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3 False Sources of Confidence in Ministry Leadership

Brandon Leadership

“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.” So wrote the elder Paul to younger Timothy (1 Timothy 1:12 NLT) Paul’s words are the introduction to the Bible’s three volume textbo on pastoral ministry (1 & 2 Timothy and Titus). And in that introduction, Paul issues a …

Feeling and Knowing

“I Feel” Versus “I Know”

Brandon Living

Right now, I feel tired. I also feel that I’m spinning my wheels and not getting anywhere, and that I’m failing to meet the expectations of others. I feel bogged down in things that need doing, and I feel inadequate to the tasks that loom largest in my life – be a great husband, a great Dad, and a great Pastor. Right now, I …

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Before You Plant a Church, Clarify Your Calling

Brandon Church Planting

The work of planting a new church will probably kill you. On my first day in Greek Grammar class in Bible college, Dr. Jesse Thomas walked in and stood at the podium to offer a brief welcome, “Welcome to boot camp.” Serious students survived, some even thrived, but some fell by the wayside because of their unwillingness to do the …

Winning the War Over the Flesh

Brandon Preaching

There is a universal battle in the lives of believers between the flesh and the Spirit. We waver between doing what our fleshly instincts tell us to do and doing what God is telling us to do. This is a timeless battle. As we lo through the life of David, we’ve come to a spot in his life where I …

Walking In the Confidence of God’s Calling

Brandon Preaching

Gideon is one of my favorite Bible heroes. In my wife’s Bible class curriculum, he’s known as “G. I. Deon!” I especially the way he’s introduced… The way Gideon sees himself: Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites. ~Judges 6:11 His further questioning of God’s choice of him shows us a heart of humility …