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Giving the Gift of a Blessing

The Gift of the 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 …

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Everybody Needs Encouragement

We live in rather uncivil times. We're a divided nation in a divided world. In times like these, the world needs a volunteer army of encouragers. It's one of the best ways to show love. Paul said, "So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing." …

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5 Ways to Encourage Another Leader

Linking Hands

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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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Hey Pastor, Recognize Your Ministry’s Linchpins

Appreciating the Linchpins Among Us

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 …

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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 …

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Stories About Giving… Starting with Shoes

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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 …

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