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Piles of Anxieties

I must say that yesterday was one of the most stressful days of my ministry thus far at Bethel. It seemed as though God had a bulleted list of tests for me to take. Last night as I sat through the church-wide interview with our potential Associate Pastor, my mind was taken to a familiar passage of Scripture, 1 …

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A Biblical Recovery Plan

"Remember therefore form where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place - unless you repent." -Revelation 2:5 (NKJV)John, writing on Jesus' behalf to the church at Ephesus, gives them a simple, three-step approach to recovering …

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Sincere Intentions with Terrible Infractions

Throughout the book of Judges, we see the phrase repeated again and again, "in those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes." The word "right" always sounds good, but what was really happening was a postmodern revolution... in the ancient world. Moral and …

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If You Only Had This Moment

Every leader has to be a good decision maker, and an even better decision manager. We often assume that great leaders are instantly decisive, but often the best leaders take a great deal of time to think decisions through and consult wise people.Personally, I get a little nervous under a soon-coming deadline on …

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To the Bitter End

"And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords (of the Philistines), and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life... And he judged Israel twenty …

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