Understanding Why God Is Silent

Understanding Why God Is Silent

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? I just needed to get away. The stress of ministry life, family life, and just life seemed to be overwhelming to me. I described my life as a stereo turned up all the way and the volume control was broken off. I didn’t need to just turn down the...

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Understanding Why God Is Silent

Understanding Why God Is Silent

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? I just needed to get away. The stress of ministry life, family life, and just life seemed to be overwhelming to me. I described my life as a stereo turned up all the way and the volume control was broken off. I didn’t need to just turn down the...

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These 6 Lessons Will Help You be a Better Pastor

These 6 Lessons Will Help You be a Better Pastor

To be known is to be loved. All people have a deep need to belong; when we do not have a sense of belonging, we will look for it relentlessly. We long for this in our families and with our friends. In the relationships where we are known intimately yet still accepted,...

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Who Has What Authority in the Church?

Who Has What Authority in the Church?

What is the relationship between congregational authority and the elders’ authority?   When it comes to authority in the church, we must remember that the ultimate goal is to provide discipleship that leads people to greater maturity in Christ. Ephesians 4:11–13...

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When Is An Elder Disqualified From Ministry?

When Is An Elder Disqualified From Ministry?

We all have treasured items we keep for special events. It may be a shirt, a dress, a pen, dishes, or a piece of jewelry. We pull them out to be used for something unique, but otherwise, we leave them tucked away and protected from daily use. These items are set...

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Let’s Abandon the Self-help Gospel

Let’s Abandon the Self-help Gospel

“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) According to the Scientific American, elephants are truly amazing creatures because, although they have...

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Can I Complain to God?

Can I Complain to God?

“You clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews. You have granted me life and steadfast love, and Your care has preserved my spirit.” Job 10:11–12 It’s amazing how my head can know one thing, yet my heart can feel totally different....

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Trusting God When It Doesn’t Make Sense

Trusting God When It Doesn’t Make Sense

Cancer is never fair, but it seems especially cruel when it strikes a child. Two-year-old David was taken by his mother Deborah to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where they met with Dr. John Truman, a specialist in treating children with cancer and various...

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Facing the Reality of Anxiety

Facing the Reality of Anxiety

“Am I crazy? Am I alone?”  My thumb hovered over the send button as my hands shook and my lips quivered. That night, I wanted to fire off some sort of white flag surrendering myself to the wisdom of a close friend. Typing each letter felt like its own feat. I wanted...

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A Hospital Named Grace

A Hospital Named Grace

When arriving at a hospital, there is a clear distinction between who is there to provide care and who is in need of care. The wounded are usually lying down, wearing odd hospital gowns, and tethered to some kind of pole for monitoring their vital signs or for IV...

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How Do I Live Like I Am Forgiven?

How Do I Live Like I Am Forgiven?

The Power of Forgiveness “I forgive you” are three of the strongest words we can ever hear another person say, second only to the words “I love you.” I know what is like to long for both of these to be said to me. We all fail and desire to know that we are forgiven...

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Keep Going Even When Your World is Crashing

Keep Going Even When Your World is Crashing

  Life: It has a way of stepping on itself.  When we are busy doing good and godly things the evil intentions of our seen and unseen enemies will get in the way. I often wish I could stop the world and just face the issues in front of me, but life doesn't work that...

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