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Crush the Curse: Take Radical Action Against Sin

No, you can’t play around with sin. You can’t leave room for it in your life at all. Give sin and inch and it will take a mile. A marriage. A career. A ministry. Sin will go the distance and take your life. Jesus addressed this in rather extreme, harsh terms in his...

Escaping the Rat Race of Life and Leadership

When we lived in southern California, we lived just off the 5 freeway in a neighborhood in Laguna Hills. I still miss being able to keep the balcony sliding door wide open pretty much year round. Know what I don't miss? The traffic. On the 5 or the 405, a strange...

How to Actually Find God

With all three of my children, I experienced nearly the same special moment playing hide-and-seek. I would hide. They would seek. And I could always win. Always. There are a hundred places in even the smallest home where a toddler can’t imagine a human being daring to...

How to Have the Anointing of God on Your Life

That word... anointing... is tricky. If you grew up in a charismatic / pentecostal environment, you might associate the anointing with a particular ecstatic experience, or with the practice of anointing the sick with oil and prayer, or perhaps with the preacher...

Can a Pastor Who Struggles with Depression Remain a Pastor?

Charles Spurgeon is considered by most modern evangelicals to be one of the greatest preachers and pastors since the Reformation. But did you know that Spurgeon struggled with depression? To the point of contemplating suicide? He said, I could say with Job, ‘My soul...

When You’re Completely Spent and Have Nothing to Show For it All

When my wife and I were first married, we lived in Beebe, Arkansas where I served as pastor of a small church and we commuted several days per week to Conway, an hour away, for classes at Central Baptist College. The chariot that carried us back and forth was a 1991...

The Greatest Test of Character You’ll Ever Face as a Leader

If you're going to be a great leader, you're going to have to pass some big tests. It comes with the territory. You'll walk through loss and loneliness. You'll be questioned and criticized. You'll lead through adversity and obstacles. But the biggest test you'll face...

Go Ahead and Throw Your Best Pitch Out There

Have you heard about Nathan Patterson? Here's the scoop... Nathan played baseball in high school, but upon graduation, moved on to more practical things like selling software for a living. After all, how many high school hopefuls actually make it to "the show?" Then...