problems we face in pastoral ministry is the breakdown of communication. It can happen in a congregation, a small group, a business meeting, and in staff meetings. Yes, communication breakdowns can even bleed over into family relationships, husbands and wives, parents and children. Here four guaranteed ways to improve your communication with…

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10 Ways the Enemy Robs Us of Our Joy

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By Chuck Lawless Paul made it clear to us that we wrestle against demonic forces as we strive to follow Christ (Eph. 6:12). In fact, the enemy often seeks to destroy our Christian joy so that our witness for Christ loses its effectiveness. Here are some ways he seeks to rob us: He wants us to magnify our mistakes, dwell on them, and struggle with accepting God’s forgiveness. It’s tough to speak about grace when we’re not willing to receive it….

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