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Rekindle the Dream

     Today, is a day that we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. life in America. His legacy is vast and wide in his leadership in the struggle of civil rights. The moment that best highlights this movement is the “I Have a Dream” speech given in Washington, DC. Here is link to the speech on … Continue reading

If at First You Don’t Succeed. . . Lacking Nothing

I must admit that sometimes it is a struggle to continue.  When one does not reach the goal, all ideas are tried and still it remains unaccomplished.  Now what do you do?  If it is a personal goal, I guess you could not continue the project.  But if it is related to work, then you … Continue reading

If at First You Don’t Succeed. . .

We have heard this saying since we were small children, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.”  In fact this saying was popularized by William Edward Hickson, a philanthropist, who focused on elementary education in British, Dutch and German schools.  According to the Oxford’s Dictionary of Quotations, the full “proverb” is: ‘Tis … Continue reading

Chase the Lion

One of my favorite books is In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, by Marc Batterson. I encourage you to go for it and check it out. Quoted below is the Lion Chasers Manifesto: Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Set God-sized goals. Pursue … Continue reading

Holiness

  I think the concept of holiness is as important today, as in years past.  Let’s consider the importance of holiness in our everyday lives.  Prior generations have embraced a concept of a holy life by determining appearances like hair length and certain types of jewelry or a certain ceremony or worship activity to set … Continue reading

Brokenness

I thought that it was important to share on the concept of brokenness.  The Biblical concept of brokenness is something all Christians will experience.  Whether is due to situations in our lives, an unfulfilled expectation, a death, the end of a relationship, maybe an unanswered prayer.  No matter the cause, God uses brokenness to allow … Continue reading

That’s God, with a Capital G!

In a society that seems to continually push God out of the public arena, I am finding continual finding evidence of His activity in my life.  Last week I felt overwhelmed with my blog taking off and was trying to explain it to a friend, when I said, “That’s God, with a capital G!”  Meaning … Continue reading

A Pastor’s Call To Rest

It almost seems ridiculous to mention that a Pastor needs to take time off, but my personal experience tells me otherwise.  I was leading a small congregation of 30 – 35 people with a limited budget.  With God’s help, I was doing the best I could with what I had.  I would preach numerous weeks in … Continue reading

Eight Characteristics of Emotionally Healthy Pastors

One of the key factors to life of a Pastor or anyone is emotional health.  Vanderbloemen Search Group, an organization that helps church assess potential pastoral candidates says that emotional health is the key factor to a pastor’s success.  Their factors are great for assessing pastors and to assist anyone else in considering their own … Continue reading

Top Ten Causes of Depression in Pastors

As Pastors and Ministers, we have had opportunities to experience the highs of ministry and being used by God to bring healing in many situations.  Unfortunately, on the flip side, many pastors have difficulty fighting through the challenges of ministry.  The expectation is that the pastor would never reach the depths of depression, but persevere … Continue reading

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