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5 Ways to Encourage Another Leader

Everyone needs a Paul and a Timothy (or several of each). That is, we all need to be learning from mentors and mentoring learners. There is always someone ahead of us and always someone just behind us. It is the role and responsibility of a leader to give another leader a lift. So how can we, in a practical way, give another leader a lift? 1. Call a fellow leader on the phone and mentor them without even telling them you're doing it. Just ask them a ton of questions …

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Giving the Gift of a Blessing

When I was a fairly young believer, my father-in-law (who was also my Pastor) led us in a study of Gary Smalley and John Trent's The Gift Of The Blessing. We talked then about how frivolously we throw around the words "blessed" and "blessing." We even follow up a sneeze with "Bless you." But in Scripture, the idea of a "blessing" was filled with meaning. God said that all who treated Abraham and his descendants well would be blessed. The patriarchs reserved the "blessing" …

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What If Pastors Actually Pastored One Another?

When I was serving as a Pastor in Bentonville, Arkansas, I called two friends of mine - fellow Pastors - and we had lunch at Chick-fil-A (of course). It was great. We shared our common struggles, mutual encouragement, and some good laughs. It was so great, we never did it again!... which brings me to my point. Pastors refer to each other as "brethren" but rarely hang out together outside of our denominational meetings and conferences. We're in our shells, doing our local …

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The Internal Battles of Even the Best Pastors

Truth: Your Pastor is weak. He's flesh. He's human, frail, and doesn't always have it all together. He may be faithful to God and thereby filled with the Holy Spirit, but there's always a secret side to him. He will probably never mention it in a sermon or a Deacon's meeting. Chances are, he won't even tell his wife, but he endures battles. I've been a Pastor for thirteen years, and I've fought these battles for all of that time. I just want to advocate for your Pastor …

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Hey Pastor, Recognize Your Ministry’s Linchpins

I recently read another great book from Seth Godin called Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?. It's about becoming an indispensable part of whatever enviroment in which you work and live. It applies to employees in a workplace as well as companies solving major problems with simple solutions. A friend and fellow staff member, Joshua Griffin took the idea and turned it into an awesome way of showing appreciation to his team... I think the idea is great and certainly …

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Winning the War Over the Flesh

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 look through the life of David, we've come to a spot in his life where I believe he was struggling greatly in this battle. Out of six chapters of 1 Samuel, we learn at least four lessons about what our flesh is prone to do. I want us to consider these …

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Stories About Giving… Starting with Shoes

This past Sunday, I talked about giving. Toward the end of the message, I challenged people to take off their shoes and leave them at church. We give away shoes several times per year and hundreds of people come with a need. As people walked out of church barefoot across the cold, hard concrete, they were to feel just a bit of what it is to be homeless and shoeless. So dozens left their shoes and our lobby is now covered with them! What has really encouraged me is the …

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