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5 Ways to Recover Your Passion for Pastoral Leadership

Passion

I've been there. I've been burned out and depressed, discouraged and defeated. I've led in atmospheres where every creative idea was smothered by questions rooted in fear. I've been distracted by secondary interests. I've given into my own emotions and have isolated myself from …

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Feeling Guilty? Why We Should Embrace the Gift of Guilt

Cross On the Wall

Regret stinks. It's an awful place to live. None of us like to feel guilty. So here's some good news and some bad news about guilt. The bad news is, you're guilty. As I am. As everyone is. The Apostle Paul made it pretty explicit, quoting the 53rd Psalm, As the Scriptures …

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How God Responds When His People Turn Back to Him

Repentance is a word that carries a lot of religious baggage with it. We usually define repentance as merely confession, or merely sorrow and guilt, or merely as changing our behavior. The truth is, it's all three. Repentance is changing our minds about sin, self and God so that …

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When You Don’t Feel Like Running to God

Running

When you least feel like running to God, that's when you really need to run to God. And when you feel the least lovable, the least acceptable, that's when His mercy shows itself strongest. King David once cried out, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble... Oh, how great …

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Living In Continual Repentance

The Protestant Reformation's beginning is usually marked by the day Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenburg on October 31, 1517. He began the document with these words, When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’ (Mt. 4:17), he …

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Getting Off the Wrong Path

Danger. Wrong Way. Turn Back.

You are where you are because you have followed a path. You've made a series of choices that have brought you to your current spot on life's map, and the Bible lets us know that our default direction is always down the wrong path. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have …

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If You Love Anything More Than You Love Jesus…

I'm speaking to believers... is there anything in your life you've come to love more than you love Jesus? An entire church was guilty of this and Jesus addressed them in Revelation 2:1-7. The Ephesian church was like the average Baptist church as described by Vance Havner, …

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What Exactly Do You Mean by Being “Saved?”

Sometimes, we speak Christianese, and people outside the faith may have difficulty understanding it. Paul Washer uses a few tough phrases in this clip, such as "city of refuge" (a place where accused criminals could go for asylum in the Old Testament), but it's overall an …

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Do You REALLY Want to Change?

This is based on my sermon for New Year's, which comes from [youversion]2 Timothy 2:21[/youversion] and surrounding verses. Is it even possible to really change? Millions of people must be asking that question, especially as we face another new year. You may already have a …

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To Be Christian

What is it to be a Christian? Is it that we've had a one-time experience of salvation? Or is it that we experience growth in Christ daily, some evidence of change? I know the argument is endless, but I wanted to share this quote from Clyde Crandford's book Because We Love …

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