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HOW TO DEAL WITH A JOY THIEF

Joyless people are miserable people. They haven’t tasted and seen that the Lord is good. They haven’t yet learned that it’s through our times of suffering that the Lord often does his best work. I have been in a joyless place, and chances are you have, too.

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Why Communion Matters

How can we let ourselves forget or neglect or even trivialize this sacrifice? For all our grand plans for church renewal, for contemporary worship, for being missional, for connecting with the millennials, for connecting with the “nones” and now for connecting with Generation Z, we should never downplay that sacred institution given by our sacrificial Christ for His church. Communion matters—more than we may think.

Creating a Comfortable Guest Experience This Sunday

Preach God’s Word with passion this coming weekend. May the repentance of sin and placing faith in Jesus get our utmost attention. Let’s remove every unnecessary, uncomfortable distraction from the proclamation of Gospel.

Preaching on Spiritual Warfare

Pastors are shepherds who need to teach their flocks how to protect themselves against wolves, both human and demonic.

Doubt/Struggles with Faith

Speaking Wisely About Doubt In The Church

Doubt is best worked through individually with trusted friends. If leaders confess doubts on major Christian doctrines, their congregations may lose confidence in their leadership, equate doubt with unbelief, or be thrown into an unnecessary crisis of faith themselves.

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Pursuing the Arts in the Local Church

Christian leaders should encourage artists in their congregations to use their God-given talents to the uttermost, either as a full-time vocation or otherwise. These artists should not be considered second-class citizens in the church simply because they are not pastors, chaplains, church staff workers, employees at parachurch ministries or missionaries.

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The Purpose, Ground, and Nature of Biblical Preaching

Preaching is both a necessity and a privilege. Godly preaching pleases God, is grounded in the cross of Christ, and is empowered by the Holy Spirit. No power on earth can stop that from God’s intended purposes.

Keeping Your Bible Study Full of Life

Maybe your heart is in a cold state and the Bible isn’t fresh to you. We can easily begin to see it as a Book to preach rather than one that feeds our soul.

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Celebrating Pastor Appreciation Month

Pastor Appreciation Month is a special time that congregations set aside each year to honor their pastoral families for their sacrificial dedication.

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