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5 Practical Tools for 2017 for Pastors and Church Leaders

You obviously need to follow Jesus, believe the truth of his Word, and rely on the power of the Holy Spirit. A solid theology is the foundation for any year of preaching and leading in the context of a local church. And then there are the practical tools and resources that we use to grow...
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A Simple Gospel Invitation to Give Your Life to Jesus

There are so many ways to word an invitation to people to become Christians… Repent and believe… Admit, believe, confess… Invite Jesus into your life… Ask Jesus to be your Savior… Give your life to Jesus… Believe and receive… Commit your life to Jesus… Ask Jesus into your heart… (which can mean so many things)...
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The After Effects of a Spirit-filled Prayer

Does prayer make any difference? Absolutely! And prayer makes a difference because the living God, the Holy Spirit, lives inside the one praying. Further, when God’s people get together and pray as a community, amazing things happen! I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of those before-and-after photos advertising the latest weight loss and fitness program. The...
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What to Do When You Bombed Sunday’s Sermon

Preaching, as a Pastor, is hard. It’s not hard to get up and say something inspirational. It is hard to get up and rightly divide God’s Word, build a bridge from an ancient culture to our own, and then to call people to an appropriate response to God’s revealed truth consistently week after week. Sunday,...
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Jesus, the Prophet, Came Preaching

Jesus was more than a mere prophet – he was the sinless Son of God, the human-divine sacrifice for our sins. But he is a prophet nonetheless, and the greatest prophet the world has ever known. We like to think of Jesus in any kind of role except that of preacher and prophet, but preaching...
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3 Vital Lessons from One of the Best Leaders I Know

I’ve hung out with megachurch pastors and I’ve read plenty of books and biographies of great leaders. But there is a hero from whom I’ve learned more about relational leadership than anyone else – my wife, Angie Cox. I’ve learned about preaching, administration, and creative communications from all kinds of well-known people, but Angie has been...
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